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Learning to dress “professionally” in a white man’s world

(Image source: Women’s Economic Development Agency)

As someone who has recently started their first office job, I’ve found that there is a high learning curve to beginning to dress professionally. All the tweed and the blazers  and the high-necked dresses can often mean buying an entirely new wardrobe to wear in the place you’ll now be spending all your waking hours. And it can also mean confronting a whole new playing field when it comes to gender, race, and class dynamics. 

(Image source: Women’s Economic Development Agency)

As someone who has recently started their first office job, I’ve found that there is a high learning curve to beginning to dress professionally. All the ...

Marissa Alexander now could face 60 years in prison for defending herself

The state of Florida seems determined to punish Marissa Alexander for defending herself.

You may recall that in the fall, the black mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot into a wall to scare off her abusive husband, was granted a retrial. She was released, after three years in jail, in time to spend Thanksgiving with her family, but then the Florida State Attorney Angela Corey moved to revoke her bond.

Now Corey–who has the power to reduce the charges or drop the case entirely–says they’ll try to triple Alexander’s original prison sentence from 20 to 60 years if she loses the retrial in July. 

The state of Florida seems determined to punish Marissa Alexander for defending herself.

You may recall that in the fall, the black mother who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a ...

Chart of the Day: Being able to stay home when you’re sick is a perk for the rich

Do you get paid sick days? Count yourself lucky.

Although several cities mandate universal paid sick leave, for the most part, such policies are left to employers. And while they’ve been slightly more generous in the last few years, more than 41 million people in this country can’t take a paid day off when they or their family members are sick, according to a new report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.

Do you get paid sick days? Count yourself lucky.

Although several cities mandate universal paid sick leave, for the most part, such policies are left to employers. And while they’ve been slightly more generous in the last few ...

Show's daughters with eyes, ears, or mouth covered by their father.

Lifetime’s “Preachers’ Daughters” Shows Everything That is Wrong with Purity Culture

This week, I came home to my sister watching a show On Demand, Preachers’ Daughters, that followed the lives of three different daughters who had one or both parents as pastors. As someone who grew up in a family that regularly attended a Pentecostal church, I was interested in seeing how Lifetime would choose to portray several families that are–presumably–very religious. Fully aware of the many shortfalls of reality TV in regards to sensationalism, sexism, race, etc., I still found myself watching the show long after my sister had left the room. Instead of a series showing different facets of the trials and tribulations teenagers face as the child of a pastor, I found myself watching nearly ...

This week, I came home to my sister watching a show On Demand, Preachers’ Daughters, that followed the lives of three different daughters who had one or both parents as pastors. As someone who ...

Weekly Feminist Reader

Afghan Cycles- the first women to ride bikes in the country.

Chronicling what it’s like to be hungry in America.

Who is Black? What is Blackness?

What works for (non-rich, non-white) women at work.

On Hillary’s future: “women’s worth has never been assessed based on easily calculable, publicly available statistics, like innings pitched or bills passed.”

A small victory for native women: updates on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

Afghan Cycles- the first women to ride bikes in the country.

Chronicling what it’s like to be hungry in America.

Who is Black? What is Blackness?

What works for (non-rich, non-white) women ...

6 charts that show just how white and male the US media remain

The Women’s Media Center has released its third annual report on the status of gender and racial diversity in the media. The conclusion reached, yet again, is that “the American media have exceedingly more distance to travel on the road to gender-blind parity.”

How far exactly? After the jump are six charts that illustrate just how white and male the US media remain.

The Women’s Media Center has released its third annual report on the status of gender and racial diversity in the media. The conclusion reached, yet again, is that “the American media have exceedingly more distance to travel on ...

Audre Lorde lectures students at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Lorde was a Master Artist in Residence at the Central Florida arts center in 1983.  (Photo by Robert Alexander/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Quick Hit: Happy birthday to Audre Lorde!

Today would be the 80th birthday of the self-proclaimed Black Lesbian Feminist Mother Warrior Poet. And to celebrate, The Feminist Wire is launching a two-week online forum on Lorde’s life and work today

Today would be the 80th birthday of the self-proclaimed Black Lesbian Feminist Mother Warrior Poet. And to celebrate, The Feminist Wire is launching a two-week online forum on Lorde’s life and work today

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