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The Life of Teen Girls in Afghanistan

Being a teenage girl in Afghanistan is not the safest existence. According to Amnesty International: – Almost 90 percent of Afghan women experience domestic violence – Only 13 percent of females over the age if 15 are literate – Few girls get any formal education at all, and – Girls and women who travel to […]

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Dances with Trolls, Twitter Style

So. I like to tweet a lot. When something is pressing on my mind and I don’t have the time or concentration to compose a full blog post (which is nearly aways these days), I go on Twitter and fire off a few 140-character mini-monologues. Often I tweet about issues related to gun safety and […]

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Billie Jean King Still Serving Up Aces

At the 29th annual Chicago Foundation for Women luncheon, tennis legend Billie Jean King recalled being a 12-year-old girl and realizing that everything about tennis was white. Her shoes, her clothes, and even the people playing it. “This has to change,” she thought. The previous year, King had declared at a family dinner that she […]

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When Do Anti-Semites Become a Threat?

So, last week, my friend wrote a tribute to Joan Rivers on her blog, and someone called her a “Kike.” Then a beautiful thing happened. What beautiful could possibly come of this? Did my friend delete his* hateful remark? No. She left it up for anyone to see. Did friends of hers and strangers alike pile on […]

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Kirsten Gillibrand was “Porky” and Hillary Clinton is “Old.” Hello, Sexism 21st Century Style

Hillary Clinton is old.  U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was fat. Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is ugly. Even fictional political women get bashed for their wardrobe choices. When it comes to criticizing women politicians who put a “D” beside their names, that’s the kind of insightful political commentary their opponents like to make, either to persuade […]

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The NFL’s Constant Flip-Flops on Abuse

What’s wrong with the NFL? Simply put, they flip-flop – a lot. Take the latest drama to hit the NFL. (Yes, it does appear that every day there’s a new public relations mess in the football world). On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that Adrian Peterson will return to the team less than a week […]

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Feminist Dads Are Needed Now More Than Ever!

Short story, dads — you need to walk the walk, not just talk the talk when it comes to gender roles and your daughters’ futures. So embrace your inner feminist, and get to that laundry! According to a recent study out of the University of British Columbia, parents can tell their children that boys and […]

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Advice for Hillary Clinton: Announce Your Candidacy Already!

Oh, Hillary. Please just go ahead and announce your candidacy. This weekend, Hillary and Bill Clinton showed up in Iowa at the Harkin Steak Fry. For political novices who need a Politics 101 briefing, the Harkin Steak Fry was created by U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) 37 years ago that became the go-to event in […]

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#BringBackOurGirls Five Months Later: What One Artist is Doing So We Don’t Forget

It’s been five months since over 270 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the militant group Boko Haram, which is opposed to any non-Islamic type of education. Despite various international efforts to rescue those children, not one has been found. Boko Haram claims to have kidnapped the girls because they were receiving a “Western style” education […]

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Big Win for Paid Sick Leave in California, But More to Do

Six and a half million Californians will have reason to celebrate after Governor Jerry Brown signs the Healthy Families, Healthy Workplaces Act (AB 1522). For 44 percent of the state’s population who don’t earn a single paid sick day, this simple act will move them a step closer to catching up with the rest of […]

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Twenty Years and Counting: The Commercial Internet at 20

Imagine your world without streaming video and music, without the Web, Facebook or online shopping. Imagine traveling without a GPS. What if instead of tapping the Search Bar on your phone or tablet to get the information you needed now, you had to trudge down to the local library to look it up? For those […]

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The NFL Needs Condoleezza Rice

The NFL needs to say goodbye to Commissioner Roger Goodell and hello to Condoleezza Rice. That’s right: Rice, the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, and rabid football fan. It’s very clear that the NFL, a $9 billion industry, has a woman problem even if it doesn’t exactly want to admit it. […]

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