Mindy Kaling is a force of nature — on her TV show, on Twitter, on stage. Kaling isn’t afraid to speak her mind no matter what the venue. When it comes to the state of comedy today, she wants to change what we see of funny women by getting beyond the “girly” and approaching things […]
The media hate to pass on an opportunity to view political women through a sexist lens. Hillary Clinton is going to become a first-time grandmother ...
One 12-year-old North Carolina schoolgirl thinks it’s crazy that her governor is afraid of teens in that state pre-registering to vote so they are automatically ...
“Economically worthless, but emotionally priceless.” That’s what one researcher has said about children in our era where kids don’t hold down real jobs as they ...
Two Morgantown, West Virginia high school girls Rachel Shoaf and Shelia Eddy murdered their best friend and classmate Skylar Neese on the night of July 5, 2012. They stabbed her to death in a remote area of Pennsylvania. The murdered her, they said, because they didn’t want to be friends with her anymore. During the […]
Sheryl Sandberg hates “bossy.” She hates it so much, that she’s launched a new campaign, endorsed by Beyonce, Jane Lynch and many others, to convince the world that things would be better for our daughters if only people just stopped calling girls with leadership potential “bossy.” Sandberg famously wrote in her book that a teacher […]
“If you don’t know, you can’t fight for more dough.” Smart words from the most senior women in the U.S. Senate, Barbara Mikulski (D-MD). Her comments came after the recent effort to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act was defeated — not because there wasn’t a majority vote, but because the GOP called for there to […]
Since Easter is upon us I thought I would talk with a priest about the roots of the springtime religious holiday of Easter. I grew up in a Catholic family and always wanted to discuss the roots of Easter with a priest. I found one who was willing to talk to me. Her name is […]
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Want to get involved in politics? Open up your wallet. The Supreme Court has ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC, basically a Citizens United part two, that many limits on campaign spending must be lifted, paving the way for a 2014 mid-term election — and a 2016 presidential campaign — that most likely will be a […]
Mary Barra has been the CEO of General Motors for less than three months, and already she’s busy managing a full-blown crisis surrounding massive product recalls. But as the Executive Vice President of Global Product Development, was she in the loop, so to speak on the problems that now appear to have been hidden from […]
Hillary Clinton can become a trending topic on Twitter without doing much. On Wednesday, #HillaryClintonBookTitles was trending on the social media site after Hillary joked about her possible book title during a speech to the Association of American Publishers. In turn, thousands of people were tweeting funny, feminist and, sadly, insulting comments about the former […]
My daughter is lucky. In a few months, she will graduate from eighth grade and will attend high school at an amazing place that has as one of its missions the fostering of girls’ leadership abilities. I’m not writing this to get into that whole “ban bossy” campaign. I wanted to write this because even […]
Ohio State Senator Nina Turner was honored by NARAL recently for her work to help empower women, especially when it comes to reproductive rights. She’s running for Secretary of State in Ohio, and we have to say, if Turner is as tenacious about preserving women’s eroding voting rights, as she is about our reproductive rights […]
If Hillary Clinton is really thinking of making a bid for the White House in 2016, she’d better watch out. There’s another woman who’s got her eye on that prize. Not Elizabeth Warren. Not Kirsten Gillibrand. It’s Selina Meyer. Yeah, we think she could take Hillary and make it a fair fight! Image via HBO/VEEP
Women in entertainment face a lot of obstacles, but many women comics over the years have turned those challenges on their heads to become successful. We don’t know if Maysoon Zayid has read Pretty/Funny yet, but we have a feeling that this irreverent woman, who doesn’t see her cerebral palsy as something to hold her […]
When Congress recently slashed SNAP funding, more commonly known as money for the federal food stamp program, one thing became clear — we are a country that’s in denial about the true state of poverty in America. Books like Nickel and Dimed have laid out stark details about how virtually impossible it is to get […]
Better that 500 bossy girls go free, than that one leader girl be discouraged. Or something like that. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook who urged us to “lean in,” is now teaming up with others asking us not to call girls “bossy” in her “Ban Bossy” campaign. To a certain extent, the sentiment makes […]
Pregnant women have always had great health care in America, right? Think again. Many mothers-to-be didn’t have access to prenatal care and screenings before the Affordable Care Act. Christy Turlington Burns, the founder of Every Mother Counts, says the maternal death rate in the United States has actually increased in recent years, but that can […]
It’s OK to look funny if you’re a male comedian. But, traditionally, women in comedy have had a Catch 22 to deal with — if you were too pretty, people worried you weren’t going to be funny. And if you were funny, was it OK to be “too” attractive? Linda Mizejewski, a professor of Women’s, […]
Would you risk your safety and your life to bring war stories to the world? Women reporters in dangerous places aren’t so surprising today. Think Christiane Amanpour in Iran and Iraq, Lara Logan in Egypt, Ashleigh Banfield in Pakistan. Those are names you’re probably a little familiar with. But how about Ruth Cowan, Dickey Chapelle […]
The first MAKERS CONFERENCE was held in February, including a celebration of the life and work of Gloria Steinem. In honor of her eightieth birthday, it featured a video with touching and funny statements from Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Katie Couric, and others about Steinem’s life’s work that, as Marlo Thomas summarized, “connected […]
I am a big fan of any film or television show that gets funny, sm-exy (that is: smart and sexy) women on the screen. Traditionally that’s been a monumental task. In 1985, Susan Harris did just that with her groundbreaking television show, The Golden Girls. She dared to create a sitcom about women in their […]