November 25th marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and kicks off the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. It feels especially relevant and poignant this year as it lands squarely in the midst of a season of high profile cases and unprecedented public conversation about ending woman abuse. People […]
So, I ordered a set of Disney princess dress up clothes for my daughter. I hesitated over the image on my phone screen for a ...
Dear God - Thanks for everything, but in particular, the following: 1) Thank you for my children. Despite my concerted and muffed up efforts, they ...
People have asked me why I’m marching tonight. I’m marching because people have asked me why I’m marching tonight. I’m marching because, after the grand ...
“It’s funny to me that a part of the male anatomy is soft strangely enough yet growing a pair makes you tough” Racheal Ofori is an actor and writer who was recently inspired to write this piece and create a short film. Her main inspiration came from Emma Watson’s HeForShe Campaign speech, dissolving negative connotations […]
Dear White People, What we can do about #FERGUSON: Look in the mirror. No really. Go right now. This is your face. This is your identity in America today. This face and the race the people around you think it represents can alter how people judge your trustworthiness. If that doesn’t feel true to you, […]
We are all trying to wind down work commitments as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, but there are many things we all have to be thankful for — being together with our families, that we are not certain notorious people on the planet right now, and that we have less momentous decisions ahead of […]
The federal grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown has, not surprisingly, caused heated protests in Ferguson, Missouri — the small town where Brown lived and died, and where Wilson was a police officer. In the wake of the announcement that no charges would be […]
November is a time for many things — raking leaves, Thanksgiving, and breaking out the boots that have been stored in the back of the closet since April. But November is also the time of year for the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards. Now, this may not the biggest event of the award […]
As a parent, it’s sometimes difficult to know which of life’s hard knocks are appropriate for children to know about and when it’s time to introduce them. I myself came under considerable criticism a few years back when I spoke to my then five year-old daughter about the Holocaust. And I’ve raised more than a […]
Say what you will about Kim’s Kardashian’s spread in Paper Magazine — and the criticism has been well deserved linking the images shot by Jean-Paul Goude to Sarah Baartman–but Kardashian has found a way to do the once unthinkable: stick it to The Man. She’s jumped the slut-shaming shark, and, in an unprecedented move, aligned […]
So, apparently Adele declined to be part of Sir Bob Geldof’s Band Aid 30 Ebola Charity single recording and he’s in a bit of a snit about it. The song, a 30th-anniversary adaptation of the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was produced to raise money for the Ebola crisis in West Africa, much in […]
As much of the online world is debating Time Magazine’s recent survey faux pas about whether the word “feminist” should be banned, and as discussions this year about feminism have been fueled by people like Beyonce and Nicki Minaj, friend of The Broad Side Neil Kramer asked his mother, a woman of the first wave, […]
Even if Elizabeth Warren isn’t on any ballot for the 2016 presidential race, she may still be what leads to the demise of a second Hillary Clinton presidential run. Why? Because of President Obama. Those who really lean left thought Barack Obama was going to be a true progressive Democratic candidate who would champion the […]
Don’t you hate it when you get to the end of an article and the last line is “We’re still the same underneath it all?” In a recent essay in the New York Times, Heather Havrilesky has some points to make and one of them is that moms don’t like being called moms by anyone […]
Don’t wait! Have babies early, before it’s too late. Wait, don’t have babies when you’re young and jeopardize your career. Not sure when you’ll be ready? Freeze your eggs and have babies when you’re all set. If it comes to that, you can always use a surrogate mother. No dad available? There’s always artificial insemination. […]
I’m a middle-aged, middle-class white-haired white woman. Although I’ve read about and even talked about white privilege, I’ve never experienced viscerally what it would mean to do without that automatic advantage. Today I got a little tiny taste. Mondays are my days to run errands – to go to different places to get what my […]
Jane Mosbacher Morris is taking the world by storm. Even as I write that sentence about her I realize how little credit it gives to this entrepreneur who has successfully launched To The Market, an endeavor she has undertaken to impact the lives of survivors. While that’s a noble goal, she has a laser-like focus […]
Goodbye, autumn. Hello, early winter “weather bomb.” Thanks for nothing, Typhoon Nuri! It’s only mid-November and already there are sub-zero wind temperatures in some parts of the country. Some midwest towns already have over one foot of snow. And it looks like this crazy winter weather is just getting started. So if you’re looking for […]
This year we lived through a campaign to “ban bossy.” Now, TIME Magazine is contributing to the word-banning bandwagon by suggesting a variety of words, and things that are sort of words, including the word “feminist.” I get that some people perceive the word “bossy” as pejorative. And there’s no need to explain why […]
Scene: A city street. A woman walks along. A shout from a male voice. The woman’s heart begins to race and her neck and face flush. Her shoulders tighten and her palms sweat. Her pace quickens involuntarily and her eyes dart to find the source of the shout. Voice-over of woman’s thoughts: Shit. Is he […]
Poor Princess Leia. We had always assumed she was an intergalactic force against sexism. But it turns out, if you revisit some of classic lines from the Star Wars movies, poor Leia was the victim of sexual harassment all along. Maybe she needs a Wookie for a bodyguard, at least if she’s walking the streets […]
When it comes to newsroom diversity, the problem isn’t just recruiting women journalists of color, it’s hanging onto them, said Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times. “Promoting women of color has always been important to me. But promotion also has a retention challenge,” Abramson said recently at the Journalism & […]