As we “celebrate” the 94th anniversary of American women finally securing the right to vote — what is referred to as “Women’s Equality Day” — I’m reminded of the post I wrote a few years ago, pondering how I can talk with my daughters about all the things that aren’t equal for them in the […]
As we celebrate Labor Day weekend, maybe it’s time to revisit the minimum wage discussion? Who better to get that started than Mary Poppins? We ...
The NFL has reminded the country once again how stupidly lopsided their decision-making is regarding players’ bad behavior. As football season kicks off in a ...
Since I wear my hair short, I get it cut fairly often to keep it out of my eyes. I’ve been going to the same ...
Dr. Munazza Yaqoob from the International Islamic University in Islamabad, Pakistan visited the United States in July. I caught up with her in Taos, New Mexico and asked her about her visit to the United States. As usual much more was discussed than just her visit, and in addition to talking about the wide open […]
With the current conflict in Israel, and the seemingly non-stop coverage of back and forth bombings and cease fires between Israel and Gaza, suddenly anti-Semitism is all the rage, popping up in places I thought I would never see it again. With everyone, even people not involved in the conflict, picking sides, it seems fashionable […]
Do you ever get the feeling that President Obama can dish it out, but he can’t take it. At least when it comes to his former Secretary of State, that is. The recent comments made by Hillary Clinton about differing with POTUS on the decision of whether or not to arm Syrian rebels, and whether […]
On Sunday, for the first time ever, more than 41 million voters in Turkey went to polling stations to elect their president by popular vote. Despite turnout being low, with some suspecting the holiday season might be the reason, ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) candidate Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan handily beat both of his […]
The blogosphere abounds with lists and tips for better living. We suspect lots of people are like us — we have a love/hate relationship with those things. Many of those articles are link-bait and ultimately a waste of time; we thought we might learn something or get a laugh, but then we end up being […]
Oh, mainstream media. You have done it once again. It seems that you just can’t help yourself when it comes to promoting white guy after white guy, especially for your signature shows. Rumors have been swirling that David Gregory is on his way out as host of “Meet the Press.” In many ways that’s a […]
Yesterday I had lunch with a friend whose father died via suicide. Our conversation spanned other topics, but I didn’t know that my thoughts would turn to suicide later that night. The last time I saw her –when we were both 17– I didn’t know much about suicide. But since then, I’ve seen it happen […]
Twenty-one. This number has come to symbolize adulthood. It means good luck in cards. But when it comes to the Family and Medical Leave Act, twenty-one stands for “too damn long” – too little progress over too many years. On August 5, 1993, Congress implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), six months after […]
On the eve of President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit, Jill Biden recently toured Zambia, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo to hold a variety of discussions on empowering African women to move forward as entrepreneurs and helping both women and girls on that continent to real their full potential. The Second Lady’s visit […]
Voter turnout in the 2014 primaries hit at an all time low. That’s a pretty sad state of affairs, considering all the important issues that our elected officials are (supposedly) working on — immigration reform, minimum wage changes and paid family leave, just to name a few. And accoring to the Center for the Study […]
As the mother of a teen-age girl, I have learned that the myriad of “feminine hygiene products” can be confusing and overwhelming to girls. But what if your daughter had the opposite problem once she starts her menstrual period? What if no products were available or they were too expensive for the family to afford? […]
With only one month before Turkey’s Presidential Election, international media coverage of Turkey is needed now more than ever before as Turkish media companies and journalists continue to face extreme pressure from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to censor coverage of political and international events. “We are accused of being traitors and agents,” said Bugün […]
Twenty years ago, the term ‘thought leader’ began its journey into modern vernacular. Since its introduction into business language, the term has been lauded, mocked and overused, gradually morphing into a new concept that is now employed in a variety of ways inside and outside of the business landscape. In the digital realm, we see […]
Do we ever get tired of writing about how the media fail when it comes to portraying women and girls? Why, yes, we do. Will we ever stop writing about it or highlighting it? No. After watching this short video, ask yourself — will women’s images ever stop being used in overtly sexualized ways to […]
What do you do when you have a dream? Sometimes you have to hold onto it for a while before the universe gives you the go ahead. That’s what happened with Mira Jacob, author of the just released book, The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing. Mira is a friend of The Broad Side, so she graciously […]
Recent comments made by Indra Nooyi, the current CEO of PepsiCo, have been making the rounds on my Twitter and Facebook feeds. I poke my head up to read such things when stories like this seem to cross the borders of my feminist friends and my friends who are feminists, but don’t share every feminist […]
Recently Nia Sanchez, a Nevada resident, won the title of Miss USA 2014 and her response to the famous “final question” inspired a feminist critique that revealed the contentious historical issue of class in feminism. Jennifer Lee had a chance to talk with Sanchez for The Broad Side about her response. My advice to feminists […]
It’s becoming routine. Another media figure has asked another high-profile woman that question that no man is ever asked. Can you balance the demands of your career with being a good mother? The latest is Matt Lauer claiming to want to “tread lightly” with Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. Clearly he knows these questions […]
In the summer of 1977 on the corner of East 10th and Ashley Streets in Pine Bluff, Ark., I was Princess Leia. “Star Wars” premiered that summer, and a whole generation of kids became members of the Rebel Alliance in their minds and backyards. At least the boys did. The girls in my neighborhood preferred […]