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 […]
There is no Shonda Rhimes in the U.S. news media. In all that’s been said about Shonda Rhimes as of late, one thing that hasn’t ...
Touching Home in China: in search of missing girlhoods is a transmedia iBook in the making. When published in September 2015, a mesh of video ...
Girshriela Green got involved the day someone called saying he wanted to make a change at Walmart – the corporation that had left her seriously ...
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 […]
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 […]
People who will benefit from earned sick time in Massachusetts – Ballot Initiative 4 – are greeting activists enthusiastically at the door. They’re folks like Timothy Chouinard, a factory worker in Falls River who told them, “I knew you guys were going to stop. I’m the typical person that you guys are working for right […]
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 […]
There are many stories written about the men who have endured multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, but few about the women who have served there. Journalist Helen Thorpe has written a book entitled “Soldier Girls” that tells the stories of three women from three different generations who served multiple tours in Afghanistan because of […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Guys! Want to learn how to be the Don Juan on your generation? Need some tips for how to make the ladies love you? Are you dying to know the art of seduction? Well, look no further than your AM radio dial where thrice-divorced Rush Limbaugh is waxing seductive on how affirmative consent laws are ruining […]
It looks like CoverGirl cosmetics has inadvertently found itself in the middle of a bad PR moment thanks to the NFL. The legenday beauty company started this campaign for women football fans. Smart, right? Because as ESPN commentator Hannah Storm recently noted, 45 percent of football fans are women. But in the wake of current […]
The NFL is an amazing entity that doesn’t seem to listen. As the league spirals in the wake of one scandal after another, it just seems to bury itself repeatedly deeper when it comes to punishing players for their off-field behaviors. On Monday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that Adrian Peterson will return to the team […]
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 […]
One week ago, Hannah Storm, respected ESPN sports commentator and football fan, came face to face with a dilemma — how to continue being the fan of a game that was forcing her to explain to her three daughters why it seemed like the NFL wasn’t taking seriously the story of former Baltimore Raven Ray […]
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 […]
On every anniversary of 9/11 since 2006, MSNBC replays that day’s horrific events in real time. Starting at shortly before 9 a.m. Eastern Time, you hear the reports of the first plane crashing into one of the World Trade Center towers, with Matt Lauer and Katie Couric on the “Today Show” wondering if it was […]
Katie Nolan is a young sportscaster at Fox Sports who has a YouTube show called “No Filter.” She’s a journalist with a sharp wit and sharp tongue, when it’s called for. And, by her own admission, she’s a huge football fan. So as a young woman, probably around the same age as Janay Palmer Rice, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]