Hidden: My Life in Anti-Semitism

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 […]

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Shonda Rhimes’ Rules for Better Living

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 […]

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Another White Guy for “Meet the Press”?

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 […]

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Suicide: Thoughts on Depression & Robin Williams

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 […]

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FMLA Anniversary: Imagining the Family Leave World We Deserve

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 […]

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Jill Biden Promoting Women’s Empowerment in Africa

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 […]

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How Cultural Taboos Harm Global Women’s Health

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? […]

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It’s Time to Cover Turkey’s Media Crisis Before It’s Too Late

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 […]

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21st Century Media Failure: Women’s Edition

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 […]

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Indra Nooyi & the Myth of “Having it All”

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 […]

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Class, Feminism and Miss USA Nia Sanchez

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 […]

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It’s Time to Stop Answering the “Balance” Questions

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 […]

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Ode to Princess Leia: The Sassy Soul of “Star Wars”

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 […]

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