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The Lessons of Boston Mayor Tom Menino

Boston’s longest serving mayor, Tom Menino, died last week at the age of 71. Menino was mayor of the city for 20 years before health problems forced him to decline another run. Though clearly disappointed, he remained active and involved until just a week before his death. His passing, so soon after he announced he […]

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An Apology to Street Harassers

Dear Gentlemen, Please accept my apologies for overreacting to your innocent attempts to “be friendly” and to your kind “encouragement” regarding my looks. I respect your goals of introducing love and improving my self-esteem in, what is too often, a cold, hard-hearted world. Why can’t more men be like you? I’ve been watching you, and […]

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Why Does Amelia Earhart Matter?: To Be But a Challenge

Amelia Earhart was not a famous singer or Hollywood siren. She didn’t hold public office, but in 1937 she disappeared. Simply gone. There were guesses, speculation, the best minds pondered, but she never turned up. You could say she disappeared into the mists of time and history when she flew her Lockheed Model 10 Electra […]

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It’s Hard Being Stevie Nicks

It’s hard being Stevie Nicks. Last weekend, I decided to transform into the twirling goddess for Halloween. After all, I’ve long said that Stevie is my co-pilot. Her lyrics about love and loss resonate in unexplainable ways, and her beliefs in magic and goodness aren’t bad traits to adopt in this cynical, bitter world. Such […]

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The Jezebelification of Feminism

There I was staring at Nicki Minaj’s ass on Google. I did this for a solid thirty minutes — contemplating respectability, sexuality, power, race. As I was doing this, I was thinking how creepy it felt, as a white woman, to gaze and theorize about a woman of color’s body in order to serve some […]

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TBS Must-Reads of the Week: Mo’Ne Davis ‘Throws Like a Girl’, Feminism May Need a New Path & Mindy Kaling vs. Malala

So it’s the beginning of a new work week, and you’re going to need some things to talk with your co-workers about. Didn’t catch up with anything water cooler-worthy over the weekend?  No worries. As always, we bring you our must-reads of the week. You’re welcome!  – Is it time for a word other than […]

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Women, Get Yourselves to the Voting Booth!

Dear Women Voters: It’s our time, ladies! A midterm election looms, and the focus is on us! Politicians and pundits alike know that there’s no crossing the electoral finish line without women voters in their corner. But are the candidates seeking to represent us talking about the issues we care about? The media have reported […]

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Hillary Watch: Better Decision Maker Than Bill, Flying Monkeys and Will She Block Monica Lewinsky on Twitter?

Hillary Clinton is traveling the country, campaigning for a variety of Democrats as we head into the last weeks of mid-term election 2014. Surely she’s collecting chits for 2016. But what else is going on in the world of Hillary Watch? One recent study says women are better decision makers under stressful conditions.  Hillary might […]

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TBS Must-Reads of the Week: NRA Hates Gun Safety Moms, Is Marissa Mayer on the Way Out, and Even Strong Women are Domestic Abuse Victims

Too much to keep up with on the internetz these days?  Don’t worry — The Broad Side‘s got you covered. We cull through the news each week, and bring you a few stories you might have missed, but definitely want to know about. So here are this week’s “must-reads”: The woman who founded Moms Demand […]

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