iOS app Android app

Equal Rights

Don't Take Karen Pence's Towel!

Gina Barreca | Posted 07.20.2016 | Women
Gina Barreca

Trump's VP pick, Mike Pence, has a wife named Karen. Mrs. Pence developed a product called "THAT'S MY TOWEL!" I was first alerted to this by a piece published in Jezebel--a number of my readers sent me the link--about how Mrs. Pence decided the world problem she needed to fix was the fact that people might mix up towels.

The Circle of Life Continues

Tammy L. Coia | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Tammy L. Coia

Moments, those times in our lives when we wish they could go on forever and ever. I just had a day like that. My youngest son got married and I watched as his life begins in a whole new way. That same day I sat with my other son and as we played with his daughter, my first grandbaby during the reception.

The Orlando Shooting Must Not Divide Us

Areva Martin | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Areva Martin

As the shock of what happened last week in Orlando begins to subside, we are left with many serious questions about what happened, and what the future...

For Father's Day, Correcting The Record About Dads

Josh Levs | Posted 06.17.2016 | Parents
Josh Levs

All year round, the nation is fed a steady diet of false claims about dads. These myths hurt everyone -- children, women, men, businesses, and all of society. They fuel the backward structures that prevent gender equality from taking root. (Why offer men a chance to do caregiving if they're just going to sit around and do nothing anyway?)

On Behalf of the LGBT Community, We Don't Want Your Pity

Mark Baer | Posted 06.15.2016 | Queer Voices
Mark Baer

On the evening of June 11, 2016, we experienced the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, when Omar Mateen opened fire in a gay club in Orlando, Fl...

Where the 'L' Are the Women?

Lori Sokol | Posted 05.24.2016 | Queer Voices
Lori Sokol

Attend any major LGBTQ political rally or hearing where issues affecting the rights of the entire LGBTQ community are debated and decided, for example, and you will find most of its leaders are male. This therefore begs the question, 'Where are the women?'

If We Believe in the American Promise, Time for the 28th Amendment

Jeff Clements | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics
Jeff Clements

Citizens United and its money-dominated "marketplace" political system frames a national conflict between two irreconcilable Constitutional values: principles of wealth-based representation and corporatism versus principles of human freedom and equal citizenship.

We the People Make America Great: Viewpoint of an American Bisexual

Kevin Hogan | Posted 05.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Kevin Hogan

Ever since the race for the Republican presidential nomination began, one thing in particular has been bugging me. It's the statement that we need...

New York Farmworkers Deserve Equality

Joann Lo | Posted 05.09.2016 | New York
Joann Lo

By Joann Lo, Food Chain Workers Alliance, and Katia Chapman, Rural and Migrant Ministry There are few consumer opportunities to consider the origin ...

A Feminist's Response to Time's 1998 Cover Story, 'Is Feminism Dead?'

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D. | Posted 04.25.2016 | Women
Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

Several years ago Time announced "The Death of Feminism". Excuse me! Just as a very-alive Mark Twain announced that "reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated", so are pronouncements of the "death of feminism" and the subsequent creation of the pseudo-term "post-feminism."

It May Be More Than A Decade Before We See A Woman On The Front Of A U.S. Bill

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics

This week's anticipated victory for groups pushing the U.S. Treasury to put a woman's picture on the $20 bill was soured by news that the wait might s...

Liz Hausle trades Music Industry job to Empower Women

Danai P. Maraire | Posted 04.26.2016 | Women
Danai P. Maraire

Amidst the clutter of the internet and the constant stream of content meant to entertain and mass marketed toward women; think "best dressed" lists, w...

'Deeds Not Words'

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 04.13.2016 | Politics
Bobbie Brinegar

As we celebrate today's monument designation, we remain hopeful for more "deeds" that recognize the contribution of women and move them towards full equality and participation in society.

What Is Normal?

Emma Davidson | Posted 04.11.2016 | Parents
Emma Davidson

What do we even mean by labelling things "normal," are we tagging them as socially acceptable? If you're not "normal," does that make you abnormal? A word that we so frequently associate with weird and therefore a lack of social acceptability?

The Tail-Eating Head of North Carolina Politics

Jonathan Byrd | Posted 03.28.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Byrd

When you alienate people you alienate the people who love them. You alienate the people who believe in love. And that's a lot of people. I still believe that's most North Carolinians.

How Does My Marriage Affect Your Marriage?

Caroline Hart | Posted 03.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Caroline Hart

People have said to us there are more important things to worry about than our civil rights during this election year, yes are there other things to worry about but don't trivialize civil rights, especially if you've never had to fight for yours!

Hundreds Of Companies Join Forces Against Anti-LGBT Bill In Georgia

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.04.2016 | Business

Major companies are speaking out against a Georgia bill that would effectively legalize discrimination against LGBT people. After the Georgia Senate ...

Jennifer Lawrence Calls Out The Most Damaging Myth About Feminism

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 02.27.2016 | Women

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Jennifer Lawrence offered a penetrating and personal take on the state of feminism during a dinner event focused on women's e...

China Gears Up To Hear Its First Same-Sex Marriage Case

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 01.29.2016 | World

A gay man in China is making history by challenging local authorities on his right to marry. Last month, a 27-year-old who uses the pseudonym Sun Wenl...

Stacey Dash and Whoopi Goldberg Are Both Right About BET

Randy Paul Oetinger | Posted 01.28.2016 | Entertainment
Randy Paul Oetinger

Stacey Dash confuses me. For that matter, so does Ben Carson. They are both voices for the conservative political caucus, Dash on Fox and Carson as a presidential candidate. What I cannot grasp is their staunch advocacy on behalf of extreme conservatives given the history of that movement.

Sexism Is Not Dead

Tova Payne | Posted 11.25.2015 | Women
Tova Payne

As a woman there's no getting away from it -- you are WAW: Walking As a Woman, and that means you are treated differently every step you take.

Are We Fired Up Yet?

Marcy Syms | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Marcy Syms

There are constant reminders of the struggles for women -- pay inequity, pregnancy discrimination, and violence against women. Most of us experience it, read about it, and talk about it. There is only one big step that could have a significant effect on all these issues.

Veterans Day Is a Good Day to Start a New Discussion

Wayne Maines | Posted 11.12.2015 | Politics
Wayne Maines

We live in the United States of America, but my family and so many others have to live in hiding to protect our gender non-conforming children/transgender children. We have to fight against Religious Freedom bills that are based upon unfounded fears and propaganda.

What Is It About Christians and Bathrooms?

Susan M. Shaw | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Susan M. Shaw

Bathrooms are important. We all need them, and perhaps that is part of the reason bathrooms become central in conservative Christian challenges to civil rights around issues of gender. Bathrooms level the playing field. As my mother used to say, "Everybody has to go."

Kitchen Table Commerce: The Way Business Works for Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Kari Warberg Block

It's hard to believe how different things were, here in the United States, just 27 years ago -- or how different things would be, had our government not invested in women. A healthy economy, void of corruption and injustice, is one that leads to an environment where nobody is left behind.