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'Gents', 'Fellas', 'Boys' - How Language Is Telling Women They Don't Belong

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 06.01.2015 | Technology
Kate Van Dellen

Sitting at my desk today, dress and new flats on, I opened an email sent to me and my group with the first line "Gents, I need your help with this hard technical issue..." In one swift motion, I uncrossed my legs to firmly press my feet into the ground and leaned forward.

Real Religious Leaders Must Stand Up for Real Freedom

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Al Sharpton

The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.

Concerning Socialism

Lewis Worrow | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is self-evident that equal opportunity is a necessary quality of a fair society, but to achieve this an inefficient redistribution of wealth is required.

10 Tips for Creating Inclusive Religious Organizations

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

We are a stronger country when religious organizations of all faiths live up to our values--when we are welcoming, diverse, moral, and respect one another.

For the NCAA, There is No Sideline

Ashland Johnson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Sports
Ashland Johnson

The threat of SB 101 becoming law has thrust the NCAA into a unique position. The NCAA has an opportunity to have an impact beyond sport by speaking out against this discriminatory law.

Entrepreneurs: Tessa Kahoun, AZ's Foremost Wedding Planner

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 05.25.2015 | Weddings
Johnathan Cardillo

Well, one day, I was telling a co-worker how I was helping a friend plan her wedding and she said, "Tessa, why don't you just do that full-time? Didn't you work in events before?"

U.S. Police Officers Kill Primarily Because They Are Attacked, Not To Disrupt Crime

Alev Dudek | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

Police officers in the U.S.A. are not better or worse than in Germany or Great Britain. What determines the conduct of an average police officer is the political and organizational climate in which they operate.

Equality: Fixin' to Get Around to it

Brett Jones | Posted 05.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Jones

Racism and bigotry are overwhelming and mind numbing issues. The big picture frustrates me to no end. The only person that I truly can control is myself, which happens to be the best place to start fixing most problems I know.

Guilt, Privilege and the Unraveling of Race

Julian Mitchell | Posted 05.17.2015 | Black Voices
Julian Mitchell

The overarching desire is not to live in a "post-racial" America, but to exist in a "post-racist" America. The goal is not for all races to be considered the same, but for each race to have a private identity and culture that is separate, but respected equally.

On International Women's Day, A History of Lilith. Was She a Demon or the First Feminist We Know?

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Women
Dora Levy Mossanen

My Lilith revealed herself when I immigrated to America and decided to go back to school as a married woman and a mother of young kids, when I became a writer and began creating strong willed female characters with big dreams and the courage to realize these dreams, despite the many obstacles they encountered on their way.

Corporations, Especially Media and Tech Companies, Should Clearly Commit to Gender Equality and Get Gender Certified

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Soraya Chemaly

EDGE provides a mechanism for companies not only to show the seriousness of their commitment to closing gender gaps, but to then put their money and time where their mouths are. Tech and media companies, in particular, because they so disproportionately shape imaginations and narratives.

Why I Admire Muhammad: A Response to Islamophobes

Craig Considine | Posted 05.09.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

The Islamophobes who do not see the value in Muhammad's qualities are simply being close-minded. If the Prophet were alive, he would show them mercy and compassion in spite of their actions. He would also tell them to seek more knowledge.

7 Things Women Can Do Now to Achieve 50/50 Gender Equality at Work

Dayna Steele | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Dayna Steele

There is an old saying, "Women hold up half the sky." We should be holding up half of the corporate world as well.

WATCH: A Field Guide to Spotting and Stopping the Homophobic Laws Coming to Your Home State

Matt Baume | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Don't look now, but while marriage equality has been spreading across the country, homophobic lawmakers have found a sneaky new way to chip away at civil rights. And not just gay and lesbian civil rights -- EVERYONE'S civil rights.

Gender Fluid Generation: Evolving Gender Norms at School

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 05.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in the 9th grade. I remember the teacher mumbling under her breath that some people don't identify their gender with the biological sex they were born with.

NYC Feminist Zine Fest

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 05.06.2015 | New York
Jenna Henry Hansen

After reading just a handful of Twitter comments aimed at Arquette and pages directed toward E! and Rancic, clearly there is still an obvious need and immense desire for a platform of open dialog and feminist critique of our culture.

'House of Cards' and Gender Equality

Matt Hartman | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Matt Hartman

rancis' remarks show his gendered bias; he believes that Claire owes him her position. Yet, he forgets, all too easily, that he owes his position to Claire.

Jeb Bush Has At Least One Thing Right on Poverty

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

In a speech to the conservative Club for Growth this week, presidential hopeful and former Republican governor of Florida Jeb Bush espoused an idea about battling poverty that is, at its core, right.

Inequality and Fairness: Why Investors Should Care

Peter Schwartz | Posted 05.03.2015 | Money
Peter Schwartz

The effect of unequal educational funding is to reinforce existing wealth inequalities across social class, race, gender, and region. But the most significant effect is the reproduction of these inequalities across generations.

The Next Oprah Winfrey & Algebra: How to Empower Young African American Women With Additional Math Skills

Mark Charles Hardie | Posted 05.02.2015 | Black Voices
Mark Charles Hardie

By loving, cherishing, and supporting mathematics education for African American women and girls, we improve our society and empower future generations.

A Note to Jessa's God: We'll Trade You Soup for the Duggars

Sarah Toce | Posted 04.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Sarah Toce

Religious extremism is alive and well in the Duggar household, and its ugly tentacles extend far beyond the reach of the family's matriarch, Michelle.

The 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sequel Is Exciting Enough to Rip Your Pants Over!

Jilly Rolnick | Posted 04.29.2015 | Teen
Jilly Rolnick

While America has taken huge steps towards equality, issues are still being fought over today. This month is Black History Month so it is especially important to celebrate how far our country has come and also address the shortcomings that remain.

It's About Time to Speak Up

Christa Dowling | Posted 04.28.2015 | Women
Christa Dowling

After many years, it is shameful that the subject of pay or wages is not solved. No, we must not skulk in the background, but put the subject center-stage. We've had endless conversations, and over many years, and they have gone unheeded.

Respect President Obama's Office, if not the Man

Senator Catherine Pugh | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Senator Catherine Pugh

Apparently, it is somewhat difficult for the President's critics, who have not walked in his shoes or experienced his history to understand how you can love our country but still call on it every day to display equality, fairness and justice for all.

This Nun's Powerful Definition Of Humanity Is The Only One You Need

OWN | Posted 02.26.2015 | OWN

At 78 years old, Sister Joan Chittister has been a devoted Roman Catholic nun for six decades. The author of nearly 50 books, she also publishes a ca...