The death of Adrienne Rich on March 27, 2012, filled me with grief and a profound sense of loss. It took a few months before I could contemplate a tribute issue, but I knew immediately that Sinister Wisdom must do a tribute issue.
Google "coming of age movies" and you will find that the stories our culture says define coming of age are those like The Sandlot or Superbad. For boys of color there are far fewer, but some: Cooley High. Boyz in the Hood. School Daze. Try Googling "coming of age movies for girls" and you'll find a lot less.
During the 17 years I edited 'Ms.' I learned how to identify our history-in-the-making: if one woman is experiencing something, there are surely countless others who have been keeping quiet, convinced that they are either the only ones - or simply insane.
While I don't know if it would've made me more successful, these mantras save me from a lot of angst and anxiety! Use these six mantras in your quest to become your own power woman.
I'm no professional foodie, but I've been struck by the current "bro" culture of elite cooking, the intense fraternity of it all. Where are the women in white?
Of course I think there is a place for men in achieving full equality for girls and women. I've got skin in this game.
What I hope for my daughter, for your daughter and for all the women in this world is that one day we will have what we are entitled to, which is equal rights.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In aimed to spark a conversation about women and the workplace. But with that positive message came some questions about whether Sandberg was in touch with the realities of the average American woman.
The belief of a headscarf driving oppression or restriction for Muslim women is taken from the misconception that Islam is a religion that promotes male dominance.
B, thank you for letting down your third wall, for sharing your inspiration, your fantasies, your truth with us. Even though I don't know you, I feel we have a little more in common than I realized before, and you are a stunning emblem of what it means to be a woman -- flaws and all.
We have to fight to provide a strong, positive voice for sex workers worldwide. Knowledge is power, and while sexuality is controversial, we need to fight for our freedoms as women to express ourselves and put slut-shame to an end.
Just like the price tag on her education, patriarchal capitalism and free market principles determine the price tag on her body.
Sojourner went on to meet presidents Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses Grant. She developed a friendship with fellow human rights activist Harriet Tubman. She tried to vote on two occasions, but was turned away both times.
When I was a teenager, my mother sat me down and told me, "You have a choice: Your father and I will either pay for your college education, or for your wedding." I told her, "College, of course." How else was I going to meet a husband? Why else would you go to a private liberal arts college?
Cynics and smart people have known all along it was a sham, but the producers have always taken great pains to perpetuate the fairy tale myth. But last night, the producers had to let all that go when one woman refused to play along.
While the semantics of "feminism" tend to polarize people, its definition is very simple: equality between men and women.
Some of those who stood on the outside saw it as a gathering of women rising up against men. Those who experienced the inside saw a gathering of women and men who cried and laughed and hugged each other, who shared pain and suffering so that others might not feel so alone.
While I've enjoyed plenty of evenings out with female friends, I've never especially appreciated any outing billed specifically as a "girls' night out" (GNO). The whole concept -- including its male counterpart, the "guys' night out" -- just seems strange to me.
Most of us want to be appreciated and loved and valued for more than how we look, but are unable to completely expunge all interest in our outward image. If this is where most of us live, shouldn't we be asking for acceptance to be in this middle space?
Her and the lack of a female body seems less like a feminist victory, and more like the unfortunate end result of an industry thoroughly uncomfortable with the realities of the female form.