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Women of Color

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

Doug Moore | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of t...

'No Más Bebés' and the Continued Pursuit to Control the Bodies of Poor Women of Color in the US

Elena Gutierrez | Posted 02.04.2016 | Latino Voices
Elena Gutierrez

Population control laws like CalWorks adopt an underlying premise that poor women and women of color cannot be trusted to fully control their own reproductive health choices, and that government-sanctioned coercion is an acceptable policy framework.

Asian Americans as People of Color and Activists for Safe Spaces

Esther Suh | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Esther Suh

Because the racism that Asian Americans experience is different or not as publicized as that of black and Hispanic communities, many Asian Americans grow up thinking that their stories do not have a place in our country's history of racism and discrimination.

My Story: Why We Need to Stop Teaching Women to Apologize

Amanda Alcantara | Posted 12.15.2015 | Latino Voices
Amanda Alcantara

I'm too apologetic. I've known this for a while. I basically apologize for existing. Yet the realization has become clearer recently where I've begun to notice that it goes beyond constantly saying "I'm sorry."

The Holtzclaw Verdict: Vindication for Women Who Did Not Report

Legal Momentum | Posted 12.14.2015 | Women
Legal Momentum

By Lisalyn R. Jacobs For over a year, since the Ray Rice domestic violence case captured the headlines, we have been asking--or invited to ask--some ...

Images of Beauty: The Pretty Series

Rai Mensah | Posted 12.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rai Mensah

The Pretty series curated by Antonia Opiah of Un-Ruly and sponsored by Hairfinity, explores concepts and varied experiences of beauty by women of color across the world in an effortless and artistically inspiring way.

Why Women Are Dominating Thought-Leadership Across All Fields

Erin McKelle | Posted 11.24.2015 | Women
Erin McKelle

When you envision a thought-leader, what first comes to mind? For me personally, I get a mental image of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg giving a speech ...

Ballet is Necessary: Teaching Leadership While Breaking Barriers

Vanessa Alamo | Posted 11.23.2015 | Arts
Vanessa Alamo

Dance matters. It is essential to the development of every child, teenager, adult and elder. The art and sport of dancing has endless values that can and will change lives. My experiences at the Atlanta Ballet and Brandeis University have made me feel empowered as a Peruvian and Colombian woman.

Peak Inequality: Investigating the Lack of Diversity Among TV Directors

Variety | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment

One. Zero. One. Zero. One. That is the number of women of color who directed episodes of television in the 2014-2015 TV season at AMC, FX, HBO, Netfl...

Redefining What It Means to Be a Latina in Tech

Natasha Vianna | Posted 11.04.2015 | Latino Voices
Natasha Vianna

After I accepted a position at a startup, I was relieved and honored to join because I knew I could offer something valuable to the work. I also quickly realized that I now play a role in a larger geographic and cultural community of underrepresented people in tech. And our presence is meaningful.

What Women of Color Have to Do to Break Through

Kim Keating | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

Women of color bear a particularly heavy burden. Many of us supporting our families and navigating unwelcoming work environments. It's up to employers and individuals to take the road map outlined in the study to try and create a world where gender inequity is something of the past.

Hillary Clinton and the Problem of White Feminism

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 10.15.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton rode a wave of feminist zeal. Touted by Gloria Steinem and other marquee white feminists as the antidote to "the patriarchy," Clinton strode onto the national stage with her women' s rights bona fides largely unquestioned.

Delicate Watercolors Combat Oversimplified 'Strong Black Woman' Stereotype

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.14.2015 | Arts

"In my work, I show another side of black women," artist Debra Cartwright explained to The Huffington Post. The Harlem-based artist creates whispered...

"I'm Living in a Sacrifice Zone": Women Speak Out for Climate Justice

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

Women around the globe need to be made aware of all the narratives. The reason is simple. We are all interconnected. Women must recognize their commonalities as they search for solutions. Every story is valid. They all need to be heard -- individually and in unison.

5 Reasons Viola Davis' Emmy Speech is So Important for Women of Color

Kadia Blagrove | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Kadia Blagrove

Viola Davis is officially queen of the universe! Everyone is talking about her incredible Emmy acceptance speech. The How to Get Away with Murder actress made history on Sunday night when she became the first black woman to win an Emmy award for best actress in a drama.

How NYC Is Addressing Sexual Assault In Communities Of Color

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices

The New York City's Office to Combat Domestic Violence is working tirelessly to help victims of rape and sexual assault -- and a large ...

Attacks on Reproductive Justice Are Attacks on Women of Color

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 08.31.2015 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

For years, women of color and low-income women have heard this patriarchal message from various messengers implying that we are naive, misguided, and lack the intellectual capacity to make personal, critical, often difficult, informed decisions about our lives in general and our bodies more specifically.

Reproductive Justice is Fundamentally an Economic Justice Issue

Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan | Posted 08.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan

The ability of women of color and immigrant women to lead healthy reproductive lives is an integral part of the right to self-determination in all aspects of their lives and inherently impacts their economic security and independence.

Muslim Women Superheroes

Lila Igram | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Lila Igram

I have the privilege of working with some amazing Muslim women -- women who run highly effective grassroots organizations or speak out against injustice. Yet despite their achievements, the media seems to always portray Muslim women as victims.

Supporting Women of Color in the Workplace

Brennon Marcano | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Brennon Marcano

While many have written substantively about what women and women of color can do to help each other and "lean in" in the workplace, there's been little focus on the important role men play in creating equitable work environments.

How Many More Sandra Blands?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The abusive arrest and subsequent suspicious death of Sandra Bland is, tragically, far from an isolated incident. On the same day that the facts started to emerge about Bland, Kindra Chapman, an 18-year-old African American girl reportedly took her own life in an Alabama prison cell, after being arrested for allegedly stealing a cellphone.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

Taking an Intersectional Approach to Online Violence

Yann Borgstedt | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Yann Borgstedt

Why do we call women's issues "women's issues"? So much of the inequality and violence that women encounter are relevant to men as well. The problems of patriarchy are not exclusively damaging to women -- they hurt men, too.

Everything About This Badass Feminist Coloring Book Makes Us Proud

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.25.2015 | Arts

Feminists of the world, you know how tiring it can get dealing with the oppression, discrimination and hate that's all too rampant in our ever...

Mother's Day -- More Than Once a Year

Caroline Fredrickson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Women
Caroline Fredrickson

Today on Mother's Day, we need to confront the truth that the United States doesn't do that well by mothers and consequently by children. It isn't simply that the PDA isn't as strong as it should be; mothers face many obstacles in the American workplace from pregnancy to childbirth and beyond.