About Ruth Rosen

Ruth Rosen, Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Davis, is a scholar-in-residence at the Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a former columnist for the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. Her most recent book is "The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America."

The Invisible War Against Rape in the U.S. Military

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Ruth Rosen: The military, with its macho culture and adherence to the chain of command, still tolerates sexual assault and violence. Think about it. How could it be different?

Inside the Republican War on Women


Republican War on Women: Just when you thought an overly sexualized America couldn’t get any sillier about sex, Republicans have launched a campaign against the “contraception mandate”

The Republican Party’s “Female Trouble”


Republican Party and Women — How do you run a campaign on a record of trying to unravel the safety net,?

Why America’s Relentless Assault on Abortion?


Ruth Rosen: Along with changes in technology, politics, and debates over late-term abortions, attitudes towards women’s sexual freedom is one important reason that abortion, and not same-sex marriage, still remains the most divisive social issue in American political culture.

You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (Or Have You?)

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Ruth Rosen: These days it may be hard for some to believe, but before the women’s movement burst on the scene in the late 1960s, newspapers published ads for jobs on different pages, segregated by gender. Employers legally paid women less than men for the same work.

Joe “Malarkey” Biden Skewers Ryan/Romney Big Lie

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Ruth Rosen: Will Joe Biden’s debating skills help viewers realize that Romney and Paul have repudiated everything they’ve stood for before the debate?

Voter Suppression: The Unraveling of American Democracy

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Ruth Rosen: The election looms closer and people who cannot meet the new requirements get fed up, feel helpless, and are less likely to go to the polling place on Election Day.

The Obamacare Challenge to American Individualism

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Ruth Rosen: Obama’s greatest failure was limiting his use of the bully pulpit of the presidency to help Americans understand how their lives improve with universal health coverage.

Controlling Women’s Bodies

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Ruth Rosen: What neither side wants to say is that this is a counter-reformation, an attempt to return women to the early 1960s, before birth control pill existed and the Supreme Court established the right of contraception in the United States.

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