WJ Astore: Put simply, in American society it’s easier for a man to be almost anything than for a woman to be almost anything. Society “tells” women what is appropriate for their gender far more than it dictates to men.
Sexism or gender discrimination may stem from the belief that a person of one sex is intrinsically superior to a person of the other. The articles in this category focus primarily on discrimination in employment but may contain pieces on discrimination in lending, housing and other vital areas of life.
n January 10 2017, Desiree Fairooz, a 61-year-old Code Pink protester, was forcibly removed and arrested for laughing at Jeff Sessions during his Attorney General confirmation hearings. Fairooz’s eruption was provoked by an extremely laughable punch line, when Republican Senator Richard Shelby stated that Sessions has an “extensive record of treating all Americans fairly under […]
“Why would any rape survivor ever go to court?” wide-eyed Lili Bernard whispered this question to me during the opening statements in Bill Cosby’s criminal trial last week. Bernard is one of the 60 women who have come forward to allege sexual violence at the hands of Cosby. She has experienced plenty of victim blaming and death threats since […]
Karen Smith’s recent slaying by husband Cedric Anderson was yet another tragic and unacceptable reminder of how black women’s experiences with intimate partner violence have deadly consequences that go unaddressed.
Since we are now led by a man who asserts that “no one has more respect for women” than he, it seemed like a good time to share a little of the history of sneering and disregard for women left behind by a variety of men.
Barbara MacLean: Most of all, this cringing left does not use its collective imagination and provide a clear down-to-earth vision of socialism for all poor, working class and middle class people to see and craft a transition program.
Melissa Goodman: The number of women given the opportunity to direct and tell their stories through film is dismally small, yet last year, Hollywood found a way to make that number even smaller.
Jasmyne A. Cannick: Complaining about something on social media is one thing but finding a way to participate in a meaningful way and represent the faces, lives and voices of millions of Black women is another.
Arielle Laub: Some days I worry we are on the brink of another civil rights crisis. Every day I feel the threat against women, against people of color, against people of different faiths.
Zachary Michael Jack: This Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington marks one of only a few times since the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic that such a large group of women have marched on the capital to ensure their voices are heard by an incoming president on inauguration weekend.
Rosalind Helfand: Angelenos are standing together on the eve of the presidential inauguration, Thursday, January 19, 2017, to Rally to Save Roe: Because Abortion is Your Choice, Not Theirs!
Sharon Kyle: In spite of his indefensible remarks, when the dust settled, 53% of white women voted for Trump—an almost imperceptible change from the percentage of white women voting for Mitt Romney in 2012.
his week President-elect Donald Trump let us know – again – what he thinks of women by selecting Georgia Congressman Tom Price, the current chair of the House Budget Committee, as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price has a long record of opposing women’s health rights — voting to cut off Planned […]