Sharon Kyle: I am all of those things I mentioned—a law professor, a publisher, a progressive, an Africa American—but somehow, when I think of my activism, I tend to overlook the core of what I am—a woman. Or as Sojourner Truth so eloquently put it, “Aint I a Woman”?
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.
Caroline Heldman: It was clear to me and my partner that the salesperson couldn’t possibly conceive of a petite, blonde-haired woman purchasing a muscle car, so it wasn’t worth his time to move seven cars to get to the Challenger. His loss.
Sikivu Hutchinson: The Christian soldiers, fascists and terrorists of the American right have doubled down with hundreds of new restrictions on birth control, abortion and clinic access.
Terence Fitzgerald: The fact that millions of international and national adult women and children (males and females) are exploited, sold, kidnapped, raped, manipulated, at times branded like cattle, beaten, and emotionally scarred should be enough for us to be pursue vigilant activities toward eradicating the trade.
Steve Hochstadt: Some men want to physically engage every woman they see who fits their image of sexy. They interrupt everything, get too close, use their hands, and won’t take “no” for an answer.
Laura Finley: A new school year has started or is about to start and once again public schools across the U.S. are clamoring to control girls’ bodies. The offender this time: my alma mater in Midwest Michigan.
Natalie Davis: The wingnut-orchestrated destruction of the late, lamented grassroots community service nonprofit ACORN is happening again—and progressives must stand against it.
View image | gettyimages.com new study that reports “epidemic levels” of sexual assault among college freshman at one school on the East Coast adds to the complex debate over how exactly to quantify the campus rape crisis. Led by Dr. Kate Carey, who’s a professor at the Brown University School of Public Health, researchers surveyed […]
Sikivu Hutchinson: When white women and women of color continue to receive a barrage of social messages and cues that they are not fit to be scientists, tech specialists, and engineers, their tendency to “choose” non-STEM disciplines and careers becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Melissa Goodman and Ariela Migdal: In 2014, women were only 7 percent of directors on the top 250 grossing films. This number is 2 percentage points lower than it was in 1998.
View image | gettyimages.com hen Kathy tried to seek medical attention for abnormally heavy periods that were leaving her feeling so faint that she was unable to stand, four different medical professionals said it was all in her head. They concluded she was simply struggling with anxiety and perhaps even had a serious mental health […]
Caroline Heldman and Baillee Brown: Widely held rape myths work against reporting, arrest, and conviction rates for rape, including the myth that only “stranger rape” and interactions that result in physical damage constitute “real” rape.
Laura Finley: If a man behaves in an inappropriate way towards a woman, the person held responsible is the woman – still