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.
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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
Maya Paley: The Supreme Court acknowledged that even if science proves that these four types of contraception do not cause abortions, which Hobby Lobby claimed, the employers’ religious beliefs still trump that of the workers.
Ruth Dawson: The Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles is organizing a protest outside of the new Hobby Lobby store in Burbank on Saturday, October 11 from 12:00-2:00 pm.
Melissa Goodman: Women make up only 23 percent of film crews, and only 2 percent of directors on 2013’s 100 top-grossing movies.
Mark Naison: The culture of football, as I experienced it in the 1960s and 1970s, was something that I could easily see spilling over into domestic violence, both because so many of the people who played it well were filled with rage, and because women were so thoroughly objectified by the language almost everyone used.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Often living in wealthier neighborhoods, white women can rely on the police as a thin blue line insulating them from the visceral threat of the dark other.
Anthony Samad: For years our culture has condoned men “manhandling” women that stepped “out of their place,” in the same way society reinforced racial hierarchies when people of color (regardless of what color) exerted any sense of equality.
Ruth Rosen: Domestic violence is just the tip of the iceberg. It may take another century before violence against women seems as barbaric and unacceptable as slavery does today.
Sophie Rane: The moment a woman announces a bid for office, the media starts questioning whether she is fit for the role. Who will care for her children? Will she be able to focus her attention on governance?