Peter Dreier: It’s well known that Hillary Clinton may make history as the nation’s first woman president, but less noticed are the many women running for Senate this year, who may break a record of their own.
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Sikivu Hutchinson: Turner is part of a long legacy of white rapists that have eluded justice, but the firestorm around his case reflects a genuine shift in consciousness prompted by generations of organizing against rape and sexual assault.
Paula Fass: Drawing on older traditions, through which women influenced public affairs, Clinton spoke to ideals of protection for families and social inclusion. Clinton and her campaign hope to make these ideals just as appealing today.
Charles Hayes: The often-heard declaration that anyone would be better as president than Hillary Clinton is so steeped in the ethos of misogyny that to deny this reality is blatantly hypocritical. It’s equivalent to saying anyone would better than a neurosurgeon to operate on your brain.
Laura Finley: It infuriates me to hear celebrities and politicians minimize rape by equating their life experiences to being violently victimized, or by using their powerful public platform to blame victims.
Rosemary Jenkins: Yet, I surprised myself when I listened to Hillary’s victory speech last week when I began to cry—not because Sanders would not be the candidate but because of the flashes of history that crossed my internal vision.
Jessie Daniels: This is the worst of all possible worlds, and the choice between Trump’s vulgar, overt racism and Clinton’s polite, public policy racism is no choice at all.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Inundated with racist pop culture images of violent black masculinity and hyper-sexualized black femininity, black boys in particular often struggle to define manhood in ways that aren’t based on hardness and controlling black girls and women. Woke Feminist Men
Laura Finley: I wish I didn’t have to prepare my child for how to handle these things, or mentally ready myself for harassment before I walk somewhere.
Joe Palermo: These latest lines of attack — Trump criticizing Hillary Clinton for belonging to the female gender and Cruz turning to Fiorina as the anti-Hillary — not only expose Trump’s misogyny and Cruz’s cynicism, but the underlying Republican attitude toward women in politics generally.
Steve Hochstadt: In the years after Gibb’s first Boston marathon, the idea that women could do it, too, whatever it was, bubbled through American society. It took a movement to crash through the walls authorities had built around women.
Laurie Agard: Despite corporate media roadblocks, the “revolution” has already happened. Well over one-forth of our country’s eligible voting population are unmarried females.
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”?