All About Women 2018-2019

    Reproductive rights | The Guardian

  • ‘Marry your rapist’ laws in 20 countries still allow perpetrators to escape justice
    Critical UN report says the legislation is ‘deeply wrong’, subjugates women and shifts the burden of guilt on to the victimTwenty countries still allow rapists to marry their victims to escape criminal prosecution, according to the UN’s annual state of world population report.Russia, Thailand and Venezuela are among the countries... Read more »
  • ‘Out of Trump playbook’: UK accused of ‘abandoning’ women with cuts to aid
    Charity warns of 22,000 additional deaths in poorest countries if Wish reproductive health programme ends ‘My son could die’: the disabled Syrian refugees on the sharp end of UK aid cuts – photo essayThe director of a leading sexual and reproductive health charity has accused the government of “abandoning” women... Read more »
  • Reproduction without pregnancy: would it really emancipate women? | Jenny Kleeman
    It may sound far-fetched, but a breakthrough in Israel has brought us a step closer to creating artificial wombs for humansA team of Israeli scientists announced the mother of all inventions last week. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science revealed in the journal Nature that they had successfully gestated... Read more »
  • Guam moves closer to restoring abortion access after ACLU lawsuit
    It’s been impossible to get an abortion on the island since 2018, and the closest legal clinic is in HawaiʻiGuam has taken a significant step toward restoring abortion access, after the ACLU scored a victory in a lawsuit that seeks to ensure residents of the US territory can turn to... Read more »
  • Arkansas bans nearly all abortions in sweeping measure
    Law, which supporters hope will force the supreme court to revisit Roe v Wade, does not provide exceptions for cases of rape or incestArkansas has passed a new law banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the US supreme court to revisit... Read more »

    Feminism | The Guardian

  • Judi Jackson obituary
    My mother, Judi Jackson, who has died aged 74, was a Labour councillor for Watford borough council between 1983 and 1991, and a feminist, socialist and local campaigner. She also worked in Westminster for 20 years from 1980, as a personal assistant to the Labour MPs Alf Dubs and Willie... Read more »
  • Ann Khambatta obituary
    My friend Ann Khambatta, who has died aged 58 of Covid-19, made an impact on many lives through her community activism in London and in Dorset, where she had recently set up a food bank.Ann was born in Northampton to Erika (nee Volkel), a school caretaker, and Tehmton Khambatta, a... Read more »
  • Is pornography to blame for rise in 'rape culture'?
    Analysis: experts split on whether easy access to porn has fuelled sexual harassment, abuse and assault among young peopleThe harrowing reports of sexism and assaults in schools detailed on the website has fuelled concerns of a “rape culture” in educational settings.The disclosures have raised concerns that easy access to... Read more »
  • Britain thinks it has won the gender equality war. That's a bad sign | Nesrine Malik
    There have been key victories but a survey shows complacency setting in just as women face a post-pandemic crisisProgress can often be its own worst enemy. After a month in which the nation’s attention was diverted towards the inadequate understanding of the dangers women face from sexual predators, a new... Read more »
  • Julia Gillard TikTok interview: former PM says gender equality fight must 'turn anger into action'
    Former Australian prime minister interviewed by Abbey Hansen, known as minorfauna on TikTok, who turned misogyny speech into viral hitA year ago, former Australian prime minister Julia Gillard’s misogyny speech was given new life after it became a viral dancing meme on TikTok during the first wave of Covid-19 lockdowns.Now... Read more »
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    Hollaback! Together We Have the Power to End Harassment

  • A Week In Our Shoes: Setting The Hollaback! Bar
    From Hollaback! HQ Hey Hollas, Look who finally decided to show up. Hello Friday. Where have you been??? The Hollas and I thought you wouldn’t show up. Anyway, since everyone is here, welcome to the latest edition of “A Week In Our Shoes” where we keep you up to date... Read more »
    Last week, on my way to a StopAsianHate rally, I was fearful I would become a statistic. On the subway, this guy and I were going for the same seat when we entered the train. I was quicker and sat down before him. Honestly I didn’t know where he came... Read more »
    At a high school dance, my purse was taken, put in a toilet in the men’s room, and peed on. I faced public humiliation as well as property damage. But the worst part was the feeling of violation. I didn’t feel safe in my school community anymore. My peers did... Read more »
    I was waiting for a city bus in downtown Portland, OR and a white, youngish male started to harass an older Black female rider who was sitting waiting for a bus. He called her the ‘n’ word and used menacing body language near her. From a short distance I shouted... Read more »
    The day after I received my Hollaback! training, I went to a Target for the first time in over a year. I had just passed the two-week mark after my second vaccine, and I was excited to be out in the world again. I had some bags to recycle, and... Read more »

    Sociological Images

  • Happy Birthday, W. E. B. Du Bois!
    “W. E. B. Du Bois and his Atlanta School of Sociology pioneered scientific sociology in the United States.” – Dr. Aldon Morris I had the good fortune to see Dr. Morris give a version of this talk a few years ago, and it is one of my favorites. If you... Read more »
  • The Mask of the “Middle Class”
    I love this podcast conversation with Rachel Sherman and Anne Helen Petersen about Sherman’s recent book, Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence. It is a great source for introduction to sociology courses looking to open up a conversation about differences in social class, especially because it draws attention to the... Read more »
  • Sociology IRL
    One of the goals of this blog is to help get sociology to the public by offering short, interesting comments on what our discipline looks like out in the world. We live sociology every day, because it is the science of relationships among people and groups. But because the name... Read more »
  • VideoIs Knowing Half the Battle?
    We seem to have been struggling with science for the past few…well…decades. The CDC just updated what we know about COVID-19 in the air, misinformation about trendy “wellness products” abounds, and then there’s the whole climate crisis. This is an interesting pattern because many public science advocates put a lot... Read more »
  • Survivors or Victims?
    The #MeToo movement that began in 2017 has reignited a long debate about how to name people who have had traumatic experiences. Do we call individuals who have experienced war, cancer, crime, or sexual violence “victims”? Or should we call them “survivor,” as recent activists like #MeToo founder Tarana Burke... Read more »
The Journey of Women’s Rights: 1911-2015


    Karen Ingala Smith

  • Is it enough if a person in a position of responsibility apologises for an offensive joke?
    Steve Reddy Liverpool Domestic Abuse Strategic Lead and mother-in-law jokes about women’s suspicious deaths Steve Reddy, Director of Liverpool City Council Children & Young People Services and Domestic Abuse Strategic Lead tweeted the following ‘joke’: “Friday [clown face emoji]. Mrs R still angry with me because I didn’t open the... Read more »
  • Counting Dead Women is a project about women killed by men
    My name is Karen Ingala Smith and I prioritise women. I prioritise the well-being of women who have been subjected to men’s violence. I try to make sure I see the women that many others disregard. I’d like to contribute to ending men’s violence against women and girls. If I... Read more »
  • 2021
    At least 39 UK women have been killed by men (or where a man is the principal suspect) so far in 2021: 4 January 2021: Eileen Dean, 93, was found badly injured on her bed in a care home in South London. She had suffered injuries to her head and... Read more »
  • Trauma-Informed Services for Women Subjected to Men’s Violence Must be Single-Sex Services
    For many women and girls, the boundaries between domestic and sexual violence and abuse, are very much blurred. For some this abuse includes prostitution and other forms of sexual exploitation too. It’s not unusual for women who’ve been subjected to men’s violence to develop a trauma response. These sometimes develop... Read more »
  • Why I was rejected for Labour Party membership and my response
    Three months after applying to (re)join the Labour Party, my application was rejected. Another three months later, they told me why.... Read more »

    Latest Articles

  • “We Are Watching Eliza Bright” Turns Gamergate into Experimental Fiction
    gamergate Samantha Riedel Photo credit: Joshua Hoehne/Unsplash I was a couple dozen pages into A.E. Osworth’s debut novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, when I identified the source of the unease I’d been feeling: It was coming from the book’s narration. The book is told in the first person plural,... Read more »
  • VideoBotch Goddess
    Turning 20 Christine Estima Colin Firth as Mark, left, Renée Zellweger as Bridget, and Hugh Grant as Daniel in Bridget Jones’s Diary (Photo credit: Miramax) In the 20 years since Bridget Jones’s Diary made its big screen debut, there has been one infamous line from the Pride & Prejudice-inspired rom-com... Read more »
  • Quid Pro No
    The Power Issue Good Girls Joshunda Sanders Regina King as Sister Knight in Watchmen (Illustration by Anita Hatchett) Recent representations of women on television have reset gender hierarchies centered around cishet male desire. Since #MeToo brought a reckoning to multiple industries, the sexuality of female characters has been deprioritized and... Read more »
  • Luxury Fashion Won’t End Fatphobia
    Andréa Becker Lena Dunham poses in 11 Honoré (Photo credit: Instagram/Lena Dunham) The pandemic has been a wild ride for fatphobia. From weight requirements that determine  which COVID-19 patients get access to lifesaving care to constant messaging about how to avoid gaining weight during lockdown, the past year turned up... Read more »
  • Ramona Taught Me
    Stephanie Buschardt Ramona Quimby in 2013 (Illustration by Jacqueline Rogers) When I reminisce on my formative years, there’s one memory that always overshadows the others: when I got my first (and only) zero on a test. I was talking during the test, but I was also an overactive second grader... Read more »


    Feminist Magazine

  • FM Apr 14: #Abolition WhiteNoiseCollective / #EarthDay Indigenous Climate Justice
    THIS WEEK on Feminist Magazine with host Lynn Harris Ballen :: FIRST … How do we keep undoing white supremacy & unfixable policing? Cherise Charleswell talked to Zara Zimbardo, co-founder of The White Noise Collective about how the intersection of gendered oppression and white skin privilege interact. The White Noise Collective... Read more »
  • FM Apr 7: Get Lit Poets / Missing&Murdered Indigenous Women+
    April is Poetry Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Lynn & Cherise talk about what’s in the news. On THIS WEEK’S SHOW : FIRST … we hear a poetry month show from the Archives! Get Lit – an LA based non-profit combines teen voices with the power of poetry.... Read more »
  • FM Mar 31: MujeresdeMaiz UNEarthed / Human Trafficking in COVID
    It’s the end of Women’s History Month, and Lynn & Cherise talk about what we’ve covered this month, and feedback from our listeners about their favorite episodes on our Podcast. On THIS WEEK’S SHOW : FIRST … Mujeres de Maiz (Women of the Corn) is raising funds for a feature... Read more »
  • FM Mar 24: VAWA / AAPI Histories / International Women’s Day futures
      THIS WEEK on Feminist Magazine :: First … cohosts Cherise and Lynn talk about last Tuesday’s shooting in Atlanta where eight people were tragically killed, six of them Asian women. And how it has further exposed the toxic soup of white supremacy and misogyny. Plus, just how outrageous it is... Read more »
  • FM Mar 17: SayHerName Breonna Taylor / Structural Racism / Female Recession
      THIS WEEK on Feminist Magazine :: First … This week we hit the one-year point of the Covid pandemic lockdown, and Cherise and Lynn talk about how so much loss happened over the past year that we weren’t able to mourn. And, we discuss the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death,... Read more »
Tavi Gevinson

    Feminist Majority Foundation

  • Police Officer Killed 20-Year-Old Duante Wright
    On Sunday, a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota fatally shot Duante Wright, a 20-year-old Black man during a traffic stop. The shooting happened ten miles from where Derek Chauvin is on trial in the killing of George Floyd. According to the Chief Tim Gannon of Brooklyn Center Police Department,... Read more »
  • New Mexico Governor Signs Bill Requiring Paid Sick Leave
    Last week, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law that will make New Mexico one of 15 states requiring employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, regardless of the size of the business. The union-backed legislation guarantees that employees can accrue one hour of paid leave... Read more »
  • ACLU Files Suit On Behalf of Incarcerated Woman Seeking Abortion Care
    On Friday, the ACLU of Nebraska filed a federal lawsuit seeking emergency action on behalf of an incarcerated woman who is being blocked from accessing abortion care. The woman is incarcerated at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women (NCCW). ACLU argues in its lawsuit that the state official’s policy violates... Read more »
  • Charges Dropped Against GA Representative Who Protested Anti-Voter Law
    Yesterday, a district attorney in Atlanta announced that charges against Democratic Georgia state representative Park Cannon will be dropped. Rep. Cannon, a Black woman, was arrested on March 25th when she knocked on the door to Governor Brian Kemp’s office after he signed a new anti-voter bill into law and... Read more »
  • Arkansas Legislature Overrides Veto on Trans Youth Health Care Bill
    Yesterday, the Arkansas General Assembly voted to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto on the Save Adolescents from Experimentation (SAFE) Act, a bill that will prohibit transgender minors from receiving gender-affirming health care such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy, among other services. The bill is the first of its kind... Read more »

    Global Media Girl

    Growing up in 80s Soweto, Ditsie was immersed in the struggle against apartheid. But she knew racial oppression was only part of the fight – and organised the first Pride march in Africa.... Read more »
    GGM Los Angeles reporters investigate how the Covid-19 crisis has impacted their education, and how online classes, school administrators, students, and teachers are coping.... Read more »
    Profile of the incredible former CA State Senator Holly Mitchell, who recently won a seat on the L.A. County Supervisor in the November 2020 election. This is a big job: each Supervisor represents a little over 2 million people and controls the annual Los Angeles County budget. We talk about... Read more »
    For this second in the Activista Series, we talk with SUPER STAR campaign manager Lenee Richards– the woman in charge of Holly Mitchell’s campaign for LA County Supervisor. She tells us what motivates her work…and her view that being authentic & embracing who we are is the key to our... Read more »
    In the second episode of our new series “Young, Woke, & Free” GGM LA reporters follow Natalie, who organized a Black Lives Matter protest in Burbank, going up against people in her own family who doubted her. “If you know what you believe in, you know what’s right, and somebody... Read more »

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