Feminism | Posted by Claire C on 05/29/2013
Margaret Thatcher: How An Anti-Feminist Inadvertently Contributed to the Cause
With the passing of Margaret Thatcher in recent months, her achievements and contributions have been much analyzed. Thatcher has been described as “the most influential politician of her generation” and a “key political figure of the twentieth century.” One area of Thatcher’s life which has been examined is her contribution to the feminist cause. This is something that cannot be overlooked, especially as Thatcher was the first (and to this day, only) female Prime Minster of the U.K. Political pundits cannot help but describe Margaret Thatcher in regards to her sex, with terms such as “Lady Thatcher” and “the Iron Lady.”
It is generally believed that Thatcher did next to nothing in the fight to further women’s rights in the U.K. For instance, there was only one other woman in …
Feminism | Posted by Shirley Kailas on 11/5/2012
Memo to the Right Wing: Women Know You Really Have Our Backs
Dear Right Wing,
On behalf of my country and my gender, I would just like to say that I’m so sorry the media has cruelly misconstrued your obviously well-intentioned musings on rape and rape-related pregnancies. SO frustrating, guys! For some reason women get all sensitive and dramatic when it comes to what the government will force us to do or not to do after being sexually assaulted.
I know, sometimes the political environment just seems so darn friendly to social extremism that you let you guard down for ONE moment and try to have an intelligent conversation with mature adults about how rape and resulting pregnancies are God’s will, and in fact, “gifts” from God and suddenly everyone is all like “That’s creepy and incredibly offensive” and “what about my …
Articles | Posted by Julie Z on 10/29/2012
An Interview with Peta Lindsay
Over the past few months, we have been inundated with news about Obama and Romney — especially about their policies in terms of women. But did you know that there’s a woman running for president? You may not have heard of her, but Peta Lindsay is the 2012 presidential candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
According to the PSL website, Lindsay is a 2008 graduate of Howard University and currently lives in Los Angeles where she remains a leader and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education from the University of Southern California with the goal of becoming a public school teacher. She has represented the U.S. anti-war movement and the Party for Socialism and Liberation at important conferences and mass gatherings across the globe. For …
Feminism | Posted by Gina S on 09/5/2012
A Take On the U.S. Presidential Election from Across the Pond
I am not someone who attacks others for their personal beliefs. I do not openly ridicule people for having a specific belief system…unless that belief becomes a law by which I am forced to live my life.
I’m sure you’ve all been hearing about the current hot topic of women’s reproductive rights in the American presidential race. I’m sure you’ve gathered that there are many Republicans who are in favour of not only making some types of contraceptives illegal, but also banning abortion, despite whether the pregnancy was due to rape and/or incest — and I hope you’re angry about it. I consider myself lucky to live in the UK, because while our government is in no way perfect, they’re not telling me what to do with my body, either.
Pop-Culture | Posted by Julie Z on 09/1/2012
Saturday Vids: Republicans, Get In My Vagina
I’ve posted this Funny or Die video before, but it’s never been more relevant. Plus, after the past few weeks, I think it’s necessary for the sake of our mental health to inject a little humor into this political climate…
Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Molly W on 08/31/2012
Ann Romney’s Appeal to Women
More than ever, the women’s vote is important in the 2012 Presidential Election. All of the attention around the politics of health care for women had made the Republican Party and the Romney campaign acutely aware that they must work to engage the female voting population and to convince them to vote Republican in November.
So on the first night for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, Ann Romney stepped up to make an extended appeal to women. Her speech touched on her relationship with her husband, her struggles raising five children, and her belief that America would flourish under her husband’s direction. All of those appeals though rested on the idea that women – mothers and wives in particular – are the true backbone of this nation.…
Awareness, Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 07/28/2012
Saturday Vids: My AAUW Voting Pep Talk
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) recently asked me to contribute to their “Our Voice. Our Vote” campaign. Here are my thoughts on why I’ll be voting in November (and why you should be, too!)!
Feminism | Posted by Fiona L on 05/30/2012
Why I’m Glad We Don’t Have A Woman President
Believe it or not, observing Obama’s presidency has actually made me glad that we don’t currently have a woman in the highest political office. You’re probably gasping with shock, after reading that sentence—not only am I constantly voicing my opinion that I think we need more women in politics, I basically developed a massive girl-crush on Hillary Clinton during the 2008 election and it’s no secret that I supported her over Obama. But lately, several events have made me question—and I practically cringe even writing this—if 2008 would have been the right time for a woman to step into office.
2012 has in many ways been defined politically by various “women’s issues.” In the past few months alone, there have been contraception hearings, Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a prostitute…