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Do We Still Need Women's Colleges? Yes and No.

Women's colleges were born out of institutionalized sexism. So, do we still need women's colleges?

In mid-December the Huffington Post published a guest editorial by Elizabeth Pfeiffer titled, "Don't Like the Gender Gap? Women's Colleges Might Just Be the Answer." In her post, Pfeiffer defends the all-female Scripps College. She argues that...

What The Newsroom’s Incompetent Female Characters Could Learn From The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin, I love you, but we need to talk.

As many of the West Wing faithful have gleefully discovered, all seven seasons were recently added to Netflix Instant, which means I know what I'll be doing for the next few months.

The West Wing isn't a perfect TV show in its depiction of women, but it's better than most. So...

Everything’s About Money and Love: Q&A with Mystery Author Laura Lippman

I'm a lifelong fan of bestselling mystery writer Laura Lippman, whose character Tess Monaghan stars in stories that are often critical of pop culture. Bitch last talked to Lippman—who's on our National Advisory Board—to mark the release of her book I'd Know You Anywhere in 2010. Since then, she has called attention to the lack of media coverage of female writers ...

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Happy Friday! Here's all the feminist news I found interesting this morning. Anything else catch your eye? Add it to the comments!  

• Next week, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Voting Right Act. Here's a brief history of the groundbreaking legislation that opened up the ballot box to everyone in the United States. [Colorlines...

Fed Up With Boy Scout's Bigotry, Portland Parents Start Alternative LGBT-Friendly Troop

Portlander Ethan Jewett has fond memories of growing up as a Boy Scout. But as his son Jackson neared Cub Scout age, Jewett felt that, like many parents, he did not want to enroll his son in an organization that continues to exclude LGBT folks and atheists.

So instead of just joining the campaign to transform the Boy Scouts of America, Jewett and other parents are making their own...

The Office and The Feminine Mystique

On the sitcom The Office, as in real life, middle class working mothers are stuck between a rock and a hard place.

They often face the choice of either compromising their career—working part-time or quitting altogether—or feeling like an absent mother. Men, on the other hand, are typically not held to the same standard. Rarely do employers worry whether their male...

Exploring Gender in Cowgirl Narratives

Cowgirl narratives—films, shows, and books featuring women and horses—often show women who are at home in their bodies, connected with nature, and many times, disrupting traditional gender roles. As cowgirls, women are shown in acts of blissful physicality. They follow their dreams. They are independent and strong-willed. But the horse seems to be essential in these experiences, and the...

On Our Radar: Today's Feminist News Roundup

Happy Thursday everyone! Here's some news to start your day:  

  • Do you want to "change the world" and "save women?" You might want to read this article first. On the hubris of Harvard's recent Policy Task Force offering recommendations to India in the wake of the New Delhi gang rape (and the dearth of cultural competency in transnational work in general)  [Kafila...

Food, Family, and Identity: Q&A with Author of New Memoir Licking the Spoon

There's a difficult scene in toward the beginning of Candace Walsh's memoir, Licking The Spoon, where five-year-old Walsh is essentially force-fed her dinner amidst tears, gagging, and vomit. This particularly heartbreaking image propelled me back to my own memories of sitting at my childhood dinner table, locked in a fierce battle between myself, my father, and food. Walsh'...

Ms. Opinionated: All the Advice You Asked For, and Some You Didn't

Welcome to the latest installment of Ms. Opinionated, in which readers have questions about the pesky day-to-day choices we all face, and I give advice about how to make ones that (hopefully) best reflect our shared commitment to feminist values—as well as advice on what to do when they don't.

Dear Ms. Opinionated, ...

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