In America, There Are 5.8 Million Adults Who Are Not Allowed to Vote

If you’re an American citizen, you have the right to vote. Unless you’re an American citizen who’s been convicted of a felony. Then, in almost every state, your right to vote is taken away—sometimes for the rest of your life. Not everyone gets to see the inside of a voting booth. ... Read more »

Pregnant Workers Shouldn't Have to Fight for Their Rights—But They Do

In the workplace, pregnancy should be seen as normal—not as a burden to an employer. Photo via Creative Commons. Parents in the workplace certainly get mixed messages about their legal rights.  Read more »

When Politicians Fail to Stand Up for the "T" in LGBT Rights

Kamala Harris is the most recent politician to support gay and lesbian rights—but not transgender issues. Last month, California Attorney General Kamala Harris vaulted to into the ... Read more »

Backtalk: Hillary, VEEP, and Equal Pay

On Backtalk, hosts Amy Lam and Sarah Mirk discuss top pop culture stories of the week, offering snappy feminist analysis on the issues and people making headlines... Read more »

Sentenced to 41 Years in Prison for a Miscarriage

Indiana has finally succeeded in imprisoning a woman for suffering a miscarriage. On Monday, March 30, 2015, Purvi Patel was sentenced to 41 years in prison after... Read more »

Let's Put a Woman on the $20 Bill

Ugh. Get off my money!  Here is the most sensible idea I’ve heard in a long time: kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with someone who has actually changed America for the better. Preferably a woman.  Read more »

Reliable Birth Control Should Be for Everyone—Including Low-Income Folks

IUDs are a super-effective form of birth control—but but can cost anywhere from $0 to $1000 up-front.  When new and better technologies become available only to people who are already privileged, opportunity gaps get wider. That's exactly what's happening with family planning.  Read more »

How "Mad Men" is a Call to Arms

Joan got herself a seat at the table... but equality was a long way off. If you’re an active Democrat, you’ve probably gotten the emails: “No More Mad Men.” Read more »

American Troops Allegedly Raped 54 Girls in Colombia. Why Haven't We Heard About It?

Photo of American military boots via Creative Commons. There’s increasing recognition these days of the widespread problems of ... Read more »

Tagging Along on Ecuador's "Marcha de las Putas"

The Marcha de las Putas called for expanding reproductive rights in Ecuador. Photo by Megan Alpert.  Walking up to the gathering of a few hundred people in Quito’s Parque El Ejido on March 21, I could hear the beating of drums. The fourth annual Marcha de las Putas was just getting... Read more »


Will Filming the Police Keep Us Safe?

There’s a cultural idea that having someone looking over our shoulder makes us behave better. From fake security cameras to Elf on the Shelf, the... Read more »

In a Bizarre 1976 Comic Book, Spider-Man Fought the Villain of Misleading Sex Education

Last week, I came across a very strange comic book: in 1976, Planned Parenthood teamed up with Marvel to publish a one-off comic in which Spider-Man... Read more »

Sojourner Truth, Unveiled

The leaders of the [women's suffrage] movement trembled on seeing a tall, gaunt black woman in a gray dress and white turban, surmounted...

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Where My Girls At: Meet Two of Ferguson's Black Queer Activists

A participant in a Millenial Activists United protest on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Photo by Aaron Banks. Amid national discussions of... Read more »