Following this years Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) and the Banff Mountain film festival tour, Lissa Cook discusses the lack of women in adventure sports films with three women at the heart of the industry...
As Amy posted earlier today, Margaret Thatcher has died. She was Britain’s first and only woman Prime Minister, crashing the ancient iron gates of patriarchal politics. Though her actions can be seen as a feminist victory, she herself was not a feminist. She once said,
"The battle for women’s rights has largely been won. The days when they were demanded and discussed in strident tones should be gone forever. I hate those strident tones we hear from some Women’s Libbers.”
Any mention of a female candidate's appearance -- whether it's positive, negative or even neutral -- damages her credibility with voters and hurts her chances of election, according to the results of a survey released Monday.
Today, I’m thinking about undocumented women. Feministing has already established that immigration is a feminist issue, largely because it affects women, their families, their partners and communities. Undocumented women of color are targets of a myriad of racist exclusionary laws and are often hit the hardest by the so-called “War on Women.”
Happy April Fools’ Day! This past year has brought us some great feminist pranks, including Pink Loves Consent and a neighborly protest of the always terrible Westboro Baptist Church. However, feminist humor certainly isn’t anything new. One of our Twitter followers (I see you,@SujathaBaliga) alerted us to a great feminist prank covered in the New York Times in 1993:
According to a new study at the Huffington Post (with YouGov) there is a major disparity between people that believe in equality “between the sexes” and identify as feminist. The study found that only 20% of Americans identify as feminist whereas 82% believe that “men and women should be social, political, and economic equals.” Equality between men and women is the most commonly accepted, mainstream definition of feminism. It’s not the only one — and certainly not the one that we adhere to at Feministing (as it relies too wholeheartedly on the gender binary and ignores all the other forms of difference we think are as important as gender oppression) — but it is what most people understand feminism to be about.
Each year, AAUW’s The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap addresses this question, and, of course, the answer is that the pay gap affects all women; but it doesn’t affect all women equally. Race/ethnicity has always created a dividing line in the United States, and it’s no different with the pay gap. In 2012, Asian American and white women had higher weekly earnings than African American and Hispanic or Latina women, and the pattern was similar for men of these groups. The gender pay gap was smallest between African American and Hispanic or Latina/o women and men, but compared with white men (the largest group in the workforce), black and Hispanic or Latina women fare poorly. Hispanic or Latina women are paid 88 percent of what their male counterparts are paid, but only 59 percent of what white men are paid . The gap is smallest between African American women and men: African American women are paid 90 percent of what African American men are paid, but just 68 percent of what white men are paid.
When President Obama elicited outrage for saying that Attorney General Kamala Harris was “by far the best-looking attorney general in the country,” his defenders jumped to say that people offended by the comment should “lighten up,” or focus on...
It’s easy to forget how important women’s studies was to reshaping what knowledge looked like. In part this is because there are fewer and fewer of us who remember what universities that were almost entirely run by and for men looked like. But the success of women’s studies has led to its transformation — into feminist studies, gender studies, queer studies — and to inevitable (as well as important) critiques of what those early years looked like. It’s also very difficult to convey how exciting those early years were — you read every book as it came out, you dived into an archive and practically every piece of evidence you could find on women was a potential article, and groups of faculty and graduate students formed spontaneously in methodology seminars.
No longer confined to the hallowed halls of academia, feminism is now the go-to word for more than a handful of beloved celebrities too. Beyonce calls herself a 'modern day feminist', Taylor Swift denies she's one but also lashes out at accusations she calls 'sexist'. Meanwhile, Amy Poehler defended herself against Swift by calling herself one.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told ESPN this morning that his team would consider drafting Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8 standout for Baylor University’s women’s basketball team, in the second round of June’s NBA Draft.
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