The self-help books of the 1990s changed popular opinion and the public began believing nature is more influential than nurture for differences between men and women, Lynn Roseberry and Johan Roos say in this excerpt from “Bridging the Gender Gap.”
“I felt like she’d been waiting out there, to help me make sense of my life,” says Danielle Henderson about discovering hooks’ work, in this excerpt from the book of essays “Icon.” Suddenly being shut out for being a black woman made more sense.
It’s not about having a successful career, making buckets of money and forming a perfect nuclear family. Maybe it’s old school, but for me feminism is still about caring about the women out there who are still stuck in a raw deal.
In recent weeks, five of my eating-disorder clients told me how much they identified with “All About That Bass.” One said she can’t stop listening to it. Maybe it’s time to back the bill aimed at ending digital body distortion.
While spending time with her in-laws in a remote village in Nepal, Elizabeth Enslin saw local women press their rights. In this excerpt from “While the Gods Were Sleeping,” some decided to plant trees instead of throwing rocks and breaking windows.
(WOMENSENEWS)–Babies need diapers — and so do their parents. Even in developed countries such as the United States, though, this basic need goes unmet. When this happens, babies become unhealthy and their parents also find it harder to break loose from the chains of poverty. Does that link shock you? California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez does not think so.
(WOMENSENEWS)– Lizz Winstead is fond of the word "psyched." She uses it when she talks about her career as a writer, actress and comedian, her passion for feminism and reproductive rights. So the co-founder of Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show" on cable TV is decidedly psyched about Sept. 27, which Winstead proudly declares the first annual "V to Shining V Day." (While the Vs stand for vaginas, the day has no formal ties to Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, or V-Day, the global antiviolence movement Ensler started.)
V to Shining V Day is planned as a chance for women to send their legislators loud messages against "archaic" legislation affecting abortion and women’s health. Possible examples: Missouri’s 72-hour abortion waiting period law passed on Sept. 10 and Colorado Rep. Stephen Humphrey’s proposal to define life as beginning at conception, including in the events of rape or incest.
Overwhelming evidence now shows that the Amazon traditions of the Greeks and other ancient societies were based largely on historical facts, says Adrienne Mayor in this excerpt from “The Amazons,” which looks at these women in myth and history.
Black women are hardly ever on the cover of commercial publications or standing in front of television cameras with a sea of microphones in their faces unless they are famous actresses, entertainers, public figures–or their sons were murdered.