Category Women

The Politics of Sexual Harassment and War

A culture that tolerates various forms of abusive and predatory behavior, whether it’s silence amid a culture of sexual harassment or blind patriotism toward dubiously justified wars, has lost its moral compass.

From ‘Doan Ket’ by Meridel LeSueur

We will light singing across all seas…

Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, When a Voice Tells You You’ll Never Be Enough

Decent [Trump] may not be, but he does give unambiguous voice to the (usually more subtle) ways in which women are judged for their looks and often dismissed as incompetent because of them.

Rebecca Solnit Tackles the Silencing That’s Quieted So Many Women

Solnit draws on an equation that has preoccupied women writers from Virginia Woolf to Audre Lorde: that silence is a form of marginalization.

Kelly Hayes | Why I Threw Out My Speech for the Women’s March

“What comes from the heart reaches the heart. Period.”

Ann Wright | At Standing Rock, A Native American Woman Elder Says The Following

“This is What I Have Been Waiting For My Entire Life”

Ann Wright | Women Call for Israel-Palestine Peace

“We cannot count on men to create peace. We will have to do it by ourselves.”

3 Native Women Who Influenced Indian Politics and Federal Policy

Attendees of the Second Annual Conference of the Society of American Indians at Ohio State University (OSU), October 5, 1912.  Courtesy American Indian Studies Program/OSU Dina Gilio-Whitaker  Indian Country  August 25, 2016 The turn of the 20th century was a time of intense change for American Indians. Native military resistance to U.S. domination had been vanquished, […]

Kathy Kelly | A Good Beginning

If the U.S. might diminish offensive war preparations against Russia, when would DOD budget proposals begin to reflect this?

Living in the Shadow of Counterterrorism: Meet the Muslim Women Taking on the National Security State

Informants, paid and unpaid, played a critical role in at least half of these cases, the report found. High-ranking government officials like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) also used these cases for their own political gain, according to reports. Often, allegations of terrorism have prompted the arrests of Muslim Americans like the Duka brothers, based on wholly fabricated plots, trumped up by federal authorities eager to show they are combating “homegrown terrorism.”

I Am the Beggar of the World: Poems by Afghan Women

Hakimi: The title of the book, which was taken from this last landay, is an epigraph of the lives of women indentured from birth by a patriarchal culture. The perils they face in their homeland, however, are not only inflicted by the men in their society, but also, as many landays show, by foreign military forces.

Ann Jones | Afghanistan “After” the American War: Once More Down the Rabbit Hole

Tomgram: Ann Jones, The Never-Ending War. Jones has been remarkably, consistently, undeniably ahead of the curve on the conflict, a reality reflected in her revelatory look at the deeply personal costs of America’s second Afghan War in her now-classic book, “They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return from America’s Wars — The Untold Story.” Tom Engelhardt

Slate: The Women Who Won Net Neutrality

Here are some of the women who worked to preserve the free and open Internet. (The list is long and revealing, while men are getting the recognition and awards.)  By Marvin Ammori  Slate’s Future Tense  September 22, 2015 Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Mignon Clyburn listens to a fellow commissioner speak during an FCC hearing on […]

Chris Hedges | Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

Activist Rachel Moran talks about her new book “Paid For: My Journey Through Prostitution.”

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries!

For example: We may be familiar with Nellie Bly as a muckraking journalist, but unaware that she beat Phileas Fogg’s fictional record of going around the world in 80 days.

Ladydrawers: Epidemic

Autoimmune disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in female children and women in all age groups up to 64 years of age.

Ann Wright | A defense of WomenCross DMZ: When “human rights” hurts North Koreans

 When “human rights” hurts North Koreans: A defense of WomenCross DMZ

The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists, But Almost Nobody Uses It

Miller: What’s striking about ViCAP today: the paucity of information it contains. Only about 1,400 police agencies in the U.S., out of roughly 18,000, participate in the system. The database receives reports from far less than 1 percent of the violent crimes committed annually.

Hilary Klein: Women Are at the Forefront of the Zapatista Revolution

Klein: From the civil rights movement in the United States to the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua, from the campaign against apartheid in South Africa to the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East, women have fought side by side with men for their people’s freedom. Women have been important actors and made invaluable contributions to grassroots social movements and national liberation struggles all over the world.

Women Under Siege: The missing women of the Mediterranean refugee crisis

From the article: For hundreds of thousands of women and girls envisioning a better, less violent life, the future is about as clear as a dark body of water lapping at the edge of a splintering wooden boat. Now that these women and girls have already made the treacherous crossing of the Mediterranean, it remains to be seen whether the land on which they have arrived—the land on which they have staked everything—will support them.