For Working Women, Equity Unlocks Happiness

For Working Women, Equity Unlocks Happiness

My first job as a teenager was running the cash register at a strip mall pizza franchise in suburban Florida. My $5 an hour was essential income for our poor family, even though it required me to learn new survival skills — like fending off aggressive co-workers and...
Byline Inequality Matters

Byline Inequality Matters

Anna Quindlen relayed an eye-opening and hair-raising experience to her readers in 1990. “A newspaper editor said to me not long ago, with no hint of self-consciousness, ‘I’d love to run your column, but we already run Ellen Goodman,’” the New York Times columnist...
Briefing: Black Working Women Matter

Briefing: Black Working Women Matter

The briefing will highlight findings and recommendations from IPS’ report, And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders’ Voices, Power and Promise, which examines the successful efforts of black labor women to organize into unions where on average they earn more than...
Film: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

Film: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY resurrects the buried history of the outrageous, often brilliant women who founded the modern women’s movement from 1966 to 1971. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL takes us from the founding of NOW, when ladies wore hats and gloves, to the emergence of...
The Men’s Club

The Men’s Club

Most people would probably guess that the upper echelon of corporate America is an exclusive, virtually males-only club. And they’d be right. A new Institute for Policy Studies report shows just how exclusive this club is. Over the past two decades, there are...
Human Rights from the Ground Up: Women and the Egyptian Revolution

Human Rights from the Ground Up: Women and the Egyptian Revolution

Amid ongoing battles over the shape of political systems in the Arab world, intense sexual violence against women in those countries, and protest movements by women fighting for their rights, advancing the causes of Arab women is of utmost importance. Yet...
Today’s Mad Men

Today’s Mad Men

I remember when I first started watching Mad Men. Like most of America, I got hooked. How could I not? The glitz and glamour of 1960s Manhattan was irresistible. But from the very first episode, I knew there was something deeply wrong with this world — the...
A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

A Deceptive Win on Plan B for Women

Good news for advocates of sensible birth control policy: The Obama administration announced that it’s dropping the fight to impose an age restriction on sales of Plan B One-Step, the emergency contraception pill. Reproductive rights advocates are celebrating...
Enough is Enough

Enough is Enough

I’ve had enough. Enough of rape being subject to terms like “legitimate.” Enough of hearing that my peers just “raped” their final exams. Enough of being labeled too-politically-correct when I challenge the oversimplification and...
As 2012 Ends, a Turning Point on Women’s Rights

As 2012 Ends, a Turning Point on Women’s Rights

Women’s rights have been in the forefront of international of international concern over the last few weeks. Making the biggest headlines were the massive demonstrations in New Delhi and other cities in India provoked by the brutal gang rape by six men of a...
Mali: Crisis and Hope

Mali: Crisis and Hope

The potential is high for foreign military intervention in Mali. Mali remains in crisis. A military coup early this year followed by an insurgency attack in the north threatens the stability of the entire West African sub-region. Just this week the Associated Press...
Supremely High Stakes in This Election

Supremely High Stakes in This Election

The rights of working families across America hang in the balance this Election Day. The future of laws protecting working people — our right to safe working conditions, to organize, and to sue employers who have discriminated against us — will depend on...
The Corporate Court’s War on Women

The Corporate Court’s War on Women

When President George W. Bush nominated John Roberts and Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court, women’s groups mobilized to no avail. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to filibuster either nomination despite personal pleas from feminist leaders. Our main...

Creating an Equal Opportunity Page

Letter to the Editor I spotted letters from 14 men and three women on the Sept. 22 Free for All page. It caused me to wonder if women’s letters aren’t being published or whether we’re just not writing many letters to the editor. But then I remembered...