Women's Issues Sitemap - Page 3 2013-12-06
Suleman's $1 Million Offer - Octo Mom as Porno Mom?
Some have accused Nadya Suleman of giving birth to octuplets in an attempt to score a TV reality show. Whether it's true or not, precedence has been set by twin
Boston Female Neurosurgeon Wins Some, Loses Some in Sex Discrimination Case
Okay, we've come to expect that women will face sexual harassment and gender discrimination in certain male-dominated fields. We've heard stories of it
Dropped By NY Post, Liz Smith Continues to Dish on the Internet
Liz Smith, the doyenne of dish, has left the building. The New York Post building, that is. The Post has dropped her legendary gossip column, citing tough
Is This Any Way to Shop for Lingerie?
Picture this: You're trying to buy underwear - a bra or panties. But when you go to the store, all the salespeople are male. They can't measure you for a good
And Sebelius Makes Six - Obama Appoints More Women to Cabinet Than Any Other Incoming President
If you're a woman, only in Washington, DC would the move from governor to secretary not be seen as career suicide. Of course it helps when the job is Secretary
Michelle Obama's Arms - Welcome to the White House Gun Show
© Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images In her first official photo as First Lady, Michelle Obama is asking the nation if we've got tickets to the gun
Thanks to Obama, Nation's Health Care Now Headed By Women
Many women who work in health care often have to play second fiddle to the men in charge - doctors, hospital administrators, managed health care CEOs. Not so in
The Shocker Behind The Bachelor Shocker - The Entire Season Was Faked
On this morning after the final Bachelor episode in which single dad Jason Mesnick dumps the woman he chose (Melissa) to pursue the woman he said no to (Molly),
As Her 50th Anniversary Draws Near, Barbie's Both Beloved and Banned
Barbie's not getting older. She's getting better. And millions of fans can attest to that as the world celebrates her 50th anniversary on March 9th.
Video Made the "Depression Cooking" Star - Grandma Clara's Unexpected YouTube Fame
Clara is a little old Italian lady who hated the camera for years, but somehow got talked into making a handful of videos in which she cooks up recipes for the
Reviled Mother of Octuplets Nadya Suleman Inspires Octomom Bill
They may be designated by the masculine-sounding term 'bill,' but some pieces of legislation definitely have a feminine bent. Many are graced with the name of
Are Kids Curious or Scared? BBC Children's Show Controversy Over Cerrie Burnell
Children are full of questions, but when you provide them answers and explanations they can understand, they're often more accepting than adults. They may ask
Octomom Suleman's Second Publicist Quits Because "Nadya Got Real Greedy"
Octomom Nadya Suleman seems to have perfected the fine art of driving men away - even those that aren't interested in babies or a relationship, but are in it
After 50 Years, What is Barbie's Impact on Girls and Women?
If Barbie were real, she'd be eligible for AARP membership today. On this, her 50th birthday, she doesn't appear to be ready for retirement yet. Like a true
Michelle Obama's Arms War - Fashionista Bonnie Fuller Skewers David Brooks
As former Editor-in-Chief of Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and YM magazines, Bonnie Fuller knows what's hot and what's not in the fashion industry. And
Welcome to the Dollhouse
A reader alerted me to Dollhouse, a new TV series on Fox that offers a high-concept sci-fi take on prostitution. Though I haven't seen it, it sounds like The
Oprah and Mommy Bloggers - Why We All Need to Blog
When Oprah does a show on a topic, it means that it's hit the big time. That level of O-pproval indicates that whatever the subject is, it's come of age because
Why I'm a Day Late, a Dollar Short for International Women's Day
Yesterday the world observed International Women's Day, and though I knew it was happening, as a wife, mother, chief bottle washer and center of the small
Obama Champions Women's Issues with a White House Council on Women and Girls
In a move that's both pragmatic and inspiring, President Barack Obama is going to do something today that no other president has done. He's going to establish a
Two Weeks of Octomom Celebrity - 911 Calls, Dr. Phil, Angels in Waiting and Nadya Suleman's New House
Six weeks ago, if you dropped the word octomom in casual conversation, you would have gotten blank looks and reactions of what? What a difference a month
Women Saying "Yes" or "No" - Work/Life Balance and the Changing Economy
When it comes to work and career advancement, should a woman ever say no? The right answer may depend on where you're standing as you contemplate this
Because of Rihanna and Chris Brown, Oprah Show Tackles Domestic Violence
How upset is Oprah over Rihanna's abuse at the hands of boyfriend Chris Brown and her decision to go back to him? Enough that Oprah is broadcasting live today
New White House Council on Women - Did Michelle Have a Say?
Today, Michelle Obama is flexing not her arms but her muscle as the country's most visible example of a professional woman seeking an appropriate work/life
Republican Party's (Chair)Man of Steele - Did He Let Slip He's Pro-Choice?
Is the GOP's new top dog really pro-choice underneath it all? And did he reveal himself during his interview with GQ? Michael Steele is the first African
Something To Be Proud About - Finding Female Self-Confidence Online
About a year ago, I tried to write two companion articles about what women and girls liked/disliked about themselves. One would have been titled 10 Things
What Happened on Oprah's Domestic Violence Show? Revealing Answers
Want to know what happened on the Rihanna/Chris Brown-inspired show that Oprah did on domestic violence? Salon has an excellent review. I had voiced earlier
White House Council on Women and Girls - An Empty (Pant)Suit?
It's depressing to see how little media coverage Obama's new White House Council on Women and Girls has gotten. Even Politico.com, which has been good about
Why Won't Rihanna Leave Chris Brown? Here's Why
It's easy to look at Rihanna and Chris Brown's situation and say, She should leave him. She's stupid for staying. That's what most of us are thinking, right?
The Wife Who Knew Nothing - the Josef Friztl Incest and Imprisonment Case
Is it possible for a woman to be married to - and live with - a horrific monster for decades and not know what he is doing down in the basement of the family
In Anti-Abortion North Dakota, a Fertilized Egg May Soon Be a Person
North Dakota is approaching the abortion issue in a totally unique way that introduces a politically-charged definition of what it means to be a person. It's
Octomom Nadya Suleman Calls 911 as Paparazzi Swarm Octuplet Homecoming
If you are a mother trying to sell a video of yourself giving birth to octuplets for $1 million, should it be any surprise that the act of bringing two of those
Who's Larissa Kelly? Jeopardy's Biggest Female Winner and a 2009 Finalist
Everyone recognizes Ken Jennings as Jeopardy!'s biggest winner in the 24-year history of the popular TV game show. But who is the top female winner? She's
Casual Friday and Then Some - Getting Naked Puts Women in the Black
© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images You've lost your job, nobody's hiring in your career field, you're not sure how you're going to pay the bills, and
The Short Life and Public Death of Jade Goody
We love and hate our reality TV stars. They're no different than you and me, really, except that by some inexplicable stroke of luck, they're on TV and
What Do Teens Think of Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Dating Violence?
Tomorrow's victims of ongoing domestic violence are today's teens and tweens. So their opinion of the Rihanna/Chris Brown situation is a window into their
Celebrate Gloria Steinem's 75th Birthday with Outrageous Acts
Gloria Steinem is as ageless as her accomplishments, and that's why I hate to attach a number to this particular birthday. But it's a milestone. Today she
Jobless Benefits for Women in the Obama Stimulus Package
Obama's stimulus package has big benefits for jobless women. That's according to professor Mimi Abramovitz at Hunter College School of Social Work. In a
When a Womb for Rent Goes Unpaid, is Eviction Abortion?
When you rent a room and don't keep up with your payments, you're evicted. But if you hire a surrogate mother to bear your child and don't pay her, does she
Gardasil Vaccine and HPV Prevention for Girls (and Maybe Boys) - Good or Bad?
In 2007, a very successful TV ad campaign for Gardasil, a vaccine which protects against the human papilomavirus (HPV), featured girls and young women chanting,
Women Who Lose Their Jobs Because They're Pregnant? Some Companies Blame it on the Economy
If you're a working woman who's thinking about having a child - either your first or an addition to the family - here's a word of warning. This may not be
Octomom - Kaiser Staff and Angels Nurses Fired, More Octuplets Come Home, and Past Life as a Stripper?
Octomom may look like Angelina Jolie, but she's acting more like Donald Trump. She's the reason why more people were let go in one week than The Donald fires in
G20 Gender Divide - What the Spouses Are Up To
© WPA Pool/Getty Images As one who lacks the hospitality gene, I can't imagine putting together a guest list for a dinner party that includes the
Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth - You Can't Touch This...But She Did
In Europe, we're often seen as 'the ugly American' when we behave in ways that are too familiar, too loud, or too obnoxious. But as First Lady Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama and Sarkozy's Wife Carla Bruni - First Meeting, Not Fashion Face-Off
In the world according to media headlines, there's a battle brewing overseas. Not between heads of state, but their wives. French President Nicholas Sarkozy's
Bringing Up Baby at Work - Babies in the Workplace
You're a working woman who's just given birth to your first child. Are you going to go back to work, or stay at home with your infant? According to the U.S.
Story Behind Teenage Girl Beaten By Taliban on Video
As a video of a teenage girl being beaten in Pakistan circulates across the internet, ABC News has the back story...and explains why as the United States
Chris Brown Pleads Not Guilty to Assaulting Rihanna
In his court appearance yesterday on charges of felony assault and making criminal threats, 19-year-old R&B singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty. The
In a Time of TV News Cutbacks, NBC Digital Correspondent Mara Schiavocampo Breaks New Media Ground
While TV newsrooms across the country are consolidating and laying off employees, one broadcast journalist is carving a niche for herself as a digital
What's For Dinner? One Mommy Blogger Lays It All Out on the Table
I used to be a phenomenal cook. Then I had kids. Former fussy eaters, they're now teens reluctant to eat animals. My red-blooded meat-eating husband also
In a Bad Economy, More Women Opting for Home Party Sales and Direct Sales
Next time you pooh-pooh a friend's invitation to a home party sale like Pampered Chef kitchenware, Lia Sophia jewelry, Mary Kay cosmetics, PartyLite candles,
Law Firms and Women Attorneys of Color - Obstacles and Successes
Michelle Obama would be proud, even though she's not currently practicing as an attorney. She would understand why it's essential that we ask the question,
Seth Rogen's Date Rape Scene from Observe and Report - Can Rape Ever Be Funny?
Like me, you'll probably never see Observe and Report, the film that came out last weekend starring Seth Rogen, who's box office boffo these days. It's widely
Cheerleading Coach Carlie Beck Fired for Posing for Playboy
From the list of Things Not to Do If You Want to Coach High School Cheerleaders: Pose nude for Playboy. Carlie Beck, former coach of the Casa Roble High
Who is Susan Boyle?
When the frizzy-haired dark-browed 47-year-old woman toddled onstage in an unfashionable knee-length dress wearing black pantyhose and white heels, everybody
Susan Boyle Is Not Ugly - She's Simply Not Self-Obsessed
When an unlikely Scottish woman came out of nowhere and made millions teary-eyed with her vocal performance on Britain's Got Talent, followers split into two
Mad Mom Madlyn Primoff Kicks Bickering Daughters Out of Car Then Drives Away
When Mom's behind the wheel, one of the most annoying distractions is quarreling kids in the car. How many of us have said, If you don't stop fighting, I'm
Kindergarten Teacher Apparently Had Enough of This Poo
Kindergarten teachers (nearly all of whom are female) do not have easy jobs. So when one does something a little wacky -- like forcing a bag of poo on a
Plan B "Morning After" Pill Will Soon Be Available to 17 Year Olds
When Plan B, the morning after emergency contraceptive drug, was approved for behind-the-counter sales to adults 18 and older in the U.S. in August 2006, it
The Power (and Health Benefits) of Female Friendships
Are female friends better for a woman's well-being than a husband? An April 20, 2009 New York Times article focuses on the importance of friendships and
A Visor for Down Under? New V-Shaped Shield Offers Unique Protection
Is it a brilliant idea -- a necessary and beneficial product for women that fulfills a need that's been overlooked until now? Or a well-marketed but
GOP Sore Losers Afraid of Confirming a Health Secretary Committed to Improving Lives of Women
Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius is hitting some roadblocks in her confirmation as Secretary of Health and Human Services. If an editorial
Hillary Clinton's "Reproductive Rights" Passion
If Kathleen Sebelius isn't confirmed as Secretary of Health and Human Services, perhaps President Obama should think about having Secretary of State Hillary
Bea Arthur Passes Away, But Issues Faced By Her Character Maude Remain
Younger women may remember her as a Golden Girl. But when I think of Bea Arthur, I think of Maude, one of TV's top five most powerful and significant
Ellen Goodman on Teens, Sexting, and Whether or Not It's Porn
Syndicated Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman asks Is 'sexting' same as porn? and says that legislators are going a bit too far in trying to charge the
First Feminist's Birthday Today - Mary Wollstonecraft
Happy Birthday to the first feminist, the mother of feminism, Mary Wollstonecraft. Don't know who she is? My colleague Women's History Guide Jone Johnson Lewis
Advice from a Survivor During National Crime Victims' Rights Week
By the time you finish reading these three paragraphs, one woman somewhere in the United States will have been raped. The National Center for Victims estimates
'Nasty' Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings Scare Off Potential Women Nominees
Like a bad but highly-rated TV reality show, the confirmation process for a Supreme Court nominee can get nasty, personal and hate-filled. Those are the
Souter's Replacement - If Obama Chooses a Woman for the Supreme Court
If it were Ruth Bader Ginsberg, it'd be a no-brainer. But since David Souter is the first justice to step down from the Supreme Court, it's unclear whether or
When Gossip is Journalism - Jeff Rosen's Sotomayor Article in TNR
When it happens between women at a neighborhood barbecue, on a playground, or during a cocktail party, it's called gossip. But when it appears on a political
On Oprah and In Her Book "Resilience," Elizabeth Edwards Speaks Out About Her Husband's Affair
Tomorrow is a big day for Elizabeth Edwards, the woman who's emerged from the dark shadow of her husband's failed 2008 presidential bid and his all-too-public
Make Someone You Love "Mother of the Year" With Help From MomsRising.org
One of my favorite mothers is not my own. It's my good friend Sue, a single mom raising two kids - one, a daughter in college and the other, a pre-teen son. I
Websites Post Gruesome Crash Photos that Victim's Family is Powerless to Remove
The law is lagging behind the internet, and evidence of that widening gap is everywhere. Here's one of the worst examples. An 18-year-old girl's gruesome
Gender Bias Disrobed - Too "Overweight" To Be a Supreme Court Nominee?
Don't get too excited over the prospect of the next Supreme Court nominee possibly being female. Because when it comes to the advancement of women in our
New Star Trek Film is a Retread of Same Old Gender Roles
It's been more than forty years since Captain James T. Kirk intoned, Space [is] the final frontier in the original Star Trek TV series. Space may be the final
From Homeland Security to Supreme Court -- Will Janet Napolitano Be Named as Souter's Replacement?
In the ongoing game of Who is Obama considering for Supreme Court nominee? my colleague Deborah White, US Liberal Politics Guide, says that the D.C. grapevine
Could Prior Knowledge of Waterboarding Be Nancy Pelosi's Waterloo?
What did House Speaker Nancy Pelosi know about waterboarding and when did she know it? Her Thursday press conference on the issue has stirred up a hornet's nest
Double X and Jezebel - Online Fight Over Feminism or Manufactured Controversy?
A fight is simmering in the online environment that pits newly-launched Double X (Slate's women's issues site) against Jezebel, (whose tag line is Celebrity,
From Personal Views to Politics, Only-Daughter Parents More Liberal
Lobbyists and feminists, take note -- there's a simple way to get politicians to vote in support of so-called 'liberal' policies that promote gender
What's Needed in Healthcare Reform for Women and Children
How's this for a reality show? Slightly disheveled, sleep deprived moms go up against pinstriped corporate lobbyists to fight for real healthcare reform that
Summer's Hot Reads - Life, Love, Divorce, and Advice in a Small Town
Memorial Day weekend is the official kick-off to summer. So do you have all the necessary tools at hand to optimize your enjoyment of the long hot days ahead?
Summer's Hot Reads - A Century-Old Tale of Celebrity Sex, Murder, Youth, Beauty and Madness
Ever wonder where and when our fascination with youth, beauty, celebrity, sex and scandal began? This cultural obsession predates Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears,
While Most of Us Shop for Bargains, Others Push "Investment Dressing"
Like everyone else, finances are on my mind. My family's income has decreased significantly this year, and we're sending our first child to college in the fall.
Sonia Sotomayor Nominated to the Supreme Court By President Obama
President Obama breaks new ground once again with his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. If confirmed, she'll be the third woman and the first
Why Did Obama Pick Sotomayor?
Gender and ethnic background aside, why did Obama pick Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court? A short list of her accomplishments, drawn from a White House
The 'Racist' Uproar Over Sotomayor's "Wise Latina" Comment
Taken out of context, anything can be made to sound dangerous. That's what's happening with Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's infamous wise Latina
What a Way to Seal the Deal
While us Yanks are fretting about the allegedly 'racist' bark of a Supreme Court nominee, Canadians have more pressing concerns -- namely, the bite of one of
Sotomayor's Word Choices, Then and Now - Past Remarks and Upcoming Courtesy Calls
Now that she's a Supreme Court nominee, what federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor thinks of her controversial 2001 comment that a wise Latina
The Murder of George Tiller - Story and Reactions To His Death
What's the difference between abortion and murder? Abortion is a medical procedure made legal by the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Murder is an
In Florida, Female-Run Businesses More Flexible in Surviving Recession
Despite the recession -- or perhaps because of it -- there's a lot to smile about for women business owners in the Sunshine State. Florida's Female Business
2009 Social Media Survey Shows How Women Bloggers Will Change the World
There's critical information in the 2009 Social Media Survey conducted by BlogHer, iVillage and Compass Partners that you (Constant Reader) and I (Constant
North Korea's Verdict - 12 Years for Journalists Lee and Ling
Did North Korea's highest court sentence American journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling to 12 years of jail as part of a larger plan -- to create a bargaining
Hiding in Plain Sight - Domestic Violence Survivor Heather Thompson's Story
Heather Thompson's worst nightmare of the past 14 years has finally come true. Her violent ex-husband, the one who tried to kill her, has just been released
The Importance of the Healthy Families Act to Working Women
Your child is sick with a fever and sore throat. Your husband is undergoing prostate cancer treatment and needs a ride to and from radiation therapy. Your
Council on Women and Girls, Working Moms, and Health Care Reform - The Waiting Game
It's been three months since President Obama created the White House Council on Women and Girls to address issues facing females of every age and stage in the
Even Despite Letterman, Why So Few Women Defend Sarah Palin
The ongoing dog-and-pony show better known as Sarah Palin, Politician Making the Rounds, has always been a tough gig for me to review. She's been attacked in
Summer's Hot Reads - Schemes & Dreams & Flying Machines and World War II's 'Rosie the Riveters'
With each passing Memorial Day we're reminded that the veterans of World War II, the greatest generation, are slowly fading into history. But what of the
Disney Princesses Evolve from Old-School to New Reality
The princesses of the the Wonderful World of Disney have always been mired in the past. During his lifetime, Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom featured lily-white
Chris Brown Strikes Plea Deal in Rihanna Assault Case
R&B singer Chris Brown, who was accused of assaulting pop vocalist Rihanna back in February 2009, has agreed to a plea deal that involves 180 days of jail or
Neda, the Modern Face of Martyrdom Via Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
While many of us here in the U.S. celebrated Father's Day yesterday, a video clip from Iran reached out to the rest of the world, showing us a father's
Rubbernecking the Jon & Kate Divorce - Why the Gosselin Family Needs Privacy
Jon and Kate Gosselin, the put-upon husband and demanding wife of TLC's top-rated series, Jon & Kate Plus 8, have announced that they're getting a divorce.
Senators' Uneasiness with Sotomayor's All-Female Club Membership Prompts Her to Quit
In the past, some may have accused the Supreme Court of functioning as an all-men's club for more years than it should have, but nowadays, exclusivity is
South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford - Another Cheating Politician, Another Humiliated Wife
It's as American as baseball and apple pie - a prominent male politician cheating on his wife. This time, it's South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, whose
Bacardi and Burger King Ads - Did You Really Think We'd Buy That?
From the They Must Really Hate Us file -- two misogynistic ads that make you wonder if Bacardi and Burger King actually thought women would buy their
Farrah Fawcett Was No Feminist Icon, But She Mattered to Women...and Men
Farrah Fawcett's death would have been big news last week if Michael Jackson hadn't unexpectedly died approximately five hours after she did. It was an
Firefighters Win, Sotomayor Loses in Supreme Court Ruling
One of the largest pieces of artillery positioned against Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor by her detractors is her ruling in the New Haven, CT
Summer's Hot Reads - Female Friendship is "The Generosity of Women"
Some might say I have a fatal flaw: I have easy, comfortable, relaxed relationships with my female friends. I'm not on the phone with any one of them every
Why a Summer Vacation Isn't Carefree for Every Family in the U.S.
Have you taken your summer vacation yet? Hit the road with the family in anticipation of carefree summer adventures exploring new places and meeting new people?
Summer's Hot Reads - Young Adult Novel Shows Why Bullying is "Brutal"
My 15-year-old daughter is kicking around the house at loose ends now that it's summer vacation. Have you finished Breaking Dawn? I asked her. (She's been
Vanity Fair? For Sarah Palin, Not as Much as Runner's World
Former Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin has been refusing interviews right and left, but she's given Runner's World five pages worth of everything you
A Female Blogger on the Current State of Blogging
You don't need to be a big-name blogger to have smart, insightful thoughts about blogging. I'm talking about a recent post from Laura McKenna, who blogs under
Palin Resigns as Alaska Governor
Sarah Palin went out just like she came in -- unexpectedly, with a bang -- just moments ago. She's quitting as governor. Preceded by a long-winded laundry
Whether It's the Firefighters Case or Sotomayor's Comment, Context is Everything
When complex concepts and situations are summed up in media or blogosphere shorthand, much is lost because context is everything. This is what's happening with
Why Is Palin Quitting? Ask Auburn, NY
Alaska Governor Sarah Palin did some traveling in June. And one of the places she visited was Auburn, NY, the home of former Secretary of State William Seward,
New Media All A Twitter Over Palin's Resignation
Stunned by rumors of Alaska governor Sarah Palin's resignation, many of us turned to cable TV for confirmation. And that's where we found ourselves mired in the
Remembering Michael Jackson and the Woman Behind "Man in the Mirror"
Michael Jackson broke down many barriers in the music industry. I know. I was there when one of them toppled at the college radio station I worked at. The AOR
She Wants Company - Lone Female Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Another Woman Needed on the Supreme Court
Let's face it, how much do we know about our seated Supreme Court justices? We may read historical pieces about their background or legal affairs articles
Motherless Children - Why Did Michael Jackson 'Blank' Their Mothers?
Patricia Williams is a Columbia law professor, a columnist for The Nation, a mother, a woman of color, and an astute observer of human nature who never fails to
Number of Homeless Female Veterans is Growing...and Many Have Kids
It's an unfortunate fact that military service members experience physical, mental and emotional hardships on the job. But once they're discharged, the
Reader Emails - A Penny for Your Bee Sting?
Something arrived in my inbox this week that had the ring of an old wives' tale -- one of those tried and true remedies passed by word of mouth. NJM included
Summer's Hot Reads -- Are Nannies "Just Like Family"?
Summer can be a tricky season for working mothers used to having their children in school. Childcare arrangements -- whether it's daycare, summer camp, or a
Racist and Sexist Coverage of Sotomayor Precedes Her Senate Confirmation Hearings
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor begins confirmation hearings today. And although they may be lengthy and intense, we can only hope that they will be
It's Not Just About Custody - Challenging Biases Against Non-Custodial Mothers
When a woman describes herself as a mother, assumptions are automatically made. The first is that her children live with her. The second is that if they don't,
Jack Welch and Work-Life Balance - My Week of Trying to Do It All
While the blogosphere went crazy earlier this week over Jack Welch's comment, There's no such thing as a work-life balance. There are work-life choices, and
Sotomayor Hearings - Transcripts and Live Blogging
I completely missed every single day of Sonia Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearings this week -- I was traveling across the country trying to manage the
Female Columnists on the Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings
To paraphrase soon-to-be-confirmed Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's now-famous wise Latina comment: I would hope that a wise syndicated
Isn't It About Time to Pass and Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? Rep. Maloney Thinks So
If U.S. Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-New York) has her way, tomorrow will be a very significant day. If what she's hoping for comes to pass, tomorrow
ESPN Reporter Erin Andrews Twice Violated, First By Video, Then By Media Who Showed It
When I sat down with my morning newspaper over breakfast today, I nearly lost my appetite reading what ESPN reporter Erin Andrews has been subjected to.
In the Health Care Debate, Michelle Obama is "Having an Impact"
Michelle Obama is moving out of the house and garden phase of her First Ladyship and it's about time. Her focus has expanded beyond her own family to
Obama and the 'Mom Jeans' Putdown
In a country that's facing a health care crisis (and a fight in Congress over how to fix it); a slow economy with thousands still losing their jobs; a
Off to the Biggest Conference for Female Bloggers - BlogHer '09
In 48 hours, 1500 women who do what I do will converge upon Chicago for the world's largest conference for female bloggers. The theme of BlogHer '09 is In Real
Equal Rights vs. Women's Equality - Which Amendment is the Right One for Our Times?
My 18-year-old daughter Jaye can't believe there's nothing in the Constitution that guarantees women equal rights. I heard about the ERA, but I thought they
Double Tragedy - 8-Year-Old Gang Rape Victim Shunned By Family
A female is never too young to be raped, and the most recent reminder of this horrifying fact is an incident in Phoenix, AZ. An 8-year-old girl was lured
From Shy Girl to Search Engine Guru - Google's Marissa Mayer
Marissa Mayer's name isn't a household word. But if you use Gmail, Google Maps, iGoogle, Google Chrome, Google Health, and Google News, she impacts your life on
Seen at BlogHer '09, the World's Biggest Conference for Women Bloggers
Attendees arriving early for the world's biggest conference for female bloggers may not realize it. But at BlogHer '09 which officially kicks off today, four
Hate Being Whistled At in the Street? Then Don't Go to Irvinestown
How many women have walked past construction sites and endured catcalls and whistles from the guys working there? Now the embarrassment and humiliation can be
Seen at BlogHer '09 - One Woman, One Cause, Millions of Children
When 1500 women come together for a blogging conference, there's a lot of talk about mommy's lives, politics, food blogging, travel, and children. But
The Best Part of BlogHer '09
We register for conferences because we're drawn to the speakers and the workshops, and we attend thinking they'll enhance our professional development. But the
A Perfect World for Women
I just got back home from the BlogHer conference, a female-centric annual gathering for bloggers and other women online. In many ways, the event was a
Clues in Sarah Palin's Farewell Speech Reveal Why She Won't Be a Presidential Candidate
Sarah Palin's farewell speech as she stepped down as Governor of Alaska contains her own explanation of why she doesn't need or deserve your vote in the future,
Senate Judiciary Committee Votes in Favor of Sonia Sotomayor
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor jumped a major hurdle earlier today as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of her nomination. The committee
Is There Really More to 'More to Love' Than a Plus-Size 'Bachelor'?
While more and more tricks and stunts are being pulled on contestants of ABC's The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to revive a dying concept (e.g. post-show
Regina Benjamin, Too Fat for Surgeon General? Weight Debate Strips Women of Their Dignity
Like Sonia Sotomayor, Regina Benjamin has been nominated by President Obama for a prominent and visible position. Benjamin, a doctor with a long history of
Maureen Dowd on Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin
Sharp-tongued New York Times op-ed columnist Maureen Dowd is frequently as unfeeling as male writers who casually attack female figures using gender-biased
Clinton's Magic Touch - Journalists Ling and Lee Pardoned by North Korea
Bill Clinton's visit to North Korea achieved the impossible - the pardon and promised release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee. Apparently, sitting down
In Sudan, Female Journalist Faces Flogging for Wearing Trousers
Almost no female journalist working to expose the injustices faced by women has a champion like Bill Clinton to advocate for amnesty. For every Euna Lee and
Washington Post Video Goes Too Far With 'Mad Bitch' Beer for Clinton
Hey, didja hear the one about the two Washington Post columnists who said that Hillary Clinton should be served Mad Bitch beer? Sadly, this is not a joke but
With Lee & Ling's Release, Clinton & Clinton a 2 for 1 Deal
The Clintons learned long ago not to promote the '2 for 1' deal with regard to their marriage. So Bill Clinton's involvement in the North Korean negotiations
From a Working Mom's Perspective
When writing about women's lives and women's issues, there are certain angles I don't always have time to explore. The Motherhood Lens The story of Euna Lee,
From the Political to the Personal - Significance of Sotomayor's Confirmation to the Supreme Court
As Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's first Hispanic and third female Associate Justice was confirmed by a full Senate vote yesterday, celebrations in the
Smart Women Make Up Most of Writing Team Behind 'Mad Men'
Watch a TV comedy like According to Jim or The King of Queens and it becomes clear -- TV writers are primarily male. (Why else would attractive, 'hot' women be
More Women in the Boardroom - How Do We Make It Happen?
When it comes to increasing the number of women in the boardroom, should the U.S. do what Norway is doing? Back in 2002, 70% of that country's leading companies
France's Fuss Over the Burqini, a True Beach Cover-Up
Swimsuit season brings anxiety to many women. The typical worry has more to do with what is revealed than what is concealed. But for Muslim women who want
SHE WRITES, the Site for Women Writers
How many of us harbor a secret fantasy that we'll someday write a book? I've got at least a half-dozen works in progress. They include several young adult
Where in the World is JR and 'Women Are Heroes'?
A year ago today, intimate yet gigantic photographs of women's faces stared out from a hillside slum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two- and three-story
From Afghan Elections to Iranian Cabinet Positions, Women Seem to Have Power But Don't
Nine days away from the August 26th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment which gave women the right to vote in the U.S., we easily forget what that right
Ultrasound Before Abortion Law Struck Down in Oklahoma
Since 90% of all abortions occur during the first trimester, there's no medical need for an ultrasound. Yet anti-abortion groups are pushing their use to
Why Don't You Do the Things You Know Are Good for You?
If I had a dollar for every diet and exercise book out there, I'd be a millionaire. Literally. Amazon.com lists 388,685 diet books and 701,011 exercise books.
Apology Schmology - What Chris Brown Still Needs to Do
Earlier this month, the buzz was that Chris Brown would appear on Larry King Live on August 5. Many were anticipating that he'd make a live apology as a
Wednesday, August 26th is 89th Anniversary of Nineteenth Amendment
Anticipating the anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment this Wednesday, August 26th -- which gave women the right to vote -- the HerStory Scrapbook website
What Does the Health Care Reform Bill Say About Abortion?
With all sorts of craziness coming out of the health care reform debate and the town hall meetings, it's hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to
Five Years' Probation Part of Sentence for Chris Brown in Rihanna Assault Case
Five years' probation and six months of community labor. That's the sentence Chris Brown received earlier today from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia
World Leaders Say Today's Subjugation of Women and Girls Worse Than Slave Trade
What is the world's most pervasive human rights violation? According to Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown,
Happy Women's Equality Day
It can be cumbersome to say Happy Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Which Gave Women the Right to Vote. So isn't it fortunate that somebody came up with the
Why More to Love Promotes Fat Self-Hatred, and Why TV Needs a Real Fat Acceptance Show
Five weeks into More to Love (the supersized dating show featuring female contestants closer to the average size 14 American woman) and it seems that what
PETA Billboard Sees Women as "Whales"
It's an old tired joke that some people say to themselves when they see large-sized people at the beach. Save the Whales. It's grade school humor. So
Feeling Comfortable in Your Skin - That Glamour Magazine Photo
There's tremendous pressure on women to be thin. But where's that pressure coming from? Is it from media? Advertisers? Men we're trying to please or attract? Or
As ABC World News Anchor, Diane Sawyer Solidifies Prominent Role of Women in Network News
With the announcement that ABC's Diane Sawyer will replace Charles Gibson at the anchor desk of ABC World News come January 2010, it looks like the glass
Denise Lee's Murderer Convicted, But Mishandled 911 Calls Still Controversial
The Florida man who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 21-year-old mother of two is going to jail. But outrage still surrounds the case of Denise Lee, whose
When Creeps Fall Through the Cracks - How the System Failed Us in the Garrido-Dugard Case
My teenage daughters are fascinated by the bloopers on FailBlog.org, which shows photos and videos of things gone terribly awry -- usually of a humorous nature.
Larry King Interview Suggests Chris Brown Needs That Book of Love
Wearing a baby blue sweater and an incongruous bow tie, Chris Brown's long-awaited interview with Larry King was finally broadcast this past Wednesday night.
Wine, Women and Waistlines - Gender Differences in Binge Drinking's Effect
We all know that binge eating isn't good for us. But what's the harm in the occasional evening of binge drinking when you're out with friends? Like, for
Laura Bush on Obama's Speech to Schoolchildren
As the spouse of the former President of the United States and as a prominent Republican and conservative, Laura Bush sees the issue from both sides of the
Another Good Ol' South Carolina Bad Boy - Rep. Joe Wilson's "You Lie!" Outburst
Southern women are known for their hospitality, graciousness, and charm. When you visit their home, whether they like you or not, they treat you with courtesy
Florida 'Personhood Amendment' Would Ban Contraception Along With Abortion
What happens when a sperm unites with an egg? Conception...and personhood if a group battling abortion in Florida has its way. If a Personhood Amendment
Gender Differences in Life Expectancy and Leading Causes of Death in Women
By virtue of being female and living in the United States, you can plan on living 5 years longer than if you were male . In 2005, according to the Centers of
USA Today Highlights White House Council on Women
According to a newly posted article at USA Today, the much-heralded White House Council on Women and Girls is: ...assessing every government agency to see
Quality Childcare Makes Dollars and Sense
Suppose I told you that quality childcare investment spending is solid conservative economics? Don't believe me? Then trust in the wisdom of my colleague
South African Runner Caster Semenya and the Dilemma of Gender Ambiguity
Caster Semenya of South Africa is 18 years old, a college student and a world-class runner. Last month, she won the women's 800 metres in the 2009 World
Obama's Snowe Job - Winning Over Senator Olympia Snowe in the Health Care Debate
In his quest for bipartisan support for the health care reform bill, President Obama reportedly is relying heavily on one particular Republican senator to
Analyzing 'The Good Wife' and Why Political Wives Do What They Do
Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Edwards. Silda Spitzer. The well-dressed, shell-shocked political wife, discreetly standing by her man (albeit to the side and one
Access to Abortion Hasn't Significantly Improved With Abortion Pill RU-486
Wouldn't you think that having an abortion pill available in the U.S. would improve women's access to abortion? It was widely hoped that when RU-486 won FDA
Was it Wrong for American Girl to Introduce Gwen the Homeless Doll?
The New York Post is aghast that Mattel is releasing an American Girl doll named Gwen who is homeless. Writing for the Post, Andrea Peyser calls this action
Women's Perspectives on the Need for Health Care Reform
Women are being crushed by the health care system. That's what blogger and political commentator PunditMom notes in her post on the White House's new secret
Health Care Reform Bill - What Women Stand to Gain (and Lose)
We all knew it wasn't going to pass without a fight...and some compromises. But when the House just barely eked out enough votes to pass the health care reform
Female CEOs Earn Less than Men, But Inspire More
You know how we're always saying that the average woman earns 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns? I'll stick with enjoying the income of an average
15 Years After Joe Biden's Landmark Domestic Violence Legislation
If there was a graphic novel about the history of domestic violence legislation, Joe Biden would be its superhero. As a senator from Delaware on the Senate
This October - Upcoming Films For Women
Just as predictable as birds flying south, autumn leaves underfoot, and Halloween candy in the grocery store aisles are the October movie previews and TV
Why We Laughed at Letterman's Confession, Plus Why Sex With the Boss is a Bad Idea
When the subject of David Letterman's on-air confession came up at dinner last night, my husband thought it was odd that the audience was laughing throughout
Is Design Star Winner Antonio Too Sexist for HGTV?
Every network has to appease its core audience while reaching out to grab new viewers. But did HGTV go too far with its newest host Antonio Ballatore? He's the
Her Day in Court - Sonia Sotomayor Begins First Term on Supreme Court
As every student can testify, school's been in session for weeks now. But for the Supreme Court, the new terms starts today with Sonia Sotomayor joining Ruth
Let Them Drink Formula and Eat Steak - 'Nestlé Family Blogger Event' Fallout
It's ironic that a sweet, simple line drawing of a mother bird perched on a nest, poised to feed her two baby birds, is the logo of multinational conglomerate
Meg Whitman Wises Up, Cancels Appearance at Misogynist's Fundraiser
Sometimes wisdom dictates that you don't give column space to fools who clearly hate women, as Republican candidate Bob McDonnell clearly does. He's the
Nobel Prize Winner Elizabeth Blackburn on Math-Science Gender Gap and Work-Life Balance
History was made yesterday as the Nobel prize in medicine was awarded to Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, and Jack W. Szotack for their work on
One for the Records - Five Women Win Nobel Prizes in 2009
It's been a record-setting year for female Nobel prize winners. In 2009, five women have been named Nobel prize winners across four disciplines - a impressive
How Much Do You Know About Women-Owned Businesses?
Want to learn some interesting facts about women-owned businesses? Just take a guess as to how much they contribute to the U.S. economy and how many jobs they
Amazon's 'Dream Kitchen' Giveaway - Are Cooking Gadgets Only For Women?
Amazon.com, that online retail behemoth that once focused on books but now sells everything including the kitchen sink (5o different makes and models in fact),
Stories, Compassion, and Common Sense from Democratic Women Senators on Health Care Reform
Earlier today, Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington) spoke to health care advocates and a top health insurance lobbyist, asking questions more of us should be
Are You Smarter Than a Swedish 6th Grader at Recognizing Gender Discrimination?
A sixth grade class in Sweden, offended by the 2008 Toys R Us catalog, reported the company to the Reklamombudsmannen (Ro), a regulatory agency in that country
The Dalai Lama - "The World Will Be Saved By the Western Woman"
About a month ago, the Dalai Lama said something about women that is just now making the rounds on Twitter. His statement, The world will be saved by the
The Shriver Report - "A Woman's Nation" Still Has Far to Go
For me, the fuss about Maria Shriver's report brings to mind Halley's Comet, an event that only happens once in a lifetime. What I'm talking about is this:
Philanthropy Friday - Pass It Forward and "Be That Woman"
In tough economic times, how do you inspire people to give? Especially when you're an organization that supports the nebulous concept of economic empowerment
A Generation After Title IX, Some Still Think 'Women Can't Play Sports'
It's been 37 years since Title IX was passed, opening doors for women and girls in higher education and sports. Yet you'd never know it from the views of some
Philanthropy Friday - Gender-Based Blindness and the 'Flying Eye'
I remember being terrified as a kid by a stunningly cheesy B-movie called The Crawling Eye, in which a radioactive cloud on a mountaintop hides a deadly secret.
Scariest Thing This Halloween? Extreme Gender Bias Against Women in Politics
Want to hear something that'll chill your blood? Then listen to the way female politicians have been portrayed in recent days by their peers and by the
Will Washington Posts's "Next Great Pundit Contest" Alter Gender Disparity in Op-Ed Pages?
On the surface, the Washington Post's America's Next Great Pundit Contest seems to be taking steps to correct a terrible gender inequity that stares at us
Beyond the Shriver Report - Ms. Magazine on Changing Work/Life Policy
The big news in the Shriver Report, subtitled A Woman's Nation Changes Everything, is that women comprise 50% of today's workforce...and that we've reached
Anti-Choice Democrats Use Abortion to Hold Health Care Reform Hostage
We all knew that at some juncture in the health care debate, pro-life and pro-choice advocates would confront each other...and abortion would become a sticking
Beware of "The Numbers - The Fictions - Shaping Public Opinion"
There are so many monkey wrenches being thrown into Congress' attempt to pass a health care reform bill that it can be hard to separate fiction from fact.
Placenta as 'Person' - Colorado's Personhood Amendment Ignores Basic Biology and Legal Issues
Colorado is stepping onto the slipperiest of slopes with ballot initiative 25, also known as the Colorado Personhood Amendment, which will severely curtail the
Didn't Your Mom Ever Say Crazy Stuff?
Anyone else remember Amy's Answering Machine? A few years back, a thirty-something woman briefly made it big by playing back answering machine messages left by
For Veteran's Day, Adopt a Deployed Servicewoman Through Ladies of Liberty
Veterans Day is celebrated with parades, a day off from school, the closing of government offices, wreaths laid on graves, and tributes to the women and men
Schumer's Politically Incorrect Flight Attendant Comment - Was it Sexist?
The pressures of air travel may not bring out the best in people. Instead, it prompts gender-biased language to come flying out willy-nilly. Or should I say
Political Asylum for Domestic Violence Victims in the U.S.
Is the United States poised to become a refuge for domestic violence victims from other nations? If the Obama administration has its way, asylum in the U.S.
Live Blogging Oprah Palin Interview - Part III
Questions about the Katie Couric interview open this segment. Oprah: Were you prepped? Palin: It was supposed to be a lighthearted working mom
As Health Care Reform Throws Women's Rights Under the Bus, NotUnderTheBus.com Fights Back
Forget what you learned in high school civics class. Government works not through checks and balances but through deal-making and compromises that often put the
Things are Not OK for Reproductive Rights in Oklahoma
In Puritan New England, Hester Prynne was forced to wear an A exposing her as an adulteress in the classic novel The Scarlet Letter. In modern day Oklahoma,
Reasons to Kill the Senate Health Care Bill and "White Guys...in Mischief"
Consider it a perfect storm designed to swamp women's health care and overturn reproductive rights. And it's raging right outside our doors. According to
Is There a Bias Against Women Writers? Uproar Against Publisher's Weekly 2009 List
They knew they were doing us wrong but they did it anyway. Publisher's Weekly came up with their list of the Top 10 Best Books of 2009, and not a single woman
Live Blogging Oprah Palin Interview - Part I
I'm live blogging Oprah with Sarah Palin and will post during the commercial breaks. Please forgive occasional typos. Here goes: The world exclusive! the
Live Blogging Oprah Palin Interview - Part II
Oprah tells how Palin was told what to wear, what to say, what to eat...and there's a brief discussion of how staffers talked about the Atkins Diet with Palin.
Live Blogging Oprah Palin Interview Part IV
Oprah: Everybody's waiting on the Levi question. Levi Johnston, the father of Palin's grandson Trig, has said a lot of unflattering things about the Palin
Live Blogging Oprah Palin Interview - Part V
This segment opens with a short visit to the Palin's at home in Wasilla, Alaska, captured on video. External shot of Palin home.Inside the home, Sarah is
Live Blogging Oprah Palin Interview - Part VI
Oprah: You say you were silenced on Election Night...You look sad. Palin: You don't run a race to lose....not so much disappointed I wasn't allowed to
Live Blogging Oprah Palin Interview - Part VII
Oprah: One final question. Should I be worried because I heard you're going to get your own talk show. Palin: Oprah, you're the queen of talk shows.
Missed Sarah Palin on Oprah? Here's What Happened
A compilation of links to all the live blogging I did on the Oprah show with Sarah Palin, just broadcast minutes ago. In seven parts, with highlights below:
Sarah Palin's Oprah Interview - Will She 'Go Cute'?
Sarah Palin's fortunes have always turned on a dime. The unexpected offer to be John McCain's running mate in '08. Her rousing speech at the Republican
Newsweek's Sarah Palin Cover - "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Sexism?"
In August of this year, Runner's World magazine published an interview (conducted in June) with then-Alaska governor Sarah Palin. A warm-and-fuzzy feature
Mammogram Recommendations and Health Care Reform - Question (But Don't Shoot) the Messenger
Asking a cancer survivor if you should listen to the new mammogram recommendations is like asking a mega-million dollar Powerball winner if you should buy a
The Senate isn't Stupak - They Stick with Hyde
In tackling health care reform and abortion, the Senate has wisely embraced the old adage, Better the devil you know than the devil you don't. They've
How Oprah has Changed the Face of TV Talk Shows
She hasn't even left the building yet...and she won't until September 9, 2011. But the announcement that Oprah is ending her syndicated TV show has every
Remember When? The Holiday Catalog That Used Topless Women to Sell Clothing to Teens
Black Friday came and went without my contributing significantly to the economy. But my 16-year-old daughter did some internet shopping, buying from the same
Instead of Holiday Hype, 16 Days Against Gender Violence
What numbers do you associate with this time of year? Four calling birds, three french hens, 25 days of Christmas, 8 days of Hanukkah, 7 days of Kwanzaa. But
Who Were the Most-Talked About Women of 2009?
It wouldn't be December without the ubiquitous Top 10 list. Perhaps that's because it's easier to end the year by reviewing the best and worst, thereby giving
Philanthropy Friday - Give a Girl Room to Read
Many of us take our access to education for granted. We shouldn't, because what's a given in our own communities is a luxury elsewhere. Did you know that 42% of
Why Do We Need More Women in Government? Here's Why
Although there's a record number of women in Congress this year, only 16% of Congressional members are female. Even the Senate's Congressional Research Service
The Decade's Female Game Changers - Between 2000-2009, They Left Their Mark on the World
Has it really been ten years since we were all worried to death about Y2K? As we wrap up the first decade of 2000, it's inevitable that we'll look back -- with
Why Was the Ball Dropped on This Missing Child in Chicago?
The media can be a powerful ally in the search for missing children. And when a missing child is photogenic, fair-haired and pink-cheeked, and comes from a
Worst Time/Place to Be Raped? While You're Away at College
My daughter Jaye is coming home next week after finishing her first semester at college. Since school is 12 hours away, I sent her off well prepared with as
When Jenny Comes Marching Home, Few Seem to Care About Female Veterans
How much has changed in nearly a century and a half. In 1863 the song When Johnny Comes Marching Home -- composed in the midst of the Civil War -- reflected a
Copenhagen, Coke, Corporate Whitewashing and the Power of Indian Women
While one group debated the issue of global warming at the U.N. Climate Conference in Copenhagen, another group outside listened to a woman from the Himalayas
Lady Gaga's a "Bit of a Feminist." Are You?
Can a 23-year-old's confession that she's a feminist change hearts and minds about the F word? Maybe... if that 23-year-old is Lady Gaga. When Gaga sat
Hollywood Doesn't 'Get' Female Directors or Female Audiences
Earlier this year, a female director came out with a powerful film unanimously praised by critics but mostly unseen by the movie-going public. Now that we're
Two-For-One Deal - Support NOW, Get a Subscription to Ms.
@amynluv recently messaged me via Twitter, asking for my thoughts on which feminist magazine she should subscribe to. There are so many good ones, catering
Between Iraq and a Hard Place - Pregnant Soldiers Threatened with Court Martial
By now you've heard of the Army general in Iraq who has threatened to court martial women who serve under his command and become pregnant during their tour of
The True Story of Mrs. Claus
She's the ultimate political spouse, the good wife who has stood by her husband's side for decades. While her famous other half -- an international man of
Life and Death...and Friendship
Women's friendships are like no other relationship. They sustain, nurture, and support us, and the best ones strengthen and deepen over time. True friends,
If He Were a Woman, Posing Nude Would Have Sunk Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown's Political Career
You want proof of a double standard in American politics when it comes to male and female candidates? Here it is. Newly elected Massachusetts Senator Scott
To Connect or Disconnect? Facebook Addiction and the Siren Song of the Internet
About a month ago my 16-year-old daughter Em blocked herself from Facebook. Unable to resist logging on whenever she did homework on the computer, she edited a
'Green Guilt' Gender Gap - Why are Women More Likely to Make Green New Year's Resolutions?
I hadn't yet settled on any firm New Year's resolutions for 2010 when I saw a USA Today article describing how women feel guiltier than men about not living an
UK Minister of Women & Equality Calls Out BBC Bias Against Older Women
You've gotta love a country that has a Government Equalities Office (GEO) and a Minister of Women and Equality who speaks up when she sees bad things happen to
Want to Know the Top Paying Jobs for Women?
My daughter Em is a high school junior worried about the future. Namely, what college she'll go to, what subject she'll major in, and what career she'll pursue.
Sleepless in America (and Everywhere Else) - Sleep as a Women's Issue
Every time an article, book, or op-ed piece comes out that mentions how women don't get enough sleep, I wonder why one of literature's greatest laments on not
Does the Fox News Job Mean Palin Won't Run for President in 2012?
By now you've heard the news that Sarah Palin's been hired by Fox News to be a contributor/commentator in a multi-year deal. Does this mean she won't be running
Haiti Donations - Recommended Charitable Organizations
The horrific images of death and devastation coming out of Haiti in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake have elicited worldwide sympathy and support.
Why Are There No Women on Late Night TV?
In the midst of the whole Jay Leno/Conan O'Brien brouhaha, I realized something big. Something huge that I simply had never noticed before. There are no women
Coakley 'Curling Iron' Rape Remark Reveals Ugliness on Many Levels
Today voters in Massachusetts will go to the polls to elect a Senator to fill the seat once held by Ted Kennedy. But in the final days, a couple of volatile
Disaster Exacerbates Violence Against Women in Haiti
Life was never easy for the majority of women in Haiti. And now, in the aftermath of the earthquake, circumstances have gone from from bad to worse. A child
On 37th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Women Reflect on Reproductive Rights
Photo © David McNew/Getty Images On the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a number of women have posted thought-provoking, insightful, and heartfelt
What are Millennials and How Will They Advance Gender Equity?
Would you recognize a millennial if you met one? If you're a parent, you may be sharing your home with one and not even know it. Marketers have been buzzing
Bowler Kelly Kulick First Woman to Win PBA Tour Title
On Sunday 32-year-old Kelly Kulick bowled over the professional sports community by winning the 45th Tournament of Champions, a PBA Tour title, with the best
Separation of Turf and State - There's No Room for Abortion Politics in a Super Bowl Ad
Advertisers know that the Super Bowl puts more eyeballs in front of the TV than any other broadcast/cable event, and they pay millions for a 30-second shot at
Slate Exposes Complexities Behind Tim Tebow / Pam Tebow Super Bowl Abortion Ad
The Super Bowl's most anticipated ad this year is also its most controversial. And when we watch it this Sunday, we should know the back story to understand
Beyonce's Record Breaking Single Ladies - Is it a Female Anthem?
When Beyonce shattered records at this year's Grammy Awards on Sunday by winning more honors in one night than any other female recording artist, half of
Planned Parenthood's Super Bowl Response and What the Media are Saying About the Tebow Ad Controversy
Planned Parenthood has come out with its own advocacy ad about the importance of choice and trusting women to make their own decisions about their health and
V-Day 2010 Empowers Girls With Release of Eve Ensler's "I Am an Emotional Creature"
It's the world's most empowering holiday for women and girls, and it isn't even on the standard household calendar. It's V-Day, a global movement to end
Was the Tebow Ad Much Ado About Nothing?
When the Tim Tebow Celebrate Family ad aired during the Super Bowl, the 30-second commercial felt almost anti-climactic compared to the weeks of debate
The Real Value of Gifts - What Women Want for Valentine's Day
By an accident of birth, every year my husband and I find ourselves shortchanged when Christmas and Valentine's Day roll around. His birthday is just days after
More Than Girl Talk - Pondering Panties on the Pri-losophy Show
Back in the days before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and a truly useful internet, I used to produce and co-host a women's issues talk shows, first on the radio,
Old News is Still News - The Gender Gap in the Workplace
Recent developments in the evolution of the U.S. workforce are skewing in favor of women. Last fall, the Shriver Report's optimistic view on the changing roles
Falling Down Pregnant Can Get You Arrested in Iowa
Christine Taylor, an Iowa mother of two who's pregnant with her third, was worried about how she'd raise her growing family; Taylor is unemployed and recently
The Way We Were - Advice for Ladies on a Date
If a single female friend asked you for dating tips and advice, what would you tell her? Probably nothing remotely like these Tips for Single Ladies circa 1938.
Tony Kornheiser's Hannah Storm Comments - Why the Hate for Sexy Older Women?
ESPN radio show host Tony Kornheiser trash-talked his colleague, ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, because he didn't like what she was wearing, and has
Will Kathryn Bigelow Be the First Woman Ever to Win an Oscar for Best Director?
If you need any proof that there's gender bias in Hollywood, just look at the list of Best Directors who've won Oscars over the years. Not a single woman among
'Happy' Equal Pay Day?
Annually observed on a Tuesday in April, Equal Pay Day is a tangible reminder that gender inequity persists in the workplace. What is Equal Pay Day? Why is it
Child Bride's Death Draws Attention to Inhumane Custom
In the U.S. sexual relations between a man and a 12-year-old girl would be called pedophilia. But in many parts of the world, it's culturally accepted, and
Real Life 'Special Victims' - Plight of Women in the Congo Highlighted by NBC's Law & Order SVU
In reaching and influencing an audience of millions, network television has an unparalleled opportunity to raise viewer awareness about the most pressing issues
Post-Health Care Vote Vandalism, Threats Target Female Politicians
Last week, Rachel Maddow offered viewers a 12-minute round-up of the extremist comments and acts of vandalism being perpetrated by far right groups in the