Announcing Women in the World Texas!

    Tina Brown’s Women in the World Texas to feature Gloria Steinem, Diane von Furstenberg, Eva Longoria, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe from Uganda and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali

    Women in the World is taking its signature live event on the road to the Lone Star State. Tina Brown will co-host the October 22 event in San Antonio, TX, with Gloria Steinem, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador Karen Hughes, Diane von Furstenberg, Former White House Advisor to President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush Sonya Medina Williams, author and journalist Marie Brenner, art patron and activist Aaronetta Pierce, President of 3N Group Guillermo Nicolas, San Antonio City Manager Sheryl Sculley and San Antonio’s brand-new mayor, Ivy Taylor. 

    Tickets for Women in the World Texas go on sale September 5 at 10am.  

  • The Emmys

    We Must #AskHerMore on the Red Carpet

    Jennifer Siebel Newsom, CEO of The Representation Project, points out how the Emmys – and the red carpet media – treated women like bodies, not artists. They deserved more.

    Despite being an awards ceremony dedicated to celebrating the highest artistic achievements of the television industry, the lasting image of Monday’s Emmys had very little to do with the best TV of the year. It was Sofia Vergara’s body spinning on a pedestal – the star of ABC’s Modern Family, and one of the most successful women of color in Hollywood, reduced to set decoration while the CEO of the Television Academy, Bruce Rosenblum, raved about his industry’s “diversity” and ability to give audiences “something compelling to watch.” Though Vergara has defended the incident as a harmless joke, thousands on Twitter criticized the Emmys for perpetuating the sexual objectification of women and Rosenblum's tone-deaf assertion of “diversity” during a program that gave no awards to women of color.  

    But the Emmys' decision to use Vergara’s body as a statue just underscores what was essentially a theme of the night: women as bodies, not artists. After all, the event also began with women spinning on virtual pedestals while their appearance was assessed by millions, thanks to E! Entertainment’s 360º “Glam Cam.” And while few men of Hollywood are ever subjected to the same level of judgment on the red carpet, nearly every one of the women in attendance walked up and smiled for the critiquing reporters and cameras - accustomed to people paying more attention to what they look like than what they say or do.  


    A Continuing Struggle for Working Moms

    Psychologist and mother Dr. Monique Moore argues that, if women hope to achieve true equality, the time has come to unapologetically call for: extended paid maternity leave, more part-time work options (especially for mothers with children under school-age), flexible schedules and greater access to affordable, high-quality childcare.

    Women’s Equality Day, celebrated this week, commemorates the passage of a woman’s right to vote. Starting with our right to weigh in at the polls, the feminist movement has certainly come far. However, for mothers especially, the movement has not come far enough.  

    American women are increasingly divided along a schizophrenic split.  Unemployed, on the one hand. Over-worked and over-stressed, on the other. This can hardly be what our hard-fighting suffragists and feminist forebearers dreamed of when they fought to open up opportunities for women.  

  • The Daily Beast

    Deep Pockets

    NRA Pissed Off the Wrong Nerd Genius

    Billionaire Michael Bloomberg already had the gun lobby in his sights. Now Bill Gates is donating $1 million for universal background checks—and there’s more where that came from.

    Somewhere in a large glass tower in Northern Virginia, there’s a guy who runs guns with a French name having a bad day. With good reason.

    It was reported Monday that Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder and incredibly wealthy guy, and with his wife, Melinda, have given $1 million to Initiative 594 in Washington state. The ballot initiative, if passed by voters on November 4 (and it currently enjoys overwhelming support), will require universal background checks for all firearm purchases in the state.

  • Jason Merritt

    Beyond Sex

    An Equal Rights Amendment for Our Time

    Since the United States is hitting a "transgender tipping point," the existing Equal Rights Amendment must expand its protections to include gender--with two simple words.

    The historic Emmy nomination of transgender actor Laverne Cox has spurred growing talk of a “transgender tipping point” in the United States, reflecting soaring popular support for those who do not identify with the sex they were assigned at birth. 

    While Cox did not win this year—the Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series went to her Orange is the New Black co-star Uzo Aduba—her nomination highlights a fast-accelerating trend, as seen in phenomena ranging from the use of transgender models by Barneys New York, an iconic luxury department store, to President Barack Obama’s signing of an executive order that bars federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.       

  • The work of Iranian counterculture artist Morteza Pourhosseini, such as this photo, depicts the denigration of women in Iran today.

    Religious Evolution

    Can Women in Iran be Equal?

    Modern theologians are offering new interpretations of the Koran, hoping to win equal rights for Iranian women.

    Can religion evolve? To some, this question is blasphemous. But its answer is crucial to addressing another question: Can women in Iran be equal?  

    Two recent statements by Iranian leaders show the constant tension defining life in Iran. Elected in 2013, President Hassan Rouhani made campaign pledges of increased social freedoms. Not long ago he said, “Women should enjoy equal opportunities, security, and social rights.” Yet, after one year in office, there has been zero movement for the women of Iran, because pulling in the opposite direction is Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has claimed that gender equality is “one of the biggest mistakes of Western thought.”  

  • GOAL...?

    500 Days and Counting

    The millennium development goals expire in 500 days. Equality Now asks what still needs be achieved when it comes to gender equality.

    As of earlier this week, only 500 days remain before the millennium development goals (MDGs) expire.  This final phase of a 15-year campaign, which aimed to achieve eight key targets ranging from gender equality to ending extreme poverty, gives us an opportunity to reflect on progress to date and identify what major challenges continue to exist.  

    Equality Now works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls so the goal relating to gender equality is of most direct relevance to our work.  However, we recognize too that gender inequality is a key component of most – if not all – of the other targets.

  • Todd Oren/Getty

    Keeping It Real

    Anne Archer: Hollywood Women Are Doomed

    While the Oscar-nominated actress is starring as Jane Fonda, the most outspoken woman’s rights campaigner in Hollywood history, she says the film industry will never change.

    EDINBURGH — Half a century after Hollywood’s liberal revolution, Oscar-nominated leading lady Anne Archer says she has never been more depressed about the prospects for women in the movie industry.

    The 1960s and ’70s were supposed to have been a watershed for equality, but Archer feels there is absolutely no prospect of women gaining equal status in the movie world. “People have been asking that question for 40, 50 years and I haven’t seen it happen,” she said. “Ten years ago I probably thought it would change, but now I’m more realistic.”

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    Victim Shaming

    Stop Blaming Christy Mack

    A few days after the adult film actress allegedly suffered a brutal beating at the hands of her MMA fighter ex-boyfriend, the victim blaming has already begun.

    In his online avatar, MMA fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver (better known as “War Machine”) is wearing a tank top bearing the slogan “I DO ALPHA MALE SHIT.” Right now, that image hangs hauntingly over a Twitter feed in which Koppenhaver reveals that he is running from the police after his ex-girlfriend Christy Mack claimed he had beaten her so badly that she had to be hospitalized.

    Mack took to social media (warning: these images are disturbing) on Monday, three days after the alleged attack, to describe the injuries she suffered. Mack claimed that Koppenhaver found her with an unidentified third party, forced her to undress, and proceeded to break 18 of her bones, saw off her hair, knock out several of her teeth, and injure her liver with a kick to the side. A few hours later as Mack was presumably lying in hospital, Koppenhaver simply tweeted: “Hungry…”

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    Democrats Pay Black Staffers 30% Less

    Campaign staffers who are people of color routinely get paid less than their white counterparts, and are often given less glamorous jobs. How an antiquated understanding of race relations results in minority staffers getting the short shrift.

    If you’re a person of color hoping to get hired by a political campaign, here’s the ugly truth: You’ll probably get paid less than your white counterparts, if you’re even hired at all. 

    On both sides of the aisle, there is a racial pay gap in campaign politics. Asian, Black and Latino staffers are paid less than their white counterparts, according to an analysis by the New Organizing Institute.