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The Dangers of Cutting Funding for the Violence Against Women Act

February 13, 2017 Multiple sources, including the conservative website The Hill, have reported that the new administration in Washington is considering cutting federal funds that support VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) grants.  The grants fund domestic violence related programs across the … Continue reading

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Black History Month — 28 Black Women You Should Know

February 6, 2017 February is Black History Month and that’s a perfect time to spotlight some amazing women.  Read about more than two dozen courageous black women who made a difference, in the Huffington Post’s article, “28 Queens Of Black History Who … Continue reading

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The Women’s March in Pictures

January 23, 2017 On Saturday, January 21, millions of people gathered on all seven continents to demonstrate their support for women’s rights and other social justice issues. The New York Times published a great selection of pictures from cities and … Continue reading

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Is Being Constantly Busy a “ Disease” or a Way to Measure Our Worthiness?

January 16, 2017 As the new year gets underway and we start filling in the blank spaces of our new calendars, it’s a good time to think about how jam-packed we make our days, weeks, and months before they even … Continue reading

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Healing from Grief over the Role of White Evangelicals in the Recent Election

January 10, 2017 Writing for her “Born Again Again” blog in the Christian Century, Carol Howard Merritt says, “It’s difficult to know what will happen to the landscape of American religion after this election.” She points out that some people … Continue reading

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Looking Back on Feminism in 2016 — Some Positive Signs from Popular Culture

January 2, 2017 A recent New York Times opinion piece by Susan Chira was titled “Feminism Lost, Now What?”  Chira underscored the despair many feminists have felt over dashed expectations. Leaders of feminist causes who had believed that 2016 would … Continue reading

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On World AIDS Day, Listen to an Interview with Activist Cleve Jones

December 1, 2016 On World AIDS Day, listen to a personal and moving interview with Cleve Jones, a San Francisco based LGBTQ justice advocate.  Jones has been on the forefront of the AIDS crisis ever since 1983 when the disease began decimating the … Continue reading

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Drama, or revolutionary acts of love? It’s your choice.

November 28, 2016 Drama— religious, political, personal — is compelling.  It captivates.  It sells. It grabs our eyes and our minds.  Too often, it worms its way into our hearts as well. Words are easy to spin in such a way as to … Continue reading

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The Theory of Sexism and the Trump Victory

November 21, 2016 “…our society only values women under certain narrow conditions. It means that for many voters, Trump’s toxic masculinity was a deep part of his appeal.” “To understand how sexism played into Trump’s victory, first you have to … Continue reading

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Fake News: Hear from Someone Who Writes It

November 18, 2016 Many people feel that “fake news” influenced the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.  “Fake news” refers to articles that are created with no basis in fact, and then shared widely on social media by people who … Continue reading

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What Can I Do?

November 14, 2016 Last week Donald Trump was elected to be the next US president. Many citizens are worried about what could happen after he takes office, especially since the legislative branch of the government will be controlled by his party, the … Continue reading

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Don’t Even Think About It!

November 7, 2016 “LifeWay, a chain of Christian bookstores affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, has banned popular Christian author Jen Hatmaker over her recent support of LGBT rights…”  Read more here. “… in a recent interview with ThinkProgress, Greg … Continue reading

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Attending The Moral Revival

October 31, 2016 Several weeks ago I was fortunate to attend the Indianapolis stop of The Moral Revival tour, a social justice and worship experience created and led by Rev. Dr. William Barber II, the Rev. Dr. James Forbes Jr., the Rev. Dr. Traci … Continue reading

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#NastyWoman Goes Viral

October 24, 2016 During the final 2016 presidential debate, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman.” Within hours the Clinton campaign had registered the domain name NastyWomenGetShitDone.com and redirected it to Clinton’s campaign website. Feminists have long noted that ambitious and aggressive men are … Continue reading

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Rape Culture, Entitlement, and Power

October 17, 2016 The majority of women I know have been victims of some sort of sexual harassment and/or assault based on their gender. In my fifty five years on the planet, simply because my body is biologically female, I have been understood by … Continue reading

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Trans Men Explain Male Privilege

October 10, 2016 Who better to explain male privilege than people who have experienced it from both genders? In this short video, four Trans Men explain what has changed for them since they became men.   (Those reading this via email will need … Continue reading

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“Mansplaining” and “manterrupting” is, sadly, still alive and well

October 3, 2016 Jessica Bennett, writing in the New York Times, provides commentary on an important example of sexism that played out during the September 26 presidential debate. “[For] the 51 percent of us who are women, Mr. Trump’s behavior was … Continue reading

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Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza Discusses Hillary Clinton, Gender, and Scripture

September 26, 2016 Feminist theologian Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, writing for the Feminist Studies in Religion Blog, says “the rhetoric of the Bible still shapes our religious and political imagination and the American political discourse.” One of the results is the … Continue reading

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Who are we when we read the scriptures?

September 19, 2016 Great point by Rev. Wil Gafney! “Who are we when we read the scriptures? Whose eyes do we read through? When we hear Jeremiah lamenting for his people where do we place ourselves in the story? Christians … Continue reading

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Fear of a Female President

September 12, 2016 Today’s link is a fascinating look at the reactions provoked when people other than those traditionally associated with leadership positions (white heterosexual cisgendered males) aspire to gain power in our culture. “Given the anxieties that powerful women provoke, it’s not … Continue reading

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Jesus Was a Feminist— What about Muhammad?

September 6, 2016 Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad was the second Caliph of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, a Muslim sect that officially had its start in India in 1889.  Although the sect’s teachings are regarded as heretical by many more familiar branches … Continue reading

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Rev. Liz Edman says, “Know who you are. Be who you are.” (A short video)

August 29, 2016 Rev. Elizabeth M. Edman is an Episcopal priest and author of the new book, Queer Virtue: What LGBTQ People Know about Life and Love and How It Can Revitalize Christianity. You may have read Virginia Ramey Mollenkott’s … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of Violence against Women: Has Religion Played a Part?

August 22, 2016 One of our EEWC-CFT members, Dr. Kendra Weddle Irons, recently wrote about family violence after a terrible tragedy touched the campus community of Texas Wesleyan University where she teaches religious studies.  According to investigative reports, the university’s … Continue reading

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Great Feminist Moments from the Olympics

August 18, 2016 The Huffington Post brings us 18 great feminist moments from the Olympic Games going on in Rio. “While there has been a fair share of sexism in Rio, it has been offset by serious girl power. From Katie … Continue reading

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President Obama speaks out on feminism’s achievements and ongoing challenges

August 15, 2016 As the father of two daughters, President Obama is keenly aware of the importance of feminism, both now and in the future—and not only for women. “The good news is that everywhere I go across the country, … Continue reading

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Julian Abagond writes about what he calls “the oppression Olympics”

August 8, 2016 When groups that suffer injustice argue about which group has it worse, they’re participating in “the Oppression Olympics” says Julian Abagond, “as if there were some kind of special prize for the ‘winner.’” “For example,” he says, “in … Continue reading

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What Role Does Faith Play in Hillary Clinton’s Commitment to Public Service?

August 1, 2016 Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, one of the workshop leaders for our 2016 Christian Feminism Today Gathering, is now writing a book on the faith journey of Hillary Rodham Clinton. Drawing upon her research for that book, … Continue reading

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Brian Jay Stanley suggests a way to think about social justice disputes 

July 25, 2016 Could many societal disagreements be settled by a “live and let live” approach based upon who is affected most by decisions?  It’s a thought developed by Brian Jay Stanley in a post on his Aphorisms and Paradoxes … Continue reading

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A “Very Tired Christian” Answers Critics of His Support for LGBTQ People

July 18, 2016 John Pavlovitz is a pastor in North Carolina who blogs at Stuff That Needs to Be Said.  A strong supporter of LGBTQ equality, he often voices such support through thoughtful posts on his blog.  But some Christian readers … Continue reading

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It’s important for men to know that feminism benefits them as well as women

July 11, 2016 Feminism is by no means for women only.  Gender equality benefits everybody.  Take a minute-and-a-half to watch this original video from the Huffington Post video team: “Why Feminism Is Good for Men.” Related: You might also like … Continue reading

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Ulli K. Ryder Talks about What July 4th Can Mean in Today’s World

July 4, 2016 Although this article by Ulli K. Ryder was published in the Feminist Wire for July 4, 2011, its message is just as applicable right now, five years later. Our country has come so far, yet there is … Continue reading

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A Women’s Chorus Honors the Victims of the Mass Shooting in Orlando

June 21, 2016 View a video and listen to the choral music of Vox Femina Los Angeles as the group honors the memory of each victim of the mass shooting at the LGBTQ club in Orlando, Florida, June 12, 2016.  … Continue reading

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Bishop Tutu’s daughter speaks out about her marriage to a woman

June 13, 2016 Last December, Mpho Tutu van Furth, daughter of Desmond Tutu, married the woman she loved. As a result, she had to relinquish her Anglican clergy license. Having been ordained in the United States, she is still considered … Continue reading

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Jessica Valenti writes about the trauma associated with sexism

June 6, 2016  Jessica Valenti, who with her sister Vanessa founded the website Feministing in 2004 as a place for young feminists to speak out in a space of their own, has written a new book titled Sex Object: A … Continue reading

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What is “intersectionality”? And why should you know and care about it?

May 30, 2016 People who experience discrimination tend to form groups to support each other and work for change in unjust systems. The groups they form are usually based on a particular identity that its members share in common, for … Continue reading

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Perplexed about some of the new words related to gender and sexuality?

May 23, 2016 For many people, hearing or reading words like “cisgender” or “genderqueer” is puzzling. Lexicographers say it’s time for these and related terms to be included in dictionaries. These two articles from The Atlantic and The Washington Post … Continue reading

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Discrimination against LGBT people hurts everyone. When will we learn?

May 16, 2016 When I read the British government’s recent advisory, warning its LGBT citizens about travel in the US because of certain state laws promoting discrimination,  I thought about Britain’s own history.  Remember the movie, The Imitation Game? It … Continue reading

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Why classics scholar Mary Beard is becoming known as a “troll slayer”

May 9, 2016 Internet trolls (ubiquitous online abusers who use website comment sections and social media to insult and threaten people) have become such a problem that many websites no longer allow comments.  Trolls especially like to denigrate the minds … Continue reading

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Why Sojourners made a video on the absurdity of denying women’s leadership

May 2, 2016 Jim Wallis of Sojourners says, “Three million people have watched the video, which satirizes the misguided reasons people say women shouldn’t lead in the church. We’ve received countless comments from women saying they’ve heard every single one … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration and Empowerment in Those Who Came Before

April 25, 2016 What power and inspiration can be gained from learning more about those who came before us!  This applies to Christian feminism, it applies to science, and so much more. Today’s link was suggested by member Diane Steelsmith. “In … Continue reading

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Mary Hunt sees Pope Francis’s document on family love as “a lost opportunity”

April 18, 2016 Dr. Mary E. Hunt, a Roman Catholic feminist theologian and co-director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (W.A.T.E.R), says Pope Francis could have gone so much further in his recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Licietia … Continue reading

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Faith, Spirituality, & the Future

April 4, 2016 Watch this twenty seven minute video special from CBS featuring several faith leaders including Diana Butler Bass, one of the featured presenters for the 2016 Christian Feminism Today Gathering.  Leaders discuss the changing role of church and … Continue reading

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Women’s History Month 2016 — Photos

March 14, 2016 March is Women’s History Month.  Some people like to read their history, but others learn more by looking at images.  We’ve put together a list of some sites with great images celebrating all kinds of women’s issues, … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016 Happy International Women’s Day! Check out the cool Google Doodle honoring this day.   suggested by Letha Dawson Scanzoni, posted by Marg Herder    

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Rock Star Feminist Ruth Bader Ginsburg

March 7, 2016 Last week the Supreme Court heard arguments on  Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case about the restrictive abortion law passed in Texas.  This was “… the first time in history, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a major abortion … Continue reading

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Just What Kind of Feminist Are You, Anyway?

February 29, 2016 Take this fun but informative quiz posted earlier in 2016 by The Washington Post.  Find out what kind of feminist you are, but also learn where the majority of US residents line up.  The results are based on a … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Feminist Newsletter, Again

February 19, 2016 “Newsletters are not about closing off discussion from opposing views. They are about letting someone speak about something potentially sensitive in safety. Safe spaces are often needed, and they aren’t going away – sorry. Women deserve to … Continue reading

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Feminism Is: Sara Gomez—Cuba’s First Female Film Director

February 12, 2016 “She directed several short documentaries that brought a highly critical perspective toward Cuban revolutionary society, in particular the position of women and Afro-Cubans. With her debut film, Iré a Santiago, she became the first female film director … Continue reading

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The First Generation of Women Orthodox Rabbis

February 8, 2016 Pamela S. Nadell, the Patrick Clendenen Chair in Women’s and Gender History at American University, has written an interesting article on the status of women’s ordination in Orthodox Judaism. “So where does this leave us? In 2016, there … Continue reading

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“They” Is American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year

February 1, 2016 In its 26th annual words of the year vote, the American Dialect Society voted for “they” used as a gender-neutral singular pronoun as the Word of the Year for 2015. “They” was recognized by the society for its … Continue reading

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