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Gina Barreca:”If you lean in, will men just look down your blouse?”

Gina Barreca, columnist, essayist and UConn prof, is one of my heroes — funny, wise, and very, very smart. So, today, let’s celebrate the March 2016 publication of her latest book, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? From the title essay, a laugh about lean-in leadership: “I sure do appreciate […]

Feminist Frequency is just truth-telling, says Joss Whedon

Originally posted on The Stake:
The work of Anita Sarkeesian and her project, Feminist Frequency, has always been controversial. To some at least. Sarkeesian has been on the receiving end of the worst venom the internet can produce. Everything from mockery to rape and death threats have been directed at her, on and off-line, because of her…

Punk against Putin: Feminist Girl Group Pussy Riot’s Dissident Leadership

Last week, two members of Russia’s activist feminist punk group, Pussy Riot, visited Washington, DC to galvanize support to free the two women still imprisoned.And last night, these remarkable, in-your-face activists were profiled in an HBO documentary. It’s art as dissidence, leadership as rocking against Putin’s machine. From the article: In DC, they discussed such […]

The Bathsheba Syndrome, a Modern Obsession: Sexuality, Morality and Leadership

Ever since the David Petraeus Scandal last November, there’s been a lot of buzz about the Bathsheba Syndrome and the ethical lapses of powerful married men in the military and politics. The fall from grace is blamed mostly on the disconnection of the powerful from moral standards, a psychological disorder of power. But there’s levels […]

With Tasers and placards, women of Egypt are leaders in the fight against sexism

Laurie Penny, a blogger at the New Statesman, recently posted this report from Cairo. She writes: ‘‘The youth will liberate Egypt!” A girl in a sky-blue headscarf is yelling and 300 women shout the words back at her outside the Sayyida Zeinab Mosque in central Cairo. Behind the gates of the mosque, men in long […]

No Ordinary Hero: Women’s Studies Pioneer Gerda Lerner Dies

Historian Gerda Lerner created new space for forgotten stories about women leaders, activists and ordinary citizens. She died January 2, 2013. From the Washington Post obituary: “Gerda Lerner spent her 18th birthday in a Nazi prison, sharing a cell with two gentile women arrested for political work who shared their food with the Jewish teenager […]

Reluctant Leaders: Women Under Post-Taliban Still Struggle

In Afghanistan, desperation fuels change. Kevin Sieff’s Washington Post article details a horrific story from Kabul. Farima, 17 year old girl who dreamed of being a doctor, was trapped in a pre-Taliban promise for marriage, and leapt from her roof to kill herself rather than marry her fiance. Instead of dying, she broke her back […]