Why the emphasis on education? 

Understanding what makes for a better or worse culture and climate around gender is no small task. Unfortunately, misunderstandings, misinformation, or a lack of shared perspectives can hinder our ability to communicate, learn, and grow together as a community.

 

Many people at Colorado State University want to improve the campus culture and climate around gender. They recognize the need to learn more about the issues but often don't know where to start!

The Women & Gender Collaborative has curated articles and resources on a wide range of topics to facilitate this type of learning, no matter who you are. 

By first familiarizing yourself with gender-related issues, you can show up more informed, prepared, and equipped to better understand and effectively support others.

Read, reflect, share, and discuss! 

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All Trans Identities and the Gender Spectrum Interpersonal Violence and Harassment Why Intersectionality Matters Understanding Feminism Humor, Satire & Illustrations Resources for Men Unpacking Privilege Women and Leadership Gender in the Workplace Gender, Media, Culture Gender, Sexuality and Relationships Parenthood and Family Gender in Higher Ed and Academia Gender & Health How to Be a Bystander and Ally From The Collaborative
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A Biology Teacher Just Destroyed Every Excuse for Transphobia With Cold, Hard Facts

It's hard to argue with science.
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A Secret Marines Facebook Group Shared Nude Photos of Female Service Members

"The military is still struggling with how to handle sexual assaults in its ranks." Apparently. This is bad.
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Can Feminism Be Too Inclusive?

"Yes—but it needs to be popular to become a mass movement."

Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Catcalling Someone

Don't worry - Playboy has got you covered.
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Why Rachel Dolezal Can Never Be Black

"It is the ultimate in white privilege, really, for a white woman to see that diamond, all shiny and hard and unbreakable, and pluck it for her own, like it's a gift from Tiffany's, with seemingly zero regard for the pressure, the heat, the pain it went through — that we went through — to earn that shine."
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21 Photos That Capture The Power Of Feminist Friendships

"Women supporting women is a beautiful thing."
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Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

"The truth of the matter is that pretty much anywhere in the world men tend to think that they that are much smarter than women. Yet arrogance and overconfidence are inversely related to leadership talent..."
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“Get Out” and the Ineffectiveness of Post-Racial White Feminism

"White feminism, white women who believe themselves to be just and 'well-meaning,' are also contributing to white supremacy."
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Why Young Culture Makers Are Proudly Reclaiming Bruja Feminism

"Thanks to space-making platforms like Tumblr and Instagram, these self-identifying brujas are connecting online to decolonize and find healing through intersectional feminism."
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Emma Watson Defends Herself Against The Beyhive

"Basically, Watson did not diss [sic] Beyoncé. She shared a critique, then circled back around to the point, concluding that Bey's music and image was indeed a strong, powerful, and essential voice for all feminists."

10 New Books By Women Writers Of Color To Add To Your Must-Read List

Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl book club has some suggestions for your 2017 shelves.
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The ‘Black, Queer, Feminist’ Legal Trailblazer You’ve Never Heard Of

"Dr. Pauli Murray was an unheralded pioneer who argued civil rights cases, challenging discrimination based on race and gender."
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Women, Stop Listening to Sexist Relationship ‘Experts’

Some so-called experts aren't experts at all - and their rhetoric can cause harm to women.
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Why You Can’t Ever Call an Enslaved Woman a “Mistress”

"This is an important Black History Month PSA"
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Shutting Down BS with Sex Workers

Sex Workers get real about the industry.
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Trans Children Deserve Better

Laverne Cox explains that bathroom laws are ultimately about whether trans people allowed to exist in public space.
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Sexist Political Criticism Finds a New Target: Kellyanne Conway

"What powerful political woman is mocked for her clothes, is the target of pictures on Twitter depicting her as haggard and is routinely called a witch? If you guessed Hillary Clinton, you’re right. But if you guessed Kellyanne Conway, you’re right, too. Misogyny, it seems, remains a bipartisan exercise."
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Wharton Study Shows the Shocking Result When Women and Minorities Email Their Professors

"New research has found that university professors exhibit a bias in favor of their white male students..." Surprised?
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#BlackTransLivesMatter: How Black Cis-Women are Part of the Problem

"Black transwomen are most likely killed by an acquaintance, a significant other, or pushed into a deadly circumstance created by family rejection... The family rejection, interpersonal violence, and transphobic norms are highly perpetuated by people like me - Black cisgender women."
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There’s Nothing Funny About the ‘Cash Me Ousside’ Girl

"The teen’s bad behavior helped make her a viral star, but it’s also highlighted the double standard between the ways Black and White teens are treated."
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This App Wants To Help Women Track How Often They’re ‘Manterrupted’

“We, women, struggle every day to get our space in the workplace and the right to express ourselves. When we get there, Manterrupting reduces our participation...what’s the point of having more women in a meeting room if nobody hears what they have to say?”
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The Next Time Someone Tells You Sexism is Over, Show Them These Statistics

"56% of men believe sexism is over. Are they ever wrong."
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Befriending Becky: On The Imperative Of Intersectional Solidarity

"I don’t like white women because I’m not particularly fond of the construct of whiteness or what it represents. I also don’t appreciate those who are complicit in my oppression and benefit from it."

Advice for Progressives from America’s Radical Feminist Governor

“It’s going to require more than you’re bargaining for. Activism will change your life.”
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Celebration of women filmmakers triggers heated debate among Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams, and Shirley MacLaine

"When I talk about feminism, sometimes I feel like being a black woman is cast aside."
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Mastectomy Story: One Woman’s Brave Tale of Surviving Breast Cancer

This mastectomy survivor doesn't need nipples to feel sexy.

Beauty Salon For Women Who Wear Hijabs

A Muslim-American entrepreneur saw a need in her community so she created a beautiful space for celebrating beauty.
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White Women: This Is Why Your Critiques Of Beyoncé Are Racist

"Do not ever shame a black woman for announcing her pregnancy." *explicit language*

Queer Muslim women from the south: ‘We exist and we’re fierce’

"Three women from North Carolina discuss how the Trump administration is affecting their lives, and how collective resistance will move America forward."
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What Cis People Say To Trans People Vs. What We Hear

This is what a microaggression looks like.
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Actress Yara Shahidi Shared A Beautiful Post About Being Iranian And Black

“If my Baba was stuck in an airport because of a Muslim ban 39 years ago, he would have never fallen in love with my mama.”
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Kristen Stewart Called Herself ‘So Gay’ On ‘SNL.’ Here’s Why It Matters.

"Stewart, for the first time ever, publicly used the word “gay” in reference to herself. It was a radical opportunity to challenge and change minds."
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Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity

There’s a lot of talk about the transgender community, but if you aren’t in the know, these conversations can feel exclusive or downright confusing. Let’s break down the basics of gender, gender identity, and yes, do some much-needed Transgender 101.
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How to Stand Up Against Hate

"Remember that your goal is helping the target, not fighting the harasser. "
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The Unbelievably Cruel Words Fat Women Hear on the Street

Let’s let this woman’s story remind us: There’s no wrong way to have a body.
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5 Ways to Help Kids Think Outside the Gender Binary

"When you show kids the possibilities that open up when they’re not trapped by the binary, they’ll start to see the world as a place of far more opportunities. They’ll grow to see people and gendered concepts as they truly are, and start to discover who they really are as a person."
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Milestones in the American Transgender Movement

Though a growing number of transgender Americans are coming out, it has been a long road of evolution that constitutes the transgender movement.

Read The Women’s March On Washington’s Beautifully Intersectional Policy Platform

This is how you do intersectional feminism.

‘Hidden Figures’ beats ‘Star Wars’ at the box office. Here’s why that matters.

This is the rare box-office win to get excited about. It's not another reboot or sequel, nor an extension of an existing franchise. It's a story about great black women underserved by history. Hidden Figures deserves every dollar it will make — and it's going to make a ton of them.

Ivanka Trump’s Dangerous Fake Feminism

"Trying to emulate the Ivanka model without her financial means is a precarious path...For white working-class families, where women often work out of necessity and who also believe in the importance of divergent responsibilities for men and women, that dissonance sows significant marital conflict."

The Fight for Female Priesthood in the Mormon Church

This 20-minute documentary follows Abby Hansen, a stay-at-home mom turned vocal advocate for Ordain Women.

Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl?

"[T]here were times I thoroughly believed that no one wanted anything to do with me. I told myself that it was all a lie, but the structural emasculation of Asian men in all forms of media became a self-fulfilling prophecy that produced an actual abhorrence to Asian men in the real world."

Would a Lottery Realize Greater Gender Equity for Faculty Service?

Dr. Alexander Guerrero and members of CSU's Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty discuss the implications of the lottocratic approach for promoting greater equity in faculty service assignments and for faculty governance.

Here Is A Worksheet To Help You Talk To Partners About Sex

Because clear communication is a prerequisite for consent...and other good things.

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

Until the government takes on child care as a public good, there are fortunately employer-funded models that seem to be working.

Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women

So-called "women's work" is consistently undervalued and underpaid - until white men start taking those jobs...

Study: Racism and Sexism predict support for trump more than economic dissatisfaction

Studies also suggest building empathy is more effective at dismantling bigotry than calling people out.

Patients Cared For By Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated By Men

"Approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year."

25 Famous Women on Dealing With Anxiety and Depression

We’ve rounded up wise words and advice from famous women who have lived through dark moments and aren’t afraid to talk about it.

A Majority Agreed She Was Raped by a Stanford Football Player. That Wasn’t Enough.

"This year, amid growing dissent over how it handles these kinds of cases, Stanford changed its procedure in a way that victims rights advocates say favors the accused."

How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians

20 years ago, Subaru was ahead of the marketing curve and, "[l]ike nerds who grow up to confront their bullies, Subaru executives came to realize that the people opposing the acknowledgement of gays and lesbians were not as imposing as they seemed."

If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women

These ol' (inverted) gender tropes!

The Invisible Workload That Drags Women Down

Who holds it all down...IN THEIR HEADS...because others often don't pick up the slack? Women do, that's who. Give their brains a rest!

Shine Theory: Why Powerful Women Make the Greatest Friends

Stop competing with other women. "When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her. Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better."

Female professors ‘pay price for academic citizenship’

“While previous research has shown that early and mid-career female academics take on more administration and “caring, supportive and collegiate” roles than men, acting as a brake on their promotion chances, the latest interviews show this trend continues when women reach more senior positions."

I Rewatched Love Actually and Am Here to Ruin It for All of You

This article is just as good, year after year.

30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color In 2016

Despite the awfulness, stellar writing by people of color provided clarity, comfort and insight in even the darkest moments this year. Make 2017 great by learning from some crucial voices of 2016.

Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Won’t Be Assimilated

Many cultures have had models beyond the male/female binary and heterosexuality for centuries. In fact, views on these subjects in certain Native American traditions—as they existed before colonial disruption—might be seen as progressive by today’s standards.

‘If I were a man,’ I would have been considered the greatest a long time ago

Serena Williams IS the greatest. And she describes her experience with things that are "blatantly wrong and blatantly unfair and blatantly racist or sexist" with gut-wrenching honesty.

U.N. Women Director: Tackling the Gender Pay-Gap Requires Urgent Solutions

Here's a solid refresher on what the gender-pay gap looks like on a global level, what contributes to the inequity, and what we can do about it.
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The Different Stakes of Male and Female Birth Control

A clinical trial of contraceptives for men was halted because of side effects—side effects that women have dealt with for decades.
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Five queer AF comics starring Black and Brown women

From superheroes to first love and all the comedic life moments in between, here are five of the brown and Blackest, super LGBTQIA+ reppin’ comics on the internet to get your self love meter all the way maxed out.
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Samantha Bee is the only woman with a late-night show

Here’s how she plans to make it count - from writing to hiring to mentoring, she's doing it differently.
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7 reason so many men don’t understand consent

You'll recognize A LOT of these images. "These waters run deep."
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The African-American Suffragists History Forgot

Rendered invisible in so many accounts, they were in fact doubly brave, fighting a dual oppression—marginalized, trivialized, humiliated, and dismissed for being both black and female.
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America’s Conversation On Sexual Assault Is A Failure If It Ignores Native Women

Both Democrats and Republicans have remained virtually silent on the national stage in the face of the terrifyingly high rates of rape, sexual trafficking, disappearance, and murder of Native and Indigenous Women.
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The feminist bedtime story book you’ll wish you had growing up

Aimed to inspire young girls to dream of more than being rescued or fitting into patriarchal cis-gendered dreams, the book contains 100 tales of empowered, intelligent women who have fought adversity to get where they are.
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5 Questions About Alcohol and Consent You’re Too Afraid to Ask, Answered

Think of it this way: Just like we don’t give someone a free pass for causing a car accident after drinking, we can’t do so with rape either. 
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10-Year-Old Girls Need Feminist Magazines Too — And Now They Have One

A new magazine created for girls, by girls, is capturing the blissful and inspiring experiences of young ladies to empower pre-teen girls, and give them a space to create and share their own content.
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Surviving Institutions That Weren’t Created For You

No one tells you how to survive in institutions that weren’t created for you. No one tells you how to navigate through buildings that are named after men that would have spat in your face when they were administrators.
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Here’s Your Proof That White Americans Don’t Face Systemic Racism

"For this one article, I’m sticking with numbers, not stories." And recent articles from mainstream news publications, government or academic studies/data, and coverage of such studies/data from mainstream news publications.
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The Photographer Representing Her Non-Binary Friends as They’d Like to Be Seen

Laurence Philomène is challenging the lack of non-binary representation by photographing her friends as their ideal selves, set against her vivid fantasy backdrops.
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Masculine Norms produce mental health concerns for men

Men who stick to "traditionally masculine" norms -  especially playboy behavior, power over women and self-reliance - are more likely to experience depression, stress, body image issues, substance abuse and negative social functioning. They are also less likely to seek help to deal with those problems.
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This Teen Is Bringing Menstrual Products To Homeless Women Around The World

When she became homeless at 15, she decided to take action.
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The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified.

The delegates were appalled by the lack of gender equality in America. They found the U.S. to be lagging far behind international human rights standards in a number of areas, including its 23 percent gender pay gap, maternity leave, affordable child care and the treatment of female migrants in detention centers.
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The History of the Trans Community as Told by Its Aging Members

“I still see myself on a journey. When I received an award a few years ago at a conference I said, ‘In the ’60s they called me a sissy. In the ’70s they called me a faggot. In the ’80s I was a queen, or they called me a queen. In the ’90s I was transgender. In the 2000s I…
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Some women don’t want kids. And that’s OK.

This comic breaks it down.
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How Doctors Traumatize Pregnant Women With Unnecessary Procedures

Recent studies highlighted in Elle magazine show millions of women are injured during childbirth. While “injury” is a nice way to put it, something more contestable is happening in the labor and delivery rooms of hospitals across the country and the world.
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‘Beta Males’ want to kill women because they can’t get laid

"For years, men on Internet message boards have been sharing revenge fantasies targeting the women who’ve rejected them. But what is motivating their repeated references to a violent “Beta Uprising,” and how dangerous are the guys who chat online about it?" Read to the last line.
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Amber Heard Released a Tearful PSA On Domestic Violence

“I have a unique opportunity to remind other women...this doesn’t have to be the way it is. You don’t have to do it alone. You’re not alone. And also, we can change this. Violence against women is not limited to actual physical violence.”
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From Manspreading to Mansplaining — 6 Ways Men Dominate the Spaces Around Them

"We as men have been so inundated with the idea that all space is our space that we, often subconsciously, act as if that’s true – both in our body language and in more overt expressions of entitlement like dominating conversations, talking over other people, and harassing women on the street."
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Beware These 10 Types of Feminist Men

"With so many stories floating around (and the many more that are silenced by fear) about “male feminists” who use their social justice rhetoric as a way to wield abusive behaviors, it’s clear that some of our quote-unquote “allies” are combining toxic masculinity with feminism to create a terrifying hybrid."
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When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple

"For the first time, I felt complete, loved, known. Lying beside her healed my past and present self."
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this comic perfectly captures how feminism helps everyone

This comic shows how sexism is hurtful to everyone — and reminds us that we can only overcome it by working together.
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Hopes for a female president dashed, women take running for office into their own hands

For many of those rooting for Clinton to break the glass ceiling her campaign repeatedly invoked, her loss, painful as it was, could be an even greater mobilizing force than a victory might have been.
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On Being a Trans Woman … Who Doesn’t Pass

Not all women look the same — and that should be okay.
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ten responses to the phrase “Man Up”

Listen to Guante on this one.
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Academia is now incompatible with family life, thanks to casual contracts

"It is hard to forgo spending time with my partner or catching up on sleep after our baby was awake half the night, but I have to work on that grant proposal. If I don’t, I might not have a job after my current contract ends."
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This Is What Black Privilege Looks Like

Crystal Valentine will give you chills.
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Ready to ditch white feminism?

Here are 6 Black feminist concepts you need to know.
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When Parents Support Their Trans Kids

It's really powerful.
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The urgency of intersectionality: Kimberlé Crenshaw speaks at TEDWomen 2016

“When there’s no name for a problem, you can’t see a problem. When you can’t see a problem, you can’t solve it.”
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Yes, contraceptives have side effects – and it’s time for men to put up with them too

Apparently, women can have such ailments as depression and acne thrust upon them for the greater good of preventing an unwanted pregnancy, but the same level of discomfort cannot be expected of men.
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The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret

A recently published study sheds light on the alarming relationship between hormonal birth control and depression. But the findings are only the latest in a long line of battles between women and their doctors over accurate information about birth control.
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7 Period Questions You Still Have As An Adult Woman

Period education usually stops not that long after we've gotten our first one — and even the information that we do get when we get older doesn't really fit in all of the nuance that can happen in the course of one woman's life, let alone every woman's.
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7 Appearance Related Comments Trans People Wish You’d Stop Making

If you're wondering how to be better-informed when interacting with the trans people in your life, take it from those who have experienced the effects of poorly chosen words firsthand.
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This comic explores a subtle kind of racism many people of color experience

These are microaggressions. And they need to stop.
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10 Reasons Why Women Won’t Smile at Random Dudes

...Maybe because you just told us to and we don't want to.
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Argentine woman becomes first nursery teacher with Down’s syndrome

Noelia Garella has overcome prejudice surrounding her condition to become a favourite with her pupils, and is making history in Latina America.
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U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care

Ask just about any parent — regardless of where in the U.S. they live, socioeconomic status or race — and they're likely to have strong opinions and a story to tell of juggling priorities, cutting costs and employing creative strategies to get the best child care they can afford.
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‘Nasty Woman’: Why Men Insult Powerful Women

Insults of powerful women by men perform a particular role, researchers say: cutting them down to size, and playing into discomfort with women in power.
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Men’s Restrooms Will Now Require Baby Changing Stations. Thanks, Obama!

The BABIES Act applies to restrooms in publicly accessible federal buildings, because men change diapers, too!
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CoverGirl Announces Its First Male CoverGirl Spokesmodel

"All of our COVERGIRLs are role models and boundary-breakers, fearlessly expressing themselves, standing up for what they believe, and redefining what it means to be beautiful. James Charles is no exception."
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6 Things A Feminist Woman Who Dates Men Should Look For On A First Date

I’ve learned a lot about being a straight feminist woman post-puberty in romantic relationships, including some generally solid ways to figure out if the guy you’re dating is worth the long-term emotional, material, and financial investment that relationships require.
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When our (white) feminist heroes fail us: On “Notorious RBG” and Colin Kaepernick

Standing up for women necessarily includes standing up for black women, and their communities. We must push all the self-avowed (white) feminists in positions of power — and push ourselves — to constantly do better.
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NSFWomen, explores what it’s like to have your period when you’re homeless

This whole issue centers on respecting women's dignity.
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What’s rape anxiety? This woman explained it to her favorite men, and they were shocked

These conversations could make a real difference to help all people feel safe and comfortable in the world.
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This artist brilliantly tackles the concept of ‘being offended’ in a colorful comic

Maybe we need a new word for "offended"

Think It’s #NotAllMen? These 4 Facts Prove You’re Just Plain Wrong

In truth, the only thing approaching defiance is to constantly check and question your own learned entitlement – and that of other men. But you can’t do that if you’re stuck in the space of believing that “not all men” is a valid argument.
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Moms And Dads: What Your Daughter Hasn’t Told You About Sexual Assault

These are just the PG-rated stories I am willing to tell you. I might be telling you now, but I never told my parents any of these occurrences. Chances are your daughter has experienced some of this and hasn’t told you either.
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The Ultimate Guide To Feminist-Friendly Horror Movies

Wanna watch a spooky flick? Here's a list of feminist-friendly horror movies, because every girl worth her gore knows what a feminist nightmare scary movies can be.
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How to Be a Man in the Age of Trump

Boys need continuing, serious guidance about sexual ethics, reciprocity, respect. Rather than silence or swagger, they need models of masculinity that are not grounded in domination or aggression.
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Conversations with Feminist Freedom Warriors

Feminist Freedom Warriors (FFW) is a digital video archive documenting cross-generational conversations about justice, politics and hope with feminist scholar-activists.
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Adichie’s Powerful Essay on Raising a Feminist Daughter

Acclaimed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote an extremely powerful essay titled, “Dear Ijeawele, or a femininst manifesto in fifteen suggestions,” where she elaborated on how to raise a feminist daughter.
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This is the kind of sexism women who want to be doctors deal with in med school

Studies estimate that between 30 and 70 percent of female med-school faculty experience gender-based discrimination.
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Black Men Are Giving Themselves A Space To Talk About Mental Health

Kid Cudi’s post prompted black men to ask each other “#YouGoodMan?”
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Dressing Beyond the Binary

It's about style and self-expression.
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Why We Need To Stop Calling Women “Girls”

"Women." Even "young women." But not "girls." (Related, but different, also not "females.")
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Brief But Spectacular with iO Tillet Wright

"It's hard to look someone in the eye and deny their humanity." Wright has spent the past six years photographing people who identify across the LGBT spectrum and offers a Brief but Spectacular take on finding beauty in difference.
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6 ‘Anti-Racist’ Buzzwords That Don’t Actually Change White Supremacy

'Diversity.' 'Equity.' 'White Privilege.' How do you use them?
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Warren Buffett’s Son Pledges $90 Million To Support Girls And Women Of Color

“Girls and women of color are experts on their own lives — our role is to listen to them.” Yes.
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Tiq Milan Opens Up About Trans Male Visibility, His Advocacy Work And Liberation

Along with his wife Kim, Milan travels the country educating and empowering audiences about the experiences of trans and GNC people of color, with the pair functioning as “a model of possibility” for “centering love as revolution” as a black queer couple. #relationshipgoals
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Trans People Are Sharing Selfies On Twitter With #TransTakeover To Spread Love

Hashtag love at it's best - to expand the visibility of trans folks in all their intersectional glory.
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Removing gender bias from algorithms

If these biased algorithms are widely adopted, it could perpetuate, or even worsen, these damaging stereotypes. Fortunately, we have found a way to use the machine learning algorithm itself to reduce its own bias.
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It’s Now More Expensive To Send Your Kid To Daycare Than College

Is it any wonder so many women decide not to go back to work? It’s simply not worth the bother to work when that much of a household’s income is going to daycare.
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A Toronto Professor Is Facing Criticism For Saying He Won’t Recognzie Gender-Neutral Identites

And a non-binary professor wants him to know they certainly do exist.
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The Mental Health Effects of Chest Binding are Good

A new study in the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality is believed to be the first to look at the health impact of chest binding on transmasculine people.
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The Monster Sorority of Women Voters

All women are not the same. All women do not care about or value the same things. Except when it comes to appearance. Pretty much every woman seems to agree that there's a lot of pressure on one's appearance.
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These Designers Are Proving Queer Fashion Is Way More Than Just A Trend

“Queer style is one of the most fashionable forms of resistance and is a powerful tool in our fight for liberation."
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Black Women Are Leaning In And Getting Nowhere

“This study makes clear that while all women remain underrepresented in the corporate pipeline, women of color face the steepest drop-offs."
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Read the Women in the Workplace 2016 Report

Women in the Workplace 2016 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to give companies the information they need to promote female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace.
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Taking Back “Chingona”

"It's been appropriated by a younger generation as a way of rebellion."
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Wonder Woman Is Officially Queer

It’s time to welcome Wonder Woman to the DC Comics’ growing circle of LGBT superheroes.
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New York City Starts $5 Million Fund for Women in Film and Theater

New York is set to become the first city in the country with a major municipal program to promote equality behind and in front of the camera, in film and television, as well as onstage.
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Melinda Gates Has a New Mission: Women in Tech

Philanthropy’s first lady returns to her roots to tackle gender inequality in computer science.
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American Girl – Understanding Trans Kids

Clinics are popping up across the country to help kids as young as 3 who might be transgender, but some say it’s too much, too soon. While doctors argue, families like Nicole’s don’t have time to wait.
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What It Will Take to Keep Women from Leaving STEM

Women professors in STEM, researchers, managers and directors of biomed companies, HR personnel, project managers, and administrators in hospitals and for-profit research centers came up with three solutions for the problems women face in STEM careers.
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Pronoun Privilege

Divulging one’s gender through an announcement of pronouns at best contradicts the reality that our gender may be ambiguous, and at worst forces students to reveal a potentially vulnerable part of themselves. There are other ways to get to know one another as the semester unfolds.
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“Woman Card”

Yeah, playing the "woman card" to get out of a speeding ticket is so unfair.
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TALKING TO KIDS ABOUT PROTESTING: 5 Things I Want My Kids to Know

I want to point out that how these protesters are treated and talked about is different because of the color of their skin AND expand our conversation and narrative about the act of protesting.
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What I Told My White Friend When He Asked For My Black Opinion On White Privilege

"As to you “being part of the problem,” trust me, nobody is mad at you for being white. Nobody. Just like nobody should be mad at me for being black. Or female. Or whatever."

New Film Takes A Hard Look At Masculinity And Homophobia In America

This powerful film examines the toxic masculinity often pervasive in groups of young, American men and the way disturbing interplay that can be found between same-sex desire and violent homophobia within that group.
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What exactly is a microaggression? Let these examples from Hollywood movies explain

A microaggression can be rooted in racism, sexism, or discrimination based on nationality or sexual orientation. It can be delivered casually or even unconsciously. And it can unleash effects that add up over time.
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Why Bisexuals Of All Genders Need Feminism

Gender greatly influences one's experience of what it means to be bisexual.
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Anita Sarkeesian on Life After Gamergate: ‘I Want to Be a Human Again’

“We don’t think the internet is real."
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Vagina Dispatches

Most people still don’t understand what vaginas look like or how they function. In episode one of our four-part series, we're starting with the basics: we build a giant vulva, talk to a gynecologist, a labiaplasty surgeon, and a trans woman.
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Why first-generation students need mentors who get them

As a first-generation college student, Crucet was not aware of the norms understood by most of her peers. Now a novelist and professor, she gives her take on what first-generation students need.
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Ava DuVernay on Hollywood, Modern-Day Slavery, and Why She’s Still an Optimist

"To me, it’s really disingenuous to be sitting with women who are not of color talking about women’s issues, and they can’t wrap their minds around transgender issues, Black Lives Matter issues, civil-rights issues, immigration issues, Muslim tragedies that are happening. They don’t see the parallel in terms of underrepresentation."
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My teen boys are blind to rape culture

It’s not enough to teach our sons about consent; we have to encourage them to have the courage to speak out against rape culture, too.
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What It’s Like To Go To The Beach For The First Time After Top Surgery

Reconstructive chest surgery can be cost-prohibitive or otherwise hard to attain for many transmasculine and gender-nonconforming people; others may not feel the surgery is necessary for them. But for many, top surgery can be life-changing.
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Listen To Justin Trudeau Passionately Make The Case For Gender Equality

“When women and girls get ahead, everyone does better in society,” Trudeau said. “It’s not just about women’s issues, it’s about all of our issues. And teaching that to our kids is really, really important. Because we know if kids grow up in a more equal world, it is a better world.”
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The Mothers Who Regret Having Kids

For all the economic, emotional, and physical strife associated with bringing kids into the world, few mothers would ever admit to regretting their decision to do so.
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6 Ways My Parents Unintentionally Taught Me Disordered Eating

Toxic messages around food and weight came from the media, my peers, and, perhaps most influentially, my parents.
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4 Things Men Are Really Doing When They ‘Play Devil’s Advocate’ Against Feminism

Because most people who play devil’s advocate with feminists aren’t actually doing that at all.
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Shea Moisture’s Powerful New Ad Challenges How We See ‘Normal Hair’

“Normal hair is the hair that grows out of your head.”
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How Boys Suffer: The Boy Code and Toxic Masculinity

Here's why the documentary 'The Mask You Live In' is critical for parents, tweens and teens.
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Gender Myths: Shutting Down Misconceptions with Jacob Tobia

Quick-fire responses to lots of common assumptions. Watch this!
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Finally there’s a feminist magazine, Kazoo, for girls who love science and climbing trees

Introducing, Kazoo, a feminist magazine for girls with diverse interests.
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5 Books For Little Feminists Going Back To School

These kids' books encourage in their slightly shorter readers the same things we encourage in our sometimes taller ones: Be fearless, be rebellious and above all be yourself, whoever that is.
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Behold The Glory Of New York Fashion Week’s First All-Hijab Show

Muslim Indonesian designer, Anniesa Hasibuan, made history.
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Leaked Apple emails reveal employees’ complaints about sexist, toxic work environment

Curious about what makes a work environment a toxic one? This story has a few stark examples.
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Pinksourcing: Pretty, Cheap Labor

Companies, hire women.
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Shine Theory in Action – How Obama’s Female Staffers Made Sure They Were Heard

Female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification" which forced the men in the room to recognize their contributions — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.
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Fighting Subtle Sexism At Work

Jessica Bennett, journalist, critic, contributing editor for LeanIn.org and the author of Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace discussed tactics for overcoming sexist attitudes, subtle and blatant, in the workplace.
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Your Weight Can Affect Your Job Prospects — But Only If You’re a Woman

It is an extremely sad fact that people who are overweight or obese face hiring discrimination, but it seems weight bias is even more pervasive than we thought, and more discriminatory toward women.
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Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Loudly Combats Indigenous Stereotypes

A self-described feminist, Tagaq identifies that “every culture had a different idea of what femininity is.”
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A Chilling Message About Sexism From Daughters To Their Dads

“Dear Daddy, I will be born a girl. Please do everything you can so that won’t stay the greatest danger of all.”
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Dad’s Heartbreaking Sketch Illustrates The Pain Of Miscarriage

“Miscarriage is a very lonely experience, and if Curt’s sketch could help others feel the comfort I felt from friends knowing that I wasn’t alone, then it was worth it to share it."
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Advice For Dealing With Workplace Retaliation: Save Those Nasty Emails

Bullying, harassment, and retaliation often take underhanded and juvenile forms, but their emotional impact is real.
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It’s Time To Call Out ‘Nice Racists’ And Their White Fragility

Don’t make this about you. Don’t put your fear over my pain. Don’t make my feelings less important than your anger.
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What It’s Like for women in power on wall street

“Equity” is a feminist Wall Street film that finally nails what it’s like for women in power.
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While Brock Turner was in jail, 75,000 American women were raped

It was only 12 weeks.
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My Brother’s Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family

My brother Evan was born female. He came out as transgender 16 years ago but never stopped wanting to have a baby.
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Period Pain is as bad as a heart attack. Why do doctors ignore it?

Men wait an average of 49 minutes before being treated for abdominal pain. For women, the wait is 65 minutes for the same symptoms. It’s thought that this is because women are seen as exaggerating pain and being ‘dramatic’ due to sexist stereotypes.
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Should I harass this woman on the Internet: A complete guide

It’s hard to know when it’s appropriate to send a sexually explicit message to a complete and total stranger. That’s why for your convenience, we have put together this handy flowchart!
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On Being a Black Female Math Whiz During the Space Race

“Her whole life, my mother never felt superior and never felt less than anybody else.”
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How to Train Students Against Microaggressions

Answer questions and talk candidly and openly about them.
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UPenn Is Covered With ‘This Is What Rape Culture Looks Like’ Flyers

Students made sure that this part of rape culture was exposed and denounced.
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The Single American Woman – a Powerful Political Force

The most powerful voter this year, who in her rapidly increasing numbers has become an entirely new category of citizen, is the Single Woman.
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Preserving My Children’s Innocence Is An Act Of Preserving White Supremacy

After the foundation of naming race was set, I began to talk about injustice through the lens of unfairness.
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Free tampons for all at Brown University this school year — even in the men’s room

Students at Brown are taking on the "tampon tax."
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What’s the psychological toll of being a Hooters waitress?

It's not good.
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We’re Not Quite ‘Born This Way’

Born this way might be useful shorthand, but it doesn’t capture the full picture — and we can handle the nuance.
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One Way to Make Life Easier for Moms Returning to Work

Pump in public, at your desk.
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There’s No One Abortion Story

Four very different experiences show exactly why you can't legislate women's health care choices.
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These Are The Young Black Women Making Art About Mental Health

It's OK to not be OK.
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4 Racist Stereotypes White Patriarchy Invented to ‘Protect’ White Womanhood

If you are a white woman, you need to analyze your complacency and your active participation in the violence done to Men of Color.
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What is Feminism, Really?

Feminism is a beautiful and necessary movement that is slowly but surely making a difference for the better.
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You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch

Age discrimination in the workplace starts earlier for women and never relents. The pay gap kicks in early, at age 32, when women start getting passed over for promotion.
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A Discussion On Female Body Diversity In Games

Diverse personalities are better mirrored by diverse character designs. Your game isn’t that fun if everyone’s the same.
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Airlines Are Shockingly Ill-Equipped to Handle In-Flight Sexual Assaults

A person who gets punched in the face on an airplane can expect that the flight attendants have been trained to respond, according to the AFA’s Nelson—but, at least for the moment, a victim of sexual assault simply can’t predict how the crew will react.
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‘It’s a man’s world, sweetie’ – how 3 women leaders dealt with sexism

Stories like this might be inspiring; but they are also relatively rare. According to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs report, the proportion of women in positions of power dwindles all the way to the top: only around one in ten CEOs are wo
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Resignation is a Feminist Issue

To live a feminist life is to be a feminist at work.
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White Fragility Workplace Training Video

Racism in the workplace: What you can do to protect your white employees from hearing about it.
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Nate Parker on Campus Incident, Consent, and Toxic Male Culture

In a one-on-one interview, the 'Birth of a Nation' star gets candid about rape culture and shares what he’d tell his 19-year-old self about consent.
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What Feminist Motherhood Looks Like

A stunning new slam poem, “Mom,” by Alyesha Wise and Aman Batra explores the complicated relationship between mother and daughter ― and what feminist motherhood can actually look like.
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Men, We Are the Lions

"Choose domestic violence as a men's issue, too."
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Poverty is Sexist – and the Prime Minister Gets It

“Women and girls are less likely to get an education, more likely to be impoverished, and face greater risk of disease and poor health.”
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8 Things To Tell People Who Think Men And Women Are Already Equal

Alhough the advancement of women’s rights and equality since 1971 is absolutely worth celebrating, it’s just as important to recognize the ways in which women are still unequal to men.
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18 Tips For LGBT Teens In High School, From People Who Have Been There

“Sexuality, gender, identity, labels — they’re all fluid and they can change as you grow up! Your experiences and personal mindset shape who you are, not other people. Experiment, explore, and discover who you were meant to be. Make mistakes, break hearts, and educate those who will listen!”
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What Are U.S. Colleges Doing for Rape Prevention?

Most rape victims know their assailants. Most assailants give off warning signs that go unchallenged or unremarked upon by the people around them, which emboldens them to push further and further. Tackling rape culture requires fundamentally shifting the way we relate to each other, and it looks like colleges and universities are finally starting to understand that.
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Study Finds More Faculty Diversity, Not on Tenure Track

Colleges hire more minority and female professors, but most jobs filled are adjunct, not tenure track, study finds.
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Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard: How the Media Shape Our View of Leaders as ‘Women’

Women leaders should not have to experience being publicly lambasted on account of their gender – a process enabled and perpetuated by a post-feminist media cycle. However, even when elected, women who rhetorically engage with feminism do not always promote feminist or woman-friendly policies that disrupt capitalism and benefit racial minorities and other vulnerable populations.
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Trans Men Open Up About Their Experiences With Male Privilege

Trans men occupy a unique space in their identity: many (thought not all) people who live as trans men have experienced the privileges of being read as both male and female at different points of their lives.
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Someone please explain to Kim Kardashian that she’s a feminist—and that’s OK

Kim Kardashian recently underwent a complicated exercise in cognitive dissonance, declaring that she believes in feminism but is not a feminist herself.
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This Is What A Feminist Porn Magazine Looks Like *NSFW*

Peck hopes to trick her readers into learning something new by virtue of turning them on. In her words: “I’m really into subverting mainstream ideas via material that is hot.”
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This Is For All The Women Personally Victimized By Their Office A/C

It is a frosty nightmare, to say the least. But don't be fooled by the parody video. Even science says office temperatures are set for men, not women. 
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50 Ways People Expect Constant Emotional Labor from Women and Femmes

The work of women and femmes is traditionally undervalued – we get paid less in nearly all professions. But there’s another type of work we’re often expected to do for no pay at all: emotional labor.
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Will Men Finally Be Appreciated for Being Funny?

These hilarious female comedians don't think men are funny—here's why.
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For Women Runners, There’s Always One Huge Concern

“‘Well, what was she wearing?’ is now ‘Well, where was she running? What time was it? Was she listening to music? Wearing short shorts? A sports bra with no shirt?’”
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Everyday Interactions: How We Create (and Improve) the Culture and Climate

    As noted in the first Reflection from the Director, one of the most important things we can do as a community is learn to recognize how and when we all participate in creating the culture and climate around gender at Colorado State University. Then we can use what we learn to shape how we are as people -…
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Know Better, Do Better – Tips for Allies, Advocates, Accomplices

In another post, we discussed how our campus culture and climate around gender is created through everyday interactions. In addition to offering tips for how we can improve our culture and climate culture, we highlighted the relationship between what we know and how we behave, which was summed up in Maya Angelou's famous quote, "Do the best you can until you know better.…
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More and more women are now dying in childbirth, but only in America

More women are dying in childbirth in the US than in any other developed country. And experts say the problem is likely to keep getting worse.
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What Trans Men See that Women Don’t

“Cultural sexism in the world is very real when you’ve lived on both sides of the coin."
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The Government is Shortchanging Our Best Lady Scientists

A new study looking at gender bias in funding for scientific research has found that women are at a disadvantage when they apply to renew funding from the National Institutes of Health.
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President Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

"It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships."
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This Illustrator Explains To Bros Why They Need Feminism

Feminists aim to dismantle the patriarchal system of oppression that harms people of all genders. Too often, conversations about feminism are interrupted by men asking, "What's in it for me?"
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Your Summer Guide to Dealing With Street Harassers

One of the great frustrations of life as a ladyperson is that you cannot possibly convey to a dude what it feels like to be a target every time you leave your house.
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Free Books That Are Bound to Get You Woke

In need of some new reading to spur your mind? Here is a great list of FREE BOOKS in PDF form to educate yourself on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture!
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Talks on Modern Feminism

These essential talks delve into the intricacies of feminism, examining everyday realities in the pursuit of equality.
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Korryn Gaines and the Erasure of Violence Against Black Women

"The truth is, black women and girls account for 20 percent of unarmed people killed by police in the U.S. since 1999, despite comprising just 7 percent of the overall population. "
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This Adorable Cartoon Explains Privilege In The Most Nonconfrontational Possible Way

Privilege can be uncomfortable to explain or learn about, but this cartoon addresses it in a cute and creative way.
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A Note to White Feminists Following Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s Deaths

"[A]ll white people have had to take renewed accountability for the perpetuation of racism. No less white feminists and survivors of sexual assault (like me), whose goals of ending sexual and intimate partner violence for all survivors can only be fulfilled by a simultaneous commitment to racial justice."
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To The Mothers Attending College: You Are Hardcore

"According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, there were 3.4 million student mothers in 2014. And to all 3.4 million of you, I am in awe."
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Chris Mosier on Making History as First Trans Member of Team USA

"I knew that the minute I said, 'I'm a trans athlete,' that I would never get away from it," he says. "But I asked myself, 'Why does it matter?' Well, it matters because there was no one else out there saying it."
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Skye Mockabee Is 17th Trans Person Murdered in the U.S. This Year

Trans women of color face incredible levels of homicide in the U.S., and the number of trans women of color murdered has been rising at a terrifying rate over the last several years. More than half of anti-LGBT hate murders are trans woman of color, specifically black trans women.
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#MomentsInTransition Celebrates The Journey Of Trans People And It’s Amazing

#MomentsInTransition is encouraging transgender people to tweet photos of moments during their transition that made them feel awesome and share what they felt was an important moment in their personal process to become themselves.
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Judith Butler on Updating ‘Queer’ to be Trans-Inclusive

If ‘queer’ once sought to provide an umbrella term for nonconforming genders and various sexualities, ones that did not easily submit to categorization, it is now clearly embroiled in a battle of its own.
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Think Gender is a Performance? You have Judith Butler to Thank for That.

Gender Trouble, published in 1990, made Butler a star: It introduced “performativity,” the idea that gender isn’t something we are but something we continually do, opening the door for “cultural configurations of sex and gender [to] proliferate,” as she put it in the book’s conclusion, “confounding the very binarism of sex, and exposing its fundamental unnaturalness.”
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Women Need Mindfulness Even More than Men Do

We know that women multitask more often than men. A better question is whether women should be proud of their multitasking. Research does have an answer to this question. And the answer is no.
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Study Reveals that Women are Literally Working Themselves to Death

Long workweeks and copious amounts of stress aren’t good for anyone’s health, but new research has found that workweeks of 40 hours or more can be especially bad for women—and the reason why is depressing.
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Men Are Often Their Own Favorite Experts On Any Given Subject

This self-citation gap held true across every major academic field the authors studied, including biology, sociology, philosophy and law. In a footnote, the paper's authors — three women and two men — dryly note that the pattern holds among themselves as well: "The men authors of this paper cite themselves at nearly three times the average rate of the women authors."
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The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility

"The language we use to talk about racism is obviously distorted, a big clue that something is being hidden. It’s pretty easy to pinpoint the source: most White people can’t handle talking about racism."
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10 Awesome Women with Disabilities You Should Know About

People with disabilities deserve to know that "we’re not just cases, diagnoses, or “not really disabled”; we’re part of a community with its own histories and triumphs. So to help you (and twelve-year-old me) gain a better understanding of disability than “just ignore it,” here are ten [women with disabilities] whose names you should learn.*"
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How Women Are Harassed Out of Science

The discrimination young researchers endure makes America’s need for STEM workers even greater.
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5 Common Behaviors Cis Men May Not Realize Are Abusive (And How To Stop Them)

"If patriarchy is fundamentally violent and oppressive, then we have a responsibility to consider the ways that we might be complicit in that violence – simply by living out the patterns of how we were taught to be men."
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13 Tweets Explain The Deadly Impact White Privilege Has On Black People

On Friday, Twitter user Matt Edelstein revived the hashtag #WhitePrivilegeMeans (first tweeted in 2014) to educate and call out the ugly realities that people of color deal with every day that white people don’t have to.
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An Open Letter From An Admitted Racist

"I have come to realize that so many concepts and phrases I believed made me NOT a racist were the things that proved that I am a racist."
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What Does it Mean to Raise a Black Kid Now?

"For the grownups, even, there are no simple answers."
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Why ‘Having It All’ Actually Sucks

Here’s what “having it all” really looks like, in my experience. *Contains explicit language*
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Encouraging Female Faculty to Publish Research

Texas Tech and Indiana U at Bloomington have developed programs that encourage female faculty members to find more time to publish their research.
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Short Film Exposes How Subtle, But Dangerous Emotional Abuse Can Be

A new BuzzFeed video depicts the devastating reality of being in an emotionally abusive, unhealthy relationship.
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Jesse Williams On Black Lives, Equal Rights And Freedom

Jesse Williams lays it all out in this powerful acceptance speech - police brutality, supporting black women and activists fighting for social justice, and what’s wrong with criticizing black activists if one doesn’t first support black equality.
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Miss Major Is A Trans Elder And Stonewall Icon…And She’s Changing The World

This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series that aims to elevate some of the transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who have played a significant role in the ongoing fight for trans and queer liberation.
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“Why White People Say They’re Progressive” – The Perfect Reply to Fake Allies

Many white progressives claim to be anti-racist allies. But there’s something very off with the way they often go about trying to prove that they’re not racist. The problem can be hard to point out, because it’s often so subtle and insidious – and because these same “allies” frequently respond by centering themselves and their defensive feelings.
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A Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors

The underrepresentation of women among the senior ranks of scholars has led dozens of universities to adopt family-friendly employment policies. But some of these gender-neutral policies have had an unintended consequence: They have advanced the careers of male economists, often at women’s expense.
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We Gave 16 Trans People Makeovers To Honor Their Idols

“It’s all too rare that trans people see themselves reflected in mainstream media, so we spoke to 16 trans people about the icons who resonate with, if not represent, them — and turned them into their idols for the day.”
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The Disturbing, Everyday Encounters Women Face On Public Transportation

Nine women tell their stories of being harassed on public transportation. Tell us yours using #CommutingWhileFemale.
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Inspiring Campaign Highlights The Power Of Women Helping Women

“Behind every successful woman, is another successful woman.”
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A Push for Transgender Studies

“The University of Arizona is planning to host an international transgender studies conference this fall and launch a transgender studies master’s program as early as fall 2017. The university’s efforts -- many of which fall under its Transgender Studies Initiative -- come as transgender people have become more visible in society and transgender issues have attracted more national attention.”
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A Second Look at the Second Wave

Second-wave feminism was very far from perfect, and many radicals from other parts of the ’70s left leveled legitimate criticism at its failings. But much of what the second wave accomplished or helped to accomplish now seems as if it has always existed. It hasn’t.
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19 Snarky Tweets That Prove #NoWomanEver Enjoys Being Harassed

No woman ever enjoys being harassed — and a recent hashtag is highlighting that with some pitch-perfect sarcasm.
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169 Philosophers Condemn One Of Their Own Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Yale knew that the professor had been accused of sexual harassment at Columbia when it recruited him in 2007. “The careers of the sexual harassers are essentially being protected by the institutions...and the careers of the objects of harassment are being sacrificed.”
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TEACHING KIDS BODY PRIVACY, PERSONAL AGENCY, AND CONSENT BEGINS WHILE THEY’RE IN DIAPERS

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How Years of Macho Food Marketing Is Killing Men

Gender norms affect men, too. For example, manly food ads present a cleverly crafted challenge to our manhood: Are you man enough to eat this?
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Are U.S. Millennial Men Just as Sexist as Their Dads?

Do Millennials really believe there are no inherently male or female roles in society? Do Millennial men really “see women as equals”? Unfortunately, the best information we have indicates the answer to both questions is no.
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80 percent of LGBT People Killed are Minorities

When violence strikes the LGBT community, the victims often look like those who died in the Orlando tragedy.
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How Men Learn About Sexual Consent

We asked men how they learned about sexual consent. Their answers were predictably disturbing.
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How to Fix Feminism

What if the world was set up in such a way that we could really believe — not just pretend to — that having spent a period of time concentrating on raising children at the expense of future earnings would bring us respect? And what if that could be as true for men as it is for women?
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Who Gets To Be Angry?

"When women are angry, we are wanting too much or complaining or wasting time or focusing on the wrong things or we are petty or shrill or strident or unbalanced or crazy or overly emotional. Race complicates anger. Black women are often characterized as angry simply for existing, as if anger is woven into our breath and our skin."
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2 Valedictorians in Texas Declare Undocumented Status, and Outrage Ensues

“Being undocumented is part of her identity, as is being a Latina...For many undocumented people, this is our way of telling people that we are not who people think we are.”
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I’ve Failed, Over and Over Again

Nobody likes to fail. But women take failure particularly hard—studies have shown that women are so averse to failure that they don't apply for jobs unless they feel 100 percent qualified. This hesitancy is understandable: When they do fail, women are judged more harshly than their male counterparts.
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Here’s The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker

"A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her."
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I Was Never Raped, But When I was 11…

"Rape culture systematically shrinks your world. Through movies and music videos and friendships and strangers, you learn that your comfort and safety simply comes second. If at all. I learned all of this, and I was never raped."
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Why Feminism Is Good For Men

"Imagine not being considered any less of man if you..."
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5 Things Your Activist Friend Wants You to Stop Doing (Because You’re Wearing Us Out)

Unknowingly, sometimes even well-meaning, supportive folks add to others' exhaustion. It’s not because they’re mean-spirited, unappreciative people. In fact, it’s usually the exact opposite: They’re waking up, too, and they’re craving more information and interactions to help them grow into awareness themselves.
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#SayHerName: Why Kimberlé Crenshaw is Fighting for Forgotten Women

More than 70 black women have died at the hands of the police in the past three years. Professor and activist Crenshaw, who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ in the 1980s, is determined they will be remembered.
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Jessica Valenti: My Life As a Sex Object

"In her teens, strangers flashed her on the subway, teachers asked for hugs and boys joked about her breasts. Should she laugh off a lifetime of objectification – or get angry?"
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We Sold Feminism to the Masses, and Now It Means Nothing

These days, feminism is on fleek. Touted by everyone from Dove to Barbie to Taylor Swift, consumer capitalism has made feminism sexy, fun, cool—and remarkably easy to claim as your own. But the price tag has been the meaning of the movement itself.
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8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters

Yoga practices can help us reconnect with the parts of ourselves that oppression tries to get rid of. So be wary of spaces that treat yoga as a trendy possession to be bought and sold.
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1 in 4 Americans Work for Companies With No Women in Management

“Besides the fact that representation matters — women who see other women in powerful positions are more likely to believe they can achieve the same thing — having women in leadership greatly affects the way women feel about their lives more generally.”
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Single Moms Are The Original ‘Leaner Inners’

"We, the regular single moms, have been leaning in for years. We were leaning in before it became a movement. We are the original leaner inners! We've become self-taught experts at leaning in because no matter what kind of family, friend or community support we have, at the end of each day, the buck stops with us."
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Does Your Daughter Know It’s OK To Be Angry?

“Girls need to know—and should be told explicitly—that it’s alright to feel anger. That it’s a healthy emotion that, as humans, they have the right to feel and express...Understanding and managing anger can be part of larger childhood lessons about resilience, empathy, and compassion.”
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Hope Solo is Done Being Told the Wage Gap Isn’t Real

Yes, the wage gap exists – and it's not because women "choose" to be paid less.
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Academia is Quietly and Systematically Keeping Its Women From Succeeding

Women in research fields have long complained of discriminatory practices and sexism from colleagues and administrators. Statistically, however, many more women work in the humanities than in the sciences, and over 55% of female humanities faculty are adjuncts. The devaluing of the humanities in higher education is bound up with our culture’s larger devaluation of women’s work.
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How Our Country Fails Black Women and Girls

We less frequently discuss historical violence against black girls and don't adequately connect these stories to movements for social justice. As a result we think our daughters are safer than our sons. Girlhood has never been a shield against the brutality of white supremacy. We cannot forget the vulnerabilities of black girls
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How to Explain Mansplaining

The prevalence of the manologue is deeply rooted in the fact that men take, and are allocated, more time to talk in almost every professional setting. Women self-censor, edit, apologize for speaking. Men expound.
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When it Comes to Negotiating Salaries, Women Face Traps That Men Don’t

An ambitious project by the City of Boston, in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), wants to help women succeed in processes that are stacked against them. The city plans to spend the next five years providing salary negotiation training to 85,000 women, nearly half the females who work in Boston.
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6 Things To Stop Telling Sexual Assault Survivors

Victims shouldn't have to live with shame that should actually belong to their perpetrators. Here are some things we need to stop saying to them in order to avoid perpetuating the stigma.
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If You Wouldn’t Say It To Our Faces, Don’t Type It In A Tweet

The #MoreThanMean campaign highlights the power of online harassment. “Get over it,” or “Ignore it” or “Sticks and stones” — the advice for women on the receiving end of this harassment doesn’t work.
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10 Ways You Can Be More Trans-Inclusive In Your Everyday Life

If you're ready to be a trans ally, it's time to think about how you can be more trans-inclusive in your daily life.
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12 Signs Your Date Is Sexist – ‘You’re Not Like Most Girls’ Is Not A Compliment

Since most sexists aren’t going around with signs on their foreheads reading “Warning: misogyny ahead” or shouting “women should not have rights!” on their dates, identifying them may require attunement to a few subtle cues. While this problem disproportionately affects women who date men, it’s definitely applicable to people of all genders and sexual orientations.
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Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest

By the time many young men do reach college, a deep-seated gender stereotype has taken root that feeds into the stories they have heard about themselves as learners. Better to earn your Man Card than to succeed like a girl, all in the name of constantly having to prove an identity to yourself and others.
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5 Everyday Examples of Straight Privilege

Our society and culture tends to focus primarily on a heterosexual, cisgender, white narrative, so it's easy for people to forget that from the time we're kids, LGBTQ people are painted as the "other" (and sometimes, much worse than that). This list of straight privilege examples is as a gentle reminder of how privilege can manifest, even in the smallest of…
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Amandla Stenberg: Being A Marginalized Person Is A Revolutionary Act

“I oftentimes receive the question, ‘What do you think is the most important social issue to focus on?’ Or, ‘What’s the most important component of identity? Is it gay rights or race or feminism?’ And I’m like, “Well, they’re all intertwined,” Stenberg told the magazine. “It’s all one conversation at the end of the day. You can’t just pick one.”
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Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity

While it is a common tendency, not everyone is allowed to advocate for their own group. Sometimes when women and minorities promote their own group, it garners criticism from others.
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As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops

Women’s median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent below men’s. Why is progress stalling? It may come down to this troubling reality, new research suggests: Work done by women simply isn’t valued as highly.
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If Men Were Treated Like Women In The Workplace

Most offices have a generally male-dominated culture. What if an office were run by women? We flipped the script and imagined a world where men experienced the social pressures and double standards that women in the workplace do.
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Stop Agreeing To Be On All-Male Panels — Just Stop

Hey guys! You can do something very simple to help achieve gender equality in the business world. Just say no to all-male panels.
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Body Sovereignty and Kids: How We Can Cultivate a Culture of Consent

Monica Rivera, Director of the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at CSU, explains the importance of learning about consent at a young age in this TEDxCSU talk.
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SNL’s “This Is Not A Feminist Song” Ends Up Being One Anyway

Saturday Night Live decided to pay an homage to feminism in song by not actually writing a song about feminism—and the anti-anthem ended up being a glorious primer on the intricacies of intersectional feminism anyway.
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I Am A Transwoman. I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out.

"I am in a gender studies class. I am still bewildered that the subject I have been fixated on, reading about, and studying obsessively since my life began is now a thing my friends want to take classes on."
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Men Recite Sexist Things Women Have To Deal With At Work

An advertising network is tackling sexism in the workplace with a powerful role-reversal video.

160+ Examples of Male Privilege in All Areas of Life

Our current cultural expectations, legislative system, and social programming work to sustain a hierarchy that constantly places men on the top. Consequently, men consistently achieve, succeed, and benefit at the expense of every other gender. That’s called male privilege. But here’s the thing about male privilege: it hurts everyone, including you.  
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6 Ways Well-Intentioned People Whitesplain Racism (And Why They Need to Stop)

Like with other forms of privileged explaining, including mansplaining, people who whitesplain have been conditioned to believe that they’re somehow more qualified to speak about a marginalized group than a person who belongs to that group.
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This Is Why Poor People Can (And Should) Have Nice Things

"Despite the fact that we live in a country burdened by poverty and social immobility, we also live in a country riddled with false narratives about what poverty looks like and doesn’t look like, or what kind of poverty is valid or invalid."
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Why Female Professors Get Lower Ratings

For professors, student evaluations are crucial components of determining promotion, tenure, and salary. Unfortunately for female professors, students' gender bias based may have serious career consequences.
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A 5-Step Guide for Macklemore and White Allies Afraid of Doing Anti-Racism ‘Wrong’

The hip-hop artist and his music producer Ryan Lewis just released “White Privilege II.” Some people are giving a suspicious side eye, while others say it’s a good move for white guy in a genre created by Black folks to acknowledge his privilege and get people talking about it.
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What Happens When Women At Black Colleges Report Their Assaults

In a world where Black men are portrayed as aggressive and Black women are portrayed as overly sexual, responding to interpersonal violence within the Black community quickly becomes complex and nuanced. Black women navigate the intersection of sexism and racism and, often times, are expected to choose between which -ISM to resist.
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The singular ‘they’ has been declared the word of the year.

Pronouns for trans folks may feel tricky, especially for grammar geeks. Gender neutral and/or inclusive pronouns are now becoming widely recognized, not only as a way to honor and respect transgender, gender nonconfirming, and nonbinary folks, but as word of the year.
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Why We Still Need Ethnic Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Despite social progress, many needs in higher education remain unaddressed. Ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies positively impact students and academia through centering our differences.
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What Is Intersectional Feminism? The Answer – With 3 Steps to Practice It

In this video, feminist YouTubers Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey and Laci Green break it all down – what intersectionality is, why it’s important, and what it really means in practice once you strip away all the fancy language.

When Teamwork Doesn’t Work for Women

Women are often not given full credit for their ideas, especially when collaboration is involved. This makes it harder for women to advance in professions in which teamwork is required.
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5 Ways You Were Raised To Culturally Appropriate — And How To Fight It

Not everyone who culturally appropriates does so knowingly, but that doesn't make cultural appropriation OK. Hand-picking certain aspects of a minority's culture, with little or no knowledge of the trend's cultural significance, shows a lack of respect for the culture you're borrowing from.
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6 Ways to Stop White Privilege When You See It

If you're someone who is well-versed on these issues and how they ripple into tangible cases of racial discrimination, you have the ability to influence others — regardless of your race or socioeconomic status. You can help others see how important it is to stop white privilege in its tracks.
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7 Things Feminists Of Color Want White Feminists To Know

"The hard truth is white feminists are privileged in ways that feminists of color simply can't relate to, and it's not even really their fault. Yes, some white feminists don't acknowledge their privilege, and that's wrong. However, our society is also to blame for pretending that race relations in the U.S. are more advanced than they actually are."
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10 Types of Misogynist Men We All Need to Know About – And Then Call Out!

Sometimes misogynistic behaviors are super blatant and recognizable, and other times they take on more subtle hues that pop up unexpectedly in our daily interactions.
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Watch This Clueless White Dude Realize How Privilege Works

SNL comedian and ACLU ambassador Sasheer Zamata takes a walk with a white, male co-worker whose misguided perception of equality prompts her to explain how deep sexism and racism still run in American culture.
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Science Says This One Thing Makes Women Really Intimidating To Men

A recent study explored the question - do men really want to date intelligent women?
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Famous Quotes, the Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During a Meeting

“Woman in a Meeting” is a language of its own: "All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive."  
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This is the Perfect Illustration of Why Microaggressions Hurt

Microaggressions are small, subtle forms of discrimination – so conversations about them often get dominated by people who say they’re “no big deal.” Which may make you wonder if you or other people are just being too sensitive when microaggressions hurt.
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7 Lies ‘Nice Guys’ Will Tell You (And Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them)

Nice Guy™ behavior– which is based on one’s sense of superiority stemming from one’s “nice guy” status and usually accompanied by indignation when women reject the “nice guy” – is actually a telltale sign that someone is not nice. While others may exhibit similar behavior, regardless of gender or orientation, “nice guys” are typically men who date women, since the…
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Still Think Trans Women Have Male Privilege? These 7 Points Prove They Don’t

The debate is fierce, bitter, and as old second wave feminism: Do trans women experience male privilege? Meaning, do trans women receive, at the expense of cis women, much-needed resources from both within and outside of feminist movements?
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How White People Tend to React to Evidence of White Privilege

Researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business have found that white people respond to evidence that they are privileged by their race by insisting that they face greater hardships in life.
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Why We Need to Talk About White Feminism

"White Feminism is feminism that ignores intersectionality."
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30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism

"I compiled this list to help White Americans do so. One positive to emerge from these difficult times is the wealth of resources now available for White Americans. Never have I seen so many ideas, options, and concrete steps to take action against racism."
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7 Things That Have Nothing To Do with Rape And Perfectly Illustrate Consent

This exemplifies the creative endeavor to find the right metaphors and combination of words to get people to shake off their acceptance of cultural norms and see rape culture clearly.
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Putting a Price Tag on the Stress of Having a Child

Parenthood involves not only financial stress, but time stress. A new study finds time stress may not be equally shared by parents and gender has something to do with it.
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I, Racist

"I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day. Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. At that point, I knew that despite any misgivings, I needed to talk about race."
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Looking for Proof of Male Privilege in Your Daily Life? Here Are 7 Undeniable Examples

"Thirty minutes after waking up, I zipped to the school at which I teach and experienced a damn fine day of teaching. Upon my return home, I headed out for a run on an unseasonably warm March afternoon." Did you catch it?
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Men Just Don’t Trust Women — And It’s A Huge Problem

"I trusted that she’d make a great wife, and a trust that she’ll be a great mother. And I trust that her manicotti won’t kill me.But you know what I don’t really trust? What I’ve never actually trusted with any women I’ve been with? Her feelings."
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Stop It With the Feminist Whitesplaining

Our lived experiences as women may have some notes of similarity, but race makes the realities too different to apply a one-size-fits-all solution. And that’s something white women are going to have to understand, instead indulging in advice drive-bys in the name of “the sisterhood.”
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The Feminist Guide To Non-Creepy Flirting

The good news for people who don’t want to come across as creepy is that they have some level of control over how they make other people feel. When flirting, or even just being friendly, the key word to remember is boundaries.
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Rate My Word Choice

Many professors cringe when they think about the way they are described by students on Rate My Professors. A new tool reveals how students tend to use different words when rating male and female professors -- generally to the disadvantage of the latter.
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Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional

In short, intersectionality is a framework that must be applied to all social justice work, a frame that recognizes the multiple aspects of identity that enrich our lives and experiences and that compound and complicate oppressions and marginalizations.
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Breaking Down the Problem with Mansplaining (And Other Forms of Privileged Explaining)

The term mansplaining saved me a lot of frustration. I finally had a name for this ugly social phenomenon; I finally realized that so many women faced the same problem, the same male behavior.
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Laverne Cox Explains the Intersection of Transphobia, Racism, and Misogyny (And What to Do About It)

Watch Laverne Cox explain the unique positionality and context behind being a Black trans woman in the United States and propose a solution for this injustice.
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Male Allies Are Important, Except When They’re the Worst

The confusion over the role of male feminists is a prism for viewing fractures within the movement itself: Is feminism most effective as a radical fringe movement or a broad coalition? Should it stay grass-roots or go corporate? Is “feminist” a label that every person defines for themselves, or does it reference specific political beliefs and commitments?
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Feminism’s Ugly Internal Clash: Why Its Future Is Not Up To White Women

"Feminism gives us language to name experience. Having language that helped me to understand that sexism matters as much as racism was critically important."
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Someone Told Her She Was “Articulate”

"You're so articulate" is one of those unintentionally offensive compliments that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It basically translates to "You don't sound like those OTHER black people." Which is then accompanied by a "hint hint" and "nudge nudge."
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Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person

"The concept of intersectionality recognizes that people can be privileged in some ways and definitely not privileged in others. There are many different types of privilege, not just skin-color privilege, that impact the way people can move through the world or are discriminated against. These are all things you are born into, not things you earned, that afford you opportunities…
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6 Things Trans Women Want You to Know

"For someone to tell me that...I'm not considered a woman, I feel like that's rude not only to trans women but also to women in general."
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The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons

Remember that intimate conversation you had with your son where you said, “I love you and I need you to know that no matter how a woman dresses or acts, it is not an invitation to cat call, taunt, harass or assault her”? If you don't remember, the likely reason is that you didn’t have it.
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Women in the Workplace: A Research Roundup

A variety of recent research by business, psychology, and sociology scholars offers a window into women’s collective experiences in the workplace, confirming some intuitive notions (that men get the better assignments, for instance) and calling others (are women leaving work to care for their children?) into question.
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How Feminism Made Me A Better Gay Man

Feminism made me hypersensitive to everything. It made me see the world as not perfect, with lots of jagged edges. I had connections to things that were not supportive of me as a person.
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19 Examples of Ability Privilege

The following list includes examples of the benefits those of us who are able-bodied — i.e. not physically disabled, chronically ill, severely obese or otherwise physically limited — experience.
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Breaking Down the Assertion That Some Women Go for Jerks (And 3 Ways to Change the Conversation)

The truth is: We shouldn’t be asking why some women date bad guys (and, to be clear, by “bad guys,” I’m not talking about abusive men; I’m talking about men who subscribe to toxic masculinity). We should go to the root of the problem first.
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Why Women Leave Academia and Why Universities Should Be Worried

Young women scientists leave academia in far greater numbers than men for three reasons. During their time as PhD candidates, large numbers of women conclude that (i) the characteristics of academic careers are unappealing, (ii) the impediments they will encounter are disproportionate, and (iii) the sacrifices they will have to make are great.

Stories -n- Steps is a project that seeks to circumvent the structures that silence us and provide an opportunity for people to share their stories, anonymously and safely, so that we can educate one another on how gender affects us all in different ways here at CSU. 

Many of us who work, learn, and play at CSU already know that gender matters to our everyday lives in important, and sometimes painful, ways. Yet, we also know that it can be difficult to share stories of when gender did matter - perhaps we fear exposure and retaliation; the story may be too complex to tell; we don’t know who to trust; or we assume no one cares to hear our story.

 

The History Behind Stories-n-Steps

Stories-n-Steps began as a two-year grant-funded project under the Ripple Effect in 2014 to showcase stories of challenge, revelation, and strength of our students, staff, and faculty. With the goal gathering stories about moments when gender acutely mattered, collaborators Dr. Cindy L. Griffin and Darrie Burrage launched the project in 2015. After hosting several sessions to gather stories about how gender impacts and constrains people’s experiences at CSU, Stories-n-Steps partnered with the Women & Gender Collaborative in 2016 to showcase those stories.

We believe that people can learn and grow by hearing others’ stories. Sharing and listening to stories from people at every level of this institution can help us understand how gender matters, and how we can all create a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment for everyone.

Dr. Griffin and Dr. Cori Wong are now managing the project and invite others to read stories of when, and how, gender has mattered to those who work and learn at CSU.

Click through the boxes below to read 6-word stories from faculty, staff, and students at CSU. 

  • "Older means nice instead of pretty.”
  • “Educated mind silenced by cultural traditions.”
  • “Invisible to Some, Seen by Others.”
  • “Do I value myself enough today?”
  • “My journey to make things right.”
  • “I don’t leave much to chance.”
  • “Tough and soft, both are okay.”
  • “I didn’t know… until I listened.”
  • "No maternity leave unless your “baby” is a baby."
  • "Don’t appropriate intellectual work as CSU PR."
  • "Twenty-three years, nationally recognized. CSU? Not so much."
  • "Got connections? Got protections? I didn’t."
  • "Speak out, slapped down, I’m out."
  • “Lie: Stereotypical white girl doesn’t understand.”
  • "Feminist theory gives you no home."
  • "She bullied. I endured. I’m retiring."
  • "Language hurts. Language empowers. Be aware."
  • "They said, 'Boys need male role models.'”
  • "They should say, 'Children need role models.'"
  • "House of women. Only boy. Learned."
  • "Gain perspective. Break barriers. Inspire change."
  • "Male privilege. Privilege to inspire change."
  • "White privilege. Privilege to inspire change."
  • "CSU gender workshop: 14% male attendance."
  • "Past and present, please not the future."
  • "Why don’t they get it? Stop it."
  • "Who is leading the orchestra off-key?"
  • "Positioning self to eliminate gender positions."
  • "Afraid to assert right to space."
  • "Body shame excuses my weak engagement."
  • "Worked in a world of women."
  • "Only mother in a department; alone."
  • "Only mother in a department; unsympathetic."
  • "Only mother in department; never understand."
  • "Daughter had cancer, they’ve nothing to say."
  • "Bullying is legal, but still wrong."
  • "Hours: open from now ‘til never."
  • "Dig, and be dug in return."
  • "Held back professionally; kids at home."
  • "Inspiring, motivating, knowledgeable, mom for hire."
  • "Tired of speaking; no one listens."
  • "Work this job for the kids."
  • "Little maternity leave equals making choices."
  • "Women speak. Men talk. She’s discredited."
  • "Bright eyes. Gendered experiences. Diminished hopes."
  • "Bossy. Bitchy. Unbecoming. Intelligent. Leader. Fighter."
  • "Strong women: always told they’re pushy."
  • "Be a dear, get the coffee."
  • "Don’t offend them - keep to yourself."
  • "Slowly realizing. Small moments. Boxed in."
  • "From scared survivor to strong."

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