Tag: Women’s Issues

The United States just might avoid a government shutdown

A government employee urges Congress to get it together

Fifty-two members of the U.S. Senate blocked legislation on Thursday that could have cut funding to Planned Parenthood.   A mix of Democrats, independents, and Republicans came together to vote against the women’s health provider. President Barack Obama planned on vetoing legislation to continue funding the government if the vote had put an end to… Read More

New Jersey court upholds Borgata’s weight discrimination policy

A New Jersey appeals court ruled on Thursday that the Borgata casino can legally enforce their personal appearance standards by firing employees that gain or lose more than seven percent of their body weight.      The lawsuit was brought up against the casino in 2013 by 21 Borgata servers that claimed they were working in… Read More

Michelle Obama moves to empower the world one girl at a time

A woman walks in a library

First Lady Michelle Obama is making a name for herself by making sporadic cameos at female empowerment events. Recently, she made an appearance at a leadership summit hosted by UN Foundation for the campaign recognized as Girl Up.   The campaign promotes the idea of “leading global community of passionate advocates changing policies and raising… Read More

Sandra Bullock: ‘It’s become open hunting season’ for media attacks on women’s age and appearance

Sandra Bullock at an event

A recent interview between E! News and Sandra Bullock started out light-hearted enough. “Of course, that was coming,” she sarcastically smirked when addressing the topic of being named People’s “Most Beautiful Woman” of 2015. However, from that topic, things soon got serious.   While promoting her upcoming film, “Minions,” the actress and now beauty icon revealed that… Read More

“Ghostbusters” reboot adds another twist on gender norms

Women in comedy have been thriving over the last few years. Amy Schumer has shooed away those who would call stand-up comedy a man’s world. “Saturday Night Live” also holds strong female comedians in its current lineup, consisting of Cecily Strong and Kate McKinnon. Perhaps the greatest victory for women in comedy over the last… Read More

#Distractinglysexy goes viral, female scientists combat misogyny

Portrait of Tim Hunt, British Nobel Prize winner

Discrimination sadly proves itself time and time again as an issue that appears in almost any sector of the population and any industry. In entertainment, we’ve seen how women can be judged harshly based on their age and “sex appeal.” In Silicon Valley, major tech companies treat women in a manner similar to boorish fraternity… Read More

Maggie Gyllenhaal ‘Too Old’?: Ageism against women in Hollywood

Maggie Gyllenhaal

As progressive as society is becoming, some issues are still left unaddressed.  Sexism, prejudice against the LGBT community, and racism have all been relevant recently, yet there exists one subject that has yet to be broached: ageism.   Perhaps no industry illustrates this underreported prejudice more than the entertainment industry. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal recently received… Read More

Responses to “Poor Little Rich Women” demonstrate risk of cultural branding

A mother carrying a child next to a nice car

Tales of simultaneously charmed yet not-so-charmed lives on the Upper East Side are nothing new. But in Wednesday Martin’s latest piece for The New York Times, “Poor Little Rich Women,” she took a shocking step into a world that is a mystery to most.   In her piece, Martin mentions “Glam SAHMs,” which stands for glamorous… Read More

Women’s empowerment is a matter of child’s play with One World Play Project

Two girls in India paying with a soccer ball.

Women’s empowerment is no laughing matter, but one organization is proving that it may actually be fun and games.   One World Play Project  is an organization that believes that where play happens, change happens. Its mission is to use sport and play to bring concepts like conflict resolution, gender equality, and health awareness to… Read More