Roxane Gay Lists 13 Rules for Female Friendships

In “Bad Feminist,” Roxane Gay writes that there are many myths surrounding women’s relationships, those for and against them. In this excerpt from her book of essays, she maps out how to maintain these friendships and befriend other women.

Read the excerpt here.


"It [abortion rights] also requires women to care about it and that’s one of the things that’s of concern. I think of my older daughter who grew up when women’s rights were vibrant and there was a book, "Our Bodies, Ourselves.” But I don’t see the young women today having that same energy, caring as much, and maybe it’s because they know that it’s not going to be a problem for them.

It’s again the difference between people who have the resources to get what they want and those who don’t. So the young women may think, not my problem, I can get an abortion if I wanted. And it will always be that way, even in the worst case of Roe v. Wade being overruled. Well there are a number of states that would not change.

There were four states that had allowed abortion in the first trimester—New York, California, Alaska, Hawaii—those states and several others will not go back to the way it once was. Again it’s a question of can I have an abortion if I need it? Do you have enough money for a plane ticket or train ticket?”

Read more of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments on religious exemptions to healthcare, feminist activism and workplace discrimination here:

President Barack Obama’s signature domestic health legislation is unpopular with many voters, so the Washington-based Americans for Prosperity—a conservative Republican nonprofit organization backed by oil billionaires Charles and David Koch—has attacked incumbent Democrats who voted for it and touted GOP challengers for their support of scraping the health reform measure.

Senate Majority PAC, which was founded by the former chief of staff of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to enhance Democrats’ control of the Senate, has fought back by running ads highlighting popular features of the health reform bill without mentioning it by name.

In North Carolina, Kay Hagan’s campaign estimates that more than $20 million has been spent attacking her, making the race the most expensive in the state’s history.

From the second piece in a series on SuperPAC’s impact on female candidates in the 2014 midterm elections:


The Internet is one of the few places where independent media can thrive, providing a place for all women and girls to tell our stories in our words on our own terms, uncensored and controlled by no one. The proposed FCC rules would not only threaten Internet users’ free and easy access to these media and the crucial voices they preserve and amplify, by extension it would also give ISPs power to control and censor women’s and girls’ speech online.

We need every single person reading this to submit an official public comment to the FCC before the Sept. 15 deadline.

Read about the importance of Net Neutrality for independent media here:

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scrutinizes Court’s Gender Rulings

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected earlier this week on issues ranging from abortion rights to young activists to numerous cases including Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision guaranteeing abortion as part of a woman’s right to privacy.

Captivating her audience, she spoke on Sept. 9 for about an hour at the 30th anniversary celebration of the International Women’s Health Coalition, a New York-based organization that promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people globally.

Read Justice Ginsburg’s thoughts on abortion rights, the Hobby Lobby decision, and more here.

Net Neutrality: FCC Needs Your View By Sept. 15

The Federal Communication Commission’s current attempt to eviscerate net neutrality is a direct threat to our work and could have disastrous consequences for women and girls. With the public comment deadline looming, and a final decision from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and the commission coming soon after that, it’s time to take action — urgently.

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Designer Fashions Grrrl Power Statement for Spring

Of all the shows in New York Fashion Week wrapping up today, one stands out for its feminist take: “Girls to the Front.”

New York-based designer Whitney Pozgay used that rallying cry from the girl power movement of the 1990s to name her Spring 2015 presentation for WHIT, the label she launched five years ago.

"It’s the desire to be feminine and tough, thoughtful and reckless, womanly and girly – all at the same time – the dichotomies of adolescence," Pozgay, now in her early 30s, said of the themes that linked her teen years and Riot Grrrl music to her collection.

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Male Allies Wanted for Post-2015 Global Agenda

By excluding boys and men, we disproportionately burden women with responsibility for development and reducing inequality. Lagging U.N. MDGs show we need the other half of the population on our side.

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Young People ‘Want In’ on Post-2015 U.N. Goals

Young people – including young women – need to be included in the remaining stages of the process and agenda setting. As the largest population of young people to date and with particular needs and experiences, the Post-2015 Development Agenda will significantly impact the next decade or so of our lives.

Read more about the areas young people wish to contribute to here.

Kay Hagen is Target in Battle for Senate

As the race heats up for the November midterm elections so does the partisan battle for control of the U.S. Senate, with North Carolina as the ground zero in the war of the super PACs.

Incumbent Kay Hagan, a Democrat, is the most visible female target in the war of super PACs in the midterm elections because North Carolina has become a red state with both a Republican governor and state legislature for the first time since reconstruction.

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