One of the most pernicious modern myths about motherhood is that having kids will damage your career. Women are told that we need to choose between our jobs or our children, or that we’ll spend our most productive work years “juggling” or performing a “balancing act.”
For those of us uninterested in circus tricks, a bit of perspective: It’s not actually motherhood or kids that derail women’s careers and personal ambitions — it’s men who refuse to do their fair share. - Jessica Valenti
The fragility of these women was not a surprise to me. In a crucial moment of showing up for our marginalized community, there was more concern about their feelings and ego as opposed to the fight forward for women as a whole. What could have been a much-needed and integral display of solidarity and true intersectionality quickly became a live play-by-play of the toxicity that white-centered feminism can bring to the table of activism.
It is the type of behavior that rests under the guise of feminism only as long as it is comfortable, only as long it is personally rewarding, only as long as it keeps "on brand." But if the history of this movement taught us anything, it is that intersectionality in feminism is vital. We cannot forget the ways that suffragettes dismissed the voices of black women, sending them to the backs of their marches, only for black activists like Ida B. Wells and Anna Julia Cooper to make major moves while fighting for the vote in tandem with their fight for rights as black people—ultimately shifting the shape of this country. If there is not the intentional and action-based inclusion of women of color, then feminism is simply white supremacy in heels. - Rachel Cargle
Women are still not fully equal in this country. Women are still not fully liberated in this country. Women are still not, to a large degree, safe in this country. And it’s not because they’ve spent decades fighting for their rights or because they refuse to be modest or to contort themselves into an outdated idea of what a marriage or family should look like. Ultimately, it isn’t feminism that has failed us ― it’s we who have failed feminism.
But it’s not over. We may not be able to convince people like Charen to join our fight, but at the very least, it’s up to us to make sure we don’t let them lead us sleepwalking toward the Republic of Gilead. - Noah Michelson
Though feminists have always recognized the anguish that boys face in a patriarchal system, we haven’t built the same structures of support for boys that we have for girls. If we want to stop young men from being taken in by sexism, that has to change. - Jessica Valenti
Feminism and capitalism are at odds, if under the one women are people and under the other they are property. - Rebecca Solnit
Photographer Espen Eichhöfer portrays seven females thriving in business in and around the city of Kigali
It takes one person to commit a rape, but a village to let them get away with it over and over. - Jessica Valenti