As another seemingly-hidden queer and feminist figure throughout the civil rights and women’s rights movements, Pauli Murray stands to receive more recognition for the work that she did. Born in 1910, Murray became a trailblazer in religious, academic, and legal spheres. While studying at Howard University, Pauli made a bet with her professor that Plessy v. Ferguson, the 1896 constitutional law that upheld legal segregation, would be overturned within 25 years.
A disadvantaged group of people is always going to be more at risk of mental health issues than their more privileged counterpart — meaning that women of color, queer women, socioeconomically disadvantaged women, and women with other marginalized identities are especially at risk for mental health issues.
Last year, 27 transgender people were reported murdered in the U.S., the majority of whom were women of color. That was an increase from 2015, when 21 transgender women were killed, making 2016 the deadliest year on record for trans people, according to GLAAD.
When it comes to mainstream feminism, race and other identities often take a backseat to gender equality—and that simply isn’t good enough.
In America, a woman’s body seemed to belong to everybody but herself. Her sexuality belonged to her husband, her opinion of herself belonged to her social circles, and her uterus belonged to the government.
Intersectional feminists need to show up for Muslim women in the face of these dueling axes of oppression, because we cannot push for the rights of some without working towards the rights of all.
I trust my patients to make the right choice for themselves, just as I have made this one for myself.
New film tells story of Jane Jacobs’s battles against the wealthiest developers in the city
Supercomputers vs. gerrymandering: Data could be the next key to creating fair state voting districts
For nearly as long as the Unites States has existed there have been partisan hacks trying to draw up voting districts in a way that gives one political party an unfair advantage over the other. Though judges acknowledge that this partisan gerrymandering occurs, and that it can be unconstitutional, there’s hasn’t yet been a definitive way for them to decide whether a district has been egregiously engineered to politically neuter voters of an opposing party.
In an effort to highlight voter irregularities and push for stricter voting laws, Iowa’s top election official pushed statistics on alleged voter fraud that even a member of his own staff privately suggested were misleading, emails obtained by the Huffington Post reveal.
Given Republicans’ history of raising undocumented claims of fraud, Democrats and voting rights advocates say that citing perceptions of tainted ballots as a reason for voting restrictions is disingenuous at best.
If there was ever a time to activate our organizer super powers, this is it.