women in politics
Talking female politicians, feminist activists, and all the the ways women around the world are changing the landscape of the Swamp, be it for better or worse.
Most Powerful Female Political Leaders Right Now
From Angela Merkel to Ivanka Trump, these women hold more political power than you can imagine. Named as Forbes' Most Powerful Women of 2017, each of these women have claimed their rightful spot for being some of the top game-changers of the world, on top of being successful, powerful, and intelligent.
Eliminating the Two-Party System
The two party system is deeply flawed. It pits people against each other. If we truly want to judge a candidate by their character and not their affiliation, then we are doing the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wanted us to do. On the heels of campaign finance reform, we need to redefine our politics and ourselves, since Republicans are all about being pro-life and Democrats are about equal pay for equal work. Some of us moderates are left out within the two party systems since the system forces us to lean to the right or to the left, but never in the middle.
Should Oprah Run for President?
Donald Trump is probably seething right now. Republican leaders are scrambling this morning. Why? Because last night Oprah Winfrey gave, what many are considering, her first Presidential stump speech. Will the beloved icon run for the nation's highest office? The better question is, should she run for President?
Meghan Markle and Royal Britain's Long History of Interracial Unions
From interracial unions to sibling rivalry, Prince Harry is following very closely in the footsteps of those grandparents and great grandparents before him. Britain’s royal family has been fond of controversial unions for many generations now, and Prince Harry’s lovely fiancé has still managed to cause a stir all over the world.
I am a Feminist Republican
Since the dawn of Donald Trump's reign, people have been put into boxes based on face values. If you are a woman and want your rights, you must be a Democrat. Right? Right?? Actually, as oppposed to popular opinion, you don't have to be an extremist and follow every single point on the platform of a party. In fact, I don't think there is anyone who isn't a terrorist who stands firm on either side of the spectrum.
The Sotomayor-Gingrich Controversy According to Standpoint Theory & Identity Politics
The focus of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s speech at Berkeley Law School in 2001 is that in order to argue for more women and people of color to be present on the bench, a new definition and description of Latino identity must be created. Sotomayor expresses in her speech that her “Newyorkrican” nationality and her experiences growing up in a rich Latino culture surrounded by her Puerto Rican family mean she identifies as such, but she questions how, in America, the tension between a celebration of ethnic diversity and a need for color- and race-blindness can ground a person’s true cultural identity. In order to reach a conclusion on the issue of identity, Sotomayor makes the claim that, though there has been a “quantum leap” (Sotomayor, 2001) in the number of Latinos and women in legal positions, there is still much to be done to show a complete representation of men and women, but specifically women of color, behind the bench. Sotomayor received backlash from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who called Sotomayor a “racist” in 2009 for her remarks during the speech that she hoped the experiences of a Latina woman would help her make better judging decisions than a white male who has not had those experiences. The controversy over Sotomayor’s speech about creating a definition of identity for women of color in legal positions and Gingrich’s uninformed comments can be situated within two theories of feminism: Kimberlé Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality and Nancy Hartsock’s feminist standpoint theory.
Keep Criticizing Hillary Clinton
There has never been a politician like Hillary Clinton. Since 1992, she has been First Lady of the United States, Senator from New York, Secretary of State, and the first female major-party Presidential Nominee. Whether you like her or not, denying that she is one of the most well-versed politicians of all-time is an indefensible claim.
Feminism Is NOT Cancer
In today's political realm, we are faced with mudslinging in all different directions. It sometimes seems impossible to hold an intelligent, open-minded conversation about anything in American politics or international affairs between two people of differing ideologies.
Brief History of the Young Lords Organization
In general, The Young Lords was a nationalist group for Puerto Ricans who lived in — and migrated to — America. The group began as a gang in Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. By Sept 1969, the organization evolved into a human rights group led by Jose Cha Cha Jermenez with one of their main causes being the independence of Puerto Rico. The catalyst for the organization’s upgrade from “gang” into “human rights group” was the displacement of Puerto Rican immigrants — through Mayor Richard J. Daley’s political policies — which evicted entire Latino communities for the sake of lakefront and downtown properties.
Letter to Megyn Kelly
Right now I'm missing Melissa Harris Perry. On her show she would read a letter she wrote, usually to someone who would not want to hear what she had to say. So in that spirit, I wrote a letter. Since I don't know where to send it, I'm just going to float it out into cyberspace and let it go where it may. Hopefully, it will reach the intended destination.
The Handmaid's Tale Asks Some Huge Questions About Society
The Handmaid's Tale has been airing on Channel 4 in the UK for the past few months and its first season comes to its conclusion on Sunday night as the world waits to find out if Offred has become pregnant.
Dear Theresa: What A Difference A Year Makes
Prime Minister May, Well now. It’s been one thing after another, eh? You started with such high hopes and great expectations a year ago. After David Cameron’s uncommonly swift exit from 10 Downing Street a year ago, you took charge of the government making history from day one, as the second woman in history to serve as prime minister and leader of the Conservative (or Tory) Party—no less than Margaret Thatcher was the first. You, therefore, stepped into huge shoes to be filled.