January 23, 2013
"The woman alone is self-oriented, she stands at the center of her universe. The words worry me; they have double meanings. “Self-oriented.” Self-respecting? Or just selfish? “Alone.” On my own, taking responsibility for myself? Or disconnected, cut off from others? I see two things at the same time when I think of aloneness for myself. On one hand, there is the freedom of it, the sense of choosing and being prepared to answer for one’s choices (given, yes, that all freedom is relative and all choices limited by culture, history, and circumstance). This sensation of self-reliance, of leading a self-created life, makes the present vivid; it is the high of being alone."

— Karen Durbin, “On Being a Woman Alone” (Village Voice, 1976)

(via theothernwa)

August 27, 2012
Here’s an idea
theatlantic:

After Google Improved Maternity Leave, Post-Partum Attrition Dropped by 50%

Amid all the handwringing about what technology companies can do to recruit and retain women in their ranks, we don’t hear a lot of solutions. But here’s an obvious thing that tech companies can do: increase the length of maternity leave and pay a full salary for its duration.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

Here’s an idea

theatlantic:

After Google Improved Maternity Leave, Post-Partum Attrition Dropped by 50%

Amid all the handwringing about what technology companies can do to recruit and retain women in their ranks, we don’t hear a lot of solutions. But here’s an obvious thing that tech companies can do: increase the length of maternity leave and pay a full salary for its duration.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

August 4, 2012
Things More Embarrassing Than a Bird Shitting on Your Head

This is a wonderful piece of writing a friend pointed me to over at the Hairpin last week.

Yesterday, you had a bird open up his ass on your head. Rude! And disgusting. This has never happened to you before, ever, and you hope it never again does, until the end of time. Like a normal human being, after this happened, and after you went running back to work to wash up before making the half-hour walk home, you immediately thought to yourself, “What could be more embarrassing than this?”

Natalie Bell’s post is funny, lovely, and poignant, and it goes somewhere totally unexpected and totally honest. This is the truth about writing:

The only stories worth reading are the ones that are honest. Honest stories are sometimes stories that shouldn’t be written. The fact that they are is what makes them special.” 

Read this piece. You won’t be sorry.

July 7, 2012

Tribute cover, or “I can’t believe we still have to fight over the same shit” cover?

newsweek:

Columbia Journalism Review’s July/August cover pays tribute to Newsweek’s 1970 “Women in Revolt” cover.

(via huffingtonpost)

June 17, 2012
Lisa Brown, Michigan Lawmaker, To Help Perform 'Vagina Monologues'

Lisa Brown, you a BAMF!

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