Nominate the Real-Life Leslie Knopes and Olivia Popes of D.C.! -
Are you a WIN member based in D.C.? Nominate a strong woman leader!
Click here to find out more about YWA and the nomination process.
We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Women of Achievement (YWA) Awards!
YWA is the annual celebration of highly talented up-and-coming young women leaders making a difference in the community. YWA acknowledges young (35 years of age or younger), pro-choice, Democratic women of excellence who have made strides in their field and a real difference in the world.
The 21st Annual YWA Awards will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1530 P Street NW.
As a WIN member, you have the privilege to nominate young women leaders you believe have made a real difference in the community. Awardees will be recognized in 6 categories:
- Women in the Choice Movement
- Community Organizing/Labor Work
- Service/Nonprofit Advocacy
- Political/Campaign Work
Click here to fill out a nominations form.
Sex, lies and the Internet: The tale of Lena Chen -
Over the five years, anonymous Lena Chen hate blogs proliferated, packed full of links to other anonymous Lena Chen hate blogs as well as sexual slurs, the original naked photos and the names of the targets over and over. The names and links were a way to strategically elevate the posts in Google’s search results. It’s known as “Google bombing,” or, in the words of the online vigilantes, “getting googlefucked.”
In 2009, the harassment campaign included a fake news article about how Chen’s employer regretted hiring her. There were hundreds of posts on the online forum AutoAdmit alone. In late 2010, the harasser(s) started diligently dissecting everything Chen did on social media in detailed timelines.
Hamm has paid more than $10,000 on reputation management services to clean up his Google profile. His family name has been dragged around the Internet in such a grotesque and inexplicable way that he says his relationship with his parents and other relatives is “permanently damaged.” After close to six years of dating, most of Hamm’s family aren’t actively trying to get him to break up with Chen anymore. But they certainly aren’t too fond of her.
The harasser appeared to want Chen, and anyone who dared to stand by her, to have Google results so repugnant that it would infect their real lives, thwarting job hunts and sabotaging relationships. It’s possible that the detractor(s) simply wanted Chen to feel so mortified that she’d stop blogging, and the fact that she refused, year after year, provoked them into intermittent torrents of hateful, pornographic rage.
This story about cyber bullying — particularly cyber bullying of a feminist — is one that needs to be told more often in mainstream media.
Just another reason why I love DC. More little free libraries are popping up in DC area.
For a couple who wants kids, it stands to reason that at least one person’s professional life is going to have to take a back seat. And it no longer makes economic sense for women to default to a caretaker role and men to a breadwinner. It may be of bedrock importance in the abortion debate, but in the context of work and family, it’s her choice is a paradigm that doesn’t make sense anymore.
My version of feminism isn’t about being left to my own devices to make a choice that will affect my entire family and then pick up the pieces if and when it doesn’t work out. I’d much rather be a truly equal partner in making a mutually agreed upon plan. — The Real Lesson of the ‘Opt-Out Generation
One-Third of U.S. Women Seeking Abortions Travel More Than 25 Miles to Access Services -
In 2008, American women traveled an average of 30 miles to access abortion services, according to “How Far Did U.S. Women Travel for Abortion Services in 2008?” by Rachel Jones and Jenna Jerman of the Guttmacher Institute. Sixty-seven percent of abortion patients traveled less than 25 miles, 16% traveled 25–49 miles, 11% traveled 50–100 miles and 6% traveled more than 100 miles.
This is unacceptable.
They aren’t kidding. All of these typewriters are pretty bizarre!
Hi readers! It’s been a year now, so please help me update my suggested feminist blog list and book list; 101 primers on issues like class, white privilege, and LGBT issues; and book clubs that provide safe spaces.
The goal? To help better inform and connect feminists across the world.
Let me know what your favorite reads are (or shamelessly self promote!)