What Would a Healthcare Plan That’s Good for Women Look Like?

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By Ellie Reilly

The GOP’s especially bad healthcare plan — known as the AHCA in the House and the BCRA in the Senate — has been all over the news lately. It’s important for feminists to stand up against attacks like this that not only hurt women but virtually anyone who cannot afford to pay for healthcare out of pocket.

It’s extremely tempting to go completely negative on this. After all, GOP senators and representatives have shown little to no interest in listening to their constituents on healthcare issues. However, we should remember that going negative was, at least in part, the strategy that landed the GOP in a host of trouble, with internal disagreement and faction rivalries flaring up. Instead, I want to take a moment to look ahead to think critically about what a good healthcare bill that helps women would look like. Continue reading…

Secrets About the Pink Tax: 5 Weird Things Women Pay More For

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By Kate Harveston

The topic of the “pink tax” is nothing new in modern American society. It’s generally known and accepted that women pay more for common necessities than men do, and there are lots of reasons given for why this has been accepted. Women are fighting back to lower prices to male standards, but to be able to wage a successful war against a system that’s profited off women for decades, women must understand how far the pink tax reaches. Continue reading…

Why Education is the Means to Human Rights for All Women

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Like many of us, I was fortunate enough to grow up in a place where I could receive an education mandated by the government. I wasn’t always treated well at school, nor did I receive the highest quality education available, but I graduated with a basic understanding of reading, writing, and arithmetic.

I, like many other Western feminists before me, didn’t fully appreciate the value of this education until much of my schooling was already complete — the second year of graduate school, to be exact. I used to complain about waking up early, waiting in the cold to catch the bus, and sitting through dreary classes. Continue reading…

On Ivanka Trump: Examining a Troubled Family Life and Its Effects

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By Kate Harveston

Ivanka Trump is currently the first daughter of the United States, and in that position she could potentially do great good or great evil. Growing up as the offspring of one of the most well known people in the world, Ivanka is no stranger to the spotlight.

While news articles are quick to claim that her actions have already betrayed the women she promised to protect and serve while her father was in office, no one has really taken into account her life with her father and his many wives and the impact that growing up with a troubled family life has on an impressionable young woman. Continue reading…

The War on Women Has Begun

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One of the promises Donald Trump made when running for president was the repeal of Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act. He pledged to repeal the act on his first day in office, which he did not do. However, he did manage to eventually create a new health care bill that passed in the House and is now awaiting a vote in the Senate.

This bill, called the American Health Care Act, makes major changes to Obamacare and is going to affect a whole lot of Americans, especially women. The bill takes away guaranteed coverage for certain pre-existing conditions, most of which affect women more than men. Some Americans may be fearful of what this health care plan means for them, but many women are terrified. Here’s why. Continue reading…

I Refuse to be an Accessory to Your American Dream

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The American Dream is supposed to be defined as the “ability to work and become prosperous the same as everyone else,” — which is great, and I agree. No gender, no race, no pre-qualifications.

Over the years though, it seems to have turned into a trope, the new American Dream becoming: “A good housewife, two kids— a boy and a girl, a white picket fence, golden retriever, and a seat in church on Sunday.”

The difference here being is painfully obvious to the attentive reader. Suddenly, the American Dream isn’t directed toward anyone in the US working hard and being successful; instead, it begins to focus on what it means for a man to be successful. It discusses the things a man would like, in order to feel successful, and prosperous, and at the peak of any possible level of happiness.   Continue reading…