Tag: Feminism

Women Pulitzer Playwrights, a short book for a short list

Women Pulitzer Playwrights, a short book for a short list
I often joke about wanting to win the Pulitzer Prize. Heck, winning a Pulitzer Prize was item number one on the list that was my very first post when I started this blog. Five year later and, no, I still haven’t won a Pulitzer Prize. To be fair I haven’t been trying very hard. To... Read more »

Hacker stock photos swapped with working mom stock photos defy stereotypes

Which are more cliché: stock photos of hackers or stock photos of working moms? Stock photos of hackers tend to feature people in hoodies (presumably men) using computers in dark, shadowy places. Typical stock photos of working moms show frazzled women working, usually while holding a baby. Enough with the stereotypes! Women (even mothers) can... Read more »

Every princess makes me feel like a failure

Every princess makes me feel like a failure
There are a lot of things about my daughter that most people wouldn’t categorize as “girly.” She is rough-and-tumble and has the scrapes and bruises to show for it. She collects cicada skins. Her favorite Star Wars characters are Stormtroopers. (She has favorite Star Wars characters.) She enjoys sword-fighting with her brother. She loves her... Read more »
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Why I didn't vote for Hillary in 2008 and why I'm with her now

Why I didn't vote for Hillary in 2008 and why I'm with her now
I didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in 2008. A lot of that had to do with liking Barack Obama, but I’m ashamed to admit that there was another influencing factor. I didn’t want to vote for Hillary because she is a woman. It wasn’t that I didn’t think a woman should be President of the... Read more »

"Mom, why can't girls show their nipples?"

My son asked me, “Why can’t girls show their nipples?” (Well, technically he asked me, “Why can’t girls show their pimples?” After a few seconds of confusion I figured out what he meant.) My daughter has asked me a similar question in the past when we were at the beach and she wanted to know... Read more »

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test

Women's Theatre Alliance Showcase: 7 new plays that pass the Bechdel Test
The Women’s Theatre Alliance New Play Development Workshop Showcase is Wednesday, July 20th at 7:30 PM at City Lit Theatre (1020 W Bryn Mawr Avenue) in Chicago. The showcase features seven new plays with a focus on female characters. Some are short plays that will be performed in their entirety; others are full-length plays from... Read more »
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In praise of badass pregnant women

In praise of badass pregnant women
I recently watched The Night Manager mini-series. Although most of the hype focused on male leads Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie (a.k.a. Loki vs. House), I was equally fascinated by Angela Burr, the character played by Olivia Colman. Angela Burr is a British intelligence officer who won’t let anything stop her from tracking an international arms... Read more »

My welcome to "women in tech" moment

My welcome to "women in tech" moment
Growing up I never thought it was unusual to be a “woman in tech.” Sure, I was a girl who taught myself how to code by second grade, but I wrote that code on a computer that was largely used by my mother. I guess there weren’t many women in my computer classes, but I... Read more »

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop

Misogyny accusations raise tensions at Santa's Workshop
Santa’s Workshop has been a target of misogyny accusations and harassment claims largely surrounding the treatment of toy developer Missy d’Elf. Missy and her supporters have been threatened, and their personal information has been posted online. Many argue the harassment is more evidence of the notoriously anti-feminist culture in the toy-making industry. Opponents say the... Read more »
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Better Halloween costumes for women and girls

It’s the Halloween season, so it’s time for adults and kids to choose Halloween costumes. Unfortunately, the majority of Halloween costumes for women and girls are either princesses, “sexy” versions of normally not very sexy things, and sexy princesses. I, too, am guilty of joking about sexy Star Wars costumes, but if you are looking... Read more »