History in Pink

When a state is on its own, it forgets the purpose of a nation.

"When Janet was sworn in as chair of the Fed on Feb. 3, I confess I sighed in relief and smiled. A sigh of relief because from now on, it will feel less “lonely” in summits and official reunions where, by and large, mostly gray suits congregate and there are very few skirts. Earlier this year in Sydney, I truly appreciated her presence and support. I realized she and I have a few things in common … besides the color of our hair: a concern over unemployment, a strong belief that consensus works better than confrontation, a fierce determination to never see the crisis we’re just starting to overcome happen again and a tenacious conviction that we can do something about it.With Janet now at the helm of the Fed, America, and the world, can also breathe a sigh of relief. And I had a big smile too. Not because it was another first for women breaking glass ceilings, but because her nomination came to pass without much fanfare, since virtually everyone agreed that she was by far the best candidate for the job. She happened to be a woman. Yes, Janet, the times they are definitely a-changin’"

Christine Lagarde on Janet Yellen

An Open Letter to Shailene Woodley 

Sara Roncero-Menendez, via the Huffington Post

" I too was told that feminists want to subvert men and make women the dominant sex, to crush the patriarchy to build a matriarchy. I have learned that this is not the case and this definition is both inaccurate and damaging. I like to think you'd agree…Feminism does not, and should never, fight to raise women up while putting men down. It aims to make us all equal, in all aspects of life. This means eliminating pay disparity between the sexes for the same job, no matter the industry. This means the inclusion of changing rooms in men's bathrooms because men are parents too. This means making sure that women are not immediately blamed in the event of a rape, told they shouldn't have worn that outfit or had that drink or been to that party. This means teaching men not to be ashamed to come forth to talk about their rape experiences because it's not true that "only women get raped" and that "men always enjoy sex." This means creating a world where women are no longer objectified in all forms of visual media. This means ending the trope of "clueless" husbands who only serve as a demeaning marketing ploy. This means girls feeling free to dress up like male superheroes and play with action figures and build toys. This means boys not getting ridiculed for playing with dolls, dressing in pink, or for wanting to go into a "feminine" ​occupation" (Click here to read the full story on huffingtonpost.com)

"We live in a society that wants to pit women against each other, and its our job to resist the tyranny of that."

"[When people say I am the Woody Allen of our generation] That's of course a complement, though I find the most recent revelations about his life really challenging…I hated that Mia Farrow had been bullied because the man she was [splitting up with] was the most powerful cultural figure in New York and therefore nobody wanted to look at his behavior. I'm grateful to Dylan Farrow for her bravery in speaking out. And I'm disappointed that Woody Allen thought discussing his ex's sexual history and shaming her was an effective strategy in arguing innocence. It's a complicated question, how we as feminists deal with people who've made life choices we radically disagree with, but I think I want my heroes to embody values I can agree with in work and life. Also, I hope that rather than focusing on the details of his family's life, we can focus on the bravery of women like Dylan who speak out about abuse."

Lena Dunham