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Nancy Pelosi: The real master of the ‘Art of the Deal’

Can we finally retire the narratives against Nancy Pelosi? You remember the ones — they come up every election season. They’re false, they’re unfair, and after Pelosi stood her ground against Donald Trump, they should be put to bed once and for all. She can’t be effective. Excuse me, but who led the fight for […]

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Sexist double standard arrives early in 2020 race

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? It’s 22 months until the next presidential election, and already one potential Democratic female candidate is being trashed while one Republican male who’s not even a candidate is being treated like an elder statesman who might challenge Donald Trump. On the last day of 2018, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth […]

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The privilege of whining about white male privilege

You’d think we wouldn’t need to say this out loud in 2018, but obviously, we do: White men who are miffed that someone else besides them is in charge need to get over it. Because any slight that any of them has ever felt pales in comparison with what the rest of us have put […]

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We need more women in power. In media, government, entertainment…

It’s not about sex. It’s all about power. Matt Lauer is out at The Today Show after what NBC called a “review” of sexual misconduct at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. His actions were a “clear violation of our company’s standards,” says an NBC story. Details about Lauer’s behavior — the alleged sexual assault of a […]

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Media still don’t get ‘What Happened’ to Hillary Clinton in 2016 election

Judging by the reactions and judgment of many (mostly white and male) members of the media about What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s book about the 2016 campaign, the former Democratic nominee is supposed to just fade into oblivion. Instead, Clinton is showing the world what she’s always been: whip-smart, well-spoken, and able to distill politics to […]

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Paul Ryan and the right to bare arms (UPDATE)

A business dress code is one thing. Summer weather in Washington, D.C, is another. But apparently House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks he has to right to crack down on women reporters wearing dresses without sleeves. In June, Ryan announced the dress code — the rule is not new, it just hasn’t always been enforced — […]

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Amal Clooney’s baby bump, not ISIS? Let’s leave women’s bodies out of news coverage

You might not have noticed, but a world-renowned lawyer and human rights activist gave an important, impassioned speech at the United Nations on the Islamic State and genocide. That’s because all U.S. and British media could talk about was her yellow dress and her baby bump. Amal Clooney asked the world body to press forward […]

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So NOW Republicans say Trump is unqualified?

The release of a tape with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s hot mic “Grab them by the pussy” moment appears to be the final straw for the GOP “family values” crowd. Have they been comatose for the last 16 months? We’ve heard outraged comments from Republicans calling for the would-be groper-in-chief to drop out. Republicans […]

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Clinton #womancard insult won’t win female fans for Trump

It’s hard to imagine Donald Trump ratcheting the bar down any further, but he keeps hitting new lows. After cruising in five state wins, Trump, the all-but-acknowledged Republican presidential nominee, dismissed his GOP opponents and went straight at his presumed November Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “The only card she has is […]

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Why Sanders’ ‘unqualified’ Clinton barb rankles women

When Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders declared that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was “unqualified” for the presidency, women across America heard it, and we knew what he meant. And we didn’t like it. Sanders caused an uproar when he called Clinton — a two-term senator, a secretary of state, a lawyer who worked on […]

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