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Still They Persisted: What a 105 Year Old Strike in Lawrence, MA Can Teach Us About Organization and Social Change

Suggesting that the 1912 strike started in a flash over a wage cut diminishes the contributions of the laborers—mostly women and immigrants—who built unity out of diversity.

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Are You Ladies Alone?

Marriage

The recent trend in women choosing to marry late (or not at all) is as liberating as any movement, suffrage or sexual.

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Believing is Seeing

If gendered differences are made to appear biological and irreversible, it is easier to reinforce the heterosexuality and male privilege in our gendered relationships.

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The Transgender Public School Directive, Frederick Douglass, and the Rhetoric of “The Child”

Living under forms of social and political oppression in our current moment, the trans community seems to be particularly respectful of children’s capacity to make independent, self-authored personal-political claims.

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For Equality Only, We Wish to Contend

Betty Friedan, right, and Kathryn F. Clarenbach of the University of Wisconsin at the second annual National Organization for Women (NOW) in Washington D.C. in 1967.

Massachusetts history contains many feminists who espoused full-humanity for men and women as well as equal political, educational, and occupational opportunities, including some early feminists who challenged traditional definitions of gender.

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36 Hours, Four Violent Men, and One American Ideology

Mass shootings are not just an American problem; they are a problem related to American masculinity and to the ways American men use guns.

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The Fairy Tale Syndrome: Gender and Cultural Identity in Old Fables

The ancient fables encapsulated and codified gender archetypes arising as oral legends from the mists of time, yet much is missing in that narrative and not all of the aspects of the timeless tales serve us well in contemporary society.

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Disciplining Androgyny: A Brief History of Binary Gender

Intersex bodies photographed

We are witnessing the mainstream arrival of transgender, genderqueer, and other gender diverse people. Along with this surge in awareness have come questions from so many who want help understanding new terms, new ways of thinking about gender, and much more. But, to understand society’s newfound recognition, we must ask, what is gender (identity)?

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Not Tucking Tail This Time

Phillis Wheatley

A trip to the library prompts thoughts about access to knowledge and the race-, class-, and gender-based barriers many have to surmount in order to gain access.

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Grace, Beauty, and … Masculine Fire?

Prejudice has proved a formidable barrier to talented women in music. Historically, as now, education enables women to cross borders into heretofore unknown musical territory.

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