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Ginni Thomas called Anita Hill soon after the Times reported that Thomas's organization had accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in untraceable contributions. Did this accusation heat up the sense of persecution both Thomases feel about Hill's charge?

Betsy Reed and Rebecca Traister talk about the rise of conservative women in the 2010 elections.

With more men than women supporting Sarah Palin, who really benefits from the GOP's 'Year of The Conservative Woman'?

After Sarah Palin declared that the "Mama Grizzlies" were taking over the Republican party, the media reacted as if Republican women were an undiscovered species. Is there really anything new about this year's crop of conservative female candidates?

The choice of former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet to head the new United Nations agency for women may be the most important and smartest appointment Ban Ki-moon makes in his tenure as UN secretary-general.

Rape is not an inevitable consequence of war, says new UN special representative Margot Wallström. And there's far more UN peacekeeping troops could do to prevent it.

The burgeoning sex industries in Syria and Jordan are thriving because of the Iraq War. The US could speed resettlement for Iraqi women who are trafficked—but it hasn't.

I know Bibi Aisha, the woman on the Time cover. But the logic of those who use her image to argue for the war escapes me. The question her story raises is, What Happens if We Stay?

Katrina vanden Heuvel and Melissa Harris-Lacewell join host Laura Flanders in studio to kick off The Nation on Grit TV.  This week: the victories of Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman in California, Sharron Angle in Nevada, and Nikki Haley in South Carolina in last week's primaries are being hailed as a victory for women. Yet do conservative, anti-government women's candidacies really spell gains for women nationwide?

Ever since Sex and the City 2 hit theaters, reviewers have been battling over the cleverest way to call four grown women spoiled and self-absorbed. Why don't men get criticized like this when they conspicuously consume?

Blogs

Dogged reporting on women's struggle for equality has always been an explicit part of the new New York Times executive editor’s career.

June 3, 2011

The fact that Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Hillary Clinton skillfully argued for military intervention in Libya and won their point is not very interesting. So why is Robert Dreyfuss so shocked by it?

March 22, 2011

With right-wing assaults on women’s rights and reproductive health growing fiercer by the day, we can all draw strength from the committed struggle women from around the world have waged in pursuit of full gender equality.

March 8, 2011

Marriage as an institution might deserve closer scrutiny, Melissa Harris-Perry explains, but people simply making "different decisions" about their own lives deserve to be left alone.

March 7, 2011

In the mounting rhetoric, what is getting lost is the fact that a reporter has been sexually assaulted.

February 15, 2011

Watch out for people who want to make life harder for real-life women on the grounds that it’ll help "women."

January 10, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the guru of the Tea Party Constitutionalists, sees no protection against discrimination in the Constitution. NOW says:  "As long as there are men in power in this country who keep women down, we need an explicit guarantee of equality in the Constitution."

January 6, 2011

The MSNBC host has brought the voices of working men and women to the fore and improved the discourse for the better. That's no defense for a "vile and inappropriate" choice of words. It is, however, why Schultz will continue to be a important contributor to the national debate.

October 26, 2010

Brett Favre is facing suspension for sending lewd photos to a team employee. The NFL won't look kindly at the future Hall of Famer for his actions because they have their eyes on the prize.

October 13, 2010

The Nation's Betsy Reed and Esquire's Tom Junod debate the appeal of female Republican candidates—and whether the conserva-femmes are actually good for women.

October 13, 2010