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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.

Traditionally female-heavy industries—once thought to be recession-proof—are being hit hard by the “tough choices” made by governors facing depleted state coffers.

Johnson explains how the tiny Nordic country came to be the most feminist place on earth.

Older and younger feminists don't clash over ideas, but about power and visibility in the movement, says Katha Pollitt.

Women still earn 77 cents on a man's dollar for full-time work. The Paycheck Fairness Act would have helped remedy that unequal pay. On this week's The Breakdown, the Center for American Progress's Heather Boushey joins Christopher Hayes to talk about why Republican senators blocked the bill.

Republicans block equal pay legislation—for this Congress, and for many to come.

Nancy Spero began using only the female figure in her paintings to push back the limits of her world.

Anita Hill may not have stopped Clarence Thomas from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, but in the wake of her accusations, our culture changed. Or did it, really?

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?

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Although men account for 70 percent of jobs lost between December 2007 and June 2009, they have won 92 percent of the jobs created since. From “man-cession,” we’ve gone to “man-covery.”

February 8, 2012

This Dr. King Day, it’s worth remembering that three years ago, a chorus of voices called on the administration to disperse stimulus funds with a view specifically to racial justice. The Kirwan Institute, the Racial Justice Program of the American Civil Liberties Union and others urged the administration to build justice goals into the recovery—not so as to exclude anyone but because racial (and gender) injustice had made the crisis possible. 

January 16, 2012

Outing Newt and Mitt’s black fathers, praying for Obama's death and “stomping” transgender people.

January 13, 2012

 A new book puts a human face on the Obama presidency and shows just how influential Michelle Obama really is.  

January 11, 2012

Why gendered toys really matter: they influence the careers kids choose later on.

December 30, 2011

Two weeks after Mississippi's infamous  "personhood" amendment was soundly defeated, anti-abortion activists have revived the legislation in Virginia and Colorado.

November 22, 2011

The key is getting young girls—under age 12—passionate about technology and the physical world. Here’s how. 

November 4, 2011

In the wake of three women being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, a new PBS documentary series celebrates women’s roles as peacemakers--but oversimplifies complex conflicts like the one in Afghanistan. 

October 17, 2011

Twenty years after Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the sexual harassment she’d experienced working for Clarence Thomas, the facts of the hearing and its aftermath are still widely unknown.

October 15, 2011

In honor of today's 91st anniversary of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, here's my completely assailable list of the top ten songs about women's equality.

August 26, 2011