What #MeToo Doesn't Tell You

Sexual assault and harassment are often talked about as isolated events, incidents with discrete timestamps marking a beginning and an end, a blip on the timeline of a woman’s life. Survivors know that it’s not like that at all, that it is actually something that changes the entire…

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The Good American

This piece started out as a book review of What Happened, Hillary Clinton’s memoir of what it was like to be at the center of what I often hear referred to as “the election,” but which is typically meant as a reference to a whole series of events and…

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Illana Raia Is Disrupting Middle School

These are the women who see the male-dominated status quo and envision a different way. They are the entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders who are creating new systems, organizations, and narratives. Along the way they are also changing perspectives about what is possible. Illana Raia is one of these women, and…

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Mobilize Your Power

Milk is proud to be partnered with Ellevate Network, Sallie Krawcheck’s global network for professional women. This week we were invited to attend Ellevate Network’s first annual Mobilizing the Power of Women Summit. We were blown away by the inspiring speakers, the energy, and, of course, the amazing…

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Wonder(fully complicated) Woman

The history of Wonder Woman is, in many ways, as complex as the history of American feminism. At least, that is the impression I was left with after reading Jill Lepore’s book The Secret History of Wonder Woman in preparation for seeing Patty Jenkins’s film, Wonder Woman. The…

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Why Representation Matters

In an effort to consolidate support for the ill-fated American Health Care Act, Mike Pence met with the House Freedom Caucus, a coalition of conservative Republicans, to discuss changes to the bill that was slated to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The meeting precipitated a compromise whereby the new bill…

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In The Body Of A Lucky Woman

I watched on the monitor and winced as the doctor probed deeper into the cavity past my cervix. I was surprised by the color, or rather, the lack of it. Before the procedure, I had thought everything would be a salmon pink—like the uterus in Look Who’s Talking…

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Milo's Noxious Doctrine

On Monday, Simon & Schuster announced it was cancelling publication of Milo Yiannopoulus’s forthcoming book “Dangerous” after a recording emerged Sunday in which Yiannopoulus defended pedophilia. Yiannopoulus, a conservative provocateur and former senior editor for Breitbart News (he resigned Tuesday), has a long history of creating controversy. At Breitbart,…

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Pop Music and the Public Woman

When I was five years old, my older sister introduced me to Madonna. At first, I was a reluctant acolyte, having been conscripted into performing a choreographed dance to “Like a Prayer” with her and her best friend for my parents at Christmas. We spent hours rehearsing a number that…

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Girls In Between

In the first season of the HBO show Girls, Hannah Horvath, played by Lena Dunham (who also writes and directs the show), is in between. Working an unpaid internship in New York City while pursuing a career as a writer and being supported by her parents, she is somewhere between…

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A Journal of the Women's March

January 19 - Two days before the march My poster is ready. It is a bright neon green with ‘no freedom without choice’ on it in black block letters that show off all the doodling I’ve done in my life when I should have been paying attention. On the…

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