Category Archives: Labor

Today in 1963

Today is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. NPR’s Code Switch has an amazing history project on Twitter, tweeting moments from 1963 as they happened then. Check it out. Continue reading

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This Saturday is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Saturday 8/24/2013 8:00AM Rally at the Lincoln Memorial begins at 8:00 AM followed by the march to the King Memorial. The NAACP is organising the 50th Anniversary Rally and invites those who cannot make it to the Mall in Washington DC to join a virtual march to show their support. Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Events, History, Holidays & Celebrations, Labor, Racism | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Mother’s Day is Over – But Pregnancy Discrimination Isn’t

Stories of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace are all too common, and that’s why we need the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which was introduced in Congress today.

Despite the passage of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act over 30 years ago, which prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, some employers continue to deny pregnant women the minor job modifications that could protect not only a woman’s pregnancy but also a family’s economic security, forcing pregnant women out of their jobs.

The PWFA would make it crystal clear to employers that they can’t treat pregnant women worse than other workers who have certain job limitations and instead must make reasonable accommodations if doing so doesn’t pose an undue hardship on the business. Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, Labor, Law, Pregnancy, Work | Tagged , , , , | 12 Comments

Arrested for carrying condoms

Go read this piece about how the NYPD can arrest you for carrying condoms and someone please explain to me in what universe any of this makes sense. Trans and carrying condoms? You must be a prostitute, and condoms are the proof! Wearing a tight t-shirt and carrying condoms? You must be a prostitute, and condoms are the proof! A sex worker who is trying to keep herself safe in her work? You are actually a prostitute, so go to jail, or at the very least get your condoms taken away so your work is more dangerous. The condoms-as-evidence policy serves absolutely no one. Continue reading

Posted in Class, Crime, Discrimination, Feminism, GLBTQ, Health, Labor, Law, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Sex, Trans | Tagged | 27 Comments

Surrogacy, paying for pregnancy and whose rights end where

This entire story about a surrogate mother, Chrystal Kelley, pregnant with a fetus with severe abnormalities, is disturbing and heartbreaking. A low-income woman, desperate for money, agreed to be a surrogate for a wealthier family, something she had done before. Everyone was excited. Then, an ultrasound showed the fetus had several abnormalities — heart problems, organ problems. The parents, who had given birth to two premature babies before and knew the difficulties of raising children with health issues, wanted to terminate the pregnancy. Kelley did not. Continue reading

Posted in Labor, Law, Parenthood, Poverty, Pregnancy, Reproductive Rights, Work | Tagged , | 243 Comments

Centering Sex Worker Voices

Unsurprisingly, the two recent threads on sex work are… active. There’s a lot of push-back (especially to mine) in the comments, so I want to address a few things. First, I stand by what I wrote in the post. But second, I did an inadequate job of focusing on the more important issue: Making life safer, here and now, for sex workers. Continue reading

Posted in Labor, Law, Sex, Work | Tagged | 120 Comments

Supporting Sex Workers’ Rights, Opposing the Buying of Sex

There are a few topics that still never fail to divide feminist activists, and sex work is one of them — which is why this post is so contentious right now. I love our regular guest bloggers Laurie and Debbie, and I posted that piece myself — but I don’t agree with all of it. I am an anti-sex-trafficking feminist. I think sex work is incredibly problematic. And I also support the rights of sex workers. I think you can do all those things at once. Continue reading

Posted in Crime, Feminism, Labor, Law, Rape Culture, Sex | Tagged | 557 Comments

Why Breastfeeding Is A Feminist Issue

What’s going so wrong with the breastfeeding and formula-feeding conversation? Start with the rampant individualism. Conversations about how you feed your baby tend to be preoccupied with women’s choices and decisions.. and then, blame. You know the conversation has little … Continue reading

Posted in Body image, Disability Issues, Discrimination, Domesticity, Economics, Feminism, GLBTQ, Health, Labor, Trans, Work | Tagged , , , , , , | 83 Comments

Paid sick days

Many women have to choose between earning money to provide basic necessities for themselves and their family, or staying home sick or with a sick family member. It’s not really much of a choice, is it? Continue reading

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Not Another Mummy Blogger

Hi. I’m the writer from blue milk and I’m thrilled to be writing at Feministe. I write about motherhood from a feminist perspective and I sometimes write for the Australian feminist group blog, Hoyden About Town and other times I … Continue reading

Posted in Class, Discrimination, Economics, Feminism, Labor, Marriage, Poverty, Work | Tagged , , , , | 130 Comments

Millennials and Economic Justice

I’m a millennial. I’m a recent college graduate—no matter how much more established colleagues in their late twenties and early thirties say, “I know how hard it is to be a recent grad” or an MSNBC (or any other news … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Education, Labor | Tagged , , , , | 122 Comments

Feminism + Housewifery

I realize the rest of the feminist internet is going to disagree with me on this one, but I loved this Elizabeth Wurtzel piece on 1% housewives.

Is it mean? Yes. Is it representative of most women’s lives? No. But maybe it’s time modern “internet feminism” made room for polemics and hard-nosed viewpoints and positioned itself as a serious social movement, instead of focusing on identity and making everyone feel good. Continue reading

Posted in Class, Domesticity, Feminism, Gender, Labor, Marriage, Politics, Work | Tagged , , , , | 524 Comments