bad ass women’s activist of the week

Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week: Ellen Fairchild Edition

by Cara June 3, 2008

Ellen Fairchild died on May 24th at the age of 95. Fairchild was a former director of Planned Parenthood Syracuse, which is now Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region — the affiliate I work for. Fairchild was responsible for opening the nation’s first legal abortion clinic — PPRSR’s statement notes that, boldly enough, she did [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week: When Ordinary Women Refuse to Accept Absue of Authority Edition

by Cara March 28, 2008

Think it was bad when Southwest Airlines started kicking women off of their planes for dressing “inappropriately?” Well they’ve apparently got nothing on the Transportation Security Administration. They recently forced female traveler Mandi Hamlin to remove her nipple piercings before allowing her to board a plane — even though she offered to show her piercings [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist(s) of the Week: Smacking Down Rape Apologists Edition

by Cara March 7, 2008

A defense attorney has yet again made a highly offensive argument about how a victim was advertising her desire to be raped by her choice of clothing. But this time, instead of just saying “oh well,” or “tsk tsk” or “everyone deserves a defense no matter how misleading and unethical,” a government official is actually [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week: 20 Years of Legal Abortion in Canada Edition

by Cara January 28, 2008

Today is the 20th anniversary of the R. vs. Morgentaler decision that legalized abortion in Canada — more or less, a Canadian version of Roe. Dr. Henry Morgentaler, the doctor whose arrest for performing abortions illegally was the basis of the case, is quite the hero to all who believe in medical privacy and the [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week: Gutsy Abortion Provider Edition

by Cara November 15, 2007

[Cross-posted from Feministe] The Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week is a semi-regular segment that I do over at The Curvature whenever I come across a really kick ass person who deserves some praise and recognition. With all of the bad news out there in the feminist blogosphere, I figure that news about the [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week: Massachusetts Kicks Your State’s Ass Edition

by Cara November 9, 2007

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how Massachusetts was considering expanding the “buffer zones” outside of abortion clinics, to protect patients and staff from harassment by anti-choice protesters. The Times reports that yesterday, the bill was passed, and it’s expected to be signed by the governor next week. The law requires that protesters stand [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week

by Cara November 2, 2007

I’m bringing back the Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week segment for some particularly bad ass people. For those of you who aren’t currently reading the new Planned Parenthood blog I Am Emily X, you should be. Every day they post a different story and video of a different, anonymous Planned Parenthood clinic worker [...]

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Bad Ass Activists of the Week

by Cara September 19, 2007

So I know that this story (via Tracey) is a few days late, but I just had to share. It’s so great that reading about it honestly makes me tear up a bit. In lieu of a bad ass women’s activist this week, meet bad asses David Shepherd and Travis Price. The Grade 9 student [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week

by Cara August 25, 2007

I’m not sure that this family technically qualifies as women’s activists, but they at least deserve an honorable mention. Broadsheet has highlighted an Afghan family who broke taboo to report their young daughter’s rape. I’m sure that most of you are aware of the fact that in many cultures, rape is seen as an embarrassment [...]

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Bad Ass Women’s Activist of the Week

by Cara August 2, 2007

Female police officer Ann McDermott has won a sexual harassment lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, after she became the only female officer on an undercover team and subsequently received hardcore pornography in her mailbox everyday for six months. Yes. Everyday. For six months. It’s great that she won her case. I hope that it [...]

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