Women’s advocacy must start with language

We have more than one million words in the English language, according to the Global Language Monitor. These words have the power to cajole, to persuade, to encourage.   But at times, we fail to recognize that our words have the power to transform the course of a topic as heavy as women’s rights. A […]

CNN should answer for its inappropriate hormones story

After seven hours of backlash Wednesday, CNN took down an online article suggesting a relationship between women’s hormones and their voting patterns. While the story was both offensive and scientifically unsound, CNN should not have removed it. The network should own up to all of the news it posts—even poor stories—in order to maintain its […]

Sexual freedom still maintains gender bias

On Aug. 13, Helen Gurley Brown — legendary editor of the so-called women’s bible Cosmopolitan Magazine — died at the age of 90. To be honest, I had never heard of Mrs. Brown — and I’m sure that many people are in the same boat. But it’s almost impossible to ignore the impact that she […]

Analysis shows lack of women’s sports coverage in media

On March 14, Michael Messner, an expert in the sociology of sports at the USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, spoke to Ms. Magazine about the lack of coverage of women’s sports in the media. He has been collecting research on the prevalence of women’s sports in the media, and comparing the coverage to […]

Commencement needs a female presence

1924 was a banner year for USC. The university held its first formal homecoming ceremony, inaugurated the first school of international relations in the country and, on a stifling Wednesday in June, gathered to hear its first female commencement speaker, Aurelia Henry Reinhardt,  give her remarks. It is doubtful that the woman once dubbed, with […]