Quick: What do Lesotho, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea and the US have in common?

Answer: They are, according to the International Labour Organization, the only four nations on the planet with no paid maternity leave.   Meanwhile, the Financial Times reports, countries not run on twisted draconian principles of 19th Century capitalism, are debating whether to increase government mandated paid maternity leave. Imagine. The UK is considering an increase from nine…

Us girls, we are so magical

My sister and I have a joke about Katy Perry. Although she achieved widespread renown with her single “I Kissed a Girl”, her first successful hit was “Ur So Gay”[sic](ugh). This is a complex and evocative song, with the chorus “You’re so gay, and you don’t even like boys. No you don’t even like, no…

Well-Woman Film Series Starts TODAY!

Well, readers, we finally did it… we went ahead and made a Well-Woman film series. Check out the flyer, then come eat popcorn with us in the Well-Woman office (119 Reid, Barnard Quad) tonight, 7-9:30 PM. This week’s film is Pieces of April, starring some actress named Katie Holmes. Also, music junkies – the Magnetic…

That’s So Gay!

Hello, gentle Readers! We, Elisa and Madeleine, are writing from Gay Headquarters to keep you updated on the queer goings-on around campus, around the city, and beyond. Elisa and Maddie are both members of Q, of which Maddie is the Vice President (though she prefers “President of Vice”), they are both involved in GendeRevolution, and…

Happy Spring Break!

A little late to post, but it’s ok. You know why? Because we’ve all been too busy partying to check/write blogs anyway! Have a great spring break, and please let us know what you’re doing during your week off, whether it’s Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans, relaxing on a cruise, or protesting in a…

Glamour Magazine: American Icons

Admittedly, I don’t read Glamour unless I need something mindless during my workout in the gym. Still, when I got word through the blogosphere that the fashion mag did a piece on “American Icons”, I got pretty excited. It’s a mix of different women who have made an impact on American society and culture, including…

Really cool event

I can’t believe I had to go on Feministing to read about a UN event that’s happening on Friday here at Barnard, but, well.  On “the political and social economy of care,” it’s part of the Commission on the Status of Women, and it sounds really cool–in the James Room on March 6: The issue…

Politics of Reproduction

I’m still conflicted about the way the media and feminists alike have been approaching “octomom” Nadya Suleman.  The Barnard Center for Research on Women‘s annual conference this weekend, which explored the politics of reproduction, gave me a chance to think about the issues more deeply.