25 Reasons We Love Gloria Steinem on Her 80th Birthday

I attended a fancy dinner party at the Waldorf – Astoria with some friends many years ago honoring, Madeline Albright, Joy Behar and Gloria Steinem. It was a really amazing evening to hear these three fucking cool women speak. During a break, my friend Courtney and I went up to Gloria and gave her an “official” life time membership card to the FCW Society! She really inspires so many of us and we are very grateful! Here’s a great blog post from Ms Magazine!


March 25, 2014 by Lindsey O’Brien and Andrea Ananighian

 Image1. She co-founded Ms. magazine!!!

2. She said, “A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.”
3. She used her skill has a journalist to explain and fight for women’s rights.
4. She went undercover as a Playboy Bunny not to write a sexy story but to expose harsh, exploitative working conditions.
5. She said of her own choice to have an abortion, “No matter how hard I tried to feel guilty … I couldn’t.”
6. She insisted on sharing her speaking engagements with women of color.
7. She has always embraced each younger generation’s feminist movement.


8. She has long advocated for affordable and available childcare in the U.S.
9. She said, “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
10. She can still tap dance, and when she was young she dreamed of becoming a Rockette.
11. She wrote the much-reprinted article, “If Men Could Menstruate.”
12. She said, “Someone asked me why women don’t gamble as much as men do … women’s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.”
13. She said of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, “Catwoman is a feminist superhero with a story line and transformation of her own—plus class consciousness, a girl buddy, equal skills with the Batman equipment and an apartment of her own in Old Town.”
14. She protested the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
15. “She helped change the way the world the world thinks about women, and changed the way women think of themselves”—Marie Leonard (via Twitter)
16. She cofounded the Women’s Media Center
17. She helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus
18. Every Passover, she takes part in a women’s seder with her friends in New York City.
19. She said, “A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”
20. She also said, “Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.”
21. She wrote about female genital mutilation in 1980, long before it became commonly recognized.
22. She weighed in on Miley Cyrus and gave us all a lesson.
23. She makes her points with “good humor and verve,” which “may not be political qualities, per se, but they sure help change hearts and minds.”—Patricia Stokes, women and gender studies professor, Ohio University (via Twitter)
24. She has said, “I’m keeping my torch, thank you very much—and I’m using it to light the torches of others.”
25. She has yet to retire from the feminist fight. And she never will.

Written by:
Andrea Ananighian is a graduate in English from California State University, Channel Islands. She is currently an intern at Ms.

Lindsey O’Brien is currently studying journalism at Ohio University and interning at Ms.


Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is a day proclaimed each year by the United States President to commemorate the granting of the vote to  women throughout the country on an equal basis with men.

Women in the United States were granted the right to vote on August 26, 1920, when the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution was certified. The amendment was first introduced many years earlier in 1878. Every president has published a proclamation for Women’s Equality Day since 1971 when legislation was first introduced in Congress by Bella Abzug.     This resolution was passed designating August 26 of each year as Women’s Equality Day

The right for women to vote was first proposed in 1848, but did not become law until 1920, 72 years later.  This is one reason its so important to VOTE … for all of the women who fought for the right for women to vote.   AND THEY DID FIGHT!   They were beaten and often jailed… but they didn’t give up!   WE shouldn’t either!

I recently attended the We are Women Rally in Washington DC on August 18.   If you’ve never been to a feminist rally – I highly recommend that you go the next time!!   A lot of my friends mentioned that they don’t like large crowds … and I understand how they feel, especially when the crowds are part of protest.  I’ve been to large events that are showing solidarity against war and yes, these crowds are sometimes a little intimidating.    The difference between rallies that are against something VS rallies that are FOR something is …. the ENERGY!    I was completely inspired by all of the WOMEN, MEN and CHILDREN that attended!

There is a lot of great people out there doing great things … and we need to remember to ENCOURAGE & SUPPORT one another!    Here are a few pics that I took at the rally — be sure to check out the We are Women website for more info — we have to stay connected to encourage everyone to VOTE for the politicians that support WOMEN and EQUAL RIGHTS !

See more pictures here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/trickydame/sets/72157631179179002/

We are WOMEN Rally – August 18, Washington DC!!!

There are some fucking cool women who are organizing an event in Washington, DC on August 18. (as of this blog posting, I’m still trying to get up there- looking for a ride from Savannah, GA!)

Why are women upset? Because we are still being punished for being women! Why are politicians trying to limit access to health care/birth control? Its the 21st Century!!! We are in a period of human evolution where everyone needs to start making choices from their heart not their EGOS! To control women is to limit human evolution and there are a few politicians who are not being very nice. Its very challenging for me who is very conscious of all of my thoughts/actions not to get really PISSY & ANGRY at the politicians who are denying women access to health care and other opportunities that will allow them to THRIVE! Support the women – and you support the Mothers! Support the Mothers and you SUPPORT FUTURE GENERATIONS! A lovely and smart woman named Maya Angelou once said, “We are not here for ourselves, but for future generations!”

And what about our rights as women to have sex with out getting PREGNANT!! Its hilarious to me how many GOP politicians want to deny women access to birth control when they are “against abortions/unwanted pregnancies”. People have sex. People require sex to be healthy people. People are going to have sex especially lower income because its usually something they can afford! Politicians are having sex so why can’t everyone!

I invite all of you to support the WE ARE WOMEN MARCH by attending or donating funds!!

Here’s some info from the http://www.wearewoman.us

We are marching for Rights affecting:

* Our bodies
* Our health
* Our families
* Our livelihood
* Our future

Women’s rights are human rights.

Click Here to read our bios.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to bring national attention to the ongoing war on women’s rights being fought by conservative representatives in federal and state legislatures throughout the country. We believe that women have the right to control their own bodies, make their own decisions about healthcare, receive equal pay for equal work, and be treated with respect by the men and women who represent them in their own state houses and in Washington. Women are not a special interest group seeking special privileges; we comprise 50% of the population, and we are citizens deserving of the same freedoms and protections awarded to our male counterparts. We Are Woman supports the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and the restoration of all the rights that have been limited or destroyed by governors and other legislators across the nation. It is our goal to bring thousands of men and women together at the Capitol on August 18th, 2012, to tell our politicians, “No more!” We are strong, powerful, loving and brave. We are America. We Are Woman.

FCW @ TEDx – yay!


Chella writes and edits fanzines. She is a comedy writer and performer originally from New York who now lives in Sheffield. Her comic essay, Getting Civilized,  was recently published in the book Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage. She has contributed to Now Then magazine, Elevate Difference, Girlfuture, Sadie Magazine, Subtect Magazine, and the Guardian Arts Blog. Chella’s live work includes performances based on her zines It’s Not You. I Just Need Space. (interplanetary letters of love and rejection), The Venns, and Adventures in Menstruating. She has toured her shows at festivals and universities in the US, UK and Europe, and her play Leave to Remain won a reheared reading at the Crucible Theatre in 2009. Her zine covers and design work have been featured in exhibitions at Sheffield’ APG Works and the DIY Summer at Site Gallery, in News/Stand at Arts & Sciences Projects, New York, and in the magazines Time Out London, Plan B, Stranded, and the book Fanzines. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Education, focusing on femcare ads and media literacy, mostly when she ought to be sleeping. You can find more about Chella here: http://chellaquint.wordpress.com/

War on Women!! Time to Fight Back!!

There has been a lot of backlash by a certain group of GOP politicians (mostly white men?!?!) who are trying to tell women what they can and con not do with their bodies. They are trying to pass laws that limit HEALTH CARE to women as well as creating PERSONHOOD laws that give rights to the cells inside of a woman’s uterus. Its the 21st Century and the world is changing — and perhaps the white haired white men are freaking out and all they know how to to do is attack what they are afraid of — FUCKING COOL WOMEN!!

I know this rant is a little all over the place because I’m really so baffled at how to respond to the idiocy that is happening in our nation’s capital and around the country.

LUCKILY we have some amazing talented women who are speaking up against this craziness in the form of activism such as

Planned Parenthood
– please support them if you don’t already!!

Tell Congress: Stop trying to block women’s access to Birth Control

Despite overwhelming public support for birth control, anti-birth control lawmakers aren’t backing down. They are determined to give employers the power to deny women coverage for contraception — and they don’t want to hear from women or from anyone who disagrees with them.

These legislators included five male religious leaders in the opening panel of the House hearing on the birth control coverage requirement — and not a single woman. In fact, they turned away a young woman from Georgetown University who had been invited by Democrats on the committee to testify about the role birth control plays in women’s health.

and these two artists:

Courtney McLean

Jenni Siri