Women's suits hung up in a closet

More Than a Dress: An Examination of America’s Sexist Obsession With Women Politicians' Wardrobes

When it came to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election, there was a lot to talk about. From think pieces about her emails to op-eds on whether she would deliver on more progressive campaign promises, the conversation surrounding her was almost unending.

But out of everything being said about Hillary Clinton during the election, one word kept popping up again and again: pantsuit.

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Three black women looking forward and smiling

Pushing For Racial Justice This Black History Month and Beyond

It's Black History month and our IGNITE community continues to push for racial justice in America. 

Black History Month was first recognized at the Federal level in 1976 to push back against years of denial of Black history in America. It is sad to say that almost half a century later, efforts to prevent the teaching of Black history continue. The U.S. Supreme Court's imminent affirmative action ruling will likely also undermine representative democracy.

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The Fight for Change: Young LGBTQ+ Activists Are Leading the Charge Against Hate

In the few weeks since 2023 began, over 100 pieces of legislation have been introduced in state legislatures that target and discriminate against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Transgender students are being barred from participating in sports. Drag shows are being banned. Restrictions on gender-affirming care have tightened even further.

Much of this discriminatory legislation effectively strips individuals of their bodily autonomy, a worrying trend we continue to see. With the overturning of Roe v Wade, many state legislatures have passed laws that infringe on our privacy and bodily autonomy rights. These laws tend to disproportionately impact cis and trans BIPOC women, transgender men, and nonbinary people.

And yet, through it all, activists in the LGBTQ+ community and their allies continue to push for change.

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How we can make the media look deeper than focusing solely on women’s electoral success

How we can make the media look deeper than focusing solely on women’s electoral success

Whichever way you voted, there’s some good news for women in American politics. In a year when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against women’s control over their own bodies, overturning Roe v. Wade, voters in the 2022 midterm elections sent a record number of women to the next Congress. It happened on both sides of the aisle. American voters also elected a record number of women Governors.

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Here's what we'd be saying if Kevin McCarthy were a woman

Here's What We'd Be Saying if Kevin McCarthy Were a Woman

Kevin McCarthy survived a 15-round ordeal of repeated votes to win the speaker's seat. All I can think about is there's no way we'd give him such grace to lose so often if he were a woman-identifying or non-binary person. And that has big implications for how we raise the next generation and how gender continues to influence how we view leadership.

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Young Georgians flexed their political power in spite of newly enacted voter suppression law

Young Georgians flexed their political power in spite of newly enacted voter suppression law

Georgians headed to the polls on Tuesday and elected Rev. Raphael Warnock to a full term to the U.S. Senate. It was reminiscent of two years ago when Warnock first won in a run-off election. The young voters of Georgia flexed their political power in 2020, posting the fourth highest youth turnout rate amongst southern states and trailing only Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. However this time around, things were much different for voters.

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