Author: Ellen Snortland

Let’s make Aug. 26 — the anniversary of the 19th Amendment — a national holiday

Ninety-seven years ago this month, the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution — also known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment — was ratified. Women finally won the vote on Aug 26, 1920, after a highly personal, contentious and nonviolent movement to enfranchise one half of our population. It was an inspiring victory, though incomplete insofar as our sisters of color were still denied the vote in some areas up until the 1960s, or in other areas denied the convenience and safety of some of their “pinker” sisters. And when you think of the women of any color who...

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Failure is certain when basing rights on anything other than being human

I have heard so many times, from both feminist and non-feminist women and men, “Women should have gotten behind [insert name of candidate/issue/cause here],” or “I was so disappointed that a woman would say something like that. I expected better from a woman.” Why? Why do we expect better from women? And what planet do people live on that they unconsciously think all women would be all anything or believe the same things? Welcome to Planet Implausible! As a “baby” feminist in my early days, I hunted for examples in which women were better than men or excelled in heretofore...

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Real Wonder Women are rarely used to teach ‘Wonder Woman’ courses on self-defense

Sitting next to me at a recent luncheon for the United Nations Association was a fantastic seatmate, “Emma Empowerment” (not her real name), who is a pillar of several communities that empower women and girls. She asked what I do, and I said, “I am an empowerment self-defense advocate, and have written a book about it which is now a movie.” Winking, I said, “I am a Wonder Woman!” She brightened and said, “We just had a self-defense class for my group!” “Terrific,” I said. “Who taught it?” “Oh, this really nice guy, Marty Martial Arts!” (also not his...

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ depicts a dystopian world that’s all too real

The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on author (and badass) Margaret Atwood’s brilliant dystopian novel of the same name, is officially the feel-bad hit of the new Hulu season. It should be required viewing for … well, everyone, especially people who are not natural dot-connectors. The conception, birth and delivery of a dictatorship parallels a society’s relationship with women and reproduction. This is not theory; it is practice all over the radical right-wing world. Since the advent of the written word, there has been a war on women. If you think that statement is hyperbole, read Riane Eisler’s “The Chalice and...

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