Oklahoma incarcerates more women than almost any other state. Under its punishing, under-the-radar “failure to protect” law, mothers — even those who are victims of domestic violence — can be sent to prison because of their supposed failure to keep their children out of harm’s way. In this devastating read, Samantha Michaels tells the story […]
Pregnant, Homeless and Living in a Tent: Meet Mckenzie
In 2018, reporter Gale Holland, photographer Christina House, and videographer Claire Hannah Collins spent time with young unhoused people in an encampment above the Hollywood Freeway. Their Hollywood’s Finest series for the Los Angeles Times tells the stories of three women, including Mckenzie Trahan, a young woman who has been in and out of foster […]
It Was a Secret Roadmap for Breaking the Law to Get An Abortion. Now, ‘The List’ and Its Tactics Are Resurfacing
Before Roe vs. Wade, a clandestine network guided thousands of Americans to safe abortions in the 1960s and ’70s. In their piece for The San Francisco Chronicle, Jason Fagone and Alexandria Bordas tell the story of Patricia Maginnis, the creator of “the List,” and the well-organized, underground health care system she and San Francisco women […]
Celebrating Bitch Magazine: A Reading List
A writer traces her own feminist journey as she reflects on the forthcoming shutdown of Bitch Media.
The Disinformation Campaign Behind a Top Pregnancy Website
The American Pregnancy Association is often cited by hospitals, government agencies, and major publications as a neutral source for reproductive health information. But, as Kiera Butler investigates, it’s far from it. Founded by anti-abortion activist Brad Imler, the APA website hawks products, is full of medically questionable advice, and is a “softer, user-friendly approach to […]
The Stench of Death
On Canada’s Highway of Tears.
The Stories Only Women Are Told
“Women need to keep talking. To one another, sure. But also, to the boys and men we hold dear—and not just in times like these, in times of crisis when it feels like we are simply shouting our despair into the void.”
Grace: An Unfinished Draft, A Fire
“In Texas—Georgia—in Alabama—all over this vast canvas of fear that we call America, women will die. They won’t have time to run away. They will be great-Aunts only in name, and in death. And their deaths will disappear into a language made and remade by men to cover their shitty sins.”
My Seat at the Table
A tale of racism.
A Personal History of the C-Section
“When my daughter’s delivery went off the script I had imagined, it made me wonder about what we ask from our birth stories.”