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Lessons from the busiest two years of my professional life — and arguably the worst stretch of modern American history

The Women’s March in New York City, 2018. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

I’ve been writing columns for years; sometimes once a week, sometimes a few times a week, sometimes (back when I was blogging a million years ago) a few times a day. No matter how infrequently I publish, finding subjects to write about can be tough. There’s always a week when…

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So-called progressives are angry Biden ended a policy that allowed schools to discriminate against trans students

Protestors at a rally against the transgender bathroom rights repeal, 2017. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

Just hours after being inaugurated, President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders undoing some of his predecessor’s most egregious and discriminatory actions, from reversing the Muslim Ban to ensuring that the U.S. reenters the Paris climate agreement. …

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I felt numb at first, but the wisdom of someone 20 years my junior finally brought me to tears

Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman prepares to speak at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

As Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, I waited for the wave of relief to come over me. Friends were posting on Twitter and Instagram about how they hadn’t stopped crying since the morning, and how they felt hope for the first time…

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Just as we’ve been doing the bulk of the childcare

A woman pushes an elderly woman in a wheelchair across a sidewalk.
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When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week that the state would start making the Covid-19 vaccine available to people over 65 years old, my first reaction was relief. The news meant my parents, both of whom are in their mid-seventies, would finally get some sort of assurance in…

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As women are being forced out of the workforce, Andrew Yang needs to give credit where it’s due: to his wife

Andrew Yang addresses the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention. Photo: DNCC via Getty Images

Andrew Yang appears to be just a tad out of touch. The former presidential candidate and current New York City mayoral hopeful really stepped in it on Monday when he expressed incredulity about parenting while stuck in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. “Can you imagine trying to have two kids…

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Activists have known for years that far-right online chatter can turn into real-world violence

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As insurrectionists stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, encouraged and inspired by Donald Trump, I was struck by how many people were apparently surprised. Pundits and politicians alike remarked how “unbelievable” the terrorism was, how shocking it was to see law enforcement’s lack of preparedness. Chief of DC Metropolitan Police Robert…

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Now more than ever, we need to embrace giving a shit about other people

Meghan McCain on “The View.” Photo: Lou Rocco/ABC/Getty Images

Earlier this week, amid the usual barrage of dystopian headlines, I was treated to a rare and unexpected bit of good news: television host and new mom Meghan McCain pushing for paid parental leave on The View. “We are the only developing nation that doesn’t supply women with paid family…

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Social media may feel like some women’s only route to justice

Close up of a teenager using her smartphone. Her face is obscured by her phone.
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Since Covid-19 hit, I’ve become a bit of a TikTok addict. The social media app offers entertaining, quick content that makes me feel connected to what young people are up to, an algorithm that’s proven remarkably mindful of my interests: dog videos, mom humor, and — of course — feminism.

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If we want women to stop pushing dangerous ideas online, we need to understand why they believe this bullshit

A “Save the Children” rally meant to decry human trafficking and pedophilia, linked to social media accounts promoting the QAnon conspiracy. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

When you think of conspiracy theorists, it’s likely you’re picturing an older white man holed up in a basement surrounded by newspaper clippings and a scribbled-on blackboard. …

Jessica Valenti

Feminist author & columnist. Native NYer, pasta enthusiast.

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