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An unapologetic feminist and human rights enthusiast, Maureen has dedicated the better part of the past decade to volunteering and working with NGOs and non-profits, and writing about feminist issues. In addition to sherights, her work has been featured on numerous websites, including Mic.com, The Huffington Post, Women Under Siege, Feministing, Jezebel, Fem2.0 and more. She is a huge fan of snark, all things chocolate and traveling. You can follow Maureen on Twitter at @MaureenShaw.

  • sherights’ shereads

    As a voracious reader, I’m always in the market for a good book, especially ones that touch on women’s issues. I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a preliminary — and by no means comprehensive! — list of books/websites/magazines that are… Read More ›

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  • “Corrective” Rapes

    I firmly believe that a major component of activism involves highlighting issues that, for whatever reason, slip through the cracks or are swept under the carpet. One such issue that has somehow remained largely absent from mainstream media discussions and… Read More ›

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  • Today’s Shero: Rukhsana Batool

    I love a positive news story about women, particularly one that highlights the bravery and persistence individuals exude in the face of systemic institutional discrimination. CNN profiles Rukhsana Batool, a 25 year old mother of three in Pakistan, who has… Read More ›

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  • Late-term Abortion: Setting the Record Straight

    Late-term abortion is back in the news, thanks to Dr. Kermit Gosnell. The problem is, these news stories are accusing Gosnell of performing late-term “abortions.” As I explain in my previous post, this is a dangerous misrepresentation of the word…. Read More ›

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  • All Women Candidates are NOT Equal

    If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how excited I was that a woman was running for both president AND vice president during the 2008 elections, I would be rich. Yes, I am a feminist and… Read More ›

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  • Links We Love

    Here’s a quick round-up of links you should absolutely check out. Happy reading! Women’s eNews: Rape Victims’ Privacy is a Matter of Law, not Shame IWPR: Afghan Women Bemoan Rights Pledges Jezebel: Today in Sexual Harassment: Suggested Threesomes and Forced… Read More ›

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  • No Big Surprises Here

    If you think that a woman’s right to choose is safely secure, think again. The New York Times today reports on various anti-abortion measures underway in state legislatures. Here are some highlights: Republicans in Congress hope to strengthen measures to… Read More ›

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  • 38 Years of Roe

    Today is the 38th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. This decision is the cause of controversy – and relief – for many. For me, Roe is validation of a woman’s right to make decisions that… Read More ›

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  • Pregnancy Discrimination on the Rise

    With several friends of mine getting pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant, I’m reminded of an often overlooked issue: pregnancy discrimination. For years, women have struggled against numerous forms of discrimination in the workplace, including unequal pay, sexual harassment, unpaid… Read More ›

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  • Kermit’s “Abortion” Clinic

    By now, the news is saturated with stories about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, who operated a clinic in a low-income Philadelphia neighborhood until its closure last year. It was here that Kermie (sorry, I can’t help myself) allegedly performed late-term “abortions”… Read More ›

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