Why Immigration is a Feminist Issue

In a recent panel discussion held by the National Organization for Women (NOW-NYC) on feminism for women of Color, I was asked why mainstream feminisms has not considered immigration a feminist issue. As a transnational Latina feminist, immigration has always been one of my top priorities, right alongside reproductive justice and the wage/professional gap that … Continue reading Why Immigration is a Feminist Issue

Reproductive Justice When Abortion Is a Cultural Taboo

The topic of abortion is divisive for most people. I find it very unlikely that we will all agree on the morality of abortion, because while scientific inquiry can enlighten us on whether a fetus feels pain or has a beating heart, people will often feel a deep attachment to their cultural upbringing and/or their … Continue reading Reproductive Justice When Abortion Is a Cultural Taboo

How to Enter a Male-Dominated Industry As a Woman

“It’s a man’s world.” If I only had a penny for the many times I hear that phrase. But I don’t despair. I let Marilyn Monroe inspire me with her wit: “I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.” And that quote embodies how I … Continue reading How to Enter a Male-Dominated Industry As a Woman

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Navigating a Multicultural Relationship

When I read articles about interracial or multicultural relationships, I never feel like they’re speaking about my relationship, even though my fiancé and I do not share a culture. So much of the conversation around multicultural relationships in the United States is about marriages between Black and White individuals –which is great, except for that … Continue reading The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly in Navigating a Multicultural Relationship

Dealing with Female Rivalry in the Workplace

As an engineer, my coworkers are overwhelmingly male. So overwhelmingly male, in fact, that I am only one of two women in my department. And to be honest, it’s what I wanted when I started studying Engineering. When I was 17 years old, I bought into the “it’s better to work with men”stereotype. My head … Continue reading Dealing with Female Rivalry in the Workplace

In Pursuit of Sexual Pleasure Equality

Sexual pleasure is not a one-way street. If you are a woman who has had one, two, or any number of sexual partners, you may know that sex should always feel good for all partners of any gender. If you are a woman who has not yet had sex, you probably hope that your first … Continue reading In Pursuit of Sexual Pleasure Equality

Why Feminism Can Be Scary for Some Women

  Feminism is a polarizing term. You either fully embrace it as a way of life or want nothing to do with it. Personally, I’ve always led a feminist lifestyle. But until recently, I would often start conversations about women’s right with the dreaded phrase “I’m not a feminist, but…” Why was I so hesitant … Continue reading Why Feminism Can Be Scary for Some Women

On Feminism and Faith

Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t call me a “radical feminist” and accuse me of trying to destroy religion and traditional values. People on the Internet are both my biggest critics and my most enthusiastic supporters. But because of them, I have been forced to truly question my own beliefs on the compatibility … Continue reading On Feminism and Faith

Why We Need More Women in the Construction Industry

It is no mystery that there are few women who work in the construction industry. For years the sector has been overwhelmingly male dominated, with women making only 9.6% of the construction industry workforce. The industry, while remaining male dominated, has been increasingly facing a crisis due to the lack of available qualified workers. As the demand … Continue reading Why We Need More Women in the Construction Industry

Shaping A Latina Feminist Identity

My mother would never call herself a feminist, even though she is the embodiment of a feminist. She will say that feminism is incompatible with Catholicism, but warns me of the perils of religious fanaticism; that life is tough for all women, while reminding me she wants me and my sisters to have more opportunities than … Continue reading Shaping A Latina Feminist Identity