Women's Issues


Joe Tarr

Edgewood College students wanted answers as to why the administration removed links to Planned Parenthood from its wellness information. But the college’s interim president, Mary Ellen Gevelinger, abruptly canceled a meeting with them. Read more


Jan Silvers has at least one thing in common with Sen. Elizabeth Warren: both lost their teaching jobs in 1971 for being pregnant. Silvers case led to a lawsuit that eventually won women the right to maternity leave. Read more

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Althea Dotzour

Women are constantly criticized for how they sound. Their voices are shrill, harsh, grating. The list goes on. Veronica Rueckert has a new book out on the phenomenon. Read more

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Wisconsin Historical Society

Wisconsin made history 100 years ago, becoming the first state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which gave women voting rights. But Wisconsin is less progressive than your teachers told you — and still has a long way to go to reach gender equality. Read more

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Meet some of the Wisconsin women who fought for women’s right to vote: Mathilde Anneke, Dr. Laura Ross Wolcott, Lila Peckham, Emma Brown, the Rev. Olympia Brown, Theodora Youmans, and Ada James. Read more

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The #MeToo movement has targeted harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. But when will women be safe in public spaces? Read more



Koko Lee

In secret online forums, women are finding solidarity and protecting themselves by naming the men who have sexually assaulted and harassed them. Read more

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Heather Huber

Once dormant, the Madison chapter of the National Organization for Women has seen a huge revival thanks to activism spurred by the election of President Donald Trump. This time, the movement will be intersectional. Read more



Robyn Vining

Madison hosted one of the largest rallies last year to coincide with the national Women’s March, but not this year. Organizers instead held rallies in other cities to highlight the struggles and successes of people of color and elevate youth. Read more


UW-Madison’s HEX-U program connects undergraduate humanities students with local organizations to partner on creative projects that benefit the community. In its second year, the program has room to grow. Read more


From taking time for self care to transforming your side hustle into a full-time job, African American community leaders offer tips for success Read more



Justin Sprecher

Hundreds rally at state Capitol, take time from work and school for Madison’s “Day Without a Woman” demonstration. Read more



Justin Sprecher

International Women's Day rally at the Capitol Mar. 8, 2017. Read more

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Tommy Washbush

Have you been harassed at a music show? Tone Madison’s Consent, Amplified project aims to document and combat bad behavior at local venues. Read more


Local WPR host Veronica Rueckert offers voice coaching that helps women be heard — and taken seriously. There are a host of behaviors common to women that often sabotage their presentations and ideas. Read more



Lauren Justice

Health care providers at Planned Parenthood clinics are faced with a two-pronged attack: Threats of violence from anti-abortion extremists, and a legislative assault from conservative politicians. Read more


Jonathan Eig, author of “The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution,” gets a case of “disturbing” deja vu when he hears about conservative attacks on Planned Parenthood. Read more



Lauren Justice

A fierce thunderstorm last Thursday night didn’t dampen the resolve of thousands of activists who mobilized to protest sexual violence after a brutal Sept. 12 rape. But for longtime anti-violence advocates, the fight started long ago. Read more



David Michael Miller

A new book by Jon Krakauer attacks the problem of “date rape” at its core. Read more



David Michael Miller

​Republicans have seized on a deceptively edited video to defund the family planning services provider. Read more