People Power

The Feminist Rappers Who Are Updating Sweden’s Old-Fashioned Definition of Rape
by Lindsey Weedston
In Sweden, Femtastic gives survivors of sexual violence a voice in a male-dominated music industry.
The Deal That Brought the Colorado River Back to the Sea
by Diondra Powers
A new amendment to the 1944 water treaty between Mexico and the United States aims to create a fair, cooperative system for restoring the Colorado River.
The Brilliance of Using Pillowcases to #GiveRefugeesRest
by Yessenia Funes
A human rights campaign to protest Islamophobic rhetoric sent message-scrawled pillowcases to 31 governors who expressed support for refugee bans. And more are on the way.
Gender Bullying, Poor Sanitation, Homelessness—Let’s Air Out Our Bathroom Issues
by Joe Scott
Sanitation plays an integral role in the quality of our lives, whether we want to talk about it or not.
How This Black Student Used Documents and DNA to Find Her Slave Ancestors
by Alexa Mills
Like many African Americans, Lakisha David wanted to trace the roots of her family, who for years were documented only as property. Here’s how she did it.
How Do You Explain Where You Came From When Your Grandparents Were Immigrants?
by Rupa Shenoy
As a child of Indian immigrants, Rupa Shenoy has learned when strangers ask her where she’s from, they don't want to hear “Iowa.”
Why Do Boys Dress as Warriors and Girls as Princesses? It Starts With the Books They Read
by Peggy Albers
Research shows that children develop their understanding of things like gender and race before the age of 5 from the characters they meet in stories.
How Strong Friendships Defy Dementia
by Marcus Harrison Green
The Momentia movement uses strong social ties to ward off the effects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
How Filipina Beauty Queens Are Lobbying for Trans Rights
by Lindsey Weedston
In the first episode of their new documentary series, A Woman's Place, filmmakers explain how transgender beauty queens are lobbying for their rights outside of pageants.
How Aziz Ansari Helped Me Embrace My “Otherhood”
by Rupa Shenoy
Movies and TV shows are like the mirror American society looks into to understand itself. I didn’t see myself in that reflection until Aziz Ansari’s show, Master of None.
COP21: Why These 15 Women Champions Should Have Seats at the Table
by Maria Ivanova
Studies show that collective intelligence rises with the number of women in a group—but women are often underrepresented at talks like the ones going on in Paris this week. Meet 15 leaders worth listening to.
How College Students Are Resisting the Mental-Illness Stigma
by Donna Jackel
Student-led organizations are bringing mental illness into the light to lower the suicide rates of young people.
My Mom Fled War Too: Finding Compassion for Syrian Refugees
by Yessenia Funes
Like refugees everywhere, my mom gave her children the gift of a better life—and an understanding of what it means to risk everything for it.
Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
by Larry Gabriel
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.
“You Fly to the Edge of the Tar Sands, and ... No Life”: A Montana Professor on the Issue of Our Time
by Sarah van Gelder
University of Montana professor George Price on permaculture, race, and how he’s standing up to tar sands extraction.