People Power

3 Myths About Sex Work That Harm Everyone
by Joe Scott
It's not just young girls and big bad wolves. Lies and misconceptions about sex work can hurt women and keep negative stereotypes alive.
Video: The Complicated Language of Biracial Identity
by YES! Staff
Filmmakers offer a glimpse into the “gray area” of being mixed race in America.
How a Wife’s Tiny Food Shop Brought Financial Freedom and Escape from Domestic Violence
by Sonia Narang
In Indonesia, a growing number of women are speaking up to report violence and finding the economic means to get out of abusive marriages.
How Women-Led Movements Are Redefining Power, From California to Nepal
by Rucha Chitnis
In the face of corporate domination, economic injustice, and climate change, movements led by women offer a revolutionary path.
As European Women Stream to ISIS, This Reformed Extremist Is Offering Them a Different Path
by Deepa Bharath
When Yasmin Mulbocus found no justice after being sexually abused, she was drawn to an Islamic extremist group she believed could protect her. Twenty years later, she’s trying to stop other women from making the same mistake.
Meet America’s New Election-Integrity Watchman
by Dave Levinthal
From Internet voting to automatic registration, the chairman of the Election Assistance Commission discusses what it takes to ensure honest elections.
#Asians4BlackLives: How Multiracial Alliances Help End Discrimination
by Natasha Varner
Currents of racism between Japanese Americans and African Americans might be ebbing as groups like #Asians4BlackLives stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Are Candidates Exploiting the Families of Black Victims for Votes? Sandra Bland’s Mom Says “No”
by Tyree Boyd-Pates
Black votes matter, but some question whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton’s endorsements from relatives of police brutality victims are appropriate.
This Boston Politician Gave Birth While in Office—and Paved the Way for Paid Parental Leave
by Lindsey Weedston
As the first Asian-American woman on the Boston City Council, and the first to give birth while serving in office, Michelle Wu brings needed diversity to the city’s government.
16 Courageous Women Standing Up to Violence
by Kristin Williams
From Ukraine to Mexico, women across the world are finding creative ways to break cycles of violence in their communities.
The Untold History of Female Friendship
by Rachel Vorona Cote
To get an honest picture of female friendship, we must look beyond the familiar whitewashed stories in Western history and literature.
24 States Put Juvenile Offenders in Solitary, But Advocates Are Trying to Change That
by Marcus Harrison Green
Studies show kids held in solitary confinement experience long-lasting psychological damage. Activists hope a wave of local and national policy changes means widespread reform is on the way.
Hollywood Whitewashing: How Is This Still a Thing?
by YES! Staff
This hilarious (and depressing) video explains why we can’t talk about #OscarsSoWhite without talking about Hollywood whitewashing.
How to Pick a President Without Being Sexist
by Jeremy Adam Smith
The presidential race is basically an expensive hiring process with 319 million stakeholders. If businesses and government agencies go to such great lengths to eliminate gender bias in their hiring, shouldn’t we do the same for our elections?
Berkeley Votes to Boost Co-op Economy In the Face of Gentrification
by Araz Hachadourian
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable.