In selecting Thomas-Greenfield, a distinguished career diplomat, over others thought to be in the mix, such as former South Bend, Indiana Mayor and Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, Mr. Biden is telling the world's leaders that U.S. foreign relations will be more steak than sizzle. Mr. Biden choosing to hire her back in such a visible position has a "Take that!" undertone toward the outgoing Trump administration. … [Read more...] about Biden expected to pick longtime diplomat Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.S. ambassador to U.N.
But this isn’t about me. I didn’t share how much I owed and the interest I have paid for pity or for praise. I shared it because I’m one of the 45 million Americans directly impacted by this $1.4 trillion loan crisis, and we’re ready for it to be taken seriously. We know that loan forgiveness is a great start, but it’s not the whole answer. The question is: Do the 2020 candidates? … [Read more...] about What the Democratic Candidates Don’t Understand About Student Loans
In recent years, the archetype of the #girlboss, or the self-made female entrepreneur, has risen to prominence, with female CEOs like Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoroso and celebrities like Kim Kardashian being hailed in the media as millennial female-empowerment icons simply by virtue of their financial success. #Girlbosses tend to be white women who cloak themselves in the mantle of fighting the patriarchy while simultaneously benefiting from its trappings; their success is often cited as a byproduct of work ethic when it is often the result of immense privilege. (I was reminded of this when, at one point, Hilton casually mentioned the difficulties of being female in the hypermasculine world of international DJs, which was kind of difficult to take seriously considering that Hilton can earn up to $1 million for a single set.) The argument for #girlboss feminism seems to be that accumulated wealth in the hands of women is, by itself, a feminist triumph; that the ultimate endgame of the … [Read more...] about Is Paris Hilton the Feminist We Need Now?