Why Wall Street's dark past is worth remembering

The George Washington monument at Wall Street.

Ruby Hamad The home of today's stock market has a history that's even more troubling than high finance.

Where is the outcry against anti-abortion activist Troy Newman's Australian speaking tour?

Troy Newman, head of the pro-life organisation

Ruby Hamad No woman should be made subordinate to the foetuses they carry. So why are we hosting an anti-choice leader's talk in Australia?

Ruby Hamad

Why I changed my mind about joining a 'brag thread'

Rule number one of 'brag thread': Brag must be directly about YOU. None of this deflection B.S.

Ruby Hamad Rule number one of 'brag thread': Brag must be directly about you. None of this deflection B.S.

Describing 'whiteness'

'Whiteness' is more than just someone's skin colour

Ruby Hamad Why the terms 'white' and 'people of colour' aren't just descriptive – they are political. And we need to know what they mean.

Australia will forgive Malcolm Turnbull in a way they never forgave Julia Gillard

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull during  question time at Parliament House Canberra on 19 September 2012. Photo: Andrew Meares

Ruby Hamad When a man does it, that's just politics. When a woman does it, sooner or later, she will be punished.

White nostalgia: when 'timeless' fantasies turn out to be incredibly racist

Taylor Swift in Wildest dreams

Ruby Hamad You cannot isolate the "good parts" of colonialism from the brutality, then expect people of colour to simply accept it.

Miley Cyrus and the trouble with whitesplaining race

Miley Cyrus arrives to the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards

Ruby Hamad Nicki Minaj's blistering smackdown of Miley Cyrus at the VMAs is the stuff of legend. Here's why we should pay attention.

Ruby Hamad

Women of colour who are fighting oppression with rap

Ana Tijoux performs onstage during The Grammy Awards premiere ceremony earlier this year.

Ruby Hamad What they choose to rap about may surprise some in The West.

Ruby Hamad

Why are we shamed for sending aid to Syrian war victims?

Julie Bishop

Ruby Hamad Julie Bishops' 'terrorists' picnic' comment suggests there's no such thing as an innocent Arab.

Humans of New York

There is a right way to give a voice to the impoverished

Syeda Ghulam Fatima, who has spent her life fighting against the use of bonded labor.

Ruby Hamad Why Ruby Hamad has changed her mind on Humans of New York.

Scientific sexism

When evolutionary science is used to justify sexism

Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Ruby Hamad Looking to the unimaginably distant past to explain very modern problems.

Pro-gay propaganda

How Israel is taking advantage of its pro-gay image

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Participants wear rainbow flag take part in the annual Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade 2014 in Israel on September 18, 2014. Over 500 people attended the gay pride parade in Jerusalem and marched to Independence Park from Gan HaPa'amon (Bell Park). (Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ruby Hamad When queer friendliness is used to signal a progressive, democratic agenda.

Reclaim Australia

How racists are co-opting multiculturalism

Ruby Hamad Racism can't be measured by skin colour.

Ruby Hamad

Is it time to sell the pill over the counter?

There are no major health concerns associated with OTC birth control.

Ruby Hamad Administered with caution, this could be a major win for women.

Whitewashing film

The important women omitted from the Stonewall story


Ruby Hamad How can this history be told without the pivotal black and trans characters?

Ruby Hamad

Marriage and children shouldn't be an economic trap

Welfare to blame for marriage failure, declining fertility: Dominic Perrottet

Ruby Hamad What the NSW Finance Minister doesn't get about welfare.

Ag-gag laws

When filming a crime is worse than the crime itself

Protest against 'ag-gag' laws in Iowa.

Ruby Hamad The growing number of laws aimed at discrediting protesters while protecting politicians and big business.

Jagged Little Pill

The legacy of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill and other feminist rockers of the '90s


Ruby Hamad In many ways, the album embodied the political, independent and angry spirit of the decade.

Ruby Hamad

Charleston massacre: Using women as a pretext for racial violence

Police lead suspected shooter Dylann Roof, 21, into the courthouse in Shelby, North Carolina, where he has been charged with nine counts of murder and possession of a firearm.

Ruby Hamad It's time to put an end to the caricature of black men as sexual predators out to ravage and ruin pure, white women.

When a woman in power is bad for women

Former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina suggested she is the perfect antidote to Hillary Clinton.

Ruby Hamad Women can be as regressive on women's issues as any man.