Real reformers?

Why it's dangerous to separate powerful men from the oppressive regimes they lead

Pope Francis.

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad on the myth of Pope Francis and King Abdullah as advocates for women.

Michelle Obama's headscarf-free Saudi Arabia appearance is no 'political statement'

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama stand with new Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz at Riyadh airport.

Ruby Hamad Foreign dignitaries have done the same in the past. So why the big deal about Michelle Obama?


When the achievements of women get credited to men


Ruby Hamad In a new interview, Bjork revealed the extent to which her work has been credited to men. 'Bropropriation' - it's a travesty that's gone on throughout history.

Racist words

Seven words you didn't know were racist

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Ruby Hamad Common terms that have super offensive origins.

Malaysian girls threatened with jail time for hugging K-pop stars

B1A4 perform on July 24, 2014.

Ruby Hamad Why B1A4's fan meeting controversy is about so much more than strict indecency laws.


#OscarsSoWhite: Where are all the people of colour in 2015 Oscar nominations?


Ruby Hamad Why we should care about the backlash on Oscar's all-white nominees list.

Freedom shouldn't be the exclusive domain of white people

Blogger Raif Badawi

Ruby Hamad Progressive Muslims like blogger Raif Badawi need the support, not the mockery, of the west.

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What reactions to Sia's music video say about us

The video for Elastic Heart directed by Sia and Daniel Askill, features actor Shia LaBeouf and her regular stand-in Maddie Ziegler.

Ruby Hamad Once again, we find ourselves in one of those all or nothing debates.

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On Phylicia Rashad’s defence of Bill Cosby: sometimes the hero is the villain

Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable and Phylicia Rashad as his wife Claire on The Cosby Show.

Ruby Hamad If the Bill Cosby saga tells us anything, it’s that sometimes, our hero is the villain.

Abortion stories

Why it's so important to share our abortion stories

Ruby Hamad New research shows that when it comes to countering the growing anti-abortion sentiment in Australia, women's personal stories will make a vital difference.

2015: looking ahead

What would a dream 2015 look like for Australian women?


Ruby Hamad Some important, concrete steps we can take to lay the groundwork for what will hopefully be a powerful year.

Police brutality

Why it's essential to remember black female victims of police brutality


Ruby Hamad "What recent cases demonstrate is that age, gender, and non-criminality is no safeguard from the danger of being killed or brutalised while black."

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What fuels the fierce media obsession with feminism's failures?

Ruby Hamad Ruby Hamad finds something troubling in the obsession with feminism's supposed "failures."

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Rise Up Australia: how has a racist political party managed to woo people of colour?


Ruby Hamad People of colour are often more likely to be listened to when they are willing to tell white society what it so desperately wants to hear.

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How to apologise for sexism: a scientific study


Ruby Hamad We can all take something from the formal apology over Shirtstorm.

Why is Australian TV still so white?

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Ruby Hamad It shouldn't take a Karl Stefanovic for us take the exclusionary racism happening on our TV screens seriously.

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How to take down a woman of colour with one word

Sonia Sotomayor

Ruby Hamad The casual dismissal of the talents of historically marginalised groups crosses geographical and occupational boundaries.

Zoe's Law

Foetal personhood laws have terrible consequences for women, but not necessarily for the reasons you might think

Woman looking through window at home. sad introspective alone thinking reflective moody depression abortion

Ruby Hamad What personhood laws not only endanger women’s lives and liberty, they criminalise women should they, for whatever reason, fail to successfully give birth to a healthy baby.

Going viral

A tale of two breastfeeding pictures

Two photos, two very different reactions.

Ruby Hamad How can two almost identical photos be accompanied by two vastly different headlines?

This is uncanny

Three times The Onion predicted the future of feminism


Ruby Hamad In a world that’s become a parody of itself, it’s becoming harder to distinguish Onion articles from reality.

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