Stories by Ruth Rosen

Ruth Rosen, a former columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is a Professor Emeriti of History at U.C. Davis and a Scholar in Residence at the Center for the Study of Right-Wing Movements at U.C. Berkeley. Her most recent book is "The World Split Open: How the Modern Women’s Movement Changed America." subscribe to Ruth Rosen's feed

Posted on: Sep 8, 2014, Source: Open Democracy 50.50

Domestic violence is just the tip of the iceberg. It may take another century before violence against women seems as barbaric and unacceptable as slavery does today.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2013, Source:

Poor women are often ignored or regarded with contempt in the U.S.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2013, Source: Open Democracy 50.50

Americans have grown more supportive of same -sex marriages, gun control, immigration reform and even taxes on the wealthiest individuals. But the war rages on over abortion.

Posted on: Feb 21, 2013, Source: Tom Dispatch

What the next half century will bring for the women's movement.

Posted on: Aug 31, 2012, Source:

Ever since 1980, African American women have been decisive in creating a gender gap that has helped elect Democratic Presidents.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Why are women more psychologically prepared for old age?

Posted on: Sep 28, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Baby boomers did not contribute to the economic decline of America. Actually, they helped create consumerist prosperity with teenager allowances and middle age purchases.

Posted on: May 13, 2011, Source: Dissent Magazine

"Between Two Worlds" takes us on a journey of the increasingly contentious factions within the American-Jewish community.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

History reminds us that any social movement that changes the terms of debate will eventually change the national conversation. Why don't Democrats have the guts to do that?

Posted on: Jul 5, 2010, Source:

Without its grassroots female supporters, the Tea Party would have far less appeal to voters frightened by economic insecurity and the disappearance of a white Christian culture.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2010, Source: AlterNet

We will know a critical threshold has been reached when every magazine asks of every news story, "What does this mean for women and girls?"

Posted on: Jan 17, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Flame retardants in everyday products cause cancer, birth defects or endocrine disruption in every animal species studied.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The country I care so much about has breached some of the most important international conventions. Yet no one has been held accountable.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Advocates of women's equality have mobilized to make sure women are included in the "new" New Deal.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2009, Source: Religion Dispatches

Dems struck a family planning provision from the stimulus bill. What happens to the economy when a woman has a child without the means to support it?

Posted on: Aug 29, 2008, Source: AlterNet

McCain's veep pick is a proud member of Feminists for Life, which tries to convince young women that choice means giving up the right to 'choose.'

Posted on: Aug 6, 2008, Source: Wellesley Centers for Women

The oral testimonies in this biography offer a textured portrait of one of the most powerful women to challenge and change American society.

Posted on: Jul 4, 2008, Source: Truthdig

A new book explores the real populist vision that lies behind the shallow rhetoric to which we've been subjected during this election year.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2007, Source:

How the Bush government is now trying to prevent you from being able to use the Freedom of Information Act.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2007, Source: The Nation

Though most mothers are in the workforce, Americans remain trapped in a time warp, convinced that women should and will care for children, the elderly, homes and communities.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2007, Source: AlterNet

If progressive causes are to get anywhere in the next Congress, we need to challenge the ingrained belief that the market can solve our problems.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2006, Source: AlterNet

Bettina Aptheker's memoir shows how she broke free from her father, the most famous Marxist historian in the United States -- and the man who molested her.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2006, Source:

America's child care crunch is more dire than ever, thanks to Bush's gutting of government programs that assist working families.

Posted on: Jul 13, 2006, Source:

Behind the rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and her family lies a far larger story of what's happened to women in Iraq since they were 'liberated' by the Bush administration.

Posted on: May 10, 2006, Source: TPMCafe

What women talk about when men are not listening. (Hint: it's not sex.)

Posted on: Apr 12, 2006, Source: TPMCafe

Contrary to what the right would have you believe, our tax dollars really are hard at work.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A new book that tracks women's voting trends doesn't tell us enough about how women will vote in the next elections.

Posted on: Sep 28, 2005, Source:

The Bush administration only believes in accountability and personal responsibility when it involves women's sexuality and their reproductive choices.

Posted on: Mar 31, 2005, Source: The Nation

An army of economists and pundits have debunked the president's claims that Social Security is in "crisis." What they don't publicize, however, is that the president's plan for private accounts would deepen the crisis faced by vast numbers of elderly women.

Posted on: Feb 20, 2005, Source: Dissent Magazine

In one of the most remarkable tales ever told about the environmental justice movement, an African American community fought for, and won, the human right to breathe clean air.

Posted on: Aug 23, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The momentous events of the summer of 1964 – forty years ago – created many of our current cultural, social and political divisions.

Posted on: May 1, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

The SF Chronicle has retracted this story.

Posted on: Apr 19, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

A new generation of activists is galvanized against the assault on choice. At Sunday's March for Women's Lives, the generations will meet to defend against the erosion of rights.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

The Pentagon and the World Bank have both issued dire warnings about global warming but the Bush administration refuses to confront this growing threat to national security.

Posted on: Mar 1, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

The Democratic nominee will be drawn into a political and cultural fray over issues that galvanized a generation during the 1960s -- racial equality, abortion, gay rights and more.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

In some states, a young offender could finish probation, work and pay taxes, but never be able to vote again -- a clear instance of taxation without representation.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Unmarried women are the demographic-swing group that could decide a close election, oust President Bush and alter the political landscape in Congress.

Posted on: Jan 31, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Striking workers in California aren't just fighting for <i>their</i> rights. If corporations come out on top, everybody loses.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2004, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

A single-payer health care program is on the table in California, proposing to drastically reform the broken system.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2003, Source: San Francisco Chronicle

The super-store's 'lowest possible prices' may come at a steep price for one community.