Senators Call For Revocation of Honorable Medal Awarded to Bill Cosby 

In 2002, President George W. Bush awarded Bill Cosby with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Now, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wants him to give it back. The New York Democrat is supporting a petition launched by nonprofit group PAVE: Promoting Awareness/Victim Empowerment. The… »7/12/15 10:20pm7/12/15 10:20pm

Madeleine Albright Loved Her Waffle Date With Leslie Knope

In its final season, Parks & Recreation is really going for it—taking its humor and political heart as far as they both can stretch. Last night's double-header was one for the ages: in the first episode, "Mrs. Ludgate-Dwyer Goes to Washington," Leslie and April travel to DC to get some support for Leslie's… »2/11/15 3:06pm2/11/15 3:06pm

Rape Is Part of My Truth, and the Truth of Many Other Women

When Rolling Stone issued its retraction, my greatest fear was that we would once again have a curtain of silence, where young women feel too afraid to share their truth. And while I have no interest in reliving the experience or pinning culpability on anyone, that curtain of silence is why I am sharing my story today… »12/15/14 9:05am12/15/14 9:05am

Gillibrand: UVA Story Shouldn't Stop Campus Sexual Assault Bill 

Since June, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Claire McCaskill have been trying to pass the Campus Accountability & Safety Act, which takes a carrot/stick approach to how colleges deal with sexual assault. On the carrot side, it would increase federal funding for on-campus support services for rape survivors;… »12/09/14 3:10pm12/09/14 3:10pm

​The Invisible President: How Obama's Ignored Military Sexual Assault

One year ago this month, I was invited to meet with the White House about the crisis of sexual assault in the military. The meeting was rushed, and had the feeling of a pre-Christmas publicity stunt. The President was nowhere to be seen. His senior advisors insisted that the Commander in Chief cared about the issue… »12/08/14 3:10pm12/08/14 3:10pm

Gillibrand Not Buying the Pentagon's Report on Military Sexual Assault

A fairly jubilant new report released Thursday by the Department of Defense claims that military sexual assault has dropped sharply in the past two years, while at the same time more victims have come forward to report being assaulted. The Pentagon sees it as clear win, a sign that service members finally feel… »12/04/14 6:50pm12/04/14 6:50pm

Smashing Ceilings and Taking Names: Powerful Women in Politics

Famed filibusterer Wendy Davis and New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand both launch new memoirs this week. Gillibrand's book Off the Sidelines is already making waves for calling out certain (unnamed) male colleagues as, well, sexist pigs. Unwelcome comments on their appearance have long been an occupational hazard for… »9/11/14 2:57pm9/11/14 2:57pm

Male Senator Has Never Seen Sexism in the Senate, So It Must Not Exist

His name is Ron Johnson, he comes from Wisconsin, and he thinks that his Senate colleague Kirsten Gillibrand should either expose the identities of the men who harassed her about her body or shut up about sexism. After all, Senator Ron Johnson (a man) has never seen sexism during his time in the Senate. Therefore,… »9/03/14 4:00pm9/03/14 4:00pm

Hey Sen. Gillibrand, Andrea Mitchell, Who Are the Sketchy Congressmen?

Along with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s “porky” abuse from sketchy Congressmen, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell added that there are just some “you’d not get in an elevator with.” Dude, who are these old men with a propensity for antiquated workplace sexual harassment? We don’t want to be in an elevator with them either!… »8/28/14 3:40pm8/28/14 3:40pm

Colleges That Botch Rape Investigations Could Face Millions in Fines

A truly motley crew of Senators has introduced a bill that would crack down on schools that fail to address campus sexual assault. But unlike window dress-y efforts that amount to little more than campaign ads for politicians uninterested in effecting actual change, this bill actually sounds like it's got some teeth. »7/30/14 7:00pm7/30/14 7:00pm

Two Months Late, NPR Finally Explains ‘Perky’ Kirsten Gillibrand Piece

In May, NPR reporter Ailsa Chang wrote a piece about Kristen Gillibrand entitled "Focus On Women, Families Propels New York's Sen. Gillibrand" intended to discuss her rising star power in the Senate and her potential presidential prospects. What it actually discussed in an entirely unproductive manner was how the… »7/10/13 11:10am7/10/13 11:10am

NPR Retracts Insights on 'Perky' Kirsten Gillibrand's 'Girlie Voice'

New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's star has been rising for the past several years. She was elected to fill Hillary Clinton's senate seat in 2010, and since then, has been championed by Democratic party stars like Howard Dean or the super-PAC EMILY's List as a possible contender for president. This… »5/16/13 4:30pm5/16/13 4:30pm