Phoebe Connelly

Phoebe Connelly is a former web editor of the Prospect. Previously, she was managing editor of In These Times. She writes on political culture, human rights and feminism.

Recent Articles

Great Women Talking Politics.

Friend of TAP Dayo Olopade has a fantastic series (Read part one, two, and three) over at The Root on black women and political power in the United States.

Olopade writes, "The real obstacles to elective office may be about less rights and more about belonging to the right club." Well, part of that is on us to install the standard bearers of black female political power into our cannon. Here are three women whose voices you should know:

Advocating for Women: Girls Educational & Mentoring Services.

Courtney Martin writes that this International Women's Day, we should look at gender inequality in our own communities. Each day this week on TAPPED we will run a profile of an organization doing exactly that.

It seems that everywhere you look these days someone is speaking publicly about the urgent, international issue of sexual trafficking. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof goes undercover in foreign brothels. HBO creates whole miniseries out of the devastation and drama, replete with Eastern European thugs. Heck, even Ashton Kutcher twitters against it.

But how often do you hear about domestic sex trafficking? Rarely, if ever.

Does Napoleon's Retreat from Moscow Offer Lessons for Obama?


Nah, just kidding. We haven't become Lapham's Quarterly just yet. But given the slow news cycle brought about by the whiteout of D.C., we thought we'd offer up some gems from the Prospect archives for your snow-day reading enjoyment:

The Little Picture: D.C. Voting Rights.


Today in 1867, Congress overrode President Andrew Johnson's veto of a bill granting voting rights to male citizens of the nation's capital. It marked the first time African American men were granted the right to vote. However, to this day, D.C. still lacks voting representation in Congress.

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