Scottish-Salvadoran-American Washingtonian turned Brooklynite. Founding editor of Quail Bell Magazine. One of Folio Magazine's Top 20 Media Visionaries in their 20s. Fiction writer, poet, and artist featured in the New York Transit Museum, The Feminist Wire, the Poe Museum, The Hispanic Culture Review, Cosmopolitan, The Southeast Review, the Ground Zero Museum, Jimson Weed, The Tulane Review, and beyond. Author of the book Hispanic and Latino Heritage in Virginia (The History Press, 2016.)

Moving To Canada Can't Be Your Plan B For Trump

One of the most popular hashtags on Twitter this campaign season doesn't even have a candidate or party name in it. It is #MovingToCanada and variations on that theme. Even if most Americans vowing to pack up and head north if their candidate of…
By Christine Stoddard

Inter-party Dating—Good Or Bad Idea?

So, you met someone. And you're definitely interested in pursuing something serious, except for one thing: This person has completely different political beliefs than you do — and it's an election year, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton battling…
By Christine Stoddard

Erin Schrode Won't Let Your Glass Ceiling Stop Her

Erin Schrode remembers her father driving her home from summer camp when he told her there would soon be another president was elected. It was a shock to the then-eight-year-old Schrode, who couldn't imagine anyone but Bill Clinton in the White…
By Christine Stoddard

Maryland's Ex-Felons Head To The Polls

There will be something different about the Maryland Primary on April 26, and it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. For the first time in the state's history, a new group of Maryland adults with criminal convictions will be able…
By Christine Stoddard

Native Americans Are Still The "Invisible Vote"

Native Americans are a diverse demographic, with various languages and cultural distinctions defining each tribe. Unfortunately, economic, social, and political struggles transcend the diverse groups within the community. And life on Native American…
By Christine Stoddard

Dine With The 99 Feminists Feel The Bern

If you dream of sharing a table with Amal Clooney and her trophy husband George, you can make that dream come true at an upcoming celebrity Hillary Clinton campaign dinner. But it will cost you $353,400 — or, as Politico points out, four times the…
By Christine Stoddard

Clinton & Sanders' Abortion Pledge Shames Trump

In his most recent jaw-dropper, Donald Trump stated that as president, he'd outlaw abortion, and that women who get the procedure would then be punished. This not only outraged the pro-choice crowd but the mainstream pro-life crowd as well. When…
By Christine Stoddard

Why Hillary Vs. Bernie Is So Tough For LGBT Voters

When the Human Rights Campaign endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in January, it may have appeared as if the former secretary of state had clinched the LGBT vote. After all, the Human Rights Campaign is the nation's biggest lobbying group for…
By Christine Stoddard

Is Trump Wine Actually Good?

When President Obama bashed Donald Trump's wine at a March 12 Democratic Party fundraiser in Texas by asking, "How good can that wine be?," it begged the question: Well, how good can it be? As much as you may hate The Donald and his politics, you…
By Christine Stoddard

The Uphill Battle For Native Federal Recognition

After a 34-year-long fight, the Pamunkey tribe of Virginia, which claims Pocahontas as one of its ancestors, achieved federal recognition on Jan. 28. But they are not the last tribe left fighting, and nor has the tribe's journey for sustainability…
By Christine Stoddard

Super Tuesday in American Samoa

Though the American flag has waved over Pago Pago harbor since 1900, American Samoa, a cluster of islands near Australia and home to about 55,000 people, is the only U.S. territory where citizenship isn't inherited at birth. American Samoans cannot…
By Christine Stoddard

16 Baltimore Women Talk Police Reform

Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore resident who was fatally injured during his arrest by Baltimore police last April, became yet another tragic symbol for the Black Lives Matter movement when he passed away days later. Gray joins the ranks of…
By Christine Stoddard

This Is What Saved Sweet Briar College

Ever since men's colleges began going co-ed in the late 1960s and '70s, more and more women's colleges have been shutting their doors. In 1960, there were 230 women's colleges. Today, there are 43. March's near-closure of Sweet Briar College — a…
By Christine Stoddard

What's Changed 1 Year After "A Rape On Campus"

Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819, the University of Virginia looks like a postcard. Lush with gardens and adorned with column after column, it is a place shrouded in Jeffersonian tradition as much as it is Jeffersonian myth. UVA earned its…
By Christine Stoddard

How Arizona's Sneakily Wounding Planned Parenthood

When October rolled around, Aanya Rispoli, an Arizona state employee and the mother of two teenagers, says she was confused when she could not find Planned Parenthood on the list of organizations participating in the State Employee Charitable…
By Christine Stoddard

These Baltimore Art Initiatives Are Stunning

Recently, I found myself mindlessly refreshing my inbox, when an email caught my attention. A Baltimore art gallery needed artists to donate work for a silent auction benefiting a youth center damaged during the city's protests over the death of…
By Christine Stoddard

Why You Should Love Your Weird-Looking Knees

Your legs were meant for lovin' and that includes the joints smack dab in the middle of them. No matter their size, shape, color, or texture, you deserve to love your knees. What? They're "saggy"? "Fat"? "Bony"? Hairy? Full of scars? Pssh, even if…
By Christine Stoddard

Here's Why You Should Give Red Hair A Try

When celebrity stylist Betsy Reyes first met me, I was a DIY art student who cut my hair with craft scissors, and I had just been chosen for a regional hair show. "I'm giving you red hair," she said after a scan of my mane, my face, and then my mane…
By Christine Stoddard

Why You Should Consider A Non-Traditional Ring

Before I was engaged, I stumbled into a newly opened, family-owned jewelry store with my then-boyfriend, now-husband. It was then I decided I wanted a non-traditional engagement ring and wedding band. Located on a quiet street in my Southern college…
By Christine Stoddard

An Ode To Spiky Adidas Flip Flops

Like name jewelry, Juicy Couture track suits, and sweater coats, spiky Adidas flip flops will forever reek of our early 2000s style sensibilities. (Some may add our style travesties.) Whether you loved or hated those black and white sandals, they —…
By Christine Stoddard