Broad Recognition

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Broad Recognition is an online undergraduate feminist magazine at Yale University.[1] It covers politics, media, arts, and current events. Since its founding, members have been involved in notable feminist activism in the University.


Broad Recognition was started in 2005 as an independent feminist blog by students Sabrina Manville and Della Santilles, both class of 2006. Later it was updated by Adda Birnir ’07, Maggie Doherty ’07, Basha Rubin ’07, and other contributors. In 2009, the blog expanded into an online feminist magazine.[1][2]

Role in the Delta Kappa Epsilon Controversy[edit]

On October 13, 2010, the Yale chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon participated in a misogynistic display for the fraternity's rush process. Fraternity brothers and young men rushing the fraternity paraded on Yale's Old Campus chanting "No means yes; yes means anal." Broad Recognition reliably covered the event and its fallout. The Yale chapter's president apologized for the action, but Broad Recognition was instrumental in pushing for a greater administrative response, pointing out that the activity was "hate speech."[3] Broad Recognition also called for accountability from the Yale Daily News for a sexist piece that the opinion editors had published in the wake of the chanting, dismissing the Women's Center and Broad Recognition as overreacting—and the News' subsequent faux-apology.[4]

On May 17, 2011, Yale College Dean Mary Miller publicly released the disciplinary action decided for DKE, which included punishments of particular participants and a suspension of activities on Yale campus by DKE for five years.[5]

Title IX suit against Yale[edit]

In March 2011 a group of 16 Yale students and recent graduates, including three Broad Recognition editors, Hannah Zeavin, Alexandra Brodsky, and Presca Ahn, filed a complaint against the University for a hostile sexual climate. The complaint led to an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights under Title IX, into the University's policies toward sexual assault and harassment.[6] In response, in June 2011 Yale formed a Title IX steering committee to address complaints of sexual misconduct.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Broad Recognition- A feminist magazine at Yale". Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  2. ^ About Broads, Broad Recognition. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ [1], Hannah Zeavin, "Last Straw: DKE Sponsors Hate Speech on Yale's Old Campus," Broad Recognition. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. ^ [2], Annie Atura, "The Post-Apology Apology: DKE did it - why can't the YDN?" Broad Recognition. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  5. ^ [3], Demetra Hufnagel, "Yale Takes Action Against DKE," Broad Recognition. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  6. ^ [4], Samuel Huber, "OCR Opens Title IX Investigation into Yale University," Broad Recognition. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  7. ^ [5], Associated Press, "Yale Forms Committee To Address Sexual Misconduct," Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 February 2014.

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