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Girls’ Education: A New Priority for the White House

The White House launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at combating girls' reduced access to education around the globe. Let Girls Learn will use $250 million from the federal government and other sources, including private-sector donations, to fund programs dedicated to improving girls' educational opportunities. Said President Obama in announcing the initiative: Wherever they live, whoever they are, every girl on … [Read More...]

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Duke Basketball Star Dismissed, But Not Until A Year After Rape Allegations Surface

Remember what happened to beloved Penn State football coach Joe Paterno? In 2001 he was fired from his position of 45 years after it was revealed that he hadn't taken action upon learning that one of his assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky, was allegedly molesting boys. Take note, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Last month, Krzyzewski dismissed player Rasheed Sulaimon from the university's renowned basketball … [Read More...]

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Kirsten Gillibrand: Taking On Military Sexual Assault, One Bill at a Time

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. “We should all be able to agree our brave men and women in uniform deserve blind justice,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), on the hot-button issue of sexual … [Read More...]

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Enough Is Enough: Schools Must Take Rape Survivors Seriously

Of all the things I was expecting from UC Berkeley’s national conference on sexual violence last week, hearing a law professor compare sexual assault survivors to lynch mobs was not one of them. “Twenty-five percent of the lynching occurred based upon accusations of rape,” said Michael O’Connor of the University of La Verne College of Law. “You’re labeling somebody a rapist—that’s something we have hung … [Read More...]

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Mai Bhago: The Woman Warrior Who Fought for Freedom

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Women are warriors. We have always been warriors, and we will always be warriors. Today, many of us fight to create a society that treats all people with … [Read More...]

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“The Lazarus Effect” Is No “Frankenstein”

The Lazarus Effect focuses on reviving the dead—hardly a new concept—and few texts have done as well as Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein. The Lazarus Effect is no Frankenstein, but, as in that novel, betrayal, questionable ethics and a fascination with the possibilities of science frame the narrative. The plot follows a team of medical scientists working on a serum to “give doctors time” to resuscitate … [Read More...]

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We Heart: Trailblazing Senator Barbara Mikulski

The pioneering politician who “made it okay for women to wear pants in the Senate” won’t be seeking re-election. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate, announced her pending retirement yesterday at a news conference in Baltimore. In her nearly 30 years in the Senate, Mikulski achieved many firsts, including being […]

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How #BlackLivesMatter Became the Word of the Year

For the first time in its history, the American Dialect Society voted for a hashtag as 2014’s Word of the Year. The phrase in question is #BlackLivesMatter, the resounding call to arms that went viral after the 2013 trial trial of George Zimmerman—who shot and killed teenager Trayvon Martin—saw Zimmerman walk free. It gained traction again in […]

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Activists Stay the Course Against Trade Deal

Activists opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal currently being negotiated by the U.S. and 10 other Pacific Rim nations, gathered in a park across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday to call on Congress to stop the fast-track of the deal. While the TPP has been criticized for many reasons, the […]

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