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Your Vote Matters: Personhood on the Ballot in North Dakota

This November, North Dakota voters will decide whether or not to add a personhood amendment to their state's constitution. Measure 1 on North Dakota's ballot would amend the constitution to state, The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected. The stakes are incredibly high for North Dakotans this election. Though personhood laws such as Measure 1 are … [Read More...]

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Forgotten Women of Film History: Marion Wong

The second installment of our "Forgotten Women of Film History" series shines the spotlight on the earliest known Chinese American film director, Marion Wong. While there are conflicting reports about the exact dates of her birth and death, it is believed that Wong was born in 1895 in the San Francisco Bay Area and lived there until she died in 1969 or 1970. Around 1916, Wong formed the Mandarin Film Company and … [Read More...]

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Why Schools—Not Law Enforcement—Should Investigate Campus Rapes

There's one question about campus rape that comes up again and again: Why isn't the crime handled exclusively by law enforcement? In a perfect world, the legal system would effectively arbitrate this crime, but given law enforcement's dismal record on sex crimes, schools have no choice but to adjudicate campus rapes in order to comply with federal Title IX law. Law enforcement is not a viable solution to campus rape … [Read More...]

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The Woman Who Could Replace Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

By now, the mayor of my beloved hometown, Toronto, needs no introduction: His name is Rob Ford. He's the guy who gets belligerent at sporting events, sometimes speaks with a faux Jamaican accent, coached a kids' football team (but can't catch a football) and, oh yeah, occasionally smokes crack while "in a drunken stupor." Ring a bell? You may know that, until recently, Ford was running for a second term as … [Read More...]

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How Yoga Can Heal a “Fractured Body Image”

During every yoga class, my teacher said it: “If you can breathe, you can do yoga.” Given that this is true, why do so many American yoga practitioners look the same? Why has "doing yoga" and "wearing yoga pants" become ready joke fodder about slender, young, sorta-clueless, upper-middle-class white women? Yoga has become a modern cultural phenomenon—one especially salient to women. And just to be clear, three … [Read More...]

Not That Kind of Girl

To Lena Dunham, the Personal is Political

It’s easier to explain Lena Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl, by explaining what it’s not: It’s not a self-help book, nor an attempt to quell Dunham’s critics. It's not drowning in narcissism, nor the author's affinity for nudity. Rather, the reader is introduced to Lena: a self-aware, unashamed and extremely funny woman. Like a trusted confidante, Dunham shares intimate stories with the reader, … [Read More...]

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We Heart: Kristen Stewart for Calling Out Anti-Feminists

Kristen Stewart has grown a lot from her Twilight years: She’s no longer the meek Bella Swan waiting for a vampire in glittery armor to save her, but instead is restarting her career with standout indie performances. She stars in the upcoming film Camp X-Ray, in which she plays a disillusioned guard at Guantanamo Bay, and […]

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NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Does Right By Texas Abortion Clinics

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court took action to keep open the doors of some of Texas’ abortion clinics. Women’s health advocates had filed an emergency motion earlier this month asking the court to strike down a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that had shuttered all but eight clinics in the state. […]

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State Rep. Says Congresswoman Too “Ugly” to Win

Another day, another amazingly tone-deaf and sexist remark about a woman politician. Last week, New Hampshire state representative Steve Vaillancourt (R) wrote a blog post in which he mused on the fate of congress member Ann McLane Kuster (D). Kuster is up for reelection and running against Republican challenger Marilinda Garcia. Wrote Vaillancourt, Let’s be […]

Arts

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Forgotten Women of Film History: Marion Wong

The second installment of our "Forgotten Women of Film History" series … ...

Not That Kind of Girl

To Lena Dunham, the Personal is Political

It’s easier to explain Lena Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl, … ...

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Geena Davis to Filmmakers: “Add More Female Characters”

Last week, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media (GDIGM) hosted … ...

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The Woman Who Could Replace Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

By now, the mayor of my beloved hometown, Toronto, needs no introduction: … ...

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Dear UN: Where Are the Women in Your Ebola Prevention Plan?

The following is an open letter from the Mano River Women's Peace … ...

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Why We Need to #LiftTheBan on Abortion in War Zones

TRIGGER WARNING: Contains references to sexual violence Being a girl in … ...

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Justice

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Why Schools—Not Law Enforcement—Should Investigate Campus Rapes

There's one question about campus rape that comes up again and again: Why … ...

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Federal Judge Faces Wife-Beating Charges; Refuses to Step Down

A federal judge in Alabama was arrested in August after his wife called 911 … ...

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The Women in This Room

I am not like the women in this room. There are hundreds of them, … ...

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National

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Your Vote Matters: Personhood on the Ballot in North Dakota

This November, North Dakota voters will decide whether or not to add a … ...

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Your Vote Matters: Say No to “Personhood” in Colorado!

This election, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to add a proposed … ...

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Tennessee Could Be the Next Abortion Battleground

This Nov. 4 will be critical in the battle over abortion rights that's been … ...

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