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Millennials: Don’t Get Shafted at the Polls!

Often characterized as apathetic and irrelevant, young people, especially college students, have usually been ignored come election season. However, this mythology was blown away in the 2008 and 2012 elections when young people proved to be a formidable force at the polls. Galvanized by a charismatic candidate who engaged with them, a sleeping giant had been awakened. Young voters overwhelming supported the president, … [Read More...]

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The Nation’s Police Have a Sex-Discrimination Problem

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer last month prompted the Department of Justice to launch an investigation into Ferguson's policing practices. (This investigation comes on the heels of a separate federal probe into the killing of Brown). The new investigation will look at departmental practices that may have led to Brown's shooting and to other civil rights … [Read More...]

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Dress Codes for Girls: Are Teachers the New Objectifiers?

When I was in seventh grade, a teacher at my very small Quaker school once sent the boys out of the room and started talking to us girls about how we dressed. It wasn’t too far from “The Talk,” but it focused on our clothing. This teacher told us that we had to be more mindful with the way we would sit and that we had to be careful not to move our legs the wrong way because, well, you know, the boys. “They’re … [Read More...]

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Women Who Conquered the Comic Book World

[This article is excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly. See the full article here.] The day after she returned from the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, comics icon Trina Robbins sits down with me outside at a café just around the corner from her home in San Francisco’s Castro District. As both a comics creator and historian, Robbins is particularly interested in the unknown history of female … [Read More...]

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Movers, Shakers and “Makers”

Beginning tonight, six new documentaries in the Makers series (a project of AOL) will be broadcast weekly on PBS. Each one focuses on "women who are trailblazers and have served as groundbreakers in their fields." The new docs are follow-ups to last year's three-part documentary on the women's movement, Makers: Women Who Make America. The good news about the latest productions is that all but one are actually made by … [Read More...]

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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 Network member states to those who attended the UN Security Council's special meeting on the Ebola crisis. It was originally published on the Social Justice blog and is reprinted here with permission. For only the third time in its history, the UN Security Council has convened an emergency meeting on a health issue, on September 18, 2014. Member … [Read More...]

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We Heart: California’s Adoption of Affirmative Consent

In California, yes means yes! As colleges across the country continue to struggle with how best to combat rape and sexual assault on their campuses, California Gov. Jerry Brown advanced the conversation Sunday by signing a landmark piece of legislation which requires individuals to receive “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” from their partners before engaging […]

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We Heart: The #CosmoVotes Campaign

It’s been proven time and again that the gender gap can decide elections. In the 2012 presidential election, women voters, in favoring President Obama by 10 percentage points, helped usher him into his second term. If only men had voted that November, Mitt Romney would be president. Women wield considerable power in our nation’s electorate […]

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Movers, Shakers and “Makers”

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How to Get Away with Dynamic Black Women Leads

After the weeks of hype and speculation leading up to the premiere, How to … ...

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8 Ways Digital Media Has Changed Women’s Lives

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

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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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Rape as a Weapon of War: What Happens to Pregnant Survivors?

The war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is formally over, but women … ...

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The Nation’s Police Have a Sex-Discrimination Problem

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri … ...

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Danièle Watts, Slut-Shaming and Supporting the Black Female Victim/Offender

Recently reports surfaced that actress Danièle Watts, who appeared in the … ...

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President Obama: “It’s On Us” to Prevent Campus Rape

In a further attempt to bring campus sexual assault into the national … ...

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Millennials: Don’t Get Shafted at the Polls!

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Once Upon a Mattress

When thinking of the most intimate spaces in life, one's bed certainly … ...

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Your Vote Is Your Voice

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