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The Court Decision That Could Challenge Obamacare

If a court decision made this week stands, affordable health insurance could soon be out of reach for some of America's poorest. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel from the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the government cannot provide Obamacare subsidies to residents of states that never set up their own health insurance exchanges. These Obamacare subsidies helped to make insurance possible for low-income people by … [Read More...]

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It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday morning to demand that the Equal Rights Amendment finally pass. The congresswomen, along with Feminist Majority president (and publisher of Ms.) Ellie Smeal, NOW president Terry O'Neill and other feminist leaders and activists, called on legislators to codify women's equality in the constitution. As a reminder … [Read More...]

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Lucy Is No Louise: Skip This Action-Packed Fail and Re-watch Thelma and Louise Instead

Sure, Scarlett Johansson is a great actor. Alas, her lead role in Lucy does not do her justice. The premise of the film—that we only use 10 percent of our brains—is a faulty one and caused quite an angry buzzing across the Internet (as here and here) even before the film's official release. The direction this premise takes in the film is sadly uninspiring. Guess what we would do with 100 percent of our brains? Kill … [Read More...]

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Pro-Choice Activists Stand Up for Abortion Providers in New Orleans

Abortion providers in Louisiana are getting hit from all sides this summer. First, Louisiana state lawmakers passed restrictive legislation that, if allowed to go into effect, may force the closures of most clinics in the state. Then, the local Catholic Bishop in New Orleans waged an ongoing campaign to stop the construction of a new Planned Parenthood facility, boycotting any contractors who plan to work on the … [Read More...]

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Canadian Teen Gets Abstinence-Only Education Class Cancelled

Canadian high school student Emily Dawson has a lot to celebrate this month. She and her mother, Kathy Dawson, filed a human-rights complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission last year after Emily completed a mandatory abstinence-only workshop that slut-shamed students and used scare tactics to enforce abstinence. Two weeks ago, the Edmonton Public School Board announced that Pregnancy Care Centre, the … [Read More...]

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Back to the Big House

As avid fans know, the second season of Netflix’s hit show, Orange is the New Black, has been released. The series is a fictionalized version of the real-life story of Piper Kerman, an upper-middle-class white woman who was sentenced to over a year in prison for committing a drug-smuggling-related crime 10 years earlier. Piper Chapman serves as the central character in the show, while the lives of other inmates (and … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Obama Signs Exec Order Prohibiting LGBT Job Discrimination

After announcing his intention to do so earlier this summer, President Obama signed an executive order today that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order amended Executive Order 11478—signed by President Nixon in 1969 to prohibit employment discrimination in the federal government because of race, color, religion, […]

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We Heart: ESPN’s Body Issue for its Diverse Portrayal of Athletes

The sixth annual ESPN The Magazine Body Issue is on newsstands this week, with six different covers and stunning nude photographs of 22 professional athletes. The special issue describes itself as a “tribute to the extraordinary power of the athletic form” and includes players from a range of sports–football, basketball, baseball, boxing, tennis, sailing and […]

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Honoring History’s Forgotten Women, One-Too-Many Chardonnays At A Time

There's something strangely empowering about hearing that Mary Dyer, the … ...

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The American R/Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Activist Grace Lee Boggs is finally getting the national attention she has … ...

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Rush Limbaugh Thinks Workplace Sexism is a Myth

The White House hosted a Summit on Working Families this week to discuss … ...

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Arts

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Lucy Is No Louise: Skip This Action-Packed Fail and Re-watch Thelma and Louise Instead

Sure, Scarlett Johansson is a great actor. Alas, her lead role in Lucy does … ...

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This Summer in Comics: Thumbs Up for a Woman Thor, Down for a Patriarchal Labor Union

The comic book industry usually appreciates women most when they are … ...

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Help Spread the Story of the First Black Prima Ballerina!

In the 1930s, when 15-year-old ballet dancer Janet Collins first began to … ...

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Senate Considers Anti-TRAP Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing Tuesday on the … ...

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California Seeks to End Gay-Panic Defense

In 2005, a transgender woman in Fresno was stabbed to death, but the … ...

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Under Attack: Buffer Zones Around Abortion Clinics

Now that the Supreme Court has struck down the law upholding 35-foot buffer … ...

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It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) gathered on the steps … ...

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Pro-Choice Activists Stand Up for Abortion Providers in New Orleans

Abortion providers in Louisiana are getting hit from all sides this summer. … ...

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It Was 30 Years Ago Today That Geraldine Ferraro Was Nominated for U.S. VP

On July 19, 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY) accepted the … ...

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