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It’s Been A Bad Week for Football

The NFL's poor handling of the Ray Rice domestic-violence situation was just the beginning of the organization's failure to address bad player behavior. Here's what you missed this week: It seemed like mere moments after the release of the TMZ video of Rice punching his fiancee out cold, the Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson was being indicted for child abuse and the Vikings were flip-flopping on what to do with him. … [Read More...]

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Obamacare Is Making a Huge Difference for Women

A new study from the Guttmacher Institute published this week shows definitive proof that the Affordable Care Act is good for women. According to the report, the percentage of privately insured U.S. women paying zero out-of-pocket dollars for contraceptives grew exponentially between fall 2012 and spring 2014. For its Continuity and Change in Contraceptive Use study, the Guttmacher Institute surveyed women aged 18 … [Read More...]

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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 conversation, President Obama launched the It's On Us campaign Friday, a national public service campaign that urges college students to combat sexual assault on their campuses. Calling for a "fundamental shift in our culture," Obama, joined by Vice President Biden in the East Room of the White House, affirmed that all Americans should feel responsible … [Read More...]

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When Sports Coaches Are Abusers

The following is an excerpt from "Misplaced Faith" in the Fall 2014 issue of Ms. Read the whole article by getting a digital subscription to the magazine. She is special. That’s what club swim coach Norm Havercroft in Saratoga, California, told the mother of 15-year-old competitive swimmer Jancy Thompson in 1997. And because she was so special, Havercroft needed to spend one-on-one time with her every morning, at … [Read More...]

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What Happens if Your Health Plan Provider is Catholic?

Reprinted with permission from Kaiser Health News. Read the original article here. Catholic and other religious hospitals and universities have been arguing in federal court for much of the past two years that they shouldn’t have to offer or facilitate birth control as part of their employee health plans because it violates their religious beliefs. But what happens when the insurance company is itself Catholic? … [Read More...]

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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 a country known as the "rape capital of the world" can be fraught with danger. In the latest issue of Ms., Akila Radhakrishnan of the Global Justice Center and attorney Kristina Kallas follow the story of a young Congolese woman named Eva. When she was young, she was kidnapped en route to school, taken prisoner by armed rebels and gang-raped for … [Read More...]

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Hail to the Geniuses!

All hail the fierce women on this year’s MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants” list! Earlier this week, the foundation announced its class of 2014 fellows—who each were awarded a $625,000 grant that will be paid out over five years—and on the list were a number of our favorite women (in fact, nine of the 21 fellows […]

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We Heart: UltraViolet’s New Game Face for CoverGirl and the NFL

On Saturday, activist group UltraViolet shared a meme that featured a photoshopped image of a model advertising CoverGirl’s NFL makeup line so that she sported a startling black eye—and the image went viral. And that’s made things less than easy and breezy for CoverGirl, as well as for the NFL. UltraViolet’s meme, which was a tweaked […]

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Why We Need to #LiftTheBan on Abortion in War Zones

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

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Sweden’s Feminist Party Nearly Gets Into Parliament — And Pharrell Helps!

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

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Thirteen Years After 9/11: How Expensive is Guantánamo Justice?

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Of Ray Rice and Aunt Gracie’s Black Eyes

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It’s Been A Bad Week for Football

The NFL's poor handling of the Ray Rice domestic-violence situation was … ...

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Obamacare Is Making a Huge Difference for Women

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It’s Time to #FlushRushNow — Once and For All!

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reached new levels of woman-hating on … ...

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