#SayHerName: Remembering Black Women and Girls Killed by Police

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Aiyana Jones. Rekia Boyd. Tarika Wilson. Duanna Johnson. Kayla Moore. The list of black women and girls victimized by police violence stretches on endlessly. The simple act of speaking their names has power. It symbolizes a refusal to forget these women and who they were. It honors the lives they lived and the loved ones […]

We Heart: The Truth About Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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There are more than 3,500 “crisis pregnancy centers” across the country—you likely have one in your community. CPCs are faux clinics staffed by people with little to no medical training and are often located near abortion clinics. The staff provide false information about pregnancy to women in an attempt to dissuade them from obtaining abortions. […]

We Heart: Taylor Swift’s Feminist Evolution

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Taylor Swift’s feminist evolution continues. Just last year, she had a “feminist awakening” and embraced the label after years of side-stepping the issue in interviews. She credited her friend, Girls creator Lena Dunham, with her change of heart, saying Dunham made her realize she had been a feminist all along. Now she’s speaking out even more, […]

ACLU Goes After Hollywood’s Gender Gap

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The American Civil Liberties Union is taking Hollywood to task for the industry’s unchecked sexism in hiring practices. Accusing the industry of committing civil rights violations against women directors, the ACLU is calling for a state and federal investigation of television networks, movie studios and talent agencies. The organization has sent a 15-page letter to […]

Is Your OB-GYN a Member of this Anti-Choice Group?

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Anti-choice obstetricians and gynecologists. Sounds like an oxymoron doesn’t it? How can a group of people with such a deep medical knowledge of women’s bodies support anti-abortion legislation that endangers women’s health and their lives? The American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) houses this alarming contradiction: It’s an organization of doctors, nurses and other medical […]

NEWSFLASH: Ohio Pro-Choice Activists Protest Anti-Abortion Bills

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On the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse yesterday, around 150 feminists, community activists and reproductive rights advocates mounted a pro-choice protest organized by local chapters of the National Council of Jewish Women and Planned Parenthood. Chanting “Don’t step on our rights,” the group laid out more than 1000 pairs of heels, flats, boots, sneakers […]

TSA Ends Practice of Racially Profiling Black Women

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Under pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Transportation Safety Administration will no longer subject black women to unnecessary hair searches. The TSA finally addressed the issue after multiple complaints from black women who felt they were being singled out arbitrarily for additional screenings. The agency has also agreed to further train employees on racial […]

When Anti-Choicers Co-Opt #BlackLivesMatter

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Even though safe abortion should be as much a part of women’s health care as safe childbirth, women can face attacks from their families and communities when they decide to terminate a pregnancy. What often goes unexamined is how race can intersect with gender to create a treacherous site of oppression for black women who […]

NEWSFLASH: First-Ever Woman Sentenced for Feticide

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This week, 33-year-old Purvi Patel became the first woman in the United States to be convicted and sentenced on a feticide charge. Patel was arrested in the summer of 2013 after she sought medical attention at an Indiana hospital for heavy vaginal bleeding. After a doctor found an umbilical cord, she told staff she had […]

NEWSFLASH: Biden Announces Millions to End Rape Kit Backlog

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Vice President Joe Biden joined Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland Monday to announce that $41 million in funding from the federal budget will be used to test backlogged rape kits sitting in storage around the country. There are approximately 400,000 untested rape kits gathering dust in U.S. crime labs. (That’s considered a conservative estimate since police […]