We Heart: The #CosmoVotes Campaign

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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 […]

Wage Gap Narrows, But We’re Not Cheering Yet

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Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the gender-wage gap has barely budged in the past year. Now, a woman earns 78 cents for every dollar a man earns (versus last year’s 77 cents)—a shift the Census Bureau calls “not statistically significant.” When women are further categorized by race, the wage gap widens […]

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

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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 […]

Why We Need to #LiftTheBan on Abortion in War Zones

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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 Congolese woman named Eva. When she was […]

Where Are the Women Speakers on Congressional Panels?

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We already know women are woefully underrepresented in the U.S. and state governments. We make up only 18 percent of the House, only 20 percent of the Senate and less than 25 percent of state legislative positions. Although women won more congressional seats in 2012 than ever before, at the rate we’re going it will […]

What You Don’t Know About These Popular Cosmetics

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In 2004, the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research and advocacy group, created a cosmetics database to log the potentially harmful chemicals found in personal-care products. Today, the Skin Deep database, which contains information on more than 70,000 products, reveals that many of the lotions and potions we put on our skin, hair and nails can […]

The Top 5 Scariest Toxins in Your Personal-Care Products

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How often do we really think about the products we slather on our faces, spray on our hair and apply to our nails? Personal-care products are such a part of our everyday lives that most use them without pause, assuming that these products are safe and regulated. In reality, the Food and Drug Administration is […]

NEWSFLASH: Hundreds of Striking Fast-Food Workers Arrested

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Nearly 500 fast-food workers were arrested Thursday in strikes around the country. Thousands of cashiers and cooks in 150 U.S. cities walked off their jobs at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and other fast-food chains demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights. The Fight for 15 campaign started back in November of 2012 and since […]

We Spleen: CeeLo Green’s Rape-Splaining

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“I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.” And there you have it folks, one of the most passive, responsibility dodging apologies ever written. Singer CeeLo Green tweeted this out on Monday in a feeble mea culpa after he invoked […]

We Heart: Taylor Swift’s Overdue Feminist Awakening

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The growing club of feminist celebrities welcomed its latest member over the weekend when Taylor Swift, after years of side-stepping the label, came out as a feminist. In an interview with The Guardian, the country-pop singer put all doubts about her feminism to rest: As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist […]