Profiles in Courage: Women Journalists

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This year, four fearless women journalists were each awarded a prestigious Courage in Journalism award from the International Women’s Media Foundation for their commitment to seeking the truth even when it puts their lives in danger. The 2013 recipients hail from Afghanistan, Cambodia, Zimbabwe and Syria. Three were flown to the United States to be honored at […]

U.S. Supreme Court Abandons Texas Women

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It looks like the women of Texas won’t be getting an 11th-hour reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court. The country’s highest court decided this week, on a 5-4 vote, that it will not block a recently enacted anti-choice provision that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. That provision—which is extremely […]

NEWSFLASH: Wisconsin Postpones Anti-Abortion Bills to Avoid “All Out Hell”

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Wisconsin Republicans seem to be balking on their recent push for additional abortion restrictions after a pro-choice Democratic Senator promised he would raise “an all-out hell” if two controversial anti-abortion bills ever reached the Senate floor. The state’s Senate Health Committee narrowly moved forward a bill that would ban sex-selective abortions, but pro-choice activists say […]

Stomp the Runway: The Choreographer Behind Rick Owens’ Astonishing Fashion Show

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When the lights darkened and the chattering of the audience ceased at the recent Rick Owens fashion preview in Paris, many of the seasoned fashionistas and reporters probably expected a frail-looking army of willowy 19-year-olds to come gliding down the runway. Instead, what they got were loud, stomping, thizz-facing steppers who made a different kind […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Clinics Attempt to Block Anti-Abortion Law

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Backed by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, a group of women’s health clinics in Texas are suing the state to overturn parts of a recent law cutting abortion access. The stringent abortion restrictions that were signed into law by Texas Gov. Rick Perry after Senator (and potential gubernatorial candidate) Wendy […]

Who’s (Miss) American?

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With the outrageous social media backlash directed at Miss America winner Nina Davuluri, you would think it was the first time a woman of color took home the tiara. But hatred directed at non-white Miss Americas is nothing new; the history of race exclusion in the contest is an ugly one. It’s just that now, […]

Sochi Watch: Fighting Homophobia With Smooches and Pooches

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There was a lot of excitement this week when what was thought to be an act of defiance came out of Russia: Two women athletes locked lips on the winners podium after winning a 4 x 400 meter relay in Moscow. Russian runners Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova were believed to be taking a symbolic […]

We Heart: Mark Ruffalo for His Pro-Choice Activism

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Maybe you already loved Mark Ruffalo for his Bruce Banner roles or for the Thriller dance mob scene in 13 Going on 30 or his anti-fracking activism. Well, now you can add pro-choice advocate to the list of his feminist credentials. The actor recently penned a very personal and touching letter to be read at […]

Social Media Minds the Intersectional Gap

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If you spent any time on Twitter the past couple of days, you probably noticed two popular hashtags in trending topics: #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen created by Mikki Kendall and #BlackPowerIsForBlackMen created by Jamilah Lemieux. The first addressed the racism black women face from some white feminists and the other spoke of the sexism they deal with from […]

Moral Justice, But No Reparations, for Henrietta Lacks

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After more than six decades of medical breakthroughs that were made possible with the cells of Henrietta Lacks, justice is finally being served to her family. The National Institutes of Health announced last week that representatives from the Lacks family will serve on the board that determines the biomedical uses of the “HeLa” cells, and […]