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 […]

Wendy Davis Stands Out on The Latest Issue of Ms.

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“I’m rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans who have been ignored.” This was how Sen. Wendy Davis opened her epic 13-hour filibuster before the Texas state Senate, taking a heroic stand (literally!) for reproductive justice. Ms. magazine is proud to salute Sen. Davis on the cover of our […]

House Approves Bill to Protect Victims of Military Assaults

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The House last week passed the Department of Defense Appropriations Act with two amendments pushed forth by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.). The amendments, if passed through the Senate and signed into law, could right some of the inherent wrongs in how the military handles sexual assault cases and and stop the further victimization of survivors. […]

People Over Profit: What the BRCA Ruling Means for Patients’ Rights

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Last Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that human genes cannot be patented, a historic decision that guarantees that the DNA that comprises our very being cannot be owned by a corporation. The hard-fought victory had been years in the making and represented a David and Goliath fight between patients and profit. In one corner you […]

Cooking Oil Sparks Conversation on East Africa’s Women

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Art can often be the most striking medium for inspiring change and sparking dialogue, and artists in the developing world are harnessing this power to see that their stories are told on a global scale. One recent dialogue-sparker is the play Cooking Oil, written by award-winning Ugandan playwright Deborah Asiimwe, which makes its U.S. premiere […]

50 Years Later, Birmingham Bomb Victims Will Be Awarded Congressional Medal

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Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair were the names of four young women killed in 1963 when a bomb exploded in the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. The church was a popular meeting place for civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr., and this act of terrorism […]

#FBrape Campaign Takes on Facebook Misogyny and Wins!

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Congrats to Women, Action, and the Media and The Everyday Sexism Project for harnessing the power of social media to bring about positive change in well, social media. More than 60,000 tweets and 5,000 emails later, the spirited campaign that revolved around the #FBrape hashtag resulted in Facebook admitting that it has failed to remove […]

Call “Comfort Women” What They Were: Forced Prostitutes and Rape Survivors

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“Comfort women” was the colloquial and reductive term given to the nearly 200,000 women across Asia who were lured, kidnapped or coerced by the Japanese military into being prostitutes for the Imperial Army during World War II. The “comfort women” system, which was organized and supported by Empire of Japan officials, originally began with impoverished […]

Sally Ride to Receive Presidental Medal of Freedom

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President Obama and NASA announced that they will posthumously honor the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, with the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom. They timed this decision to coincide with a national tribute to the astronaut’s legacy that took place Monday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. […]