Little Women Turns 142

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On September 30, 1868, Louisa May Alcott published the first of two volumes that comprised Little Women, one of the 19th century’s most famous novels. Its success showed that focusing on women’s lives had literary merit—which is still something women authors struggle with today (does “Franzenfreude” ring a bell?) If you’re unfamiliar with the story, […]

We Heart: Gay Pride Talks Back to Homophobia

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When the going gets tough, the tough get their funny groove on. You know those people who carry somber signs about how being gay, or being gay-married, is sinful? This video shows some awesome peeps with some pro-LGBTQ equality signs that are guaranteed to make you giggle. Hip Hip Hooray for signs that are Pro-Gay!

Obama Recognizes Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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On September 13th, during the White House reception for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), President Obama reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to funding these high-quality educational institutions. [PDF] This initiative, which will set aside $1 billion in federal funds for minority-serving institutions, is part of the president’s plan to increase percentage of degree-holding Americans […]

Nikita: Fourth Time’s Still Not the Charm

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CW’s new TV series, Nikita, is actually the fourth time this tired plot is getting told. First there was the French movie, La Femme Nikita, and then, American writers went on a repackaging spree, turning it into a TV show twice (and now, a third time). A mere nine minutes into the first episode of […]

Parental Notification, Alaska Version

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Yesterday, the Alaskan primary ballot included a measure to institute a parental notification law for minors seeking abortions. Unfortunately, the law passed. So what are the ramifications of this election? Let’s take a look at some facts: Parental notification laws on the national level: According to the Guttmacher Institute, 34 states require some form of […]