Rape Culture Taken Seriously: More Indictments in Steubenville

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Four more people have been indicted in the infamous Steubenville, Ohio rape case. All  are adults affiliated with Steubenville schools. The town of Steubenville drew national attention when a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by two of Steubenville High School’s football stars at a party in August 2012—a crime captured in part by social media. […]

Albuquerque Voters Reject Abortion Ban

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Albuquerque voters have spoken! On Tuesday, a city ballot measure that would have outlawed abortion after 20 weeks—without exception for rape, incest or the health of the mother—was defeated by a vote of 55 percent to 45 percent. About 25 percent of the city’s registered voters turned out for the special election—more than participated in […]

Kakenya Ntaiya Needs Your Votes!

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Kakenya Ntaiya, like most young girls in her Kenyan village, was forced to undergo female genital mutilation at a young age. Many girls in Africa undergo this gruesome centuries-old practice and are then promptly married off. For most, it means the end of not only their childhood, but their education as well. But 14-year-old Kakenya […]

Dear Joss Whedon, Et Al: Leave “Feminist” Alone

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We’ve all seen the misguided pop culture caricature of feminism rear it’s ugly head, popping up in far too many celebrity quotes and media pieces that misinform the masses and scare people away from identifying as feminists. This imagined man-hating, bra-burning political radical still lives in the ’60s or ’70s, rants constantly about the patriarchy and […]

Albuquerque Is Newest Front in War on Abortion

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In just over two weeks, Albuquerque residents will vote on a ballot measure banning abortions after 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape, incest or the psychological and emotional health of the mother. If passed, this would be the first ever municipal ban on abortion and could serve as a template for those looking to […]

“The Four Justices” Puts Women Trailblazers on Display

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On Monday a portrait of the four women Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America was revealed. The  life-sized likenesses of Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in D. C. A closeup photo of the portrait can be seen […]

“Keep Your White Hands Off My Brown Body”

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I always had this pity for myself because I was a woman. Then, on top of it, I’d say, well, I’m Native American. I’m at the bottom of the bottom. Growing up in a society where more than one in three women will be raped during their lifetime, a number significantly higher than the statistics for […]

No Woman, No Drive

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It’s not news to most that Saudi Arabia is notorious for taking basic human rights away from its female population. It currently forbids them from traveling abroad, opening a bank account and even from working without permission from a male relative. Another way the Saudi government attempts to keep women locked in the Stone Age […]

Pregnant Workers: 35 Years Later And Still Struggling

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Thirty five years ago this week the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act was born. The PDA was passed  in 1978 as an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. It outlawed workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including both state […]

Hactivist Group Seeks Justice in Maryville

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Famous hacker/activist collective Anonymous, known for its online activism and trademark Guy Fawkes mask, has once again shed light on a town overrun by victim blamers. Last week, Anonymous drew attention to the questionable judicial practices of prosecutors in the Maryville rape case when they released a statement calling for a closer look at the […]