Brava, Diana Nyad!!!

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110 miles 53 hours 64 years old Fifth try in 35 years Today, distance swimmer Diana Nyad finally completed her long-held dream to swim nonstop from Cuba to the U.S. without a shark cage!!!! Amazing, inspiring, heroic, fill in your own additional adjective …. Photo of water in Key West, Fla., from Flickr user Fifth […]

10 Songs to Commemorate the March on Washington

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Smell is supposed to be the most evocative of the senses, but for many of us there’s nothing like hearing music to evoke emotional memories. The following songs just seem right on this day, as we commemorate the remarkable event that took place on the Mall in Washington, D.C., 50 years ago today. Please add […]

Helen Thomas, 1920 – 2013

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March 21, 2006. For the first time in 3 years, White House reporter Helen Thomas—who had been covering presidents from the time of Dwight Eisenhower—was being allowed to ask a question to Pres. George W. Bush. After quipping to Bush “You’re going to be sorry,” she launched into her take-no-prisoners query: I’d like to ask […]

NEWSFLASH: Janet Napolitano Nominated to Head University of California

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She was governor of Arizona for six years, and since 2009 has been secretary of Homeland Security in President Obama’s cabinet: Now she’s been chosen to become the first woman president in the history of the University of California. Said Sherry Lansing, the UC regent who led the search committee to replace Mark G. Yudof, […]

“Shame! Shame! Shame”

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Yesterday, near midnight, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 2, the draconian anti-abortion bill that has brought national attention to War on Women state legislatures and made a feminist folk hero of filibustering State Sen. Wendy Davis. Certain to be signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the bill outlaws abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, requires […]

NEWSFLASH: Oh No, Ohio

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UPDATED. Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed 22 line items in the state budget he signed last night. But, despite strong protests, he did not not veto abortion restrictions that were stuck into the budget bill, leaving the state with some of the most repressive anti-abortion policies in the nation. The budget also strips $2 million […]

NEWSFLASH: Victories for Same-Sex Marriage in Supreme Court!

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Thank you, activists and lawyers and longtime supporters of same-sex marriage. Thank you, Edie Windsor, for having the chutzpah to take your case to the Supreme Court. And thank you, Justice Anthony Kennedy, for being just the swing vote needed to allow a 5-4 ruling that declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional today. […]

Melissa Etheridge and “The Brave Choice”

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There’s been a lot of discussion of “shaming” recently on the Ms. Blog: fat-shaming, slut-shaming, young-mother shaming. Let’s add to that list cancer-shaming. Last week, singer/songwriter Melissa Etheridge, in an interview with the Washington Blade, was asked how she felt—as a breast cancer survivor—about actor/director Angelina Jolie’s public announcement that she had undergone a prophylactic […]

NEWSFLASH: Human Genes Can’t Be Patented, Says Supreme Court

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In a unanimous decision (written by Justice Clarence Thomas, of all people), the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that human genes can’t be patented. However, a manipulated gene that creates something not found in nature can receive patent protection. The case was Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, No. 12-398, which involves the BRCA […]

Hey, Brittney Griner Came Out, Too!

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With all the hoopla over basketball player Jason Collins becoming the first man in one of the top American pro sports leagues to come out as gay, and then with more hoopla over newly out pro soccer player Robbie Rogers becoming the first openly gay man to actually compete on the field (Collins won’t play […]