Lesley Gore and Her Feminist Anthems

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One of the treasured women of pop music died on Monday: Lesley Gore. A hitmaker at the age of 16 with the indelible “It’s My Party,” she followed that up with what she called “the first truly bitchy song,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and then with one of the first and greatest proto-feminist anthems, “You […]

Victory for Girls (and Boys): Malawi Outlaws Child Marriage

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The African nation of Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, has voted to outlaw the practice of child marriage. Legislators have approved—and President Peter Mutharika is expected to sign—a bill raising the minimum age of marriage from 15 to 18. Currently, nearly 1 in 8 Malawi girls are wed by age 15, and half […]

In the Latest Issue of Ms.: Angelina Jolie Fights Child Marriage

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We’re thrilled to announce that the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. is here—and we’ve put human rights activist Angelina Jolie on our cover. In this issue, we explore Jolie’s fight to end child marriage, and reveal that before age 18, an estimated one-third of girls in developing countries will become brides. These child marriages not only […]

NEWSFLASH: Sen. Barbara Boxer Won’t Run for Reelection

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One of the most stalwart supporters of women’s rights in the U.S. Senate has announced in an interview with her grandson that she will retire from office at the end of her term in 2016. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is currently 74 and has served in the Senate since 1993. For the 10 years before […]

What’s Next for Contraception?

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The Pill was revolutionary for women, condoms were a major milestone in the fight against STIs, and new forms of birth control—such as the vaginal ring—gave women more control over their reproductive decisions. But what does the future hold for women and men? Take a look a the infographic below, from Online Health and NeoMam Studios, and […]

We Heart: “This Is What a Yogi Looks Like”

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Who do you imagine when you imagine a yogi? If you’re going along with the mainstream pop culture rendition of yogis, you’re seeing a conventionally attractive, young, able-bodied, petite white woman doing a downward dog in Lululemon yoga pants. But the truth is, the practitioners of yoga are much more diverse than this idealized imagery […]

NEWSFLASH: Football’s Ray Rice Reinstated by NFL

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Running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his fiancée with a punch in an elevator in February, has been reinstated by the National Football League after a judge accepted his appeal of an indefinite suspension by the league. Rice’s contract was terminated by his team, the Baltimore Ravens, so even though he’s again eligible to […]

We Heart: This Video About Notorious R.B.G.

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The Jewish Daily Forward has just released a charming, informative video about one of feminism’s biggest heroes: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It features a short talk about her life and work—especially her role as a key dissenter, as in the recent Hobby Lobby case—by NYU law student Stana Knizhnik, creator of the  Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr. […]

The Good News From Last Night’s Election

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Last night’s election was rough, y’all. We know. But we swear there’s some good news to report! Read on for our post-election roundup of feminist victories (and share them with friends while drowning your sorrows in mimosas). Voters defeated personhood measures in Colorado (for the third time!) and in North Dakota. That’s a big victory. The […]

Election 2014: Live-Blogging the Results

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Election day has finally arrived and we’ll be watching the polls closely to see which ballot measures pass and how women’s votes make an impact. Check back regularly for updates on wins, losses and runoffs! 12:26 am EST: That’s it for us tonight, more feminist news and analysis tomorrow! Thanks for all the love. 12:20 am EST: Oakland voters […]