Feminism Helped Pave the Way for Marriage Equality

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The Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality is, as President Obama declared in his remarks following the ruling, “a victory for America.” It’s also a major win for feminism. In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy recounted the history of marriage in brief, emphasizing  that even though the institution has existed for millennia and across civilizations, “it […]

We Spleen: Blaming Sexual Assault on “Biological Wiring”

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In March, retired Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps published a report detailing the cultural factors that contribute to the high levels of harassment, date rape and other forms of assault in the Canadian military. Earlier this month, CBC news released an interview with Canadian Chief of Defense Staff General Tom Lawson, who had something […]

Stonewall Inn Designated NYC Landmark

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New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to grant the Stonewall Inn, the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement, city landmark status Tuesday. This is the first time the city has primarily recognized a landmark for its contribution to LGBTQ history. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare

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Millions of Americans woke up on Thursday morning to discover that a key provision of the Affordable Care Act had been upheld by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision. Plaintiffs in the King vs. Burwell case had challenged the constitutionality of federal insurance subsidies written into the president’s health care law. By ruling in favor of the Department […]

NEWSFLASH: Feminist Majority Joins Protest Against the TPP

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Earlier today, protesters gathered in front of the Los Angeles office of  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to protest legislation to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade deal that would endanger women’s rights and workers’ rights. The Senate will take a final vote on the legislation tomorrow. Although the Senate approved fast-tracking the TPP […]

We Spleen: “Sexing Up” Women’s Soccer

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Marco Aurelio Cunha, a Brazilian’s women soccer official, has a lot to say about the Women’s World Cup currently underway in Canada. Brazil has the potential to win the tournament, but Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail recently reported that Brazilian media has shown little coverage of the games so far because Brazilian fans just aren’t […]

10 Women Who Should Grace the New $10 Bill

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In 2020, Alexander Hamilton will have to scoot over a bit on that $10 bill to make way for a powerful and inspiring woman’s portrait. While we’re still not sure who the woman might be—Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt are frequent bets—we can’t wait for the historic change. Hamilton has been on the $10 bill […]

Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Did More Than Fly

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On June 18, 1983, 32 years ago Thursday, Sally Ride climbed into the cockpit of the space shuttle Challenger to become the first American woman in space. Ride spent six days in orbit, deploying satellites and operating a robotic arm, and returned to earth a feminist hero. “I don’t think I appreciated how much of […]

On Passing, the Performance of Blackness and the Rachel Dolezals I Know

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I am not a stranger to Rachel Dolezal. In fact, I’ve met many like her in my own life. “I never liked the white man’s music,” one of my boyfriends once said to me. He continued, “For years I kept convincing my ex-girlfriend that the both of us would be able to produce a black […]

We Heart: Ruby Rose on Gender Fluidity

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If you haven’t seen a friend or loved one since June 11, it’s probably because they’ve been in bed binge-watching the new season of Orange Is the New Black (we were pretty excited that it was coming back, too.) Despite the sudden influx of 13 new episodes, it didn’t take fans long to pick a new show […]