Hail to the Geniuses!

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All hail the fierce women on this year’s MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants” list! Earlier this week, the foundation announced its class of 2014 fellows—who each were awarded a $625,000 grant that will be paid out over five years—and on the list were a number of our favorite women (in fact, nine of the 21 fellows […]

We Heart: UltraViolet’s New Game Face for CoverGirl and the NFL

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On Saturday, activist group UltraViolet shared a meme that featured a photoshopped image of a model advertising CoverGirl’s NFL makeup line so that she sported a startling black eye—and the image went viral. And that’s made things less than easy and breezy for CoverGirl, as well as for the NFL. UltraViolet’s meme, which was a tweaked […]

NEWSFLASH: Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

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Legislators in Missouri enacted a law Wednesday requiring women seeking abortions to wait 72 hours before undergoing the procedure; there are no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) in July. Using a rare tactic, the Republican-controlled House voted […]

NEWSFLASH: Rising Chorus Calls for NFL to Take Action on Domestic Violence

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A bipartisan group of 16 women senators on Thursday, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), joined a growing chorus of voices calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Goodell has been targeted by feminists and others for failing to act appropriately when NFL players face assault charges. Earlier […]

NEWSFLASH: Hundreds of Striking Fast-Food Workers Arrested

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Nearly 500 fast-food workers were arrested Thursday in strikes around the country. Thousands of cashiers and cooks in 150 U.S. cities walked off their jobs at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and other fast-food chains demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights. The Fight for 15 campaign started back in November of 2012 and since […]

We Spleen: CeeLo Green’s Rape-Splaining

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“I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.” And there you have it folks, one of the most passive, responsibility dodging apologies ever written. Singer CeeLo Green tweeted this out on Monday in a feeble mea culpa after he invoked […]

We Heart: A Second Chance for a Texas Abortion Clinic

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A U.S. district court judge’s decision last week striking down a Texas anti-abortion law is already having a positive impact for women in the Lone Star state. Judge Lee Yeakel  struck down a provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB 2, that would have required abortion clinics to meet the building standards of ambulatory surgical centers—a […]

We Heart: Playboy’s “Should You Catcall Her?” Flowchart

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We know what you’re thinking: “You heart PLAYBOY?! Oh no, Ms., you’ve lost all your feminist cred.” But hear us out! Playboy.com published an infographic earlier this week that, on first glance, seems typical of the historically sexist publication. However, further investigation revealed the graphic to be delightfully—and surprisingly—feminist. The first part of the graphic, pictured below, certainly […]

We Heart: Taylor Swift’s Overdue Feminist Awakening

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The growing club of feminist celebrities welcomed its latest member over the weekend when Taylor Swift, after years of side-stepping the label, came out as a feminist. In an interview with The Guardian, the country-pop singer put all doubts about her feminism to rest: As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist […]

We Heart: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Self-Proclaimed Feminist

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As if his impressive acting chops and creative side projects weren’t enough, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave us another reason to love him on Thursday when he proclaimed that he “absolutely” identifies as a feminist. In between chatting about his favorite directors and affinity for musicals, Gordon-Levitt told a Daily Beast reporter: I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. […]