Science’s Gender Gap is Worse Than You Thought

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Female mice experience pain differently than male mice, according to a study published last week in the scientific journal Nature Neuroscience. That means pain medication that works on a male mouse might not work for a human woman, researchers say. Those findings might seem trivial to people who don’t spend their days wearing white lab coats, but […]

NEWSFLASH: N.Y. Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

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“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 in the State of New York, period,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) this week. “That’s why we have to raise the minimum wage.” And so they are, at least for fast-food employees working at chains with a minimum 30 U.S. locations. On Wednesday, New […]

No Comment: Target’s “Trophy” T-Shirt Is Sexist

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Target is selling a shirt with the word “Trophy” printed across the front in big, bold letters—in its juniors section. (!) After stumbling upon the shirt in her local Target about a month ago, a Wisconsin woman launched a petition on Change.org calling for the company to stop selling the shirt. For a bit of background, […]

Becky Hammon Kicks Ass as NBA Summer League Coach

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“Bring the juice!” is Spurs coach Becky Hammon’s favorite phrase, and she uses it often to motivate her players, demanding energy and confidence in every game. Showing yet again that she takes her own advice and runs with it, Hammon, who already made history earlier this summer as the first woman head coach of an […]

Gay in the Workplace? EEOC Says Your Job is Safe

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On Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars employment discrimination based on sexual orientation—a move that will hugely advance the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual workers in all 50 states. Until now, many states still legally allowed businesses to fire workers because of their sexual orientation. At […]

Trans People May Soon Serve Openly in Military

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By early next year, transgender individuals will likely be allowed to serve openly in the military, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Monday. The Pentagon is putting together a working group that will conduct a six-month investigation to ensure that lifting the ban on openly transgender service members will not impact the military’s effectiveness. If the investigation is successful, […]

We Heart: Facebook’s New Feminist Icons

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You may not have noticed, but there have been a couple visually small—but symbolically huge—changes made to Facebook recently. Caitlin Winner, a design manager at Facebook, was looking through archives of Facebook icons when she noticed something about the “friend request” icon that the rest of us have long overlooked—it depicted two people, a man […]

Oregon Pharmacists Can Now Prescribe Birth Control

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Women in Oregon will soon be able to receive birth control prescriptions from pharmacists, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Kate Brown this week. Under the new rule, birth control can be obtained without the added burden of scheduling a doctor’s visit. The bill passed the state’s house in a 50-10 bipartisan vote. To get birth […]

New Study Shows Black Communities Want Clinic Access

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Since January, 51 state-level abortion restrictions have been enacted, which brings the total to 282 since 2010. As reproductive health services continue to be cut, especially in the South, low-income women and women of color will be disproportionately affected. According to a survey conducted by In Our Own Voice—a newly formed coalition that seeks to amplify […]

NEWSFLASH: Bill Cosby’s Latest Admission Is a “Game-Changer”

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The Bill Cosby sexual-assault scandal took an eye-opening turn this week when it was revealed that Cosby once admitted to acquiring quaaludes, a popular ’70s recreational drug, with the intent of giving the pills to young women he hoped to have sex with. In a 2005 court deposition obtained by the Associated Press, Cosby replied “yes” when asked if […]