NEWSFLASH: Loretta Lynch Sworn In as Attorney General

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Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the 83rd attorney general of the United States Wednesday in an official ceremony conducted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She is the first African American woman to hold the position. Confirmed in April nearly six months after her nomination on November 8, Lynch “hit the ground running from day one,” […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Anti-Choice Law Targets Teens

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A new law signed this week by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) prohibits any woman who doesn’t have valid “proof of identity or age” from obtaining an abortion. Under HB 3994, physicians are expected to assume any pregnant woman is a minor if she can’t provide I.D. The I.D. requirement effects society’s most vulnerable women, including […]

The Constitutionality of Anti-Abortion License Plates is Up for Debate

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Update: On Thursday, June 19, the Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 majority decision that specialty license plates count as “government speech” and therefore are not protected by the First Amendment. In the case up for debate, Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Court ruled in favor of the state of Texas […]

NEWSFLASH: Trans-Pacific Partnership Hits Roadblock

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Today, the House helped to slow down Fast Track legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a sweeping trade deal that threatens women’s rights, human rights and women workers. But the fight’s not over. In a narrow 219-211 vote, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track legislation. But, in order […]

Laverne Cox’s Most Fearless Quotes on Trans Acceptance

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As TIME magazine said on its iconic cover last year featuring trans actor Laverne Cox, we are at a “transgender tipping point.” The challenges that trans individuals face, such as higher rates of joblessness, homelessness and violence, are finally being pushed into the national dialogue in a way they haven’t been before. That is due […]

Stop Trying to Debunk the ‘Cat Lady’ Myth

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It was like Comic-Con, but for cat people. Last weekend I attended the first ever CatCon in downtown Los Angeles. Myself and some 10,000-odd cat lovers gathered together under one roof to proudly sport cat ears, get caticures and share thousands of pictures of our cats with one another. But I quickly discovered that CatCon […]

Birth Control May Soon Be Way More Accessible in California

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Slowly but surely, California is taking steps to improve women’s access to contraception. Back in 2013, the state passed a bill that greatly expanded the role of pharmacists, allowing them to provide women with birth control. The bill is now finally nearing implementation. Last week, according to NPR, the California Board of Pharmacy met to review the law, […]

We Heart: Barnard College’s Decision to Admit Transgender Women

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Since its founding in 1889, Barnard College has been a women’s college devoted to furthering women’s interests and empowerment. On June 4, the college announced that it would soon be expanding its mission to include a more diverse representation of women. The fall of 2016 will mark the first year that Barnard College will admit […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas May Soon Have Just 7 Abortion Clinics

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It looks like Texas women won’t be getting an 11th-hour reprieve after all. In a devastating blow, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold some of the most draconian restrictions of HB2, also known as the “clinic shutdown law.” The bill puts all but seven abortion clinics at risk for closure in […]

We Heart: Fun Home Sweeps the Tonys!

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In a short comic for Vulture titled Fun Home Coda, cartoonist Alison Bechdel reflected on the process of watching her life turned into a dramatic stage performance after her best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home, was taken on by writer Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori for adaptation into a broadway musical. On the experience of hearing the […]