NEWSFLASH: Marissa Alexander Eligible for Release in January

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It looks like Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three whose criminal case has made national headlines, will not have to go to trial after taking a plea deal. She plead guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and was given a three-year sentence, but since she has already served 1,030 days, […]

NEWSFLASH: Immigration Reform Protects Undocumented Women

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In a 15-minute address Thursday night, President Obama issued an executive order that will expand protections and opportunities for undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and their families. Last year, the Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but House speaker John Boehner didn’t let the House vote on it, claiming that Republicans didn’t trust Obama’s […]

Study Shows HPV Vaccine DOES Lower Rates of Cervical Cancer

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If you didn’t believe that vaccinating young girls against certain strains of the human papilloma virus (HPV) is worthwhile, a new study may convince you otherwise. The study, presented last week at a conference on “The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved,” shows that states with the highest incidence […]

NEWSFLASH: Walmart Workers to Strike on Black Friday

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Scooping up bargains will be a little more difficult this Black Friday (November 28) when workers at an estimated 1,600 Walmart locations strike for a living wage. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) and OUR Walmart have partnered to help workers demand a $15/hour minimum wage and guaranteed full-time hours. The organizations are using the Black […]

NEWSFLASH: New York Commits $35 Million to Eliminating the Rape Kit Backlog

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Earlier this week, New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced he will be allocating $35 million toward the elimination of untested rape kits across the country. In a press conference on Wednesday, Vance said the money will go towards testing rape kits and solving unsolved sex crimes—all to provide closure to survivors. When a rape kit […]

NEWSFLASH: WAM! Teams Up With Twitter to Stop Gender Harassment Online

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For women, having a voice and being visible has often been dangerous. For women online, it has become increasingly so. Women who speak up online have been the subject of vicious harassment, cyberstalking and, in the recent case of women-in-gaming advocate Anita Sarkeesian, even death threats. The anonymity of the Internet emboldens some men to […]

We Spleen: TIME‘s “Feminist” Hate-Fest

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Feminist. Feminist. Feminist. Screw you, TIME! That was my immediate reaction when I read that TIME had included “feminist” on a list of choices for its annual “worst words” poll, where readers can select the inescapable and overused buzzword of the year that they never want to hear again. The criteria for such distasteful words: If you hear that […]

It’s Global Ebola Awareness Day

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The stories of Ebola survivors nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, and the quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox, have demonstrated how nurses are at the high-risk front lines of the Ebola pandemic. They’ve also shown that response to Ebola has often been sloppy, dangerous and inconsistent. Both Pham and Vinson contracted the virus due to […]

We Heart: A Thoughtful Response to Hollaback’s Catcalling Video

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By now, major news outlets and just about everyone and their cousin have discussed Hollaback’s anti-street harassment video that shows a woman being catcalled as she walks the streets of New York City for 10 hours. But what many have yet to see is Jezebel’s “A Hollaback Response Video: Women of Color on Street Harassment,” written and […]

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. […]