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 […]

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, […]