We Spleen: Women as “Tomatoes” in Country Music

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Last week in an interview for Country Aircheck Weekly, radio consultant Keith Hill, described as “the world’s leading authority on music scheduling,” offered up this spleen-worthy tidbit about the role of women in country music radio: If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out. The reason is … women like male […]

North Carolina Bill Would Triple Wait Time for Abortion

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North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released a statement Wednesday vowing to sign a bill that would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. The bill has been approved by both the House and Senate and is currently awaiting the governor’s signature. According to a June report from the Guttmacher Institute, North Carolina will, if […]

We Heart: Marvel’s Badass Microtech Challenge for Girls

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According to a report from the American Association of University Women, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering women through education and research programs, the United States will need 1.7 million more engineers and computer scientists within the next 10 years. With women and girls still severely underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and math, otherwise known as “STEM” […]

Women Soccer Stars (Finally!) Get Virtual Turf

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FIFA, or the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, has been making major headlines in the past week. Amid an international corruption scandal, Sepp Blatter was elected to (and then shortly resigned from) his fifth term as FIFA’s president. This Saturday, matches begin in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. And last Thursday, EA Sports […]

A Very Special Ode to Billie Joe

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It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy dusty delta day I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay … So begins “Ode to Billie Joe,” the classic track by singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry. Released in 1967 to critical acclaim—and selling 750,000 copies in its first week—”Ode” captivated the nation with its story […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules in Workplace Anti-Discrimination Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case involving retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, which denied Muslim teenager Samantha Elauf a job in 2008 because she wore a headscarf (or hijab). The company claimed the hijab violated its dress code and that Elauf had never asked for a religious-based accommodation, but the court ruled, in […]

Which Celebrities Have Called Themselves Feminists?

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To say feminism is having a little bit of a pop culture moment would be an understatement. Every celebrity from Beyonce to Aziz Ansari is speaking out about the f-word and they’re doing it unabashedly. We want to give a shoutout to the Hollywood figures who are using their platform to show what a feminist […]

Our Favorite Funny Women Call Out Sexism in Hollywood

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Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ellie Kemper and Kate McKinnon. Imagine all these incredibly talented women comedians in the same room together. Talking about battling misogyny in Hollywood, how to be funny and still be feminist, and why women need to stop starting so many sentences with “sorry.” Now stop imagining because The […]

NEWSFLASH: California Goes After Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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It looks like crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) may not be able to act with total impunity anymore. At least not in California if state lawmakers finish work on a disclosure bill. The California Assembly passed a bill this week that would force CPCs to provide accurate information to pregnant women about all their options, which […]

NEWSFLASH: Gloria Steinem Crosses North-South Korean Border

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Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem joined 30 other women activists from 15 countries Sunday in crossing the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has kept the two Koreas divided for the 60 years since the Korean War ended and remains a fault line of strife for the nations, which have yet […]