NEWSFLASH: Obama Eases Student Debt, But Senate Blocks Loan Bill

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In an effort to help combat the nationwide student debt crisis, President Obama on Monday signed an executive order to help ease the burden of student loan payments. Seventy-one percent of those earning a bachelor’s degree graduate with debt, which averages $29,400, according to a White House press release. The presidential memorandum directs secretary of […]

Happy Birthday, Equal Pay Act!

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Even those with the most basic idea of feminism—even those who insist they are not feminists—still subscribe to the notion that women should receive equal pay for equal work. Back on June 10, 1963, that notion became law, as President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which prohibited employers from paying employees of […]

We Heart: LEGO’s New Women Scientists

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LEGO recently announced their new limited edition Research Institute set, which will feature three women scientist minifigures—a rare commodity in a LEGO set. In 2013, LEGO released Professor C. Bodin, a female scientist in an unspecified discipline, but the new figures, set to debut in August, will include more detailed designs of a paleontologist, an […]

Seattle Goes to the Mat for Minimum Wage

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The Seattle City Council last week unanimously approved an increase in the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, the highest in the nation. That’s more than double the current federal minimum of $7.25. This news represents a huge victory for low-paid workers, the majority of whom are women. The increase will be phased in […]

Dorchester Collection Fashion Prize Cancelled in Wake of Brunei Protests

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Looks like the Dorchester Collection of hotels, owned by the Sultan of Brunei, is being reminded that homophobia and misogyny is never en vogue. The Dorchester Collection had to cancel the fashion prize that it awards to rising designers each year amidst controversy that has surrounded the hotel group since the sultan decided to enact […]

Grace Garcia, Texas Political Leader, Dies at 59

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Grace Garcia, a powerful supporter of women political candidates, died Monday in a car crash outside Dallas at age 59. Garcia was instrumental in founding the National Latina Political Action Committee (PODER PAC) and advocated for abortion rights as executive director of Annie’s List, an organization that supports pro-choice, Democratic women candidates for state office in Texas. […]

“I Wanna Be Just Like Yuri Kochiyama”

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No activist is an island. In fact, solidarity between communities in parallel pursuit of justice has always formed the heart of effective intersectional advocacy. If anyone embodied this relentless pursuit of human rights solidarity, it was activist Yuri Kochiyama, 93, who died in her sleep Sunday in her Berkeley, Calif., home. Kochiyama’s life was a […]

NEWSFLASH: One More Reason Why Military Women Need More Protection from Sexual Assault

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Though lawmakers such as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have done much in the past year to bring the issue of military rape to the forefront of the U.S. Congress, a recent case of sexual assault in the Army shows that there is still a lot of work to be done. Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, […]

NEWSFLASH: 101 McDonald’s Workers Arrested in Huge Protest

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Between 1,000 and 2,000 McDonald’s employees and labor rights supporters flooded McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., on Wednesday, just hours before the company’s annual shareholders meeting. Chanting slogans such as “No Big Macs, No Fries, Make Our Wage Supersize,” the protestors called for a $15-an-hour wage and the right to unionize. But as they […]

We Heart: HGTV for Cancelling New Show Over Hosts’ Anti-Gay Views

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Home improvement cable network HGTV backed out of airing an upcoming reality TV series on house-flipping after it came to light that the stars of the series were anti-gay, anti-abortion activists. Twin brothers Jason and David Benham, noted real estate developers who have made a name for themselves in fixing up dilapidated homes and selling […]