We Heart: California’s Adoption of Affirmative Consent

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In California, yes means yes! As colleges across the country continue to struggle with how best to combat rape and sexual assault on their campuses, California Gov. Jerry Brown advanced the conversation Sunday by signing a landmark piece of legislation which requires individuals to receive “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” from their partners before engaging […]

We Heart: The #CosmoVotes Campaign

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It’s been proven time and again that the gender gap can decide elections. In the 2012 presidential election, women voters, in favoring President Obama by 10 percentage points, helped usher him into his second term. If only men had voted that November, Mitt Romney would be president. Women wield considerable power in our nation’s electorate […]

Are You #WhatAFeministLooksLike? Show Us!

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Back in the spring of 2003, feminist activists and actors Whoopi Goldberg, Camryn Manheim, Margaret Cho and Ashley Judd donned the Feminist Majority Foundation’s famous “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirts and showed them off in the pages of Ms. (Get your t-shirt here.) Since then, comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Amy Brenneman and others have worn the […]

Hail to the Geniuses!

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All hail the fierce women on this year’s MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants” list! Earlier this week, the foundation announced its class of 2014 fellows—who each were awarded a $625,000 grant that will be paid out over five years—and on the list were a number of our favorite women (in fact, nine of the 21 fellows […]

We Heart: UltraViolet’s New Game Face for CoverGirl and the NFL

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On Saturday, activist group UltraViolet shared a meme that featured a photoshopped image of a model advertising CoverGirl’s NFL makeup line so that she sported a startling black eye—and the image went viral. And that’s made things less than easy and breezy for CoverGirl, as well as for the NFL. UltraViolet’s meme, which was a tweaked […]

NEWSFLASH: Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

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Legislators in Missouri enacted a law Wednesday requiring women seeking abortions to wait 72 hours before undergoing the procedure; there are no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) in July. Using a rare tactic, the Republican-controlled House voted […]

NEWSFLASH: Rising Chorus Calls for NFL to Take Action on Domestic Violence

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A bipartisan group of 16 women senators on Thursday, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), joined a growing chorus of voices calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Goodell has been targeted by feminists and others for failing to act appropriately when NFL players face assault charges. Earlier […]

NEWSFLASH: Hundreds of Striking Fast-Food Workers Arrested

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Nearly 500 fast-food workers were arrested Thursday in strikes around the country. Thousands of cashiers and cooks in 150 U.S. cities walked off their jobs at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and other fast-food chains demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights. The Fight for 15 campaign started back in November of 2012 and since […]

We Spleen: CeeLo Green’s Rape-Splaining

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“I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.” And there you have it folks, one of the most passive, responsibility dodging apologies ever written. Singer CeeLo Green tweeted this out on Monday in a feeble mea culpa after he invoked […]

We Heart: A Second Chance for a Texas Abortion Clinic

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A U.S. district court judge’s decision last week striking down a Texas anti-abortion law is already having a positive impact for women in the Lone Star state. Judge Lee Yeakel  struck down a provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB 2, that would have required abortion clinics to meet the building standards of ambulatory surgical centers—a […]