We Heart: President Obama’s Speech on Income Inequality

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We love President Obama’s support of the fight for a living wage! On Wednesday, the President gave a speech about the economy and the Affordable Care Act in which he called income inequality the “defining challenge of our time.” In the speech, delivered in one of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Washington D.C., Obama said, […]

Nelson Mandela and Women’s Rights

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South Africa’s monumental leader in the struggle against apartheid, Nelson Mandela, died today at age 95. Not only did he fight against the oppression of black Africans, but he supported the rights of women. Under his one-term presidency in the 1990s, South Africa signed and ratified the CEDAW treaty—something the U.S. has yet to do. […]

Are the Dec. 5 Fast-Food Strikes Happening in YOUR Town?

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On Thursday, December 5, fast-food workers in more than 200 cities will strike and protest for higher wages. Is your city one of them? If so, show some local solidarity! Fast-food workers are planning to rally or strike in the following cities; locations may be subject to change: Arizona: Rallies: Phoenix, Tucson Arkansas: Rallies: Little […]

On World AIDS Day, A Reminder About Women and Children in the Epidemic

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Yesterday marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home […]

Top 12 Feminist Reasons to Be Thankful This Year

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This year, feminists have a lot to be thankful for, so we jotted down a top 12 list of reasons to be grateful. (Add your own in the comments section below.) In between forkfuls tomorrow, let’s give some shout-outs for all the people who inspired us and all that we’ve accomplished in 2013! 1) We’re […]

U.S. Supreme Court Abandons Texas Women

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It looks like the women of Texas won’t be getting an 11th-hour reprieve from the U.S. Supreme Court. The country’s highest court decided this week, on a 5-4 vote, that it will not block a recently enacted anti-choice provision that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. That provision—which is extremely […]

NEWSFLASH: Filibuster Busted For Most Presidential Appointees

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For years, lawmakers have used filibusters, and merely the threat of them, to block presidential nominees from taking office. But the U.S. Senate decided Thursday in a 52-48 vote to require a simple majority vote–rather than three-fifths–to end the stalling of voting when it comes to making appointments for most executive and judicial positions. It […]

Gloria Steinem Receives Top National Honor

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“I would be crazy,” said Ms. magazine cofounder Gloria Steinem at a National Press Club luncheon Monday in Washington, D.C., “if I didn’t understand that this was a medal for the entire women’s movement.” The medal in question is the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was bestowed by President Barack Obama on Steinem and 15 […]

Farewell to the “Golden” Doris Lessing

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We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known. They have known for thousands of years that to lock a sick person into solitary confinement makes him worse. They have known for thousands of years that a poor man who […]

NEWSFLASH: Wisconsin Postpones Anti-Abortion Bills to Avoid “All Out Hell”

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Wisconsin Republicans seem to be balking on their recent push for additional abortion restrictions after a pro-choice Democratic Senator promised he would raise “an all-out hell” if two controversial anti-abortion bills ever reached the Senate floor. The state’s Senate Health Committee narrowly moved forward a bill that would ban sex-selective abortions, but pro-choice activists say […]