We Spleen: “Sexing Up” Women’s Soccer


Marco Aurelio Cunha, a Brazilian’s women soccer official, has a lot to say about the Women’s World Cup currently underway in Canada. Brazil has the potential to win the tournament, but Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail recently reported that Brazilian media has shown little coverage of the games so far because Brazilian fans just aren’t […]

10 Women Who Should Grace the New $10 Bill


In 2020, Alexander Hamilton will have to scoot over a bit on that $10 bill to make way for a powerful and inspiring woman’s portrait. While we’re still not sure who the woman might be—Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt are frequent bets—we can’t wait for the historic change. Hamilton has been on the $10 bill […]

Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Did More Than Fly


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


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


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


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


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 […]