NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Upholds Temporary Ban on Wisconsin Anti-Abortion Law

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The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal today by Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to overturn the temporary injunction against a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin signed the bill into law in July 2013.  The requirements […]

NEWSFLASH: Abortion Providers’ Privileges Reinstated

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Two Texas doctors—Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia—had their admitting privileges reinstated last week at the University General Hospital in Dallas (UGHD). Their privileges were revoked in late March for performing legal abortions at clinics independent of the hospital. Texas’s House Bill 2 (HB2) took effect in November 2013, requiring that abortion providers have admitting privileges within […]

We Heart: Australian Chief of Army David Morrison, Feminist Ally

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On June 12, 2013, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, Chief of Army, sent a message to the Australian Army by posting a YouTube video on the Australian Army Headquarters channel describing his thoughts about the allegations of sexual assault, harassment and degrading behavior by Aussie Army members. In the video, General Morrison says: Every one of us […]

We Spleen: Excluding Women Characters from Popular Video Game

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James Therien, video game developer Ubisoft’s technical director, said their upcoming game Assassin’s Creed Unity will not feature any women characters. The Assassin’s Creed series focuses on historical moments, and the upcoming edition—which is set to be released on Oct. 28—will be modeled after revolutionary France—just without all those pesky women, Therien told VideoGamer.com, [Including […]

NEWSFLASH: Obama Plans to Sign Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Job Discrimination

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The White House announced today that President Obama plans to sign an executive order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This is a huge step forward in protecting the rights of LGBTQ federal employees, particularly because the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which was passed inthe Senate […]

We Heart: Comedy Duo Jack and Dean’s “Consent” Music Video

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Who knew consent could sound so catchy? Comedians Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, the British duo behind YouTube channel OMFGItsJackandDean, prove that clear communication is as easy as it is necessary with their new rap music video, “Consent.” The video opens with a typical club scene. Our well-dressed, sunglassed protagonists strut onto a dark, steamy […]

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 […]