We Heart: Houston for Taking Action on the Rape Kit Backlog

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The formidable rape kit backlog has been making news for several years. There are hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits in crime facilities around the country, just sitting in storage while the rapists those kits could have helped convict walk the streets. Many jurisdictions have no policies that require the testing of all collected […]

We Heart: Ellen DeGeneres For Her Rip on the Boy Scouts

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As if we needed more, here’s yet another reason to love Ellen DeGeneres. Fighting bigotry with humor, Ellen decided to use her daily monologue to speak out against the Boy Scouts of America, who recently postponed a decision on whether to accept openly gay members. Scout leaders were supposed to vote last week on the […]

We Heart: Hasbro, for Responding to Gender Criticism

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On Monday, Hasbro announced that it will debut a gender-neutral Easy Bake Oven, after McKenna Pope, an eighth-grader from New Jersey, started a petition on Change.org asking the company to feature boys on its packaging. The 13-year-old garnered support from more than 44,000 people, including celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Pope, who started the widely publicized […]

We Heart: FORCE, for Making Consent Go Viral!


If you visited any of Victoria’s Secret’s social media outlets last night, you might have noticed they were advertising something slightly different from the usual lacy thongs and push-up bras. Within ten hours, 50,000 people had visited PinkLovesConsent.com, a Victoria’s Secret site featuring a collection of consent-promoting underwear. “Why does Pink heart consent?,” reads the […]

We Heart: Mckenna Pope for Supporting Boys Who Want to Cook

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When Mckenna Pope, a New Jersey eighth-grader, found her younger brother “cooking” tortillas on his lamp’s light bulb, she knew exactly what to get him for Christmas: the Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven by Hasbro. However, when she and her parents looked into purchasing one for the 4-year-old boy, they were troubled by the fact that it […]

We Heart: Mazie Hirono, Tulsi Gabbard and Grace Meng for Diversifying Congress


                Tuesday’s election has given many reasons for women to celebrate. What with the record-breaking 20 women senators, Tammy Baldwin being the first openly gay senator-elect or the most congresswomen in the House of Representatives, 2012 could be the new Year of the Woman. Added to the list […]

We Heart Abigail Weinberg’s Halloween Costume


Alas, Halloween is now over and everyone’s excitement/dread about costumes can now end. However, we thought that we would pay tribute to one of the best costumes we saw this year, which was self-nominated by Ms. Twitter follower Abigail Weinberg. Many threatened to dress this year as one of Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women,” […]

We Heart: Inês Almeida, for Defending Healthy Girlhood!


Dressing like a girl does not have to solely entail wearing loud shades of pink and excessive glitter, and toys for girls should not be limited to sexualized dolls with pouty lips, unrealistic proportions and scanty clothing. Unfortunately, due to the messages marketing and media are sending, too many girls do not realize this. Because […]

We Heart: Katherine Fenton for Bringing Women’s Rights to the Debate Stage

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Last night, 24-year-old pre-K teacher Katherine Fenton asked a question that (finally) instigated a discussion on women’s rights between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama: In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 [it's actually 77] percent of what their male counterparts earn? Fenton’s […]

Australian Prime Minister Schools Misogynist in Awesome Rant

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If you didn’t know or even care who the prime minister of Australia was, you should now. Yesterday, Australia’s first woman prime minister Julia Gillard decided it was time to take the gloves off and deliver an oratorical one-two to opposition leader Tony Abbott. In a masterful takedown before the country’s parliament and in front […]