Obamacare Is Saving Women Big Bucks on Contraception

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A new study published in the July issue of Health Affairs has found that the Affordable Care Act provision requiring insurance coverage of contraceptives is saving women a significant amount of money. For the oral contraceptive pill, average out-of-pocket costs fell from $33.58 from June 2012 to $19.84 in June 2013, according to the report. For an intrauterine device […]

Meet Caroline VanSickle: Feminist Biologist

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Last year, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison extended an unusual job offer to scientist Caroline VanSickle: to join the country’s—and likely the world’s—first-ever endowed fellowship for feminist biology. If you’ve never heard of feminist science or feminist biology, you’re not alone. While the field of feminist science is far […]

The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls

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More than 30 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system have been sexually abused, according to a new study issued by the Human Rights Project for Girls, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The study also found that LGBTQ girls and girls of color are disproportionately, and increasingly, represented in […]

The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism and Antiracism Must Be Linked

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This petition letter was reprinted with permission from the African American Policy Forum. Read the original here.  As we grieve for the nine African Americans who were murdered in their house of worship on June 17, those of us who answer the call of feminism and antiracism must confront anew how the evils of racism […]

Is Serena Williams’ Body More Important than her Record?

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Serena Williams just won her sixth Wimbledon and 21st Grand Slam title. The world number-one singles player has won almost as many Grand Slams as the rest of the Women’s Tennis Association combined. She is literally and figuratively on top of the world. But it seems like the media would rather talk about her body than […]

Why the NBA’s #LeanInTogether Campaign Is Off-Balance

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You’ve probably seen it: a commercial featuring NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Stephen Curry alongside WNBA players Skylar Diggins, Swin Cash, Sue Bird and Elena Della Donne. There are prideful smiles as most of the male players hold up placards featuring the hashtag #LeanInTogether and a list of the women in […]

Despite World Cup Win, Sexism is Still Rampant in Women’s Soccer

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The United States women’s soccer team smashed Japan in 5-2 rout to win the Women’s World Cup, making Sunday night the first time the U.S. has taken home the championship since 1999. Yet these women are still being paid 38 times less than their male counterparts. The Women’s World Cup payout will total just $15 million—while […]

The Charleston Nine

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Reprinted with permission from Insight News Even as the flowers fade, the hurt and pain of the atrocities that occurred here in Charleston, South Carolina on that bloody June Wednesday are very much alive. It is joined with the mixed emotions of those visiting the Mother Emanuel AME Church, which has now become a living […]

Trans-Pacific Partnership Moves One Step Closer to Reality

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Over outcry from women’s groups, environmentalists, health advocates, workers and LGBT organizations, the U.S Senate passed so-called “Fast Track” trade authority today, which will speed the way to corporate giveaways like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—hurting jobs, the environment and human rights. Fast Track will exclude Congress from a meaningful role in crafting trade agreements like the TPP. Agreements similar to the massive […]

UCLA Failed to Protect Students from Sexual Harassment, Lawsuit Says

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Already one of 106 colleges and universities under investigation by the federal Department of Education for possible violations of Title IX, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) now faces a Title IX lawsuit by two graduate students. On June 11, Nefertiti Takla and Kristen Hillaire Glasgow filed the suit and demand for jury trial […]