Michigan “Conscience Act” Would Allow Student Counselors to Reject Gay Clients

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Michigan’s GOP-controlled House passed a bill on Friday, June 15, so that student counselors don’t have to give counseling to gay people, women who have had abortions or anyone else rendered morally unpalatable by their religious beliefs. HB 5040, or the Julea Ward Freedom of Conscience Act, reads: A bill to protect the right of a student to assert […]

Girls Need to Say “Math Is for Me”

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Ideas about women not being “hardwired” to do math are falling like dominoes in the research area. But deep down, do girls and women really believe it? And will they take steps, as they grow, to make high-paying careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) a reality? New research finds that the answer may […]

Just Say Yes…To Sexist Stereotyping?

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From the Ms. Editors: Despite doubts about the efficacy of abstinence-only sex education,  U.S. tax dollars are still funding it. Conservatives earmarked $250 million for such programs under the Affordable Care Act, and last month, the Obama administration controversially green-lit the Heritage Keepers abstinence-only curriculum to receive funds reserved for evidence-based sex education. The excerpt […]

The Anti-Abortion Game of Life

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To bring down the high chlamydia infections rate among Tennessee teenagers, an anti-abortion pregnancy center in Athens, Tenn., has proposed spending federal tax dollars on a life-sized version of the Game of Life. The “Teen Life Maze” is just one of the ideas put forth by a cluster of crisis pregnancy centers that are receiving government […]

Girls in Pearls, Guys in Ties?

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A Virginia school district is currently considering a new type of clothing ban that would impact more than 14,000 students. While most schools across the country do tend to have some sort of dress code, from banning T-shirts with offensive slogans to requiring skirts to be a certain length or forbidding baseball hats and pajamas, the Suffolk school […]

10 Things You Need to Know About Native American Women

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It’s no exaggeration to say that American Indian women are missing from most media coverage, history books and classroom discussions. But at least journalism students, instructors and state educators in Nebraska are doing something to help end America’s ignorance of Native women and the contributions they make to their communities, their tribes and to the […]

Women–And Men–Aren’t “Born” Teachers

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When I was younger, I asked my mom why she decided to become a teacher. Aside from the obvious factors–she liked working with kids, she wanted to help students learn, she had a passion for teaching–she also said that in her day there were more or less two professional options for college-educated women: nurse or […]

The Myth of the “Girl Brain”

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Has your local public school opened up a new all-girls classroom? Are you tempted to enroll your daughter in it?  After all, the principal may have offered up impressive evidence that girls learn in very different ways from boys, and this segregated classroom seems to be a great boon to girls. The idea that the […]

Behind the Koala Mask

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The California Faculty Association, one of the biggest and most powerful faculty unions in the nation, recently passed a resolution [PDF] to condemn the aggressive distribution and hate speech in The Koala, a hate-filled tabloid that’s been distributed on three California State University campuses. This, combined with the recently filed Title IX lawsuit demanding that […]

To Get Hate Speech Off Campus, Cal State Students Wield Title IX

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In an ongoing student battle against a hate-filled tabloid, The Koala, that has been causing uproar on three Cal State campuses since January, Cal State San Marcos students have now filed a Title IX complaint with the university. In addition to aggressively handing out their publication by shoving it in students’ faces, “Koalans” also make […]