Cosplaying Oppression: Hollywood’s History of Excluding Autistic People From Their Own Stories

Disabled people, especially autistic people, continue to face a lack of true and respectful representation from the mainstream media.

“We’ve progressed with other minority groups. With disability, the representation is still woefully inadequate, and we think that’s based on a stigma that’s prevalent in society and also in Hollywood.”

War on Women Report: Trump Calls Fallen Soldiers “Losers,” “Suckers”

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration—and each week, we publish a day-by-day account of it. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.

And OH what a week it’s been…

This week: Trump’s patronizing comments about fallen U.S. soldiers.; Trump ends federal agencies’ anti-racism trainings; Cohen calls Trump a racist, “sordid, mob-like figure”; Trump uses the DOJ (and taxpayer money) to fight E. Jean Carroll’s defamation case; and Trump admits to criminal negligence on tape.

Rest in Power: Christine Jahnke, Pathbreaking Speech Coach for Women in Politics

Christine Jahnke, a communications advisor best known for helping prep female politicians in the Democratic Party to run for office, as well as coaching others in public speaking, died in her Washington state home on Aug. 4. Most famous for being the speech coach to First Lady Michelle Obama during the early years of the Obama administration, she enjoyed three decades assisting women in finding their voices within the public forum, including everything from public presentations to interviews to debates.

“She not only transformed what a person could do; she transformed a movement.”