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The Pay Gap Is Even Worse for Black Women, and That’s Everyone’s Problem

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women. Would you like to work seven extra months for free just to earn the same paycheck as your male co-workers? We didn’t think so. Unfortunately, if you’re a black woman in the United States, that’s a likely reality. Black women were paid 64 percent of what non-Hispanic white men were paid in 2013. That means it takes the typical black … [Read More...]

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Obamacare Is Saving Women Big Bucks on Contraception

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 insertion, the out-of-pocket cost dropped from … [Read More...]

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Myth Busted: Women Don’t Regret Abortions

Last week, new data was published showing that more than 95 percent of women who'd had abortions felt the decision was right for them—immediately after termination and three years later. Via semi-annual phone calls over a period of three years, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, UC San Francisco’s think tank and reproductive well-being research group, collected responses from 667 women who chose … [Read More...]

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The Feminist Power of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself”

As many of you may know by now, neither the "Feeling Myself" music video nor the unapologetic celebration of voluptuousity that was the "Anaconda" music video were nominated for best video of the year at the MTV Video Music Awards. Nicki Minaj took to Twitter after the snub, calling out the music industry for routinely ignoring the contributions of black women to pop culture. Much of the ensuing media attention has … [Read More...]

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Proof That Jane Austen and Amy Schumer Would Have Been Friends

[Spoilers ahead!] Jane Austen would have appreciated Amy Schumer's blockbuster summer rom-com Trainwreck. With its flawed protagonist, who alternately feels superior to those around her and unworthy of love, the film draws on themes that could have come straight out of Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility. Like Austen, Schumer knows how to give the people what they want: girl meets boy, conflict and … [Read More...]

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Bill Cosby Clearly Doesn’t Understand Consent

This past weekend, a 10-year old deposition offered stunning new revelations about Bill Cosby’s sexual encounters from the 1970s onward. Obtained by The New York Times, the document is part of a civil suit filed against Cosby by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, and it shows that Cosby's understanding of consent is highly questionable—at best. Constand first met Cosby in the early 2000s, and in … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: N.Y. Fast-Food Workers to Get $15 Minimum Wage

“You cannot live and support a family on $18,000 in the State of New York, period,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) this week. “That’s why we have to raise the minimum wage.” And so they are, at least for fast-food employees working at chains with a minimum 30 U.S. locations. On Wednesday, New […]

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No Comment: Target’s “Trophy” T-Shirt Is Sexist

Target is selling a shirt with the word “Trophy” printed across the front in big, bold letters—in its juniors section. (!) After stumbling upon the shirt in her local Target about a month ago, a Wisconsin woman launched a petition on Change.org calling for the company to stop selling the shirt. For a bit of background, […]

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Becky Hammon Kicks Ass as NBA Summer League Coach

“Bring the juice!” is Spurs coach Becky Hammon’s favorite phrase, and she uses it often to motivate her players, demanding energy and confidence in every game. Showing yet again that she takes her own advice and runs with it, Hammon, who already made history earlier this summer as the first woman head coach of an […]

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Myth Busted: Women Don’t Regret Abortions

Last week, new data was published showing that more than 95 percent of … ...

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Iowa Supreme Court Rules Telemedicine Abortion Ban Unconstitutional

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled last week that Planned Parenthood of the … ...

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Griswold and Me: A Love Story

Reprinted with permission from the American Constitution Society blog. … ...

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The Feminist Power of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé’s “Feeling Myself”

As many of you may know by now, neither the "Feeling Myself" music video … ...

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Proof That Jane Austen and Amy Schumer Would Have Been Friends

[Spoilers ahead!] Jane Austen would have appreciated Amy Schumer's … ...

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Women Comedians You Should Be Watching This Summer

The season three finale of Inside Amy Schumer aired last week, so we … ...

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Why Kylie Jenner Gets to Be “Just a Kid,” But Amandla Stenberg Doesn’t

Another day, another incident of unapologetic cultural … ...

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New Report Shows the Powerful Effect of Working Moms

Want girls to grow up and be successful in the workplace? Support their … ...

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A Black Mother Weeps for America

They are not insurgents. They are not enemy combatants. They are not … ...

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Obamacare Is Saving Women Big Bucks on Contraception

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Meet Caroline VanSickle: Feminist Biologist

Last year, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University … ...

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The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls

More than 30 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system have been … ...

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