Sesame Street’s Maria has been a staple on the show since 1971. Her warmth has enticed young viewers around the globe for over 40 years. Both Maria and the woman who played her, Sonia Manzano, broke many barriers, especially by being one of the first Latinas on TV. “I had never seen people of color on television,” Manzano said in an 2014 interview with CBS. “And that was like whoa! This show is really in your face and outrageous. Read More
If one step to a safe abortion is a doctor who can perform it, we need more doctors learning how to do so. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 51 percent of obstetrics and gynecology residency programs offer routine abortion training. There are three typical “tracks” for abortion care training: opting out, in which abortion training is scheduled, but students can choose not to participate; opting in, in which training is available, but not regularly scheduled; and programs in which no training is regularly available. Read More
In its annual salary report to Congress, the White House revealed some disappointing numbers. Currently, female employees are making 84.2 cents to every dollar made by a male employee, despite the female presence dominating with 263 staffed to 209 males. Considering Obama’s crowing about the pay gap, you'd think the White House would be doing better in this department. According to the White House’s website, “Under the President’s leadership, this Administration has made significant progress to bridge the gender pay gap. Read More
This year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup will go down in history. The number of teams competing this year doubled, making the competition more exciting than ever. The U.S. had an amazing 5-2 win against Japan, and this made them the first women’s team to ever hold three World Cup titles. There were also 17 out LGBT players and coaches in the Cup this year—17 more than the number that played in the Men’s World Cup last year. Despite all of this, it’s still sort of hard to feel happy amidst the rampant sexism of FIFA. Read More
You probably saw Humans of New York’s heartbreaking photo of a little boy, head in his hands, with the caption, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.” It quickly went viral, getting nearly 59,000 shares (and counting) on Facebook. Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton and talk show guru Ellen Degeneres showed their support on Friday. “Prediction from a grown-up: your future will be amazing,” Clinton wrote in a Facebook comment. Read More
Stop the presses. Another man has an opinion about funny women. Michael Eisner, former Disney CEO, told an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival Thursday he thinks that funny, beautiful women are hard to find.  This opinion was shared during an onstage conversation with Goldie Hawn about why she'd been so successful in Hollywood. Eisner said, "From my position, the hardest artist to find is a beautiful, funny woman. By far. They usually — boy am I going to get in trouble, I know this goes online (ed. Read More
A new proposal that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is considering could mean hell for some domain owners. Currently, when you register a domain, you are required to provide a host of  personal information, including your mailing address, a phone number, and your email address. Anyone can look that information up on whois.icann.org. Luckily for those who would like a bit more privacy, there are companies you can pay to hide your information for you. However, this new proposal could take away that privacy for many domain owners. Read More
So, you’re obsessed with cross stitch. Your walls are covered in cute animals and sassy messages about fighting the patriarchy. You scroll through Pinterest every day looking for patterns for your next project. Maybe you even have a cross stitch phone case. So obviously the next step in your cross stitch obsession would be to get a cross-stitch tattoo! Turkish tattoo artist Eva Krbdk has blown up the internet with her amazing cross stitch tattoos. At first glance, you may think someone has actually cross stitched their skin. Read More
These makeovers have me convinced that I should ditch Brooklyn and head for the woods, airstream in tow. No? Bad idea? Fine.    I love this one; they kept the rustic, camp-y feel minus the spiders and dirt.    I'm pretty sure this airstream has more counter space than my apartment does. I'm not bitter. (Yes I am.)    Am I allowed to choose favorites? I think this one wins. Anything with a bed and wifi wins in my mind, though.    Images via Design Sponge, Country Living, Apartment Therapy, Anchored Home Blog Read More On Bust. Read More
When fiercely talented vocal powerhouse Amy Winehouse died in 2011 of alcohol poisoning, she joined the exclusive “27 club.” This tragic pantheon of rock royalty who crashed and burned at only 27 years old includes Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, and Kurt Cobain. But while substance abuse loomed large in all these lives cut short, in Winehouse’s case, there was an extra element that contributed perhaps more than any other—over a decade of anorexia and bulimia. Read More