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Beyoncé Knowles, Salma Hayek, and Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini are taking over the world with their new global campaign Chime For Change, tackling female empowerment and telling the world that women are a force to be reckoned with.  Launched at the TEDxWomen luncheon in California yesterday, the organization focuses on three factors of female empowerment: education, health, and justice.

These three “I Knew You Were Trouble” remixes cover the entire Internet meme gamut, from LOL to wut?!?  We don’t really know what’s going on here…the Internet made us do it.

Thousands of Ethiopian women in Israel are reporting receiving shots of Depo-Provera, a hormonal contraceptive, every three months in Israeli clinics without their knowledge or consent.  A documentary exposing this phenomenon was released this past December, prompting widespread shock and forcing the Israeli health ministry to investigate these claims.  What the documentary revealed was that women were started on these contraceptive “jabs” while in transit camps in Ethiopia.

When Marissa Mayer was hired as Yahoo!’s new CEO last summer, feminists hoped that the pregnant business tycoon would advance the cause of women in the workplace. Unfortunately, it seems that Mayer might not be the feminist crusader that we hoped she would be. In a recent Yahoo!-wide memo, Mayer announced that “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.

At New York Fashion Week, designers tried to convince us that bondage is in, neon shag body wear is trendy, and unwearable structural pieces are totally hot right now. But at least they didn’t send models down the runway in blackface. Think no one would be ignorant enough to paint a white girl black for an “African Queen” photo shoot? Well think again. French magazine Número is embroiled in a public relations shit show this week after using copious amounts of bronzer to render white model Ondria Hardin “African”.

This week, the Internet seems really mad at Anne Hathaway, mostly for not being Jennifer Lawrence. A Salon article on Tuesday begged the question “Is it a gender double-standard—or is it her face?” The article concludes that, while all women in the public eye face a ridiculous amount of scrutiny, Hathaway seems to have it particularly bad. People hate when she seems too polished, and think her attempts at relatability are awkward and forced. Her naked ambition strikes bloggers as ugly and unflattering, but her faux-humility is even worse.

Flawless as always, 2007 Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton is the new face of Chanel’s Pre-Fall Collection.  According to Karl Lagerfeld, Swinton “perfectly embodies the Paris Edimbourg collection.”  He further states, “she is a modern woman, a timeless icon of elegance.” The collection, filled with kilts, tartan, and tweed, heavily channels Scottish themes and allows Swinton to return to her family’s Scottish roots.  Currently living in Nairn, Scotland, Swinton is the perfect choice to represent Lagerfeld’s creations.

GQ knows interior design. If you want to put together an “inviting refuge” of a bedroom, all you need is just the right throw rug, pillow sham, desk lamp, and scantily-clad woman. This recent design story suggests a low bed, ground-hugging dressers, geometric patterns, and “sinister” paint jobs for a sexy, impressive atmosphere. It also suggests that along with that mood lighting and $10,000 bed comes a pantless woman, sprawled across that Vioski Palms chair.

In 2011, Domaine Javier came out as transgender on an episode of MTV’s “True Life.”  Though she was already accepted to California Baptist University, Javier was accused by the university of fraud several months after the show aired.  Having listed her gender as female on the school’s application, the university refused to accept this gender claim in light of her recently revealed transgender identity and expelled her soon after.

Today, the House of Congress will be considering the renewal of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than 500 days ago. Why hasn't such a crucial piece of legislation been renewed? The short answer is that House Republicans blocked the VAWA vote in order to pursue their own conservative agenda in the form of an adapted bill. The differences between the original, meaty, bipartisan Senate VAWA and the lean, pared down conservative alternative are pretty stark, and predictably concerning.
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