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So the NY Senate is planning to approve 8 bills on the subject of women’s rights. They're all pretty long overdue, but at least they're on the lineup. The bills would outlaw certain varieties of employment discrimination, require workplace accommodations for pregnant women, allow for sexual harassment complaints at places with fewer than four employees (um, why is this even a question?), ensure equal pay across the gender divide, disallow housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, increase the penalty for human tracking, and authorize...
In an awesome, inspiring, ya-damn-right kind of moment, actress Charlize Theron demanded and won a $10 million pay raise for her work in "The Huntsman"—a figure that matches what her co-star Chris Hemsworth made on the film. This is great news for the fight for equal pay (especially arriving on the heels of Sony hack-related emails revealing that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams made waaayyy less than their male counterparts in "American Hustle"). The hack also revealed that while Columbia production co-presidents Michael De Luca and...
Full disclosure: We're pretty major Madonna fans around these parts, and often find Rihanna to be a bit disappointing (that has not, however, stopped us from jamming out to her music from time to time). So when we came across this RiRi cover of "Vogue," we were prepared to have mixed feelings about it.  No surprises here: We're on the fence—but what do you think? Image c/o Instagram & Sire Records ...
In Connecticut, 17 year-old Cassandra is refusing a potentially life-saving chemotherapy treatment for a recent diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Her mother, Jackie Fortin, sides with her decision; stating, “My daughter is old enough, mature enough to make a decision... This is not about death. This is about ‘This is my body, my choice, and let me decide.’” But the state of Connecticut has made a unanimous ruling that Cassandra is required to continue treatment. This means that she will will have to undergo the chemotherapy until...
  As of Saturday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, 66—who previously served as head of the Vatican’s highest court (making him the highest-ranking American in the Vatican)—has been downgraded to a ceremonial position of chaplain for the Knights of Malta, a charity group. Thankfully, he now holds little responsibility and has a much smaller figurative megaphone. With Burke’s uber-conservative views on abortion, same-sex marriage, and feminism it’s clear why our open-minded Pope removed him from his position of power. But Burke didn't step from his pulpit without a...