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  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has followed through on her threat to overhaul the system for dealing with sexual assault on university campuses. Specifically, she has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing the 2011 Title IX Guidance (and the 2014 follow up) that discussed the obligations schools have to address campus sexual violence. The 2011 letter was hailed by survivors and advocates as a step towards improving campus culture, but DeVos has taken issue with the fact that it allows for a range of incidents to...
Our Lady Of Prime Time For her title role on the CW’s comedy hit Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez became one of the first Latinas to win an acting Golden Globe. Here, the trailblazer reveals the real woman behind “the Virgin,” and opens up about masturbation, her man, and finally making it By Erika W. SmithPhotos by Kat Borchart // Styling by Ashley Avignone Hair by Kristin Heitkotter // Makeup by Carissa Ferreri // Props by Chelsea Maruskin It seems impossible, but Gina Rodriguez may be even sweeter...

  This past summer I had the honor of attending Soapbox Inc.’s Feminist Camp, hosted by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards in New York City. The camp accommodated about thirty people and was focused on how to take our interest in feminism and help translate it into our professional careers. We met with dozens of groups and covered a new theme every day ranging from philanthropy, to women in art, to reproductive justice. We met everyone: female slam poets, nonprofit workers, doulas and even a few...
American Woman Social justice activist and Women’s March co-chair Linda Sarsour gets real about hard conversations with her kids, what’s next for the movement, and why the resistance is female By Sarah Sophie Flicker // Photo by Kristen BlushYou may not know Linda Sarsour by name, but it’s likely you recognize the 37-year-old civil-rights champion as one of the most visible co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington. The Brooklyn native, a daughter of Palestinian immigrants, began her career in activism by joining the Arab American Association...
Let’s face it, men can get away with a lot in the entertainment business, including, but not limited to, domestic violence and/or sexual assault against women. Accusations, allegations and charges can’t seem to stop men from making money and staying in the spotlight — or even becoming president. Take Floyd Mayweather, arguably the most famous boxer of the 21st century. Last week, he defended Trump’s Access Hollywood “grab ‘em by the pussy” comments. Speaking with Hollywood Unlocked, Mayweather had this to say about Trump’s “locker room talk”: "People...
Irma, Sandy, Katrina and Camille. It’s hard to say if we are talking about a new, all-female pop band or a list of some of the most well-known hurricanes, past and present. Sadly, I have to say it’s the latter (I think we can all agree that a new a female pop band would have been be a lot more fun than a bunch of hurricanes.) And as Maria is about to strike our shores, we are more than ready to dig into the history of...
    By now, President Trump’s judgment, or lack thereof, when it comes to his Twitter (and a majority of his public appearances) should come as no surprise to anyone. A myriad of racist, sexist, authoritarian and press-condemning tweets seem to have become the best way way to tell it’s a new week in 2017’s America. But this new week, he has lowered the bar one step further. On Sunday morning, Trump retweeted a fake GIF-montage, created by a supporter, of himself swinging a golf club with...
  “What’s the point, if you won’t be believed?” actress Amber Tamblyn wrote in an op-ed published in the New York Times on Saturday. In it, she talks about the sexism she’s faced as a young woman in Hollywood, which (not surprisingly) is mirroring the sexism any girl or woman is faced with in any part of society — yes, even still, in 2017. After all, what comes out of Hollywood is mostly a reflection of what comes out of the world at the moment, and, as...
    Marsha P Johnson was a fucking badass. A badass with a big heart, a creative sense of style, and a fearless attitude. She was a veteran of the Stonewall riots in the late '60s, she campaigned for Queer rights, and she set up a charity to help disadvantaged Queer youth. The influence Marsha and other Trans women of colour had on bringing Queer rights into the mainstream, as well as the creation of Pride, protests, and change in laws is often ignored or whitewashed by mainstream...
  Until recently, Chile was one of the toughest countries in the world to get an abortion. Along with El Salvador, Malta, the Vatican, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua, Chile's laws stated that women were not able to voluntarily terminate a pregnancy for any reason. However, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has been at the forefront of a campaign to decriminalize therapeutic abortion (abortion after diagnosed medical necessity), and after two and a half years of discussion and debate, she enacted a law on Thursday that allows pregnancies...