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During the Oscars, we were disappointed — but not surprised — when Casey Affleck was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actor. Affleck has a history of sexual harassment and assault allegations, and it’s been disappointing to see the film industry celebrate him — as well as Best Director nominee and accused domestic abuser Mel Gibson — despite this. Many people, including us, have paid close attention to the way that Brie Larson has interacted with Casey Affleck during this past awards season. Larson won the...
Following yesterday's celebrations of all ladies around the world, this is icing on the cake. We’re sending props to Iceland today, which has become the first country in the world to make employers prove that they offer equal payment to their workers irrespective of their ethnicity, gender, nationality or sexuality. The progressive and frankly awe-inspiring legislation was brought about yesterday on International Women’s Day. The policy would demand all businesses with more than 25 employees to provide certification that they give equal pay for work of equal...
Kristen Stewart continues to be a positive role model for the LGBTQ+ community as she talks bisexuality with The Guardian. “You’re not confused if you’re bisexual,” she said in the interview. “It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.” Stewart has been part of the LGBTQ+ community for quite some time (in fact, Guardian writer Xan Brooks called her “a de-facto poster-girl for the LGBT community), and although she has commented on her sexuality in the past, she has always eschewed a label. In previous interviews,...
Yesterday, on International Women's Day, thousands of Irish women and men donned black clothing and gathered at the O'Connell bridge in the capital to march for reproductive rights. Ireland's 8th Amendment essentially enacts a total ban on abortions, regardless of the circumstances. The regulations are so strict that approximately 12 women a day are forced to travel to the U.K. in order to receive an abortion, and women who receive them illegally in Ireland could spend up to 14 years in prison. The people of Ireland were...
A day without a woman at Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, apparently, is a day without clever writing, functional camera operation and audience members. Women are an essential part of Bee’s staff — to make her point, she poked fun by imaging what a segment of Full Frontal would look like if it were produced by the men on her staff. The result was not pretty. The camera swayed around, coming in and out of focus, and Bee delivered a weak joke (about sports, no less!)...
Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and in the United States, it was A Day Without A Woman — a nation-wide strike planned by organizers of the Women’s March. Women were encouraged to strike from labor — paid and unpaid — if they were able to; to wear red; and to avoid making purchases, except from small, women- or minority-owned businesses. Rallies and marches were also planned across the country, and in New York, there were two: one beginning at 12 p.m. at Columbus Circle, and another...
Today, on International Women’s Day, women in the United States are participating in a general strike called A Day Without A Woman, planned by the organizers of the Women’s March. On its website, the organizers say: “Let’s raise our voices together again, to say that women’s rights are human rights, regardless of a woman’s race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, gender expression, economic status, age or disability.” Inspired by recent immigrant-led strikes in the United States such as the Bodega Strike and A Day Without...
Tuesday Bassen - owner of Friend MartFor the first time ever, March 8th will officially recognize “A Day Without a Woman.” Women across the globe are participating in a general workers strike to continue the movement that started with the Women’s March back in January. In doing so, they aim to show the world just how much everyone depends on women — especially in the workforce. Of course, the right to protest comes with an undeniable amount of privilege. If you can't take off work without...
Let's talk semantics for a minute. The word “defund,” in the conversation around Planned Parenthood, is hugely deceptive and the Trump cabinet is capitalizing on it. Monday March 6, The New York Times quoted Trump as saying, “Polling shows the majority of Americans oppose public funding for abortion, even those who identify as pro-choice. There is an opportunity for organizations to continue the important work they do in support of women’s health, while not providing abortion services.” Trump's comments are more tempered than those of Pence,...
An inspiring new piece of art has appeared next to Wall Street's famous Charging Bull, just in time for International Women's Day. Facing the bull stands what people have dubbed "The Fearless Girl." The stunt was organized by State Street Global Advisors as part of their campaign to increase the number of women directors on company boards. State Street, one of the world's largest asset managers, will also be sending letters to 3,500 companies asking them to increase their percentage of female board members; research has...
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