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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...

I don’t know about you, but I worry about Hillary Clinton. The woman is obviously tough as nails; four decades in the public eye will do that to you. Yet I can’t help but think about how she’s coping whenever I read reports about Vice-Hypocrite Mike Pence’s private emails being hacked (um, LOCK HIM UP?), or further evidence of her opponent's links to the foreign power that intentionally sabotaged her campaign. If I want to punch a hole in my screen, how must she be feeling? Who knows what...
Male marines have been caught sharing and commenting on photos of naked female colleagues on social media, in one of the most high-profile cases of, ahem, “locker room talk” since Pussygate. Hundreds of Marines allegedly engaged in the sickening practice of sharing nude photos of women without their knowledge or permission in the Marines United Facebook page, a 30,000 member male-only group. The Center for Investigative Reporting found that more than two dozen women had been identified by “full name, rank and military duty station.” Some...
A Day Without A Woman is a general strike that coincides with International Women’s Day. The idea, according to the organizers, is to draw attention to "the enormous value that women of all backgrounds add to our socio-economic system — while receiving lower wages and experiencing greater inequities, vulnerability to discrimination, sexual harassment, and job insecurity." While a strike is an excellent way to draw attention, it’s also a privilege; it simply isn’t feasible for many, if not most, women to not show up to...
On January 31st 1984, 15-year-old Ann Lovett made her way to a statue of the Virgin Mary in her small town in rural Ireland, and gave birth — alone — in the grass. Hours later, passersby discovered her, but it was too late. The baby boy was dead and Ann herself, hemorrhaging heavily, died while waiting for an ambulance.The local community, including the nuns at the Catholic school she attended, claimed to have known nothing about her pregnancy. 28 years later, in University Hospital Galway on the...
A vocal feminist in the late 19th century and early 20th century, Anna Julia Cooper was a pioneer and proponent for women’s rights and intersectionality. Cooper dedicated her life to advocating for education for women of color both through her writing and activism. At a time when women were told to be silent and remain in traditional roles, Cooper defied the odds and was anything but quiet about it. Cooper fought hard for her own education, obtaining a master’s degree from Oberlin College, but only...
On Saturday night, former Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone had what is rightly being referred to as a Twitter meltdown, attacking everyone from J.K. Rowling to Hillary Rodham Clinton to the everyday Science/Statistics professor Caroline O., who most likely regrets her decision of responding to the lunatic. Stone initially tweeted regarding Trump's wiretapping allegations against Obama, to which Caroline (@RVAwonk) replied, "Do you know what libel is, Mr. Stone?" The Trump ally had a few unsurprisingly crass comments for the woman, whose bio claims her to be, "liberal in my politics...
Best friends can teach you how to do a smokey eye, introduce you to the joys of fizzy water, and play Toto’s greatest hits to calm you when you freak out about your future. My best friend has done all those things, but the best thing she ever did for me was to believe in me when I told her I thought I may have been abused by my father. I always knew my father was a bad guy — a narcissist that my mother left...
When Lauren Duca sat down to write “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America,” the Teen Vogue article that started a social media uproar, she had no idea that it would have the impact that it did. The 26-year-old journalist wasn’t looking to go viral; rather, she was trying to cope with her post-election feelings in the way that made the most sense to her. But since the piece was published, Duca has been thrust into the spotlight. Before the op-ed, Duca says she had had a little...
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