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  Earlier this week, amidst the hubbub of the Golden Globes drawing attention to sexual assault in Hollywood, NPR quietly released a report revealing that a deafening amount of sexual abuse is happening to the most silent demographic — those with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual disability, the prefered term for what was previously diagnosed as “mental retardation,” is "characterized by significant limitation in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behaviors,” according to the The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Those with intellectual disabilities often exhibit physical...
  Last night was full of iconic moments all around at the 2018 Golden Globes, but the biggest win went to Oprah Winfrey, who became the first black woman to win the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award for outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. In an acceptance speech that made all of us cry, Oprah lauded “all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.” One of...
As anybody with a sister can attest, there is no relationship in the world that includes so much love and so much loathing. Seriously though, it’s some complicated ish.  And no set of sisters quite embody this weird relationship as the de Mailly sisters. Growing up in 18th century France, the five sisters were beautiful, noble-born and all set to become good wives…but they didn’t. Instead, four of the five sisters would all go on to become mistress to the same man: King, Louis XV of France.  In their positions as...
     Iceland made the news recently in regard to a law that just passed that requires companies to prove that they are paying women and men equally for the same work. The pay gap is no stranger to the news these days as stories break constantly regarding unequal pay. Journalist Carrie Gracie became the latest headline concerning the pay gap when she quit her job as China editor for the BBC to protest unequal pay, reported The Guardian. Gracie, who worked as a BBC journalist for...
    Although 2017 was a turbulent year of tax reformations, travel bans, and a president who tweets how his nuclear button is bigger than Kim Jong Un’s button, it was also a year of accountability. With the #MeToo movement rapidly growing and having “The Silence Breakers” as TIME's Person Of The Year, the country is moving toward having more voices who have been routinely silenced be heard for the first time. Leigh Corfman, one of the five women who accused Alabama Politician Roy Moore of sexual assault...
  Since 2010, the U.S. enacted 338 laws restricting abortion, accounting for 30% of the total 1,142 restrictions codified since Roe V. Wade passed in 1973. Ohio, which only had 16 clinics to begin with, has shut down half of its abortion centers since 2011. Restrictive rulings around term-limits, laws including those increasing the wait-time between initial visits and procedures, and stigma in the form of pro-life protest groups who camp outside clinic doors further diminish access. But some Ohioans aren’t giving up without a fight. Ohio's...
  Aina Gamzatova is Russia’s first female Muslim presidential candidate. Gamzatova, 46, currently heads Islam.ru, Russia’s largest Muslim media holding, runs multiple charities and has written a number of books on Islam. Gamzatova announced she would be running as an independent contender in the election in a Facebook post on December 28th and was met immediately with a striking variance in opinions about her gender and religion. On one side, Patimat Ibragimova, a Muslim woman from the Russian city of Makhachkala, told Al Jazeera, "What about the...
  On January 1, Iceland, a country at the helm of fighting gender inequality for the past several years, made it illegal to pay women less than men. Despite equal pay laws, the gender wage gap still exists. Leaders are hoping this new law will help. Legislation came into effect on Monday that requires employers to prove that they pay men and women who work the same jobs equally, reports CNN. The Nordic country now expects companies to continually earn equal pay certification from the government, with the...

    In the 125 years since she was accused of murdering her parents, Lizzie Borden has been transformed into a fictionalized fiend, a folk hero, and even a feminist icon. But what is the truth behind this grisly crime? And what makes Borden’s story one we keep returning to? Everyone knows her name, whether it’s children singing a twisted nursery rhyme or adults recounting the grisly story behind the chant: “Lizzie Borden took an axe/gave her mother 40 whacks/when she saw what she had done/gave her father...
    With the new year comes new resolve, and it’s shaping up to be a good year for a patriarchal takedown. For those of us who were beginning to despair that 2017 would signal the end of rape culture in Hollywood alone, 2018 has got you covered. A few months ago, 300 powerful women in the entertainment industry got together, forming a initiative that aims to end systemic sexual misconduct — harassment, assault, and abuse — not only in Hollywood, but in workplaces nationwide. The campaign,...