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Frida Kahlo, essential feminist artist. Rosa Parks, deemed the "first lady of civil rights" and the "mother of the freedom movement" by Congress. Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic ocean. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. Lucille Ball and Tig Notaro, legendary comedians. Maya Angelou, the poet, memoirist, civil rights activist. What do all these ladies have in common? If you said, "They're all powerful, inspirational women," you're right. But what ELSE do they have in common?  They have eyes! Or so posits...
Last Sunday, Kelly Herron was attacked in a public restroom while running in Seattle's Golden Gardens park. She wrote on her Instagram, "My biggest running nightmare became reality — 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall." Herron's story has since gone viral, as it highlights both the necessity and efficacy of basic self-defense maneuvers and the lack of discrimination with which attackers select their victims.  Using self-defense tactics she learned...
Ana Matronic, best known from her role as lead vocalist with Scissor Sisters, has joined forces with local artists and activists in New York to create the Crystal Ball, a night of magic, music, and community in aid of PAI, an organization protecting reproductive rights all over the world. The Crystal Ball is the first event by WAFT - Witches Against Fascist Totalitarianism and will be held on March 19th at House of Yes in Brooklyn. We caught up with Ana while she was flyering for the...
Remember back in 2014 when a ton of female celebrities had their nude photos stolen and published without their consent? Well, it’s happening again. Yesterday, hackers stole private photos of Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried and published them on a website called Celeb Jihad, from which they quickly spread to 4Chan, Reddit and elsewhere. Redditors are calling it “The Fappening 2.0” (in case you don’t know, “fap” is Reddit slang for “masturbate,” and the 2014 publication of stolen nude photos of female celebrities was called “the...
  The wage gap is a huge problem, with women still paid a fraction of their male counterparts. For white women, this is 79c for every white man's dollar; for women of color, this number drops to 60c for black women and 55c for Hispanic women. But a new Gallup-International Labour Organization survey has found that a surprising number of people across the world would still prefer women were not doing paid work at all. Yes, this is 2017. No, we're not kidding. The report, which its creators say...
  Last night, Rachel Maddow held the attention of the internet with her drawn-out release of two pages of Donald Trump's 2005 tax return. It soon became apparent that the minimal documents Maddow held were not going to drop any bombshells, other than the fact that Donald Trump did, in fact, pay taxes in 2005. But Maddow did something clever with her captive audience. She expertly drew their attention, not to what had become available, but to what still has not. From 9pm, Maddow — a Rhodes Scholar...

Less than two months have passed since the Women's March, but there's already a book out celebrating and commemorating the event: Why We March: Signs Of Protest And Hope: Voices From The Women's March from Artisan Books is a 264-page book of photos and quotes from Women's March on Washington and the sister marches around the world, and we're excited to share a few of them with you. The 500 photos predominantly feature protest signs — from the powerful (Written on the stripes of an American flag: "Love...
 Clockwise from top left: Tiffany Dufu, Hon. Kathy Hochul, Karen Hunter, Gloria Steinem, Christine Quinn, Sonia Ossorio. Image via Hunter College Roosevelt House symposium webpage Last night, an esteemed panel met in New York to discuss the questions we’ve been asking non-stop since the election:  How did Clinton lose? And how do women win? The panel was part of a Hunter College symposium on the role sexism played in the election, which, while it has been acknowledged, has been underrecognized in the conversations around what went wrong (Why...
We have to protect unborn children. Life is sacred. We must defend the sanctity of life. Or at least that’s the logic conservative lawmakers regularly invoke in their attempt to limit women’s control over their own bodies. Texas Rep. Jessica Farrar (D) has introduced a satirical bill to the state legislature, turning this logic back against men by “creating a civil penalty for unregulated masturbatory emissions.” “Emissions outside of a woman’s vagina, or created outside of a health or medical facility, will be charged a $100 civil...
Almost everyone I know had one. I know I did. Mine was Josephina, and my sister’s was Felicity. I am talking, of course, about American Girls Dolls. They came with a book and you could feed into the consumerism and buy them outfits and accessories. Enter the 2030 doll collection. It’s a futuristic parody of The American Girls dolls. While American Girls tend to reinforce traditional gender roles, these dolls have a STEM focus, encouraging the exploration of science and technology in a changing world. Created...
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