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Amal Clooney, a renowned international human rights lawyer, delivered a speech at the United Nations on Thursday, calling for action to be taken in an investigation of ISIS. The speech was powerful, delivered only a day after International Women’s Day, but rather than focusing on the feat of a female lawyer addressing the UN about one of the most important international issues, headlines seemed to only focus on her baby bump, what she was wearing and her marriage with actor George Clooney. In the same way...
Workplace sexism is no myth, but to many men, it isn’t as visible as we’d like it to be. A recent story caught the eye of the Twittersphere and has people talking about sexism in the workplace and how it's blatant presence is obvious to women while seemingly invisible to men. The true story about a female employee, told by a male co-worker, explained how even via email women are discriminated against. After accidentally using his female co-worker’s signature, Martin Schneider realized that clients were unreasonably...
Abortion rights are threatened now more than ever, with Trump threatening to defund Planned Parenthood and state laws cropping up that complicate reproductive health care, like a proposed Texas law that would make it legal for doctors to withhold information from pregnant women about fetal deformities or disabilities. March 10 is National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, and we felt it was important to take the time to talk about exactly what that means and why it’s important, especially in Trump's America. National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day...
Remember that Canadian judge who asked a sexual assault survivor why she couldn’t just keep her “knees together” to avoid penetration? Well, because men are rewarded for saying misogynistic things, he became a federal judge last year. But in an act of the universe setting things right, he announced his resignation effective March 10, following the recommendation of a Canadian judiciary board. Back in 2014, Judge Robin Camp was presiding over a sexual assault case in which the plaintiff was testifying about her attack that took place in...
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...
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