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Jana Hunter has lived many lives when it comes to music - and life in general. After starting out as a solo musician, Hunter has now been working with her band, Lower Dens (on the label Ribbon Music), for eight years. Lower Dens' music has gone through changes, always subtly interrogating the binaries that govern our modern world. Formerly characterized by brooding, corner-lurker tones, Lower Dens' most recent release, Escape from Evil,  is a slight shift towards the candy-like synth riffs of the 80s. Hunter has been a voice for non-hetero-white-dudes in the music industry. Read More
“Leave her on the hillside to die, she’s only a girl,” the waiters at her father’s restaurant would taunt anytime she cried as a child. Civil rights activist and feminist Grace Lee Boggs recalled these incidents in an interview with Democracy Now, citing them as the first time she realized the world was different for girls and boys. Looking back, she mused that it may have been in jest but, nevertheless, it was these careless statements that made her realize the world needed change. Read More
I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a family where social activism was highly valued. This was thanks mostly to a brother who was 6 years older, openly gay, and always eager to organize and mobilize the people around him to work towards equality and acceptance. A lot of people are heavily influenced by their parents, but for me, no one played a more vital role in shaping my social and political beliefs than my older brother. In truth, he probably played the most important role in shaping my career goals as well. Read More
We were completely awed by the work of The White Helmets, a group of civil defenders in Syria who work to save civilians left in the rubble after bombings by the Syrian government regime. Since public services don’t function in these areas, The White Helmets are essentially the only way for survivors of bombings to be transported from the rubble to organizations providing medical aid. We were particular drawn to their incredible work because of the influx of women they've trained in the past year. Read More
As three more victims of the South Carolina church massacre were being laid to rest this Saturday, Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old Charlotte-based activist, took a stand. Newsome climbed the 30-foot flagpole in front of South Carolina's State House to remove the Confederate flag. As the Capitol police ordered her down, Newsome continued her act of civil disobedience and took down this symbol of oppression. She paused in her descent to declare, “I come to get you in the name of God. Read More
On June 4, Barnard College—a women's college operated in partnership with Columbia University—announced a new policy of admitting trans women. Throughout the last year, student and alumni activists have worked with the Barnard administration to make this change possible. Barnard will now be admitting students who “consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth. Read More
  Meet your new feminist crush, Xiao Meili. Xiao is a prominent women’s rights activist in China, and she has recently launched a campaign asking women to submit photos of their armpit hair online as part of a contest. “I hope to raise the issue of the ownership of female body and to dispel the belief that it is wrong for girls to keep their armpit hair,” Xiao told the Guardian. “Keeping armpit hair should not be seen as uncivilized or dirty.” Three prizewinners will be chosen from the armpit hair photos. Read More
During a time when it’s almost impossible not to feel insanely frustrated about the state of women’s reproductive rights, we can take solace in incredible activist/artists like Michele Pred. Pred’s work stands out at first glance because it's eye-catching (and super badass), but her pieces are powerful beyond their awesome aesthetic: Their messages are—unfortunately—very relevant to issues women in the U.S. face daily. And while her presentation is refreshingly accessible, it’s also impressively layered. Read More
Eco-activist Christine Finley is making taking out the trash a fabulous experience in cities around the world with her Wallpapered Dumpster Project. In Rome, Vienna, New York, and L.A., the artist is enrapturing her viewers with environmentally-inspired artwork in the hopes of reminding the public that our earth is beautiful and deserves care. Her work is fun, gorgeous, and action-oriented, so obviously we're obsessed with it. Read More
The Lady Parts team at The Deep End Store in N.Y.C.  Lady Parts Justice Uses Humor to Fight for Women’s Rights There’s a comedy video on YouTube in which Jesus Christ appears to comedian Sarah Silverman to spread a message of religious tolerance. When he sticks around to watch a marathon of NCIS, she asks him a hot-button question: When does life begin? “At 40,” deadpans Jesus. “But fertilized eggs aren’t people. People are people. Read More