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For many women and girls in developing countries, menstruating is a great social, financial, and physical burden. But thanks to Femme International’s Feminine Health Management Program—an initiative that provides thousands of girls in East African secondary schools with menstrual cups—the load may be slightly lightened. Typically, sanitary pads are $1 each—a seemingly small amount to many. But because the average daily wage of a day ... Read More
Forget your triple tall morning espresso. There’s a faster way to get your blood boiling: a hearty dose of mansplaining: Russell Crowe, the de facto emissary of all things misogynistic, is at it again. The 50-year-old star of the upcoming film "The Water Diviner" told Australian Women’s Weekly, “To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40,45,48, still wants to play the ... Read More
Apparently publishing companies are finally catching on to something we’ve known for a while: Women read, too! Specifically graphic novels, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. Until recently, graphic novel subject matter has skewed remarkably male. Much like other male-dominated industries, publishers have been shooting themselves in the boot by ignoring a huge faction of their potential audience. But when girls and women make up so much of ... Read More
Still looking for a present for the feminist bookworm in your life? Give the gift of the fascinating and kind of creepy history of Wonder Woman—the only female superhero with the long-lasting power of her male counterparts. Jill Lepore’s The Secret History of Wonder Woman reveals the conflicting values of the superhero’s creator, William Moulton Marston, while exploring her cultural significance and complicated relationship with feminism. On the ... Read More
2014 was, by most accounts, a pretty rad year for the ladies in the crowd. Politically, we’ve got more woman than ever before in Congress (100 to be exact), the first African-American Republican Congresswoman,  and a blatant smack down of  extreme anti-abortion laws. Women have thoroughly flexed their social media muscles, creating trending hashtags like #YesAllWomen, #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft that united women and allies against violence, misogyny ... Read More
Recently CNN published a video where three women who have all accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault met for the first time. If you haven’t yet seen the footage or watched the clips, I suggest you do- the women discuss in detail how fear and the social expectation of women keeping quiet prevented them from sharing their personal stories earlier The video was published alongside a corresponding article, written by investigative journalist Nina Burleigh ... Read More
Recently CNN published a video where three women who have all accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault met for the first time. If you haven’t yet seen the footage or watched the clips, I suggest you do- the women discuss in detail how fear and the social expectation of women keeping quiet prevented them from sharing their personal stories earlier The video was published alongside a corresponding article, written by investigative journalist Nina Burleigh ... Read More
In Norah Shapiro’s documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile, a Tibetan-American teenageer leaves home in Minnesota, dons a bikini and high heels, and heads to Dharamsala, India to vie for the crown of Miss Tibet. The film follows Tenzin Khecheo on an unusual search for her “Tibetan-ness” by way of a western-style beauty pageant staged by an eccentric impresario in the Indian region home to the exiled Tibetan government. Personally, I have a ... Read More
The New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women will be rallying today against the latest poll from TIME magazine that said they would like to ban the word "Feminist" from our lexicon in 2015, along with the words "bae" and "kale." NOW is having none of this nonsense, even after TIME's sad attempt at an apology for the poll results.  The protest will be today (November 19) from 12:30pm-1:15pm at TIME Headquarters, 1271 Avenue of the ... Read More
It was just last week that TIME Magazine issued a poll to its readers asking what word they would most like to ban in the year 2015. Included in the list were words like “bae” “kale” ... and “feminist.” It was just ten seconds after that, that the Internet rightfully lost its shit. Some of my favorite tweets regarding the incident include: TIME’s original argument against the word went as follows: You have nothing ... Read More
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