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After Coty Richardson, a professor at Northwest Christian University, announced her pregnancy last May, her employer responded not with congratulations but demands. To keep her job at this century-old private institution in Eugene, Oregon, the professor needed to either deem the pregnancy a mistake and part ways with the child’s father (also her boyfriend of twelve years), or marry him. Asking for privacy regarding her personal life, Richardson refused to comply. Read More
The shoes have come off. And the punches have been thrown. The real Cookie Lyon is upset and suing the Empire show creators for stealing her life story. Empire centers around Luscious Lyon (Terrence Howard) and the entertainment business he has amassed through drug money. Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) is the ex-wife who took the fall for their drug business. In real life, Cookie is actually Sophia Eggleston – or so she says. Read More
Women who want notes from their doctors regarding pregnancy must be very, very specific in what they want written down, according to The New York Times. Often, doctors’ notes result in job terminations for pregnant women. These notes, routinely written by doctors to request changes in work duties because of patients’ health concerns, play a key role in pregnancy-related equal opportunity cases. (In roughly 70 percent of these cases, a female employee was fired due to pregnancy-related concerns, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Read More
I like nothing more than to start off my day with a cup of coffee and the news of a well-known misogynist being ousted from his retail-throne, so this morning's news was especially exciting for m American Apparel’s Dov Charney has been unceremoniously booted from the company he started due to misconduct - finally!     Charney long been known for his grody sexual deviancy, revealed by  a 2004 Jane article written by Claudine Ko (which totally explains why many of the revealing ads are constantly referred to as “softcore porn”. Read More
Well, wouldja look at that, Abercrombie & Fitch is under siege once again. In A&F’s latest news, a young Muslim woman filed an anti-discrimination suit against the company because she was unable to wear a hijab to work. Jeez, this company needs to get its act together. In 2010, 18-year-old Hani Khan was fired from the San Mateo, CA, Hollister store. Four months into her job, Khan’s manager expressed concern for her head scarf. Khan refused to remove it. In light of this, Khan was terminated from her job. Read More
Believe it or not, women are the last group subject to a blanket exclusion in the military since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. Despite how much the nature of warfare has changed over the last decade, women in the US Military are still not allowed to engage in ground combat or situations where they will be exposed to hostile fire. Four veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are trying to change this outdated law by suing the Department of Defense. Read More
My first interaction with military culture was in high school, when lots of my friends signed up for the JROTC program. It was cool to see them marching in the early mornings with the flag, dressed in their crisp tan uniforms. My young feminist self loved to see my girlfriends doing drills, out running among the athletic boys. I thought that the military had a culture of equality, and I thought that soldiers didn't go to war to necessarily protect the nationalist ideas of their cultures or countries, but to watch out for each other. (I blame Tobias Wolff for giving me this idea. Read More
  A southwestern Missouri school district is feeling the heat as comments of denial circulate regarding the federal lawsuit that seeks punitive damages from school officials who allegedly failed to protect a 7th grade student from sexual assault. The lawsuit was filed on July 5, 2011, against the Republic School District in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.The student, identified as a 7th grade special education student, claims that she told the Republic Middle School officials of a rape that had occurred in the spring of 2009. Read More