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In case you haven’t hopped on the House of Cards bandwagon yet, here are five reasons why this political drama will tickle your feminist fancy: 1)  It passes the Bechdel test.   Yes, there are scenes with two female characters with names that talk to each other about something other than men. Woo! 2) Robin Wright is a bad-ass in this show.  Her role as Mrs. Claire Underwood is bold, sexy and sometimes pretty darn scary. Also, she ... Read More
  In Showtime’s Homeland, CIA operative Carrie Mathison works mostly with men, and sometimes she is treated unfairly because of her gender. But it turns out this isn’t what the CIA is actually like these days. Two decades ago, there were many female agents in the field, but zero were in the highest ranks. Now? Four of the five and five of the top eight top agency members are women.   It all changed after the capture of bin Laden, who was ... Read More
  The internet is ablaze with fury after the release of an advertisement by ProgressiveNow Colorado and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative for ObamaCare. The ad features a woman beside a man; he holds her around the hips, and she holds a packet of birth control pills. Beneath the image reads, "OMG, he's hot! Let's hope he's as easy to get as this birth control. My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him ... Read More
Glee's Quinn   One’s name is meaningful, often because of its relation to gender identity. Sadly, having a name normally assigned to males on a professional resume often gets an individual more interviews. Many transgender individuals choose to legally change their legal names to reflect their identities. Names matter, and unisex names are on the rise.    Most of these names, like Hunter and Blake, are traditionally thought of as boy names, ... Read More
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Luckily, that’s just what a few brave women in Saudi Arabia are doing in the hopes of finally lifting the ban against female drivers. According to NPR, Saudi women are continuously posting videos of themselves driving on YouTube, and have chosen Saturday, October 26th as a day for women in the country to rally together and drive.  Although women say that officials have lightened up on their ... Read More
In case you are one of the few who hasn't seen this plastered all over Facebook (thank you, Aunt Susan), here's the breaking news of the day: Russell Brand is a political genius.  A few nights ago, Brand appeared on the British political program "Newsnight" where he discussed the state of the world with host Jeremy Paxman. At first, it's mildly amusing to watch the author of literary crown-jewel "My Booky Wook" use words like "paradigm" and "lexicon" without ... Read More
  First lady Michelle Obama is slated as a guest speaker in New York’s upcoming Democratic Women’s Network conference. Chaired by Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, the group supports women in office and supports women who hope to be elected.    The conference will be geared towards discussions of policy on women’s economics, women’s health, and the environment, and will raise funds for more female-oriented political events. Go ... Read More
Sending your grandma a birthday card is about to get way more rad! On October 10th, it was confirmed that the United States Postal Service will be issuing a commemorative stamp in honor of politician Harvey Milk, a.k.a. the first openly gay man to hold a public office in California. (Side note: I highly recommend the biopic starring Sean Penn...guaranteed to make you cry like a little baby or your money back!!)  Stuart Milk, Harvey's nephew and founder of the ... Read More
President Obama has officially nominated Janet Yellen to be the Chair of the Federal Reserve. If (or WHEN) she’s confirmed, Yellen will be the 15th Chair and the first woman to hold the position, a top position in an absurdly male-dominated field. Not only this, but she will also be part of another ongoing change in the Fed, the New York Times explains, shifting it “from an institution run by market-wise bureaucrats focused on controlling ... Read More
  The bride: MailLien Le. The groom: Mike Cassesso. The date: Saturday, October 5th. The place to be was the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC... or so everyone thought until the government shutdown prohibited use of national monuments and parks.  The couple thought their wedding was an impossibility, but they had a tremendous surprise in store. Stephen Colbert, always the romantic, saved the day. Seeing the blushing pair in despair, the comic host ... Read More
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