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The latest and last installment of the MAKERS documentary series, “Women in Politics,” airs tonight at 9/8c on PBS. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the continuing struggle for female representation in politics is personified in the stories of  Shirley Chisholm, Olympia Snowe, and Hillary Clinton, among others.   Just in time to make us feel really satisfied about voting today, right? (Go vote.)   MAKERS rewrites women into history -- ... Read More
Get ready, as AOL MAKERS' Fall Documentary Series premieres tomorrow, Sept. 30, on PBS! MAKERS.com, if you haven't already heard of them, is the largest collections of videos that share women’s stories. You can hear Oprah, Alicia Keys, Ellen DeGeneres, Zooey Deschanel, Hillary Clinton, and other women from countless industries inspire and free you from the weird self-conscious gifts (ugh) given by society. While their website already has a very large ... Read More
So we all knew Ruth Bader Ginsburg is amazing.  But lately it seems like word’s gotten out—her fan base is expanding well past the political sphere and into the pop-culture world.  Thanks to a rising social media trend in her honor, Ginsberg has been featured on t-shirts, is the subject of the brilliant tumblr Notorious RBG, and has been the inspiration for a rap music video and many, many memes.  In an interview with Katie Couric ... Read More
The GOP is apparently trying to figure out why, oh why, they aren’t getting more of the female vote!  It is strange that a group so devoted to saving women from their heathen desire for contraception could consistently rank behind their democratic competitors in the polls. Lucky for them, they’ve got North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers to advise them in their quest to win over female voters.  On Friday, July 18, Ellmers addressed a ... Read More
Meet Lucy Flores, the Democratic candidate for Nevada’s lieutenant governor. She’s been a representative in Nevada’s State Assembly since 2010 (and was one of the first Latina members as well!) and instead of campaigning on policies that will “get the vote”, she campaigns on her own real story.  Flores grew up in poverty as a part of a family of 13 children in the Nevada district that she represents today. As a teen, she fell in ... Read More
Daughter of former presidential family, Chelsea Clinton, announced her first pregnancy yesterday. The news spurred absurd accusations about how "the baby" has or will affect the potential Clinton administration. Like vultures, conservatives have bombarded the internet claiming that Chelsea's baby could not only interfere with Hillary Clinton's prospective campaign, but that it also repositions the Clinton's pro-choice stance on abortion. USA Today catalyzed a wave ... 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
  Robert Redford thinks women and young people might be the solution to ineffective and less-than-unified government (ahem, shutdown). The actor, now seventy-seven, tells CNN that we should “give [women] the reins [...] they can do better than we have.” I don't take his words as a reiteration of the controversial ideas of feminists who believe that women are inherently more nurturing and therefore can build a more cooperative government. Instead, ... 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
In case you hadn’t heard, the government is taking a little break (which does not mean you can smoke weed at school, kids). Also, in case you hadn’t heard, Senator Elizabeth Warren is a badass. Monday night, she took to the Senate floor to call out Republicans for irresponsibly taking the U.S. economy hostage in order to get what they want. Warren explains that in order to uphold an archaic view on access to birth control, the Republican Party is ... Read More
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