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"We’re a super group duh,” Childbirth proclaims to the world in their Facebook bio - and with three rocking feminists like Julia Shapiro, Bree McKenna and Stacy Peck, we are inclined to agree. Trust me, once you’ve seen Childbirth rock out in hospital gowns, you’ll be a convert. Even non-punks can appreciate their humorous song narratives. Read More
  Suffragette doesn’t come out until October 23, but it’s already earned enough press for five movies. There’s plenty of good press - early Oscar buzz for both Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter; praise for the rare existence of a movie directed by, written by and starring women; acknowledgement of the importance of learning about this seldom-told part of history. Read More
Starting my period the night before a marathon would absolutely lead me to withdrawing from the race and eating several pints of Ben & Jerry’s instead. This is exactly why Kiran Gandhi is a hero and deserves all of the gold medals. Gandhi is a Harvard Business School Graduate, drummer (playing along side M.I.A.), and all around badass. Instead of reaching for chocolate, she woke up, put her running shoes on, ditched the tampon, and finished her race in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds. Did you just say ditched the tampon? Yes, yes indeed, I did. Read More
It’s a victory for women everywhere that female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Nigeria. FGM is defined by the World Heath Organization as “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” It is a cultural practice in some regions, primarily within regions of countries in the Middle East and Africa, and it doesn’t have any health benefits. More than 100 million girls have experienced FGM, which often happens below the age of 15. Read More
To teach her daughter about inspiring African American women, Chauncia Boyd Rogers dressed Ava Noelle up as some of the most influential ladies in American history. Despite the fact that they're just taken with a cellphone, these photos give us all an adorable HER-story lesson.    Phillis Wheatley is both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman.  Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was the first black, female pilot. She was also the first African-American to hold an international pilot license. Read More
  Wage inequality is one of the major battles women of all backgrounds are currently fighting around the world, and Sarah Silverman is joining the fray with her new video for #Ask4More. #Ask4More is part of Levo League, with the goal of educating women and men about the history of pay inequality and how it affects women in their day-to-day lives. The organization also encourages women to negotiate their pay rates, gives them with tips and techniques, while also providing job listings from major companies across the United States. Read More
NC Republican State Representative Pat McElraft filed an anti-choice bill claiming the focus was to primarily create jobs. Her explanation? Fewer abortions equals more "little taxpayers" which somehow helps jobs, right?  The bill triples the state's waiting period for medical care from 24 hours to 72. It requires that only an OB-GYN perform an abortion; it also keeps faculty and students at UNC Chapel Hill and East Caroline University from supervising said abortions. This equates to two of the country's best medical schools being unable to provide future OB-GYNs proper training. Read More
For the first time in the U.S. a woman has been found guilty of feticide and is facing 20 years in prison. A jury convicted Indiana resident Purvi Patel, 33, of felony child neglect in addition to the feticide charge for the death of her second trimester fetus. In July 2013, Patel entered the emergency room of St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana, with heavy vaginal bleeding. Although she initially denied it, she later told the hospital staff that she had suffered a miscarriage and placed the stillborn fetus in a dumpster. Read More
A 20-year-old college student in India confronted her would-be attacker by dragging him to the nearest police station while bystanders silently watched. Pradnya Mandhare was entering the train station during an afternoon in Vile Parle, a suburb of Mumbai, when a drunken male stranger approached her. The man, now identified as Chavan Chowdee, allegedly grabbed her inappropriately amidst the crowd of travelers. Mandhare stated, as told to the Telegraph, “I was shocked for a couple of seconds, but then I started hitting him with my bag. Read More
A political craze in Detroit, Colorado has taken the shocking form of IUD glitter earrings. These funky pieces of sparkly jewelry are being used to make more than just a fashion statement—they are becoming symbols of support for House Bill 1194, which would give extended funding to the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, originally set to expire on June 30. The bill would provide $5 million dollars to low-income women, giving them access to IUDs and other reversible forms of contraceptives. Read More