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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
Well, it has officially happened. Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced he will be running for president in 2016 (we’re groaning too). Aside from spouting that we Americans need to “return to the truth” and how “it’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to make America great again,” Cruz has ironically been the one ending up way behind on the polls, without much support from his colleagues. But alright, Mr. Read More
Trolls beware: the days of harassment on social media might be a thing of your sad, sad past and, no, you can’t just hide away under a bridge behind your laptop—there probably isn’t WiFi under there anyway. As of today, the team at Facebook is looking to clear up those fuzzy lines of their community standards, giving users better-defined guidelines for sharing and posting on the service. “We’re trying to strike the balance based on the way our community works,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, said in an interview. Read More
  "There will never be a n***** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me." A lynching song to the melody of “If Your Happy and You Know It.” That was the chant sung by a group of fraternity boys from the Oklahoma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Fraternities have been rightfully under fire for their part in playing into sexist, racist, and homophobic practices that, while not sanctioned, are undoubtedly part of the long history of institutional issues on campuses. Read More
It's hard enough to teach a room full of hormonally-unstable fifth graders how to do multiplication, but it's probably much harder when you know you won't be able to TGIF-party down with a couple of beers when the weekend rolls around.  That's just one hardship teachers faced during the 1920s. Specifically, one hardship female teachers faced. Thanks to a host of sexist and oppressing vintage ads, we already know that having a va-jay-jay back in the day wasn't easy. Now a newly surfaced teaching contract from 1929 brings to light a whole other swarm of bogus rules. Read More
Kelly Gissendaner, Georgia’s only female inmate on death row, once again found her execution postponed late Monday night due to a problem with the lethal-injection drugs.   This marks the second delay for Gissendaner, whose original execution was scheduled for February 25th, but was similarly deferred due to a winter storm. The Pardons and Paroles board denied her lawyers’ request for clemency last week, but has yet to announce the new date and time. Only 16 women have been put to death since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of capital punishment in 1976. Read More
  To say women of color are underrepresented in science and tech fields is a gross understatement. Black women fill just three percent of computing jobs in the U.S. And according to a recent study, despite expressing interest in STEM fields in higher numbers, black women are less likely than their white counterparts to obtain degrees in those fields. Read More
The Phenomenal Woman rises again. While Maya Angelou left us last year, her influence and greatness has not been forgotten. Actress, poet, novelist, trailblazer, survivor, and Civil Rights activist, Ms. Angelou was a true inspiration. In recognition of this American legend, the United States Postal Service will be issuing a Forever stamp honoring her. “Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word,” said Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan. Read More
A 19-year-old male college student cited "Fifty Shades of Grey" when he was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student. Mohammad Hossain, a freshman at the University of Illinois at Chicago, appeared dumbfounded when a judge set his bail at $500,000 and sent him back into lockup. Hossain is otherwise known as a star student, involved in several UIC leadership programs, student ambassador to the alumni association, and on the triathlon team. Read More
Women have been contributing to military efforts since the military was a thing. During the Revolutionary War women cut off their hair, bound their breasts and joined in the fight - always with the fear of being found out. In Civil War they would enlist under male names; some would transport messages and battle plans in hollowed-out turnips. There are currently 1,853,690 female veterans out in the world. With that historical background of women kicking ass, you'd think there would be parades for them on Veterans' Day. Read More