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Angelina Jolie attracted widespread publicity when she announced that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy. In an op-ed for The New York Times, the actress revealed that she had made this decision after learning she had an 87% chance of developing breast cancer due to a defective BRCA1 gene. Of writing the essay, Jolie said, “I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. Read More
Recent Vogue cover girl and all-around American sweetheart Karlie Kloss has added a new line to her expanding resume: coding advocate. The supermodel has partnered with the NYC-based Flatiron School to establish the Kode with Karlie scholarship, which provides an intensive two-week training course where young women can learn to code. Read More
At thirty years old, Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman to ever be elected to Congress. With her strong and assertive manner, the New York Republican has done her best to move beyond her past as a target of bullying. In a profile piece published in the New York Post, Stefanik reveals that in her youth she was the mark of “mean girls” who singled her our for being “too studious” and participating in classroom discussions. Read More
Carly Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, is expected to announce her candidacy for President of the United States on May 4th. We've got the main points you need to know about her: She’s a staunch Republican. Although according to a national CNN poll released last week, only 2% of Republicans named her as their first choice in the presidential election, less than 12 other candidates and likely candidates. She has never held elected office. Read More
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked the capitol of Nepal on Saturday and was the worst the country has seen for almost 80 years. The death toll has reached more than 3,600 and is continuing to rise; photographs and videos have taken over media outlets here in the U.S. and many are left wondering how they can help. When it comes to giving and donating to organizations it’s important to know exactly who and what you are giving to. Read More
Although the age of 49 does coincide with the generally accepted end of a woman’s child-bearing years, it does not signify the end of her life. So why do data collectors ignore older women? In a world in which decisions are made by conferring with polls, it is appalling that women above the age of 49 are completely left out of the equation. Most international data, which includes metrics on health, employment, assets and domestic violence, collects information on people from the ages of 15 to 49. Read More
Malala Yousafzai has quickly become one of the most important women on the planet for so many reasons and it is only right that her influence should reach interstellar proportions. The youngest Noble Peace Prize recipient in history now has a 2-mile-wide asteroid named after her. The asteroid called, 316201 Malala, orbits the sun every five and a half years in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, according to TIME. Amy Mainzer, the woman who named the asteroid for Malala, recently wrote about her the choice on the Malala Fund Blog. 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
Having more female politicians is not simply a numbers game, as we have learned from Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin. Simply being a woman is not the only factor in being a female positive politician. In the case of potential GOP presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, there are some policies that are a little concerning. Fiorina opposes abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life. Read More
The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, aka the FratPAC, plans to lobby Congress this April for changes that will make college sexual assault cases even more difficult to report: The group wants the criminal justice system to resolve cases before universities look into them. Why? Because they seriously believe that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly. As of right now, the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to investigate complaints and deal with students who are found responsible of sexual assault. Read More