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Thousands of people voted this spring in a super-cool campaign run by Women on 20s to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. (Harriet Tubman was the winner!) As of yesterday, the goal of putting a woman on paper money has become a reality—in 2020, a woman will finally appear on the $10 bill.  The U.S. Treasury Department planned a fabulous woman’s $10 debut as a celebration of the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage. As CNN reports, “The last woman on U.S. paper currency was Martha Washington, who was on the $1 Silver Certificate between 1891 and 1896. Read More
On June 4, Barnard College—a women's college operated in partnership with Columbia University—announced a new policy of admitting trans women. Throughout the last year, student and alumni activists have worked with the Barnard administration to make this change possible. Barnard will now be admitting students who “consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth. Read More
When winners of the Flanders Diamond Tour—the final race of the women's Lotto Cycling Cup—arrived at the podium this past Sunday, they were greeted with... women wearing bikinis!? Cyclist and journalist Marijn de Vries tweeted a picture of the podium, calling it an “utter disgrace." And it is a disgrace: The podium was meant to honor the women who had won this race. Celebrating their achievements with women in bikinis makes no sense at all. Read More
Everyone should get the chance to meet one of their role models—it’s a little thing, but can mean so much. One young transgender girl got to do that recently when she met Laverne Cox. M. is seven. Her mother runs a blog, Gendermom, “a chronicle of fun and fear, or, daily life with my young trans daughter.” Cox visited their town to speak about Trans issues and inspire the masses. Gendermom doesn’t think M. understood too much about the speech, but she hopes that what M. Read More
There are few things in this world I love more than the Muppets, but a feminist Muppet? I definitely love that more. Last week, international celebrity, best-selling author, and fashion icon Miss Piggy received a Sackler Center First Award from the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The prestigious award is presented to women who have broken barriers and charted changes in all disciplines and areas. Past honorees include Associate Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Toni Morrison, Jessye Norman, Susan Stroman, and Julie Taymor, to name a few. Read More