Amy Poehler's Smart Girls at the Party started off as a web series and is now a whole online community. They have a website, a Facebook page, and a Tumblr. Smart Girls encourages young women to be active in their communities and make a difference in the world. It's an incredible organization, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to get to talk to one of its founders, Meredith Walker. What made you want to start Smart Girls? It came from being up late at night talking about growing up. The great things, the tough things. Read More
We all know that existing precautionary laws will not be sufficient in preventing workplace harassment and/or discrimination for various oppressed groups. At least, we should all know that. I thought we all knew that. Apparently not, though, because straight folks are crashing job fairs designed specifically for LGBTQ people. That’s right, some straight people are thwarting efforts to end workplace discrimination and it is 100% deliberate. The job fair in question is the one held annually by Reaching Out MBA , or ROMBA, for LGBTQ students seeking non-discriminatory employment. Read More
None of us lady folk really enjoy the pressure the media and cultural norms heap on us to look and act a certain way; however, despite our distaste for societal beauty standards, many of us get fully immersed trying to keep up with the pack. That’s why the Stop the Beauty Madness campaign is so refreshing, and what makes its rise in popularity so exciting.  Robin Rice created the campaign to challenge beauty norms and give viewers the sense that they’ve "been socked in the gut." The series of 25 photographs address weight, race, age, beauty, etc. Read More
Recently for a Funny or Die video, actress Kristen Bell played a pissed off Mary Poppins. While her accent was a little off, she hit the mark precisely in the message of the video, which was that the minimum wage is not a living wage. Now, if you put aside the fact that Mary Poppins would be living in the UK, where the 2013 minimum wage was £6.31 (about $10.70), and the fact that the movie took place in 1910, our favorite nanny is facing a major issue of modern America. With $7.25 as the minimum wage in most places in the US, far too many people are struggling to get by. Read More
The Sims is one of my absolute favorite games, and with the approaching release of The Sims 4 (September 2nd for PC), I’ve been playing and talking about it almost obsessively. In my opinion, The Sims is a perfect world. I play Sims when I’m stressed out in real life and need to decompress and be in total control. I think my two favorite things about the game are the ability to experiment and the lack of judgement that exists within the game, as well as within the Sims community. The vast majority of “simmers” have a tendency to create and play as themselves. Read More
In response to the blog Women Against Feminism, a new Tumblr has arisen, and it is Confused Cats Against Feminism. The blog is filled with photos of deeply misguided felines who have been led astray by the patriarchy (paw-triarchy? Sorry.) It’s comedic gold and probably the best response we’ve seen to Women Against Feminism yet. Below are five of the best submissions. Read More
I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 10 years old. It's been just about every color imaginable- even green, and green is a tough hair color to rock. I also usually dye my hair myself since salons are so insanely expensive. I've collected more than a few tricks for achieving the perfect dye job over the years, so here are my top seven for all of you who are thinking about taking the color plunge.  1. Use a buddy! Dyeing hair, especially your own, is hard. Have a friend with you as backup to make sure you’ve applied the pigment evenly, especially the back and underside. Read More
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- menstruation can be the living worst. It’s smelly, messy, sticky, painful, and so many other unpleasant things. Imagine how much it would suck being on your period while living in a developing country. A lot of people all over the world don’t have the money to pay for pads, tampons, pain medication, what have you. Even if they did have the money, there’s nowhere nearby to get these items for many of these people. What’s worse, not having pads often prevents these girls from going to school. Read More
Are you as sick of the endless lingerie search, foraging for a larger cup size that is not boring and/or overpriced? I wear a bra size 34F and let me tell you, finding a bra that is comfortable, supportive, and cute all for an affordable price is a true pain. The boutique stores with small lacy bras for smaller sizes just don't offer the kind of support larger breasts need and the large chains like Victoria Secret and Macy's are always throwing diamonds and bows all over everything. Also, I certainly can't afford the intricate bras from the stores specializing in larger breast sizes. Read More