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Lena Horne was one kickass woman — an actor, singer, dancer, and Civil Rights activist — what a resumé!  She started her career at the Cotton Club in Harlem at just 16, but soon was touring the country with Noble Sissle's Orchestra and landed a spot as NBC's featured jazz vocalist. In the 1930s, she rose up on Hollywood and the nightclub world to become the highest paid black entertainer of her time — even with McCarthyism.Yep, even after being blacklisted and pushed out of...
Miss Teen USA has (rightfully) decided to remove the swimsuit competition from the yearly event that judges and critiques teen women on their appearance. They had been claiming that this particular segment of the show was meant to celebrate athleticism, but in reality, it was objectifying 15-19-year-old teenagers. The show is replacing the swimsuit competition with an athletic wear portion.  The Miss Universe President, Paula Shugart, spoke to the change saying, "This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active,...
If you’re anything like me, your average day is filled with screen time. Whether I’m writing on my laptop or managing Bossed Up’s Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts from my iPhone, I love being connected with you bosses! But we all know the perils of being plugged in ALL the time. The good news is, it’s not the phone and computer itself that are damaging—it’s how we choose to use them. Here are six apps to integrate into your Internet usage to make sure you’re the boss of your devices instead of the...
Under the Offences Against the Person Act of 1861, any pregnant woman who acted with intent to “procure her own miscarriage” was guilty of a felony and could, if convicted, be sentenced to “penal servitude for life.” This same law that punished women who attempted to rid themselves of an unwanted pregnancy also punished the nurses and midwives who were frequently engaged to assist them. In most cases, it was impossible to enforce the law. However, when a woman died as a result of complications following...
So, it happened. I was pregnant. It was a boy from Tinder who worked in finance. He was an Ivy League graduate that was fairly dimwitted, but he had a sweet face, and I was taking a vacation from my psychiatric medicine. I couldn’t believe it. Was the stress of the situation worth it? Was sex with the man who ignored me when I told him about my pregnancy worth it? Would the pain of having to heal my insides be worth it? No, but...