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Just one week after the mass shootings at two Christchurch mosques, which killed 50 people, New Zealand’s cabinet has committed to strengthening the country’s gun laws by banning military-style semi-automatic weapons, assault rifles and high capacity magazines, CNN.com reports. At a press conference in New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced; “On 15 March our history changed forever. Now our laws will too. We are announcing action today on behalf of all New Zealanders to strengthen our gun laws and make our country a...
In the Maine state legislature, state representative Richard Pickett of Dixfield (take a moment to consider how fitting the name is) just voted against a measure that would have provided free menstrual supplies to incarcerated women, transgender, and nonbinary people. Rep. Pickett stated in a hearing: “Quite frankly, and I don’t mean this in any disrespect, the jail system and the correctional system was never meant to be a country club,” According to the Maine Beacon, Whitney Parrish, director of policy and program for Maine Women’s...
On the same day that David Beckham stood in front of a newly unveiled statue of himself in L.A. and called it a dream come true, the United States Women’s National Soccer Team celebrated Women’s History Month by wearing inspirational women’s names on the back of their jerseys during their game against England. While Beckham stated that he hoped his kids would be able to see what he “created” and that it would likely make them proud, the members of the U.S. women’s team chose to honor inspirational women like...
  1. HYPATIA Hypatia was a genius. She was a mathematician, astronomer and inventor. Our babe had some serious brains and was also ballsy as fuck. She’s one of the first recorded women in mathematics—if not the first. Yeah, we haven't even started and you already KNOW she's the greatest... Hypatia was born sometime between 350-37 BC in Alexandria (an Egyptian province). Her dad, Theon, was one of the last members of the Library of Alexandria (an incredibly fancy palace of knowledge). A famed mathematician, Daddy Hypatia wasted no time teaching...
The #MeToo movement inspired a much-needed conversation about the treatment of women at the hands of powerful men. For the past year and half, those with “an upper hand” have learned it’s best to keep both hands to themselves. Society is finally beginning to internalize the understanding that women are not mere sexual objects. But while that same society has cautioned men about their behavior, it has done little to widen their perspectives about who women are – and can be: experts. We are still far behind...
Many have already spoken out about the surprisingly vicious and sexist take-down of Amy Klobuchar by The New York Times. As we now know, Senator Klobuchar can be a demanding boss. But the most striking anecdote—the one meant to reveal just how dreadful Senator Klobuchar can be, involved a salad, an airplane, and a comb. If you saw the piece, you surely remember this part, the very first example described in the article: “An aide, joining her on a trip to South Carolina in 2008, had procured...
Most people are familiar with Larry Nassar, the doctor who molested hundreds of young athletes in his care, and Robert Hadden, a Columbia University OBGYN who is at the center of a class action lawsuit for digitally penetrating, fondling, and even licking patients on his exam tables for two decades, but few are aware of the sexual abuse and discrimination that female medical professionals face. A group of medical professionals is partnering with Time’s Up to bring awareness to the harassment in healthcare and to...
County prisons around the United States restrict their inmates' access to tampons and pads. According to an article by the non-profit magazine, Mother Jones, Californian attorney Paula Canny is doing everything in her power to make sure inmates have what they need during their time of the month. Canny’s mission to change how local jails in California treat periods started when she met with her client, Christine Kolba, last year. Kolba was at the San Mateo County Jail on drug charges at the time, and Canny...
Last year, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) proposed a testosterone limit on women runners. Caster Semenya, a 2-time Olympic gold medalist and 3-time world champion runner from South Africa, is challenging their restriction in court this week. According to the Guardian, Semenya and her lawyers launched their appeal against IAAF’s limit calling it “flawed” and “hurtful.” Higher levels of testosterone are often naturally occurring in female athletes, but the IAAF is claiming that their new limit is meant to “empower girls and women” by sustaining a...
According to the Tennessean, earlier this month Tennessee’s attorney general, Herbert Slatery, ruled that the state’s hate crime protections included transgender individuals. In 2000 the General Assembly in the state of Tennessee added a hate crime statute to judges’ sentencing rules for crimes that targeted a person based on race, religion, color, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or gender. Last year, Senator Sara Kyle presented a bill to add gender identity and expression to the 2000 hate crime ruling. Kyle’s bill failed, but it...