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Next week, Mike Pence will receive the “Working for Women” award from the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative non-profit organization. The award is given to “an individual who values free markets, works to create a more dynamic and innovative work world, and celebrates the valuable contributions women make to society,” according to an IWF press release. So how, exactly, does this apply to Mike Pence? To state it simply, it doesn’t. Pence has an impressive track-record of actively working against the qualifications of the very award he’s...
“Wow, what a week for our poor president. He’s been bombing harder than Mike Huckabee at open mic night.” On Wednesday, Samantha Bee deservedly denounced President Trump’s recent budget proposal while also comparing it to the male genitalia. The "hard power budget" features federal cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, non-defense spending at the State Department, Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The plan, however, does propose a $54 billion increase in defense spending. “This kind of sounds like when an insecure guy...
  GQ has been plugging their new cover star, “the greatest tennis player of all time,” on Twitter this week.  But a number of tennis fans are not having it. Serena Williams has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other player (23, to Federer’s 18) but as experts point out, there is no one concrete way to determine the greatest tennis player of all time, especially across both men's and women's tennis. Should it be based on singles titles? Prize money? Time spent at No. 1?  Fox...

Viewing this past election year through the lens of a survivor of sexual assault was extremely difficult. With the release of the now-infamous video where Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women our bodies, our stories, and our right to consent were thrust front and center. Many chose to tweet about their assaults with the hashtag #NotOkay. Others of us, already massively triggered by his attitudes and words about women, chose to stay silent. As a survivor, I think that both are valid reactions to a...
Earlier this month, we got chills when women dressed up as Handmaids from The Handmaid’s Tale took over SXSW to promote the upcoming Hulu series. Now, a group of women have used similar costumes for a much more important reason: to protest Texas’ proposed abortion restrictions. Yesterday, a group of women dressed up as Handmaids and went to the Texas Senate as a means of protest. According to the Huffington Post, the Texas Senate was considering several bills that would restrict abortion, including Senate Bill 415,...
It’s 2017, and we still can’t buy birth control without a prescription. Almost half a decade ago, the top doctors in the U.S. released a statement promoting over-the-counter birth control pills, and now more evidence has been found to help back this argument up. Research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows it’s completely safe for teenagers to take oral contraception. In fact, it’s even safer for teens to take the pill than adult women, because they have a lower risk of developing blood clots. Of...
A Harvard graduate and former White House staffer for the Obama administration, Alejandra Campoverdi has a sparkling resume that should make her campaign for Congress easy — except people can’t seem to get over the fact that she modeled for Maxim. This isn’t even the first time that Campoverdi has had to deal with this issue. After becoming the White House’s first-ever deputy director of Hispanic media, she was met with sexists criticism. She was labeled “Obama’s Hottie” when several news outlets ran with the...
Hacking and electronic spying have been buzz topics lately. Most recently, Donald Trump accused Pres. Obama of spying on him via microwave, but these words have been floating through media coverage for a while now (WikiLeaks, Hillary’s emails, celebrity nudes...). It’s a current source of worry--reportedly, people have been using encryption apps to text to protect their privacy. With all these heightened security and hacking threats, everyone is on edge. But the one thing we didn’t expect to be spying on us? Our vibrators. A lawsuit was...
Frida Kahlo, essential feminist artist. Rosa Parks, deemed the "first lady of civil rights" and the "mother of the freedom movement" by Congress. Amelia Earhart, the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic ocean. Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. Lucille Ball and Tig Notaro, legendary comedians. Maya Angelou, the poet, memoirist, civil rights activist. What do all these ladies have in common? If you said, "They're all powerful, inspirational women," you're right. But what ELSE do they have in common?  They have eyes! Or so posits...
Last Sunday, Kelly Herron was attacked in a public restroom while running in Seattle's Golden Gardens park. She wrote on her Instagram, "My biggest running nightmare became reality — 4 miles into my long run Sunday afternoon, I stopped to use the restroom and was assaulted by a man hiding in a stall." Herron's story has since gone viral, as it highlights both the necessity and efficacy of basic self-defense maneuvers and the lack of discrimination with which attackers select their victims.  Using self-defense tactics she learned...
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