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This morning, the BBC reported that, according to a report in the Japanese publication Yomiuri Shimbun, a top medical university has been manipulating entrance exam results to limit the number of female students. The publication quoted anonymous sources close to the school who believed that women were more likely to quit their jobs to focus on marriage and kids, and thus should be denied opportunities to pursue careers as doctors. Tokyo Medical University, a private six-year school located in the nation’s capital, requires that applicants must first pass...

Recently, a female friend asked me if I worried that writing would interfere with my real job. She wondered if the parents and adults I work with would view my writing as unprofessional. For my real job, I work with students on the Autism Spectrum and their families. My essays usually revolve around topics surrounding gender equality, LGBTQ issues, and mental health. While I agree it would be unprofessional for me to bring in an article I’ve written about oral sex to use as a...
Gerda Taro is widely considered the first female photojournalist to cover a war, and the first female photojournalist to die in a war zone. And even better yet: she was a leftist! Google is dedicating today’s Doodle to her on her 108th birthday. According to CNet, Taro was born Gerta Pohorylle in Germany in 1910. In 1933, fled under Hitler’s regime after being detained for anti-Nazi propaganda. By 1934, she was settled in Paris. She met and fell in love with Endre Friedmann, a Jewish Hungarian photojournalist...
Pussy Riot has landed in jail once again, on the same day they were set to be released following their anti-authoritarian protest at the World Cup. Four members of the punk-protest group were arrested after they ran onto the Moscow World Cup field, dressed in police uniforms, to demand an end to Russia’s oppressive police practices. Millions were watching. Olga Pakhtusova, Pytor Verzilov, Olga Kuracheva, and Veronika “Nika” Nikulshina were sentenced to 15 days in jail for disrupting the game. But it seems that Russia’s (in)justice...
On Sunday, Supreme Court Justice and America’s Last Remaining Hope Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that she wants to stay on the bench for five more years, CNN reports. We all breathed a collective sigh of relief knowing that Ginsburg, who has been a strong defender of liberal issues since her appointment in 1993, will be around for a while longer in this time of a potential conservative majority on the bench. "I'm now 85," Ginsburg said while attending a New York production of the Originalist. "My...
Earlier this month, rapist Brock Turner and his lawyer, Eric Multhaup, took to a San Jose appeals court to argue against Turner's 2016 conviction. After sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, Turner was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault and faced up to 14 years in prison but, in a notoriously light sentence, was only given six months. Turner served three of those six months and was released in September 2016, ABC News reported. Now, Multhaup is trying to specifically overturn one of the charges—assault with...
“That’s a bunch of bullshit,” was Tami’s comment about the hoops she would have to jump through to get an abortion. When the 32 year-old mother of three from Louisiana sought services, she discovered that “every clinic but three have been shut down.” After learning about the numerous appointments required, waiting times, and counseling—“they are gonna make me listen to the heartbeat”—she commented, “I know what I want, but the laws in the state make it so hard.” Barriers to abortion care are common; 90% of...
On National Self-Care Day, it’s important for us to look back into the history of the self-care movement and pay tribute to the men and women that brought health and wellness to the forefront of our conversations about our well-being. While many today say that the self-care movement has turned into a marketing tactic to sell expensive and unnecessary beauty products, the original premise of self-care preaches ideas that are well-intentioned and influential. Self-care began as a way for patients to prevent or manage illnesses by...
  This weekend, Republican Florida Representative Ron DeSantis referred to Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as “this girl…or whatever she is” during a campaign event. Yesterday, Ocasio-Cortez directly responded to DeSantis on Twitter. “It seems you’re confused as to ‘whatever I am.’ I am a Puerto Rican woman,” she wrote. “It’s strange you don’t know what that is, given that ~75,000 Puerto Ricans have relocated to Florida in the 10 mos since Maria.” Read more on the Huffington Post. Lin-Manuel Miranda Creates Fund To Support Puerto Rican Artists The actor...
People with disabilities are responding to the recent series of plastic straw bans by cities like Seattle and Berkeley and companies like Starbucks and Marriott. In the process of striving to reduce plastic waste and make the oceans safer for sea animals, these governments and companies have failed to understand how important plastic straws can be for people with disabilities. One Twitter user, who has Tourette's syndrome and a bleeding disorder, explains the importance of straws in their life: Via Twitter/@silverswansong. Many disabled folks took to...