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This morning, The Wall Street Journal asserted that Trump “personally directed” his former attorney Michael Cohen and son, Eric Trump, in planning efforts to stop adult film star Stormy Daniels from further sharing details of their affair. The Journal wrote that, according to several individuals close to the situation, Trump suggested Cohen get a restraining order to prevent Daniels from speaking with the media. He also said that he would pay all costs and that Cohen should work with his son on necessary paperwork, reported NBC. This is major, since—as Daniels’...
Same-sex couples are once again under attack in the ever-changing terrain of the fight for equal rights. This week, the Trump Administration announced that same-sex partners of foreign diplomats, which includes United Nations employees, will lose eligibility for visas and will no longer be allowed to live in the United States. The only solution? Getting married. A State Department official told CNN that: The change in policy ensures consistent treatment between opposite-sex partners and same-sex partners by requiring that same-sex partners, like opposite-sex partners, must marry to...
On Tuesday, Donna Strickland, a Canadian professor at the University of Waterloo, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. She shares the award with Arthur Ashkin of the United States and Gérard Mourou of France. Her win is particularly significant: she is the first woman to be awarded the prize in 55 years, and only the third woman in the Nobel Prize's history to win.  Each awardee was recognized for having "revolutionized laser physics," the Royal Swedish Academy said. Strickland's and Dr. Mourou were recognized for...
  Donald Trump Jr. spoke to DailyMailTV about Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, saying that the current climate of #MeToo makes him nervous for his sons, The Cut reports. In a joint interview with his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, during a campaign swing for GOP Senate candidate Matt Rosendale, Trump Jr. said, “I’ve got boys and I’ve got girls. When I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary for all things.” When asked whether he was more scared for his sons or daughters, the president’s ‘First Boy’ retorted,...
By age 12, my ideas surrounding food had surpassed the base notion of nourishment and developed into a complex system to measure morality. For me, food choices fell into two groups: good or bad, guilt-free or guilt-inducing. At 13, I memorized the caloric information and serving size for every item in my pantry, from soup to nuts. I spent my adolescence and the majority of my twenties on some semblance of a diet. Making choices about food was met with mental apprehension and filled my...
This week, we saw new life breathed into the beloved character, Matilda, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic and celebrated novel by the same name. Matilda was resurrected on the author's estate in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire as a playful statue in what TIME magazine suggests is a "temporary installation." Standing on a stack of books with hands on hips in a gesture of sassy defiance, she captures everything we remember the character to be: intelligent, fiercely independent, and always holding her own....
In the aftermath of the 1991 testimony by Anita Hill—in which she alleged sexual harassment by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas—a landmark piece of legislation was passed: The Violence Against Women Act.  Now, during the painfully familiar testimony of Christine Ford Blasley against Brett Kavanaugh, that same legislation faces peril.  The VAWA is slated to expire in December, and without bipartisan action, thousands of victims face limited social services, slashed funding, and loss of protections for vulnerable LGBQT folks and women of color. In 1994, the law was...
  During the Second World War, tens of thousands of women were taken from their homes and turned into sex slaves for (predominantly) the Japanese army. Most of these women never made it home after the war, and those that did were faced with a lifetime of shame, guilt, and secrecy. Less than 35 of these women are currently alive. Yet, in recent years, their story and their unending fight for an apology has sparked an international crisis. So who were the Comfort Women? What happened to them?...
  On Thursday, September 27th, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, with bravery and conviction, testified in front of the Senate that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school, CNN reports. In front of a committee consisting mostly of male lawmakers, Dr. Blasey articulately recalled painful details of the assault. She cooperated and expressed a desire to be helpful to the committee in her recollection of events. As a nation, we watched her relive her trauma as she answered questions that seemed grounded in...

  This spring, I attended The United State of Women Summit in Los Angeles where I heard activist Ai-Jen Poo speak about the urgent necessity of gender equity. One particular phrase remains burned into my brain: “When women are in power, we do things differently.” While I intellectually understood what Ai-Jen Poo was saying to be true, only recently have I felt her words resonate on a visceral level. Existing as a woman during these past few weeks has been exhausting. After days of fighting Trump’s egregiously...