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Last night at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Brie Larson spoke out about a need for more prominent film critics who aren’t just white men. “I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him,” she said. “I want to know what it meant to women of color, biracial women, to teen women of color…If you make a movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an...
  Having your period is a miserable experience—but if you’re homeless, it’s even worse. Since 2015, Chelsea VonChaz has been fighting to change that. After seeing a homeless woman bleeding on the side of a road in downtown L.A.—and learning that shelters hardly ever receive pads or tampons as donations—VonChaz started #HappyPeriod, a non-profit that mobilizes volunteers and provides hygiene products to people who need them. Once a month or so, #HappyPeriod chapters across the country collect donations and assemble small yellow care packages (with pads, tampons,...
Trump To Block Domestic Abuse And Gang Violence Survivors From Being Able To Claim Asylum Led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Trump administration has ruled that immigration judges stop offering asylum to survivors of domestic abuse and gang violence. The action bars thousands of immigrants, primarily women, from finding sanctuary in America. “The mere fact that a country may have problems effectively policing certain crimes such as domestic violence or gang violence, or that certain populations are more likely to be victims of crime, cannot...
As I watched Nicole Arbour’s “Women’s Edit” of Childish Gambino's “This is America,” one question repeatedly occurred to me… “Why is she doing this?” Even after I watched the video, the question still lingered. Throughout her video, Arbour’s message focused primarily on issues women face today. However, she conveyed a much larger message to the audience: the problems inherent in white feminism. After Childish Gambino’s (aka Donald Glover) music video “This Is America” was released, critics swarmed him with praise for his artistic yet political statements on America’s...
Amy Adams has recently spoken out about the gender pay gap—and she's taking a different approach from many other women in Hollywood. In 2014, Adams stayed quiet when Sony emails were hacked that disclosed that Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale had been given a much higher paychecks for American Hustle than she and her co-star Jennifer Lawrence received, Harper’s Bazaar reports. Now, Adams is coming forward to explain why she didn't speak out at the time. She says that she supports equal pay in the film...
The moment we’ve all been waiting for—an RBG we can carry around with us! FCTRY is a product incubator that has created action figures of several notable figures including Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, and Barack Obama. Their newest figure, after many requests, will be Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The company's CEO, Jason Feinberg, told USA Today, “The people have spoken and in these turbulent times of political uncertainty, a most unlikely hero has emerged—and that means it's time for us to make a new action figure!” The...
Trump Administration Continues Separating Immigrant Children from Parents at the Border The Trump administration is in its second official month of its inhumane policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border. The Boston Globe reports the tragic story of many immigrant children who are taken from their parents and put into shelters or foster homes across the country while their parents await trail in ICE detention centers, often with no knowledge of where their children reside. Read more at The Boston Globe. Today in...
Google is celebrating the 171st anniversary of suffragist Millicent Fawcett’s birthday with a Doodle. But, who is she? Fawcett is considered one of the most influential people in the women’s suffrage movement in Britain. According to the Independent, she has also been described as one of the most influential feminists of the past 100 years. The colors for her movement, which are represented in the doodle, were green, white and red, which stood for "Give Women Rights." Fawcett was a feminist from a young age. During her childhood, Fawcett’s...
Lily Allen Comes Foreward About Sexual Abuse In Music Industry In a recent interview with the Daily Telegraph, Lily Allen revealed that she had been abused by a person in the music industry, saying, “The music industry won’t let me escape my abuser.” Allen compared herself to Rose McGowan, saying she had reported the abuse to people around her in the industry and no one did anything about it. She has not named her abuser because she is worried about the impact it will have on...
  The Restoration era in Britain was truly a golden age of misogyny. The culturally ingrained fear of and contempt for women is evident in the literature and drama of the period. My personal favourite historical derogatory term for single women comes from Restoration literature, in which spinsters are referred to, charmingly, as “ape leaders."The most potent and horrifying manifestation of Restoration misogyny is the witch trials of the period, in which women were made the scapegoats of a society in state of political and social...