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Lilian Bader was one of the first black women to join the British Armed Forces during World War II. She dealt with discrimination and racism, but she rose up through the ranks and left one hell of a legacy for those who followed in her footsteps. Our girl LilianBorn in 1918, Lilian grew up in Liverpool, England. She was the youngest of three. Her dad, Marcus Bailey, was born in Barbados and acted as a merchant seaman during WWI. Their mum walked out when Lilian was very...
Roxane Gay Says She Won't Watch Any More Roseanne One of our favorite feminists has written an op-ed in The New York Times addressing the reboot of Roseanne. The author of Bad Feminist says she won’t continue watching the new episodes, despite her love of the original series, because Roseanne Barr in real life regularly makes transphobic and racist statements, and because the new show mythologizes the idea of the white working class as Trump supporters. Gay counters that with evidence and argues that now is not...
Heineken is the most recent offender in the racist advertisement epidemic. They’ve come under fire for a video in which a white bartender gawks at a light-skinned woman about to drink a glass of wine and slides a bottle of light beer down the bar towards her. The bottle passes several dark-skinned black people on the way, and as the light-skinned woman picks up the beer to drink it, the words, “Sometimes, lighter is better” flash across the screen.  Heineken is a massive, multinational corporation. It’s...
  Malala Visits Pakistan  Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since 2012, when she was shot in the head while campaigning for girls’ education. Details of the trip are being kept secret for obvious reasons, so it is unclear whether she’ll be able to visit her family’s home region of Swat on the four-day trip. Read more on BBC.   Washington Governor Bans Conversion Therapy The Seattle Times reports that Washington governor Jay Inslee has signed into law a bill that bans therapists from using sexual orientation conversion...
Abortion is not a dirty word. Since the beginning of time, feminists have been fighting for bodily autonomy. Abortion activists understand that abortion is essential to our autonomy, and are on the front lines volunteering as clinic escorts, fundraising for abortion funds, and taking up the helm in court cases like NILFA v. Becerra in California. A recent study found that the "states with the most abortion restrictions on the books had also enacted the fewest policies proven to actually support the health of women...
Sean Penn Wrote A Terrible Poem About #MeToo Sean Penn wrote a novel called Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, because lots of white, male celebrities think they have something of literary note to say. The Huffington Post bravely held their noses and reviewed the book, which is an incoherent clusterfuck, to put it mildly. The crown jewel of this dumpster fire is a poem about #MeToo: Though warrior womenBravely walk the walk,Derivatives of disproportionDraw heinous hypocritesTo their flock.[....]Where did all the laughs go? Are you out...
Since the tragic February 14th shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, student activists have led the strongest calls for change. Emma Gonzalez, David Hogg, and Cameron Kasky have become household names; their calls for gun reform have prompted action on state- and national-level bills. This momentum continued at Saturday’s March For Our Lives, where advocates across the country flew to D.C. to deliver powerful speeches about the harms of gun violence. Each and every speaker had a powerful story--but here are...
Chrissy Teigen Claps Back At Critics Asking Why She Didn’t Take Her Husband’s Name Supermodel and queen of Twitter Chrissy Teigen responded to a tweet asking why women don’t take their husbands’ last names. Teigen, who is married to John Legend, said, “My husband didn’t even take his last name?” Billboard writes that she was referring to the fact that her husband’s real surname is Stephens. She followed up after more criticism with, “You’ll never understand the simple reason of ‘because I don’t want to?'" Iconic. Senate...
Ava DuVernay Assembles A Third Season of Women Directors for Queen Sugar The upcoming season of DuVernay’s show is directed entirely by women, just as seasons 1 and 2 were. The Root writes that the Golden Globe-nominated director has always prioritized women’s voices. “If Game of Thrones can have three seasons of all-male directors, why can’t we have three seasons of all-women directors?” asked DuVernay before season 2 of Queen Sugar. Was The Austin Bomber A “Challenged Young Man” Or A “Terrorist?” No One Would Be...
The Smithsonian Moves Michelle Obama Portrait Due To High Demand The portrait has been moved to a bigger gallery in the Smithsonian “for a more spacious viewing experience,” CNN reports. In February, the month the Obama portraits were acquired, the Smithsonian saw 176,700 visitors—making it their best month in three years.Austin Bomber Commits Suicide CNN reports that the suspect in the Austin, TX bombings has committed suicide. The suspect had recently been identified as Mark Anthony Conditt, a 24-year-old white male.The Teenage Artist Whose Work Influenced Picasso The...