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Mary Ellis lived an extraordinary life. She was an active flyer and British ferry pilot during the second World War. Later, she flew jet engines for the Royal Air Force, a claim only a handful of women would ever proudly hold. Mary would put her life on the line to do what she loved. Completely fearless, she knocked down whatever barriers faced her. Refusing to let anything, be that sexism or enemy fire, stop her from getting in her plane cockpit: “I am passionate for anything fast...
On Wednesday, City Girls—with some assistance from Cardi B—released the visual for “Twerk,” and it did not disappoint. The video had been anticipated since November, when Yung Miami, one half of City Girls, issued the “City Girls 25K Twerk Challenge” in search of the world’s best twerker. The top 20 hopefuls would be “flewed out” to her hometown of Miami to be featured in the video, and the winner would be awarded $25,000. For those who are less familiar with City Girls and more familiar with...
“I always have trouble pronouncing you people’s names.”  Homeroom, first day of school, senior year. He said “Die-azz” when it’s actually “Dee-ess.” I corrected him, and that was his response. I don’t even think he said he was sorry. I always knew I was different. It was obvious, in my elementary school class pictures. I always stood out because I was too dark to really be white, but not dark enough to be black. But for years, I didn't think much about it. Looking back, I sometimes...
For the 46th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, Refinery29 has launched a new, interactive map that categorizes abortion access in each state. The Abortion Map allows users to see what rights are available to them in each state, and how many legal clinics there are. Another great feature of the map is that it shows the number of "crisis pregnancy centers," which NARAL describes as “fake health-care clinics that lie to, shame and intentionally mislead women about their reproductive-health-care options...
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is an award-winning filmmaker, an activist for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights, the mother of four young children, the creator of the non-profit organization The Representation Project, and the wife of new California Governor, Gavin Newsom. Siebel Newsom is referred to as California’s First Partner on the California Government’s website and on her Twitter account. Siebel Newsom wrote in a tweet  that she prefers "First Partner" to "First Lady" because “being First Partner is about inclusion, breaking down stereotypes, and valuing the partnerships that...
On January 9th, comedian and SNL alum Sasheer Zamata performed a set at the L.A. club Dynasty Typewriter and not only called out Louis C.K. in regard to his being sexual harasser, but also called out the “lazy-ass” writing in his return to stand-up. Zamata was responding in particular to a set of Louis C.K.’s that leaked in January after an audience member recorded the entire hour of standup in mid-December, Vulture reported. Some of the subjects of Louis C.K.'s roasting were the surviving teens of...
Since 2010, January has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Because of the insidious nature of the crime, human trafficking is often hard to track, but International Labor Organization estimates put the number of trafficking victims at 40.3 million worldwide. About a fourth of these victims are children. Human trafficking is a widespread and horrendous crime, yet is also misunderstood. Here are some things you should keep in mind when you talk about human trafficking: Human trafficking is more than just forced prostitution. Congress passed the Trafficking...
The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, GENDA, has finally the New York State Legislature after 16 years of trying, reports the Daily Beast. GENDA names gender identity and gender expression as a protected class for human rights and hate crime laws, including housing, employment, and public accommodations. Them reported last year that GENDA has been brought to the New York State Legislature every year since 2003. Activists put in a lot of work over the past 16 years, and it is finally happening! On Monday, the Senate Investigations...
A Gillette ad—or, as the brand calls it, a "short film"—is going viral, drawing almost five million views on YouTube since it was released on Sunday. The ad appears to support the #MeToo movement and confront toxic masculinity: it begins with scenes of men and boys of various ages gazing moodily into their mirrors as we hear snippets of audio news reports: "Bullying," "the #MeToo movement," "masculinity." The ad then cuts to an old Gillette advertisement with the slogan "the best a man can get," and...

“We’re going to impeach the motherfucker!” In gleeful disbelief, I read these words aloud to my roommate on January 3, just hours after the members of the 116th Congress, the most diverse in America’s history, were sworn in. I couldn’t believe the news I was reading; at an event for MoveOn.org after the swearing-in ceremony, new representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) not only asserted her intention to impeach Donald Trump, but also used the queen of all expletives to describe him. “People love you. And you win,” she...