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Nancy Astor was a glamorous American in London. Now on marriage number two, she could easily have been the stuff of turn-of-the century gossip, but Nancy had better things to do. See, Nancy wanted to be in politics. Now, in 1918, this was not an easy thing to do! Women had just gotten the vote (literally; some women in the UK could first start voting in 1918). BUT Nancy’s husband had just had to give up his seat as MP (Member of Parliament) for his constituency of Plymouth...
Cardi B Dropped Her New Album This Morning The rapper who created “Bodak Yellow”  — arguably the anthem of 2017 —  dropped her debut album Invasion of Privacy this morning. Forbes writes that Cardi B’s hours-old album is already eligible for a Gold certification. ICE Detains More Pregnant Women Immigrations and Customs Enforcement ended the policy of releasing pregnant women while their cases were pending. NPR reports that 506 pregnant women have been taken into custody since December, and tells the heartbreaking story of a woman who miscarried...
Roxane Gay Celebrates Unruly Bodies With New Pop-Up Magazine On April 3, Roxane Gay launched a month-long pop-up magazine through Medium. Unruly Bodies, curated by Gay, will publish new essays and features every Tuesday. “I wanted to…create a space for writers I respect and admire to contribute to the ongoing conversation about unruly bodies and what it means to be human,” Gay writes in her Editor’s Note. Contributors include Kiese Laymon, Larissa Pham, and Samantha Irby. Check out Gay’s letter here, read this amazing piece by...
We've all read books where women are prizes to be won or objects to be consumed. Many male writers describe their femme characters in flagrantly sexist ways, and women on Twitter are tired of it. The “describe yourself like a male author would” challenge has women parodying how men write about them, and the tweets are golden.  The Daily Dot writes that last week, author Gwen C. Katz tweeted a passage written by a male author who claimed to have “an authentic female protagonist.” In reality,...
Scary White Man In Power Wants Death Penalty For Abortions Idaho Statesman reports that Bob Nonini (R), an Idaho senator and governor candidate, said on Monday that he believes people who have abortions should face the death penalty, stating that “the threat of prosecution... would dramatically reduce abortion" and nodding when asked if that included the death penalty. He later scaled down his comments...slightly. Readers in Idaho: please vote.   Mississippi Teenagers Walked 50 Miles To Remember MLK A group of Mississippi teenagers just walked 50 miles to Memphis,...
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...