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This Friday, after 35 years, Ireland will vote to remove its constitutional ban on abortion. In 1983, the 8th Amendment was added to the Irish constitution, equating the life of a fetus to the life of the pregnant person and preventing the possibility of a judicial ruling legalizing abortion. There is no exception for rape, incest, or cases of fatal fetal abnormalities in this law, and no person of childbearing age has had a say on it. Every day in Ireland, at least two women...
Morgan Freeman Accused of Sexual Harassment Eight women have come forward to accuse Morgan Freeman of sexual harassment and assault, backed up by eight more people who said they witnessed Freeman’s behavior. One production assistant who worked with Freeman on the movie Going In Style in 2015 said that Freeman sexually harassed her for months, subjected her to unwanted touching, and "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." A female member of the production staff of the movie Now...
We've been waiting our whole lives to dress up in cloaks, light candles, and share stories about our experiences of womanhood in a cemetery—and finally, the day has come. LA-based producer Trish Nelson is bringing her storytelling event, The Secret Society of the Sisterhood, to the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn on May 29th, where special guests Amber Tamblyn, Lorri Davis, Yamanieka Saunders and Dhonielle Clayton will take the stage. We spoke to Nelson about how The Secret Society of the Sisterhood came to be. How did you come up...
   There has never been an English royal wedding that hasn’t caught the public’s attention. From King Henry VIII’s six wives to the ill-fated marriage of Prince Charles and Diana, the marital escapades of the English monarchy have captivated people around the world throughout history. In recent years, each royal wedding has become a war between traditional pomp and circumstance and the creeping influence of the outside world. Prince Harry’s marriage to American actress Meghan Markle embodies just that—especially because Markle is a self-identified feminist. Will Meghan...
At the 2018 Billboard Awards, Janet Jackson made history as the first black women to ever receive the Icon Award. After having the award presented to her, Jackson gave a brief but impactful acceptance speech where she discussed sexism, abuse, racism, and God. Expressing her thankfulness for the award, while the audience cheered her name, the icon said the following:   “For all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” Jackson said. “Women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated...
Tig Notaro On #MeToo Redemption Narratives In an interview with the New York Times, Tig Notaro held firm when asked about the future career of Louis C.K. and other men accused of sexual harassment or assault. “The attention and support for the victims needs to be continued, more than people worried about these abusers and what’s next for them, how are they going to move on—shut up,” she said. She also announced that she’ll be starring as First Lady to Jennifer Aniston’s President in a new...

I remember seeing ads for Weight Watchers on television when I was three, maybe four years old. One night, I told my grandmother that I was going to call the number on the screen, and if I recall correctly, she laughed. Then I picked up the phone, and she stopped laughing. She told me I was silly to want to call Weight Watchers, but I looked at the women in those ads and I looked at my slightly pudgy belly—at three, maybe four years old—and...
Trump To Pull Federal Funding From Planned Parenthood And Any Health Service That Talks About AbortionMultiple news organizations are reporting that the Trump administration will soon announce a new rule that will remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood and other health clinics that provide abortions—or even give patients referrals to abortion providers. The policy would be a return to a Reagan-era policy that, as the New York Times puts it, “is often described as a domestic gag rule because it barred caregivers at facilities that...
  Trump Calls Immigrants “Not People" And "Animals”Donald Trump continued his racist rhetoric against undocumented Latinx immigrants during an immigration roundtable yesterday, saying, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in— and we’re stopping a lot of them—but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” Trump has a history of racist language against Latinx immigrants—he’s called them “animals” going back to 2015, and memorably called Mexican immigrants “rapists"...
Cornell senior Letitia Chai took a stand by stripping down and presenting her senior thesis in her underwear—twice. The two protests—one spontaneous, one planned—were in reaction to Chai’s professor’s criticism of her denim shorts. In a series of Facebook posts she later documented and shared via Google Drive, Chai wrote that it began when she went to her Acting In Public class to perform a draft of her thesis presentation on refugee rehabilitation. Chai wrote that she was wearing a button-down shirt and denim cut-off shorts,...