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Once again, a conservative white man wants to set up camp in women’s uteruses. On the third day of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Democrats urged him to explain his stance on abortion rights. In response to a question from Texas senator Ted Cruz, Kavanaugh casually referred to contraceptives as “abortion inducing drugs,” The Cut reports. Cruz’s question was in regards to Priests for Life, a case in which a religious organization objected to the part of the Affordable Care Act that required employers to provide...
Hey girl! I can’t wait to share this exciting business opportunity with you… If you’re a woman on any social media platform, you’re probably familiar with these messages. You get a notification from a friend—even if it’s a casual friend, like someone you attended high school with, or someone you were in a book club with five years ago— and they have an amazing business opportunity to share with you. Their social feed is flooded with dollar signs, “boss babe” hashtags, and photos of products they...
  A huge win for gay rights was achieved on Thursday when India’s Supreme Court revoked one of the world’s oldest bans on consensual gay sex, ending a years-long ongoing legal battle over jurisdiction conceived during the country’s colonial past, The New York Times reports. In their decision, India’s chief justice Dipak Misra described the British-colonial-era law, Section 377, as “irrational, indefensible and manifestly arbitrary." “We have to bid adieu to prejudices and empower all citizens,” Misra said in court. The court ruled that gay citizens are now...
In the September 4th primary, 44-year-old Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley beat 66-year-old, 20-year incumbent Michael Capuano, who conceded before the race was officially called, the Daily Beast reported. Pressley was the first woman of color elected to city council in her 2009 win, and if the November primary goes as planned, she will be the first black woman elected to Congress by Massachusetts. Though one of the deepest blue states, Massachusetts did not elect their first female Senator, Elizabeth Warren, until 2012. According to the...
Three weeks ago, New York-based rapper Princess Nokia launched an initiative called Hood 2 La Gente—a campaign that is intended to provide direct support to people on the ground in Puerto Rico, reports Remezcla. She is working with activists in New York City to provide funds for grassroots organizations working in Puerto Rico. Princess Nokia wrote on Instagram, “When the government intentionally neglects and actively works to hurt our people for profit, it’s on us to organize and fight for our communities. We understand as working class...
Julia Salazar, the 27-year-old democratic socialist running for New York State Senate, is igniting sex work activism like few politicians have done before. She will be challenging eight-term incumbent Democrat Sen. Martin Dilan in the September 13th primary. On her website, Salazar describes herself as “an advocate, a tenant, a feminist, a democratic socialist, a union member, and a proud daughter of working-class immigrants, [who] has spent her life fighting for social justice in her community.” She is one of the few political candidates to speak...
  Labor Day marks the end of summer, going back to classes, and the end of being able to wear white until next year. But, what even is Labor Day? According to the US Department of Labor, the first Labor Day occurred on September 5, 1882 in New York City and was organized by the Central Labor Union. In 1884, the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday’s official date. Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to also participate in celebrating the...

“I fucking DID it,” I yelled over the phone to my sister as I collapsed onto the seat of my car, sweaty and relieved. After twelve years of bearing the judgy burden that was my purity ring, I had finally cast it into the fires of Mordor, a.k.a. my local pawn shop. My loins needed no keeper, and I had been ready for what seemed like an eternity to release them from their garnet-hearted, white gold shackle into a freedom where they were no longer...
An educator, businesswoman, and leader, Mary McLeod Bethune faced countless insurmountable odds in her life, yet she never stopped fighting. Throughout her life, she battled racism, sexism, and even the KKK. And in doing so, she changed not only America, but the world! So buckle up, because you may not have heard of this incredible woman. But I promise that once we’re done, you will be obsessed! Seriously, this woman… just everything   Born in 1875 to former slaves, Mary was the youngest of 17. Despite her parents' endless...
At summer camp, I spent weeks running around in the sunshine, laughing until I fell over, and making lifelong friends. Sometimes, it was heaven on earth. And sometimes it wasn’t. Like the summer we were fifteen, the oldest kids at camp. Nearly everyone in our age group had grown up together. Maybe that was why it was so shocking when two boys grabbed my best friend, Hannah*, while we were swimming in the lake, and groped her between the legs while she yelled at them to...