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On January 19, 2019, Women's Marches will be held around the country, in which people will voice their support for women's rights and their opposition to the Trump administration. According to The New York Times, organizers all over the United States are hoping to use the momentum generated from the opposition against Judge Kavanaugh and the successes from the 2018 midterm election to make the upcoming march the most successful Women's March yet. They're also hoping that this march will make a statement ahead of the...
  Newly sworn-in Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is already shaking up the House of Representatives in several ways. Many news outlets, including NBC News, reported on the impressive and historic diversity of the 116th Congress. Notably, Tlaib, along with Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), are the first Muslim Congresswomen. Tlaib is the first Palestinian-American woman elected, and she wore a traditional Palestinian gown called a thobe to her swearing-in on Thursday. Thobes are hand-embroidered gowns that typically represent the city the wearer is from.             View this post on Instagram                   Sneak...

Because the nature of this question is gendered along male/female lines, there’s going to be a lot of him vs. her in this post, and if that turns you off because binary gendering is BS, I totally get it, and I’ll see you next time. A reader asked me if I’d write a piece about “toxic femininity.” I felt immediately suspicious, then turned to my Facebook crew to ask their thoughts: is “toxic femininity” a thing? I read responses all day. I read some articles shared...
The 116th Congress is sworn in today, and according to Pew Research Center, women make up almost a quarter of its membership, the highest in United States history. 102 members in the House of Representatives are women, and one-third of those women won their seats for the first time in the 2018 midterms. 25 women will be serving in the Senate, and five of those women are new Senators. The Pew Research Center also reported that the number of women in the 116th Congress is...
Most people are familiar with the partial government shutdown that occurred over the holidays because of disagreements over border wall funding, but few are aware of the expiration of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that followed because of the shutdown. The VAWA passed in 1994 in the aftermath of Anita Hill’s landmark 1991 case against Clarence Thomas, according to the Washington Post. The act helps victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and stalking by providing funding for programs including rape crisis centers, shelters, and legal...
Well folks, Fox News has broadcasted yet another embarrassingly confusing approach to political sensitivity, this one so absurd, it is liable to make you laugh until your eggnog comes shooting out your nose. Personally, I've never considered the importance of gender equality in the sphere of cookies, pastries, and other baked goods. In fact, I've never thought about food having gender at all. But Tammy Bruce, a Fox News Consultant, says it only makes sense, after being bullied into censorship for one's whole life, that the...
The first accusations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein were made over a year ago, and there is finally some promising forward movement towards justice. Since October 2017, the movie producer and co-founder of Miramax has been accused of sexual misconduct by over 80 women, according to Vanity Fair. Weinstein’s inappropriate behavior spanned decades, and the accusations of sexual misconduct against him range from lewd comments to rape. According to the Associated Press, this morning, Judge James Burke rejected a bid by Weinstein and his lawyers to dismiss...
In the summer of 2018, a woman made history when she climbed the Statue of Liberty during a 4th of July protest. Her name is Patricia Okoumou, and on Monday, she was found guilty of trespassing, interfering with government agency functions, and disorderly conduct, The Guardian reports. Okoumou, a naturalized US citizen born in the Congo, was demonstrating for the sake of immigrant rights, particularly for children who are being separated from their parents and kept in detainment. Magistrate judge Gabriel Gorenstein acknowledged Okoumou’s activism and her...
Saturday night marked the second day of the three-day long Rolling Loud Festival, in which Cardi B appeared as the first female headliner. What should have simply been yet another positive headline about Cardi B achieving a career accolade has been sullied by an awkward pop-up from her estranged husband Offset.  In video footage showing Offset's attempt to win her back, Cardi freezes with confusion onstage. Her dancers stop performing, and Rolling Out Fest personnel are seen rolling out red and white roses that read, “Take...
December 17 marks the Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. First recognized in 2003, the Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers is marked by events held globally that encourage sex workers and allies to organize against discrimination, rally for visibility and empowerment, and remember victims of violence in this line of work. According to the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-USA), in the U.S., where commercial sex is criminalized, sex workers are four times more likely to experience physical, sexual, or emotional violence. The World...