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Seattle Women’s March Set to Align with International Women’s Day

The majority of the annual Women’s Marches took place in January, but the Seattle Women’s March will happen on Sunday, March 8 which is International Women’s Day. March coordinators wanted to shift the focus of the event away from presidential issues and back to women’s issues. Originally the postponing of the march was reportedly because...

Ruth Bader Ginsberg Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at DVF Awards

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, affectionately known to many as “The Notorious RBG”, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for “being a trailblazer, contributing to gender equality and supporting women’s issues” at Diane von Furstenberg’s awards ceremony Wednesday night. The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by von Furstenberg to honor extraordinary women who are making an...

CEO of Victoria’s Secret Parent Company Steps Down after Epstein, Harassment Controversies

Leslie H. Wexner, 82-year-old chief executive of L Brands, is stepping down after widespread criticism of his connections to disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and the toxic internal culture of lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret. Wexner’s resignation follows L Brands’ announcement that it will be selling a majority share of Victoria’s Secret to Sycamore Partners, a private...

Alabama Legislator Proposes Mandatory Vasectomy Bill in Response to Abortion Ban

Last Thursday, Democratic state representative from Alabama Rep. Rolanda Hollis proposed a new law in which all men are required to have a vasectomy once they reach the age of 50, or after they have their third child – whichever comes first. They would also be required to pay for this surgery on their own....

British Political Party’s Divide Deepens Over Transgender Inclusion

Last week multiple senior members of Britain’s Labour party endorsed a “trans equality manifesto” that supports more inclusive party values and claimed that anyone with transphobic views should be thrown out of the party. Backlash from this controversial charter comes with a call to produce evidence for transphobia allegations. The two women in the center...

Scholars Debate Causes of Women’s Underrepresentation in STEM

Since the publication of a study by Psychological Science in 2018, the reasons as to why women make up a much smaller percentage than men in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields has been widely debated. According to the study, women are underrepresented in STEM, though according to performance records in these fields women...

Study Finds Young People Still Hold Conservative Views on Gender Roles

A new survey from Gallup reports that opposite-sex couples between the ages of 18 and 34 still harbor and uphold traditional views about who should do what within the home. A new study in Sociological Science also shows that high school seniors believe that the ideal family arrangement involves the man working full time while...

Pulitzer Winner Talks Immigration at Literacy Event

Jose Antonio Vargas, critically-acclaimed author and winner of the Pulitzer prize, began his lecture at the Washtenaw Reads event put on by Ann Arbor District’s Library this past week by saying, “If you want to call ICE on me, please wait ‘til after the lecture.” The annual event in Michigan is designed to “promote reading...

Prominent Doctors’ Groups Standing for Medicare For All

The second largest doctors’ group in the country, American College of Physicians (ACP) endorsed Medicare For All challenging other large doctor’s coalitions. This shift signifies changing ideals within the healthcare industry about a government plan. Second only to the American Medical Association (AMA), the ACP published a position paper arguing the benefits of a single-payer...

New Film Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of Women Gaining the Right to Vote

Set to debut on June 30, a PBS film inspired by the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment will feature a number of feminist icons and activists. The 2020 MAKERS conference, happening today in Los Angeles, will announce the new documentary, NOT DONE, that celebrates the suffragists’ win in gaining the right to vote. The...

Documentary About Skateboarding Girls from Afghanistan Wins Oscar

At the 92nd Annual Academy Awards, a documentary featuring young girls learning to skateboard in Afghanistan won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject. According to Diaa Hadid, International Correspondent for NPR, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), features a group of young girls in the Afghan capital of Kabul “clutch[ing]...

Rep. Maloney Announces the Smithsonian Women’s History Act

Today Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) introduced the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which has 293 cosponsors and is expected to go to the U.S. House floor for a vote tomorrow afternoon. This bill will establish a Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history on the National Mall. “We are...

Postpartum Recovery Ad Rejected by the Oscars for Being “Too Graphic”

ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences rejected an ad for postpartum recovery products that would have aired during the Oscars for being “too graphic.” The commercial depicts a new mom adjusting to her post-birth body and placing a pad in a pair of mesh underwear. Frida Mom, the company behind the...

Rep. Ayanna Pressley Responds to Trolls After Going Public with Alopecia

Rep. Ayanna Pressley has a message for those who called her Mr. Clean after she went public with an autoimmune disease. Last month Representative Ayanna Pressley publicly revealed her hair loss from alopecia, which is an autoimmune disease. In the video interview, Pressley opened up about the medical condition which in her situation, resulted in...

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite Makes History at the Academy Awards

The South Korean film Parasite made history last night at the 92nd Oscars when it was named Best Picture. “This is very first Oscar to South Korea,” director Bong Joon-ho said in his first acceptance speech of the night, after he and fellow writer Han Jin Won won for Best Original Screenplay. The cast and...

Trump to Cut Safety Net Programs, Increase Security Spending in Proposed Budget

President Donald Trump is expected to propose a $4.8 trillion budget that includes cuts to safety net programs, government agencies, and foreign aid and increases to national security programs, according to a senior administration official. Trump is proposing a $4.4 trillion spending cut to safety net programs over 10 years. The budget includes $130 billion...

Virginia Senate Passes Bill Banning LGBTQ+ Discrimination

Yesterday the Virginia Senate passed the “Virginia Values Act”, which adds sexual orientation and gender identity to the commonwealth’s anti-discrimination law, with a 30-9 vote. The Bill (SB 868 in Senate and HB 1663 in the House), makes sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes in regards to discrimination for things such as housing, employment,...

One Year after Peace Deal, Many Children in Central African Republic Still Suffering

Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of the most recent peace deal between the government of the Central African Republic and the 14 major armed groups involved in a civil war. The peace deal of February 2019 was the eighth agreement regarding the civil conflict in seven years. The African Union and United Nations took on...

Female Russian Journalist and Lawyer Attacked in Chechnya

Famous Russian journalist, Elena Milashina, along with lawyer Marina Dubrovina were assaulted by a gang of men and women in the lobby of a hotel in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Milashina is well-known for exposing the kidnap and torture of gay Chechen men. Chechnya, a federal subject of Russia, has been ruled by President...

U.S. Jobs Report Includes Data on Same-Sex Couples in Historic First

Today, the U.S. government has released their monthly jobs report of historical significance. This monthly report will be the first time which the Bureau of Labor Statistics will include same-sex couples in its count of workers within the U.S. economy, allow for greater LGBTQ+ representation in government statistics. This is not the only significant change...