Meera Vijayann’s TED Talk On Women’s Empowerment In India

Meera Vijayann’s TED Talk On Women’s Empowerment In India

Take a look at this TED Talk from writer and citizen journalist Meera Vijayann on combating violence against women in India and–on a larger scale–what women can do to claim their own empowerment.

Gallup Poll Finds Increased Numbers Of Americans In Favor Of Women Leaders

Gallup Poll Finds Increased Numbers Of Americans In Favor Of Women Leaders

A recent Gallup Poll demonstrates that growing numbers of Americans say that the country would be better off with more women leaders. Those numbers are up from 57% in 2000.  With only about 20% of congress made up of women it certainly wouldn’t be hard to improve on those numbers. I also find it encouraging that 59% of Americans believe that […]

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

  Update July 29: We have updated this article to include the responses universities gave to the stories. During their time at college, the Department of Justice estimates one in five women will be sexually assaulted, and as many as 95 percent of the cases go unreported. So how are colleges failing to protect students from sexual assault? We sorted […]

Meghan Trainor Proclaims Pride In Her Curves

Meghan Trainor Proclaims Pride In Her Curves

by Jackie Brubaker “All About That Bass” is the first song and video to be released from singer-songwriter-producer Meghan Trainor’s upcoming solo album. In it the voluptuous, Nashville-based singer charmingly rants about the war between curvy and skinny women. Trainor got her start writing and producing songs in her bedroom on a computer as a 13-year-old. At 17-years-old she signed […]

The Other F-Word

The Other F-Word

A gross misunderstanding of what it means to be a feminist has recently led a lot of young women to declare that they ‘don’t need feminism,’ all the while benefitting from the efforts of past feminist movements.  YouTube sexpert, Laci Green has produced a charming video meant counter to those misguided and incorrect beliefs about feminism. Every movement has it’s […]


Inspiring College Student is Carrying Around Her Mattress Until Her Rapist is Gone from Campus

Inspiring College Student is Carrying Around Her Mattress Until Her Rapist is Gone from Campus

Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz was raped in her own dorm bed. As a senior thesis, the visual arts student will be doing a performance art piece called “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight,” in which she will carry a dorm mattress around with her for as long as her rapist is also a student at Columbia.

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John Oliver Provides The Best Ever Analysis Of The Scottish Independence Vote

John Oliver Provides The Best Ever Analysis Of The Scottish Independence Vote

As Scots go to the polls today to vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom, I think it’s worth watching John Oliver’s hilarious and insightful take on the vote. Also, this might be the best explanation of the referendum you’ll find.

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Joan Spoke To The Reality Of Being A Woman In The ’60s

Joan Spoke To The Reality Of Being A Woman In The ’60s

It’s kind of a shame that younger generations may only know Joan Rivers for her reality show with daughter Melissa, her red carpet coverage or her extensive plastic surgery (which she was honest about).  The reason she is being mourned by so many people is because she spoke the the truth to power. Check out this clip from the Ed […]

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Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

Old Debts, Fresh Pain: Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Like any American family living paycheck to paycheck, Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose hope that if they make the right choices, their $13-an-hour jobs will keep the lights on, put food in the fridge and gas in the car. We asked […]

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Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From An ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

Why Gun Control Groups Have Moved Away From An ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Sep. 9, 2014, 1:16 p.m. The morning after the Sandy Hook shootings, Shannon Watts, a mother of five and a former public relations executive, started a Facebook page called “One Million Moms for Gun Control.” It proved wildly popular and members quickly focused on renewing the federal ban on military style assault weapons. “We all were […]

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Formula: An Honest Look

Formula: An Honest Look

by Kylie Hastings  Shortly after I found out I was pregnant with our second child my breast milk supplies began to diminish — the one in my breasts and the one in my freezer. Our daughter wanted to eat more and more and I had less and less to give her and it was heartbreaking. We were just two months […]

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Seven Reasons You Should Go To The Opera

Seven Reasons You Should Go To The Opera

  Provocative story The San Francisco Opera’s 92nd season began with the production of Bellini’s “Norma,” a provocative story about a Druid priestess who betrays vows of celibacy and bears two children with her secret lover. The one she has made untold sacrifices for betrays her for a younger virgin priestess (hmmm…this story sounds strangely familiar). We follow Norma through […]

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Celebs Against Gun Violence

Celebs Against Gun Violence

All your favorite celebrities have come together with Everytown for Gun Violence to create this video, demanding the creation of a real plan to promote gun safety. Check it out.

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The Dark Side Of Viral Rage

The Dark Side Of Viral Rage

When Chris Herries, a Stanford senior, spoke to Bloomberg about sexual assault, the Internet exploded. “Stanford Student Compares Rape to Not Locking Up Bike,” wrote Jezebel, a feminist website; a number of other publications followed suit. Commenters labeled Chris with epithets and speculated as to whether he had a criminal record. Women are not bikes and no one deserves to be raped. […]

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My Claim To Black Feminism

My Claim To Black Feminism

“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman?” – Sojourner Truth, 1851 Truth was an advocate for abolition and women’s rights. In her famous, […]

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Laverne Cox’s Excellent Response to Transphobia

Laverne Cox’s Excellent Response to Transphobia

Yet another reason why Laverne Cox is awesome. In this video from Keppler Speakers, the “Orange is the New Black” star describes her experience with street harassment and expresses her compassionate understanding of harassers as people in pain.

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Hit And Misses At The Emmys From Lena Dunham to Uzo Aduba

Hit And Misses At The Emmys From Lena Dunham to Uzo Aduba

Coming off the tail end of the Video Music Awards just the night before stars gear up for yet another (and more prominent) award show tonight. It’s none other than the Prime Time Emmy Awards! See what hit and what missed on It wasn’t just the red carpet that made its annual debut. Red was clearly the “it” color at […]

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The Definition Of A Breastfeeder Is Not What You Might Guess

The Definition Of A Breastfeeder Is Not What You Might Guess

by Kylie Hastings  I sat on the little chair in the Pediatrician’s office holding my 2 month old as the Nurse Practitioner came in. She didn’t even look at us and went immediately to her chart. She seemed cold and uninterested and yet she would end up saying one of the most comforting and memorable things someone could have said […]

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Six Days in Ferguson: Voices From The Protests

Photo courtesy of Elvert Barnes

On Saturday afternoon, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, 18-year-old Michael Brown. The killing sparked immediate protests in Ferguson which was followed by a heavily militarized police response that drew national condemnation. Here is a day-by-day chronology of what happened in Ferguson, drawn from the best reporting by journalists and witnesses on the […]

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A Reflection On Living With Depression

Image courtesy of Meg Wills

With the recent death of Robin Williams, depression is being talked about everywhere. Television news shows, blog posts, social media outlets—everyone seems to have an opinion, whether or not they’ve personally lived through depression. I went through a three year period of very deep depression, which I survived with the help of a couple of amazing women/counselors, prayer, exercise, and […]

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The Most Interesting And Outrageous Moments At Outside Lands

The Most Interesting And Outrageous Moments At Outside Lands

Now that a few days have passed – let’s talk about what really happened at Outside Lands. For those of you that missed the show or have never heard about Outside Lands, it’s a three day music festival that takes place in Golden Gate Park. That’s right, three incredible days of music, art and surprisingly enough some incredibly great food […]

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