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Jemima Kirke Tells The World About Her Abortion

In 2007, British artist and actress Jemima Kirke, otherwise known as Jessa Johansson of HBO's <i>Girls</i>, received an abortion. Kirke has been open about …

Your Beautiful, Feminine Period Stains Are Against Instagram Guidelines

Rupi Kaur, a Sikh poet living in Canada, posted the above image on Instagram early this week—and swiftly got hit with one of these:<p>Instagram's …

Social Media

The 75 Greatest Women of All Time

Politicians, pop stars, Native American guides: A definitive list of the women who have shaped the world. Well, inasmuch as definitive can be completely arbitrary<p>Politicians, pop stars, Native American guides: A definitive list of the women who have shaped the world. Well, inasmuch as definitive …

Literature

Women Who Had Abortions After 20 Weeks Explain Why They’re Necessary

Abortion opponents are prepared to forge ahead with their goal to criminalize later abortions. Although a proposed 20-week abortion ban didn’t come …

Battling Infectious Diseases in the 20th Century: The Impact of Vaccines - WSJ.com

The number of infected people, measured over 70-some years and across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, generally declined after vaccines were introduced.<p>The heat maps below show number of cases per 100,000 people.

Public Health

8 Reasons Why Women Need to Be in Politics

MAKERS is taking time to celebrate the women who are changing the face of politics, while taking a realistic look at the progress we still need to …

Closed Captioning

Rape: a shameful weapon of war

The London School of Economics has just opened its Centre for Women, Peace and Security, or, in less euphemistic terms, “the centre for why so many women are raped and tortured in war zones, and why so few people care about it.”<p>Angelina Jolie, a vigilant crusader on this issue, attended the …

The 10 best US presidents for black America

<i>The following list has been updated from this story’s original post in February 20, 2012.</i><p>America has had 44 presidents, each of whom has had varying …

Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on Presidents’ Day

Think you’ve got a firm handle on the presidents? The Smithsonian Book of Presidential Trivia from Smithsonian Books just might make you question how …

8 inspirational books to make you happier

<b>Whether you want to get rich, build a business or deal with stress and conflict at work, we’ve found these inspirational books to help you get there</b> …

35 Empowering Feminist Quotes from Inspiring Women

Words of wisdom from the trailblazers who make us proud to be women.<p>To all the women and men continuing the fight for feminism in 2017, get inspired by the words of the trailblazing women who've said it best. From Hillary Clinton to Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem, Rihanna and all the unapologetic, …

Jimmy Carter: Women's rights the fight of my life

<b>Atlanta (CNN) —</b> Jimmy Carter has seen a lot in his 90 years.<p>As a son of the South, a governor and president, and as a man who spent decades tackling problems head-on, he knows the world is not perfect. It has too many people without a voice and without hope, too many examples of suffering and …

Human Rights

Let’s Call Female Online Harassment What It Really Is: Terrorism

If we want to make the internet a safer space for women, we need to start by recognizing the threats they face there for what they actually are.<p>A few months ago I was on television speaking about rape culture. It was shortly after the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi had come to light, and I was …

Feminism

Why Victims Of Domestic Violence Don’t Testify, Particularly Against NFL Players

After a season dominated by the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case, the offseason began with a major development in another domestic violence case …

Jon Stewart's Most Legendary Moment Was on CNN, Not 'The Daily Show'

Legendary <i>Daily Show</i> host Jon Stewart announced on Tuesday that after a staggering 16-year run on Comedy Central, he will be retiring later this year …

David Axelrod Recounts His Years As Obama's Adviser And 'Believer'

David Axelrod recalls the first time he met Barack Obama in 1992 when they had lunch: "I was really impressed by him," he says.<p>The veteran political consultant was struck that Obama, who had been the first black editor of the <i>Harvard Law Review</i> and was highly sought after by big law firms, instead …

University of Chicago

What leading feminists want to accomplish this year

<i>In 2014, modern feminism faced more scrutiny than ever before. But women writers and activists could not be silenced. In discussions about campus sexual assault, street and online harassment and race, women dominated the streets and the Twittersphere. From the creators of #BlackLivesMatter to a</i> …

Feminism

How to Be Friends With Another Woman

Herewith, a helpful guide.<p><b>1.</b> Abandon the cultural myth that all female friendships must be toxic, bitchy or competitive. This myth is like heels and …

[Infographic] Banned Books Week

<b>Gone with the Wind</b><p>Banned from a California high school district (1978) and challenged in an Illinois high school district (1984).<p><b>As I Lay Dying</b><p>Banned …

Literature

Twitter Man-Babies Hijack #LikeAGirl, Prove Ad's Point

They were mad that one Super Bowl ad wasn't entirely about them.<p>One of the most impactful ads from last night's Super Bowl was #LikeAGirl, a commercial by Always that highlighted how our cultural disdain of girls ("throwing like girl," "running like a girl") contributes to the fact that girls' …

Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets

The final week of January saw an annual ritual in government statistical gathering that few people know about — the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Point-in-Time survey of the homeless population, in which HUD recruits volunteers around the country to go out and try to count up all …

'Super Women' Replace Supermodels In Fashion Ads And The Results Are Epic

It's safe to say that non-models are having a moment in the fashion industry.<p>Once our beloved Joan Didion for Céline campaign hit the interwebs in January, it seems there's been a series of fabulous, unconventional ads to take our news feeds (and hearts) captive.<p>But what if, instead of these ads …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Tim Kaine, Claire McCaskill Bill Would Require Sexual Assault Education In Public High Schools

WASHINGTON -- As universities and colleges face heightened scrutiny over their handling of campus rape, two Democratic senators want to expand public school health education to require high schoolers to learn about sexual assault.<p>The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, introduced on Tuesday by …

Education

The Treatment of Emma Sulkowicz Proves We Still Have No Idea How to Talk About Rape

Over the past year, Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz made headlines for her intrepid performance art piece "Carry That Weight." As part of …

Feminism

Why measles should be the thing that freaks politicians out

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Gov. Chris Christie's (R-N.J.) declaration on Monday that vaccinations against diseases like measles should incorporate a "balance" of parental concerns with public health recommendations met with a quick, often derisive response. It's easy to see why.<p>"Not every vaccine …

Public Health

10 Things You Should Know About 20-Week Abortion Bans

Abortion rights advocates expect them to be a major issue in the coming year and beyond.<p>Bans on abortions after 20 weeks have been in the news this month, after one such ban written by Republicans and set for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the anniversary of <i>Roe v. Wade</i> was pulled …

Political Polarization & Media Habits

When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news …

Why must women runners put up with verbal abuse?

Fat ass. That's what he called me. A complete stranger, who I just happened to pass while out running this week. Actually, I think he said, "Whoa, …

London Marathon

All Around The World, Girls Are Doing Much Better Than Boys Academically

Girls are academically outperforming boys in many countries around the world -- even in places where women face political, economic or social inequalities.<p>A new report from Dr. Gijsbert Stoet of the University of Glasgow in Scotland and David C. Geary of the University of Missouri found that in …

Education

Americans’ increasing distrust of science — and not just on climate change

Eight in 10 Americans believe science has made life better for most people, but they still don't trust scientists — and/or aren't aware of their consensus — on many of the most important science-related issues of the day.<p>And that goes for far more than just climate change. And it includes plenty of …

Clean Technology