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A proposed California license plate is a subtle nod to abortion rights and to a slain hero

Here in California, it's easy to feel complacent about rights we've already won, especially access to legal abortion.<p>Don't relax just yet.<p>President Trump has nominated a Supreme Court justice who could very well endanger Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 landmark decision that gave American women power over …

When 11 young women took on Gandhi about a woman's right to dress as she chooses

'The modern girl dresses not to protect herself from wind, rain and sun but to attract attention,' Gandhi wrote.<p>While working in the archives of the …

Feminism

15 Carrie Fisher quotes to remind you why she was a feminist icon

On December 27, 2016, a few days after suffering a heart attack, iconic actress Carrie Fisher died. The actress, best known for her role as Princess …

An Artist's Fond Illustrations of Life Before and After Owning His Golden Retriever

<i>Returning home</i><p>Those of us who own pets know that along with the joy and laughter they bring to our daily lives, we occasionally have to suffer …

Taiwan hit by 6.4-magnitude earthquake, in pictures - Telegraph

This Transgender Girl Scout Stood Up To A Bully By Selling Thousands Of Cookies

"I want kids like me to know they are perfect just the way they are. There are people all over the world that love you. Never give up because it does get better."<p>Stormi decided to join the Girl Scouts last fall, Stormi's foster mom, Kim, told BuzzFeed News.<p>Stormi was put into foster care and placed …

meet the texas teen feminist whose body hair set the twittersphere on fire

Suraiya’s stomach selfie, showing her natural body hair, has sparked an international conversation about beauty expectations, race and feminism, with hordes of trolls being overrun by an even bigger army of supporters. i-D caught up with the latest...<p>Suraiya, or @iranikanjari as she's known on …

Gloria Steinem: 'If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament'

She’s been at the forefront of the feminist movement since the 60s. What’s changed? Gloria Steinem talks about Sheryl Sandberg, Hillary Clinton – and the new threats to women’s rights<p>The pope is in town the morning I visit Gloria Steinem, staying a few blocks from her on the east side of Manhattan, …

7 Tips For Having Your Own Buy Nothing Year

When friends Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz and Julie Phillips became roommates, both were questioning their need for all their possessions that had also drained their bank accounts. They decided to embark on what they called their Buy Nothing Year. Read the story of how they did it — and saved more than …

It's Time To Give The Spice Girls The Credit They Deserve

If you were a kid in the '90s, you can likely remember that brief, shining period when The Spice Girls reigned supreme. They were everywhere -- on the television, the radio, and in magazines -- not just in their native UK but across the globe. Their core message was "Girl Power," delivered with …

Spice Girls

8 Iconic Movie Moments Reimagined With Queer Couples

For decades finding representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Hollywood that didn't rely on cliches, stereotyping or violence seemed like an impossible task.<p>Now, as queer people are gradually being folded into mainstream society and we are seeing more queer …

Cast Off That Double-D Cup: Why Going Bra-Less Feels So Good

Suddenly, going without a bra and risking a nip-slip or side-boob is socially acceptable. It’s also liberating. But it shouldn’t be reserved only for …

Suspect in Charleston church attack detained; victims include 3 ministers

Dylann Storm Roof, a white man who reportedly shouted racial epithets before opening fire inside an iconic black church in Charleston, S.C., and once displayed apartheid-era patches on his jacket, was being held Thursday in connection with the attack that left nine people dead and the nation again …

Teacher resigns after reading students book about gay couple

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After a third-grader tearfully recounted how another boy had called him "gay" during gym class, teacher Omar Currie chose to …

Meet The Underwear That Were Designed Specifically to Wear During Your Period

<i>by Alexandra Thurmond, Teen Vogue</i><p>Photo: Courtesy of THINX<p>It's the time of month many of us dread, but menstruation is just a part of life. We're fortunate enough to have access to feminine hygiene products (and Midol!), that allow us to go about our everyday lives when our period comes, but for …

Women's News

Cindy Gallop was sexually harassed at the Cannes ad festival and that's why she thinks half of all managers should be women

She is also a former senior advertising executive, having spent many years in agencies including JWT London and rising up to become a director at BBH.<p>It's that experience that makes her come back every year to speak at the 3% Conference, so-called because at the time it was founded, just 3% of …

Tennis star Andy Murray: Treatment of coach has made me a feminist

British No.1 Andy Murray has hit back at criticism of his coach Amelie Mauresmo, claiming she has been more heavily scrutinised purely for being a …

Miss Piggy: Why I Am a Feminist Pig

D Dipasupil—Getty Images for Extra<p>Loic Venance—AFP/Getty Images<p>Anthony Harvey—Getty Images<p>Joe Scarnici—Getty Images<p>Jason Kempin—Getty …

Darth Vader is for girls, too: the young fan who forced Disney to change toy labels

My new feminist role model? An eight-year-old Star Wars buff. She’s just one of a younger generation that is taking companies to task for gender stereotyping<p>Star Wars fan Izzy Cornthwaite wanted a Darth Vader costume and lightsaber for her eighth birthday. But, upon exploring the UK Disney Store’s …

George R.R. Martin Addresses Violence Against Women On 'Game Of Thrones' And In His Books

One of the biggest criticisms against "Game of Thrones," especially in Season 5, is the show's depiction of violence against women. Multiple times over the course of the show, female characters have been raped, brutally murdered and subjected to continual sexual violence at the hands of men.<p><b>Spoiler</b> …

TV Series

How School Dress Codes Shame Girls and Perpetuate Rape Culture

Some of our most powerful and lasting ideas about the world around us are learned at school. Hard work pays off. Success comes from working together. …

Bakers in Northern Ireland guilty of discrimination over gay marriage cake

A judge in Northern Ireland has ruled that a Christian-run bakery discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake supporting gay …

LGBTQI

“Hollywood is a cesspool of misogyny and racism. Bring on the lawsuits”: Why the ACLU’s bold action is so necessary

<b>Charlize Theron, Meryl Streep, Ava DuVernay (AP/Reuters/Chris Pizzello/Mario Anzuoni/Kevork Djansezian)</b><p>For decades, sexism has run rampant in Tinseltown. Only radical measures can change it<p>May 12, 2015 5:32pm (UTC)<p>The ACLU wants state and federal agencies to investigate the hiring practices of …

Feminism

Anna Jarvis Was Sorry She Ever Invented Mother's Day

The woman who devoted herself to the creation of a national holiday to honor overworked, underappreciated mothers later devoted herself to fighting the commercial juggernaut it became. Was Anna Jarvis stubborn and crazy, as many came to believe, or misunderstood?

The secret to STUNNING landscape photos… that you probably don’t know.

Have you ever taken a photo that doesn’t do a stunning scene justice? A sunset that was so much more beautiful than your underwhelming iPhone photo …

Mobile Photography

The Difference Between Living in New York and San Francisco

<i>This originally appeared on</i> <i>TheCooperReview.com</i><i>.</i><p>After living in New York for 5 years, I recently moved to San Francisco. Neither city is clearly …

The disturbing differences in what men want in their wives and their daughters

By Danielle Paquette<p>, Reporter<p>When asked what qualities they want in in a wife, American heterosexual men said they value "attractive" and “sweet” women, a national survey recently found. Only 34 percent, however, said they wanted a romantic partner who is "independent."<p>But the story changes when …

Gay Marriage Could Lose Tomorrow

This week’s oral arguments at the Supreme Court have generated more heat than light. So is gay marriage in every state what’s next? Here’s an …