Why the emphasis on education? 

Reaching a shared understanding of what makes for a better or worse culture and climate around gender is no small task. Access to shared resources enhances our ability to communicate, learn, and grow together as a community.


Many people at Colorado State University want to improve the campus culture and climate around gender. They recognize the need to learn more about the issues but often don't know where to start!

The Women & Gender Collaborative has curated articles and resources on a wide range of topics to facilitate this type of learning, no matter who you are. 

By first familiarizing yourself with gender-related issues, you can show up more informed, prepared, and equipped to better understand and effectively support others.

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All By The Numbers Gender in the Workplace Why Intersectionality Matters Women and Leadership Interpersonal Violence and Harassment How to Be a Bystander and Ally Resources for Men Unpacking Privilege Gender, Media, Culture Gender, Sexuality and Relationships Gender & Health Parenthood, Children and Family Humor, Satire & Illustrations Gender in Higher Ed and Academia Understanding Feminism Trans Identities and the Gender Spectrum From The Collaborative
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Women of Color Have High Ambition, But Little Help

"When it comes to corporate ambition, women of color are far more likely than white women to say they aspire to a top executive role...Yet black, Latina and Asian women still hold only 3% of C-suite roles, compared with 16.7% of entry-level roles."
A person with a swimming cap and goggles looks away from the camera in front of a body of water

Diana Nyad: My Life After Sexual Assault

A must read. "Tell your story. Let us never again be silenced."
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So You’ve Sexually Harassed Or Abused Someone: What Now?

"Are you a man who wants to genuinely move past the wrong you’ve done?" There is a path forward - and here are some first steps you can take.
A shadow of a person on the street

Fat Women Don’t Get To Be Androgynous

"We shouldn’t create narrower beauty standards in the name of body positivity. True body positivity means being inclusive of every size, whether a person presents as hyper feminine, androgynous or butch."
Two young people sit together holding hands

Abstinence-Only Education Is Ineffective And Unethical, Report Argues

"Promoting abstinence until marriage as the only legitimate option for young people 'violates medical ethics and harms young people' because such programs generally withhold information about pregnancy and STD prevention and overstate the risk of contraceptive failure."
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Masako Wakamiya is One of World’s Oldest App Developers

This is pretty awesome. Don't forget that people like to have fun!
Late journalist Kim Wall

Journalist Kim Wall Remembered As A “Badass” By Her Friends

This is a huge loss. Gender is a likely factor here in the sort of stories Wall would write, as well as the unequal risks women face (from men, most likely) while freelancing.
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Evidence of a Toxic Environment for Women in Economics

This is (un)surprisingly consistent across so many disciplines.
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Nursing Mom Makes The Breast Of It After Museum Tells Her To Cover Up

Clever. Effective. On Point.
A basket full of tampons

A Deeper Look at Period Activism

Did you know Colorado State University just launched a pilot program offering free period products in nearly 40 of our all gender restrooms? It's true!
Issa Rae

The Radical Importance Of Issa Rae’s ‘Insecure’

Life is messy and so is Issa and that's why we love her.
Maxine Waters

Maxine Waters: Reclaiming My Time

Get out your notepads and take some notes. This is a boss way to hold your space.
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Jessica Chou Teaches Girls How to Fix Cars on Her YouTube Channel

Taking YouTube tutorials to another level with super #smartgirls representation!
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10 Examples That Prove White Privilege Exists in Every Aspect Imaginable

One of the best articulations of white privilege because there are so many names and links!
Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive

Google Fires Engineer Who Wrote Memo Questioning Women in Tech

Equity Tip: Don't rationalize the gaps. Support efforts to close them.
Lana Lokteff

The Women Behind The ‘Alt-Right’

Now arriving at Gilead.
A person stands next to a statue of a Comfort Woman

‘Heartbreaking’ Statues of ‘Comfort Women’ Appear on South Korean Buses

Art as memorial for a better present and future, not reverence for a violent and dark past.
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Men Have Always Used ‘Science’ to Explain Why They’re Better Than Women

If you are ever tempted to simplify social, economic, and political disparities down to biological differences, this piece explains why it's inappropriate to explain them away.
Rebecca Slonit

How Rebecca Solnit Became the Voice of the Resistance

Solnit has given us much more than the ever-useful term, "mansplaining."
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The Psychology of Victim-Blaming

Blaming victims for their experiences doesn't change the world into what we want to believe it is - a just place where seemingly "normal" folks don't do bad things.
A group of children play on a playground.

Sweden is Really Good at Gender Equality. This Kindergarten is Example of Why.

Dolls ride dinosaurs into battle, dump trucks haul colorful bracelets, and fire-breathing dragons loom over wooden train stations. This is what an average day looks like on the playroom floor at Egalia, a kindergarten in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Dress My Age? Hell No, Say These Inspiring Senior Women

The TV documentary Fabulous Fashionistas stars six women who explain the evolution of their personal style, resist the little old lady stereotype, and embrace their lives with enthusiasm and wisdom.
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How to Support Protests When You’re Not Affected by the Issue

What does solidarity look like? Solidarity work is about building power with communities. It’s about stepping back and opening space for marginalized voices. It’s a hundred thousand silent and unrecognized acts of bravery against injustice.  
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My Gender is Black

"Gender identity under whiteness is a tool, not an end. How do we get to that end, that world in which all of our genders or lack thereof aren’t used as the basis for our inhuman treatment? That is the question."
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All the Scary Stuff You Have to Deal with Walking Alone as a Woman

Women from 13 cities across Europe talk about what it's like to walk alone. Some experiences do span country and culture.
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The Pay Gap Is Even Worse for Black Women, and That’s Everyone’s Problem

Today is #BlackWomensEqualPay Day. July 31st.
People gathered with signs to protest domestic violence

Nearly Half of All Murdered Women Are Killed by Romantic Partners

"Intimate Partners" murder women. But this article didn't even mention the gender of those most likely to be murderous intimate partners. It's men. Almost half of the women murdered will be killed by the men they "do life" with.
A person looks at guns for sale

Washington Will Now Alert Survivors When Domestic Abusers Try To Buy A Gun

"The best person to assess an abuser’s future dangerousness, as well as the lethality of the situation, is the victim."
A baby lying down in a crib

Inside The ‘Hidden Disorder’ New Moms Are Afraid To Talk About

Postpartum anxiety is common, crippling and under-recognized.
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik

Gender Bending? Gigi Hadid Put On Zayn’s Sweater Cause She Was Sooo Cold!

"We’re truly inspired by Hadid’s ability to overstep traditional gender norms by wearing her boyfriend’s sweater when it’s waaay too chilly in here!"
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Believe Me: Genderqueer and Nonbinary Survivors on Visibility and Identity

"Nonbinary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are asked to find safety in seemingly impossible places—the home and the body. As people in the galaxy between the binaries of man and woman, we are often not treated as “real” or believable"
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Moms Of Teens Can Benefit From Social Support, Just Like New Moms

Take Away: Raising Kids Is Hard. Moms Need Support. Period.  
A mom hugs her small child

Parents Give Affirmations to their Transgender Children

These parents are teaching their transgender children that they are loved, confident, and so much more.
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Why Women Aren’t C.E.O.s, According to Women Who Almost Were

"Women who aspire to power evoke far more resistance, both overt and subtle, than they expected would be the case by now."
Kristen Beck stands at a podium

Kristin Beck, transgender Navy SEAL hero: ‘Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy’

"It's a leadership issue, not a transgender issue."
A group of people working in an office setting

If GoDaddy Can Turn the Corner on Sexism, Who Can’t?

"The most important thing we did was normalize acknowledging that everyone has biases, whether they recognize them or not..."
A job application and a pen

12+ Ways Job Applications Discriminate Against Applicants

If you don't have to think about such things you've got more going for you than some bootstraps.
A person sits on a bench with a bloodstain on their pants

Powerful Photo Shows That Women Aren’t The Only Ones Who Get Periods

“Not all people who menstruate are women, and not all women menstruate.” #BleedingWhileTrans
A happy and smiling child

This Is What Sex-Positive Parenting Really Looks Like

"Telling children the truth about sex isn’t giving permission for them to have it — and this is the most important part — because when the right time comes, nobody has the right to deny them permission for sex but themselves."
Janet Mock stands with the hosts of The Breakfast Club

Dear Men of “The Breakfast Club”: Trans Women Aren’t a Prop, Ploy, or Sexual Predators

"Until cis people — especially heteronormative men — are able to interrogate their own toxic masculinity and realize their own gender performance is literally killing trans women, cis men will continue to persecute trans women and blame them for their own deaths."
Kimberlé Crenshaw

Black Feminism Has, Literally, Changed the World.

Make sure to say, "Thank you."
A person crying in a courtroom

How We Make Black Girls Grow Up Too Fast

"But for black girls, home is both refuge and where your most intimate betrayals happen."
A group of people in burqas

Stop Telling Women Who Wear Burqas to Go Home

They live here! FYI.
Still from the documentary "Le Clitoris"

This Adorable Animation Explains the Clitoris Like No One Else

This video is about much more than you might think! The history of science, politics of knowledge (and ignorance) production, pathologizing of sexuality, men claiming to "discover" things that women have lived with - literally - forever...
Doc McStuffins

Disney Breaks Ground, Introduces Interracial Lesbian Parents

Families are made of all sorts and sizes!
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Most Women You Know Are Angry — and That’s All Right

"Anger itself is no more or less than the human heart rebelling against injustice, real or imagined, and often it has damn good reason."
Ashley Smith poses with Greg Abbot as #bathroombuddies

Trans Woman Trolls Anti-Trans Governor With The Perfect Photo

So-called "bathroom bills" would mean these two would be #BathroomBuddies.
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Study Finds Large Share of Cases Involving Faculty Harassment of Graduate Students Are Serious

"Most faculty harassers are accused of physical, not verbal, harassment, and more than half of cases -- 53 percent -- involve alleged serial harassers."
Jessica Williams

Comic Jessica Williams On ‘The Daily Show’ And Learning To ‘Never Be Average’

"Williams describes her character in the film as "authentic to me and the women that I have in my life."
Kim Kardashian

How Women Are Pressured into Being Sexy, But Punished for Being Sexual

"When we, the viewing public, question the photo manipulation and objectification of women’s bodies, do we acknowledge our own role in shaping the media? Do we understand that the way women’s bodies are treated by the media only reflects and reinforces deep-seated cultural attitudes?"
Danica Roem stands at a podium

4 Transgender Candidates to Watch

"Although gender and sexual orientation should not matter in a political race, this year has proven that one thing does: representation."
R.Kelly on stage

When We Fail To Hold R. Kelly Accountable, We Fail Black Girls

"Black girls exist at America’s most damned intersection: They are black. They are girls. And as R. Kelly abuses them, we too abuse them in our silence."
White supremacists chanting at the Unite The Right Rally in Charlottesville Virginia

It Wasn’t Just White Men Who Participated In The ‘Unite The Right’ Rally

"White women have always played a role in propping up white supremacy and toxic masculinity."
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When Intersex Surgeries are Done Without Consent

Presumptions around "normalizing" surgeries for those who are born intersexed are deeply rooted in the cultural desire to maintain a clear-cut gender binary.
Linking arms in solidarity

Experts Answer Reddit Questions About Transgender People

"Are youth experimenting with gender bending? Yes, absolutely. But they are not in distress. They are bending in solidarity with a movement to dismantle an obsolete set of gender rules, and stand in solidarity with their trans friends and the community."
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10 Ways to Raise Brave Girls

“Bravery is learned. Build it into our girls’ hearts, brains and bodies now and we’ll raise a new generation of badass female forces."
Members of Voice of Baceprot stand together

Meet Voice Of Baceprot, The All-Girl Metal Band Making Waves In Indonesia

"As young women, their very presence on stage is making waves throughout the conservative corners of their community and even Indonesia as a whole."
Three people in Quinceañera gowns raise their fists in the air

Quinceañera Held at Texas Capitol Building

"Over a dozen women in their teens and early twenties gathered outside the Texas Capitol building to protest a new state law they say racially profiles the Latinx community. A big difference between their protest and others? Many of them wore ballgowns."
Senator Susan Collins and Senator Lisa Murkowski

3 Republican Women Effectively Killed McConnell’s Latest Repeal Plan

How three women ultimately decided the fate of the GOP’s push to overturn the ACA.
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A Modest Proposal for a Fair Trade Emotional Labor Economy

Some of the suggestions at the end are as reasonable as they are radical.    
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These 3 Women Are Fed Up With Sexual Harassment. And They’re Taking Action.

The Silicon Valley entrepreneurs just launched a website offering real advice and resources for victims of sexual harassment.
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The Privilege Game

Would you enjoy playing this game? Would you enjoy this being your real life?
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9 Women Share Their “Nice Guy” Horror Stories

These stories are gross, and grossly inappropriate. Share with the men in your life and remind them of their role to stop "nice guys" from being awful.
Sandra Musujusu

Sierra Leonean Student Is Developing An Alternative Breast Cancer Treatment

Sandra Musujusu’s research focuses on a type of breast cancer that commonly affects black women.
Sarah Nahm

How Lever Got To 50–50 Women and Men

The goal is to emphasize that Lever as a company cares about the topic of diversity and inclusion. This approach leaves people comfortable to continue the conversation, instead of feeling scared or intimidated that they might say the wrong thing.
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When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

"Blake sees strict dress codes as a way of targeting certain students without using racial language. By using certain restrictions on hairstyles and dress, school officials are enforcing the policing of black youth."
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bell hooks on her Own Internalized White Supremacy and Beyoncé

"I wish we would stop talking about racism and start talking about white supremacy."
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Louboutin Accused of Underpaying Maya Women Who Created Bordados for Its Mexicaba Bags

When fashion meets capitalism meets cultural exploitation meets women's underpaid labor.
Meechy Monroe

Meechy Monroe, a YouTube Star Known for her Natural Hair Lessons Dies at 32

Meechy Monroe empowered black women to embrace the natural hair movement: "Being natural is much more than a look. It says, for one, that you're accepting of who you are, how you are created, and that you have the confidence to go against the norm."  
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Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug On Teen Pregnancy Programs

"Teen parents tend to have less education and are more likely to live in poverty and have chronic medical conditions. Thirty percent of teen girls who have dropped out of high school cite pregnancy or parenthood as a reason."
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Black Girls Are Viewed As Less Innocent Than White Girls Starting At Age 5: Study

"In all of this work, voices of black girls themselves should be front and center to the work... We encourage black girls to raise their voices about this issue and, of course, for adults to listen to them."

R. Kelly Is Holding Women Against Their Will In A “Cult,” Parents Told Police

This is outrageous. And the article just keeps going....like a rape-supportive culture that looks away from celebrities, icons, and leaders who have a record of assaulting women.
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At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War

India’s vast disparity between rich and poor means members of a newly moneyed class are able to hire domestic help for low pay, with no contracts and few legal obligations. Take note, tensions among women are often the byproduct of oppression among women.
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More Than a Theory, More Than a Trend: Making Your White Anti-Racism a Lifestyle Commitment

"White anti-racism is not a trend; it is not something to try on like a garment and take off if you don’t like the fit."  
Jodie Whittaker

Doctor Who Is A Woman

Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to play the Doctor since Doctor Who first aired in 1963.
Maryam Mirzakhani

Iranian Math Genius Mirzakhani Dies of Cancer

"The 40-year-old mathematician, a professor at Stanford University, was the first Iranian woman elected to the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in May 2016, in recognition of her distinguished and continuing achievement in original research."
Serena Williams

Serena Williams Is The Greatest Tennis Player Ever, And Andy Murray Knows It

"While it should be clear to all of us that Serena Williams is a boss, one journalist’s casual sexism (a.k.a,  failure to acknowledge her accomplishments as a woman) suggests otherwise. Thankfully, British tennis star Andy Murray was there to remind him."
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Things To Say To Young Girls That Aren’t “You Look Pretty Today!”

There are so many other ways to talk to one another and raise strong, empowered girls.
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California Decided it was Tired of Women Bleeding to Death in Childbirth

"Put simply, women who give birth in the US have a greater risk of dying relative to other rich countries — and the problem has been growing worse at a time when America’s peers have continued to make pregnancy safer." Did you know that Texas has "the highest maternal mortality rate in the developed world"?
Crystal Vander Zanden, age 23, has completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry from CSU.

At the Ripe Age of 23, Crystal Vander Zanden is a Newly Minted CSU Ph.D.

The 23-year-old Arizona native is leaving Colorado State University a newly minted Ph.D. in biochemistry – the youngest ever from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Hello, Doctor! #GoRams!
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“The Dandy Lion Project” Reframes Our Perception Of Black Masculinity

"Coming outside with your best on and, like, looking really fly is subversion, is resistance, because, in spite of all of this, I’m alive. "  
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Taylor Swift’s Sexual Assault Testimony Was Sharp, Gutsy, and Satisfying

Swift offers strong deflections of victim blaming, and her comment about the photo is pretty on point.
A group of white women at a KKK rally

The Truth About Women and White Supremacy

"Do we really believe the men holding torches in these photographs live in some sort of single-gendered society, or that the women they interact with hold no sway in their communities?"
Historical photograph of white women in the KKK

White Women Are Part Of White Supremacy. And We Need To Acknowledge That.

"We need to remember that white women are part of white supremacy, too."
Four people sit at a table in an office setting

8 Microaggressions Most #BlackWomenAtWork Have Experienced At Least Once

Check your racism at work by considering how you treat black women at work.
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Why Street Harassers Speak The Same Language Across The U.S.

Turns out that just as with the phenomenon of street harassment, the language of street harassment is pretty consistent across the country.
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The Radical Way Women Running For Office Are Being Trained To Fight Sexism In Trump’s America

"But perhaps the primary tool in combating sexism in politics is each training program's network — the scores of alumnae and other women who've held office who can assist the newbies at every turn."
A person holding a newborn baby

Many Nurses Lack Knowledge Of Health Risks To Mothers After Childbirth

"By failing to alert mothers to such risks, the study found, nurses may be missing an opportunity to help reduce the maternal mortality rate in the U.S., the highest among affluent nations."
Steve Bannon

Woman Hatred, Fueled by Presidential Campaign, on the Rise

'Hatred of women' is a strong way to put it, but maybe it's necessary to start stating it if "sexism" and "misogyny" don't carry the connotation to convey how the lives, freedoms, and well-being of women have always been threatened, especially by men.
Statue of Dr. J Marion Sims

This Statue Memorializes a Gynecologist who Experimented on Slave Women Without Anesthesia

White supremacy is so deep that you may not have even known to look for it in the history that led up to your most recent visit with a gynecologist.
Hillary Clinton speaking at a Planned Parenthood event

Will Women Vote for Women in 2018? It Depends on if They’re Married

"Black women, regardless of marital status, were most likely to see their futures as tied to those of other women and consistently voted democratically and held progressive attitudes." And once again, most Black women consistently show up for women in ways that many other women...well, seemingly do not.
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Gender Variance Around the World Over Time

Transgender identities are nothing new.
A full lecture hall. The instructor is a white male.

White Men Of Academia Have An ‘Objectivity’ Problem

"In the ideal, yes, academia has the potential to be a model for equity and justice; in reality, academia is more often than not a white man’s world with garnishes of elevated rhetoric."
Intersex flag. Yellow background with purple circle in the middle.

Unsure of what it means to be intersex?

Emily Quinn explains it all!
The White House

White House Gender Pay Gap More than Triples Under Trump

“The typical female staffer in Trump's White House earns 63.2 cents per $1 earned by a typical male staffer.” Money talks.
Two people in an office working at a computer.

Women in the Workplace 2017 Study

According to this study, companies overlook the challenges that women of color face, and women are 18% less likely to be promoted than their male peers. Read the full report to find out 6 ways companies can level the playing field.    
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The Detransitioners: They Were Transgender, Until They Weren’t

"This has ignited a contentious debate both in and outside the trans community, with various sides accusing each other of bigotry, harassment, censorship, and damaging the fight for trans rights."
Lindsey Meyer, sitting on a couch and looking into the camera.

Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment

“I felt like I had to tolerate it because this is the cost of being a nonwhite female founder." The women of Silicon Valley are speaking out against sexual harassment.
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Top 5 Questions About Vaginal Orgasm Answered

"There is a lot of misinformation still out there about sexual response and what is considered “normal,” driven home by patriarchal ideals about what vaginal orgasm “should” look like."
A family sitting before a grey 3D background. A person kneels with a baby on their knee, shoulder length red hair and a white blazer. The other kneels next to them. They are bald and wearing a grey button-down shirt. There are two dogs in the photo, a black poodle and a black/tan German Shephard.

The Super Predators

When the man who abuses you is also a cop.
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Millennial women are worse off than previous generations

Even where there's been progress, the pros don't outweigh the cons.

Serena Williams Is On The Cover Of “Vanity Fair,” Naked, Pregnant, And Looking Like A Goddess

No amount of racism or sexism can change the FACT of Serena's absolute awesomeness.

Oregon Becomes First U.S. State to Offer Third Gender Marker on State IDs

July 1 is a big day in Oregon!

The Logic of Trump’s Sexist Attacks

"When women challenge Trump politically, he insults them physically."

Theatre Jobs Skew White and Male, Study Finds

Question: Where does sexism and racism NOT have an impact on access to opportunity?
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Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

The numbers speak for themselves.
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What Does “Out and Proud” Mean for Latinos?

THE GRAN VARONES is helping answer that.
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The Ambition-Marriage Trade-Off Too Many Single Women Face

The heterosexual marriage market is tough - particularly for ambitious single straight women.
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Two Nigerian Sisters have created a sunscreen that caters to Black folks

When entrepreneurship responds to needs of diverse communities! Check out the video of these amazing women and their product.
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This Woman Inspired A Dialogue About Agreeing With Men’s Compliments And People Are Nodding

Strange things happen when women agree with men's compliments of them.
a white person in two different outfits. The left image shows the person wearing a grey and blue plaid shirt, green watch, black jeans, and tennis shoes. The right image is of the same person wearing a knee length peach colored dress and black dress shoes.

Transitioning While Nonbinary

All bodies - and the lifelong journeys we take with them - are transitional and valid.
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On Being Kara Walker’s Daughter

"Octavia Bürgel writes about growing up with a noteworthy, Black, female, artist as her mother."
comic of two people talking. Main text states, "Patience and empathy in social justice spaces are indispensible tools."

How Telling Someone to Go Educate Themselves Can Actually Be Oppressive

This comic shows you why...and how to work with it.
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The Male Romper

Well, the fragility of masculinity sure seems to have escalated quickly.
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Transgender Visibility Day Is March 31 & Here’s Why All Feminists Need To Show Up

"Trans people deserve more from feminist and queer communities."
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The picture of who is affected by ‘revenge porn’ is more complex than we first thought

It's not just jilted lovers anymore.
a person wearing a white button-down shirt, lying on their folded hands on top of a desk. There is a silver computer and two coffe cups on the desk next to their arms.

Relying on Women, Not Rewarding Them

"New study suggests female professors outperform men in terms of service -- to their possible professional detriment."
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This woman’s story of harassment was familiar to women, but got a big reaction from men

Harassment and victim-blaming? Surprise, surprise.
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7 Ways to Practice Consent Outside of the Bedroom

Bodily sovereignty isn't just sexual. And, it's everyday stuff.
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If People Talked About Other Things the Way They Talked About Gender Identity

It sounds ridiculous when you say it that way...
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‘I’m not sure this is rape, but …’ What a law student found when she asked women about ‘stealthing.’

Sexual assault has a new manifestation- and victims are struggling to define it.
Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw, wearing red and silver teardrop shaped earrings, smiling off camera

No Single-Issue Politics, Only Intersectionality: An Interview With Kimberlé Crenshaw

It may not mean what you think it means.
Janet Mock standing in front of a decorative white wall, wearing a black 3/4 sleeve dress with both hands on her right hip

Janet Mock Talks “Owning” Her Truth As a Young Trans Woman in This Exclusive Audio Excerpt From Her New Memoir

"Today I no longer evade or deny my truth; I own it without leaving parts of myself behind."
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Unerased – Counting Transgender Lives

Transgender women of color are murdered at much higher rates than the rest of the population- and it may be worse than we think.
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Why Women Crushed So Hard On Sally Yates

"Her testimony provided much-needed nourishment for those of us starved for the sight of powerful women on the public stage and thrilled to see one facing down the kind of arrogant mansplainers that are part of our everyday lives."
Emma WAtson wearing a black and silver one sleeve dress with hair up, holding her award in front of a microphone

Emma Watson Receives MTV’s First Gender-Neutral Acting Award In Show History

As Ms. Watson said, "It says something about how we perceive the human experience."
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CU-Boulder study: Women, minorities penalized — and white men rewarded — for valuing diversity at work

"Women and minorities who advocate for diversity in the workplace often receive lower performance reviews, while their white male counterparts are rewarded for the same behavior."
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Thordis Elva Opens Up About Writing a Book With Her Rapist

Thordis speaks about why she went on this journey, what she learned, and what she wants people to know about sexual assault.
an image of Ivanka Trump. She is wearing a blue and white flowered dress with hair parted down the middle.

Ask a Feminist: How Empowering Is My Brand?

We're so feminist.... right?
two people grasping hands through bars of a jail cell

Black Lives Matter Activists Bail Black Women Out of Jail for Mother’s Day

Not all mothers are celebrated- but BLM is working to make it so.
a graph showing maternal mortality rates in developed nations

Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger

"The American medical system has focused more on fetal and infant safety and survival than on the mother's health and well-being."
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These Three Pictures Make a Powerful Statement About Race and Power Among Women

A picture is worth a thousand words.
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Film Dialogue from 2,000 screenplays, Broken Down by Gender and Age

Look who's talking.
a black child in a white dress, wearing a beaded neacklace and hair in braided pigtails with pink bows.

#BlackGirlFeminism: Being Intentional About Raising Black Feminist Daughters

"This is what revolutionary black love looks like."
a medical invoice surrounded by a stethiscope, pill bottle, and insurance bill

Things Trans People Who Aren’t Medically Transitioning Want You to Know

The trans experience is not one-size-fits-all.
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Do men find you threatening? No problem, get your weakness kit now!
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How to Be a Work Who Sometimes Womans

Balance is key... but it doesn't work.
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Black Boy Feelings Book Leaves Toxic Concepts Of Black Masculinity Behind

"Buck a stereotype and heal yourself."
side by side headshots of victim Karen Smith and her abuser.

Why leaving didn’t stop Karen Smith’s husband from killing her in San Bernardino.

"Why doesn't she just leave?" Frequently, leaving an abusive partner can increase the danger to the victim.
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Who wears the pants in a relationship matters – especially if you’re a woman

"If we look closely and deeply at women’s lived experiences – relationships with men included – enduring gender inequalities and the toll they take become apparent."
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For Anxious Black Women Navigating Academia

For black women, anxiety and higher education often go hand-in-hand.
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Feminism And Race: Just Who Counts As A ‘Woman Of Color’?

Intersectional feminism necessitates conversations about race outside of the black-white binary.
"Girls" actresses at a premiere

A Black Woman’s Reflection On (White) ‘Girls’

"Hate-watching “Girls” provided a way for me to navigate my feelings ― not just about buzzwords like “representation” and “diversity” but, quite honestly, about white girls."
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Yes, You Can Measure White Privilege

White privilege is real...and measurable.
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What ‘white feminism’ is and why calling it out isn’t the end of the world

Sometimes, you just gotta pause and breathe... then do better.
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AI programs exhibit racial and gender biases, research reveals

"An artificial intelligence tool that has revolutionized the ability of computers to interpret everyday language has been shown to exhibit striking gender and racial biases."
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The Casualties of Women’s War on Body Hair

Hair removal is rooted in gendered social control.
two people sitting on park bench, looking at each other and laughing. One is wearing a striped shirt and yellow cardigan, the otehr is wearing a green tank top with a purse over her right shoulder.

The Romance of Women’s Friendships

Women's platonic friendships are every bit as important - and complicated - as romantic relationships.
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#IAmOneOfThem: Why We Need To Represent Trans People In Sexual Assault Advocacy

Trans people are highly vulnerable to sexual assault. So why are they so often left out of the conversation?
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An Open Letter To Those Praising The New York Times ‘Tomboy’ Piece

Does it suck that the author’s child has to constantly affirm her gender to others? Yes, sure. But that is happening because we constantly impose gender on others - not because some people have a more supportive approach to loving and affirming trans youth.
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Pansexuality VS. Bisexuality: The Big Debate

It's much more than semantics.
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Census 2016: Women are still disadvantaged by the amount of unpaid housework they do

In many cultures, domesticity is marked as feminine - and women are exhausted.
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25 Male Survivors Of Sexual Assault Quoting The People Who Attacked Them

Sexual assault can happen to anyone - regardless of gender. These men quote their attackers.
Moor Mother

Moor Mother: ‘We have yet to truly understand what enslavement means’

“I’m trying to study every place a black woman has been," she says. "I’m finding out it’s endless. There’s something before being ‘black’ and we’re not taught that.” Hence the name Moor Mother, reclaiming a pre-modern black identity.
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This Is What STEM Looks Like!

A parent and educators guide for getting - and keeping - girls engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math!

Don’t Tell Me You’re Queer

Don't just tell me, show me.

These Women Want to Smash the Outdoor Industry’s Glass Ceiling

"The women at Wylder Goods had a big dream: to create the world's first online outdoor-gear retailer for women, bust into an industry overrun by bros, and save the planet. All in four not-so-easy steps."
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Mayim Bailik on Calling Women “Girls”

Why we need to change how we talk about women.
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Black Women Share The BS They Put Up With At Work Every Day

"I wanted the hashtag to make the invisible visible, to challenge non-black people to stand with black women not just when this happens on television, but in the cube right next to them."
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The Way We Teach Math Is Holding Women Back

"There is nothing more important than advancing the STEM fields — and those groups who are underrepresented within them. One area in desperate need of examination is the way we teach mathematics."
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The Time Muslim Countries Had Female Presidents And The US Did Not

"In the last 40 years, we have had 9 Muslim women heads of state."
person working an equation

Flexibility Will Close The Women’s Leadership Gap

"New data shows that women are underrepresented in the highest levels of leadership because they are being forced out by dated workplace structures."
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White Women Are Less Likely to Protect Black Women From Sexual Assault, Study Finds

"...even though they would help other white women in the same situation."
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Video Shows How Invasive Rape Culture Really Is

#ItsOnUs to intervene.
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Nothing Says Misogyny Like Defining Feminism as Equality for All

"The word - Equality - has become an empty signifier, underlying a larger definitional problem in regards to the mainstream women’s movement."
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Los Angeles Midwives Aim to End Racial Disparities at Birth

"A movement of black midwives is working to stem the rates of African-American babies dying for preventable reasons."

6 Funny, Painfully Honest Comics About Periods That Tell It Like It Is.

"Periods are a bloody mess, both literally and figuratively."
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Dudes Mansplain Feminism In This Too-Real SNL Sketch

'“I bet every single one of these girls has a story to tell,” he observes, without leaving enough time for any sort of response."
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The Most Overlooked And Underrated Characters In ‘Get Out’ Are Black Women

"The roles of these characters are more profound than what meets the eye."
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Becoming a Feminist: Comparing Angela Davis’ and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Takes on Trans Women

"But perhaps a more important distinction between the two feminists is that Davis identifies as a feminist activist, while Adichie is a novelist who identifies as a feminist."
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What Happened When A Man Signed Work Emails Using A Female Name For 2 Weeks

They switched signatures for two weeks and came to a shocking-for-him, not-so-shocking for her revelation.
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10 Good Films About Complicated Women Over 40

These aren't just films with a female lead, but films that explore various facets of women's lives — without reducing their characters to maternal stereotypes.

Before Roe V. Wade

"Before Roe v. Wade, abortions in America were still a reality, but far more dangerous — and often deadly. Four women shared their stories of that reality."
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How America Fails Black Girls

"...the truth is black girls and women are still some of the most vulnerable members of society."
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Latina Muslims find the hijab hides their ethnicity — from Latinos

“As time went on, people were not seeing me as being Latina. They were seeing me as Arab.”
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In New Report, Doctors Urge More Exercise for Pregnant Women

"Pregnancy is no longer considered a state of confinement."
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Meet America Chavez!

This Latina is making comic book history!
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She’s Hot: Female Sessional Instructors, Gender Bias, and Student Evaluations

"Over the course of the past year or so, there have been a number of studies that have emerged detailing the gender bias against female instructors in student evaluations."
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A feminist glossary because we didn’t all major in gender studies

Let's go over the basics.
Sal Steiner

How Going From A Woman To A Man Changed My Perspective (NSFW)

The photos depict a man who is finally at peace with his body and how the outside world views it.
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Rape jokes weren’t funny. Until this feminist website made a bunch of them.

"Something truly unique happened recently on the internet: A comedy website made rape jokes that were actually funny. "
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6 Tips for Being Trans Inclusive in Your Conversations About Reproductive Rights

"On January 21, 2017, millions of people around the world participated in The Women’s March... But for many transgender people, the march was a painful reminder of the limits of the mainstream feminist movement."
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Dear Men Who Wish To Be Allies to Women

Start here.
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Solange: ‘I Am A Proud Black Feminist And Womanist’

Solange Knowles is all about intersectional feminism.
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What’s with the ‘x’ in Latinx?

Ever wondered why people are using "Latinx"? This video will explain.
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AP style change: Singular they is acceptable ‘in limited cases’

"For the first time, The Associated Press now permits journalists to use "they" as a singular pronoun."
Dr. Kimberle Crenshaw

The History and Meaning of Intersectionality

"Black women have been historically left out of feminism."
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A Feminism of the 99 Percent

"All women are united by the fact that our labor is undervalued. A feminism of the 99 percent, and the strike which celebrates it, brings together women workers in solidarity with one another."
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White Feminism: The Pill!

Care about the issues — but only those that actually affect you? Then white feminism is for you!
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Meet the Argentine Women Behind Ni Una Menos, the Feminist Collective Angela Davis Cites as Inspiration

“You’re seriously asking me to give Angela Davis advice?”
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The Still-Misunderstood Shape of the Clitoris

"Can a 3-D printed model of the organ change views on female sexuality?"
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Thinx Controversy Proves You Can’t Sell Feminism

Are brands who make overtures to female empowerment with their products also going to be accountable on a systemic level? "Because the former without the latter isn’t really progress, it’s pandering.”
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The Gender Identity Terms You Need to Know

"While this glossary cannot cover every possible identity a person might have, it provides definitions for some of the most common vocabulary necessary to understand the layered world of gender."
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What If Privileged People Were Othered? This Cartoon Resets the Defaults

"Society has “defaults” that normalize certain identities – white, straight, male, cisgender, able-bodied, and more. When you’re in a position of privilege, you might think marginalized people are just complaining about nothing."
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Don’t Believe In The War On Women? Would A Body Count Change Your Mind?

You've heard of Afghanistan. But these numbers are staggering.
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Meet the Woke Misogynist

"The woke misogynist is also harder to pin down than the garden-variety progressive man who just happens to have a blind spot when it comes to women."
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Dating Masculine Women Is Not the Same as Dating Men

"There is more than just one way of being a woman."

A Biology Teacher Just Destroyed Every Excuse for Transphobia With Cold, Hard Facts

It's hard to argue with science.
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A Secret Marines Facebook Group Shared Nude Photos of Female Service Members

"The military is still struggling with how to handle sexual assaults in its ranks." Apparently. This is bad.
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Can Feminism Be Too Inclusive?

"Yes—but it needs to be popular to become a mass movement."

Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Catcalling Someone

Don't worry - Playboy has got you covered.
Rachel Dolezal

Why Rachel Dolezal Can Never Be Black

"It is the ultimate in white privilege, really, for a white woman to see that diamond, all shiny and hard and unbreakable, and pluck it for her own, like it's a gift from Tiffany's, with seemingly zero regard for the pressure, the heat, the pain it went through — that we went through — to earn that shine."
Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes

21 Photos That Capture The Power Of Feminist Friendships

"Women supporting women is a beautiful thing."
person adjusting neck tie

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

"The truth of the matter is that pretty much anywhere in the world men tend to think that they that are much smarter than women. Yet arrogance and overconfidence are inversely related to leadership talent..."
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“Get Out” and the Ineffectiveness of Post-Racial White Feminism

"White feminism, white women who believe themselves to be just and 'well-meaning,' are also contributing to white supremacy."
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Why Young Culture Makers Are Proudly Reclaiming Bruja Feminism

"Thanks to space-making platforms like Tumblr and Instagram, these self-identifying brujas are connecting online to decolonize and find healing through intersectional feminism."
Emma Watson

Emma Watson Defends Herself Against The Beyhive

"Basically, Watson did not diss [sic] Beyoncé. She shared a critique, then circled back around to the point, concluding that Bey's music and image was indeed a strong, powerful, and essential voice for all feminists."

10 New Books By Women Writers Of Color To Add To Your Must-Read List

Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl book club has some suggestions for your 2017 shelves.
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The ‘Black, Queer, Feminist’ Legal Trailblazer You’ve Never Heard Of

"Dr. Pauli Murray was an unheralded pioneer who argued civil rights cases, challenging discrimination based on race and gender."
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Women, Stop Listening to Sexist Relationship ‘Experts’

Some so-called experts aren't experts at all - and their rhetoric can cause harm to women.
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Why You Can’t Ever Call an Enslaved Woman a “Mistress”

"This is an important Black History Month PSA"
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Shutting Down BS with Sex Workers

Sex Workers get real about the industry.
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Trans Children Deserve Better

Laverne Cox explains that bathroom laws are ultimately about whether trans people allowed to exist in public space.
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Sexist Political Criticism Finds a New Target: Kellyanne Conway

"What powerful political woman is mocked for her clothes, is the target of pictures on Twitter depicting her as haggard and is routinely called a witch? If you guessed Hillary Clinton, you’re right. But if you guessed Kellyanne Conway, you’re right, too. Misogyny, it seems, remains a bipartisan exercise."
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Wharton Study Shows the Shocking Result When Women and Minorities Email Their Professors

"New research has found that university professors exhibit a bias in favor of their white male students..." Surprised?
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#BlackTransLivesMatter: How Black Cis-Women are Part of the Problem

"Black transwomen are most likely killed by an acquaintance, a significant other, or pushed into a deadly circumstance created by family rejection... The family rejection, interpersonal violence, and transphobic norms are highly perpetuated by people like me - Black cisgender women."
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There’s Nothing Funny About the ‘Cash Me Ousside’ Girl

"The teen’s bad behavior helped make her a viral star, but it’s also highlighted the double standard between the ways Black and White teens are treated."
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This App Wants To Help Women Track How Often They’re ‘Manterrupted’

“We, women, struggle every day to get our space in the workplace and the right to express ourselves. When we get there, Manterrupting reduces our participation...what’s the point of having more women in a meeting room if nobody hears what they have to say?”
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The Next Time Someone Tells You Sexism is Over, Show Them These Statistics

"56% of men believe sexism is over. Are they ever wrong."
person holding sign at Womens March

Befriending Becky: On The Imperative Of Intersectional Solidarity

"I don’t like white women because I’m not particularly fond of the construct of whiteness or what it represents. I also don’t appreciate those who are complicit in my oppression and benefit from it."

Advice for Progressives from America’s Radical Feminist Governor

“It’s going to require more than you’re bargaining for. Activism will change your life.”
Shirley MacLaine

Celebration of women filmmakers triggers heated debate among Salma Hayek, Jessica Williams, and Shirley MacLaine

"When I talk about feminism, sometimes I feel like being a black woman is cast aside."
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Mastectomy Story: One Woman’s Brave Tale of Surviving Breast Cancer

This mastectomy survivor doesn't need nipples to feel sexy.

Beauty Salon For Women Who Wear Hijabs

A Muslim-American entrepreneur saw a need in her community so she created a beautiful space for celebrating beauty.

White Women: This Is Why Your Critiques Of Beyoncé Are Racist

"Do not ever shame a black woman for announcing her pregnancy." *explicit language*

Queer Muslim women from the south: ‘We exist and we’re fierce’

"Three women from North Carolina discuss how the Trump administration is affecting their lives, and how collective resistance will move America forward."
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What Cis People Say To Trans People Vs. What We Hear

This is what a microaggression looks like.
Yara Shahidi

Actress Yara Shahidi Shared A Beautiful Post About Being Iranian And Black

“If my Baba was stuck in an airport because of a Muslim ban 39 years ago, he would have never fallen in love with my mama.”
Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart Called Herself ‘So Gay’ On ‘SNL.’ Here’s Why It Matters.

"Stewart, for the first time ever, publicly used the word “gay” in reference to herself. It was a radical opportunity to challenge and change minds."
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Transgender 101: A Guide to Gender and Identity

There’s a lot of talk about the transgender community, but if you aren’t in the know, these conversations can feel exclusive or downright confusing. Let’s break down the basics of gender, gender identity, and yes, do some much-needed Transgender 101.
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How to Stand Up Against Hate

"Remember that your goal is helping the target, not fighting the harasser. "
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The Unbelievably Cruel Words Fat Women Hear on the Street

Let’s let this woman’s story remind us: There’s no wrong way to have a body.
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5 Ways to Help Kids Think Outside the Gender Binary

"When you show kids the possibilities that open up when they’re not trapped by the binary, they’ll start to see the world as a place of far more opportunities. They’ll grow to see people and gendered concepts as they truly are, and start to discover who they really are as a person."
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Milestones in the American Transgender Movement

Though a growing number of transgender Americans are coming out, it has been a long road of evolution that constitutes the transgender movement.

Read The Women’s March On Washington’s Beautifully Intersectional Policy Platform

This is how you do intersectional feminism.

‘Hidden Figures’ beats ‘Star Wars’ at the box office. Here’s why that matters.

This is the rare box-office win to get excited about. It's not another reboot or sequel, nor an extension of an existing franchise. It's a story about great black women underserved by history. Hidden Figures deserves every dollar it will make — and it's going to make a ton of them.

Ivanka Trump’s Dangerous Fake Feminism

"Trying to emulate the Ivanka model without her financial means is a precarious path...For white working-class families, where women often work out of necessity and who also believe in the importance of divergent responsibilities for men and women, that dissonance sows significant marital conflict."

The Fight for Female Priesthood in the Mormon Church

This 20-minute documentary follows Abby Hansen, a stay-at-home mom turned vocal advocate for Ordain Women.

Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl?

"[T]here were times I thoroughly believed that no one wanted anything to do with me. I told myself that it was all a lie, but the structural emasculation of Asian men in all forms of media became a self-fulfilling prophecy that produced an actual abhorrence to Asian men in the real world."

Would a Lottery Realize Greater Gender Equity for Faculty Service?

Dr. Alexander Guerrero and members of CSU's Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty discuss the implications of the lottocratic approach for promoting greater equity in faculty service assignments and for faculty governance.

Here Is A Worksheet To Help You Talk To Partners About Sex

Because clear communication is a prerequisite for consent...and other good things.

Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families

Until the government takes on child care as a public good, there are fortunately employer-funded models that seem to be working.

Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women

So-called "women's work" is consistently undervalued and underpaid - until white men start taking those jobs...

Study: Racism and Sexism predict support for trump more than economic dissatisfaction

Studies also suggest building empathy is more effective at dismantling bigotry than calling people out.

Patients Cared For By Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated By Men

"Approximately 32,000 fewer patients would die if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year."

25 Famous Women on Dealing With Anxiety and Depression

We’ve rounded up wise words and advice from famous women who have lived through dark moments and aren’t afraid to talk about it.

A Majority Agreed She Was Raped by a Stanford Football Player. That Wasn’t Enough.

"This year, amid growing dissent over how it handles these kinds of cases, Stanford changed its procedure in a way that victims rights advocates say favors the accused."

How Subarus Came to Be Seen as Cars for Lesbians

20 years ago, Subaru was ahead of the marketing curve and, "[l]ike nerds who grow up to confront their bullies, Subaru executives came to realize that the people opposing the acknowledgement of gays and lesbians were not as imposing as they seemed."

If Women Wrote Men the Way Men Write Women

These ol' (inverted) gender tropes!

The Invisible Workload That Drags Women Down

Who holds it all down...IN THEIR HEADS...because others often don't pick up the slack? Women do, that's who. Give their brains a rest!

Shine Theory: Why Powerful Women Make the Greatest Friends

Stop competing with other women. "When you meet a woman who is intimidatingly witty, stylish, beautiful, and professionally accomplished, befriend her. Surrounding yourself with the best people doesn’t make you look worse by comparison. It makes you better."

Female professors ‘pay price for academic citizenship’

“While previous research has shown that early and mid-career female academics take on more administration and “caring, supportive and collegiate” roles than men, acting as a brake on their promotion chances, the latest interviews show this trend continues when women reach more senior positions."

I Rewatched Love Actually and Am Here to Ruin It for All of You

This article is just as good, year after year.

30 Of The Most Important Articles By People Of Color In 2016

Despite the awfulness, stellar writing by people of color provided clarity, comfort and insight in even the darkest moments this year. Make 2017 great by learning from some crucial voices of 2016.

Allen Is Two-Spirit, a Lesbian, and She Won’t Be Assimilated

Many cultures have had models beyond the male/female binary and heterosexuality for centuries. In fact, views on these subjects in certain Native American traditions—as they existed before colonial disruption—might be seen as progressive by today’s standards.

‘If I were a man,’ I would have been considered the greatest a long time ago

Serena Williams IS the greatest. And she describes her experience with things that are "blatantly wrong and blatantly unfair and blatantly racist or sexist" with gut-wrenching honesty.

U.N. Women Director: Tackling the Gender Pay-Gap Requires Urgent Solutions

Here's a solid refresher on what the gender-pay gap looks like on a global level, what contributes to the inequity, and what we can do about it.
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The Different Stakes of Male and Female Birth Control

A clinical trial of contraceptives for men was halted because of side effects—side effects that women have dealt with for decades.
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Five queer AF comics starring Black and Brown women

From superheroes to first love and all the comedic life moments in between, here are five of the brown and Blackest, super LGBTQIA+ reppin’ comics on the internet to get your self love meter all the way maxed out.
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Samantha Bee is the only woman with a late-night show

Here’s how she plans to make it count - from writing to hiring to mentoring, she's doing it differently.
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7 reason so many men don’t understand consent

You'll recognize A LOT of these images. "These waters run deep."
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The African-American Suffragists History Forgot

Rendered invisible in so many accounts, they were in fact doubly brave, fighting a dual oppression—marginalized, trivialized, humiliated, and dismissed for being both black and female.
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America’s Conversation On Sexual Assault Is A Failure If It Ignores Native Women

Both Democrats and Republicans have remained virtually silent on the national stage in the face of the terrifyingly high rates of rape, sexual trafficking, disappearance, and murder of Native and Indigenous Women.
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The feminist bedtime story book you’ll wish you had growing up

Aimed to inspire young girls to dream of more than being rescued or fitting into patriarchal cis-gendered dreams, the book contains 100 tales of empowered, intelligent women who have fought adversity to get where they are.
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5 Questions About Alcohol and Consent You’re Too Afraid to Ask, Answered

Think of it this way: Just like we don’t give someone a free pass for causing a car accident after drinking, we can’t do so with rape either. 
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10-Year-Old Girls Need Feminist Magazines Too — And Now They Have One

A new magazine created for girls, by girls, is capturing the blissful and inspiring experiences of young ladies to empower pre-teen girls, and give them a space to create and share their own content.
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Surviving Institutions That Weren’t Created For You

No one tells you how to survive in institutions that weren’t created for you. No one tells you how to navigate through buildings that are named after men that would have spat in your face when they were administrators.
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Here’s Your Proof That White Americans Don’t Face Systemic Racism

"For this one article, I’m sticking with numbers, not stories." And recent articles from mainstream news publications, government or academic studies/data, and coverage of such studies/data from mainstream news publications.
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The Photographer Representing Her Non-Binary Friends as They’d Like to Be Seen

Laurence Philomène is challenging the lack of non-binary representation by photographing her friends as their ideal selves, set against her vivid fantasy backdrops.
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Masculine Norms produce mental health concerns for men

Men who stick to "traditionally masculine" norms -  especially playboy behavior, power over women and self-reliance - are more likely to experience depression, stress, body image issues, substance abuse and negative social functioning. They are also less likely to seek help to deal with those problems.
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This Teen Is Bringing Menstrual Products To Homeless Women Around The World

When she became homeless at 15, she decided to take action.
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The U.N. Sent 3 Foreign Women To The U.S. To Assess Gender Equality. They Were Horrified.

The delegates were appalled by the lack of gender equality in America. They found the U.S. to be lagging far behind international human rights standards in a number of areas, including its 23 percent gender pay gap, maternity leave, affordable child care and the treatment of female migrants in detention centers.
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The History of the Trans Community as Told by Its Aging Members

“I still see myself on a journey. When I received an award a few years ago at a conference I said, ‘In the ’60s they called me a sissy. In the ’70s they called me a faggot. In the ’80s I was a queen, or they called me a queen. In the ’90s I was transgender. In the 2000s I…
drawing of child and doll with text stating I don't want kids and that's ok!

Some women don’t want kids. And that’s OK.

This comic breaks it down.
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How Doctors Traumatize Pregnant Women With Unnecessary Procedures

Recent studies highlighted in Elle magazine show millions of women are injured during childbirth. While “injury” is a nice way to put it, something more contestable is happening in the labor and delivery rooms of hospitals across the country and the world.
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‘Beta Males’ want to kill women because they can’t get laid

"For years, men on Internet message boards have been sharing revenge fantasies targeting the women who’ve rejected them. But what is motivating their repeated references to a violent “Beta Uprising,” and how dangerous are the guys who chat online about it?" Read to the last line.
Amber Heard

Amber Heard Released a Tearful PSA On Domestic Violence

“I have a unique opportunity to remind other women...this doesn’t have to be the way it is. You don’t have to do it alone. You’re not alone. And also, we can change this. Violence against women is not limited to actual physical violence.”
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From Manspreading to Mansplaining — 6 Ways Men Dominate the Spaces Around Them

"We as men have been so inundated with the idea that all space is our space that we, often subconsciously, act as if that’s true – both in our body language and in more overt expressions of entitlement like dominating conversations, talking over other people, and harassing women on the street."
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Beware These 10 Types of Feminist Men

"With so many stories floating around (and the many more that are silenced by fear) about “male feminists” who use their social justice rhetoric as a way to wield abusive behaviors, it’s clear that some of our quote-unquote “allies” are combining toxic masculinity with feminism to create a terrifying hybrid."
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When Eve and Eve Bit the Apple

"For the first time, I felt complete, loved, known. Lying beside her healed my past and present self."
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this comic perfectly captures how feminism helps everyone

This comic shows how sexism is hurtful to everyone — and reminds us that we can only overcome it by working together.
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Hopes for a female president dashed, women take running for office into their own hands

For many of those rooting for Clinton to break the glass ceiling her campaign repeatedly invoked, her loss, painful as it was, could be an even greater mobilizing force than a victory might have been.
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On Being a Trans Woman … Who Doesn’t Pass

Not all women look the same — and that should be okay.
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ten responses to the phrase “Man Up”

Listen to Guante on this one.
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Academia is now incompatible with family life, thanks to casual contracts

"It is hard to forgo spending time with my partner or catching up on sleep after our baby was awake half the night, but I have to work on that grant proposal. If I don’t, I might not have a job after my current contract ends."
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This Is What Black Privilege Looks Like

Crystal Valentine will give you chills.
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Ready to ditch white feminism?

Here are 6 Black feminist concepts you need to know.
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When Parents Support Their Trans Kids

It's really powerful.
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The urgency of intersectionality: Kimberlé Crenshaw speaks at TEDWomen 2016

“When there’s no name for a problem, you can’t see a problem. When you can’t see a problem, you can’t solve it.”
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Yes, contraceptives have side effects – and it’s time for men to put up with them too

Apparently, women can have such ailments as depression and acne thrust upon them for the greater good of preventing an unwanted pregnancy, but the same level of discomfort cannot be expected of men.
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The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret

A recently published study sheds light on the alarming relationship between hormonal birth control and depression. But the findings are only the latest in a long line of battles between women and their doctors over accurate information about birth control.
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7 Period Questions You Still Have As An Adult Woman

Period education usually stops not that long after we've gotten our first one — and even the information that we do get when we get older doesn't really fit in all of the nuance that can happen in the course of one woman's life, let alone every woman's.
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7 Appearance Related Comments Trans People Wish You’d Stop Making

If you're wondering how to be better-informed when interacting with the trans people in your life, take it from those who have experienced the effects of poorly chosen words firsthand.
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This comic explores a subtle kind of racism many people of color experience

These are microaggressions. And they need to stop.
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10 Reasons Why Women Won’t Smile at Random Dudes

...Maybe because you just told us to and we don't want to.
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Argentine woman becomes first nursery teacher with Down’s syndrome

Noelia Garella has overcome prejudice surrounding her condition to become a favourite with her pupils, and is making history in Latina America.
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U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care

Ask just about any parent — regardless of where in the U.S. they live, socioeconomic status or race — and they're likely to have strong opinions and a story to tell of juggling priorities, cutting costs and employing creative strategies to get the best child care they can afford.
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‘Nasty Woman’: Why Men Insult Powerful Women

Insults of powerful women by men perform a particular role, researchers say: cutting them down to size, and playing into discomfort with women in power.
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Men’s Restrooms Will Now Require Baby Changing Stations. Thanks, Obama!

The BABIES Act applies to restrooms in publicly accessible federal buildings, because men change diapers, too!
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CoverGirl Announces Its First Male CoverGirl Spokesmodel

"All of our COVERGIRLs are role models and boundary-breakers, fearlessly expressing themselves, standing up for what they believe, and redefining what it means to be beautiful. James Charles is no exception."
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6 Things A Feminist Woman Who Dates Men Should Look For On A First Date

I’ve learned a lot about being a straight feminist woman post-puberty in romantic relationships, including some generally solid ways to figure out if the guy you’re dating is worth the long-term emotional, material, and financial investment that relationships require.
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When our (white) feminist heroes fail us: On “Notorious RBG” and Colin Kaepernick

Standing up for women necessarily includes standing up for black women, and their communities. We must push all the self-avowed (white) feminists in positions of power — and push ourselves — to constantly do better.
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NSFWomen, explores what it’s like to have your period when you’re homeless

This whole issue centers on respecting women's dignity.
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What’s rape anxiety? This woman explained it to her favorite men, and they were shocked

These conversations could make a real difference to help all people feel safe and comfortable in the world.

This artist brilliantly tackles the concept of ‘being offended’ in a colorful comic

Maybe we need a new word for "offended"

Think It’s #NotAllMen? These 4 Facts Prove You’re Just Plain Wrong

In truth, the only thing approaching defiance is to constantly check and question your own learned entitlement – and that of other men. But you can’t do that if you’re stuck in the space of believing that “not all men” is a valid argument.
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Moms And Dads: What Your Daughter Hasn’t Told You About Sexual Assault

These are just the PG-rated stories I am willing to tell you. I might be telling you now, but I never told my parents any of these occurrences. Chances are your daughter has experienced some of this and hasn’t told you either.
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The Ultimate Guide To Feminist-Friendly Horror Movies

Wanna watch a spooky flick? Here's a list of feminist-friendly horror movies, because every girl worth her gore knows what a feminist nightmare scary movies can be.
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How to Be a Man in the Age of Trump

Boys need continuing, serious guidance about sexual ethics, reciprocity, respect. Rather than silence or swagger, they need models of masculinity that are not grounded in domination or aggression.
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Conversations with Feminist Freedom Warriors

Feminist Freedom Warriors (FFW) is a digital video archive documenting cross-generational conversations about justice, politics and hope with feminist scholar-activists.
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Adichie’s Powerful Essay on Raising a Feminist Daughter

Acclaimed Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote an extremely powerful essay titled, “Dear Ijeawele, or a femininst manifesto in fifteen suggestions,” where she elaborated on how to raise a feminist daughter.
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This is the kind of sexism women who want to be doctors deal with in med school

Studies estimate that between 30 and 70 percent of female med-school faculty experience gender-based discrimination.
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Black Men Are Giving Themselves A Space To Talk About Mental Health

Kid Cudi’s post prompted black men to ask each other “#YouGoodMan?”
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Dressing Beyond the Binary

It's about style and self-expression.
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Why We Need To Stop Calling Women “Girls”

"Women." Even "young women." But not "girls." (Related, but different, also not "females.")
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Brief But Spectacular with iO Tillet Wright

"It's hard to look someone in the eye and deny their humanity." Wright has spent the past six years photographing people who identify across the LGBT spectrum and offers a Brief but Spectacular take on finding beauty in difference.
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6 ‘Anti-Racist’ Buzzwords That Don’t Actually Change White Supremacy

'Diversity.' 'Equity.' 'White Privilege.' How do you use them?
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Warren Buffett’s Son Pledges $90 Million To Support Girls And Women Of Color

“Girls and women of color are experts on their own lives — our role is to listen to them.” Yes.
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Tiq Milan Opens Up About Trans Male Visibility, His Advocacy Work And Liberation

Along with his wife Kim, Milan travels the country educating and empowering audiences about the experiences of trans and GNC people of color, with the pair functioning as “a model of possibility” for “centering love as revolution” as a black queer couple. #relationshipgoals
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Trans People Are Sharing Selfies On Twitter With #TransTakeover To Spread Love

Hashtag love at it's best - to expand the visibility of trans folks in all their intersectional glory.
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Removing gender bias from algorithms

If these biased algorithms are widely adopted, it could perpetuate, or even worsen, these damaging stereotypes. Fortunately, we have found a way to use the machine learning algorithm itself to reduce its own bias.
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It’s Now More Expensive To Send Your Kid To Daycare Than College

Is it any wonder so many women decide not to go back to work? It’s simply not worth the bother to work when that much of a household’s income is going to daycare.
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A Toronto Professor Is Facing Criticism For Saying He Won’t Recognzie Gender-Neutral Identites

And a non-binary professor wants him to know they certainly do exist.
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The Mental Health Effects of Chest Binding are Good

A new study in the journal Culture, Health and Sexuality is believed to be the first to look at the health impact of chest binding on transmasculine people.
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The Monster Sorority of Women Voters

All women are not the same. All women do not care about or value the same things. Except when it comes to appearance. Pretty much every woman seems to agree that there's a lot of pressure on one's appearance.
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These Designers Are Proving Queer Fashion Is Way More Than Just A Trend

“Queer style is one of the most fashionable forms of resistance and is a powerful tool in our fight for liberation."
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Black Women Are Leaning In And Getting Nowhere

“This study makes clear that while all women remain underrepresented in the corporate pipeline, women of color face the steepest drop-offs."
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Read the Women in the Workplace 2016 Report

Women in the Workplace 2016 is a comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America. The study is part of a long-term partnership between LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company to give companies the information they need to promote female leadership and foster gender equality in the workplace.
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Taking Back “Chingona”

"It's been appropriated by a younger generation as a way of rebellion."
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Wonder Woman Is Officially Queer

It’s time to welcome Wonder Woman to the DC Comics’ growing circle of LGBT superheroes.
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New York City Starts $5 Million Fund for Women in Film and Theater

New York is set to become the first city in the country with a major municipal program to promote equality behind and in front of the camera, in film and television, as well as onstage.
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Melinda Gates Has a New Mission: Women in Tech

Philanthropy’s first lady returns to her roots to tackle gender inequality in computer science.
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American Girl – Understanding Trans Kids

Clinics are popping up across the country to help kids as young as 3 who might be transgender, but some say it’s too much, too soon. While doctors argue, families like Nicole’s don’t have time to wait.
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What It Will Take to Keep Women from Leaving STEM

Women professors in STEM, researchers, managers and directors of biomed companies, HR personnel, project managers, and administrators in hospitals and for-profit research centers came up with three solutions for the problems women face in STEM careers.
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Pronoun Privilege

Divulging one’s gender through an announcement of pronouns at best contradicts the reality that our gender may be ambiguous, and at worst forces students to reveal a potentially vulnerable part of themselves. There are other ways to get to know one another as the semester unfolds.
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“Woman Card”

Yeah, playing the "woman card" to get out of a speeding ticket is so unfair.
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I want to point out that how these protesters are treated and talked about is different because of the color of their skin AND expand our conversation and narrative about the act of protesting.
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What I Told My White Friend When He Asked For My Black Opinion On White Privilege

"As to you “being part of the problem,” trust me, nobody is mad at you for being white. Nobody. Just like nobody should be mad at me for being black. Or female. Or whatever."

New Film Takes A Hard Look At Masculinity And Homophobia In America

This powerful film examines the toxic masculinity often pervasive in groups of young, American men and the way disturbing interplay that can be found between same-sex desire and violent homophobia within that group.
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What exactly is a microaggression? Let these examples from Hollywood movies explain

A microaggression can be rooted in racism, sexism, or discrimination based on nationality or sexual orientation. It can be delivered casually or even unconsciously. And it can unleash effects that add up over time.
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Why Bisexuals Of All Genders Need Feminism

Gender greatly influences one's experience of what it means to be bisexual.
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Anita Sarkeesian on Life After Gamergate: ‘I Want to Be a Human Again’

“We don’t think the internet is real."
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Vagina Dispatches

Most people still don’t understand what vaginas look like or how they function. In episode one of our four-part series, we're starting with the basics: we build a giant vulva, talk to a gynecologist, a labiaplasty surgeon, and a trans woman.
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Why first-generation students need mentors who get them

As a first-generation college student, Crucet was not aware of the norms understood by most of her peers. Now a novelist and professor, she gives her take on what first-generation students need.
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Ava DuVernay on Hollywood, Modern-Day Slavery, and Why She’s Still an Optimist

"To me, it’s really disingenuous to be sitting with women who are not of color talking about women’s issues, and they can’t wrap their minds around transgender issues, Black Lives Matter issues, civil-rights issues, immigration issues, Muslim tragedies that are happening. They don’t see the parallel in terms of underrepresentation."
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My teen boys are blind to rape culture

It’s not enough to teach our sons about consent; we have to encourage them to have the courage to speak out against rape culture, too.
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What It’s Like To Go To The Beach For The First Time After Top Surgery

Reconstructive chest surgery can be cost-prohibitive or otherwise hard to attain for many transmasculine and gender-nonconforming people; others may not feel the surgery is necessary for them. But for many, top surgery can be life-changing.
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Listen To Justin Trudeau Passionately Make The Case For Gender Equality

“When women and girls get ahead, everyone does better in society,” Trudeau said. “It’s not just about women’s issues, it’s about all of our issues. And teaching that to our kids is really, really important. Because we know if kids grow up in a more equal world, it is a better world.”
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The Mothers Who Regret Having Kids

For all the economic, emotional, and physical strife associated with bringing kids into the world, few mothers would ever admit to regretting their decision to do so.
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6 Ways My Parents Unintentionally Taught Me Disordered Eating

Toxic messages around food and weight came from the media, my peers, and, perhaps most influentially, my parents.
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4 Things Men Are Really Doing When They ‘Play Devil’s Advocate’ Against Feminism

Because most people who play devil’s advocate with feminists aren’t actually doing that at all.
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Shea Moisture’s Powerful New Ad Challenges How We See ‘Normal Hair’

“Normal hair is the hair that grows out of your head.”
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How Boys Suffer: The Boy Code and Toxic Masculinity

Here's why the documentary 'The Mask You Live In' is critical for parents, tweens and teens.
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Gender Myths: Shutting Down Misconceptions with Jacob Tobia

Quick-fire responses to lots of common assumptions. Watch this!
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Finally there’s a feminist magazine, Kazoo, for girls who love science and climbing trees

Introducing, Kazoo, a feminist magazine for girls with diverse interests.
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5 Books For Little Feminists Going Back To School

These kids' books encourage in their slightly shorter readers the same things we encourage in our sometimes taller ones: Be fearless, be rebellious and above all be yourself, whoever that is.
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Behold The Glory Of New York Fashion Week’s First All-Hijab Show

Muslim Indonesian designer, Anniesa Hasibuan, made history.
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Leaked Apple emails reveal employees’ complaints about sexist, toxic work environment

Curious about what makes a work environment a toxic one? This story has a few stark examples.
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Pinksourcing: Pretty, Cheap Labor

Companies, hire women.
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Shine Theory in Action – How Obama’s Female Staffers Made Sure They Were Heard

Female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification" which forced the men in the room to recognize their contributions — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.
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Fighting Subtle Sexism At Work

Jessica Bennett, journalist, critic, contributing editor for LeanIn.org and the author of Feminist Fight Club: An Office Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace discussed tactics for overcoming sexist attitudes, subtle and blatant, in the workplace.
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Your Weight Can Affect Your Job Prospects — But Only If You’re a Woman

It is an extremely sad fact that people who are overweight or obese face hiring discrimination, but it seems weight bias is even more pervasive than we thought, and more discriminatory toward women.
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Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq Loudly Combats Indigenous Stereotypes

A self-described feminist, Tagaq identifies that “every culture had a different idea of what femininity is.”
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A Chilling Message About Sexism From Daughters To Their Dads

“Dear Daddy, I will be born a girl. Please do everything you can so that won’t stay the greatest danger of all.”
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Dad’s Heartbreaking Sketch Illustrates The Pain Of Miscarriage

“Miscarriage is a very lonely experience, and if Curt’s sketch could help others feel the comfort I felt from friends knowing that I wasn’t alone, then it was worth it to share it."
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Advice For Dealing With Workplace Retaliation: Save Those Nasty Emails

Bullying, harassment, and retaliation often take underhanded and juvenile forms, but their emotional impact is real.
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It’s Time To Call Out ‘Nice Racists’ And Their White Fragility

Don’t make this about you. Don’t put your fear over my pain. Don’t make my feelings less important than your anger.
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What It’s Like for women in power on wall street

“Equity” is a feminist Wall Street film that finally nails what it’s like for women in power.
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While Brock Turner was in jail, 75,000 American women were raped

It was only 12 weeks.
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My Brother’s Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family

My brother Evan was born female. He came out as transgender 16 years ago but never stopped wanting to have a baby.
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Period Pain is as bad as a heart attack. Why do doctors ignore it?

Men wait an average of 49 minutes before being treated for abdominal pain. For women, the wait is 65 minutes for the same symptoms. It’s thought that this is because women are seen as exaggerating pain and being ‘dramatic’ due to sexist stereotypes.
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Should I harass this woman on the Internet: A complete guide

It’s hard to know when it’s appropriate to send a sexually explicit message to a complete and total stranger. That’s why for your convenience, we have put together this handy flowchart!
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On Being a Black Female Math Whiz During the Space Race

“Her whole life, my mother never felt superior and never felt less than anybody else.”
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How to Train Students Against Microaggressions

Answer questions and talk candidly and openly about them.
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UPenn Is Covered With ‘This Is What Rape Culture Looks Like’ Flyers

Students made sure that this part of rape culture was exposed and denounced.
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The Single American Woman – a Powerful Political Force

The most powerful voter this year, who in her rapidly increasing numbers has become an entirely new category of citizen, is the Single Woman.
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Preserving My Children’s Innocence Is An Act Of Preserving White Supremacy

After the foundation of naming race was set, I began to talk about injustice through the lens of unfairness.
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Free tampons for all at Brown University this school year — even in the men’s room

Students at Brown are taking on the "tampon tax."
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What’s the psychological toll of being a Hooters waitress?

It's not good.
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We’re Not Quite ‘Born This Way’

Born this way might be useful shorthand, but it doesn’t capture the full picture — and we can handle the nuance.
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One Way to Make Life Easier for Moms Returning to Work

Pump in public, at your desk.
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There’s No One Abortion Story

Four very different experiences show exactly why you can't legislate women's health care choices.
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These Are The Young Black Women Making Art About Mental Health

It's OK to not be OK.
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4 Racist Stereotypes White Patriarchy Invented to ‘Protect’ White Womanhood

If you are a white woman, you need to analyze your complacency and your active participation in the violence done to Men of Color.
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What is Feminism, Really?

Feminism is a beautiful and necessary movement that is slowly but surely making a difference for the better.
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You’re How Old? We’ll Be in Touch

Age discrimination in the workplace starts earlier for women and never relents. The pay gap kicks in early, at age 32, when women start getting passed over for promotion.
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A Discussion On Female Body Diversity In Games

Diverse personalities are better mirrored by diverse character designs. Your game isn’t that fun if everyone’s the same.
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Airlines Are Shockingly Ill-Equipped to Handle In-Flight Sexual Assaults

A person who gets punched in the face on an airplane can expect that the flight attendants have been trained to respond, according to the AFA’s Nelson—but, at least for the moment, a victim of sexual assault simply can’t predict how the crew will react.
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‘It’s a man’s world, sweetie’ – how 3 women leaders dealt with sexism

Stories like this might be inspiring; but they are also relatively rare. According to the World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs report, the proportion of women in positions of power dwindles all the way to the top: only around one in ten CEOs are wo
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Resignation is a Feminist Issue

To live a feminist life is to be a feminist at work.
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White Fragility Workplace Training Video

Racism in the workplace: What you can do to protect your white employees from hearing about it.
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Nate Parker on Campus Incident, Consent, and Toxic Male Culture

In a one-on-one interview, the 'Birth of a Nation' star gets candid about rape culture and shares what he’d tell his 19-year-old self about consent.
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What Feminist Motherhood Looks Like

A stunning new slam poem, “Mom,” by Alyesha Wise and Aman Batra explores the complicated relationship between mother and daughter ― and what feminist motherhood can actually look like.
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Men, We Are the Lions

"Choose domestic violence as a men's issue, too."
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Poverty is Sexist – and the Prime Minister Gets It

“Women and girls are less likely to get an education, more likely to be impoverished, and face greater risk of disease and poor health.”
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8 Things To Tell People Who Think Men And Women Are Already Equal

Alhough the advancement of women’s rights and equality since 1971 is absolutely worth celebrating, it’s just as important to recognize the ways in which women are still unequal to men.
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18 Tips For LGBT Teens In High School, From People Who Have Been There

“Sexuality, gender, identity, labels — they’re all fluid and they can change as you grow up! Your experiences and personal mindset shape who you are, not other people. Experiment, explore, and discover who you were meant to be. Make mistakes, break hearts, and educate those who will listen!”
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What Are U.S. Colleges Doing for Rape Prevention?

Most rape victims know their assailants. Most assailants give off warning signs that go unchallenged or unremarked upon by the people around them, which emboldens them to push further and further. Tackling rape culture requires fundamentally shifting the way we relate to each other, and it looks like colleges and universities are finally starting to understand that.
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Study Finds More Faculty Diversity, Not on Tenure Track

Colleges hire more minority and female professors, but most jobs filled are adjunct, not tenure track, study finds.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at podium

Hillary Clinton and Julia Gillard: How the Media Shape Our View of Leaders as ‘Women’

Women leaders should not have to experience being publicly lambasted on account of their gender – a process enabled and perpetuated by a post-feminist media cycle. However, even when elected, women who rhetorically engage with feminism do not always promote feminist or woman-friendly policies that disrupt capitalism and benefit racial minorities and other vulnerable populations.
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Trans Men Open Up About Their Experiences With Male Privilege

Trans men occupy a unique space in their identity: many (thought not all) people who live as trans men have experienced the privileges of being read as both male and female at different points of their lives.
Kim Kardashian

Someone please explain to Kim Kardashian that she’s a feminist—and that’s OK

Kim Kardashian recently underwent a complicated exercise in cognitive dissonance, declaring that she believes in feminism but is not a feminist herself.
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This Is What A Feminist Porn Magazine Looks Like *NSFW*

Peck hopes to trick her readers into learning something new by virtue of turning them on. In her words: “I’m really into subverting mainstream ideas via material that is hot.”
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This Is For All The Women Personally Victimized By Their Office A/C

It is a frosty nightmare, to say the least. But don't be fooled by the parody video. Even science says office temperatures are set for men, not women. 
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50 Ways People Expect Constant Emotional Labor from Women and Femmes

The work of women and femmes is traditionally undervalued – we get paid less in nearly all professions. But there’s another type of work we’re often expected to do for no pay at all: emotional labor.
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Will Men Finally Be Appreciated for Being Funny?

These hilarious female comedians don't think men are funny—here's why.
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For Women Runners, There’s Always One Huge Concern

“‘Well, what was she wearing?’ is now ‘Well, where was she running? What time was it? Was she listening to music? Wearing short shorts? A sports bra with no shirt?’”
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Everyday Interactions: How We Create (and Improve) the Culture and Climate

As noted in the first Reflection from the Director, one of the most important things we can do as a community is learn to recognize how and when we all participate in creating the culture and climate around gender at Colorado State University. Then we can use what we learn to shape how we are as people - our behaviors and…
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Know Better, Do Better – Tips for Allies, Advocates, Accomplices

In another post, we discussed how our campus culture and climate around gender is created through everyday interactions. In addition to offering tips for how we can improve our culture and climate culture, we highlighted the relationship between what we know and how we behave, which was summed up in Maya Angelou's famous quote, "Do the best you can until you know better.…
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More and more women are now dying in childbirth, but only in America

More women are dying in childbirth in the US than in any other developed country. And experts say the problem is likely to keep getting worse.
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What Trans Men See that Women Don’t

“Cultural sexism in the world is very real when you’ve lived on both sides of the coin."
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The Government is Shortchanging Our Best Lady Scientists

A new study looking at gender bias in funding for scientific research has found that women are at a disadvantage when they apply to renew funding from the National Institutes of Health.
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President Obama Says, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like”

"It is absolutely men’s responsibility to fight sexism too. And as spouses and partners and boyfriends, we need to work hard and be deliberate about creating truly equal relationships."
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This Illustrator Explains To Bros Why They Need Feminism

Feminists aim to dismantle the patriarchal system of oppression that harms people of all genders. Too often, conversations about feminism are interrupted by men asking, "What's in it for me?"
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Your Summer Guide to Dealing With Street Harassers

One of the great frustrations of life as a ladyperson is that you cannot possibly convey to a dude what it feels like to be a target every time you leave your house.
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Free Books That Are Bound to Get You Woke

In need of some new reading to spur your mind? Here is a great list of FREE BOOKS in PDF form to educate yourself on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture!
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Talks on Modern Feminism

These essential talks delve into the intricacies of feminism, examining everyday realities in the pursuit of equality.
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Korryn Gaines and the Erasure of Violence Against Black Women

"The truth is, black women and girls account for 20 percent of unarmed people killed by police in the U.S. since 1999, despite comprising just 7 percent of the overall population. "
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This Adorable Cartoon Explains Privilege In The Most Nonconfrontational Possible Way

Privilege can be uncomfortable to explain or learn about, but this cartoon addresses it in a cute and creative way.
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A Note to White Feminists Following Alton Sterling and Philando Castile’s Deaths

"[A]ll white people have had to take renewed accountability for the perpetuation of racism. No less white feminists and survivors of sexual assault (like me), whose goals of ending sexual and intimate partner violence for all survivors can only be fulfilled by a simultaneous commitment to racial justice."
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To The Mothers Attending College: You Are Hardcore

"According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, there were 3.4 million student mothers in 2014. And to all 3.4 million of you, I am in awe."
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Chris Mosier on Making History as First Trans Member of Team USA

"I knew that the minute I said, 'I'm a trans athlete,' that I would never get away from it," he says. "But I asked myself, 'Why does it matter?' Well, it matters because there was no one else out there saying it."
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Skye Mockabee Is 17th Trans Person Murdered in the U.S. This Year

Trans women of color face incredible levels of homicide in the U.S., and the number of trans women of color murdered has been rising at a terrifying rate over the last several years. More than half of anti-LGBT hate murders are trans woman of color, specifically black trans women.
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#MomentsInTransition Celebrates The Journey Of Trans People And It’s Amazing

#MomentsInTransition is encouraging transgender people to tweet photos of moments during their transition that made them feel awesome and share what they felt was an important moment in their personal process to become themselves.
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Judith Butler on Updating ‘Queer’ to be Trans-Inclusive

If ‘queer’ once sought to provide an umbrella term for nonconforming genders and various sexualities, ones that did not easily submit to categorization, it is now clearly embroiled in a battle of its own.
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Think Gender is a Performance? You have Judith Butler to Thank for That.

Gender Trouble, published in 1990, made Butler a star: It introduced “performativity,” the idea that gender isn’t something we are but something we continually do, opening the door for “cultural configurations of sex and gender [to] proliferate,” as she put it in the book’s conclusion, “confounding the very binarism of sex, and exposing its fundamental unnaturalness.”
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Women Need Mindfulness Even More than Men Do

We know that women multitask more often than men. A better question is whether women should be proud of their multitasking. Research does have an answer to this question. And the answer is no.
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Study Reveals that Women are Literally Working Themselves to Death

Long workweeks and copious amounts of stress aren’t good for anyone’s health, but new research has found that workweeks of 40 hours or more can be especially bad for women—and the reason why is depressing.
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Men Are Often Their Own Favorite Experts On Any Given Subject

This self-citation gap held true across every major academic field the authors studied, including biology, sociology, philosophy and law. In a footnote, the paper's authors — three women and two men — dryly note that the pattern holds among themselves as well: "The men authors of this paper cite themselves at nearly three times the average rate of the women authors."
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The Sugarcoated Language Of White Fragility

"The language we use to talk about racism is obviously distorted, a big clue that something is being hidden. It’s pretty easy to pinpoint the source: most White people can’t handle talking about racism."
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10 Awesome Women with Disabilities You Should Know About

People with disabilities deserve to know that "we’re not just cases, diagnoses, or “not really disabled”; we’re part of a community with its own histories and triumphs. So to help you (and twelve-year-old me) gain a better understanding of disability than “just ignore it,” here are ten [women with disabilities] whose names you should learn.*"
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How Women Are Harassed Out of Science

The discrimination young researchers endure makes America’s need for STEM workers even greater.
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5 Common Behaviors Cis Men May Not Realize Are Abusive (And How To Stop Them)

"If patriarchy is fundamentally violent and oppressive, then we have a responsibility to consider the ways that we might be complicit in that violence – simply by living out the patterns of how we were taught to be men."
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13 Tweets Explain The Deadly Impact White Privilege Has On Black People

On Friday, Twitter user Matt Edelstein revived the hashtag #WhitePrivilegeMeans (first tweeted in 2014) to educate and call out the ugly realities that people of color deal with every day that white people don’t have to.
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An Open Letter From An Admitted Racist

"I have come to realize that so many concepts and phrases I believed made me NOT a racist were the things that proved that I am a racist."
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What Does it Mean to Raise a Black Kid Now?

"For the grownups, even, there are no simple answers."
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Why ‘Having It All’ Actually Sucks

Here’s what “having it all” really looks like, in my experience. *Contains explicit language*
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Encouraging Female Faculty to Publish Research

Texas Tech and Indiana U at Bloomington have developed programs that encourage female faculty members to find more time to publish their research.
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Short Film Exposes How Subtle, But Dangerous Emotional Abuse Can Be

A new BuzzFeed video depicts the devastating reality of being in an emotionally abusive, unhealthy relationship.
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Jesse Williams On Black Lives, Equal Rights And Freedom

Jesse Williams lays it all out in this powerful acceptance speech - police brutality, supporting black women and activists fighting for social justice, and what’s wrong with criticizing black activists if one doesn’t first support black equality.
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Miss Major Is A Trans Elder And Stonewall Icon…And She’s Changing The World

This is the thirteenth and final installment in a series that aims to elevate some of the transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals who have played a significant role in the ongoing fight for trans and queer liberation.
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“Why White People Say They’re Progressive” – The Perfect Reply to Fake Allies

Many white progressives claim to be anti-racist allies. But there’s something very off with the way they often go about trying to prove that they’re not racist. The problem can be hard to point out, because it’s often so subtle and insidious – and because these same “allies” frequently respond by centering themselves and their defensive feelings.
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A Family-Friendly Policy That’s Friendliest to Male Professors

The underrepresentation of women among the senior ranks of scholars has led dozens of universities to adopt family-friendly employment policies. But some of these gender-neutral policies have had an unintended consequence: They have advanced the careers of male economists, often at women’s expense.
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We Gave 16 Trans People Makeovers To Honor Their Idols

“It’s all too rare that trans people see themselves reflected in mainstream media, so we spoke to 16 trans people about the icons who resonate with, if not represent, them — and turned them into their idols for the day.”
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The Disturbing, Everyday Encounters Women Face On Public Transportation

Nine women tell their stories of being harassed on public transportation. Tell us yours using #CommutingWhileFemale.
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Inspiring Campaign Highlights The Power Of Women Helping Women

“Behind every successful woman, is another successful woman.”
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A Push for Transgender Studies

“The University of Arizona is planning to host an international transgender studies conference this fall and launch a transgender studies master’s program as early as fall 2017. The university’s efforts -- many of which fall under its Transgender Studies Initiative -- come as transgender people have become more visible in society and transgender issues have attracted more national attention.”
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A Second Look at the Second Wave

Second-wave feminism was very far from perfect, and many radicals from other parts of the ’70s left leveled legitimate criticism at its failings. But much of what the second wave accomplished or helped to accomplish now seems as if it has always existed. It hasn’t.
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19 Snarky Tweets That Prove #NoWomanEver Enjoys Being Harassed

No woman ever enjoys being harassed — and a recent hashtag is highlighting that with some pitch-perfect sarcasm.
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169 Philosophers Condemn One Of Their Own Accused Of Sexual Harassment

Yale knew that the professor had been accused of sexual harassment at Columbia when it recruited him in 2007. “The careers of the sexual harassers are essentially being protected by the institutions...and the careers of the objects of harassment are being sacrificed.”
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How Years of Macho Food Marketing Is Killing Men

Gender norms affect men, too. For example, manly food ads present a cleverly crafted challenge to our manhood: Are you man enough to eat this?
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Are U.S. Millennial Men Just as Sexist as Their Dads?

Do Millennials really believe there are no inherently male or female roles in society? Do Millennial men really “see women as equals”? Unfortunately, the best information we have indicates the answer to both questions is no.
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80 percent of LGBT People Killed are Minorities

When violence strikes the LGBT community, the victims often look like those who died in the Orlando tragedy.
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How Men Learn About Sexual Consent

We asked men how they learned about sexual consent. Their answers were predictably disturbing.
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How to Fix Feminism

What if the world was set up in such a way that we could really believe — not just pretend to — that having spent a period of time concentrating on raising children at the expense of future earnings would bring us respect? And what if that could be as true for men as it is for women?
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Who Gets To Be Angry?

"When women are angry, we are wanting too much or complaining or wasting time or focusing on the wrong things or we are petty or shrill or strident or unbalanced or crazy or overly emotional. Race complicates anger. Black women are often characterized as angry simply for existing, as if anger is woven into our breath and our skin."
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2 Valedictorians in Texas Declare Undocumented Status, and Outrage Ensues

“Being undocumented is part of her identity, as is being a Latina...For many undocumented people, this is our way of telling people that we are not who people think we are.”
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I’ve Failed, Over and Over Again

Nobody likes to fail. But women take failure particularly hard—studies have shown that women are so averse to failure that they don't apply for jobs unless they feel 100 percent qualified. This hesitancy is understandable: When they do fail, women are judged more harshly than their male counterparts.
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Here’s The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker

"A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her."
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I Was Never Raped, But When I was 11…

"Rape culture systematically shrinks your world. Through movies and music videos and friendships and strangers, you learn that your comfort and safety simply comes second. If at all. I learned all of this, and I was never raped."
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Why Feminism Is Good For Men

"Imagine not being considered any less of man if you..."
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5 Things Your Activist Friend Wants You to Stop Doing (Because You’re Wearing Us Out)

Unknowingly, sometimes even well-meaning, supportive folks add to others' exhaustion. It’s not because they’re mean-spirited, unappreciative people. In fact, it’s usually the exact opposite: They’re waking up, too, and they’re craving more information and interactions to help them grow into awareness themselves.
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#SayHerName: Why Kimberlé Crenshaw is Fighting for Forgotten Women

More than 70 black women have died at the hands of the police in the past three years. Professor and activist Crenshaw, who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ in the 1980s, is determined they will be remembered.
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Jessica Valenti: My Life As a Sex Object

"In her teens, strangers flashed her on the subway, teachers asked for hugs and boys joked about her breasts. Should she laugh off a lifetime of objectification – or get angry?"
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We Sold Feminism to the Masses, and Now It Means Nothing

These days, feminism is on fleek. Touted by everyone from Dove to Barbie to Taylor Swift, consumer capitalism has made feminism sexy, fun, cool—and remarkably easy to claim as your own. But the price tag has been the meaning of the movement itself.
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8 Signs Your Yoga Practice Is Culturally Appropriated – And Why It Matters

Yoga practices can help us reconnect with the parts of ourselves that oppression tries to get rid of. So be wary of spaces that treat yoga as a trendy possession to be bought and sold.
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1 in 4 Americans Work for Companies With No Women in Management

“Besides the fact that representation matters — women who see other women in powerful positions are more likely to believe they can achieve the same thing — having women in leadership greatly affects the way women feel about their lives more generally.”
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Single Moms Are The Original ‘Leaner Inners’

"We, the regular single moms, have been leaning in for years. We were leaning in before it became a movement. We are the original leaner inners! We've become self-taught experts at leaning in because no matter what kind of family, friend or community support we have, at the end of each day, the buck stops with us."
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Does Your Daughter Know It’s OK To Be Angry?

“Girls need to know—and should be told explicitly—that it’s alright to feel anger. That it’s a healthy emotion that, as humans, they have the right to feel and express...Understanding and managing anger can be part of larger childhood lessons about resilience, empathy, and compassion.”
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Hope Solo is Done Being Told the Wage Gap Isn’t Real

Yes, the wage gap exists – and it's not because women "choose" to be paid less.
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Academia is Quietly and Systematically Keeping Its Women From Succeeding

Women in research fields have long complained of discriminatory practices and sexism from colleagues and administrators. Statistically, however, many more women work in the humanities than in the sciences, and over 55% of female humanities faculty are adjuncts. The devaluing of the humanities in higher education is bound up with our culture’s larger devaluation of women’s work.
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How Our Country Fails Black Women and Girls

We less frequently discuss historical violence against black girls and don't adequately connect these stories to movements for social justice. As a result we think our daughters are safer than our sons. Girlhood has never been a shield against the brutality of white supremacy. We cannot forget the vulnerabilities of black girls
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How to Explain Mansplaining

The prevalence of the manologue is deeply rooted in the fact that men take, and are allocated, more time to talk in almost every professional setting. Women self-censor, edit, apologize for speaking. Men expound.
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When it Comes to Negotiating Salaries, Women Face Traps That Men Don’t

An ambitious project by the City of Boston, in partnership with the American Association of University Women (AAUW), wants to help women succeed in processes that are stacked against them. The city plans to spend the next five years providing salary negotiation training to 85,000 women, nearly half the females who work in Boston.
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6 Things To Stop Telling Sexual Assault Survivors

Victims shouldn't have to live with shame that should actually belong to their perpetrators. Here are some things we need to stop saying to them in order to avoid perpetuating the stigma.
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If You Wouldn’t Say It To Our Faces, Don’t Type It In A Tweet

The #MoreThanMean campaign highlights the power of online harassment. “Get over it,” or “Ignore it” or “Sticks and stones” — the advice for women on the receiving end of this harassment doesn’t work.
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10 Ways You Can Be More Trans-Inclusive In Your Everyday Life

If you're ready to be a trans ally, it's time to think about how you can be more trans-inclusive in your daily life.
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12 Signs Your Date Is Sexist – ‘You’re Not Like Most Girls’ Is Not A Compliment

Since most sexists aren’t going around with signs on their foreheads reading “Warning: misogyny ahead” or shouting “women should not have rights!” on their dates, identifying them may require attunement to a few subtle cues. While this problem disproportionately affects women who date men, it’s definitely applicable to people of all genders and sexual orientations.
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Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest

By the time many young men do reach college, a deep-seated gender stereotype has taken root that feeds into the stories they have heard about themselves as learners. Better to earn your Man Card than to succeed like a girl, all in the name of constantly having to prove an identity to yourself and others.
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5 Everyday Examples of Straight Privilege

Our society and culture tends to focus primarily on a heterosexual, cisgender, white narrative, so it's easy for people to forget that from the time we're kids, LGBTQ people are painted as the "other" (and sometimes, much worse than that). This list of straight privilege examples is as a gentle reminder of how privilege can manifest, even in the smallest of…
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Amandla Stenberg: Being A Marginalized Person Is A Revolutionary Act

“I oftentimes receive the question, ‘What do you think is the most important social issue to focus on?’ Or, ‘What’s the most important component of identity? Is it gay rights or race or feminism?’ And I’m like, “Well, they’re all intertwined,” Stenberg told the magazine. “It’s all one conversation at the end of the day. You can’t just pick one.”
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Women and Minorities Are Penalized for Promoting Diversity

While it is a common tendency, not everyone is allowed to advocate for their own group. Sometimes when women and minorities promote their own group, it garners criticism from others.
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As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops

Women’s median annual earnings stubbornly remain about 20 percent below men’s. Why is progress stalling? It may come down to this troubling reality, new research suggests: Work done by women simply isn’t valued as highly.
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If Men Were Treated Like Women In The Workplace

Most offices have a generally male-dominated culture. What if an office were run by women? We flipped the script and imagined a world where men experienced the social pressures and double standards that women in the workplace do.
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Stop Agreeing To Be On All-Male Panels — Just Stop

Hey guys! You can do something very simple to help achieve gender equality in the business world. Just say no to all-male panels.
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Body Sovereignty and Kids: How We Can Cultivate a Culture of Consent

Monica Rivera, Director of the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at CSU, explains the importance of learning about consent at a young age in this TEDxCSU talk.
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SNL’s “This Is Not A Feminist Song” Ends Up Being One Anyway

Saturday Night Live decided to pay an homage to feminism in song by not actually writing a song about feminism—and the anti-anthem ended up being a glorious primer on the intricacies of intersectional feminism anyway.
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I Am A Transwoman. I Am In The Closet. I Am Not Coming Out.

"I am in a gender studies class. I am still bewildered that the subject I have been fixated on, reading about, and studying obsessively since my life began is now a thing my friends want to take classes on."
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Men Recite Sexist Things Women Have To Deal With At Work

An advertising network is tackling sexism in the workplace with a powerful role-reversal video.

160+ Examples of Male Privilege in All Areas of Life

Our current cultural expectations, legislative system, and social programming work to sustain a hierarchy that constantly places men on the top. Consequently, men consistently achieve, succeed, and benefit at the expense of every other gender. That’s called male privilege. But here’s the thing about male privilege: it hurts everyone, including you.  
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6 Ways Well-Intentioned People Whitesplain Racism (And Why They Need to Stop)

Like with other forms of privileged explaining, including mansplaining, people who whitesplain have been conditioned to believe that they’re somehow more qualified to speak about a marginalized group than a person who belongs to that group.
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This Is Why Poor People Can (And Should) Have Nice Things

"Despite the fact that we live in a country burdened by poverty and social immobility, we also live in a country riddled with false narratives about what poverty looks like and doesn’t look like, or what kind of poverty is valid or invalid."
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Why Female Professors Get Lower Ratings

For professors, student evaluations are crucial components of determining promotion, tenure, and salary. Unfortunately for female professors, students' gender bias based may have serious career consequences.
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A 5-Step Guide for Macklemore and White Allies Afraid of Doing Anti-Racism ‘Wrong’

The hip-hop artist and his music producer Ryan Lewis just released “White Privilege II.” Some people are giving a suspicious side eye, while others say it’s a good move for white guy in a genre created by Black folks to acknowledge his privilege and get people talking about it.
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What Happens When Women At Black Colleges Report Their Assaults

In a world where Black men are portrayed as aggressive and Black women are portrayed as overly sexual, responding to interpersonal violence within the Black community quickly becomes complex and nuanced. Black women navigate the intersection of sexism and racism and, often times, are expected to choose between which -ISM to resist.
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The singular ‘they’ has been declared the word of the year.

Pronouns for trans folks may feel tricky, especially for grammar geeks. Gender neutral and/or inclusive pronouns are now becoming widely recognized, not only as a way to honor and respect transgender, gender nonconfirming, and nonbinary folks, but as word of the year.
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Why We Still Need Ethnic Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Despite social progress, many needs in higher education remain unaddressed. Ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies positively impact students and academia through centering our differences.
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What Is Intersectional Feminism? The Answer – With 3 Steps to Practice It

In this video, feminist YouTubers Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey and Laci Green break it all down – what intersectionality is, why it’s important, and what it really means in practice once you strip away all the fancy language.

When Teamwork Doesn’t Work for Women

Women are often not given full credit for their ideas, especially when collaboration is involved. This makes it harder for women to advance in professions in which teamwork is required.
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5 Ways You Were Raised To Culturally Appropriate — And How To Fight It

Not everyone who culturally appropriates does so knowingly, but that doesn't make cultural appropriation OK. Hand-picking certain aspects of a minority's culture, with little or no knowledge of the trend's cultural significance, shows a lack of respect for the culture you're borrowing from.
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6 Ways to Stop White Privilege When You See It

If you're someone who is well-versed on these issues and how they ripple into tangible cases of racial discrimination, you have the ability to influence others — regardless of your race or socioeconomic status. You can help others see how important it is to stop white privilege in its tracks.
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7 Things Feminists Of Color Want White Feminists To Know

"The hard truth is white feminists are privileged in ways that feminists of color simply can't relate to, and it's not even really their fault. Yes, some white feminists don't acknowledge their privilege, and that's wrong. However, our society is also to blame for pretending that race relations in the U.S. are more advanced than they actually are."
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10 Types of Misogynist Men We All Need to Know About – And Then Call Out!

Sometimes misogynistic behaviors are super blatant and recognizable, and other times they take on more subtle hues that pop up unexpectedly in our daily interactions.
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Watch This Clueless White Dude Realize How Privilege Works

SNL comedian and ACLU ambassador Sasheer Zamata takes a walk with a white, male co-worker whose misguided perception of equality prompts her to explain how deep sexism and racism still run in American culture.
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Science Says This One Thing Makes Women Really Intimidating To Men

A recent study explored the question - do men really want to date intelligent women?
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Famous Quotes, the Way a Woman Would Have to Say Them During a Meeting

“Woman in a Meeting” is a language of its own: "All I hear and see all day are men speaking their opinions, and I give mine in the same exact manner, and you would have thought I had said something offensive."  
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This is the Perfect Illustration of Why Microaggressions Hurt

Microaggressions are small, subtle forms of discrimination – so conversations about them often get dominated by people who say they’re “no big deal.” Which may make you wonder if you or other people are just being too sensitive when microaggressions hurt.
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7 Lies ‘Nice Guys’ Will Tell You (And Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them)

Nice Guy™ behavior– which is based on one’s sense of superiority stemming from one’s “nice guy” status and usually accompanied by indignation when women reject the “nice guy” – is actually a telltale sign that someone is not nice. While others may exhibit similar behavior, regardless of gender or orientation, “nice guys” are typically men who date women, since the…
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Still Think Trans Women Have Male Privilege? These 7 Points Prove They Don’t

The debate is fierce, bitter, and as old second wave feminism: Do trans women experience male privilege? Meaning, do trans women receive, at the expense of cis women, much-needed resources from both within and outside of feminist movements?
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How White People Tend to React to Evidence of White Privilege

Researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business have found that white people respond to evidence that they are privileged by their race by insisting that they face greater hardships in life.
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Why We Need to Talk About White Feminism

"White Feminism is feminism that ignores intersectionality."
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30+ Resources to Help White Americans Learn About Race and Racism

"I compiled this list to help White Americans do so. One positive to emerge from these difficult times is the wealth of resources now available for White Americans. Never have I seen so many ideas, options, and concrete steps to take action against racism."
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7 Things That Have Nothing To Do with Rape And Perfectly Illustrate Consent

This exemplifies the creative endeavor to find the right metaphors and combination of words to get people to shake off their acceptance of cultural norms and see rape culture clearly.
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Putting a Price Tag on the Stress of Having a Child

Parenthood involves not only financial stress, but time stress. A new study finds time stress may not be equally shared by parents and gender has something to do with it.
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I, Racist

"I told Pastor Kelly Ryan I had great reservations talking about the one topic that I think about every single day. Then, a terrorist massacred nine innocent people in a church that I went to, in a city that I still think of as home. At that point, I knew that despite any misgivings, I needed to talk about race."
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Looking for Proof of Male Privilege in Your Daily Life? Here Are 7 Undeniable Examples

"Thirty minutes after waking up, I zipped to the school at which I teach and experienced a damn fine day of teaching. Upon my return home, I headed out for a run on an unseasonably warm March afternoon." Did you catch it?
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Men Just Don’t Trust Women — And It’s A Huge Problem

"I trusted that she’d make a great wife, and a trust that she’ll be a great mother. And I trust that her manicotti won’t kill me.But you know what I don’t really trust? What I’ve never actually trusted with any women I’ve been with? Her feelings."
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Stop It With the Feminist Whitesplaining

Our lived experiences as women may have some notes of similarity, but race makes the realities too different to apply a one-size-fits-all solution. And that’s something white women are going to have to understand, instead indulging in advice drive-bys in the name of “the sisterhood.”
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The Feminist Guide To Non-Creepy Flirting

The good news for people who don’t want to come across as creepy is that they have some level of control over how they make other people feel. When flirting, or even just being friendly, the key word to remember is boundaries.
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Rate My Word Choice

Many professors cringe when they think about the way they are described by students on Rate My Professors. A new tool reveals how students tend to use different words when rating male and female professors -- generally to the disadvantage of the latter.
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Why Our Feminism Must Be Intersectional

In short, intersectionality is a framework that must be applied to all social justice work, a frame that recognizes the multiple aspects of identity that enrich our lives and experiences and that compound and complicate oppressions and marginalizations.

Breaking Down the Problem with Mansplaining (And Other Forms of Privileged Explaining)

The term mansplaining saved me a lot of frustration. I finally had a name for this ugly social phenomenon; I finally realized that so many women faced the same problem, the same male behavior.
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Laverne Cox Explains the Intersection of Transphobia, Racism, and Misogyny (And What to Do About It)

Watch Laverne Cox explain the unique positionality and context behind being a Black trans woman in