Watch: Lupita Nyong’o teaches Elmo about skin

The talented Lupita Nyong’o stopped by Sesame Street to chat with Elmo about skin, and how it comes in lots of beautiful shades and colors.

Just gorgeous.

(h/t The Root)

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Chart of the Day: The pay gap narrows by one whole percentage point

Readers, I am forced to humbly apologize to the Senate Republicans. Just this morning, I blamed them for, yet again, blocking legislation to address pay discrimination. But it turns out they might be on to something. According to latest data from the Census Bureau, even without the help of the Paycheck Fairness Act, the gender pay gap narrowed last year from 77 cents to the dollar to…drumroll please!…78 cents!

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Statistic of the Day: 1 in 5 American men admit to domestic violence

domestic-violence1People are justifiably outraged by Ray Rice’s treatment of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. But what’s even scarier is that one out of five men admit that they’ve committed domestic violence against a partner or spouse. A new nationally-representative study by the University of Michigan asked 500 men the following question:

 Over the course of your relationship, how often have you ever done any of these things (pushed, grabbed, or shoved; threw something; slapped or hit; kicked, bit, or hit with a fist; beat up; choked; burned or scalded; threatened with a knife or gun) to your current spouse/partner?

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For the 4th time, Senate Republicans vote against equal pay protections for women

3079998.largeSurprise! For the 4th time since 2012, Senate Republicans have blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The GOP, of course, claims that it’s not that they’re against equal pay for women. It’s just that–well, to be honest, it’s not entirely clear how they finish the end of that sentence. Some argue that the Paycheck Fairness Act–which would prevent pay secrecy and increase penalties for discrimination–just isn’t the best way to ensure pay equity, but remain decidedly vague on what, precisely, they would propose instead. Mostly, though, they take the route of denying that the gender pay gap is really a problem at all. On this year’s Equal Pay Day, the GOP strategy seemed to be to dismiss the pay gap as “nonsense” and “a bogus issue” and call people who worry about pay inequity liars. (For some real facts, go here.)  Read More »

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Ellen and Kristen Wiig cover “Let It Go.”

Some really courageous kids are speaking out about gendered violence in the Alaskan wilderness.

A great interview with Tressie McMillan Cottom.

Newly crowned Miss America shares her past of having been in an abusive relationship.

Arizona GOPer says women on welfare should be sterilized.

The greatest Black women in superhero comics who aren’t Storm.

“The moment a man enlists in the United States armed forces, his chances of being sexually assaulted increase by a factor of ten.”

For fuck’s sake. I guess PDA is now criminalized if you’re a Black woman with a white boyfriend.

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