Weekly Feminist Reader

Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Aneesa Ahmed of Maldives at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony at the State Department
Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton with awardee Aneesa Ahmed at the 2012 International Women of Courage Awards ceremony. [Via]

Yesterday was the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers. Providing abortions shouldn’t be brave, but it is. They deserve our thanks every day.

Are you a slut? This flowchart will tell you.

The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against a Minnesota school district for failing to protect LGBT students from harassment.

Bitch has a great link roundup for International Women’s Day.

Watch Loretta Ross on Democracy Now talking about the latest attacks on reproductive rights in Georgia and across the country.

“The triumph of women in the workplace has been one of the great success stories of last 100 years.”

Australian toughens restrictions on wearing the Muslim veil.

Gov. Perry claims Texas is somehow going to find $35 million to fund the women’s health program itself after losing federal funding because it excluded Planned Parenthoood.

An International Women’s Day letter to women from Michael Kaufman.

An analysis of M.I.A.’s new “Bad Girls” video.

WTF. The Arizona Senate passed a bill that makes it legal for doctors to lie to women about birth defects to help prevent abortions. Kansas is considering a similar bill.

Two sisters who were fired from their jobs as Hyatt housekeepers for protesting sexual harassment are fighting back.

The Center for American Progress analyzes the economic “man-recovery.”

Hundreds of feminists marched to the Egyptian parliament to demand that women make up 50% of the constituent assembly.

A roundup of satirical state bills targeting men’s health proposed in response to the assault on reproductive rights.

Shameless explores which kinds of feminist messages resonate on Tumblr.

In New Mexico, a pregnant student was kicked out of school and then publicly outed to the entire student body.

Iceland is the best country in the world to be a woman–and other interesting facts.

What have you been reading/writing/watching/learning this week?

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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