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The Academy Awards were a mixed bag: With 12 Years A Slave’s much-deserved win, Steve McQueen became the first black director to win an Oscar for best picture. And our feminist favorite Her got a nice nod for original script too. But Jared Leto won another award for playing a trans woman–be sure to read Jos’s piece from after he won a Golden Globe. In contrast, Lupita Nyong gave a truly perfect acceptance speech. (Don’t miss her speaking at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon either.) Meanwhile, Cate Blanchet said some stuff about how Hollywood should have more female leads–perhaps hoping to distract us from the fact that she’d just thanked probably child abuser Woody Allen for her winning role.

Force quilts on US capitol lawn

FORCE blanked the lawn of the Capitol with 100 red quilts with survivors’ stories of sexual violence. 

The Florida AG is now seeking to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years for firing a warning shot.

On being a clinic escort.

Four reforms to level the playing field for women in the sciences.

Let’s take a moment to talk about the good side effects of birth control.

Saudi women activists demand “an end to the absolute authority of men over women.”

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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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