Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Sleater-Kinney is back!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has a “quite large supply” of Notorious RBG t-shirts.

New Mexico’s new parental leave law for high school students helps teen moms stay in school.

Serena Williams responds to the Russian Tennis Federation president’s “sexist, racist and bullying” comments about her and sister Venus.

Students at Fordham University are fighting for access to contraception on campus.

Young attorney Tia Canlas is taking a new approach to domestice violence by bringing civil suits against abusers, not just criminal ones.

An NBA player kissed a sideline reporter trying to interview him, and the sports media doesn’t seem to think that’s inappropriate.

On crisis pregnancy centers, aka ”one of the most manipulative arms of the anti-choice movement.”

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Feministing Jamz: “Otra Era” by Javiera Mena

our mudflap girl, jammin on her headphones

I know I’ve been slackin on the jamz lately y’all – sorry! I got distracted by fashionz! Pero lucky for you and me, Javiera Mena – the very first person featured on Feministing Jamz - released a new track last week.

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New report shows how the “pregnancy penalty” drives economic inequality

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Single mother of two Armanda Legros after a rally for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. (Photo credit: A Better Balance)

A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization in New York City, has a new report explaining how the “bias and inflexibility towards women in the workplace that starts when they become pregnant and snowballs into lasting economic disadvantages” is driving gender inequality and overall economic inequality in the city:

Despite advances in gender equality over the past 40 years, women continue to jeopardize their livelihoods simply by having children. The pregnancy penalty helps to explain why mothers as a whole continue to earn five to six percent less than non-mothers, and why historically disadvantaged women, single mothers and black women, have seen their wage penalties rise sharply since 1977. In New York City, single, childless women under age 35 earn 96 cents for every dollar men earn, whereas women between the ages of 35 and 65, who are likely to have children, earn only 78 cents to the dollar. Over the course of a lifetime, women earn only 38 percent of their male counterparts. The pregnancy penalty also explains why poverty and gender are so closely linked. In New York City, nearly 40 percent of households headed by single mothers with children under 18 live in poverty. Nationwide, women over 65 are twice as likely as men their age to be living in poverty. When caregiving pushes women out of the workforce during their prime earning years, it derails their earnings and hampers their ability to put food on the table and make ends meet. In the long-term, it imperils their career prospects and social security payments, leaving them impoverished in their golden years.

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The Feministing Five: #Newsfail with Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein

Allison Kilkenny (c) Kevin Allen Caby and Jamie Kilstein (c) Jakub Moser

Allison Kilkenny (c) Kevin Allen Caby and Jamie Kilstein (c) Jakub Moser

Allison Kilkenny and Jamie Kilstein, founders and stars of Citizen Radio, have taken yet another step into the media ecosystem. They have recently released their newest work, #Newsfail, a book that critiques why mainstream media continues to fail citizen consumers. Allison and Jamie’s hilarious work gives example after example about why we should expect more from our media, whether it’s why rape culture apologists shouldn’t be on air or why the LGBT movement should move beyond just securing marriage equality.  #Newsfail mixes in high level analysis with every-day humor, once again proving that developing a critical lens can be great fun. Don’t take our word for it; seriously, pick up your copy soon!

We spoke to Allison and Jamie about their new book, their past work, and what’s coming up next for news media. To be sure, we also shared some great laughs throughout our conversation.

And now without further ado, the Feministing Five with Allison Kilkenney and Jamie Kilstein!

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Daily Feminist Cheat Sheet

Great piece by Kate Harding on affirmative consent and that Mindy Project episode about anal sex.

“If miscarriages are so common, why do we hide them behind a wall of shame and silence?”

Black women are far more likely to be evicted than anyone else.

Six charts showing the mind-blowing extent of economic inequality in the US.

End the Helms Amendment.

According to a new report, 2013 was the deadliest year of LGBT intimate partner violence on record.

Miami University plans to go ahead with a scheduled speech by George Will, depsite his vile column about campus rape.

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