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The notorious Ruth Bader Ginsburg on men’s rights, Hobby Lobby, and the ‘dream’ reproductive freedom case

Last night I made small talk with a friend as I sipped red wine and munched on a piece of raw radish plucked from an elaborate vegetable tray behind me. We were standing in a room full of mostly women, and we were waiting for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to arrive. It was the 30th anniversary celebration of the International Women’s Health Coalition, a great organization that promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health of women and young people — particularly adolescent girls — in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (I would know — I used to work there.)

But the mood in the room was more anticipatory than celebratory. One woman looked over ...

Last night I made small talk with a friend as I sipped red wine and munched on a piece of raw radish plucked from an elaborate vegetable tray behind me. We were standing in a room ...

10 female revolutionaries they didn’t teach you in history class

This is pretty much the only feminist list that you’ll ever need to read again. WhizzPast has created a list of 10 revolutionary women that are often excluded from popular historical narratives

This is pretty much the only feminist list that you’ll ever need to read again. WhizzPast has created a list of 10 revolutionary women that are often excluded from popular historical narratives

Quote of the Day: “My past is littered with the bones of men…”

She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she would negotiate with team owners who were almost all men; and she would stand before reporters who were predominantly men.

She did not flinch.  “My past,” she told the room, “is littered with the bones of men who were foolish enough to think I was someone they could sleep on.”

Meet the new head of the NBA players union, Michele A. Roberts. A former public defender, Roberts will be the first female leader of a major North American professional sports union.

She said she was all too aware that if she was selected, she would represent several hundred male athletes in the N.B.A.; she would deal with league officials and agents who were nearly all men; she ...

3 things you might not know about the badass feminist icon Lauren Bacall

Actress Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday at the age of 89, was famous for her films, memorable lines, husky voice, and marriage to Humphrey Bogart. But she also challenged gender norms on screen, and was an advocate for freedom of speech and unapologetic liberal. Here are a few things you might not know about about her.

Actress Lauren Bacall, who died Tuesday at the age of 89, was famous for her films, memorable lines, husky voice, and marriage to Humphrey Bogart. But she also challenged gender norms on screen, and was an advocate for freedom of speech and ...

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First woman ever wins a Fields Medal for mathematics

Congrats to Maryam Mirzakhani, who is the first woman to win the Fields Medal! Basically the Nobel Prize of mathematics, the honor has gone to 56 men since it began back to 1936.

Born and raised in Iran, Mirzakhani studied at Harvard (ironically, President Larry Summers made his infamous comments about how women are naturally bad at math just a year after she finished her degree) and is now a professor at Stanford who works on “the geometry of moduli space, a complex geometric and algebraic entity that might be described as a universe in which every point is itself a universe,” which I’m sure would sound even more impressive if I understood what it meant. At her girls high ...

Congrats to Maryam Mirzakhani, who is the first woman to win the Fields Medal! Basically the Nobel Prize of mathematics, the honor has gone to 56 men since it began back to 1936.

Born and raised in Iran, Mirzakhani ...

Quote of the Day: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on her SCOTUS colleagues’ blind spot

In an interview with Katie Couric, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses her amazing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case and the blind spot of the boys’ club of the Supreme Court.

Affirming that contraception is something women must have “to control her own destiny,” she said she didn’t think the five male judges who ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby really understood the ramifications of their decision. They seem to have the same kind of (suspiciously woman-shaped) “blind spot” the court had when it ruled against Lilly Ledbetter in 2007. 

In an interview with Katie Couric, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses her amazing dissent in the Hobby Lobby case and the blind spot of the boys’ club of the Supreme Court.

Affirming ...

Friday Feminist Fuck Yeah: The first female firefighter featured in FDNY calendar

The annual FDNY Calendar of Heroes, featuring 13 of New York’s firefighters, includes a woman for the first time.

Danae Mines, who is one of 41 female firefighters in the New York department, graces the month of March–fittingly, Women’s History Month. She wanted to be in the calendar for awhile but “was told that it was all guys. They said if I made it in the calendar, I would look like a pinup girl.” 

The annual FDNY Calendar of Heroes, featuring 13 of New York’s firefighters, includes a woman for the first time.

Danae Mines, who is one of 41 female firefighters in the New York department, graces the month of March–fittingly, ...

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