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Not Everyone Wants to Feel the Bern at Women's Convention

Bernie Sanders set to speak on opening day of Detroit event; some say it should be women only

(Newser) - The first national convention by the organizers of the DC Women's March will be held in Detroit starting Oct. 27, but there's already a bit of turmoil over one of the scheduled speakers. The Washington Post reports that Bernie Sanders is set to make remarks on opening day... More »

Jessica Chastain Calls Out Cannes

For 'disturbing' representation of women in film

(Newser) - Jessica Chastain was a jury member at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but that didn't mean she automatically approved of what she saw. At the final press conference when the festival closed Sunday, the actress responded with criticism when a reporter asked about the female filmmakers at the... More »

What to Expect During 'Day Without a Woman'

Some schools are closing for Wednesday's protest

(Newser) - International Women's Day is March 8, and coinciding with the occasion this year is another event that's prompting some schools to close for the day. BuzzFeed reports that hundreds of teachers in North Carolina and Virginia indicated they'd be absent for Wednesday's "Day Without a... More »

A Sally Ride Lego Figure? Yep, and She's Not Alone

Maia Weinstock's 'Women of NASA' prototype has been given green light

(Newser) - Mathematician Katherine Johnson was one of the women of NASA depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, and now she's about to get her own Lego figure. Per MIT News , Johnson and four other women involved with the space agency over the years—Margaret Hamilton (computer scientist), Mae Jemison... More »

Bros to Basketball Fans: 'Consent Is a Slam-Dunk!'

Brocial Justice's feminist flyers draw attention outside Blazers games

(Newser) - "Our society is often more legit for dudes, let's use that privilege to give others the alley-oop!" So reads a flyer being handed out at Portland Trail Blazers games by a group of dudes going by the name Brocial Justice. The Oregonian reports the group started passing... More »

Mom, Daughter Buy Tampons and 'Smash the Patriarchy'

Text conversation during Walmart shopping trip goes viral

(Newser) - People are singing the praises of an Arkansas mother and daughter who turned a trip to Walmart to buy tampons into an opportunity to "destroy menstruation stigma"—as per Teen Vogue —and—as Mashable puts it—"rip into the patriarchy." Us Weekly reports Belinda Hankins... More »

Anti-Feminist Housewife Who Helped Defeat ERA Dies

Phyllis Schlafly was 92

(Newser) - Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly, best known for her successful campaign to defeat the Equal Rights Amendment, has died at her home in St. Louis. She was 92. The author and activist attended scores of hearings in the 1970s to testify against the amendment, arguing that equal rights would disadvantage housewives.... More »

Just-Crowned Miss Teen USA Sorry for Racial Slurs

Texas high school senior took to Twitter at 2am Sunday to do damage control

(Newser) - Miss Teen USA 2016 was supposed to take a step in the direction of feminism and equal rights as the contest ditched the swimsuits for athletic wear . But in the wee hours following the event that crowned Miss Texas Karlie Hay, the 18-year-old high school senior took to Twitter to... More »

Actress's Apparent Tattoo Causes Uproar in Iran

Is it real? She's not saying

(Newser) - Iranian social media recently was consumed by two questions: Does Taraneh Alidoosti have a tattoo, and is she a feminist? To the latter, the 32-year-old "Natalie Portman of Iran" says via tweet , "Keep calm and YES I'm a feminist." But as for the tattoo, Alidoosti is... More »

A 'Dads' T-Shirt Starts a Conversation on Parenting

'Aww, it's so nice of you to babysit' doesn't go over well with male primary caretakers

(Newser) - The message may seem so obvious as to not require stating, but a photo of a shirt that reads "Dads Don't Babysit (It's Called 'Parenting')" has sparked a larger conversation about parenting on Reddit and beyond. The man behind the shirt, Al Ferguson of The... More »

Emma Watson: I Pay to Learn About Sexual Pleasure

'Harry Potter' star recommends OMGYES.com

(Newser) - Emma Watson is learning about things you won't find in the Hogwarts school library. The 25-year-old Harry Potter star—who says she's taking a break from acting to educate herself about feminism—is learning about women's sexual pleasure from a website called OMGYES.com , reports People . "... More »

Steinem Feature a Disaster for Lands' End

Backlash, apology, more backlash

(Newser) - Gloria Steinem appears in the recently released Spring catalog for Lands' End, discussing her quest for women's equality. The interview "was innocuous, focused on women, in keeping with the brand, and in support of a charity," writes Laura Heller for Forbes , noting the company offered a way... More »

Rocker St. Vincent Designs Guitar for Women

Singer says 'ergonomic' instrument has 'room for a breast ... or two'

(Newser) - A "badass" guitar designed for women is coming to market in March, Esquire notes, and female shredders have Annie Clark to thank for it. Clark, better known as alternative rocker St. Vincent, has designed a signature guitar for manufacturer Ernie Ball Music Man, and as Clark notes on Instagram... More »

Gloria Steinem to Female Bernie Fans: Sorry for What I Said

Feminist icon says women back Sanders for a personal reason

(Newser) - Are young women supporting Bernie Sanders just to meet young guys? That's what Gloria Steinem seemed to be saying on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher on Friday night, MSNBC reports. "Women get more radical as we get older," Steinem says. "Men tend to get... More »

Taylor Swift, Cut Out the 'Nazi Barbie Routine'

Camille Paglia isn't thrilled with the 'girl squad' phenom

(Newser) - Girl squads are hot news this year and may indicate a new female power surge in Hollywood. But Camille Paglia—the biting cultural critic and feminist icon—seems a bit annoyed by Taylor Swift and her gal-pal crew wagging tongues at the paparazzi. "With gender issues like pay equity... More »

Why Amy Schumer Posed for 'Ugly, Sexy' Nude Pic

The Pirelli Calendar departs from usual soft-core photos

(Newser) - Amy Schumer, posing in her undies with tummy folds? Serena Williams, similarly dressed while showing off her buff physique? The Pirelli Calendar—which usually shows skinny models and actresses in soft-core poses—is breaking from tradition this year by using photos of successful women across various fields, the Daily Beast... More »

Topless Women Crash Muslim Conference

Activists had 'Nobody makes me submit' written on their chests

(Newser) - Two topless women crashed a Muslim conference in France this weekend and were "violently removed" for their efforts, France24 reports. The third "Muslim Salon"—this one about women in Islam, notes Buzzfeed —was underway when two women from the feminist group Femen leapt onstage and grabbed... More »

Brides Say 'I Do' (Not Take Your Name)

Women keeping their maiden names on the rise again: 'NYT' study

(Newser) - The 1970s heralded a feminist-driven wave of brides who kept their maiden names, but that trend dived in the 1980s, when new wives started using their husbands' name again. Now, a New York Times analysis, the number of maiden-name-retaining women is surpassing that of the '70s. Using Google Consumer... More »

You Guys, Stop Saying 'You Guys'

Vox writer says oft-used phrase promotes sexism, even if it's not intentional

(Newser) - Jenee Desmond-Harris admits that she used to start many of her social media posts with the informal and conversational "you guys" greeting, and her initial reaction to the idea of banishing the phrase was "oh, come on." But now she's ready to purge the popular phrase... More »

Miss Piggy Picks Up Prestigious Honor

She wins feminist award given to Sandra Day O'Connor, Toni Morrison

(Newser) - Miss Piggy has joined the ranks of female role models such as Sandra Day O'Connor, Toni Morrison, and Muriel Siebert, the first woman to trade on the New York Stock Exchange, reports the Washington Post . Like them, the muppet is now the recipient of a Sackler Center First Award... More »

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