#womenslives: Women on the Run – @msmagazine

“Women on the run” is how the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees describes the population of Central American mothers (and children) at the U.S. / Mexico border. In a recently issued report, UNHCR describes the “surging tide of violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala,” both domestic and gang-related, that is forcing thousands of mothers and children to escape to […]

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#research: Will women vote for women in 2018? It depends on if they’re married – @ConversationUK

[O]ur research indicates that Clinton’s failure to capture the white female vote is, in part, based in something more fundamental – marriage.   The fate of women We found that when married white women felt disconnected from other women, answering “no” to the question above, they were less likely to identify as a Democrat, and more likely to hold conservative […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: women aren’t special: the insidious nature of benevolent sexism – @rolereboot

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A friend of mine recently shared a Vox article written by a self-proclaimed progressive dude titled, “Democrats should start accepting pro-life liberals like me” (spoiler, he’s really pro-choice). While the piece has its points, one line in particular didn’t sit well with me. The author, in an attempt to prove his progressive cred, begins listing the values that make him […]

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#womenslives: costly, traumatic nightmare of being undocumented and pregnant – @Madame_George on @broadly

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Undocumented migrants already struggle to access healthcare, but doctors warn that the problem is especially acute among pregnant women. Li fled to the UK in 2012, escaping persecution in China for being a Christian. But her problems got exponentially worse when she found out she was pregnant. Turned away from her local GP because she didn’t have documents to prove […]

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#vivelafeminism: a movement, not a moment: inside the outrage – @msmagazine

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The Outrage launched six months ago with a focus on feminism and women’s empowerment. CEO Rebecca Lee Funk sought to blend style and activism. When Donald Trump became president, sales immediately skyrocketed. Funk became an official partner of the Women’s March, and decided her pop-up operation would remain open indefinitely. She hired Maldonado, who had never been a creative director, […]

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#feminismisdead: Feminism: an excuse to exploit women? – @PatriarchTree

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These are really disturbing allegations about the goings-on in the Thinx company, which is, apparently, based on “beliefs in gender equality”. This piece, however, is written by someone who is so clearly anti-feminism and who really wants to grind his feminist axe. See, for example, the statement: ‘Feminism often seems to be interpreted as carte blanche for women to engage in […]

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#research: U of T: racial bias may begin in babies at six months

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In the first study, published in Developmental Science, Lee  showed that six- to nine-month-old babies begin to associate faces from their own race with happy music and those from other races with sad music.   In the second study, published in Child Development, the researchers found that babies as young as six months were more inclined to learn information from […]

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#vivelafeminism: being a libertarian and a feminist

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Libertarians despise racism and sexism as much as anyone because it is a form of collectivism that strips someone’s individual identity with a set of traits and stereotypes. Rugged individualism is at the core of libertarian philosophy, while collectivist ideologies go against many of the tenants of libertarianism – the belief that the government should not outlaw “hate speech” for […]

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#patriarchiesrealign: Women who perform femininity are judged to be less suited to science #academia  #research – @socimages

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Sexism in American society has been on the decline. Obstacles to female-bodied people excelling in previously male-only occupations and hobbies have lessened. And women have thrived in these spaces, sometimes even overtaking men both quantitatively and qualitatively. Another kind of bias, though, has gotten worse: the preference for masculinity over femininity. Today we like our men manly, just like we […]

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#vivelafeminism: How Romania’s feminists are fighting back

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Abortion has been legal in Romania since the fall of Ceausescu. Under his rule, it’s estimated 10,000 women died as a result of so-called illegal abortions. For post-communist Romania, legalising abortion was seen as a way to move forward from the horrors of the dictatorship. Although abortion is now legal and free, the reality of accessing the procedure is much […]

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#todayin: academia: #research: women academics do more “servce work” to their possible professional detriment

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Women shoulder a disproportionately large workload at home in ways that might disadvantage them professionally. But are female professors also “taking care of the academic family” via disproportionate service loads? A new study says yes and adds to a growing body of research suggesting the same. “We find strong evidence that, on average, women faculty perform more service than male […]

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