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Fired for Complaining About a Dirty Joke: Why I #SupportAdria

adria richards

In Silicon Valley, the scruffy developer swims in a bubble of admiration and impunity not unlike being a star football player in a town like Steubenville, Ohio. This can be a bad thing, as many women in tech have discovered.

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Women Wake Up Grumpier? Look Around and You’ll See Why

frustrated woman with expense receipts

Duke University published a new study, which found that women wake up grumpier than men and asserts that women need more sleep than men. Me? I think there is just a lot to be grumpy about lately.

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Feminist Thought Leadership and its Influence on Public Policy Efforts

Gloria Steinem.

This Women’s History Month, it’s important to recognize thought leadership from feminists like Gloria Steinem, Audre Lorde, and Selma James that has demonstrably influenced current feminist policy efforts. 

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When A Supreme Court Justice Sounds Like A Racist Internet Commenter, We’ve Got A Problem

Via Upworthy: A Supreme Court justice sounds like he’s an uninformed YouTube commenter. Jon Stewart and Rachel Maddow proceed to laugh themselves senseless. 

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Wealth Inequality in America: What You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know

Infographics on the distribution of wealth in America, highlighting both the inequality and the difference between our perception of inequality and the actual numbers. The reality is often not what we think it is. (via Mashable)

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A New Direction for Restaurant Workers? Zingerman’s and the “Thriveable Wage”

Zingerman's building on Detroit Street in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Restaurant workers, half of whom are women, are among the lowest earning workers in the United States. But one Michigan company, Zingerman’s, is moving toward a “thriveable wage” for its restaurant workers.

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YWA 2013 Nominee: Angelique Roché

Angelique Roché

When I stumbled into the world of politics and policy after law school I was surprised to see the dearth of women. In particular, there was lack of African American and multiracial women in elected office or even working on the issues that affected women and minorities the most.

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Why Isn’t There A “White History Month”? Black History Month for White People

Every February, without fail, some white people ask “Why is there no White History Month?” In response, this is an examination of the concepts of equality, privilege, and economic class in simple terms. Here are the links to Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege ChecklistDebra Leigh’s 28 Common Racist Behaviors, Racialicious, and poverty data.

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Why the Latino Community Should Care About Reproductive Health

Texas Representatives Mary González (left) and Justin Rodriguez.

As colleagues and legislators, we have been discussing the current status and future of reproductive health care in Texas. Recent political discourse has prompted us to reignite a community conversation in hopes of raising some awareness about the intersections of race, class, and gender when it comes to health care.

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The Road to Roe: Paved with Bodies of Women of Color and the Legal Activism of African Americans

(Favianna Rodriguez, www.favianna.com)

Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. As a history doctoral student who researches African Americans and abortion, the story I tell is quite different.

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