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There Are More Men Named John Running Large Companies Than Women

More large companies in the United States are run by men named "John" than by women. Not by women named anything specific. Just, women. That's what the Upshot discovered after creating a cheeky analytical measure they call the GlassShow More Summary

CPS Finds "Free-Range" Parents Responsible for Unsubstantiated Child Neglect. Now What?

Remember that Maryland family that let their two kids walk home from a park alone, and then had to deal with the police and child protective services? They heard from the state today. The couple was found responsible for “unsubstantiated” child neglect, a confusing charge that resolved nothing and left the couple possibly more nervous and paranoid than ever.

How Barbara Mikulski Transformed the Senate  

Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski is retiring. Mikulski may stand less than five feet tall, but she casts a long shadow as the person who has probably done more than any other in Congress to redefine the role of women in the legislature. Show More Summary

Why Do Poor Women Have More Abortions? 

Richard Reeves and Joanna Ventor of the Brookings Institution have a new paper out examining the impact income level has on unintended childbearing among single women. They found that women have about the same amount of sex regardless of class, but poorer women are five times as likely to have unintended births than more affluent women. Show More Summary

Todd Akin Is Thinking About Running for Senate. Legitimately.  

After he published a book and did some disastrous press coverage to support it, it's no big surprise that Todd Akin is taking the next step in his attempted comeback: floating the possibility of running for office. The Hill reports that...Show More Summary

This Drug for Binge-Eating Disorder May Be Shady. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Not a Real Disease.

The New York Times has an excellent article this week about how pharmaceutical companies bypass doctors to market drugs directly to consumers. The company Shire got FDA approval to sell Vyvanse—an addictive amphetamine that was already...Show More Summary

Why Do Women Vote Republican?

A new poll from Public Policy Polling is making headlines this week because it reveals that 57 percent of Republican primary voters want to make Christianity the national religion, even though doing so would require removing the First Amendment from the Constitution. Show More Summary

Women May Not Seek Help for Heart Attacks Because They Fear Being Seen as Hypochondriacs

Women under 55 who are hospitalized for heart attacks are twice as likely to die as hospitalized men of the same age group, resulting in a whopping 15,000 women under 55 dying of heart disease every year. One big reason for that giant discrepency is that women are less likely to seek help when they first start experiencing symptoms. Show More Summary

Kim Gordon on Kurt Cobain, Breast Milk, and Discovering Thurston Moore’s Affair

Foxy perpetual girl crush Kim Gordon has a new memoir out Tuesday, called, tongue-deeply-in-cheek, Girl in a Band. For about three decades, Gordon was Sonic Youth’s bass player and one of its singers, until her husband and band-mate, Thurston Moore, had an affair that tore both the band and their marriage apart. Show More Summary

Idaho Lawmaker Who Doesn't Understand Female Anatomy Knows What's Good for Women

Another day, another Republican legislator showing the world how painfully ignorant he is when it comes to the female anatomy he's so interested in regulating. This time it's Idaho state representative Vito Barbieri who, when hearing...Show More Summary

The Gender Wage Gap Is Especially Terrible in Hollywood

For many of the female Oscar attendees who jumped for joy when Patricia Arquette brought up the gender wage gap Sunday night, the delight might have been personal.

The Three Most Popular Images in Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In Stock Photo Collection  

It's been one year since Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In organization partnered with Getty Images to create the Lean In Collection, which hoped to replace the tired, often sexist stock imagery used by countless media outlets (including this one) with photos that are more diverse, more modern, and less stereotyped. The New York Times described it at the launch:

Patricia Arquette’s Feminism: Only for White Women

It's easy to laugh at the timid way that celebrities frequently wade into feminism, offering pat statements scripted by a team of public relations experts to be as nonoffensive as possible. But Patricia Arquette's performance at Sunday night's Oscars shows exactly why that's the best way to go.

MacGyver Will Be a Woman Soon. It's Time.  

Michaeleen Doucleff at NPR reports on an interesting new experiment in crowd-sourcing TV writing: Asking the public to decide who the next MacGyver should be.

South Dakota Legislator Calls Planned Parenthood  "Worse Than ISIS" Over a Procedure They Don't Do

South Dakota state representative Isaac Latterell grabbed headlines Wednesday by writing a blog post accusing Planned Parenthood of being "worse than ISIS." He elaborated: "Planned Parenthood abortionists in Sioux Falls are similarly...Show More Summary

Beyoncé Has Skin. Did You Think Otherwise?

In an age of celebrity photo leaks, a new seepage has dribbled from the Internet’s drainpipe: 224 seemingly un-retouched images of Beyoncé, from a 2013 L’Oreal ad shoot. In the photos, Beyoncé’s skin looks like skin, with bumps and irregularities, rather than a glowing continuous gel-like substance. Show More Summary

Guns Will Not Solve the Campus Rape Problem

In case the public discussion around campus sexual assault wasn't enough of a circus, now we have the gun people getting involved. The New York Times reports that pro-gun advocates are hijacking the issue of campus sexual assault toShow More Summary

Feminists Claim the FDA Is Blocking "Female Viagra" Because of Sexism. They're Wrong.  

For the third time since 2010, Sprout Pharmaceuticals has applied for FDA approval to start selling a drug called flibanserin, aka "female Viagra." The drug, which is a combination of psychiatric medications Sprout claims can reignite a dampened libido, has been rejected twice. Show More Summary

Poor Pregnant Women Are Allowed to Buy Juice with Food Stamps, But Not Potatoes  

A new study, commissioned by the USDA and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer one very specific question: Should women enrolled in WIC—the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children—be able to spend their vouchers on potatoes?

Lesley Gore, Feminist Icon

Singer Lesley Gore passed away on Monday from lung cancer at age 68. Gore became famous as a teenager in the early-1960s "girl group" era, when the charts were dominated by pretty young girls singing songs about high school heartbreak. Show More Summary

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