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5-Year-Old Edith Fuller Will Be the Youngest, Cutest National Spelling Bee Contestant Ever

Spelling bees have long been one of our nation’s most important sources of adorableness. A multiethnic gathering of tiny nerds, carefully reciting long words letter by letter into adult-size microphones—sometimes with a lisp? Step aside, Westminster Dog Show, you are never going to out-cute the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Vladimir Putin to Women: Y’all Do So Many Great Chores! Also Please Smile More.

America’s bosom buddy Vladimir Putin graciously tweeted a note of appreciation to Russia’s women on Wednesday, in observation of International Women’s Day. His face a stone mask of irrepressible enthusiasm, the Russian president offered “congratulations” to the women of his nation for being both alive and woman on this very day.

How Activists, Newsrooms, and #Brands Are Handling International Women’s Day and the Strike

Well, here we are! It’s International Women’s Day, and here in the U.S. of A., it’s “A Day Without a Woman.” That means, at the urging of the organizers of January’s Women’s March on Washington, thousands of women are on strike and withholding patronage from all but minority- and women-owned businesses. Show More Summary

The Anti-Feminist Lady-Power Shtick of Meghan Trainor’s New Song Is Totally On Brand

Meghan Trainor seems to have been dreamed up by the same man-executives who greenlit those pink Bic “for her” pens that caused a mini–Internet earthquake a few years back. It’s clear that she is formulated to appeal to women, maybe even make them feel like she’s just “for” them, not “for” men. Show More Summary

A Bronze Little Girl Has Arrived to Face Down the Wall Street Bull. This Should Go Well.

The statue of a bronze bull near Wall Street symbolizes American big business’s legendary take-no-prisoners attitude, but until this week, it never had a specific target to charge at. Now, a statue of a little girl has been plopped down directly in the bull’s path in downtown New York City’s Bowling Green Park. Show More Summary

The GOP Health-Care Plan Would Effectively Dismantle Insurance Coverage for Abortion

On Monday, House Republicans revealed the plan they want to replace the Affordable Care Act. There are a few things to celebrate: The GOP decided to drop a segment of an earlier draft that would have allowed insurers to sell policies that didn’t cover prescription drugs and maternity care, which the ACA mandates. Show More Summary

Chrissy Teigen Seemed Like the Coolest Person on Twitter—While She Was Struggling With Postpartum Depression

Chrissy Teigen is a model and is married to singer-songwriter John Legend, but the main thing she’s known for, the thing that she was able to leverage into writing cookbooks and a gig as a television personality, is that she’s really, really good on social media. Show More Summary

Under Proposed DHS Policy, Detained Immigrant Mothers Would Be Separated From Their Kids

Immigrant mothers and children apprehended after coming north across the U.S.-Mexico border may be separated from one another if a proposed Department of Homeland Security policy goes through. Three government officials told ReutersShow More Summary

The Marines’ Secret Trove of Nonconsensual Nude Photos Is About Power, Not Sex

Hundreds of veteran and active-duty Marine Corps members are under investigation for distributing nude photos of female Marines and other women on a secret Facebook group. According to Marine Corps veteran Thomas Brennan, who reported...Show More Summary

Melania Trump Reads to Kids in a Hospital—and Is Read by the Press Pool Report in Return

Press pool reports may have gotten spicier since Donald Trump’s election, but a dispatch from the first lady’s visit to the pediatrics unit at New York-Presbyterian Hospital on Thursday is beyond. Four hot peppers! Extra rice advisable. Show More Summary

The Right to Divorce, “Personhood,” and Abortion “Reversals”: This Week in Women's Rights

There’s plenty for women and women-supporters to worry about in federal politics these days—the return of the global gag rule, the promised end to free contraception, Donald Trump’s planned rollback of grants that support survivors of rape and domestic abuse. Show More Summary

Twitter’s New Anti-Harassment Effort Will Flag Users as Possibly Abusive Before They’re Reported

Twitter announced new anti-harassment measures on Wednesday, the latest in a series of features the platform has added in recent months in response to heated criticism of the ease with which rampant abuse festers in the social platform's depths. Show More Summary

Good News: Birth Control Has Become More Effective in Recent Years

For all the bad news surrounding the politics of reproductive health care these days, there’s been an awful lot of apolitical good news in the meantime. The abortion rate recently declined to its lowest level since Roe v. Wade. Unplanned pregnancies, though still making up almost half of all pregnancies in the United States, have plummeted. Show More Summary

Note to Congress: The Affordable Care Act Is a Critical Bulwark Against Rising HIV Rates

If Republicans in Congress follow through on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, millions of people will lose access to essential health services. Tens of thousands of those will be people living with HIV, for whom a delay or disruption in health care will have serious and lasting consequences.

Do “Real Men” Eat Steaks Rare or Well-Done? Trump’s Meat Preference Has Men Wondering

We were reminded this week that president Donald Trump likes his steaks cooked well-done and smothered in ketchup. On its own, this piece of information matters little—who cares why one man wants to turn lovely $54 cuts into dried-out,...Show More Summary

The Only Remaining Abuse Survivor on the Vatican’s Anti-Abuse Commission Just Quit

On Wednesday, the Vatican’s commission on clerical sexual abuse announced that its only clerical sexual abuse survivor has quit. The final straw, Marie Collins wrote in a scathing statement, was when found out that the Vatican has failed...Show More Summary

Pro- and Anti-Choice License Plates May Be Coming to Two New States

Two new states are considering bringing abortion politics onto their license plates, spurring debate over whether state governments should subsidize what amounts to advertising materials for pro-choice and anti-abortion groups. In Nebraska...Show More Summary

Kellyanne Conway’s Couchgate! An Analysis.

Let us begin by stipulating that Kellyanne Conway’s couch posture is not a story.

Democratic Women in Congress Are Wearing Suffragette White to Trump’s Big Speech

House Democrats who are women plan to wear white to Donald Trump’s first address to Congress Tuesday night, a throwback to outfits suffragettes once wore to protests. The Democratic Women’s Working Group, led by chair Rep. Lois Frankel...Show More Summary

How “Leave Me Alone” Became the Feminist Anthem Trinidad’s Carnival Needs

“Boy, don’t touch me.” It’s not a lyric you expect to come across in the latest party jam, but those are the first words sung by Calypso Rose in “Leave Me Alone,” the song that has become an unlikely hit in the lead-up to Trinidad and Tobago’s annual Carnival.

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