This week, activists took steps to end the gender-based hate speech of #FBrape pages, students plan to protest Kelly Ayotte's commencement speech, and millennials' loan debt continues to mount.
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This week, PolicyMic writers tackled everything from the post-graduate feminist job market to Senator Elizabeth Warren's student loan bill to abortion rights in El Salvador. Check it out!
As millions of millennials begin to matriculate, PolicyMic hosts a special discussion on social justice and higher education next week. What's your take?
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The end of April marks the end of National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month 2013. Over the next week, PolicyMic will host a community discussion focused on sexual violence.
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A 7-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in a primary school on Thursday. On Friday, hundreds gathered outside the hospital where she is being treated to protest.
Police are investigating the rape of a 7-year-old girl in her school in New Delhi, reigniting protests over India's insufficient and poorly enforced sexual assault laws.
The end of February marks the end of Black History Month, but as the Twitter trend #WhiteHistoryClasses shows, Americans still have a lot to learn about the history of black history.
The Violence Against Women Act, which expired over 500 days ago, has finally been reauthorized by Congress.
Obama has floated the idea that Congress should pass the failed Paycheck Fairness Act to combat the gender wage gap and address income inequality in America.
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Do you know what LGBTQIA means? Do you think the real war on women is economic? Do you have something to say about affirmative action? PolicyMic wants to hear from you!
Amidst all the hubbub over Hillary Clinton's new Super PAC and potential presidential bid, her record on women's health globally should not be forgotten, especially by her replacement.
On Tuesday, Kimberly McCarthy will be the first woman to be executed in the U.S. since 2010. Women almost never face the death penalty, one of many potential biases in capital punishment.
From the 6-hour BBC mini-series to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Jane Austen's novel continues to entrance readers even 200 years after its publication. And not just because of Colin Firth.
After Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's announcement on Thursday that women will soon be able to serve in more ground combat roles, some objections went straight into the toilet. Literally.
On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta is expected to announce that women in the military will be able to serve in more combat roles than ever before.
After President Obama's historic inaugural speech, an 11-year-old trans girl took it upon herself to point out who the commander-in-chief overlooked.
The House Republicans have retreated to Virginia in order to regroup and repair the GOP's image after resounding defeats in 2012. Here's what's going on behind those doors, illustrated in GIFs.
A study by the Public Religion Research Institute finds that millennials simultaneously identify as pro-life and pro-choice, reflecting America's age-old ambivalence over abortion rights.
The UK news site claims that secretly, women love it when men whistle at them, and it must be true, because research says so.
A new video from Planned Parenthood's "Not In Her Shoes" campaign is a stark shift away from pro-choice rhetoric, reflecting the increasing confusion about abortion rights in America.
Jessica Chastain took home a Golden Globe for best actress in a drama for her portrayal of CIA agent Maya in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. She was quick to praise her "fearless" director.
Jodi Foster's acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes left many viewers deeply moved. If you were crying too hard to hear them, here are the top 5 quotes you missed.
26-year-old actress, writer, filmmaker, and producer Lena Dunham took home two Golden Globes for her HBO show 'Girls.'
Arizona has gotten some bad press in the past few years, but it deserves still more national attention. As new research shows, the future of the nation may well be the Southwest.
As another year of growth begins here at PolicyMic, we want to take the time to review the rules for our commenting community and start the new year off right.
A petition calling on Obama to label the Westboro Baptist Church a hate group on the White House "We the People" site has gathered nearly 250,000 signatures in the past 12 days.
Talking about politics with your family is enough to make you wish you were back in the middle of the hyper-partisan election media blitz. Here's how to avoid it entirely over the holidays.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, college activist Jacob Tobia started a campaign to benefit homeless LGBT youth in New York City — by running across the Brooklyn Bridge in 5 inch heels.
A is For aims to reclaim Hester Prynne's infamous scarlet letter to do some good in the continual fight over reproductive rights in the U.S. through innovative crowdsourcing and viral videos.
At 2 A.M. this morning, the Michigan House of Representatives passed one of the most anti-choice pieces of legislation in the nation.
A revolutionary standardized health education test for high school and middle school students in Washington, D.C., should be the national standard for sex ed evaluation.
Are millennials part of the American pursuit of happiness? Studies show that contrary to what you might think from reading Thought Catalog or the New York Times, the kids are alright.
A new report reveals that women hold only 16.6% of all Fortune 500 company board seats, and 27.8% of these companies have zero women serving as executive officers. Here's why it matters.
The wage gap between men and women in the U.S. is a national trend — and it turns out Massachusetts, one of the most progressive states, fares badly when it comes to equal pay for equal work.
Axe's newest ad debuts the revolutionary "Morning After Pillow" for the man who wants to avoid post-coital cuddling: just more silliness and sexism from an ad campaign renowned for such.
As the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA nears, Justice Antonin Scalia asked Princeton students yesterday, "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?"
On December 10th, Google honors Ada Lovelace in honor of the early computer programmer's 197th birthday. Here are the top five other female computer programmers Google should Doodle next.
In her widely-read Fox News piece, Suzanne Venker identified a so-called 'war on men.' Now, she's back to call a truce, but she should really stop fighting against her worst enemy: feminism.
The Supreme Court is expected to announce on Friday whether or not it will address challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act. How would an all-millennial SCOTUS rule?
An amazing infographic by NerdWallet summarizes everything you need to know about the impending fiscal cliff.
On Tuesday, Paul Ryan challenged the GOP to address poverty more directly, claiming that the war on poverty has failed so far, but Republicans can turn it around. Can he really do so in 2016?
On Saturday, the American Psychiatric Association announced several changes to the DSM, its ultimate manual. One controversial change could mean a world of difference for LGBTQ activists.
A tribute to Hillary Clinton first aired at the Saban Forum is making the rounds on YouTube as a potential first campaign video in 2016, but she has plenty of great clips to choose from.
In Mesa, Arizona, a principal accused of supporting bullying and institutional homophobia with an unusual punishment for fighting finds an unlikely supporter.
Maine has announced that its marriage equality law will take effect on December 29th. As SCOTUS delays its DOMA ruling and the Mayan doomsday approaches, will marriage equality make it in time?
A plastic cup that warns drinkers about date rape drugs? An innovative new product from DrinkSavvy, Inc. may help reduce the rate of drug-facilitated sexual assault.
Dressed in her Star Wars robes, 30 Rock's Liz Lemon tied the knot on Thursday night. Does her wedding, and the impending wedding on Parks and Rec, signal the triumph of trite fairy tale endings?
New data from Rugter's Center for American Women in Politics details the gender gap across U.S. state legislatures. Colorado leads the way with 40%; how does your state fare with the fairer sex?
While Bill O'Reilly may bemoan the fact that the white establishment is now the minority, he has only to look to the newly-appointed GOP House Committee chairs to see a sea of white male faces.
On Tuesday, the ACLU announced that it will sue the Department of Defense on the behalf of four servicewomen over regarding a policy which prohibits women from serving in ground combat units.
Stop shopping and grab your tape recorder: Friday is the National Day of Listening.
Forget Black Friday: for the past seven years, more and more Americans have been turning to the internet to do their holiday shopping. Here's everything you need to know about Cyber Monday.
Millennials face dreary economic woes, which may have turned us into the most disaffected, apathetic generation ever, or whatever. But on Thanksgiving, we must remember our gifts — via GIFs.
On Election Day, we finally got to see what the "women's vote" turned out to be — and how many women turned out to vote — while women made historic gains in congressional representation.
While the newest polls show that Romney may be erasing Obama's lead with women, but both are lacking when it comes to feminist concerns like health care, unemployment, and other rights.
This week, Richard Mourdock established his credits as Akin 2.0, the gap between conservatives and liberals widened as the race got closer, and a few voices spoke out to tell their own stories.
Tina Fey is about to lose her mind, Amy Poehler is drawing the line, you don't own Lesley Gore, and Lena Dunham wants you to vote: why celebrities are speaking up about women's rights.
The newest poll from AP-GfK shows that Mitt Romney may be erasing Barack Obama's lead with women, even as Obama gains with men. Here's what to make of this "churning gender gap."
At long last, Apple may finally unveil the much-hyped iPad Mini, taking the tablet world by storm. Check in for live updates on Apple's announcement today!
Can't make it to Florida for tonight's presidential debate at 9 p.m. EST? Don't worry, you can still watch on ABC, NBC, FOX, and several other major news networks!
The last presidential debate takes place on Monday night in Boca Raton. But for those of us unable to make it to the Sunshine State, here are schedule details, channel listings and live streams.
Wondering where to watch the debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama? Options abound. Check out a complete channel list and live stream below!
While we can't expect binders full of women in Monday night's debate, the newest polls show that Romney is pulling ahead with voters, possibly continuing to close the gender gap.
In the final presidential debate on Monday night, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are expected to clash over China, the war in Afghanistan, Israel and Iran, and other foreign policy matters.
President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney will meet at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., at 9:00 pm EST on Monday. Follow along here LIVE for feminist GIF-filled fun!
This week, Photoshopped stock images of binders abounded after Romney's debate comment, Obama and Romney seek the elusive women's vote, and the role that sex and gender identity play in voting.
After the second presidential debate, binders full of women have become a viral sensation. Here's a sneak peek inside the policies contained in Mitt Romney's infamous collection of three-rings.
Check in for complete live GIF coverage of the second presidential debate tonight at 9 p.m. EST a Hofstra University — with special animated shout outs for teh womenz.
Before the debate tonight, voters should ask themselves what the candidates care about in politics. Unfortunately, as RoboRomney.com documents, Mitt Romney doesn't seem to know what he thinks.
This week, Martha Raddatz earned acclaim for her masterful moderating, Reddit was forced to deal with r/CreepShots, and reproductive rights debates raged across the internet.
What do Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Amy Poehler and Sarah Silverman have in common, besides their knack for comedic gold? They're all asking you to draw the line on reproductive rights.
Thursday's vice presidential debate covered a range of foreign policy and domestic concerns. But many had to wait until the debate was nearly over to hear about the issue we wanted discussed.
To avoid a snoozefest like the first presidential debate last week, look no further than PolicyMic's handy-dandy vice presidential debate Mad Lib. More gaffes and more laughs guaranteed.
Millennials are seen to be more progressive when it comes to LGBTQ equality, but on National Coming Out Day, allies must vocally reaffirm our support for our LGBTQ friends, family, and peers.
Despite recent claims that Mitt Romney has "shifted to the center," when it comes to abortion, the GOP candidate still plans to be a pro-life president.
While the economy is issue number one for most voters, a recent Gallup poll reminds us that other issues aren't off the table yet, including controversial issues like abortion rights.
New polls show that Claire McCaskill has gained ground against her Republican challenger, Todd Akin. What does this say about the Missouri Senate race?
Obama's subdued performance along with Romney's aggressive use of the president's usual rhetoric and the candidates' mutual emphasis on communality made the first debate a murky affair.
As Romney and Obama face off on issues of domestic policy, what role should the federal government play in solving the problems that America faces?
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While a number of women who worked for Mitt Romney are now taking to the trail to praise him for "working with women," polls show that Obama still has the lead when it comes to women. Why?
Todd Akin's race for the U.S. Senate in Missouri is playing out on a national scale symbolically. The GOP is beginning to back Akin again - what should Claire McCaskill do?
The 29-year-old engineer started her own company to get more girls into engineering. Her Kickstarter campaign indicates that her toy will be hitting shelves soon to inspire the next generation.
Despite repeated calls for Todd Akin to drop out of the race, he will challenge Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri - but can he win, and how will he campaign?
Although millennials have been called the "cheapest generation," we may soon find ourselves facing an incredibly expensive choice: whether or not to have children. Jessica Valenti advises.
A new study confirms that teens are still sexting —and we might have to deal with what this means about millennials' attitudes towards sex, sexuality, and technology.
A new study by the NYCLU demonstrates that sex education in New York public schools is afflicted by bias, factual inaccuracy, and pervasive gender stereotypes.
The Violence Against Women Act is currently languishing in Congress. Republicans, Democrats, and Independents must come together, as they have in the past, to reauthorize the law.
Take a break from national debates on birth control to pay homage to one misunderstood method: the internal condom.
Former executive editor of GOOD Magazine Ann Friedman talks Tumblr, Twitter, and trend pieces on women's issues, and what they mean for the future of journalism.
Ann Coulter's tasteless, sexist commentary on Sandra Fluke's DNC speech damages all women in politics.
An Arizonan judge's controversial statements in a sexual abuse case ask us to ask ourselves: what can we really do to stop rape?
As the election draws closer, I get more and more tired of reading about what women want -- women voters, that is.
Michelle Obama's DNC speech made one thing clear: her family's values are progressive values. We voters will be judging the merits of these values in deciding whether or not to re-elect Obama.
Despite Nancy Keenan's passionate endorsement of Obama at the DNC, the President cannot directly intervene in the forty year fight over abortion rights in America.
Harvard University is investigating around 125 students on charges of academic dishonesty — the largest Ivy League cheating scandal in recent history. PolicyMic reports with inside sources.
AZ Governor Jan Brewer, who famously opposes Obama's stance on immigration, accidentally endorsed the President at the RNC.
While it may be too soon to determine whether or not women will vote for Mitt Romney, nine women of PolicyMic offer their thoughts on his wife's speech.
Conservative bloggers accuse MSNBC of omitting speeches by minority speakers at the RNC; while these claims cannot be conclusively proved, voters should ensure they're seeing accurate coverage.
An open letter to Ann Romney after her personal address to me (and other women) at the RNC.
Will Mayor Mia Love, who touted "personal responsibility" at the RNC be forced to re-address the issue of race and social services in order to deflect charges of racism from the Romney campaign?
“Giant Vaginas Descend On Republican National Convention in Tampa” sounds like cheesy ‘50s science fiction movie — but it isn’t. It’s a protest organized by CODEPINK happening now at the RNC.
On Sunday at the Unity Rally, Herman Cain brought up a key issue for Romney-Ryan in the upcoming election: the Republican Party's perceived lack of support from black communities.
How can Obama hope to win back the shrinking middle class? Perhaps by focusing on how his policies will help the working poor.
Tropical Storm Isaac, expected to hit Tampa on Monday or Tuesday, is forcing the GOP to shorten their convention to three days and reschedule many events.
The fact that Jeffrey T. Johnson shot his former boss after losing his job at "Hazan Imports" could be used to say something pithy about workplace violence and our dire economic straits - or not.
New data from the Pew Research Center may shed some insight into what voters are thinking about the president, and how Obama should adjust his platform if he wants to be re-elected.
Although “women’s issues” in national politics usually translates into only a few topics, Democrats should pay better attention at DNC.
In case you were getting depressed about the whole Todd Akin affair, don't worry: the internet will cheer you up again.
Rep. Todd Akin’s idea of “legitimate rape” is predicated on extreme pro-life beliefs which negate women’s experiences with rape, much like Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale.
The Everyday Sexism Project aims to use the power of social media to call attention to women's daily experiences of sexism across the world.
Three NJ teens learned that their petition on Change.org -- asking that a woman moderate an upcoming presidential debate -- had been answered by the selection of Candy Crowley.