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  1. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Is Championing Women In Tech, Who “Still Face A Deficit Of Opportunity”

    (Obviously)

    "No industry or country can reach its full potential until all women reach their full potential. And this is especially true in science and technology, where women with a surplus of talent still face a deficit of opportunity."

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  2. Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco Says She Isn’t Feminist, Rounds Out a Year of Celebrities Who Don’t Understand Feminism

    Here we go again.

    The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is the cover story on the latest edition of RedBook, out next week, and she wants the world to know that she definitely isn't a feminist because she likes to serve her husband. Sigh.

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  3. Freida Pinto Explains Feminism For All The Haters; Terry Crews Compares Rape Culture To Terrorism

    Everything's coming up gender equality.

    The word "feminist" has weathered a lot of irresponsible and uninformed criticism from surprising places of late (cough cough, TIME), so when celebrities use their visibility and influence to address misconceptions about the label, that's definitely worth celebrating.

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  4. Germany Works To Make Iconic Crosswalk Signs A Little Less Sexist

    Sehr hübsch!

    Most of us think of the little person on the crosswalk sign as a generic, genderless, nondescript pedestrian. In East Berlin, though, crossing signs are inhabited by the adorable hat-wearing "Ampelmann," an enormously popular cult icon who can now be found on lights all across the country. But some Germans worries that as cute as he is, he makes all their crosswalks a bit too... well, male-centric.

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  5. Sweden’s Gaming Industry Might Consider Adding “Sexist” Labels To Games

    How soon can we move to Sweden?

    Welp, guess the social justice warrior dystopia is here! Time to pack up, everyone. Great work!

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  6. Sympathetic Characters: Gender Bias, Villains, & Orphan Black

    Essay

    [Editor's Note: There are no spoilers for BBC America's Orphan Black in this post, some adult language, and lots of good points.] Recently, my husband and I burned through S1 of Orphan Black, which, as promised by virtually the entire internet, was awesome. But in all the praise I’d seen for it, a line from one review in particular stuck in my mind. The reviewer noted that, although the protagonist, Sarah, is an unlikeable character, her grifter skills make her perfectly suited to unravelling the mystery in which she finds herself. And as this was a positive review, I kept that quote in mind when we started watching, sort of by way of prewarning myself: you maybe won’t like Sarah, but that’s OK. But here’s the thing: I fucking loved Sarah. I mean, I get what the reviewer was trying to say, in that she’s not always a sympathetic character, but that’s not the same as her actually being unlikeable. And the more I watched, the more I found myself thinking: why is this quality, the idea of likeability, considered so important for women, but so optional for men – not just in real life, but in narrative?

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  7. New Class of NASA Astronauts is 50% Women for the First Time Ever

    We're all for more women in space, because more people should go into space in general, but also because gender equality is nice.

    Great news for gender and race equality! The new class of NASA astronauts is 50% female for the first time in history. The class of eight astronauts are an equal mix of men and women, but is also made up of a variety of racial backgrounds making it the most diverse astronaut class in history. Let's take a look at the new astronauts.

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  8. Nadia Diaz Strikes Out 19 Boys In Six-Inning Little League Championship Game

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Playing sports is a very gendered experience. After all, teams are often single-gender, and sometimes the game itself is modified depending on who's playing. Softball, with its bigger ball and overhand throw, is culturally regulated to girls, even though it started as an all men's sport, while games like baseball and football are thought of as the realm of men and boys. For 11-year-old Nadia Diaz, however, softball just isn't for her: it's "too girly" and frankly, she can hold her own on the baseball field. Where else could she find an opportunity to strike 19 boys out while pitching a Little League championship-winning game?

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  9. And Then There Was One: Facebook Appoints Sheryl Sandberg to Its Executive Board

    Mutatis Mutandis

    Following months, perhaps years, of complaints about how the "highest-ups" at Facebook are all men, Sheryl Sandberg, the company's COO since 2008, has finally become the first woman appointed to the board of directors. It won't be the first board she's been on, but it's probably fair to say that it's about darn time Facebook made this change. We'll go ahead and say it: The Mary Sue "likes" this.

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  10. Military Women and Men Share Bathrooms In Submarine, World Doesn’t End

    Today in Awesome

    Even after making considerable gains in gender equality by opening up military positions to women, the U.S. Navy had long kept nuclear submarine posts as men-only, citing difficulties creating comfortable living spaces for both genders in such cramped quarters. However, the ban on women serving in submarines has since been overturned, and now the Navy's first women nuclear submariners have gone on patrol and are doing just fine.

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