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  1. Women Making Big Explosions: Gender Inequality in Visual Effects

    What do LOTR, The Avengers, and Inception all have in common? That's right. Special effects. But how often do women working in special effects get the credit they deserve?

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  2. New York City To Begin Offering Female Taxi Drivers For Women Only

    If you've ever taken a taxi alone and late at night in New York City, you probably understand the need for this.

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  3. Carol Rossetti’s Empowering Illustrations on Womanhood Will Make You Cheer, Smile, Maybe Cry a Little


    This series of illustrations by Carol Rossetti highlight the difficulties faced by women in our society—but they also serve as empowering reminders that will have you pumping your fist in the air. She's also done other illustrations in different languages, which you can find her on her Facebook page. Now it's time to let the images speak for themselves.

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  4. Oh Good, We Might Be Getting One More Lady in Star Wars

    You'd better cast Lupita if you know what's best for you, Abrams.

    While we can all agree that the actors announced in yesterday's Star Wars cast will do an incredible job with whatever material they're given, a lot of people were very concerned by the overabundance of white guys in the cast. Well, hold on to your blasters, because there's still one part that hasn't been cast yet.

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  5. Happy International Women’s Day From All Of Us At The Mary Sue

    We Can Be Heroes

    Doesn't matter if you're young or old, straight or queer, cis or trans, Gryffindor or Slytherin. Today belongs to all of us. Cheers to you, women of the world, and to the men who stand beside us. Let's get out there and make things awesome.

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  6. Surprise! The Internet Is Not A Nice Place for Women

    Raise your hand if you didn't see this coming.

    It probably shouldn't come as a shock, but as Amanda Hess's new piece for Pacific Standard Magazine points out, women on the Internet get harassed a whole bunch more than men do, and there's nothing that anyone can do about it. Hooray! In other depressing-yet-obvious news, the universe is an unfeeling place, and we are all going to die one day.

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  7. What Ads For Women Look Like (To Women) [VIDEO]

    What Boys Think of Girls

    We all know women only care about two things: non-fat yogurt and birth control. At least, that's what advertisements tell me, so it must be right, right? Megan Amram and Yahoo's sketch comedy series did a fantastic parody of condescending women's advertisements: a commercial for both yogurt and birth control, at the same time, finally giving us women exactly what we want. Watch for a painfully accurate portrayal of women in advertisements (laughing with salad) and don't miss the hilarious cameo at the end. (via Upworthy) Previously in Women

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  8. Ladies Are Leading The Conversation About SDCC’13

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    Proving once again that women can in fact be nerds, Networked Insights has analyzed the social media discussion of Comic-Con, and has determined that women are in the majority when it comes to discussing the event. Based on 3.5 million social media conversations, it appears that 54% of the people talking about SDCC related T.V. shows, actors, movies, comics, and other relevant topics were women, while 46% of those talking about SDCC were male. The study was weighed most heavily on information from Twitter, and clearly shows that women can be, and are, interested and engaged in comics, science fiction, and fantasy communities just as much as men. Obviously, this is something that we have known for quite some time, but it's always nice to have the numbers on your side.

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  9. Have You Read Robert Galbraith’s New Book? No? Surprise! He’s Actually J.K. Rowling.

    Gender Bendery

    If you somehow hadn't heard of Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling, you might assume she was a man. In fact, that was done on purpose. She used that pen name rather than her real name,"Joanne," upon first release of that series at the behest of her publisher, who thought boys might not want to read a book by a woman. But Rowling recently published another novel under a different pseudonym, and it was her idea. The Mary Sue readers, allow us to introduce you to Robert Galbraith

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  10. Dressing Like A Woman Made Dustin Hoffman Realize He’d Been Brainwashed [VIDEO]

    A Lesson in Humility

    In this interview with AFI archives from late 2012, actor Dustin Hoffman remembers the initial planning for Tootsie, the film in which his character disguises himself as a woman for a job. It was the first makeup test which led Hoffman to break down in tears over a huge revelation about men and women in our society. Take a look. (via It's Walky) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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