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Three Scenarios For My Valentine’s Date With Idris Elba to Support Girls’ Education

Listen, Idris, you don't have to impress me. I'd let you be my Valentine without you having to do anything for it. But you just can't help being socially conscious AF, can you? *sigh* Well, I'll tell you something right here and now, Mr. Elba...nothing gets me hotter than raising money for girls' education.

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Emmy Rossum Wins Pay Dispute, Shameless Renewed For Eighth Season, Hollywood a Slightly Better Place

Last week, we reported on Emmy Rossum's pay dispute with Showtime and Warner Bros. Television, which left a renewal of Showtime's hit show, Shameless, hanging in the balance. Well, today, there's some excellent news for Rossum, for Shameless, and for the fight against a gendered wage gap.

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Wonder Woman No Longer Honorary UN Ambassador For Empowerment of Women, Will Always Be That Around Here

Wonder Woman's UN campaign is at an end.

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Paul Feig Shares What He’s Learned About Women Through Ghostbusters Experience, Which Includes Nothing About Race

But Harambe photos, tho!

As director of the "controversial" (controversial if you have trouble believing women can do things) Ghostbusters reboot, Paul Feig has had a very interesting and not entirely pleasant 2016. In a recent short essay, Feig shares what he's learned about "being a woman." Notably missing are any insights he may have gained about the specific challenges of being a black woman, a la Leslie Jones.

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Hope Is Not Lost: Most-Shared Election Tweet Was Hillary Clinton’s Post-Election Message to Little Girls

It is found.

2016 has been rough, and the Internet, for all its ability to bring people together, hasn't seemed entirely helpful—and, at times, has seemed to be one of the biggest parts of the problem. However, for all their enabling of "fake news" (conspiracy theories, lies, and propaganda) and fostering of demagogic tendencies, social media networks aren't necessarily the wastelands of horrors they may sometimes appear to be.

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Wonder Woman to Be Named UN Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls

Wonder Woman has always been a symbol of female empowerment. Now, that is being made official on a global scale as the United Nations will be naming her an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls in an upcoming ceremony!

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Variety Report Shows Huge Discrepancy In Pay Between White TV Stars and Their Colleagues of Color In Addition to Gender Gap

We talk a lot around here about the gender wage gap in Hollywood, and how women not only get fewer opportunities, but are paid less when they do. Well, Variety collected some data on the the salaries our biggest TV stars get per episode, and it's glaringly obvious that, despite how well a show is doing, or how much critical acclaim a performer has, that white TV stars make more than non-white TV stars. By, like, a lot.

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Adult Swim’s Mike Lazzo Doubles Down On Excuses For Why They Hire So Few Female Writers

We've talked a lot about the depressing scarcity of female writers in film and television. Often, we try to give people the benefit of the doubt and talk about the "unconscious bias" that permeates every industry. But sometimes, people's biases are very, very conscious. So conscious, in fact, that they'll display their ignorance willingly and willfully in public.

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Emma Watson Too Busy Changing the World to Have Time for The Sun‘s Hypocrisy

You know what's awesome? Hypocrisy. Today's example comes out of the UK where The Sun, a tabloid that exclusively traffics in assuming we give a crap about celebrities wrote a bizarre write-up on Emma Watson's work with the UN and HeForShe ... because we shouldn't give a crap about celebrities. At least, not when it comes to anything important. But, by all means, let's worry about who they sleep with and what they're wearing.

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Emails Leaked by Apple Employees Reveal Harassment and Jokes About Rape and “Man Periods”

After seeing their complaints about harassment at work get ignored by higher-ups, several current and former Apple employees have chosen to leak 50 pages of emails to provide evidence of harassment they experienced at work--and examples of how their bosses ignored that the harassment occurred.

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Feminism Around the World: Trans People in Bolivia Issued IDs Matching Gender Identity For the First Time

This story out of Bolivia happened a week ago, but came through after Feminism Around the World had already posted. Yet, it's such a milestone that I decided to give it space today.

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Amplification, or How Obama’s Female Staffers Ensured They Were Recognized

It's a tale as old as time: female co-worker speaks in a meeting and is either ignored or dismissed. Male co-worker proceeds to say the same thing and is showered with praise while the woman looks into the camera like she's on The Office.

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French Court Overturns Bans on Burkinis, and It Only Took Worldwide Social Media Shame

Yesterday, in our Feminism Around the World column, we highlighted the fact that some French towns had instituted bans on burkinis on public beaches. This morning, after global attention (and public social media shaming), the French government has decided to act right and overturn those bans.

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President Obama Embraces Feminism (and Acknowledges His Shortcomings) in Essay for Glamour Magazine

I've always admired President Barack Obama for the way he talks about gender, not only in relation to policies and activism, but for the simple act of effortlessly going back and forth between gendered pronouns, often within the same story or sentence; whether it's in a pre-written speech, or an impromptu answer to a question. It's clear that when he thinks of abstract, hypothetical examples to illustrate his points, he just as easily imagines women in his head as men.

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Wonder Woman and Feminism: Gender Balance as the Key to Gender Equality

Wonder Woman turns 75 this year, and she has evolved a lot in that time: as a character, as a symbol, and as a feminist icon. However, there is one feminist idea that has always survived throughout that evolution — the importance of a balance between the feminine and the masculine, no matter what one's own gender identity.

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Study (After Study) Says Millennial Men Not as Enlightened as We’d Hope

It's a generally accepted truth that children are always more open-minded and progressive than their parents. Well, I could've told you this was a crock of crap. After all, if this were the case, we wouldn't still have racism and sexism in 2016 because, you know, it's been a couple of generations. But now, there's a study from the National Institutes of Health to back me up.

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Watch the United State of Women Summit Livestream and Participate in the Movement

You may have seen this video floating around your social media feeds and wondered what exactly the United State of Women is. Well, it's a summit started by the White House (spearheaded by Michelle Obama) that's happening today, bringing together prominent activists to talk about solutions that we can start implementing to work toward gender equality in this country. You can check out the live stream after the jump.

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Robin Wright Recounts Her Fight for Equal Pay on Netflix’s House of Cards

"You better pay me."

It seems that not even being the co-lead on a popular show on which you are at times a more popular character with fans is enough to earn you equal pay to a man if you're a woman. House of Cards' Robin Wright, who plays the intriguing Claire Underwood, recently spoke out about her fight for equal pay.

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BBC Makes Diversity a Priority, Pledges Half Its On-Air Roles and Workforce Will Be Female By 2020

We already know that the BBC makes awesome television like Doctor Who, Sherlock, and Orphan Black. Now, they're giving us a reason to love them more by making the conscious decision to prioritize gender parity and racial diversity both in their content and in their workforce.

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New York State to Do Away With the Tampon Tax

Because menstrual products aren't "luxury items."

The New York State Senate passed Bill S6726 today, which exempts menstrual products, such as tampons and sanitary napkins, from being taxed. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the bill into law, as he recognizes that these products are a medical necessity for many and shouldn't be considered "luxuries."

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