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Where Does Your State Stand On "Bathroom Bills?"

You’ve likely heard the news about the Trump administration rescinding federal protections for transgender students regarding the use of gendered bathrooms. So, do you know how your state stands on ‘bathroom bills?" Beyond the federal level, there are currently 12 states that have pending legislation restricting the bathroom access of transgender people — and are therefore important battlegrounds for transgender rights. North Carolina is currently the only state in which a "bathroom bill" has pa…

By Mia Mercado

Read This If You Marched In The Women's March

On Wednesday, news broke that Trump’s administration rescinded federal guidelines specifically protecting bathroom access for transgender students. These guidelines, put in place by the Obama administration, allowed students who are transgender to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity. The news was met with outcry by people already taking to the streets and even the White House to protest for transgender rights. A note to my fellow cisgender women and men: If you were one …

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Comments Muslim Women Are Tired Of Hearing

Islamophobia is big problem in the United States. Like most forms of prejudice, the discrimination against people who are Muslim exists on both a large and small scale. Islamophobia looks like the executive order Trump signed regarding “extreme vetting” of immigrants and refugees from primarily Muslim countries, and it sounds like the common microaggressions Muslim women hear on a regular basis. So, how do you combat a problem like Islamophobia that pervades all aspects of society? You start by…

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How Trump & I Both Spent His First Month In Office

As of Monday, it has been 744 total hours since Trump took office. A lot has happened in those 744 hours. So much, in fact, that The Washington Post published this piece breaking down in a pie graph how Trump spent his first month in office, hour by hour. WaPo correspondent Philip Bump divides Trump’s time in multiple ways, like amount of time spent in Washington, D.C. versus his time spent at Mar-a-Lago and other nearby Florida clubs. For example, Trump spent a little less than 75 percent of hi…

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Videos On Feminism To Pair With Your Fave Doughnut

You know what’s better than being an informed feminist? Being an informed feminist with a doughnut. If you’re looking to learn some more equality-centric facts — and honestly, who isn’t? — I’ve got a few short videos on feminism you’ll be able to watch in the time it takes you to eat a doughnut. (Important Note: My doughnut-eating research is still inconclusive, but it usually takes me somewhere between three to five minutes, if I’m being generous with my self-control. Your mileage may vary depe…

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How To Help Get More Women Into Government Office

Slowly but surely, the amount of representation of women in government is growing. According to a new survey from the National Conference of State Legislatures, women hold a historic number of seats in state legislature. Just under 25 percent of the legislative body for all 50 states is made up of women. 24.8 percent to be exact. As Broadly points out, though, it's still not nearly enough — but I have good news, too: There are plenty of ways to help get more women in office. If you are also a wo…

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How To Spend Presidents Day Productively

Monday will be the first Presidents Day since Donald Trump took office 28 years ago. I mean, days. 28 days ago. And whether or not you have Monday off, there are plenty of ways spend Presidents Day productively. If there’s anything we’ve learned from the first few weeks of Trump’s presidency, it’s that a lot can happen in a day — so we may as well put this particular day to good use, right? Look, I get it. You’d like one day to just not think about politics, to harken back to a simpler time when…

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Podcasts About Race You Should Be Listening To

Listen, I know. Just saying the word “podcast” makes a lot of people groan. Before I found podcasts featuring diverse voices, I assumed the only ones that existed were stodgy or dry or just a thing people were doing to bolster their personal brand. (Or they were Serial.) But you know what happens when you assume? You miss out on a lot of cool podcasts. Like most popular media, podcasts have had a diversity problem. Networks rely heavily on cross-promotion to make audiences aware of new podcasts,…

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8 People To Follow To Diversify Your Twitter Feed

You likely live in a bubble. Not a hypoallergenic, plastic bubble. (Sup, Jake Gyllenhaal circa '01?) A social media bubble that is turning your newsfeed into an echo chamber. If you often feel like you're just scrolling through different 140-character versions of the same tweet, chances are you need to make your Twitter feed more diverse. Especially when it comes to political views, social media can be a powerful, mind-changing tool. It’s not breaking news that hearing a perspective other than …

By Mia Mercado