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How Much Do The Kentucky Derby Jockeys Weigh?

Football players are asked to bulk up, and baseball players come in all shapes and sizes, but the physique of a jockey — the people who race horses professionally — depends not on muscle mass, but height and weight. In the horse racing world, the sma…
By Abby Johnston

Why There Are No Women In The Kentucky Derby

In 1970, Diane Crump became the first woman to compete in the Kentucky Derby, breaking into what is now one of the only professional sports in which women and men face off. But since Crump's historic ride, there hasn't been the kind of sweeping chang…
By Abby Johnston

7 Feminist Quotes From Women Jockeys

Women represent only 10 percent of professional jockeys. Even in one of the only sports in which women compete head-to-head with men, there is still a woeful lack female representation. But the women who are carving the way for little girls to become…
By Abby Johnston

The Woman Who Dominated Horse Racing

Professional horse riding, more so than most sports, requires a certain physique. Jockeys are shorter and lighter than the average person, so horses will be able to ride at their top speeds with as little excess weight as possible. It seems like a sp…
By Abby Johnston

Can Comedy Change People's Politics?

Alec Baldwin graced the cover of the May issue of The Atlantic for one key reason — he's one of the only people in America that can get under President Donald Trump's skin. His portrayals of Trump on Saturday Night Live (SNL) have become the seasoned…
By Abby Johnston

Trump Appointed An Anti-Abortion Leader To HHS

President Trump hasn't held a solid stance on abortion since the campaign. Last April, he took a stunning five different positions on abortion over three days. And since he's become president, advocates have watched closely to see if abortion, as he …
By Abby Johnston

What Happened To The Trump-Trudeau "Women's Council"?

There was a glimmer of hope in February. President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for their first White House meeting, and out of that came a surprising new partnership: a U.S.–Canada task force dedicated to women in business. B…
By Abby Johnston

Is Bernie Sanders At The March For Science?

As the Trump administration continues to threaten funding for the science community, activists are finally breaking down the wall between the laboratory and politics. Thousands of scientists and lovers of science gathered across the country on Earth …
By Abby Johnston

The March For Science Route Makes Sure It Will Be Seen

This Earth Day, thousands of science lovers are uniting for the March for Science, a national gathering of people who love science. Although hundreds of satellite marches are planned, the biggest event will be held in Washington, D.C. There, the Marc…
By Abby Johnston

5 Signs That White Male Privilege Is Alive

There is no easier way to tick off a white man by telling him that he is born with certain privileges that women and minorities don't have. I spent most of my time in graduate school laying out the very real existence of biases against women in polit…
By Abby Johnston

Biden Tells Trump To Condemn Chechnya LGBTQ Violence

It started with what local officials wrote off as an April Fool's joke. On April 1, shocking reports began to emerge from the Russian republic of Chechnya that at least one hundred gay men were rounded up and tortured, with at least three killed in t…
By Abby Johnston

This Texas Bill Would Cut LGBTQ Protections

One of Texas' most controversial pieces of legislation seems to be swirling down the toilet. When the state legislature convened in January, top political leaders made it clear that the so-called bathroom bill would be a major priority for this sessi…
By Abby Johnston

Here Are Anti-Trump Protests Happening In April

It's been almost three months since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, but protests surrounding his administration have showed no signs of slowing. As the president continues to shape and enact his policies, a steady stream of protests and…
By Abby Johnston

Why The NCAA Women's Final Four Upset Is A Big Deal For Female Athletes

Each year, March Madness gives us edge-of-the-seat drama. Last year's three-point buzzer-beater that secured Villanova's second NCAA basketball title will go down in history as one of the very best moments in the nail-biter, Cinderella story-saturate…
By Abby Johnston

Google's April Fools' Day Update

Google takes April Fools' Day seriously. Over the years, the search engine has rolled out Easter eggs and extremely on-brand pranks on April 1 — and 2017 is no different. Google revived an old favorite for April Fools' Day, plus spoofed some of its n…
By Abby Johnston

Here's How Much Ivanka Trump Is Worth

Counter to his professed campaign promise to drain the swamp, President Donald Trump has tapped his fair share of millionaires as White House staffers. This week, he added another one — his daughter. Ivanka Trump is reportedly worth more than $700 mi…
By Abby Johnston

The Mar-A-Lago Act Would Force Trump To Be Transparent

The Obama administration kept a visitor log for the White House, a practice that ended when President Donald Trump took office. In an effort to put that back into place, Democrats recently introduced the Making Access Records Available to Lead Americ…
By Abby Johnston

Nancy Pelosi Jumped For Joy After AHCA Was Pulled

On Friday, House Republicans backed down on their much-touted repeal and replace plan for the Affordable Care Act, when they pulled the bill from the floor. The move is seen as a massive embarrassment for House leadership and the president, who faile…
By Abby Johnston

There's A March Against Revenge Porn In NYC

Leah Juliett was a victim of revenge porn before it even had a name. When she was 15, nude photos of her breasts leaked online—a classmate's retaliation for not sending photos of her genitals. Now, five years later, Juliett is fighting back against r…
By Abby Johnston

Planned Parenthood Has A "Plan B" For Donald Trump

Despite seven years of promises that congressional Republicans could repeal and replace Obamacare, House GOP pulled the health care replacement bill from the floor on Friday afternoon. On Wednesday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer laid out th…
By Abby Johnston