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After Florida Rep. Ted Yoho called Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "f*cking b*tch" on the Capitol steps, the congresswoman delivered a widely applauded rebuke on the House floor, in which she spoke about decency, sexism, and how men often use women to shield themselves from criticism.
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After the death of Rep. John Lewis on July 17, the Georgia Democratic Party chose state legislator Nikema Williams to fill the activist's seat. She will run against Angela Stanton-King in November but is a strong favorite, as the Atlanta district reliably votes Democratic.
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After decades of activism by Indigenous women like Suzan Shown Harjo and Amanda Blackhorse, the Washington Redskins football team announced it would change its name, which has long been viewed as a racial slur. This joined a July Supreme Court ruling on McGirt v. Oklahoma, which returned nearly half of eastern Oklahoma to Native American jurisdiction, and the shutdown of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
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According to GLAAD's annual report of queer representation onscreen, progress is happening, albeit slowly. In an analysis of 118 major movies, 22 included a character from the LGBTQ+ community, an increase from 2018. But the report also laid bare the work that still needs to happen: Only 34% of those characters were people of color, and trans representation was essentially nonexistent.