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Model & Actress Lizzy Jagger Won't Rest Until The ERA Is Ratified

Although it's been months since Women's Equality Day on August 26, Lizzy Jagger's fight for gender equality is hardly over. The producer, actress, and model recently commemorated Women's Equality Week from August 21 to August 26, calling for…
By Mehreen Kasana

Why This New York Nun Is Counting On Millennials To Show Up To The Polls

If you’ve spent the last several months worriedly wondering how the Trump administration’s proposals and policies will affect you, you’re not alone. As the president makes his way through his first year in office, his administration has left many…
By Alex Gladu

The NYC Human Rights Commissioner Stood Up To George W. Bush & She'll Take On Trump, Too

In the last few years, America’s most vulnerable have been hit hard. LGBT Americans are being targeted with bathroom bills, and President Donald Trump announced in July that transgender Americans can no longer serve in the U.S. military. Immigrants…
By Kelly Tunney

How This 18-Year-Old Turned A Backyard Hobby Into A Philanthropic Empire

For kids growing up in Los Angeles, lemonade stands are just something you do. When you’ve got a lemon tree in your yard, like Lulu Cerone did, it’s a natural way to spend a free afternoon with your friends. So, when Cerone found herself overwhelmed…
By Katherine Speller

This Formerly Homeless High School Grad Is Working To Crush The Cycle Of Poverty

Rosemary Rodriguez was just 13 years old when her family was evicted from their apartment. The high school sophomore suddenly found herself crammed into a one-bedroom unit at a local shelter in Brooklyn, New York with her mother and three siblings.…
By Samantha Mendoza

What Happens After A Pro-Choice Advocate Tells The Story Of Her Rape

Over the last couple of months, Calla Hales voluntarily put herself through an exceedingly difficult experience. She worked with a journalist for a Cosmopolitan story not only about being the director of four abortion clinics, but also about how she…
By Lani Seelinger

This App Developer Helps Cancer Survivors Love Their Bodies

The morning after last year's presidential election was tough for many Americans. Some celebrated now-President Trump's electoral victory the night before, while plenty cringed with disappointment and uncertainty for the road ahead. But Ariana…
By Alex Gladu

Kate Zerrenner Is Convincing Texas To Create A Cleaner Future

If your immediate surroundings aren't deteriorating right in front of your eyes, remaining aware of how much stress each and every one of us puts on the environment can be a challenge. In this way, Donald Trump's election opened Americans' eyes to…
By Hillary E. Crawford

Robin Koval Says Millennial Activism Will End Smoking

Robin Koval has never been afraid of a challenge. In fact, she seems to view her life as a series of leaps from ledges. A former advertising executive and a four-time author, Koval's latest leap has her telling the truth about all of big tobacco's…
By Alex Gladu

Oksana Masters Triumphs On Road To PyeongChang

As a little girl, three-time Paralympic athlete and World Champion Oksana Masters didn't dream of crossing finish lines and winning gold medals. She dreamed of something simpler — finding a mother. Born in Ukraine with multiple radiation-induced…
By Morgan Brinlee

This Pastor Is Helping Survivors Heal

Our country's society too often seems like it does not value the lived experiences of survivors of sexual assault. The justice system has failed victims time and again, as perpetrators walk free at the expense of their accusers. But many people seek…
By Erin Corbett

This Immigrant Knows Donald Trump Is Wrong

American culture, it seems, is at a crossroads between celebrating or denying its immigrant past and future. From Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche’s Americanah to Jon Stewart’s critically-acclaimed film Rosewater, immigrant stories have become an integral…
By Noor Al-Sibai

Sallie Krawcheck Is Trying To Close A Gender Gap

On Wall Street, there has been Marcus Goldman, Samuel Sachs, Henry Sturgis Morgan, and Harold Stanley. They're among the most recognizable names in the investment industry — and they were all male. But there's also Sallie Krawcheck, one of only a…
By Alex Gladu

Irina Bokova Has Long Advocated For Women & Girls

Irina Bokova of Bulgaria could have been the first female secretary general of the United Nations, had she won the hard-fought race which ended with António Guterres of Portugal taking the coveted position. Bokova came in fourth in the race, which…
By Amée LaTour

The Time For Women In The Constitution Is Now

In an election year marred by gendered conflict, a holistic look at the state of women in areas outside the realm of politics is as necessary as it is refreshing. Kamala Lopez was fed up with the mistreatment of women in almost every facet of life,…
By Noor Al-Sibai

This Teen Is Helping Homeless Women. Period.

Periods. Women have them, no one seems to talk about them. They require monthly care — tampons, pads, maybe even pain killers. It's a few days of the body needing special attention, a little kindness maybe, but it's not a phenomenon that's entirely…
By Allyson Marrs

These Women Are Going To Repeal The Hyde Amendment

Three years after a landmark decision, the backlash to the Roe v. Wade decision was still in full force. As the anti-abortion movement gained steam, it was Sept. 30, 1976, when the United States' House of Representatives passed legislation to…
By Celia Darrough

This Poker Player Keeps Social Justice In Play

They say that justice is blind, but for Vanessa Selbst, justice is blinds. That's not just the name of her wildly successful charity event, but also something of a metaphor for her impressive career. A world-class poker player / civil rights lawyer,…
By Alex Gladu

This Feminist Rabbi Fights For An Unexpected Cause

For most people, the contradictions between religious values and modern moral dilemmas are an indomitable obstacle, and nowhere is this more clear than the issue of reproductive rights. The traditional thinking is that all major religions are…
By Cate Carrejo

This Irish Abortion Activist Is Fighting The Ban

The fight for reproductive rights and physical autonomy extends far past U.S. borders, necessitating an international movement that unites pro-choice women everywhere. As the battle to make abortion more accessible in the states continues, women in…
By Hillary E. Crawford