Meet The 83-Year-Old Lesbian Taking On The Defense Of Marriage Act

  • Meet 83-year-old Edith Windsor, the widower whose fight against the Defense of Marriage Act is headed to the Supreme Court (Windsor vs. United States). Windsor had a 40-year-long relationship with Thea Spyer, whom she married in Canada. But because her marriage to a woman was not recognized in New York State, Windsor was required to pay $600,000 in taxes that she would not have owed if she had been married to a man. DOMA allows states not to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and therefore Windsor was not treated as the surviving spouse. [New York Times, Feministing, Ms. Magazine]
  • Civil rights activist Angela Davis Activist Michaela Angela Davis is launching a campaign called “Bury The Rachet” to take negative focus off black women in the media, especially on reality shows, and instead focus on black women’s professional accomplishments. [Madame Noire, The Grio]
  • Hey, even Colin Powell supports the removal of abortion restrictions on military women! [Think Progress]
  • Everything you need to know about Republicans’ opposition to protecting Native American women from abuse under the Violence Against Women Act. [Think Progress]
  • Michigan’s state Senate has advanced three pieces of anti-abortion legislation. []
  • An ESPN radio host called Gabrielle Ludwig, a transgender basketball player, “it” and said trans folks should not be allowed to play sports. Yes, really. [Queerty]
  • Variety has revealed its list of 10 directors and screenwriters to watch, including four who are women. [Variety]
  • A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow voters to approve marriage equality at the polls. [Think Progress]
  • Does such a thing as a “feminist shopping boutique” exist? []
  • Gloria Davy, an opera singer and the first African-American to sing Aida with the Metropolitan Opera, died last month at 81. [New York Times]


  • Naijia Sediqi, the head of women’s affairs for a locale in Afghanistan, was murdered on her way to work … [Feministing]
  • … so it should come as no surprise that a report issued today by the United Nations said that Afghan women are still frequent victims of physical and sexual violence. [Seattle Times, BBC]
  • Remembering Jenni Rivera, the Mexican-American singer who died this weekend in a plane crash. [Racialicious]
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