Women Still Aren’t Allowed To Compete In The Tour De France

  • Women are still not allowed to compete in the Tour de France race, a nearly month-long cycling competition finishes this Sunday in Paris. This year, women cyclists can ride in a separate one-day-long race, called “La Course by Le Tour de France.” However, it’s dismaying that in the main race’s 100-year-plus history, the full competition is only available to men. Women cyclists are still pushing to compete in the main Tour de France in the future. [Daily Telegraph AUWashington Post, Guardian UK]
  • This pro-choice North Carolina couple who stand outside an abortion clinic every Saturday with signs are my new heroes. [The Daily Dot]
  • Speaking of abortion, here is how Republicans plan to discuss women’s reproductive rights in the next election. [New York Times]
  • This story of how a Seattle high school failed a 15-year-old student who was raped by a classmate on an overnight school trip will put a pit in the bottom of your stomach. [Jezebel]
  • Texans For Reproductive Justice have released a statement explaining their opposition to a so-called “Abortion Freedom Ride” by a group called Stop Patriarchy, which plans to stage protests throughout TX. Among other things, they oppose the use of the civil rights era term “freedom ride”  and comparisons of forced pregnancy to slavery. [Texans For Reproductive Justice]
  • Following suit from Google and other high-level tech companies, Twitter released data yesterday revealing that 70 percent of their employees are men. [Twitter]
  • A coder eating lunch out happened to sit next to some IBM executives, whom she allegedly overheard saying would not hire young women because they are “just going to get themselves pregnant again and again and again.” [The Daily Dot]
  • Blogger Emily McCombs from xoJanes addressed about her past as a teenager “against feminism.” [xoJane]
  • A message to girls about the religious men who fear them. [Role/Reboot]
  • The New Yorker explores a woman seeking a vaginal birth after having a C-section for her first pregnancy. [The New Yorker]
  • Why aren’t more small business loans going to women (especially when we only almost 30 percent of businesses in the country)? [Think Progress]
  • Here’s an interview with Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay about her new book. [Mother Jones]

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