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New LEGO Set Features Three Women Scientists!

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LEGO has received steady pressure to include more women figurines in more diverse roles. Well, good news: they have listened to their fans and a new LEGO play kit out this month features three female scientists — a paleontologist, chemist and an astronomer — as part of a “Research Institute” set. Several years ago, scientist Ellen Kooijman proposed 13 different mini-figs for a female scientist set on the LEGO Ideas site, where fans can propose new sets. She even traveled to LEGO’s headquarters in Denmark to discuss the issue with the toy engineers. In June, the company announced hers was the winning idea for 2014 and Kooijman posted LEGO’s prototypes for three of her “Research Institute” mini-figs on her blog. As you can see from the photo above, there’s lots of fun bits and pieces and one of the mini-figs is even wearing glasses! I haven’t played with LEGOs in years, but I just might want this set for myself. But you have to act fast: according to NPR, the set is already out of stock online. [NPRScientific American] [Image from Scientific American via Ellen Kooijman]

This Short Documentary Provides An Emotional, Frustrating Look At Street Harassment

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An Everyday Stress

This short documentary from Vocativ takes a look at just how widespread and dangerous street harassment is. In the film, hidden cameras show us the nauseating frustration of simply walking down a city street as a woman. Jen Corey, a Miss America finalist, talks in the film about being assaulted on the Washington, D.C., metro, and several women share the smug looks they receive from men who get away with violating them. [Cosmopolitan]

Pennsylvania Police Accused Of Discriminating Against Women In Physical Fitness Test

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  • The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by the Justice Department over the allegation that its physical fitness test discriminates against women. . [ [Huffington Post; CBS Local]
  • One Chinese city is paying families about $161 to give their daughters the mother’s last name in order to encourage the idea that girls can carry on a family bloodline. [Market Watch]
  • Emma Watson posted a picture of herself laughing in response to a Turkish politician’s comment that women who laugh in public are not chaste. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Kind Of Loves That We Call Her The Notorious R.B.G.

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In her interview with Katie Couric this week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg let us all know she’s well aware of her internet fame and the Notorious R.B.G. tumblr that was created in her honor. She giggled a bit as she told Katie:

There is a rap song, and there is one using the words from the Hobby Lobby dissent. I haven’t seen anything that isn’t either pleasing or funny on that website…[Site creator Shana Knizhnik] has created a wonderful thing with Notorious R.B.G.. I will admit I had to be told by my law clerks, what’s this Notorious. And they—they explained that to me, but I think that her website is something I enjoy. All of my family do, so cheers for doing that.

She says her children and her grandkids are getting a kick out of the site too. In case we didn’t love her enough already, this 81-year-old feminist hero just made herself an even bigger internet star. Can I be at least a little bit like her when I grow up please? Keep fighting the good fight, R.B.G. [Cosmopolitan, Business Insider, Vanity Fair] [Image via Tumblr]

Meet Mississippi’s Christian Abortion Provider

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  • Meet Dr. Willie Parker, a Christian and one of the two providers who travels to Mississippi’s only abortion clinic to terminate unwanted pregnancies. He is, without a doubt, an inspiration and a hero. [Esquire]
  • Basement trolls got very upset when a critic for the Village Voice gave “Guardians Of the Galaxy” a bad review, going so far as to slam her with sexist insults. High five for the male colleague who stood up for her. [The Mary Sue]
  • How much do I love these Turkish women posting pictures of themselves laughing in response to a politician’s remark that women’s laughter is unchaste? [Guardian UK]
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome is poorly defined and used to blame and criticize mothers. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

“The Campus Accountability And Safety Act” Announced To Press Schools On Sexual Assault

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  • Today, Democrats, Republicans and sexual assault survivors announced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which will increase the financial punishment on schools which violate the gender equality law Title IX by mishandling sexual assaults on campus. The act would also make schools provide an advisor for each victim of sexual violence in order to help them through the process of going through the school’s disciplinary proceedings, as well as make public the anonymous surveys about campus assaults. [MSNBC, New York Times]
  • Massachusetts has hastily passed a law designed to increase safety around abortion clinics in response to a recent Supreme Court decision which struck down “buffer zones” as a violation of anti-abortion protesters’ free speech. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »
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