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Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Navy Just Got Its First Four-Star Female Admiral

Kickass Woman Of The Day: The Navy Just Got Its First Four-Star Female Admiral

In its 236 years of existence, the U.S. Navy has never had a female four-star admiral — until now. Vice Admiral Michelle Howard was just promoted to an admiral and is now the Navy’s new vice chief of naval operations, which is the branch’s number two position. (The Air Force and the Army have both named women as four-star officers in the past.) As if Howard weren’t already enough of a badass, she was also the first Black woman to command a Navy ship. Keep reading »

Transgender National Security Leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning May Be Transferred To Civilian Prison To Be Treated For “Gender Dysphoria”

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Bradley Manning: "I Am Chelsea Manning, I Am Female"

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Private Chelsea Manning, also known as Bradley Manning, a dishonorably discharged soldier who was sentenced to 35 years for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks. The last we heard from Manning was in August, when she had publicly come out as transgender and informed the world she wanted to be referred to as Chelsea. This announcement drew attention to the fact that she was being sentenced to confinement at Fort Leavenworth, an all-male prison. Keep reading »

Defense Secretary Asks Military To Review Rules Targeting Black Women’s Hairstyles

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  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has asked the military to review new Army rules regulating hairstyles which mostly target Black women. The new regulations ban dreadlocks, twists and larger cornrows. [New York Times]
  • Jessica Valenti has a moving essay about having a preemie baby and her own complicated feelings about later-term abortions. Ultimately, though, Valenti says seeing up close how complicated pregnancy and childbirth decisions are have made her more pro-choice than ever before. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Black Women’s Hair Is Under More Scrutiny With The Army’s New Grooming Regulations

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  • The Army released new regulations on Monday for hair and grooming which seem to specifically target Black women’s hairstyles. The new regs now forbid braids or cornrows larger than a quarter of an inch (dreadlocks and twists have already been banned since 2005). As a result, Black women who wear their hair this way have to either get a new hairstyle or cover it with a wig. [Huffington Post]
  • Hobby Lobby is fighting the Obama administration not to pay cover contraception for women in their health care plan, but they seem to have no problem at all investing in contraception makers with their retirement funds. [Mother Jones] Keep reading »

Senate Blocks Bid To Change Military’s Change Of Command On Prosecuting Sexual Assault

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  • The Senate successfully blocked a spearheaded by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) bill that would change the military’s judicial system by taking sexual assault cases outside of the chain of command and handing it over to military lawyers. Gillibrand was unable to get enough votes to overcome a filibuster of the bill. [The Hill, USA Today]
  • Virginia repealed its ban on oral and anal sex today. [Nerve]
  • If the Girl Scouts are too slutty for you, conservatives have a less promiscuous alternative. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

The Daily Squee: Dog Reacts To Seeing Deployed Soldier Owner On Skype For The First Time

As much as we love videos of dogs being reunited with their owners returning from a deployment, sometimes a simple screen shot is all you need. Airman Justin Jones captured the moment that his dog Kiba first saw his face on Skype after he was deployed in 2011. And the best part? Justin and Kiba have since been reunited in person. I can’t even imagine the excitement of that moment! [Reddit]

Four Women Successfully Progressing Through Marines’ Ground Combat Training

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  • Four women who are part of the first batch of female Marines to train for ground combat have passed the Marine Corps’ infantry training test for the first time. Congrats!  [USA Today]
  • Beijing police criticized women drivers for “inadequate driving skills” and “often” lacking a “sense of direction.” [CNN]
  • Philadelphia’s mayor signed legislation to add one gender-neutral bathroom to all new government buildings built in the city as a way of accommodating trans folks. Love it! [NBC Philadelphia]
  • The cervical cancer vaccines recommended for tween girls and boys do not include the two strains of the HPV virus (which leads to cervical cancer) which most affect Black women, according to a new study. [NBC News] Keep reading »

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Sgt. Theresa Vail Will Be The Miss America Contestant To Bare Tattoos

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Sgt. Theresa Vail is quite the unconventional beauty pageant contestant. Miss Kansas is a not only a soldier, an opera singer, an aspiring army dentist and college senior majoring in Chinese and chemistry, but she also has tattoos — generally a pageant taboo. On Sunday, September 15th, she will become the first Miss America contestant permitted to expose her ink. Keep reading »

The Love Story Behind That Beautiful Photo Of A Woman Carrying Her Double-Amputee Marine Husband

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You might have seen this picture pop on your Facebook newsfeed sometime in the past couple days. A smiling woman stands in a lake, carrying her double amputee husband on her back, as he grins and holds her close. It was posted a couple weeks ago on the photographer’s Facebook page, and has since gone viral, garnering over 15,000 likes and nearly 4,000 shares. The people in the photo are Kelly and Jesse Cottle. Jesse is a Marine who lost his legs after stepping on an IED in Afghanistan four years ago. Several months later, while trying out his new prosthetic legs at a local swim meet, he met Kelly. “If I hadn’t stepped on that IED, I wouldn’t have met her,” Jesse told ABC News. “I wouldn’t take it back ever.”  Keep reading »

New Measures To Prevent Military Sexual Assault Are Released

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  • Today the Defense Department released its new measures to prevent military sexual assault and to better aid survivors. [USA TodayGuardian UK]
  • Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s lady-centric organization Lean In, which encourages young women to be bolder in the workplace, wants to hire an intern. An unpaid intern. Huh? [Change.org]
  • Conservatives in Ohio plan to introduce an anti-abortion “fetal heartbeat” bill, which would criminalize pregnancy termination as soon early as six weeks into a pregnancy. [Columbus Dispatch]
  • Vogue‘s September issue will feature an interview with Texas State Senator/pro-choice warrior Wendy Davis. [Politico]
  • California’s Spreme Court rejected a bid to revive Proposition 8, a ban on gay marriage. [Los Angeles Times] Keep reading »
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