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Former NFL Cheerleaders Sue The Buffalo Bills For Paying Below Minimum Wage, Forcing “Jiggle Test”

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Five former NFL cheerleaders for the Buffalo Bills are suing the team for alleged violation New York State labor laws by paying the woman less than mandated $8 minimum wage.

The ex-cheerleaders, called the Jills, said the team “exploited the women” by not paying them/underpaying them for events like game day performances, practices two times a week, and up to 35 corporate events. The Jills are also required to attend six annual events on behalf of the team. Their work for most of those activities was uncompensated, the lawsuit alleges, calculating that Jills worked for free up to 20 hours per week — or 840 hours of unpaid work per person per year. Some women took home as little as $1,800 in pay a year from their Jills job! Yet they still had to pay for their own uniforms, out-of-town travel, hair and nails.

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Saudi Arabia Licenses First-Ever Female Pilot

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  • Meet 35-year-old Hanadi Al-Hindi, the first-ever licensed female pilot in Saudi Arabia. So Saudi women can fly airplanes but not drive cars? Oh, that’s right, driving ruins women’s ovaries. [Arab News]
  • On white supremacy and the suffrage (women’s right to vote) movement. [The Toast]
  • Of course Louisiana might force women seeking abortions to read a pamphlet about “abortion risks” written by abortion opponents. [Think Progress]
  • How the director of North Dakota’s only abortion clinic found an unexpected ally. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

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  • A Russian politician ordered his aides to “violently rape” Russia Today journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, who is six months’ pregnant, when she asked him about the Ukraine. He also said pregnant women shouldn’t be working and then called anyone who stood up for Dubovitskaya “lesbians.” [Huffington PostRaw Story]
  • Whoa, what would it look like if Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2014 on a two-woman ticket? [New York Times]
  • The NRA is changing its stance on domestic violence, sort of. [Huffington Post Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On The “Confidence Gap” & Women Undermining Other Women

The Soapbox: On The "Confidence Gap" & Women Undermining Other Women

Last week, ABC News reporter Claire Shipman and BBC World News American anchor Katty Kay published an essay in The Atlantic called “The Confidence Gap” about the divide in confidence between men and women. The piece is promoting their new book, The Confidence Code: The Science And Art Of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know. The basic gist is that although women have proven themselves just as competent as men in higher education and in the workplace, we struggle with confidence in our abilities (even while men who lack those abilities are assuredly overconfident).

Predictably, these statements have set off a flurry of response pieces. On Al-Jazeera, Alice Driver criticized the book for setting the male status quo as the standard for women (as did Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In). Amanda Hess took a similar tack over at Slate’s Double X blog. Over at Jezebel, Tracy Moore argued there there’s no confidence crisis at all: “It’s just sexism.” Keep reading »

Cardinal Dolan: Women Can Get Birth Control “At 7-11″

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  • Catholic Cardinal Dolan said non-religious businesses shouldn’t be required to cover contraception in their health care plans, because women can get their birth control at “7-11 or any shop on any street in America.” Didn’t you know? They keep the Loestrin on the grill right next to the taquitos. [Raw Story]
  • Female soldiers of color are criticizing the Army’s new ban on popular hairstyles. [New York Times]
  • The War On Drugs is zeroing in on women. [Clutch Magazine]
  • On growing up without gendered pronouns. [Medium] Keep reading »

Of Course The Media Is Wondering Whether Chelsea Clinton’s Pregnancy Will Affect A Hillary Clinton 2016 Run

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  • All of the eyerolls. Funny, no one ever asked how Mitt Romney or George Bush’s many, many grandchildren would affect their presidential runs. [The New Republic]
  • If you are a mayor who denied firing a police chief because she’s a lesbian, you probably shouldn’t get caught on tape in a homophobic rant. [Huffington Post]
  • Harvard professor Kimberly Theidon claims she was denied tenure due to her vocal activism on behalf of sexual assault victims. [Harvard Crimson] Keep reading »

Shanesha Taylor To Be Prosecuted For Child Abuse

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  • Shanesha Taylor, a homeless and jobless mom who left her kids in a car while she was on a job interview, will be prosecuted for felony child abuse, attorneys for the state of Arizona have announced. Taylor said she left her six-month-old and her two-year-old in the car for 45 minutes because she said she couldn’t find any childcare. [For Harriet, AZ Central]
  • Charles Cooper, a lawyer who defended California’s ban on gay marriage to the Supreme Court, has a lesbian daughter who got engaged to a woman. The hypocrisy, it burrrrrns. [Washington Post]
  • Here’s how a Tennessee law criminalizing pregnant women who expose their fetuses to drugs will hit Black women the hardest. The bill is currently awaiting the governor’s signature. [RH Reality Check]
  • A high school in Queens, New York, told a trans male student that he probably shouldn’t bring his girlfriend to prom. [Queerty] Keep reading »

Not This Crap Again: Phyllis Schlafly Says Women Should Be Paid Less So We Find Husbands

It’s about time human mothball Phyllis Schlafly got tucked away in the attic of history. But somehow, someway, the anti-feminist and founder of the uber-conservative Eagle Forum is still sharing dumb, archaic ideas that were rejected by society over half a century ago. Her latest batch of craziness is an op-ed in the Christian Post about how the “pay gap” is a bunch of bunk. Women just don’t want to work as hard as men, you see! Men work at harder jobs! Oh, and also, what do ladies need money for anyway? Don’t we know paying our own bills ourselves scares away the menfolk? Keep reading »

Here’s How You Can Help Make “Fattitude,” A Documentary About Sizeism, A Reality

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"A Body Positive Documentary"

Fat people can’t win in popular culture. Either they are the subject of reality TV shows about often-extreme weight loss (“The Biggest Loser,” “Heavy, “I Used To Be Fat”), they’re headless bodies in news segments about obesity (or chunky cheerleaders), or they’re the butt of some hack’s lame joke. Fortunately, one new documentary currently raising funds on Kickstarter is looking to add something more thoughtful into the cultural discussion about size. “Fattitude,” an independent documentary by Lindsey Averill and Viridiana Lieberman, will explore the warped sizeism within our culture, from TV shows and movies to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. It will also address misunderstandings around health and BMI (body-mass index) and misinformation surrounding the “obesity epidemic.” Watching the trailer for “Fattitude,” it occurred to me that even being someone who is generally aware at how society privileges thinner bodies, there is still so much prejudice against larger people that I don’t even notice.  If this project sounds as important to you as it does to me, consider giving it your support. [Kickstarter]

India Rules To Recognize Transgender Folks As A “Third Gender”

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  • India’s Supreme Court has ruled that transgender folks have a right to identify as “third gender” or hijra. The ruling also directs the government to provide trans folks in India with quotas in education and jobs and to ensure they have adequate medical care in hospitals. Both Nepal and Bangladesh also recognize third genders. [BBC]
  • Iran will reportedly execute a 26-year-old rape victim named Reyhaneh Jabbari because she fatally stabbed the man she claims drugged and raped her. [CNN]
  • On women and the “confidence gap.” [The Atlantic] Keep reading »
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