by on April 9, 2018
When Alice Little, a legal sex worker, gave Refinery29 a peek at her life in the form of a Money Diary last year, the post received more than 300 comments. People wanted to know how Little got into this line of work and what she studied in school, and they wanted to get to know her more as a person. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ALICE LITTLE. "I was struck by how muh I felt like I could easily be friends with this girl, despite the vast differences in our careers," one reader commented. Needle...
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by on March 5, 2018
Mona Marie's Poletic Justice studio in the Bronx is a hub for activism and self-love. BLACK WOMEN MAKING HISTORY: Mona Marie When the organizers of New York City's “Stripper Strike,” Gizelle Marie and Panama Pink, needed a place to meet last year, Poletic Justice was the obvious choice. “Why not a pole studio in the Bronx?” the studio’s owner, Mona Marie, said to me with a laugh. After the meeting, Poletic Justice regulars Marie and Pink took to social media to protest discriminat...
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by on March 4, 2018
Add Planned Parenthood to the list of organizations looking to take advantage of President Trump's low approval ratings in the 2018 midterm elections. The organization is not new to the rough-and-tumble of electoral politics — and has often itself become a top issue for Republicans looking to slash federal funding for the organization — but this year Planned Parenthood Votes and Planned Parenthood Action Fund will launch their biggest-ever push to try to tip the balance in Congress and in key...
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by on February 22, 2018
A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman with whom he had an affair in 2015, the city circuit attorney’s office said Thursday. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched an investigation in January after Greitens admitted to an affair with his St. Louis hairdresser that began in March 2015. He was elected governor in November 2016. Gardner declined comment beyond a brief ...
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by on February 20, 2018
One of Wall Street's most powerful 
executives is seizing the 
#MeToo moment Krawcheck and her team are working to empower women through finance. Sallie Krawcheck figured the day before the 2016 presidential election would be the perfect time to launch her newest venture, Ellevest, an investment firm specifically tailored to serve female clients. “We were going to have a female president,” Krawcheck recalled thinking at the time. As it turns out, President Donald Trump’s surprise vi...
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by on February 16, 2018
Hayley Hasselhoff today led a line-up of models who posed outside the London Fashion Week hub in their underwear to highlight the importance of celebrating women of all sizes. A tribe of eight lingerie clad models ranging from size 16 to 26 protesting outside the London Fashion Week venues, led by Hayley Hasselhoff . The photoshoot was set up to help more women feel confident in their own shape, and encourage designers to use larger models on the runways during Fashion Week. Hasselh...
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by on February 15, 2018
Planned Parenthood, other organizations and a Washington state county filed lawsuits on Thursday challenging a decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to defund more than $200 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs. The sign of the Planned Parenthood centre is pictured in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 11, 2017.  The four lawsuits in federal courts in Washington state, Maryland and the District of Columbia seek to have funding reinstated for programs...
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by on February 15, 2018
The team's fate is unclear after their coach quit yesterday. Thirty years after Jamaica’s first men’s bobsled team competed in the Calgary Olympics and inspired the movie Cool Runnings, Jasmine Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie Russell hoped to make history this month in Pyeongchang as the country's first women’s bobsled team. But after one of their coaches resigned Wednesday under mysterious circumstances, it’s unclear if the team will be able to compete at all. Sandra Kiriasis, a form...
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by on February 15, 2018
Foes of abortion have pushed through several hundred state laws restricting access to the procedure over the past decade. This year, as never before, abortion-rights supporters are fighting back nationwide with proposals to protect and expand access to abortion and contraception. Successes are most likely in the dozen or so states where Democrats control policymaking. But the initiatives unfolding this year aspire to at least raise the issue of reproductive rights even in conservative sta...
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by on February 13, 2018
Planned Parenthood will announce on Tuesday a new campaign to help expand access to reproductive health care state-by-state, CNN has learned. The nonprofit is working alongside state lawmakers, advocates for reproductive rights and partners -- such as the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Latino Memphis in Tennessee and the Michigan Progressive Women's Caucus -- to push reproductive rights policies in more than a dozen states and DC this week. The organization, its partners, policy...
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by on February 8, 2018
This is a story about anger. This is a story about racism, twerking for change, single mothers, financial struggle, exhaustion, resistance, extortion, stigma, sex work, alienation, seeing the future and the past, knowing all the ways we are being screwed and getting dressed up anyway. Because we have rent, kids, student loans, a grandmother with dementia. This is a story about stripper pride. A selfie at work in a Jacq the Stripper Hat. (She has her own line: Strippersforever.com.) ...
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by on February 3, 2018
2017 was a pivotal year for women, beginning with the historic marches that took place after Trump’s inauguration and continuing throughout the year with an unprecedented surge of women stepping up to run for office, organizing grassroots actions at a local level and supporting powerful movements, such as #MeToo, at a global level. We saw women everywhere become resolute, energized and acting as a collective transformative force, speaking out for justice, equality and change in our country and t...
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