Here’s what we’re reading today:
• Some conservatives are shocked that the newly crowned Miss America, Kira Kazantsev, interned for Planned Parenthood, but the pageant actually has a pro-choice history. [Salon]
• Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For cartoonist Alison Bechdel won a Macarthur Genius Award!! “I feel like I’ve been in a state of shock,” she said. “Getting this kind of recognition from the MacArthur Foundation, I can feel it already changing my life.” [Guardian]
• In an attempt to regain female voters, some Republican candidates are coming out in support of over-the-counter birth control. [NPR]
• For the first time since 2006, American poverty rates have fallen. But still about 14.5 percent of Americans live in poverty. [Slate]
• This in-depth history of women in comics discusses bizarre early comic strips, the underground comics of the 1970s, and top-notch comics creators now. [Collectors Weekly]
• New interactive infographics show the failure rates of a variety of contraceptive methods over time. [New York Times]
• Sexual assault in American Muslim communities doesn’t get a lot of attention. Breaking Silence is a new film currently seeking funding via Kickstarter that aims to “break the silence” by sharing the stories of Muslim women. [Kickstarter]
• Lupita Nyong’o spent some quality time on Sesame Street to hang out with Elmo.
What did I miss? Add what you’re reading to the comments.