On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here’s all the news on our radar today:

• Today is the 42nd anniversary of Congress enacting Title IX, the law that made it illegal for schools to discriminate against women’s athletic programs. To mark the anniversary, ESPN has a big timeline of female athletes over the past four decades and reflects on the Yale rowing team protest that helped kick off the fight for Title IX. [ESPN] 

• Pixar is planning a buddy comedy that centers on female characters: Inside Out will take place inside the mind of a girl named Riley and its protagonist will be voiced by Amy Poehler. [Vulture] 

• At a major summit on working families, President Obama advocated for more flexible workplace policies that would let people have more time to care for family members. [Al Jazeera] 

• It looks like the new Republican political strategy might be to abandon opposition to same-sex marriage. [ThinkProgress] 

• Doctors in Colorado are getting involved in helping kids become early readers by giving patients with young children a book with each office visit. [9 News] 

• How is the word “slut” used against women? Jessica Valenti writes about how the word is a warning to stick to sexual norms. [Guardian] 

• Alumni are petitioning James Madison University in Virginia for allowing students who have been found responsible for sexual assault to still graduate. [Change.org] 

• I’m not the only one who’s worried about wedding season making me broke: the average cost of being a bridesmaid in America is close to $1,700. Shouldn’t people getting married think about respecting their friends’ finances? [Salon]  

What did I miss? Add what you’re reading to the comments. 

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Sarah Mirk is the former host of Bitch Media’s podcast Popaganda. She’s interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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3 Comments Have Been Posted

Title IX

Wow that was an awesome story! I had no idea that was one of the kick starters of the act. Go Yale women!

42nd anniversary

Title IX was part of the Education Amendments signed into law on June 23, 1972, so it is the 42nd anniversary, not the 40th. Still, good to know!


Sorry about the error - it's corrected now in the post!

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