CULTURE

WOMEN ACROSS BRITAIN CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF SUFFRAGE

On Sunday, women across Britain celebrated to mark 100 years since they won the right to vote. In 1918, the Representation of the People Act granted property-owning British women over age 30 the right to vote. The same act allowed all men over 21-years-old to vote. It would be another decade before women in Britain would…

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THE DEVIL MADE HER DO IT: WHO WAS THE REAL JAYNE MANSFIELD?

There’s something about Hollywood and dying young that seem to go hand-in-hand. Just take River Phoenix, Marilyn Monroe and Brandon Lee—each star's premature passing turned them into tragic icons. Rather than growing old and fading away, ill-fated stars stay young and beautiful forever. The more mysterious and untimely a celebrity's passing, the more attention it…

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DESIGNER KATE SPADE HAS DIED AT 55

American designer Kate Spade, known for her colorful, feminine line of clothing and accessories, was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday morning. According to police, a housekeeper found Spade, 55-years-old, hanging from a scarf in her bedroom. Spade and her husband, Andy, founded Kate Spade in 1993, one year before they married. The two…

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37 DOWN, ONE MORE TO GO: ILLINOIS RATIFIED THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT

On May 31st, Illinois became the 37th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), a proposed amendment that would federally ban gender-based discrimination. ERA, first drafted in the 1920s by suffragette Alice Paul, was approved by the majority of Congress in 1972. Despite approving it, Congress set a seven-year deadline for three-quarters of the states…

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CELEBRITIES AFFECTED BY HARVEY WEINSTEIN RESPOND TO HIS ARREST

Last Friday, disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was formally arrested in New York City on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex. He appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court for only 10 minutes. Weinstein's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, paid his $1 million bail. The charges against Weinstein include first-degree and third-degree…

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2018 CANNES FILM FESTIVAL CLOSES WITH ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS & CONFRONTATION OF #METOO

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close on May 19th. The concluding ceremony took place at Grand Théâtre Lumière where the Master of Ceremonies, Edouard Baer, welcomed the Feature Film Jury (presided over by Cate Blanchett) for the announcement of this year's winners. Following the presentation of the prestigious Palme d'Or to director…

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ANNA WINTOUR AND THE REVIVAL OF MARCHESA: MISGUIDED OR MAGNANIMOUS?

By now, it's no secret that Vogue editor and Condé Nast director Anna Wintour is attempting to revive the career and reputation of Georgina Chapman, co-founder of Marchesa and estranged wife of Harvey Weinstein (the two reached a settlement in January, but Chapman has yet to file papers to make the divorce official). Wintour's efforts became apparent…

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SARA ZIFF OF THE MODEL ALLIANCE JOINS BILL DE BLASIO TO SIGN THE STOP SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACT

Last week, Sara Ziff, founding director of the Model Alliance, joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at the signing event for the Stop Sexual Harassment Act, a package of 11 bills to combat workplace sexual harassment. Ziff, herself a former model, founded the Model Alliance after witnessing and experiencing exploitative situations during photo…

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IOWA PASSED THE MOST RESTRICTIVE ABORTION BILL IN THE UNITED STATES. NOW WHAT?

On May 4th, Iowa governor Kim Reynolds signed one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the United States. Dubbed the "heartbeat bill," the new legislation would ban abortions after six weeks, the point at which doctors can detect a faint heartbeat in a fetus. However, many women don't even realize they're pregnant at six…

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BILL COSBY’S CONVICTION & THE FUTURE OF THE #METOO MOVEMENT

On April 26th, a jury found Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, the former director of operations for Temple University’s women’s basketball team, in 2004. Cosby intially met Constand in 2002 through a mutual friend. Before the assault, the two shared a mentor-mentee relationship. In 2005, after confiding in her mother…

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2018 PULITZER PRIZE WINNERS INCLUDE RONAN FARROW, JERRY SALTZ & KENDRICK LAMAR

The full list of 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners has officially been released. This year's Pulitzer Prize Board, which includes The New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins, author Junot Díaz and Steve Coll, the Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, jointly awarded The New Yorker and The New York Times the public service prize for their reporting…

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AFTER 8 YEARS, GENDER BIAS LAWSUIT AGAINST GOLDMAN SACHS WILL PROCEED

A judge has officially allowed an eight-year-old lawsuit claiming that Goldman Sachs discriminated against over 2,300 women on the basis of gender to proceed. United States District Judge Analisa Torres ruled that these thousands of women could pursue claims alleging discrimination in terms of pay, promotions and performance reviews against Goldman Sachs as a class action lawsuit.…

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HEADLESS WOMEN ARE EVERYWHERE IN HOLLYWOOD, BUT WHY?

From the iconic "For Your Eyes Only" poster to promotional material for the "Minions" movies, headless women are as common in Hollywood as pearly whites and Botox. Whether it’s breasts, lips or legs, disembodied female anatomy is a trope so prevalent in movie marketing that it barely causes us to bat an eyelid. However, the…

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ARTIST VS. MODEL RIGHTS: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Artists often find themselves in a bind when it comes to depicting individuals, whether a celebrity, model or everyday citizen, in their work. They can find themselves unsure, and sometimes confronted with backlash, regarding their rights when it comes to using an individual's likeness in paintings, photographs and drawings. Countless celebrities have sued artists for…

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THE LATEST ON DONALD TRUMP’S AFFAIRS: KAREN MCDOUGAL FILES LAWSUIT

In his book "The Art of the Comeback," Donald Trump declares, "There’s nothing I love more than women, but they’re really a lot different than portrayed. They are far worse than men, far more aggressive, and boy, can they be smart." Considering his countless demeaning statements on women (another one being, "I have seen women…

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LEGENDARY PHYSICIST STEPHEN HAWKING DIES AT 76

Another visionary to pass away this week, physicist Stephen Hawking has died at age 76. His children, Lucy, Tim and Robert, confirmed the news in a statement: "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for…

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#PRESSFORPROGRESS: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2018 EVENTS

With conversations on sexual misconduct and violence against women dominating the media, it's clear that gender equality is still a distant goal. Unfortunately, data shows that the gender gap is widening—the World Economic Forums' Global Gender Gap Report estimates that it will take 217 years to reach gender parity across the world. International Women's Day has…

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PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, KARL TEMPLER, GREG KADEL & MORE IMPLICATED IN NEW REPORT ON SEXUAL MISCONDUCT IN FASHION

In a new report led by the renowned Boston Globe investigative team depicted in Oscar-nominated film "Spotlight," a number of new photographers and stylists have been implicated in the fashion industry's ongoing problem with sexual harassment and misconduct. The report, which was published on February 16th, names highly influential photographers Patrick Demarchelier, David Bellemere, Greg Kadel,…

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THE OBAMAS’ PRESIDENTIAL PORTRAITS UNVEILED

The official portraits of former president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. on February 12th, 2018. This year's affair was particularly notable, not only because Barack Obama was the first African-American president, but also because he and and his wife both chose African-American painters…

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