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The Movie “Eighth Grade” Hits Home

LIFEEighth grade can be tough. It’s the threshold between so many things: childhood and the very beginning of adulthood, middle school and high school, having someone be in charge of you and being in charge of yourself, figuring yourself out and knowing who you are, a body that’s familiar and a body that seems to change a little bit more every day. With all of that can come excitement, anxiety, confusion, triumph, and hope. This A to Z of what it feels like to be in the in between is something that the movie Eighth Grade captures perfectly—so perfectly, in fact that it can bring back some emotional memories for moviegoers who’ve already lived through this moment of life.  READ MORE

A NEW WAVE OF EQUITABLE ACCESS TO PERIOD PRODUCTS

LIFEIn January, New York State governor Andrew Cuomo made a big announcement: all public schools in the state would have access to free pads and tampons for girls in grades 6 – 12. On a nation scale, it’s a pretty progressive move: New York is one of the only states in country to enact such a law, behind only California and Illinois. READ MORE

THE PINK TAX

BODYDespite that the average American woman still makes 80% of the salary that her male coworkers make, our cost of living is not 80% of a man’s. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: U.S News and World Report says that women are spending 48% more on toiletries than men are. READ MORE

ENDING PERIOD POVERTY IN SCOTLAND

LIFEOn May 29, 2018, the Scottish government decided to offer free period products to low-income women nationwide. The move is part of an expanded pilot that had been tested in just one city, Aberdeen, over the last year.  READ MORE

ON KOREAN DIVERS AND FEMINIST CHEESE

LIFEWhat does the future of work look like for women? For centuries, what’s classified as “women’s work” has been up for debate, changed definitions, and caused controversy and it doesn’t seem like that has any chance of slowing down in this decade. From working on farms, to working in factories, to working in the home, to filling in on “men’s jobs” during World War II when many men were at war, women have really done it all. READ MORE

The Case for Answering E-mails on Your Own Time

Life"Sorry for the delayed response!" is how so many of us start our emails to people whom we're actually responding to in a perfectly reasonable amount of time. READ MORE