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The gender pay gap in America is nothing new. In 2020, annual earnings for women in the U.S. were just 82.3% of what men earned. But in the WNBA, the disparity is especially acute.
This all-female skateboarding crew from Bolivia wears their Vans sneakers with their grandmas' polleras — colorful, layered skirts worn by the country's indigenous Aymara and Quechua people. They want to pay homage to their heritage — and call out the persecution of indigenous peoples.
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The next replenishment oiler — a ship used to refuel carrier strike groups at sea — will be named after the late Justice Ginsburg. Sadly, it won’t be called the USS Notorious R.B.G.
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Betty Reid Soskin — a.k.a. Ranger Betty has retired from the National Park Service at age 100. For years, she was the oldest active ranger in the park service, leading public programs at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.
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Actor and founder of Muslim Casting Serena Rasoul explained whe she felt compelled to create the Muslim Women On-Screen Test: "One-dimensional and, often, Orientalist portrayals of oppression tend to flatten the personhood and richness of the Muslim women in our extremely diverse community."
Albright worked to make women's issues central to American foreign policy, "not just because I'm a feminist," she said, "but because I believe that societies are better off when women are politically and economically empowered. That values are passed down, the health situation is better, education is better, there is greater economic prosperity."
Many Ukrainian women are taking up arms against the Russians. One 49-year-old mother said she enlisted "for my children and for my country." Her reaction to learning how to fire a weapon at boot camp: "Easier than making borscht!"
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If Ari Wegner wins for "Power of the Dog," she'll be the first woman to take home the Academy Award for cinematography. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at how she filmed the movie.
Since at least the 14th century, boys have had bar mitzvah services. But girls didn't have an equivalent rite of passage. But the first American Bat Mitzvah didn't happen until 1922, when Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan bat mitzvahed his daughter, Judith, at New York City's Society for the Advancement of Judaism.
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A group of archaeologists and paleontologists noticed the women of their field were being forgotten. So they made the Trowelblazers, an archive featuring female achievement in the "digging sciences."
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Today, as the pandemic wanes, the number of Black-owned businesses in the U.S. is currently around 30% above pre-pandemic levels. That growth is being driven by Black women.