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Why Are Military Women Affected by Toxic Exposure More than Men?

Jonathan Sharp The fact that medical professionals seldom ask women whether they served in the military upon assigning them a diagnosis is just one of the reasons why many female veterans fail to receive the healthcare they need. Across the United States, there are between 450 and 500 military bases,…

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Mom, I Always Knew You Were a Lesbian

Today, on #LesbianVisibilityDay, I recall how I collected the courage to become authentic. It had been six years since I delicately disclosed to my teenage son that I was dating a woman for the very first time. But my surprise announcement was quickly eclipsed by his sardonic response. “Mom, I…

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Disability Discrimination: Innocent but Blatant

The feeling of separation hurt me; I saw myself as capable, intelligent and equal, and that this odd leg should be a characteristic that was overlooked… To read more visit: Women’s eNews Women’s eNews is a partner of the ERA Coalition and the Fund for Women’s Equality. For more stories like…

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What is Women’s Health? It’s More Than You Think

When we hear “women’s health,” we should picture everything from the food labels that warn us about the hidden, unhealthy. When you hear “women’s health,” your mind is likely drawn to maternal, sexual and reproductive health. But women’s health is shaped by so much more. It’s shaped by the environment they live in, the food…

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Texas Abortion Ban Endangers Victims of Sexual Violence

When a woman does not have control over her own body, she no longer has control over her own life. Abusers know this, which is why they want power over reproductive choice. As a human rights activist based in Austin, Texas, I’ve spent over a decade advocating for survivors of…

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Sexual Harassment in High School: When Saying “No” is Not Enough

He didn’t care about my consent. He didn’t care about my feelings. To him, I wasn’t a person worthy of respect. My name is Hannah Downing. I live in San Antonio, Texas. I just completed my senior year of high school. I was a drum major for my high school’s…

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Saying Goodbye to Safety: All-Female Mills College Turns Co-ed

When Kate Valente packed for college, she did not pack pepper spray. Although the lists she consulted online for female college students always included pepper spray or mace for walking around campus alone, she said to herself, “That was not something I was worried about… I feel safe here.” To…

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