• Michelle Obama eulogizes Maya Angelou: "Her message was very simple. She told us that our worth has nothing to do with what the world might say. Instead, she said each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory." Watch her whole eulogy above. [Huffington Post]
• Washington Post columnist George Will argues in an absurd opinion piece that statistics about sexual assault are exaggerated and that rape survivors lie about their experiences to claim a "coveted status that confers privileges." Wait, what?! [Salon]
An anti-street harassment ad on Philadelphia public transit. A new report shows that about 20 percent of street harassment aimed at women happens on public transit. Photo and ad campaign by Hollaback Philly.
As a society, we tend to brush off street harassment. Individually, when a guy hollers “nice ass!” I often roll my eyes and move on. Culturally, it feels like the institutional approach to street harassment is about the same—street harassment is so commonplace that it has rarely been the topic of systematic study. Today, organization Stop Street Harassment took a big step in raising awareness about the realities of street harassment by releasing a major study of the nature and impact of street harassment in the United States.
• Lupita Nyong has optioned the rights to Americanah, one of the 10 Best Books of the year last year, according to the New York Times Book Review. The love story centers on a young man and woman from Nigeria “who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home.” We’re looking forward to seeing how the project develops. [The Root]
• The Chicago city council unanimously passed an ordinance strengthening the Illinois law that bans videotaping in public to target “upskirting” women. Creeps can look forward to a $500 dollar fine in addition to state-mandated jail time. [Chicago Tribune]
• Foster Farms refuses to recall chicken despite a more than year-long salmonella outbreak tied to the poultry giant. The culprit is a particularly nasty strain of bacteria that has hospitalized triple the proportion of those infected in other, similar outbreaks. [NBC News]