In the world of media, the only thing more unlikely than a print feminist magazine surviving for 19 years and 6 months is a feminist media organization thriving for 40 or more. And that’s what we intend to do. But the 17 days ahead of us before May 31 will determine whether or not we defy the odds.
Happy Thursday. Here's what we're reading today:
• Following the New York Times' expose of working conditions in nail salons, New York is sending dozens of inspectors to salons across the state to look into their labor practices. [NPR]
Fear flooded me when my boyfriend, a 24-year-old, college-educated fella with bold freckles and an endearing spirit, told me he was planning to install upgrades on his car.
On May 1, Marvel released The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the long-awaited sequel to 2012's The Avengers. Despite earning generally positive reviews and making Marvel Studios $312 million domestically as of last weekend, it's spawned backlash for, among other things, its depiction of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow character.
Here's what we're reading this fine Wednesday morning:
• Today, the House is expected to pass a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks with very limited exceptions. The current version of the bill "still places hurdles before both rape and incest victims, still forces doctors to act against their best medical judgment, and still appears to be blatantly unconstitutional.” [RH Reality Check]
Ava DuVernay on the set of Selma. The studio reportedly went through five male directors for the film before David Oyelwo (left) strongly argued to offer DuVernay the gig.
Sexism is so deeply ingrained in Hollywood that it can feel impossible to solve.
Water is on lockdown in California—for some people more than others. Photo by Andrew Hart.
Last month, for the first time in history, California enacted mandatory limits on how much water its residents can use.
When I meet Jessica Hopper at the café attached to The Empty Bottle, Chicago’s notoriously dive-y alternative music bar, we both order root beers.
California is running dry. The drought continues to gain national attention with its fourth year of record-low rainfall.
Here's what's on our radar!
• At her commencement speech to Tuskegee University, Michelle Obama addressed the realities of being Black in the world, when folks "see just a fraction of who you really are." [Washington Post]
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