#ICYMI: Feminist News Round-Up (September 14 – September 20, 2015)

9.20 ICYMI

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US House of Representatives Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
On Friday, the US House of Representatives voted to block all federal funding of Planned Parenthood. While this bill has little-to-no chance of actually going into effect due to opposition from President Obama and the Democratic party, this sheds light on an important political issue– a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body– which we thought was set in stone with the passing of Roe v. Wade in 1973. Needless to say, we will keep fighting until bodily autonomy is assured for all women. We Stand with Survivors, and we #StandwithPP. For more information on the vote, click here.

Photo: Vevo

Photo: Vevo

Lady Gaga Teams Up with The Hunting Ground to Raise Awareness for Campus Sexual Assault
In her haunting new music video “Til It Happens to You,” released in partnership with The Hunting Ground, Lady Gaga reveals the realities of rape taking place each and every day on college campuses. Dianne Warren, the composer of the song, stated in an interview, “I want [people] to know that they’re not alone and they’re not victims, but they’re survivors.” Part of the proceeds from the song and music video will be donated to organizations that support survivors of sexual assault. To watch the video, click here.

Tyra Banks and Chrissy Teigen

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Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks Shed Light on Fertility Issues
On a recent episode of their new talk show FABLife, models Chrissy Teigen and Tyra Banks disclose their personal struggles with infertility and discuss the pain that societal expectations have on them in this regard. Teigen stated, “I can’t imagine being that nosy to be like, ‘So, when are the kids coming?’ Because who knows what somebody’s going through? Who knows if somebody’s struggling to have children?” So many people are unaware that the expectation for women to be mother’s can be very emotionally and personally detrimental– we are so grateful that Teigen and Banks decided to speak out on the issue. To watch the full clip, click here.


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