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Planning Ahead: Cecile Richards steps down from Planned Parenthood

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Cecile Richards, the eldest daughter of former Texas Governor Ann Richards, has chosen to step down as President of Planned Parenthood. She has been in charge of the nonprofit organization since 2006. Richards has overseen all decisions for the organization and has played a big part in advocating for reproductive rights. She hasn’t announced what…

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Acting Up: These young women have used their careers to impact the media community

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In honor of women’s history month, here are some young women who use the platform of social media to advocate for inclusivity, feminism, equality, and diversity. Through their work of incorporating activism into their acting, the following girls have continued to stand out above other celebrities in their field. Yara Shahidi: Best known for her…

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March for our lives: Details on the upcoming national walkout

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After the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Florida, students across the country have been inspired to take charge, and many groups are planning to lead their own gun control protests. One established nationwide walkout is on April 20, 2018. The exact information on what time it will take place and where the students will walk…

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March Matters: Shedding Light on remarkable affairs that occur this month

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March is filled with lots of fun springtime events, along with some more serious celebrations that often don’t get commemorated. Here are some noteworthy events that you can observe throughout the month of March. All month- Women’s history month Women’s history month was first celebrated in March 1987 and is recognized as a month to…

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Women’s History Month: Celebrating the fight for equality since 1994

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Suffragettes on the picket line in front of the White House in 1917. Suffragettes fought for the equal right to vote between men and women. Photo provided by Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. President Ronald Reagan authorized the proclamation of the observance of “National Women’s Week” starting March 7, 1981. However, that week…

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Break the Bank: College students and paying off tuition

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College tuition has consistently risen the past few years. One year of attending a four-year public university can be around $20,000, and can begin to go over that amount when out-of-state tuition is factored in. The average cost of attending a private university gets even higher, being $34,740 a year. Around five years ago the…

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When It’s Off: What does a United States government shutdown look like?

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The Austin Capital Building, built in 1885, serves as the chambers for the Texas Legislature, the Governor’s office, and a popular Austin tourist site. Tuesday, January 23rd ended a three-day government shutdown,, the first to occur in 2018. The last shutdown took place in 2013, ending on October 17th after lasting for three weeks. These…

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Break the Bank: College students and paying off tuition

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College tuition has consistently risen the past few years. One year of attending a four-year public university can be around $20,000, and can begin to go over that amount when out-of-state tuition is factored in. The average cost of attending a private university gets even higher, being $34,740 a year. Around five years ago the…

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It’s hot in here: Confusion around global warming

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The last week of 2017, the East coast experienced record low temperatures, and on December 28, 2017 Donald Trump tweeted: “In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record,” Trump tweeted. “Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries,…

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Fire, Fury, and the Faculty of Donald Trump: What the latest White House exposé reveals about the attitude of the Trump presidency

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Filled with the personal accounts of White House aides, staff and sometimes Trump himself, Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” provides an all-access pass to what Wolff calls “The most extraordinary political storm since Watergate.” Despite being referred to as the “Trump tell-all book,” Wolff exposes something much larger and more disturbing than Donald J. Trump…

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Hypocritical Hollywood: Stars pick and choose when to support movements

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During the most recent Golden Globes, many stars showcased how supportive they really are. The majority of attendees wore black along with “Time’s Up” pins in order to highlight the sexual misconduct that has occurred within the community. Woody Allen, Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein are some of the major names amongst the group of…

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In a year: Reflecting on growth since Trump’s inauguration

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A little over a year ago, I was preparing for Trump’s inauguration after he was elected President of the United States. After being filled with raw emotion, I poured my heart into an editorial speaking about what I hoped was to come. In the year since Trump’s inauguration, I’ve noticed a downfall in our society…

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