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The Gangsters of Ferguson

In the wake of the Department of Justice’s decision that Darren Wilson will not be charged in the killing of Michael Brown, The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates takes an in-depth look at the process the police officer was afforded—and that Ferguson’s community is not.

 

A Campaign to Put a Woman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill

In the New Yorker Vauhini Vara details the inspired objective of new non-profit Women on 20s to break the gender barrier of our dollar bill portraits. Will the U.S. have a woman on the 20 by 2020? We’ve got—what else?—$20 on it.

 

How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom

Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant had good intentions with this New York Times piece (yes, yay, gender parity), but coercing men to help with housework by promising more sex? At least Twitter ran with the hilarious #choreplay. 

 

A Letter From Black America

The Black community’s distrust of law enforcement was warranted well before the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and so many recent others caught the country’s attention. Nikole Hannah-Jones’s eye-opening Politico essay personalizes why. 

 

Women Working in Hollywood: The Numbers Are Dismal

Danielle Henderson goes deep into the dearth of females in the film industry for Fusion. Quotes from writers like DAME faves Julie Klausner and Julie Bush, together with colorful infographics paint an utterly depressing portrait.

 

Meet Lizzo, the Body-Positive Rapper Opening for Sleater-Kinney

You are guaranteed to fall in love with this Minneapolis rapper after reading this Billboard profile in which Lizzo talks about being comfortable as a big girl, hanging with Sleater-Kinney (“the chillest human beings”), and, um, WORKING WITH PRINCE.

 

Female Company President: “I’m Sorry to All the Mothers I Worked With”

Corporate exec Katherine Zaleski blew the conversation about working mothers wide open with this piece in Fortune.

 

Leonard Nimoy’s Letter to All of Us

Growing up as a bi-racial child, writer Ijeoma Oluo saw the half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock as a beacon of understanding amid a culture of prejudice. Her moving essay in Medium honors Leonard Nimoy, who we lost this week, and his legacy that goes far beyond Star Trek.  

 

Storytime with Mom: A Genealogy of Rape

DAME contributor Linda Chavers’s beautiful and wrenching essay on Gawker about her mother’s abuse at her father’s hands, and the hereditary scars of emotional and sexual trauma.

 

Photo via The Atlantic

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