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President Truman signs an executive order, desegregating the military of the United States...


BREAKING: Insurers say "skinny" repeal will destabilize markets and lead to "steep premium increas


Strange times, indeed.

In Denver speech, Michelle Obama urges women to seize their power while not hiding their scars

Source: The Denver Post

In her first public appearance in Colorado since leaving the White House, former first lady Michelle Obama had a message for women: Seize your power and don’t let go.

Sitting for an armchair conversation in front of 8,500 people, Obama was relaxed, personable and playful but still serious as she talked on a range of topics around education for girls, health and nutrition and female empowerment — all things she worked on as first lady — at the Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s 30th anniversary Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.

The crowd was a mix of young and old and predominately women. The event’s popularity forced organizers to open up more seats. Obama was greeted by an extended standing ovation and a few calls of “we love you.”

WFCO President and CEO Lauren Casteel commented that Obama broke a glass ceiling by becoming the first black first lady. She then asked which of the falling glass shards cut the deepest.

“The shards that cut me the deepest were the ones that intended to cut,” she said, referencing being called an ape and people talking about her bottom. “Knowing that after eight years of working really hard for this country, there are still people who won’t see me for what I am because of my skin color.”

She said she can’t pretend like it doesn’t hurt because that lets those who do the hurting off the hook.

“Women, we endure those cuts in so many ways that we don’t even notice we’re cut,” she said. “We are living with small tiny cuts, and we are bleeding every single day. And we’re still getting up.”

But Obama said women should own their scars. Referring to failure, she said those wounds hurt deeply but they heal with time. If women own their scars, they can encourage younger girls who are getting their first cuts.

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/2017/07/25/michelle-obama-speech-womens-foundation-of-colorado-30th-anniversary-denver/

Awesome! Girl Scouts Just Added 23 New STEM Badges

Source: The Mary Sue

Plenty of studies have shown that girls begin to feel excluded from STEM fields at a young age. From the overwhelmingly male portrayals in film and television to the gender-based marketing of STE-related toys, girls grow up subconsciously hearing that science and technology is not a place they inherently belong. To combat that idea and to shrink the gender gap in these fields, we have to reach girls early and make sure they see the same inclusion, the same access to opportunities as young boys.

The Girl Scouts of the USA announced today that they’re introducing 23 new badges in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as the outdoors. I have to say, I’m pretty jealous of anyone who gets to be a Girl Scout today. Check out some of these new badges:

The new badges are meant to address “the lack of exposure many girls have to STEM,” and they’re being introduced into all levels of the organization, even as early as the Daisies, the group for girls in Kindergarten and 1st grade.

To create them, the Girl Scouts have paired with other organizations like GoldieBlox, Code.org, SciStarter, and the Society of Women Engineers.

Read more: https://www.themarysue.com/girl-scouts-stem-badges/

The White House intern photo:

Well, Twit is up and attacking Lisa Murkowski on Twitter:

Countdown to the Susan Collins tweet...

'Detroit' world premiere is a rare event for the Motor City

Source: Freep

Movies don't choose Detroit anymore for their red-carpet premieres. "Detroit" is a rare exception to the rule.

Tonight's event at the Fox Theatre for the new film from Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow is the real deal, not a Midwest premiere or a casual preview screening.

It's an official world premiere with a starry guest list that includes Bigelow, Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal, John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens)," Anthony Mackie ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier" ), Jason Mitchell ("Straight Outta Compton" ) and many other emerging actors. The intense drama is based on the real-life 1967 killing of three African-American teenagers.

"Detroit" opens in limited release Friday and nationwide in 2,000-plus theaters Aug. 4, but an invitation-only crowd will get to see the film tonight, along with the red carpet arrival of the film's big names. A mix of local and national media is expected to cover the glamorous red-carpet arrivals beforehand.


The beautiful and historic Fox Theater:

Film trailers:


Senator Warren and Senator Duckworth are fighting alongside the #LittleLobbyists:


Mike Thompson (toon): It's wrong for people to get their jollies by pushing the pres. off a cliff...

New Yorker (Ellis Rosen ) cartoon:

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