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Writing from the Perspective of Characters in Marginalized Populations

As writers, we have the ability to create any character we want in our stories. Whether it’s a lumberjack with one eye or a traveling physician with a fear of airplanes, we have the creative power to choose what personality quirks and details about their backstory make them who they are.

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The Disability March Allows People With Disabilities To Protest Trump's Presidency, No Matter Where They Are

Although the Women's March is going to be awesome, the reality is that not everyone can jump on a bus and head to Washington, D.C β€” and it's particularly difficult for people with mobility issues or other health conditions.

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Dating With a Disability - The New York Times

Women with disabilities often begin to date much later in life, and they struggle in a dating culture that places a premium on physical appearance.

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"Put Her On The Map" Hilariously & Powerfully Makes The Case For Why More Landmarks Should Be Named After Women β€” VIDEO

It's no secret that women are underrepresented in many facets of society including public office, STEM fields, and Hollywood. Adding to the problem is the fact that the names of geographical landmarks usually honor famous and accomplished men instead of women.

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We've Been Talking About Serge Kovaleski All Wrong

If you didn't know who Serge Kovaleski is a year or two ago, chances are you do now, thanks to Donald Trump.

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Disney Princesses Going To The OB-GYN During Trump's Presidency Show How Devastating A Repeal Of the Affordable Care Act Will Be

A new art project created by activist Danielle Sepulveres and illustrator Maritza Lugo features Disney Princesses going to the OB-GYN during Trump's presidency. The project shows how well-known characters like Pocahontas and Belle would likely be affected in an America where the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

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I Was A Disabled Student Educated In The Public School System & Betsy DeVos Doesn't Understand The Needs Of Disabled Kids In Public Schools

A few days ago, I picked up the phone and called a senator for the first time in my life to explain why, as a former disabled student educated in public schools, I highly opposed Betsy DeVos for U.S. Secretary of Education.

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"On A Plate" Comic By Toby Morris Explains Exactly How Privilege Works

Privilege can be a complicated issue, but one illustrator has created a comic that explains privilege in an easily understood way. In a recent comic titled "On A Plate," New Zealand-based artist Toby Morris juxtaposes the lives of two kids and their respective upbringing, showing how their circumstances at home led to vastly different milestones in adulthood, from education to careers.

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US-based educational leaders learn about Chinese schools

With Mandarin as one of the leading languages in the world, many educational groups are making an effort to promote cross-cultural cooperation between schools in China and the rest of the world.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Reply To The Little Girl Who Dressed Up As Her For Superhero Day Is Everything

During one of the happier moments of 2016 in late December, a mother from Maryland posted photos of her 8-year-old daughter, Michele, who had dressed up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Superhero Day at school

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What Is The President's Oath Of Office? On Inauguration Day, Donald Trump Will Make A Promise To America

In just a few days, Donald Trump is going to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America. Like every president-elect who's appointed to the White House, he will attend an official inauguration ceremony and recite the Oath of Office. But what is the president's Oath of Office, exactly?

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Who Is Viola Desmond? The Civil Rights Activist Will Adorn Canada's $10 Bill

She's a woman of color who fought against racial discrimination in Nova Scotia, and now she's about to be the face of Canada's $10 bill.

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The Modern Love Club Offers Feminist Matchmaking & Proves That Anyone Can Find Happiness

Modern dating is tough, no doubt about it. Hurdles like hookup culture and heteronormativity can make finding a partner difficult and time-consuming. But what if I told you that feminist matchmaking exists, and it's actually pretty fantastic? That's the drive behind the Modern Love Club.

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Paris Is Selling Love Locks From The Pont Des Arts To Support Refugees

Paris is often known as the City of Love. Now, city authorities are hoping to spread that love by selling "love locks" on the Pont des Arts in Paris starting in early 2017 and using the money to help refugees who have settled in the city.

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Should You Store Ketchup In The Fridge? People Have Strong Feelings About This Condiment's Storage Rules

There's nothing better than a huge dollop of tangy, sweet-and-sour ketchup and mayonnaise swirled together over a plate of sweet potato tots (yum!) β€” but as it turns out, even amidst all of the political drama going on in the world right now, ketchup is doing a pretty good job stirring up controversy all by itself.