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Benedict Cumberbatch is working as both an actor and a producer to fight gender inequality

Image: Michelle Quance/Variety/REX/Shutterstock If you have a role for Benedict Cumberbatch but his female co-stars aren’t receiving equal pay, he’s going to say no. The Doctor Strange and Sherlock star is using his sizable platform to push for positive, necessary change. He said as much in a recent interview with Radio Times, during which he articulated his thoughts on gender equality very clearly. SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about Equal Pay Day “Equal pay and a place at the table are the central tenets of feminism,” he said.…

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Microsoft is switching from a gun emoji to a water pistol, too

Finally, consistency, and safety.Image: emojipedia Cross-platform consistency, and gun sense, has taken hold in the emoji universe. Microsoft announced on Friday that it will be switching its gun emoji to a water pistol. The change came two days after Google rolled out an update that replaced its gun emoji with the colorful water pistol toy. Facebook also confirmed to Emojipedia on the day of the Google update that it was in the process of making the switch, too.  SEE ALSO: Everyone (except Microsoft) is using the water pistol emoji now…

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March For Our Lives drew 800,000 protesters — more than a certain someone’s inauguration

Image: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Facts don’t lie. That’s as true now as it was at Donald Trump’s January 2017 inauguration. The estimated turnout at the March For Our Lives demonstration in Washington, D.C. falls at around 800,000. That data point comes from official connected to the demonstration’s organizers, speaking to NBC. SEE ALSO: Emma Gonzalez’s March For Our Lives speech will go down in history It’s also a significantly higher number than earlier forecasts had predicted.

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The NRA tweeted a photo of an AR-15 while students nationwide walk out of school to protest AR-15s

Image: Max Herman/ Getty Images The NRA had a pretty tactless response to the National School Walkout on Wednesday.  March 14 marks one month since the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. that left 17 people dead, and students nationwide are walking out of classes to honor those who died and protest gun violence.   On a day being used to remember children killed by an AR-15, the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun lobbying group, tweeted a photo of an AR-15 with the caption, “I’ll control my own guns, thank…

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Jimmy Fallon to join student-led gun control protest: ‘This is a real revolution’

Jimmy Fallon will join March for Our Lives, a student-led protest for school safety and gun control, on March 24 in Washington, D.C. The Tonight Show host addressed the shooting at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Monday night, in the first episode of the show since the tragic event. Fallon took a moment to acknowledge those lost, and also the students who survived the shooting. “What they had to live through, and what they have to live with, is something that I can’t even imagine,” he said. Fallon…

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Gun control groups take out powerful ad in the New York Times naming NRA-funded politicians

Students protest for gun control outside the White House on February 19, 2018.Image: CQ-Roll Call, Inc./getty images The New York Times has “all the news that’s fit to the print” — and all the ad spreads too.  Gun control groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense joined forces and purchased a two-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, listing the name of every politician in Congress who has received money from the NRA as well as their phone numbers.  .@Everytown and @MomsDemand placed…

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Three Billboards triumphs as Time’s Up dominates the 2018 Baftas

Martin McDonaghs dark comedy-drama takes home five awards in ceremony hosted for the first time by Joanna Lumley Three Billboards triumphs as Time’s Up dominates the 2018 Baftas Martin McDonaghs dark comedy-drama takes home five awards in ceremony hosted for the first time by Joanna Lumley Mark Brown, arts correspondent First published on Sun 18 Feb 2018 16.34EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Moments of solidarity with Time’s Up and Me Too at Baftas 2018 – video highlights Frances McDormand, who plays Mildred, a woman with…

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#WakandaTheVote activists are registering voters at ‘Black Panther’ screenings

=Image: alberto e. rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney It’s rare that blockbuster movies do anything to move culture forward besides make people really annoying on Twitter. Ben Shapiro rants aside, Black Panther is a lovely exception. Activists Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rukia Lumumba from the Movement for Black Lives‘ Electoral Justice Project recently launched #WakandaTheVote to help register voters at Black Panther screenings across the country.  SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know before watching ‘Black Panther’ “This weekend we wanted to meet our people in Wakanda,” the activists told…

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Why Hillary Clinton said ‘activist bitches supporting bitches’

Yes, it’s true. Hillary Clinton did say “activist bitches supporting bitches,” as other media outlets reported on Friday after a tweet from political commentator Alex Mohajer went viral.  Why? Someone who ran an activist organization named after that phrase asked her to do so during a lunch event in New York this week.  SEE ALSO: Why Hillary Clinton’s former CTO left politics for a fitness startup You can watch Clinton say it here:

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10+ Of The Best Signs From The 2018 Womens March

Proving that this movement here to stay, thousands of women turned out to voice their displeasure with the current administration in Washington D.C. and just like last year, they have made some hilariously creative and clever signs. Despite this, the protests took place peacefully and with an optimism and good humor that bodes well for future female activism. With more women now signing up for office than ever, and the rise of movements like the ‘Me Too’ campaign highlighting the insidious mistreatment of women by powerful men in Hollywood, it…

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Women’s March 2.0 did not disappoint in the sign department

One year after millions of demonstrators took to the streets in Women’s Marches around the world, it’s time for round two. And yes, everyone brought their finest signs — from the witty to the inspiring to the righteously mad. SEE ALSO: Nasty women (and men) to crowdsource ‘marching orders’ ahead of midterm elections Here are a few of the best. It’s a beautiful day to march for our rights. #WomensMarch2018 #WomensMarchDC pic.twitter.com/2RQortLwl5 — Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) January 20, 2018 Clevelanders – get down to the #WomensMarch and stand up for…

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Eliza Dushku’s awful #MeToo story should be read in full

Image: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock “When I was 12 years old, while filming True Lies, I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators.” So begins Eliza Dushku’s heart-wrenching #MeToo Facebook post, which she shared early on Saturday morning. The post goes on to relate, in great detail, the way Kramer allegedly first groomed her and then lured her to his Miami hotel near the set of the 1994 film. SEE ALSO: Oprah’s Golden Globes speech was the emotional call to action America needs It’s a graphic and…

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Barack Obama’s new PSA features Chance the Rapper and Steph Curry

Barack Obama, Chance the Rapper and Steph Curry have teamed up for an inspirational new PSA. The former President shared the new ad for his independent mentorship organisation, My Brother’s Keeper (MBK), on Christmas Eve. Obama established MBK in Feb. 2014 to address opportunity gaps facing young men of color.  “I want you to know, you matter. There is nothing, not a single thing, that’s more important to the future of America than whether or not young people all across this country can achieve their dreams,” Obama says in a…

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Here are the 2017 innovations that changed the world

Image: Morgan’s Inspiration Island; eSight; Petit Pli; Manu Prakash/Stanford 2017 may have been a rough year, but there were plenty of inventions, innovations, and gadgets that made the world just a slightly better place. From global health to social justice to humanitarian aid, a slew of scientists, technologists, and activists came together this year to create impactful solutions to some of our most pressing problems. SEE ALSO: 9 incredible ways we’re using drones for social good In no particular order, here are 30 innovations that made a tangible difference in…

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Bill Gates announces major donation to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s

Bill Gates speaks speaks at the Goalkeepers 2017 event on Sept. 20, 2017, in New York City.Image: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates just donated a piece of his fortune to advance the fight against Alzheimer’s disease. The philanthropist and Microsoft founder announced in a blog post Monday that he will give $50 million to the Dementia Discovery Fund, a public-private partnership that invests in innovative dementia research. Gates will also donate another $50 million in startups working in Alzheimer’s research. SEE ALSO:…

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