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25-year-old Shu Lam may have found a way to fight drug-resistant bacteria

Shu Lam, a 25-year-old doctoral student at the University of Melbourne, is developing a way to fight superbugs without antibiotics. Utilizing star-shaped polymerized peptides called SNAPPs, scientists can “physically [disrupt] or [break] apart the cell wall of the bacteria.” But wait it gets better, SNAPPs also improve upon another major downside of antibiotics.

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The white interviewer rudely asked this woman “why are you here?” on the news. I bet he regrets it.

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Emily Temple-Wood, a biology major at Loyola University, started WikiProject Women Scientists in 2012 in an attempt to combat the sweeping underrepresentation of women in the annals of scientific discovery.

The trolls soon descended, but instead of retaliating in kind, Temple-Wood and the followers she’s acquired write a biography on a woman who’s made a valuable contribution to science for every hateful message she receives. It turns out, her efforts are desperately needed.

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For the First Time in U.S. Political History, Two Trans Women Win Major-Party Primaries

Two transgender women made American political history yesterday when voters in Utah and Colorado elected them to run for spots in Congress next fall. The women — Misty K. Snow and Misty Plowright (yes, they’re both named Misty) — will represent the Democratic party against tea-party Senator Mike Lee and Representative Doug Lamborn, respectively.

Both candidates won by wide margins — Snow beat her opponent by almost 20 points, and Plowright won more than 13,000 votes while her rival received about 9,600. According to Politico, both candidates face “uphill battles” for their respective congressional seats, as Plowright’s district in Colorado is one of the most conservative in the state, and Utah is, well, Utah.

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Leaked Apple emails reveal sexist, toxic work environment (EXCLUSIVE)

According to Apple’s most recent diversity report, women make up 32% of its global workforce. About a dozen of those women wrote on a recent email thread, shared with Mic by an Apple employee, in which they commiserated on their experiences working in a company dominated by men.

The thread includes stories of discrimination, workplace harassment, being passed over for promotions, fear of retaliation — and worst of all, nothing being done about it.  Those who remain at the company continue to report toxic environments and incidents, hopeful that they will be resolved. Others, frustrated by a lack of change, resort to quitting. At least one woman is taking even more action.

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“The pay gap does not affect all women the same way.”

Aug. 23 is Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks the additional time it takes for black women to earn what white men earn in a year. To put it simply, it takes 20 months for a black woman to earn the same wages as a white man earns in 12.

According to the Center for American Progress, black women earn about 60% of what white men earn. The percentage is strikingly low in comparison to the 79% wage difference when grouping all women together. 

Fusion contextualized the wage disparities by doing the math for some of the richest and most famous black women, like Beyoncé and Halle Berry. 

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#SayHerName: why Kimberlé Crenshaw is fighting for forgotten women
More than 70 black women have died at the hands of the police in the past three years. Professor and activist Crenshaw, who coined the term ‘intersectionality’ in the 1980s, is determined they will not be forgotten
By Homa Khaleeli

When she speaks at public meetings, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw has a trick. She asks everyone to stand up until they hear an unfamiliar name. She then reads the names of unarmed black men and boys whose deaths ignited the Black Lives Matter movement; names such as Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin. Her audience are informed and interested in civil rights so “virtually no one will sit down”, Crenshaw says approvingly. “Then I say the names of Natasha McKenna, Tanisha Anderson, Michelle Cusseaux, Aura Rosser, Maya Hall. By the time I get to the third name, almost everyone has sat down. By the fifth, the only people standing are those working on our campaign.”

The campaign, #SayHerName, was created to raise awareness about the number of women and girls that are killed by law enforcement officers. For Crenshaw – who coined the term “intersectionality” in the 1980s to describe the way different forms of discrimination overlap and compound each other – it is a brutal illustration of how racism and sexism play out on black women’s bodies.

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Muslim women are firing back at Trump with #CanYouHearUsNow.

In his ongoing feud with Khizr Khan, Donald Trump has suggested that his wife, Ghazala, was not allowed to speak on stage at the DNC because of her faith. (For the record, Ghazala has said she chose not to because she gets too emotional thinking about her dead son.) 

In response Muslim women are showing Trump they are anything but silent and asking #CanYouHearUsNow. As one Twitter user wrote, a Muslim women has “done more good for the world before turning 21 than [Trump will] do in 3 lifetimes.”

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This woman’s coworkers threw her a party to celebrate her coming out as trans!

Zoe Knox is a transgender woman who came out to her wife in July 2015. She and her wife have three kids – including a trans daughter – and she continued coming out to her family and friends slowly since then. 

In March, she came out at work via an email to her colleagues. She says she immediately received more than 70 emails of support from coworkers. Then, after she came back to work the Monday after Easter, she found that her coworkers had thrown her a party to celebrate her identity. They’d written her notes of encouragement and already gotten her a new nameplate. 

In a time where trans people face astoundingly high rates of workplace discrimination, inequality and harassment, this is such a breath of fresh air. Congratulations, Zoe, on both your big announcement and your awesome coworkers.

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Simone Manuel becomes the first black female swimmer to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.

Simone Manuel became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal in an individual swimming event when she she pulled off a stunning upset victory in the women’s 100-meter freestyle race Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.

Twitter users were quick to applaud Manuel’s pioneering accomplishment. Of course, this wasn’t even her first big win of the week.

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First Trans Woman Featured On The Cover Of Women's Running

Amelia Gapin has just become the first transgender woman to be featured on the cover of Women’s Running magazine.

For Gapin, a passionate distance runner and the cofounder of MyTransHealth, being on the cover of Women’s Running is a testament to what the sport meant to her throughout her transition.

“Running helped me get through the mental and emotional struggles I went through while I was transitioning,” Gapin tells People. “I was able to clear my head and approach things from a much better perspective.”

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