On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's all the feminist news on our radar today:

chart showing that poverty rates are higher for women and people of color than white men

• Fifty years after America launched "the war on poverty," 70 percent of people in poverty in the country are women and children. [The Atlantic, chart via NWLC

• The Obama administration announced five "Promise Zones" that will be the first targets of new federal anti-poverty initiatives: San Antonio, Philadelphia, LA, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. [Guardian] 

• NPR hosted an interesting discussion about internet harassment of women, "When Haters Do More than Just Hate." [NPR] 

• In addition to hiring Sasheer Zamata this week as its first black female performer in six years, Saturday Night Live hired two black female writers who the show found through recent auditions. [Colorlines] 

• Meryl Streep gave a great little speech at a big film industry gala ragging on Walt Disney and celebrating Emma Thompson as a "radbid, man-eating feminist, like I am." [Vanity Fair] 

• There have been some major characters with physical disabilities in mainstream TV shows and movies recently (like Breaking Bad's Walter Jr.), but writer Alice Hewitt points out that they are almost all white, cisgender men. [Disability Intersections] 

"Hating black hair starts young," says writer Sesali Bowen—just look at criticism of Beyonce and Jay Z's child. [Feministing] 

• Spurred by hacker Crystal Beasley, women in tech and other nerdy fields are sharing their stories on the Twitter hashtag #mynerdstory. [Skinny White Girl]  

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by Sarah Mirk
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Sarah Mirk is Bitch Media's online editor. She's interested in gender, history, comics, and talking to strangers. You can follow her on Twitter

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