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APOCALYPSE WATCH: Women Making $70 ‘Feminist’ Shirts Earned $1 Per Hour

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Ever since the days of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton to today with Glorias Steinem and Allred, feminism is something that has been necessary to help position the accomplishments of women and see them rewarded justly for what they have done.

Good times, right?

These three knobs (pictured above, left to right) are Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman, and Nick Clegg. Ed is leader of the UK’s Labor Party (or Labour, if you pardon the silent and snotty “u”). Harriet is leader of the British House of Commons. And Nick is Deputy British Prime Minister and “Lord President of the Council” because he needed a more overblown title on his business card.

They all support women’s rights, which is why they are wearing the same tee shirt. The problem, here is that they aren’t as interested in (or even aware of) the struggles of the women who actually made the clothes they’re wearing.

Not good.

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DePaul University’s Anti-Assault Campaign ‘Consent the D’ Scores a #PRFail

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And no, NCAA homers, that’s NOT for DePaul.

If you dig the DePaul University Blue Demons, then prepare to argue about this haute couture (which is not a Halloween costume). If you don’t understand the reference to DIBS (said university’s mascot’s name) or the Chicago-based institution of higher learning, then you will probably bemoan this hellacious campaign.

According to CBS Radio’s WBBM-FM 105.9 in the Windy City, “a group of DePaul students have been selling T-shirts to raise awareness of sexual assault, but the message on those shirts isn’t sitting well with some women.”

Consent the D,” double-entendre fans.

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#ChangeTheMascot Creates Most Persuasive Spot Yet (for the NFL to Ignore)

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Earlier this summer, advocacy group ChangeTheMascot.org created a PSA to make both sympathizers and opponents pay full attention to its message.

It’s 2014 and this organization is still fighting the fight to ask — or, rather, demand – that Daniel Snyder #ChangeTheMascot. You know which one we mean.

Sure, the NFL is steeped in tradition. Yes, the NFL team in Washington has embraced its name for more than 80 years. Yet life goes on, seasons change, and traditions are reconsidered. If this new PSA doesn’t make him consider the issue more carefully, then dude has some serious issues.

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Turns Out NPR Doesn’t Heart the Environment That Much After All

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This may not be breaking news, but National Public Radio (NPR) leans ever-so-slightly to the left. If someone were to poll its listeners in search of cliches, one might find a coterie of granola-eating, Democrat-having, hippie-being, skinny jean-wearing, rarely bathing (allegedly) folk.

If that “one” is not the prejudicial type, he/she might also discover that NPR is partial to good journalism and that it employs a few reporters known to evoke a love for our planet. The network even has its own division dedicated to the environment.

Or did, until a couple of days ago.

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GOOD NEWS: Elizabeth Vargas Returns to ABC Following Rehab

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This face used to be on the proverbial milk carton in the ABC News cafeteria — she’s 20/20 anchor Elizabeth Vargas.

On Halloween night, she makes her return to the show following a stint in rehab for alcoholism. Vargas, who has been brave and transparent with her addiction, has encountered some public turmoil because of this personal issue for her.

Last November, she tried to end her decades-long battle with the bottle. She did so again this past August. Unfortunately for her, the event that sparked the second trip was her husband, Marc Cohn, filing for divorce.

That’s usually what it takes: life stopping on a dime and you finally waking from the haze to pay attention to it.

I know, because I was there more than 22 years ago. It’s my birthday month: clean and sober since Oct. 20, 1992 at 10:42 a.m. (yeah, it was that bad). Many people can go to a bar, have a drink, and go back home with no problem. Good for them.

I couldn’t. Elizabeth couldn’t. And millions of people today still can’t. That’s why seeing people come back is really good news.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Called Sexist…by a 12-Year-Old Girl

giant and dicksIt’s never a good thing when a notable chain gets called out via social media, but unless a few trolls find it, the call out will usually cause little drama and vanish quickly.

A few things create a good viral customer complaint:

1. Something so strange that people just have to read it, then share it. 

2. Something so uncommon about the store that one wouldn’t suspect it to be called out.

3. Something so interesting about the customer doing the call out.

Thank goodness all those stars lined up against a chain with an unfortunate name.

A sporting goods store is accused of being sexist by a 12-year-old girl whose daddy happens to be a sports journalist.

If the sign fits…

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Former VJ Kennedy Says Young People Shouldn’t ‘Rock the Vote’

Kennedy MTVAnyone remember MTV? No, not the beleaguered reality show network of today…we mean the first music television video network.

For you young’uns out in the PRNewserverse, MTV had a gaggle of notable people known as “VJs” or video DJs. Cool, right? People like Kurt Loder, Martha Quinn, Nina Blackwood, and Alan Hunter recall the 80s in a way few things can. Following the original VJs, MTV tried to spruce up their look by hiring young Gen-Y folk like Bill Bellamy, Carson Daly, Daisy Fuentes, and some chick named Kennedy.

Today, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery is no longer commenting on the videos of yesteryear. She is on Fox Business Network co-hosting a show called “The Independents.” On that show, Kennedy drew a brain fart, forgot the days when she gave full-throated endorsements to “Rock the Vote“, and told viewers that young people should not vote when they don’t know the issues.

Bet she wants her MTV now.

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Doug Ulman Finally Moves on From Livestrong

livestrongLivestrong — a one-of-a-kind case study in branding, PR, advocacy and damage control — has lost its long-time CEO Doug Ulman.

Ulman’s 14 years at Livestrong included both a period of stunning growth fueled by Lance Armstrong’s seven Tour de France victories and the little yellow $1 bracelets that helped carry an aggressive message about beating cancer and a subsequent descent as rapid as any of Armstrong’s own Alpine passes.

Ulman will take his talents to Pelotonia, an organization in Columbus, Ohio with a very similar mission. Pelotonia is successful in its own right, having raised more than $60 million through bike rides. (The money helps fund research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.)

This is a good move for both Ulman and Livestrong, because Ulman literally gets to leave town (Austin) and put the best of what he knows to good use. The cancer community will never hold what happened in France against him, and there’s no one more experienced in managing the operations of non-profit driven by cycling.

Livestrong gets to move on too.

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Emma Watson Launches HeForShe Campaign: Fighting for Women’s Rights Isn’t ‘Man Hating’

This was a big weekend for activism. This also happened: Emma Watson, Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, helped to launch the HeForShe gender equality campaign. The campaign seeks to mobilize men in the fight for women’s rights, “[bringing] together one half of humanity in support of the other for humanity, the entirety of humanity.”

This is the second campaign we’ve seen in recent days that, while focused on an issue that has a greater impact on women, hopes to include men in a larger capacity. We support this.

Watson spoke on this, and took yet another step towards reviving the reputation of the word “feminist.”

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‘Diversity Is the New Black,’ Says Omnicom’s Tiffany R. Warren

Tiffany-Warren-articleTiffany R. Warren is Omnicom‘s senior vice president and chief diversity officer, but her work on diversity isn’t just a day job. In 2005 Warren created ADCOLOR, a non-profit devoted to promoting and paying tribute to diversity in the advertising, marketing, media, PR and entertainment industries.

For our latest So What Do You Do feature, Warren describes how ADCOLOR went from awards show to social movement, how the work of diversity officers has grown and what it takes to be an agent of change:

You have to like people. You have to like when people are hot messes and when they’re not. When they’re scared, when they fail and when they’ve failed you. You have to like every aspect of the human nature in order to be an effective change agent. We’ve had some not so good times in our industry and that’s [when] I grew the most as a professional and as a leader — during those times when people were doubting whether this industry could pull itself out of the hole of this lack of diversity.

For more from Warren, read, So What Do You Do, Tiffany R. Warren, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom Group?

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