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Melissa Prax

Culture Reporter

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Chef José Andrés handing out meals
World Central KitchenU.S.

Local Ingredients Are Key To Chef José Andrés' Disaster Relief Meals

Digital mashup of women human rights defenders
AWID / Vienna RyeU.S.

This Tribute Remembers Women Human Rights Defenders

record with music notes
Francesca Cappa / CC by 2.0U.S.

Sexist or Feminist? 'Baby It's Cold Outside' Bans Polarize Listeners

Bus tour promoting Equal Rights Amendment in Virginia
Facebook / VA ratify ERAU.S.

Campaign Eyes Virginia As Next State To Ratify Equal Rights Amendment

People in an office

What Happens When Toxic Masculinity Goes Unchecked In The Workplace

Ethiopia's first female president
Twitter / @fitsumaregaaWorld

Ethiopia's New Prominent Female Political Leaders Could Signal Shift

Chicago police line
Andrew Seaman / CC BY-ND 2.0U.S.

A Look At Intersection Of Police Brutality And Disability In The US

A woman explains a graph
WOCInTech / CC By 2.0U.S.

This Study Explored What Happens When A Workplace Has Only One Woman

People walk in Central American migrant caravan
Getty ImagesU.S.

This Is The Organization Backing The Central American Migrant Caravan

A photo mashup of Colin Kaepernick and Rihanna
Getty ImagesU.S.

As A Nod To Kaepernick, Rihanna Reportedly Won't Perform At Super Bowl

A Chicago police dash cam from Aug. 13, 2017
Civilian Office of Police AccountabilityU.S.

Video Shows Off-Duty Officer Shooting Black Teen Who Has Disability

A girl in India who was recently married
Getty ImagesU.S.

How The American Wedding Industry Is Taking On Child Marriage

A group of people at the Forced From Home exhibit
Médecins Sans Frontières / Elias WilliamsU.S.

This Interactive Exhibit Is Teaching Americans About Displacement

Tina Tchen
Newsy / Madeline CarlU.S.

Tina Tchen Of Time's Up On Eradicating Workplace Harassment

Brett Kavanaugh during a confirmation hearing
Getty ImagesPolitics

The Time's Up Approach To High-profile Assault Allegations

South Carolina coast amid storm
Getty ImagesSci/Health

South Carolina Inmates Won't Be Evacuated. Here's Why.

Iraqi girls meet for visual storytelling workshop
International Committee of the Red CrossWorld

Girls In Iraq Learn To Tell Their Stories Through Photography

Reimagined illustrations of Marvel's Dust character
Sara AlfageehU.S.

This Illustrator Gave Marvel's Dust Character A Realistic Makeover

Fred Martins' portraits of Rosa Parks and Muhammad Ali
Fred MartinsWorld

Artist Pays Homage To Black Activists With Afro Comb Portraits

People in Saudi Arabia
Getty ImagesWorld

Saudi Arabia Has History Of Executions, But One Case May Make History

Students protest in Bangladesh

How Women Impacted The Bangladeshi Student Movement For Safe Roads

Women protest in Tunisia
Equality Now / Chedly Ben IbrahimPolitics

Tunisia's Push For Women's Rights Now Focuses On Inheritance Laws

A message that Apple's Siri doesn't understand
Newsy / Sarah GirouxTech

This Project Is Battling Bias In Speech Recognition

students in Bangladesh during a protest

Why Students In Bangladesh Are Enforcing Traffic Safety Rules

Plastic straws
Horia Varlan / CC By 2.0U.S.

Why Plastic Straw Bans Aren't Inclusive

A woman chants during a Hindu celebration
Newsy / Andrew ShaferWorld

Hindu Celebrations Honor Various Deities But Have Commonalities

Garment factory workers in Myanmar
Getty ImagesWorld

A Look At The Persistent Gender Based Violence In Sweatshops

a baby being breastfed
myllissa / CC by-SA 2.0World

One Of The Latest Breastfeeding Controversies Was Fueled By The US

former Sudanese child bride, Noura

How A Jailed Teen Sparked Discussion On Child Marriage And Rape

Founder of Picking Me Foundation
Newsy / Madeline CarlU.S.

Living With And Embracing A Skin-Picking Disorder