Esther Bergdahl
Esther Bergdahl

Esther is the copy chief at Mic. She has degrees from the University of Chicago and the Medill School of Journalism, which means she has a lot of feelings about both Shakespeare and Studs Terkel.

July 16, 2015

'Ant-Man' Is Less Feminist in 2015 Than It Was in 1963

Marvel's newest movie has no time for one of its best characters.

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June 2, 2015

Meet the Real-Life Tony Stark Whose Tech Is Changing the World

You're going to be like Iron Man in a couple of years. This man is why.
May 4, 2015

9 Portraits of Marvel Super Fans Shatter Stereotypes of Comic Book Nerds

Here's who you meet waiting in line for a 24-hour Marvel marathon.
Jan. 6, 2015

The Kick-Ass Female Superhero We've Been Waiting for Is Finally Here

Sexism is no match for a good story.
July 23, 2014

The Crisis in Gaza Is Creating Horrifying Backlash for Jews Around the World

This is no way to react to the escalating conflict.
June 6, 2014

Stephen Colbert Perfectly Explains Why We Should All Boycott Amazon

Colbert Nation is coming for the world's largest online retailer.

April 21, 2014

The 10 Most Frequently Banned Books and Why You Should Read Them

There's nothing harmful about any of these reads.
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April 21, 2014

22-Year-Old Hero Died While Saving Passengers on the Sinking South Korean Ferry

Even as the water filled up to her chest, she was passing out life jackets.
April 21, 2014

Then-and-Now Photos of Mecca Show What's Happening to Islam's Most Sacred Site

Anyone who saw Mecca before the 90s is in for a terrible surprise today.
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April 21, 2014

Spain's "Robin Hood" Duped the Banks to Make a Big Point About Capitalism

The country's economy is in shambles, and activist Enric Duran thinks that capitalism is to blame.
April 18, 2014

A "Human Zoo" Is Opening in Norway, in the Name of Art

The project has been denounced as shock theater and sparked outrage across the country.

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April 18, 2014

How Gabriel Garcia Marquez Used His Pen to Bring Down a Powerful Banana Empire

Haven't heard of the United Fruit Company? There's a reason for that.
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April 18, 2014

The World Bank Wants to Privatize the One Thing We Can't Live Without

Putting corporations in charge of something this vital is a mistake.
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April 18, 2014

The Man Most Likely to Win Algeria's Presidential Race Has Been in Power Since 1999

It's everything that's wrong with this picture.
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April 17, 2014

Iranian Mother Stops the Execution of Her Son's Murderer, Choosing Forgiveness Instead

Faced with the option for revenge by public hanging, she decided on something different.
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April 17, 2014

Instead of Opportunity, Five McDonald's Employees Found Modern Day Slavery

Workers from Belize went to Canada for a better life, but this was the nightmare that they found instead.

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April 16, 2014

Think Ukraine Is on the Brink of Civil War? That's Because Putin Wants You To

Putin has a master plan, and the media is falling for it.
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April 16, 2014

CNN Turns a Boring Royal Visit Into a Racist Nightmare in Just 13 Seconds

Because if there's anything Americans are good at, it's finding ways to mock indigenous traditions.
April 15, 2014

Understanding the Feminist Controversy Behind 'Gone Girl'

The anticipated new Ben Affleck and David Fincher movie is already making headlines, but not for the right reasons.
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April 15, 2014

11 Beautiful Photos of Passover Being Celebrated Around the World

Wishing everyone a "Chag Sameach!"