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Girl Waits With Gun Is a Period Thriller for Any Era

When Constance Kopp's family buggy gets run off the road by a silk mogul's automobile, Constance isn't out for revenge. As an unmarried woman living with her two sisters in 1914, she's only interested in getting her buggy's damages paid for. Too bad the silk mogul turns out to be a drunken louse, who definitely does not care about common decency. After all, he may or may not have kidnapped his own child. This is the … [Read More...]

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From Iraq to North Dakota: The Global Sex-Trafficking Crisis

Recent reports have surfaced about the sexual enslavement of women and girls by the so-called Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), an extremist group that has overtaken territories in Northern Iraq and Syria. Video footage appears to show ISIS men sitting around talking and laughing before they bid to purchase women and girls; price tables for purchasing women have been released by the group, showing what … [Read More...]

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One Simple Way to Move Women Closer to Equality

August 26 marked the 95th anniversary of women’s suffrage, enshrined in the 19th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Many describe this as the date women were “granted the right to vote.” Others prefer to say it’s when women “won the right to vote,” recognizing the decades of struggle it took to get that victory, full of every kind of protest and marked by government violence against women that included … [Read More...]

What You Never Learned About American History: War Edition

As American history classes threaten to erase the existence of Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan from their textbooks, the Ms. Blog thought it might be a good time to revisit the history that our schools often fail to teach us—from the systematic genocide of Native Americans to the nationalism that fuels wars. Each week, we’ll suggest books that cover topics in "hidden" history. Think of it as the history class … [Read More...]

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Who’s Behind Your Favorite TV Shows? Certainly Not Women

The Directors Guild of America (DGA) this week released its annual report on the gender and ethnicity of TV directors, and the results are less than promising for women and people of color: When it comes to directing TV, white men still vastly outnumber every other group of people. The "DGA TV Diversity Report" breaks down all types of episodic TV, including broadcast, both basic and premium cable as well as … [Read More...]

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Teen’s Collarbones Launch Controversy Over Dress Code

Stephanie Hughes, a student at Woodford County High School in Kentucky, found herself in the principal’s office on the very first day of school this year. Her crime? Exposing her collarbones. Stephanie’s mother, Stacie Dunn, arrived at the school to to find “a group of female students standing in the office due to being out of dress code also,” Dunn wrote on Facebook on August 13. “Parents are being called … [Read More...]

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We Spleen: What the AP Called Amal Clooney

Last week, three journalists—Egyptian Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste—were sentenced in Egypt to three years behind bars for their work with Al-Jazeera. The sentence was shocking, another example of the erosion of press freedom in Egypt, but the journalists are fighting back. Representing Fahmy is Amal Clooney, an esteemed human rights […]

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Women Won the Right to Vote 95 Years Ago Today

In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, the Ms. Blog is reflecting on the events of the pivotal day that secured women’s suffrage: August 26, 1920.  Twenty-six thousand, three hundred and thirty-four very long and difficult days ago, a small but brave band of suffrage pioneers declared: ” … that it is the duty of the women […]

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5 Fabulous, Feminist Sketches from Inside Amy Schumer

Fierce, funny feminist Amy Schumer has yet again taken Hollywood by storm with the release of her box office hit, Trainwreck. And it seems she’s just warming up. In the fall, Schumer will premiere the fourth season of her sketch comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer, which, as Comedy Central’s highest-rated season premier of 2013, continues to offer a fresh perspective on the historically dude-centered network. We’re […]

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Teen’s Collarbones Launch Controversy Over Dress Code

Stephanie Hughes, a student at Woodford County High School in Kentucky, … ...

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Menstrual Merchandise—For When Tampons Just Aren’t Enough

Everyone knows about pads, tampons and the Diva Cup—but the world of … ...

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Myth Busted: Women Don’t Regret Abortions

Last week, new data was published showing that more than 95 percent of … ...

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Girl Waits With Gun Is a Period Thriller for Any Era

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Straight Outta Compton and the Power of Black Women’s “Side Stories”

When director F. Gary Gray chose to cut the scene depicting rap … ...

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Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You

The following is excerpted from Donna Decker's new novel, Dancing in Red … ...

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One Simple Way to Move Women Closer to Equality

August 26 marked the 95th anniversary of women’s suffrage, enshrined in … ...

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I’m a Feminist, and a Sorority Girl

People often ask me, as if I’m somehow lying to them, How can you love … ...

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“Female Viagra” Approved by FDA

Yesterday, the FDA approved the first drug to treat low or absent sexual … ...

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What You Never Learned About American History: War Edition

As American history classes threaten to erase the existence of Jim Crow … ...

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Weaving Women In

The interview was supposed to be about my writing practice. But it quickly … ...

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In Honor of Women’s Equality Day: 9 Badass Suffragists

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the date in 1920 that … ...

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