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The Feminist Children’s Book You’ve Been Searching For

Your child's library—and, if we're being honest, your own library—has been lacking until now. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History...and Our Future, a new feminist alphabet book written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, introduces young readers to a group of remarkable women who have left an indelible mark on society. With vibrant illustrations, … [Read More...]

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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: May

Ms. May   The life they tell of May is a mistake. They simply wanted her to love a man she didn’t. Skewed her voice to fit their plan. Left May alone with her peculiar ache. A “girlie calendar” makes one think of men’s lockers, walls of auto repair shops or a military barracks: They’re typically collections of nude or scantily dressed women in provocative poses, designed for the male … [Read More...]

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6 Feminist TV Shows You Can Watch Right Now

Sick of male protagonists saturating your television screen? It wouldn't surprise us. Studies show that female characters in television shows only make up less than 40 percent of speaking roles—and when they do, those roles are too often trope-saturated, hypersexualized caricatures of real women. But the last couple of years have brought us a handful of series that showcase strong, smart women in a wide variety of … [Read More...]

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How to Defuse Police Violence

As the crisis continues to unfold in Baltimore and in communities across the country, it becomes increasingly clear that hiring the right types of police officers is imperative to improving police-community relations. In the Winter 2015 issue of Ms., I outlined why hiring more women officers would go a long way to reducing police violence. Below, find out how women can change a law enforcement culture that currently … [Read More...]

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Inside the Supreme Court’s First Day of Marriage Equality Hearings

I got to the Supreme Court to hear arguments for and against marriage equality early Tuesday morning, but the crowds were already everywhere—outside as well as in various lines snaking throughout the court. Bag and coat safely in a locker, I made my way into the gallery. The court was packed as the clerk shouted out his familiar Oyez, Oyez. The first of the cases was called, and the lawyer for the petitioners from … [Read More...]

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A Black Mother’s Love (or What Love Looks Like in Public)

Reprinted with permission from Crunk Feminist Collective I planned to write a blog about the unconscionable, inconsolable injustice that is plaguing the black community right now. I was going to write about how black lives matter (always have, always will), how condemning black folk for hurting, and calling them animals and savages for being treated like animals and savages, is just that bullshit disguised as being … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Activists Stage #BlackWomenMatter Marches

Baltimore Chief Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby charged six officers today in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died last month from a spinal cord injury while in police custody. But while justice may be served in Gray’s case, activists are raising awareness about another group who experience police brutality but rarely […]

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NEWSFLASH: New Legislation Would Protect Military Whistleblowers

On Thursday, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) along with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would protect military whistleblowers who come forward with allegations of sexual assault and other wrongdoing. The Legal Justice for Servicemembers Act is similar to a bill drafted by Boxer in the 80s, the […]

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Actor and Feminist Jayne Meadows Dies at 95

Actor Jayne Meadows, who performed in Broadway, television and film productions from the 1940s on, died Sunday of natural causes at her Encino, California home. She was 95. Meadows was an ardent feminist who portrayed women in many empowered roles. When her husband, the original Tonight Show host, Steve Allen, launched a PBS series in 1977 entitled Meeting […]

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In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding

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Dove’s Real Beauty Isn’t

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TSA Ends Practice of Racially Profiling Black Women

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The Feminist Children’s Book You’ve Been Searching For

Your child's library—and, if we're being honest, your own library—has … ...

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Subverting the “Girlie” Calendar: May

Ms. May   The life they tell of May is a mistake. They simply … ...

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How Ex Machina Fails to be Radical

Reprinted with permission from Skirt Collective I am going to admit: Ex … ...

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Sen. Patty Murray: A Champion for Paid Sick Days

The Healthy Families Act has a new sponsor, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), … ...

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The Great Last-Name Debate

Here is a fun experiment for you to try on your husband-to-be. Ask him if … ...

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A Black Mother’s Love (or What Love Looks Like in Public)

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Jennifer Dulski: Leading on Paid Parental Leave

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder … ...

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