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Sweden’s Feminist Party Nearly Gets Into Parliament — And Pharrell Helps!

On Saturday, September 13, the day before the Swedish general election, the leader of the Feminist Initiative (FI) party, Gudrun Schyman, joined U.S. music superstar Pharrell Williams on stage in front of nearly 10,000 people. It was the last big political stunt in what has been called a "super election year.” For the past eight years, Sweden has been ruled by the center-right coalition Alliansen, led by the … [Read More...]

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5 Steps to Social Change Through Digital Engagement

In the past decade, I’ve had the privilege of working with some amazing women’s organizations, such as BlogHer, on digital media strategy—helping women candidates, leaders, organizers and activists to do their jobs in making positive changes globally, nationally and locally. Here are five key steps I’ve learned are essential for attaining meaningful digital engagement for the issues and campaigns we care about … [Read More...]

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The Top 5 Scariest Toxins in Your Personal-Care Products

How often do we really think about the products we slather on our faces, spray on our hair and apply to our nails? Personal-care products are such a part of our everyday lives that most use them without pause, assuming that these products are safe and regulated. In reality, the Food and Drug Administration is not legally required to test the ingredients used in cosmetic products. They don't even have the authority to … [Read More...]

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Hey Lego, Bring Back the Women Scientists!

Back in August, Lego introduced a play set unlike any they'd ever produced before: the Research Institute, a set featuring three women characters in a professional setting. The female mini-figurines—an astronomer, a paleontologist and a chemist—were each at work in their respective labs. Before these women scientists, every other female Lego character produced had been at play (for example, in a beauty shop, at the … [Read More...]

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Which Toxins Did YOU Apply Today?

The following is an excerpt from Heather White's investigative report, "Skin Deep," published in the Fall 2014 issue of Ms.  Join the Ms. community today and take a digital copy of the issue with you everywhere you go! When I was a little girl, my favorite thing to do was watch my grandmother get ready to go out. She would sit at her vanity in bright pink curlers, dab on foundation makeup, ring her eyes with … [Read More...]

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Time to End Sex-Testing of Female Athletes

When are we going to stop the nonsense of sex-testing female athletes? Because of an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) policy, Dutee Chand, an 18-year-old Indian sprinter, was blocked from competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games because her body makes too much testosterone. She has been prohibited from competing at all national and international … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

Legislators in Missouri enacted a law Wednesday requiring women seeking abortions to wait 72 hours before undergoing the procedure; there are no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) in July. Using a rare tactic, the Republican-controlled House voted […]

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NEWSFLASH: Rising Chorus Calls for NFL to Take Action on Domestic Violence

A bipartisan group of 16 women senators on Thursday, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), joined a growing chorus of voices calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Goodell has been targeted by feminists and others for failing to act appropriately when NFL players face assault charges. Earlier […]

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Dorothea Lange’s Unforgettable Social Truths

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Sounding the Alarm on Campus Rape

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Changing the World, One Girl at a Time

As a former child athlete and now dedicated fan of women’s sports, I was … ...

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Feminism in China: Risky, But Rising

This summer I taught a course on American education policy at Shaanxi … ...

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Of Ray Rice and Aunt Gracie’s Black Eyes

TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN My Aunt Gracie is one of my … ...

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How Prison Killed Sex Worker Marcia Powell

In 2009, filmmaker PJ Starr received an email from a friend bringing news … ...

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Will the NFL Ever Get it Right About Violence?

TRIGGER WARNING: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Today, the Baltimore Ravens … ...

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The Courts Aren’t Falling Into TRAPs

Two rulings last week in Texas and Louisiana prove that, at least for now, … ...

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Shout It From a Billboard: Street Harassment NOT Cool

When was the last time you saw a billboard flashing messages about consent, … ...

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California Steps Up for Sexual Assault Survivors

Reports have consistently shown that 1 in 5 college women will experience … ...

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