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MOM BABY GOD: Going Undercover in the Anti-Choice Movement

Imagine heading out for a night of theater, only to end up chanting along with the rest of the audience: “We are the pro-life generation!” If you’re lucky enough to catch a performance of the currently touring MOM BABY GOD, you just might find yourself unexpectedly wrapped up in a “pro-life” slumber party, meeting all sorts of characters in this one-woman play. Actor, playwright and reproductive-rights activist … [Read More...]

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Five Feminist Poems for National Poetry Month: 3. “Invisibility Terror: a prose poem”

Feminist poets often take material for their poems from media headlines. Feminist poets often respond to and rewrite the news of the day in their poems. In “Invisibility Terror: a prose poem,” Cheryl Clarke examines the world post-9/11, making linkages between “Arab and Muslim people” and her own experiences with police officers 35 years ago when a young African-American man dropped her off on campus. By … [Read More...]

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What Women-Led Movies Can Do for Hollywood

In 2012, women made up a larger share of moviegoers than men, and yet there's a general consensus in Hollywood that women-focused films—which attract women to movie theaters—are bad for business. In fact, the myth is so pervasive that former Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov once declared that his company would stop making films with women leads altogether. But there's proof that films featuring strong women … [Read More...]

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Pigs and Prudes: Skirting the Lawyers’ Dress Code

As if passing the bar wasn't hard enough, women lawyers and law students are faced with contradictory and often unwritten dress-code rules. First of all, every court has its own set of dress expectations. For example, the Tennessee Supreme Court has rules for how long the sleeves on a woman's jacket should be. And at a 2010 Chicago Bar Association "fashion show," the Association told women never to wear pink, show … [Read More...]

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Women Journalists Shot in Afghanistan as Elections Get Underway

Two women journalists were shot in Afghanistan Friday—one fatally—while reporting on preparations for the country's upcoming election. Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer, and Kathy Gannon, an AP reporter who covered the Taliban's treatment of women and girls doggedly, were observing election workers in the eastern city of Khost when an Afghan policeman approached, yelling "Allahu … [Read More...]

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“Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?”

When I was a junior in high school, I received my first detention. My offense? Wearing jeans with holes in the knees. I had to, embarrassingly, walk around the rest of the day with duct tape covering them. Seems like a pretty ridiculous reason to be pulled out of school, right? Well, there's a similar dress-code war being waged at Haven Middle School in Evanston, Ill.: Administrators want to ban leggings—worn … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Congresswoman Announces Plan for New Campus Rape Legislation

Sexual assault is rampant on college campuses across the U.S. As we wrote in the winter/spring 2014 issue of Ms., one in five women students will be assaulted during her post-secondary career. The good news is that lawmakers are taking action to stop campus rape: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) announced earlier this month plans for federal […]

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Words from Women on Earth Day

Earth Day, also known as International Mother Earth Day,  originated in 1970 to celebrate our planet and to promote sustainable, healthy environments in communities around the world. Today, people traditionally take part in activities to honor our Mother Earth and pledge to take action in protecting our environment. Women environmentalists have often been a driving […]

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Probation for Raping a 3-Year-Old?

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“Dear Student, There’s Been A Sex Assault on Campus … “

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When Cops Rape Crime Victims

Just this month, three police officers in different cities have been … ...

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“Are My Pants Lowering Your Test Scores?”

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Make Room On the Runway For These Transgender Models

When you look at the photos from Barneys New York's recent ad campaign, … ...

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Dear Men, Here is a New Kind of Fantasy

Dear Men: Here is a new kind of fantasy. It is about a new kind of … ...

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MOM BABY GOD: Going Undercover in the Anti-Choice Movement

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Two Plays By Women, Two Worldviews

When I hear producers say, "Plays by women don't sell tickets" (and they … ...

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U.S. Army Releases “Racially Biased” Hairstyle Regulations

Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the National Guard in Georgia has always plaited her … ...

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Celebrate International Anti-Street Harassment Week!

Amy-Louise had her first experience with street harassment at the age of 13 … ...

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Where is the Next Generation of the Little Rock Nine?

September 25, 1957. The Little Rock Nine—nine black high school … ...

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