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Dorothea Lange’s Unforgettable Social Truths

You don't want to miss Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which premieres this Friday, August 29, on PBS's American Masters series. You probably know Lange's work from her photograph "Migrant Mother," taken in 1936 at a pea picker's camp in Nipomo, CA. The photo of a migrant working mother, stranded with children in a tent, became the most famous photograph of the Depression. This documentary by Lange's … [Read More...]

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California Steps Up for Sexual Assault Survivors

Reports have consistently shown that 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual violence at some point during their university careers, and more attention has been paid to the crisis in recent months. The Obama administration has taken action to combat campus rape, and California is doing its part to move the needle as well. On Monday, the Golden State, which has shown itself to be a leader in these efforts, took … [Read More...]

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On Women’s Equality Day, ALL Lives Matter

Today, we join thousands of women across the country to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted women the right to vote. Ending those restrictions created pathways for women to have a say in the decisions that shape our futures. A robust women’s movement moved Congress in 1971 to designate August 26 as Women’s Equality Day. The movement challenged Congress to make … [Read More...]

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Sounding the Alarm on Campus Rape

Bloomberg News took the campus sexual assault backlash to a new low last week with a piece describing how "hook-up culture" is on the decline at elite colleges now that there's a heightened awareness of sexual assault on campuses. The focus of the article is the "burden" male students carry as a result of new interest in the campus rape epidemic. So what is the burden that is so heavy it warrants an entire … [Read More...]

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Beyonce at the VMAs: Feminist and Flawless

  If you missed the MTV Video Music Awards last night, there was only one image you really needed to see: Beyoncé literally putting the spotlight on feminism. And seeing the word FEMINIST emblazoned on a huge screen behind the singer was a galvanizing sight to behold. The millions of people who tuned into the VMAs last night found out what we at Ms. already knew: Beyoncé has been building up her feminist … [Read More...]

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“Boyhood” Is Also a Film About Motherhood

Richard Linklater’s film Boyhood has been widely praised for its innovative approach and its ability to handle a sweeping topic (growing up) largely without sentimentality. The movie is filmed over the course of 12 years, using the same cast and whatever cultural backdrop was handy in Texas at the annual time of filming. For instance, when the Harry Potter film came out, the children of Boyhood were at the right age to … [Read More...]

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We Heart: Playboy’s “Should You Catcall Her?” Flowchart

We know what you’re thinking: “You heart PLAYBOY?! Oh no, Ms., you’ve lost all your feminist cred.” But hear us out! Playboy.com published an infographic earlier this week that, on first glance, seems typical of the historically sexist publication. However, further investigation revealed the graphic to be delightfully—and surprisingly—feminist. The first part of the graphic, pictured below, certainly […]

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We Heart: Taylor Swift’s Overdue Feminist Awakening

The growing club of feminist celebrities welcomed its latest member over the weekend when Taylor Swift, after years of side-stepping the label, came out as a feminist. In an interview with The Guardian, the country-pop singer put all doubts about her feminism to rest: As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist […]

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Dorothea Lange’s Unforgettable Social Truths

You don't want to miss Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, which … ...

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Sounding the Alarm on Campus Rape

Bloomberg News took the campus sexual assault backlash to a new low last … ...

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Honoring History’s Forgotten Women, One-Too-Many Chardonnays At A Time

There's something strangely empowering about hearing that Mary Dyer, the … ...

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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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Where Women Fill More Than 50 Percent of Government Seats

We always talk about the fact that in order to really change attitudes and … ...

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Virginia Woolf in Sangrur: A Stitching Center of One’s Own for Impoverished Farm Women

Expounding on “women and fiction” (and indeed the several fictions … ...

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Steubenville and Girls’ Futures

Remember when the mainstream media wrung their hands over Steubenville, … ...

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Feminism Is Not Just About Women’s Oppression

A community in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, continues to … ...

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Justice for Renisha McBride

Justice was carried out for the late Renisha McBride Thursday when a jury … ...

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California Steps Up for Sexual Assault Survivors

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On Women’s Equality Day, ALL Lives Matter

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5 Ways to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

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