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Do Women in Muslim Countries Have More Reproductive Freedom than American Women?

When the U.S. House of Representatives voted recently to pass a law that would tighten restrictions on abortions performed after 20 weeks, it followed the lead of state legislators across the country. But U.S. legislators are bucking global trends to increase women’s rights and access to reproductive care. Every day in the U.S., restrictions are placed on women’s ability to safely terminate a pregnancy— longer … [Read More...]

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Bessie and the Musical Legacy of Black Feminism

From the written page to the streets, and even to cable TV, black feminism is hitting its stride. Not only is a black feminist theorist like Kimberlé Crenshaw changing the political landscape—first with her policy brief, "Black Girls Matter," and her article of the same name in Ms.' current issue, and later with her co-authored brief, "#SayHerName: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women," which set off a … [Read More...]

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Taking On Twitter’s Worst Trolls

Any woman who's ever been on Twitter knows harassment is de rigueur—and a new study from Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) confirms that once and for all. The study found that women on Twitter are subject to many forms of harassment, including threats of violence and revenge porn, but endure hate speech (sexist, racist and homophobic slurs) and doxxing the most. The study, which builds on a 2014 Pew Research … [Read More...]

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#SayHerName: Remembering Black Women and Girls Killed by Police

Aiyana Jones. Rekia Boyd. Tarika Wilson. Duanna Johnson. Kayla Moore. The list of black women and girls victimized by police violence stretches on endlessly. The simple act of speaking their names has power. It symbolizes a refusal to forget these women and who they were. It honors the lives they lived and the loved ones they left behind. And it is a resounding indictment of a police state where the deaths of black … [Read More...]

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Mission Possible—And Necessary and Long Overdue

If we listened to corporate lobbyists and conservative politicians, we’d spend our time dodging imaginary chunks of falling sky. Make sure all workers can earn paid sick days? Higher wages and equal pay? Protections for pregnant workers and an insurance fund so they and their partners have income when they give birth? Affordable, quality care for children and for the elderly? No way, they tell us—it’s … [Read More...]

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This Is What a Feminist Looks Like

On Monday night, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) held its 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women's Rights Awards honoring showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan. The organization recognized the two women for changing the face of media and presenting female characters who defy stereotypes and reflect real women's lives. Cast members from the women's series—including Scandal, How To Get … [Read More...]

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NEWSFLASH: Gloria Steinem Crosses North-South Korean Border

Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem joined 30 other women activists from 15 countries Sunday in crossing the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has kept the two Koreas divided for the 60 years since the Korean War ended and remains a fault line of strife for the nations, which have yet […]

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We Heart: The Truth About Crisis Pregnancy Centers

There are more than 3,500 “crisis pregnancy centers” across the country—you likely have one in your community. CPCs are faux clinics staffed by people with little to no medical training and are often located near abortion clinics. The staff provide false information about pregnancy to women in an attempt to dissuade them from obtaining abortions. […]

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We Heart: Taylor Swift’s Feminist Evolution

Taylor Swift’s feminist evolution continues. Just last year, she had a “feminist awakening” and embraced the label after years of side-stepping the issue in interviews. She credited her friend, Girls creator Lena Dunham, with her change of heart, saying Dunham made her realize she had been a feminist all along. Now she’s speaking out even more, […]

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Is Your OB-GYN a Member of this Anti-Choice Group?

Anti-choice obstetricians and gynecologists. Sounds like an oxymoron … ...

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In Some States, Access to Abortion Care Is Expanding

Last week, Girls actor Jemima Kirke shared her story of getting an … ...

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Dove’s Real Beauty Isn’t

Dove released its latest video last Thursday in their now-decade-old … ...

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Bessie and the Musical Legacy of Black Feminism

From the written page to the streets, and even to cable TV, black feminism … ...

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Why You MUST See Mad Max This Weekend

A version of this article originally appeared on Skirt Collective Much … ...

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10 Best Feminist Comedies on Netflix

When it comes to comedic films in theaters and online, it's pretty slim … ...

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7 Eye-Rollingly Sexist Prom Policies

You've poured years of hard work and determination into your high school … ...

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We Need to Talk About Eddie Huang’s Misogyny

A few months ago, I wrote a piece praising the runaway ABC hit Fresh Off … ...

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A Post-Mother’s Day Wish: 21st Century Workplace Policies

This article first appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel … ...

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Deflategate v. Domestic Violence: The NFL Fumbles (Again!)

On Tuesday, in the wake of National Football League mega scandal … ...

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The Subversive Potential of Harriet Tubman on the $20

The $20 bill is ubiquitous in U.S. currency. It's what ATMs usually spit … ...

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Warrior Women: Breaking New Ground on the Battlefield

This Memorial Day, as we honor the United States servicemen and … ...

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