10 Feminist Quotes We Loved in 2014

This holiday season, let Ms. gift you with some our favorite feminist quotes of the year! “I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being […]

Vampires, Skateboards and Autonomy: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour’s mixture of pulp fiction, Iranian New Wave Cinema and horror has created a beautiful dark fairy tale of a dangerous yet heroic she-vampire who swiftly kicks ass when needed. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is shot in black and white and set in an eerie ghost town called Bad […]

Calafia: Re-appropriating the Amazon Queen

Well-known Latin American folklore/saints have been presented through the eyes of the colonizer for centuries now. Stories of La Llorona (the bad mother), La Malinche (the traitor) and Santa Maria de Guadalupe (the good mother) have been labeled this way since the time of colonization. However, many Chicana/Xicana academics have reclaimed these images by revealing the complexities […]

It’s Global Ebola Awareness Day

The stories of Ebola survivors nurses Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, and the quarantine of nurse Kaci Hickox, have demonstrated how nurses are at the high-risk front lines of the Ebola pandemic. They’ve also shown that response to Ebola has often been sloppy, dangerous and inconsistent. Both Pham and Vinson contracted the virus due to […]

Who Wants to Work? Cristela Does!

“No husband, no kids and no money! Ay!” Sound familiar? No te precupes—you’re not the only one. Cristela hears it every day. The new ABC comedy series Cristela features a hardworking Mexican American law student in her 30s striving to be a successful career woman. Based on the star and creator Cristela Alonzo’s own family from […]

Sleater-Kinney, Bad Brains, Black Flag — Rachel Maddow’s Midterm Playlist

The stress of midterm elections have you pulling out your hair? Don’t worry! The ingenious Rachel Maddow has curated a playlist of angry punk songs to help relieve some of that pent up midterm aggression. Courtesy of the Late Night With Seth Meyers show, Maddow has provided spot-on music selections, with each song dedicated to various aspects […]

Virgin = Good Girl — Even When Pregnant

Growing up in a Mexican household, sex was never talked about. It was considered common knowledge that good daughters don’t do “it.” So while watching the premiere of Jane the Virgin last night, it reminded me of my family and childhood. The new comedy series stars a young Latina, Jane Villanueva, who is saving herself for marriage. […]

The Ms. Voting Guide for College Students

There’s a misconception floating around out there that millennials neither participate in nor care about voting. But as a millennial and recent college grad, I know that apathy is not the problem: It’s not knowing the how, when and where of voting that gets in the way. Numbers don’t lie: When provided with accurate and accessible information, millennials show […]

Hello, My Name Is: Facebook Policy Disrupts Transgender Identities

Facebook’s heavily criticized real-name policy is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to rules and regulations affecting the lives of non-cisgender individuals. For those who didn’t follow the recent brouhaha, the Facebook policy requires users to identify themselves by their “authentic name” or legal name on their personal page. Members of the LGBTQ […]

Iraqi Human Rights Activist Executed

As a feminist, I often think about how my voice is policed by others. My opinions are strong and can result in stereotypical name calling: man-hater, bitch, angry feminist, ugly, etc. But those are just words—in places such as Iraq, being a strong and opinionated woman can be fatal. A week ago in Mosul, human rights […]

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