Indiana Joins the War Against Women

Last year, Indiana governor Mitch Daniels suggested that we might be better off calling a “truce” on “social issues,” by which he means abortion, gay marriage and even global warming. Until economic conflict is resolved, he said in Weekly Standard cover story, “we’re going to just have to agree to get along for a little while.” […]

8 Ways a Government Shutdown Will Hurt Women

Like any responsible adult, the U.S. government is supposed to set an annual budget before it starts spending any money. But it couldn’t reach an agreement in time for the start of fiscal year 2011 in October, so the nation’s been running on temporary “continuing resolutions.” The latest continuing resolution ends at midnight today. If […]

“The Next Nancy” Takes on a New Leadership Role

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has been announced as the new chair of the Democratic National Committee. Sometimes referred to as “the next Nancy,” Wasserman Schultz is highly regarded as a hard-working and dedicated legislator who does what is right for women and children. In her new position as DNC chair, she’ll be able to […]

Women, Money, Power: The Unbeatable Trio

It’s been a rough couple of months for women. Republicans are waging a war against us on state and federal levels, our rights are getting trampled on an all-too-frequent basis and the future is looking a bit dreary. We sign petitions and write letters to congressmen, but sometimes we may feel like screaming into a […]

All the Things I Learned During Women’s History Month

I’ll be a senior in college when I return to school in September, and no insult to my university, but I learned more about women’s history in one month on the Ms. Blog than I have in the last three years. It may have been the personal narratives that helped me absorb so much material, […]

Dillard’s To Host Anti-Abortion Fashion Show

The American Independent reports that a branch of Dillard’s, a chain of 310 retail department stores in about 30 states, is hosting a fashion-show fundraiser for Heroic Media, the Texas-based media group behind the recent inflammatory campaign of race-baiting billboards. The billboards, which read “The most dangerous place for an African American is in the […]

1 in 5 Women in the Air Force Report Being Sexually Assaulted

The Christian Science Monitor broke news today that a not-yet-released Air Force survey found that 1 in 5 women say they have been sexually assaulted since joining the force. The survey, conducted by Gallup, interviewed 18,834 men and women in the Air Force between July and August 2010. Nineteen percent of women reported having been […]

Newsflash: Tragedy in Japan

Tragedy struck Japan on Friday as an 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck of the coast of Sendai, becoming the strongest earthquake in the country’s history. A tsunami hit the island country soon after, wreaking more havoc, destroying homes and businesses, flooding entire towns. The death toll is likely to surpass 1,000. In catastrophes such as this, it […]

Leslie Knope Loves Ms. Magazine!

Leslie Knope, the fictional deputy director of the Parks and Recreation department in Pawnee, Ind., is the ultimate feminist. She has pictures of Nancy Pelosi and Margaret Thatcher on her walls, dreams one day of being the first female president and celebrates Galentine’s Day instead of Valentine’s Day, honoring her female friendships. Played by the […]

Redefining Marriage By Getting Rid of It?

Introduced in January in the New Hampshire House of Representatives, HB569 would get rid of marriage. Sort of. To be exact, the proposed bill, currently in committee, privatizes marriage. The New Hampshire state government would no longer issue marriage licenses; instead, it would grant domestic partnerships. If you wanted to get married in the traditional […]