Ending Black History Month With Gusto

We’ve reached the fateful end of February–it had to happen at some point–and Black History Month has come to a close. Not sure how to commemorate the end of the month? Ms. has a few suggestions for you: First, try taking a walk with Sojourner Truth or maybe talking about race and reproductive rights with Dorothy […]

Virginia Bill Would Shut Down 17 of the State’s 21 Abortion Clinics

Yesterday, the Virginia legislature passed a bill that will classify and regulate abortion clinics as hospitals, making the state’s laws the most restrictive in the country. Seventeen of the 21 abortion clinics in the state are likely to close under the law, according to NARAL Pro-Choice VA. RH Reality Check explains that under the law, […]

Newsflash: Iowa Bills Would Allow for Public Execution of Abortion Providers

The Iowa Independent‘s Lynda Waddington reported today on state legislation that could drastically affect both women seeking abortions as well as abortion providers in the state: Two bills sponsored by Iowa House Republicans could have significant public safety consequences, and perhaps the most unnerving of those potential outcomes would be the justifiable use of deadly force […]

DC Bill Could Move The Pill Over the Counter

D.C. is worth moving to just for the great chili, free museums and Stephen Strasburg. Add this to this list: the potential to get a birth control prescription WITHOUT waiting six months to go see an OB-GYN. The Washington Post reports that D.C. Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) has introduced a bill that would open the […]

Black History Month: The Myth of the Black Superwoman, Revisited

In January 1979, you might have walked past a newsstand in New York City and noticed the piercing brown eyes and free-flowing hair of Michele Wallace staring you down from the cover of Ms. “Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman … the book that will shape the 1980s” read the cover, in stark […]

CPAC and GOProud: Can Gay Rights Edge into the Conservative Movement?

If you’re not a political junkie, you probably breezed over news about the American Conservative Union’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that took place over the weekend in Washington, D.C. With an agenda [PDF] that listed more that 30 high-profile speakers and a score of panels on topics ranging from “How Political Correctness is Harming […]

Happy Birthday, Alice Walker!

Alice Walker: novelist, poet, short-story writer, essayist, teacher, editor, publisher, womanist, activist. Also a Pulitzer-Prize winner, a Guggenheim fellow, a Merrill fellow, a Radcliffe Institute fellow, a National Book Award winner and on and on. Her books have been banned and restored, critiqued and revered. She has contributed to Ms. in more than thirty issues, […]

Test Your Knowledge of African American Women In History

So you think you’re an African American history buff? Prove it with our quiz on notable African American women. For the final question, we’re offering a special prize. Email your answer to alitman@msmagazine.com with your name and address; if it’s correct, we’ll enter you in a raffle to win a copy of Great African American […]

We Heart: Men’s Health Magazine

I was Stumble’ing the Internet over the weekend, alternating between pictures of puppies and pictures of kitties when StumbleUpon led me to something even better: the new Men’s Health Feminist blog. Yeah, you read that right: Men’s Health magazine, full of “how to have better sex” and “how to lose the belly fat!” advice for […]

No Surprise: Abortion Does NOT Cause Mental-Health Problems

A list of good things that come from Denmark: Vikings, butter cookies and Legos. As of today, add one more thing: a study that says that abortion definitively does not lead to mental-health problems. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, Danish scientists studied 365,550 teenagers and women in the country who had […]