Gloria Steinem To Be Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom


President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, cofounder of Ms. magazine, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, later this year. She joins nearly 600 distinguished people who have won the award since it was established in 1963. According to the […]

Feminists Are Yelling for Yellen


Now that President Obama has made it very clear that current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will not be reappointed in 2014, the question on every economy wonk’s mind is, Who will replace him? The front-runners are Janet Yellen, current vice-chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, and former Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers. (Some suggest […]

Get to Know “Know Your IX”


After months of discussion of sexual assault in higher education and after the Department of Education has begun investigating several schools for how they handle sexual assault, a group of student activists and assault survivors have launched a “Know Your IX” campaign. It’s designed to help students learn their rights under Title IX and other […]

What’s Next In Texas?


Did you think Gov. Rick Perry’s signing of the draconian H.B. 2, which makes abortions all but inaccessible in Texas, was the end of all the anti-choice craziness in the Lone Star state? Sadly, think again. It’s been just two weeks since the Republican governor signed H.B. 2, banning abortions after 20 weeks (which should be […]

We Heart: “Blurred Lines” Parodies


Ever since Robin Thicke’s recording of “Blurred Lines” and its accompanying video was released, people have been talking about the rape-y nature of the lyrics and the nudity of the women models in the uncensored version of the video. After Thicke claimed that “Blurred Lines” is actually “a feminist movement in itself,” the talk turned […]

The Judge Is A Feminist — What’s Wrong with That?


In some very exciting news, President Obama recently nominated Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor who argued two major cases involving women’s rights before the Supreme Court, to the to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In much less exciting news, conservative groups such as the Family Research Council are already […]


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Yesterday afternoon, as we three Ms. magazine interns took a break from fact-checking some amazing stories for the summer 2013 issue, we noticed a little article about three Texas legislators filing a bill, H.B. 59, that would make abortion illegal after just six weeks of pregnancy, and would require women seeking abortions to have invasive […]

All Eyes on Texas


UPDATE: Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, said this morning that S.B. 1, the Senate’s version of the anti-abortion bill H.B. 2, could be voted on by Friday afternoon. … The Texas House of Representatives voted 96-49 to pass anti-abortion bill H.B. 2 early this afternoon. It now goes to the Texas Senate, where Sen. Wendy […]

NEWSFLASH: North Carolina Adds a Sour Note to Freedom’s Ring


While July 4th weekend and the exuberant celebrations of America and freedom that come with it, is rapidly approaching, North Carolina has become the third state in the past week to try to severely limit women’s reproductive freedom. On Wednesday, the North Carolina state senate committee passed a bill that would restrict abortions by making […]

NEWSFLASH: Delaware Protects Transgender Rights


Delaware Gov. Jack Martell signed a bill on Wednesday that includes gender identity and expression in the state’s hate crime and nondiscrimination laws. The Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act would outlaw discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing, insurance and public assistance. Said Markell, Kindness, decency, and fairness are the values that Delawareans live by […]