NEWSFLASH: Bill Cosby’s Latest Admission Is a “Game-Changer”

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The Bill Cosby sexual-assault scandal took an eye-opening turn this week when it was revealed that Cosby once admitted to acquiring quaaludes, a popular ’70s recreational drug, with the intent of giving the pills to young women he hoped to have sex with. In a 2005 court deposition obtained by the Associated Press, Cosby replied “yes” when asked if […]

Passing the Test: Cities Chip In to Reduce the Rape Kit Backlog

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The following is from the latest Ms. To read the entire issue, get a print or digital subscription today! Helena Lazaro was washing the vintage Volkswagen Rabbit she had been gifted for her 17th birthday when a man appeared next to her, brandishing a knife. He forced her into the car and made her drive […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Anti-Choice Law Targets Teens

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A new law signed this week by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) prohibits any woman who doesn’t have valid “proof of identity or age” from obtaining an abortion. Under HB 3994, physicians are expected to assume any pregnant woman is a minor if she can’t provide I.D. The I.D. requirement effects society’s most vulnerable women, including […]

Laverne Cox’s Most Fearless Quotes on Trans Acceptance

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As TIME magazine said on its iconic cover last year featuring trans actor Laverne Cox, we are at a “transgender tipping point.” The challenges that trans individuals face, such as higher rates of joblessness, homelessness and violence, are finally being pushed into the national dialogue in a way they haven’t been before. That is due […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas May Soon Have Just 7 Abortion Clinics

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It looks like Texas women won’t be getting an 11th-hour reprieve after all. In a devastating blow, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has decided to uphold some of the most draconian restrictions of HB2, also known as the “clinic shutdown law.” The bill puts all but seven abortion clinics at risk for closure in […]

“Yes Means Yes” Could Expand to California’s High Schools

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Recent years have seen a lot of national attention paid to the campus rape epidemic—something young women have had to contend with for decades. Activists like Emma Sulkowicz, Andrea Pino and Wagatwe Wanjuki have effectively mobilized at their universities to raise awareness of the administrative shortcomings that allow rape culture on campuses to flourish. Even […]

Transgender Activists React to Caitlyn Jenner’s Debut

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Caitlyn Jenner’s very public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair yesterday made #CallMeCaitlyn a trending hashtag on social media and skyrocketed the Olympic athlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, to a new record: fastest Twitter account to reach 1 million followers. Did Jenner make herself vulnerable with her magazine cover and earlier interview with […]

Which Celebrities Have Called Themselves Feminists?

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To say feminism is having a little bit of a pop culture moment would be an understatement. Every celebrity from Beyonce to Aziz Ansari is speaking out about the f-word and they’re doing it unabashedly. We want to give a shoutout to the Hollywood figures who are using their platform to show what a feminist […]

NEWSFLASH: California Goes After Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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It looks like crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) may not be able to act with total impunity anymore. At least not in California if state lawmakers finish work on a disclosure bill. The California Assembly passed a bill this week that would force CPCs to provide accurate information to pregnant women about all their options, which […]

Say Her Name: Remembering Black Women and Girls Killed by Police

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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 […]