Kimberlé Crenshaw on Sandra Bland & Why We Need to #SayHerName

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The jailhouse death of Sandra Bland has her family and activists asking a lot of questions—which don’t seem to have good answers. Bland’s case is the latest example of police violence against black women, joining many other women and girls of color who have been harassed, abused or killed at the hands of law enforcement. […]

Everything You Need to Know About Sandra Bland

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“Once I put this baby in the ground, I’m ready…This means war.” These were the words spoken by Geneva Reed-Veal as she eulogized her late daughter, Sandra Bland, last week. On July 10, 28-year-old Bland was pulled over by police in Prairie View, Texas for allegedly failing to signal before changing lanes. According to police, she became […]

Why Kylie Jenner Gets to Be “Just a Kid,” But Amandla Stenberg Doesn’t

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Another day, another incident of unapologetic cultural appropriation. Recently, reality TV star Kylie Jenner posted a selfie to her Instagram where she was sporting cornrows and mean-mugging the camera. The photo quickly drew criticism from her 29.5 million followers, some of which came from Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg. In a comment on Jenner’s Instagram that has […]

Oregon Pharmacists Can Now Prescribe Birth Control

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Women in Oregon will soon be able to receive birth control prescriptions from pharmacists, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Kate Brown this week. Under the new rule, birth control can be obtained without the added burden of scheduling a doctor’s visit. The bill passed the state’s house in a 50-10 bipartisan vote. To get birth […]

New Study Shows Black Communities Want Clinic Access

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Since January, 51 state-level abortion restrictions have been enacted, which brings the total to 282 since 2010. As reproductive health services continue to be cut, especially in the South, low-income women and women of color will be disproportionately affected. According to a survey conducted by In Our Own Voice—a newly formed coalition that seeks to amplify […]

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 […]