A Week of White House Progress on Campus Rape

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The Obama administration has been ramping up its efforts to combat campus rape this year. Just this week, the White House released a 20-page report on combating campus rape, launched a star-studded PSA on the issue and announced that 55 colleges and universities are under federal investigation for the alleged mishandling of sexual violence cases. The […]

U.S. Army Releases “Racially Biased” Hairstyle Regulations

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Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the National Guard in Georgia has always plaited her hair into two twists around her head. She has been in the military for six years and has worn her hair natural (meaning no chemical treatments [perms] or hair extensions [weaves]) for four of those years. But according to the new hair-grooming […]

We Heart: Fake Magazine Covers That Expose Real Inequality

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What would happen if, instead of celebrities and supermodels, magazine covers showcased women and girls who are invisible to society? That was the motivation behind the Cover Stories campaign, launched by Catapult, a crowd-funding site that connects nonprofit women-oriented projects to potential donors and supporters (think of it as a feminist Kickstarter). In observation of […]

While Loving Lupita, Don’t Forget Gabourey

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Like most people who have souls, I teared up listening to Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress during Sunday night’s Oscar telecast. I admire Lupita not only for her obvious talent, but for her honesty and willingness to defend black beauty. Her inspirational speech on the intersection of race and beauty at Essence‘s […]

Celebrate Women’s History Month With #SheDocs

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To celebrate Women’s History Month, Women and Girls Lead and Eileen Fisher Inc. are launching #SheDocs, an online film festival that gives anyone with a computer the opportunity to watch inspiring, women-focused documentaries. Twelve acclaimed independent docs will be available for free during the month of March, one of the most prominent being director Pratibha […]

How Many of These Early Black Feminists Do You Know?

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Though black feminists have wielded social media to make willful strides into public consciousness, black feminism is nothing new. The challenge of being doubly oppressed as a black woman has always colored feminist conversations, and minority women rarely have the luxury of fighting solely on behalf of their gender. The question of intersectionality predates hashtags […]

A Pioneer in Women’s Studies: Lois Banner

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The young college students who have sat in Professor Lois Banner‘s women’s studies classes are lucky to be living at a time when the field isn’t as stifled and doubted as it was when she began teaching women’s studies in the late 1960s. The Women’s Movement was still in its nascent stages then, having freshly […]

Roe v. Wade Turns 41 Today

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On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision affirming a woman’s right to an abortion, a momentous leap forward for women’s health. Despite this hard-won victory, Roe v. Wade is under constant attack, with anti-choice activists chipping away reproductive freedoms at the state level. States have passed more laws restricting […]

25 Feminist Reads for the Holidays (and Beyond)

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Much to our delight, countless new books pass through editors’ hands here at Ms. as we consider them for review. We’re often the first to know which buzzworthy feminist books are being published, or which feminist literary giants have taken to the pen again—and we pass along the news to you. Now that you probably […]

#FastFoodStrikes: A Report From 5 Cities

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Yesterday fast-food workers in more than 100 cities across the U.S. made good on their promise to strike against the corporations that rake in billions on the backs of their low-wage labor. Starting at 6 a.m., before the sun had even risen in some cities, protesters began organizing and rallies began. Carrying signs that read […]