Up For Debate: Newsweek’s Silicon Valley Cover

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Is the Newsweek cover above sexist? Depends on who you’re talking to. When the cover, depicting a cursor lifting up a faceless woman’s skirt, leaked ahead of its accompanying feature story on sexism in Silicon Valley, Twitter lit up with condemnation. Many felt it too closely mirrored what it was trying to critique: Some women […]

Marissa Alexander Is a Free Woman!

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Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who spent the last three years behind bars for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, has finally been released from prison. She will spend the next two years under house arrest with a GPS monitor on her ankle. This brings a bittersweet end to an embroilment that started […]

Diversity Wins Big at SAG Awards

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In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and Ava DuVernay’s Academy Awards snub, there was a bit of good news for women of color in Hollywood Sunday night. At the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, not one but two African American women actors snagged SAG awards for their leading roles. Viola Davis won Outstanding Performance by a […]

George Lucas: “Girls Go to the Movies Just Like Anyone Else”

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It looks like the trend of gender-balanced children’s movies might be here to stay. Today marks the release of Strange Magic, an animated musical by Disney that revolves around the fairytale adventures of two sisters. This latest addition to the growing list of girl-centered kids’ movies comes from an unlikely source: Star Wars creator George Lucas. […]

Top 5 Feminist Moments in the State of the Union

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Expectations were high for President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, and he did not disappoint. He managed to tackle a myriad of issues that impact women and families, from reproductive rights to fair pay, highlighting them as a national priority. To much applause, Obama also gave much-needed attention to just how integral working […]

Exposing the Junk Science of the Anti-Choice Movement

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Abortion is linked to breast cancer. Abortion leads to mental illness and drug abuse. Women are frequently admitted to hospitals with abortion-related complications. One thing the above statements have in common? They’re myths, and abortion-rights activists have worked hard to debunk them. Most recently, as part of an investigative project, RH Reality Check found 14 doctors, scientists and […]

Facepalm: Top 10 Anti-Feminist Gaffes of 2014

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Get ready to facepalm, people! In no particular order, here are the top anti-feminist gaffes of 2014: “It’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. And that I think might be one of the additional superpowers […]

Must-Read Feminist Books of 2014

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At Ms., we’re often the first to know which highly anticipated feminist books are coming out and which feminist giants have taken to the pen again. Countless new books pass through our editors’ hands, and then we pass our recommendations onto our readers. Now that the holidays season is winding down, we hope you’ll curl […]

We Spleen: Florida State for Not Listening to Rape Survivors

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Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback who was accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, was cleared of any violations of FSU’s code of conduct in a university hearing this week. The anonymous female student reported the alleged rape in December 2012, and this decision brings about a disappointing end to a two-year embroilment […]

Surprise, Surprise: Increased Contraceptive Use Leads to Fewer Unintended Pregnancies

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Who would have guessed? Increased use of contraceptives is accompanied by a decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers found that women who use birth control methods consistently and correctly make up only 5 percent of unplanned pregnancies.  Other key findings from the report: The use of long-acting, reversible […]