When and Where We Enter: Ms. Writers Reflect on a Feminist Legacies Symposium

When and Where I Enter is the historical blueprint for chronicling Black feminist resistance.”

How a Documentary Is Putting a Stop to Campus Sexual Assault

The article below was first published in the spring 2016 issue of Ms. Subscribe today to read more about campus rape, along with a profile of Lupita Nyong’o, the women taking on climate change and much more. When New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wanted to seal the deal last summer on his groundbreaking campus anti-rape bill, “Enough Is Enough,” he […]

‘Her Tools Were Soaked in Urine’: Inside the Ugly World of Workplace Sex Discrimination

The interview below is part of the Ms. Blog’s “Telling Her Story” series for Women’s History Month. Check back throughout March for more profiles of women doing great things in their communities. “I think they should be as famous as Anita Hill,” says Gillian Thomas of the women she profiles in her new book, Because of Sex: […]

A How-To on Youth Activism

If you want to read about some truly inspiring young feminists, pick up Hey, Shorty! A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets, a collaboratively written book by Joanne Smith, Mandy Van Deven and Meghan Huppuch of Girls for Gender Equity (GGE). GGE is a Brooklyn-based “coalition-building and youth […]

Jane Velez-Mitchell: “More” Won’t Make You Happy (Unless You’re a Corporation)

Jane Velez-Mitchell isn’t just host of “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” nightly on CNN’s Headline News, but an author, environmentalist, feminist and one of the rare gay journalists (well, openly so) on TV. She recently published Addict Nation about how the American economy is based on making us addicts of consumption in order to keep corporate […]

Jailing Girls For Men’s Crimes

Is an underage girl arrested for selling sex a criminal—or a victim of trafficking? Outraged activists want to send such girls to safe harbors, not jail. BY CARRIE BAKER B.W. was 13 years old when she was offered to perform oral sex for $20 on an undercover officer in Texas. The officer arrested her and booked her […]

Women Must Speak Out NOW About Sexual Harassment

Right on the heels of Ginni Thomas’ appalling request of Anita Hill to apologize, Clarence Thomas’ former girlfriend, Lillian McEwen “breaks her 19-year silence” to say that, yes, Clarence Thomas was obsessed with pornography and, yes, Thomas sexually pursued his female subordinates at the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. She also describes his binge drinking and […]

And the Most Sexist Halloween Costume Award Goes to….

It’s almost that time of year again—Halloween!–when corporate America encourages girls and women to celebrate our inner sluts. I took my 11-year-old son to a newly opened “Halloween City” in the small southern town where I live. After wading through all the wonderfully gory zombies, steam- spewing skeletons and catapulting ghouls, we came to the […]

Craiglist Decision Is Good News for Trafficked Girls

Last weekend Craigslist removed its “adult services” category on its U.S. website, sparking a range of reactions from feminists, including anti-trafficking activists, anti-prostitution activists and sex worker rights activists. I’m sympathetic to the concerns being expressed, particularly skepticism about whether this change will really make much of a difference. But in terms of one basic […]

Sex-Trafficked Girls: What’s the Story in N.Y., Mich. and Minn.?

My article “Jailing Girls for Men’s Crimes” in the summer issue of Ms. cited a study revealing that hundreds of girls aged 17 and younger are sold for sex each month in Georgia. Well, the numbers are just in from a study of three other states: New York, Michigan and Minnesota. Sponsored by the Women’s Funding […]