The Ms. Q&A: Barbara Smith on Finding Hope in the Struggle

Barbara Smith, co-founder of the Combahee River Collective, talked to us about its legacy in the feminist movement, intersectionality and identity politics.

The Ms. Q&A: Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza on Getting Intersectionality Right

“What does it mean that intersectionality is now being talked about as some kind of weird diversity project as opposed to an analysis of how power interacts with itself and each other? And what is at stake when we don’t get it right?”

Transformation of Consciousness

This year marks the 40th anniversary of two intersecting milestones in the feminist movement: the founding of the National Women’s Studies Association and the “Black Feminist Statement” issued by the Combahee River Collective.

The Feminist Promise of Wonder Woman

In a world plagued by wars, terrorist acts and misogyny, the mythical existence of a Wonder Woman provides cathartic release and a fulfilling fantasy that our womanhood is a source of strength and leadership.

Hidden Figures and Black Women’s Historic Hidden Labor

“Hidden Figures” has debuted at the right moment.

The Top 10 Feminist Moments in Pop Culture from 2016

Despite the setback of the 2016 election, pop culture this year was crowded with messages of gender equity, racial justice and social liberation.

Beyoncé, the Dixie Chicks and Presidential Politics

Every time we think we’ve reached peak “Beyoncé’s Fierce Feminism,” the pop star manages to top herself.

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.”

Lemonade: Beyoncé’s Redemption Song

Beyoncé knows how to pick her moments (and her platforms). There is something quite poetic (both literally and figuratively) in the premiere of her sixth album, Lemonade, as a music-meets-film experience on the premium cable channel, HBO, on Saturday, April 23. Just days before her musical event, we had learned that the U.S. Treasury Department plans […]

What Beyonce, Black Girls Rock! and Popular Education Mean for the Feminist Movement

Having been aware of celebrity DJ Beverly Bond’s nonprofit organization Black Girls Rock! and its annual awards show for quite some time, I must confess that this year was the first time I actually tuned into the BET show. And watching the parade of truly amazing black women from all walks of life, who are making an impact […]

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