NEWSFLASH: “Forcible Rape” Language Removed From Anti-Abortion Bill

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Less than a week after news broke about the introduction of the term ‘forcible rape’ into the Republican-proposed No Taxpayer Funding for Abortions bill, the bill’s authors have backed down and removed the provision. The new definition of rape would have excluded such crimes as date rapes and drug- or alcohol- related rapes from an […]

Still Searching Out Zora Neale Hurston

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In 1975, Alice Walker’s famous article “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston” was published in Ms. magazine. The article, which is largely credited with reviving interest in Hurston’s writings, finds Walker recounting a journey to central Florida to find anyone who knew the prolific author, in hopes of filling in the missing details of her […]

Where are the Women in Google’s Art Project?

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Earlier today, Google unveiled its next major use of Street View technology when it launched Art Project–basically a way to browse museums online. Admittedly it is extremely cool. It’s also convenient to be able to step into a world-famous museum and look at renowned works of art minus the crowd of art gawkers. That said, […]

Celluloid Ceiling Doesn’t Give an Inch

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Alas, another awards season is upon us, and another slate of Oscar nominees has disappointed those of us foolishly hoping for gender parity. With that said, the Oscars matter about as much as the Grammys (remember Crash winning over Brokeback Mountain?) Where the Oscars do matter, however, is that they accurately mirror gender diversity in […]

WTF Will John Boehner Do? (Warning: Not for the Faint of Heart)

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Every nightmare has its beginning. For Harry Potter, it was perhaps the moment he purchased his first wand from Olivander’s and discovered that it contained the same feather-type as Lord Voldemort’s, sealing his fate to kill or be killed by the Dark Lord. For the U.S., it was probably the instant that John Boehner first […]

PETITION: Drop the Ban on Women in Military Combat!

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In March, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission will hand over a recommendation to Congress to lift the current ban on military women participating in combat. Now you can help! Just sign the petition below so that when Congress and the Department of Defense receive the recommendation, it receives the proper hearing that it deserves. While this potential […]

Women in Combat–The Next “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”?

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By March 15 2011, a recommendation will be handed over to Congress and the White House to lift the current ban on military women participating in combat. On January 13, NPR highlighted the progress of this recommendation but also pointed out the reality of the situation: that women are already very much involved in the […]

“When We Leave”: An Interview with Director Feo Aladag

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On January 28, When We Leave–Germany’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Film–will be released for North American audiences. The powerful film has already collected a number of accolades, including the LUX prize given by the European Parliament and the Tribeca Film Festival prize for best narrative feature. It offers a startling look at honor […]

WTF Has Nancy Pelosi Done For Us, Anyway?

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Inspired by the website wtfhasobamadonesofar.com, we decided to create our own version for those who haven’t heard that Nancy Pelosi was the most effective House Speakers in U.S. history. For our full feature on Nancy Pelosi, check out the Ms. Winter 2011 issue. [nggallery id=1]

Lisa Henson: Keep the Puppets, Engage the Girls

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Ah, the holidays. As I sit here, flicking through the rounds of seasonal television, I have to ask: What state would the world be in if children didn’t have an alternative to watching Charlie Brown scrape around for his anti-depressants? And no, I don’t want to watch a giant ogre trolly around with his anthropomorphic sidekick, […]