NEWSFLASH: Football’s Ray Rice Reinstated by NFL

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Running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his fiancée with a punch in an elevator in February, has been reinstated by the National Football League after a judge accepted his appeal of an indefinite suspension by the league. Rice’s contract was terminated by his team, the Baltimore Ravens, so even though he’s again eligible to […]

We Heart: This Video About Notorious R.B.G.

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The Jewish Daily Forward has just released a charming, informative video about one of feminism’s biggest heroes: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It features a short talk about her life and work—especially her role as a key dissenter, as in the recent Hobby Lobby case—by NYU law student Stana Knizhnik, creator of the  Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr. […]

The Good News From Last Night’s Election

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Last night’s election was rough, y’all. We know. But we swear there’s some good news to report! Read on for our post-election roundup of feminist victories (and share them with friends while drowning your sorrows in mimosas). Voters defeated personhood measures in Colorado (for the third time!) and in North Dakota. That’s a big victory. The […]

Election 2014: Live-Blogging the Results

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Election day has finally arrived and we’ll be watching the polls closely to see which ballot measures pass and how women’s votes make an impact. Check back regularly for updates on wins, losses and runoffs! 12:26 am EST: That’s it for us tonight, more feminist news and analysis tomorrow! Thanks for all the love. 12:20 am EST: Oakland voters […]

From Ms. Staffers: Why We Vote (and Why You Should, Too!)

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Anita Little, associate editor When I was younger, I viewed the idea of voting in elections with irreverence. What difference could my one vote make in the future of our country and its laws? Voting seemed to be a futile pursuit, an opiate to make the masses feel better about their irrelevance in the halls […]

Elle UK Joins the #WhatAFeministLooksLike Campaign

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Three cheers for feminism! We were thrilled to find out that Elle UK will soon be publishing a feminism issue. The magazine recently announced that it has chosen Emma Watson for its forthcoming cover; she’ll be pictured with the headline, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like.” We couldn’t be more excited! The magazine has also published an […]

What’s at Stake: Ballot Measures in Your State

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The Nov. 4 election is almost here—and we hope you’re feeling well-informed and ready to vote for the best candidates in your state. If you’re in one of the four states on the map below—Colorado, Oregon, North Dakota and Tennessee—you’ll have the opportunity to vote on measures that could hugely impact women’s daily lives—and our […]

Equal Rights for Oregon Women? Voters Can Make It So!

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Over the next three weeks, Oregonians have a great opportunity: They can codify equal rights into the state constitution. Starting today, the ballots being mailed out to eligible voters—all Oregon voting is by mail—include the proposed Oregon Equal Rights Amendment, Measure 89, which would add these words to the Oregon constitution: Equality of rights under […]

New Report Shows Rape-Kit Backlog Still High in Vegas, Milwaukee, Tulsa and Seattle

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault] For those who are raped, a post-assault exam can be a long and harrowing experience. But if the rapist is to be convicted and taken off the streets, it’s crucial that a rape kit of evidence be gathered and then matched against databases to try and locate the perpetrator. […]

Help Ms. Be a “Bright Spot” for Women in Prison

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When women are out of sight, they’re often out of mind. This is especially true for women in prisons and shelters who face the daily challenges of isolation and loneliness. Seventy percent of women in prison have been convicted of nonviolent crimes and the vast majority are mothers. On top of that, many are serving […]