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 […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Non-Ruling Allows Same-Sex Weddings in 5 More States

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Get your bouquets and tuxes and gowns and rice and hankies ready in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana: The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to rule on challenges to same-sex marriage in those states. That means lower-court rulings that knocked down bans against such marriages will stand, and marriage licenses to gay and […]

NEWSFLASH: All But 7 Texas Abortion Clinics to Shutter

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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced that a provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2, will be allowed to go into effect. The provision requires abortion clinics to meet the stringent building standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Since only seven clinics in the state currently meet that requirement, the rest will be forced […]

Movers, Shakers and “Makers”

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Beginning tonight, six new documentaries in the Makers series (a project of AOL) will be broadcast weekly on PBS. Each one focuses on “women who are trailblazers and have served as groundbreakers in their fields.” The new docs are follow-ups to last year’s three-part documentary on the women’s movement, Makers: Women Who Make America. The […]

Are You #WhatAFeministLooksLike? Show Us!

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Back in the spring of 2003, feminist activists and actors Whoopi Goldberg, Camryn Manheim, Margaret Cho and Ashley Judd donned the Feminist Majority Foundation’s famous “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirts and showed them off in the pages of Ms. (Get your t-shirt here.) Since then, comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Amy Brenneman and others have worn the […]

In the Latest Issue of Ms.: The Ugly Side of Personal-Care Products

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The average woman uses 12 personal-care products a day filled with 168 ingredients, many of which contain toxic substances. Contrary to what you may assume, the Food and Drug Administration is not legally required to test or regulate the products. This means your lipstick, lotion and nail polish could contain carcinogens, mercury or hormone-disrupting chemicals. […]

The Courts Aren’t Falling Into TRAPs

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Two rulings last week in Texas and Louisiana prove that, at least for now, some judges aren’t buying into the deceptive rationale used by right-wing lawmakers who enact TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws. Late Sunday evening, a federal district court issued an injunction against a Louisiana law that would have required abortion-providing doctors to […]

42 Times Ms. Made History

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Ms. has been reporting, rebelling and truth-telling for 42 years—and we have no plans to stop. Over the last four decades, we’ve been on the front lines of the women’s movement and we’ve never shied away from taboo topics. Relive some of our history-making moments below, and tell us what Ms. means to you in the comments. […]