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. […]

From the Stacks: Reflections on the War in Iraq

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The following excerpt was published in the Spring 2007 issue of Ms. In light of President Obama’s decision this week to authorize airstrikes in Iraq, we pulled this firsthand reflection on the first Iraq war from our archives. To read more of our war coverage from the Spring 2007 issue, click here.  Tens of thousands around the […]

It Was 30 Years Ago Today That Geraldine Ferraro Was Nominated for U.S. VP

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On July 19, 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY) accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination to be vice president of the United States, the running mate for presidential candidate Walter Mondale. She told the cheering crowd of delegates, Change is the air, just as surely as when John Kennedy beckoned America to a new frontier; when […]

Affirmative Action Survives Texas Court Challenge

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Affirmative action survived a federal appellate court challenge in Texas on Tuesday. In a 2-1 split, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the University of Texas at Austin can consider race in its admissions process. Writing for the three-judge panel, Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote, “We find force in the argument that race here […]

Finally, Better Protections for Pregnant Workers

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in more than 30 years. The new guidelines mirror the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and classify discrimination against pregnant employees as a form of sex discrimination. The EEOC guidelines make it clear that an employer cannot discriminate against a worker […]

“We Ask Justice, We Ask Equality” — Susan B. Anthony’s 4th of July speech, 1876

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After a week of frustrating, even devastating Supreme Court decisions in regards to women’s rights, it’s both instructive to realize that the suffragists of the 19th century had even more problems than we do today in terms of achieving equality and justice. Couldn’t these words of the famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony–”The judiciary above the […]