Afghanistan’s Women: Safe Enough to Thrive


By Catherine Powell, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Hannah Chartoff At a White House press conference in March, U.S. President Barack Obama, standing beside Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, announced that he would delay the schedule for U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Rather than bringing 4,300 troops back home by the end of this year—nearly half the force […]

The Top 10 Ways to Spot a Feminist


At the prompting of a right-wing radio show host, the sexist trolls and meninists of the Twitterverse banded together under the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist yesterday, ridiculing women and men who, you know, want an egalitarian society. Trite and unoriginal, the #tcot community collectively chortled over the tired stereotypes that all feminists are ugly, hairy, whiny and can’t […]

NEWSFLASH: Mary Washington Students Bring Title IX Case

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On Thursday morning, University of Mary Washington (UMW) campus group Feminists United—an affiliate of the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.)—and individual students filed a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against UMW. The complaint charges university administrators with “systemic failure to protect students from a sexually hostile school environment, from sex-based […]

The Feminist Children’s Book You’ve Been Searching For


Your child’s library—and, if we’re being honest, your own library—has been lacking until now. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future, a new feminist alphabet book written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, introduces young readers to a group of remarkable women who have left an […]

NEWSFLASH: New Legislation Would Protect Military Whistleblowers


On Thursday, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) along with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would protect military whistleblowers who come forward with allegations of sexual assault and other wrongdoing. The Legal Justice for Servicemembers Act is similar to a bill drafted by Boxer in the 80s, the […]

Actor and Feminist Jayne Meadows Dies at 95


Actor Jayne Meadows, who performed in Broadway, television and film productions from the 1940s on, died Sunday of natural causes at her Encino, California home. She was 95. Meadows was an ardent feminist who portrayed women in many empowered roles. When her husband, the original Tonight Show host, Steve Allen, launched a PBS series in 1977 entitled Meeting […]

10 Feminist Tees You Need to Have

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Do you struggle to decide what to wear every morning? Then update your wardrobe with these awesome feminist shirts. We scoured the Internet so you wouldn’t have to, picking out the best in feminist fashion. You’ll get to (literally) wear your feminism on your sleeve and show everyone #WhatAFeministLooksLike! Get Ms. in your inbox! Click here to […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Protects Pregnant Workers


If a business already accommodates workers who have temporary disabilities, they can’t refuse to accommodate a pregnant employee. And they can’t use cost as an excuse. That’s essentially what the U.S. Supreme Court decided Wednesday, with a 6-3 vote, in the case of Young v. UPS. The facts of the case follow, as presented by […]

Happy Birthday to Us! The 5 Top Blog Posts from the First 5 Years of the Ms. Blog


On International Women’s Day, 2010, we launched the Ms. Blog—so today we celebrate our fifth anniversary. What a great time we’ve had covering a global spectrum of women’s news and analysis, from politics to the arts, from justice to media, from work to sex. We’re thrilled that we can augment the quarterly, longer-form coverage in Ms. […]

NEWSFLASH: DOJ Finds Rampant Racial Bias Among Ferguson Police


While the Department of Justice has chosen not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson—who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown last year—the DOJ has found evidence of rampant racial bias on that city’s police force. The DOJ spent the last six months investigating Ferguson’s police department, examining arrest and ticketing records […]