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 […]

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 […]