NEWSFLASH: LGBT Californians Make Legal Strides


Wednesday Oct. 7 marked a big day for LGBT Californians. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law four bills that protect same-sex families, LGBT students and more. Each of the four bills targets a different flaw in existing law: AB 959, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D), requires certain state health and social service agencies to collect sexual […]

How You Can Support Women in Prisons and Domestic Violence Shelters


Between 1980 and 2010, the number of incarcerated women rose by 646 percent—making the U.S. the country with the most women behind bars. In fact, one in three of the world’s incarcerated women is in prison in the United States. Yet about 70 percent have been convicted of non-violent crimes. The majority of those non-violence […]

These Portraits of Ethiopian Women Showcase Strength and Bravery


Temsalet: Phenomenal Ethiopian Women, a new book from Tsehai Publishers—is a collection of inspiring stories and beautiful photographic portraits of 64 phenomenal contemporary Ethiopian women who have broken through age-old barriers to advance in their fields. Each woman tells her own story—where she came from, what challenges she faced, what helped her succeed, what inspires her, […]

NEWSFLASH: Trans-Pacific Partnership Hits Roadblock


Today, the House helped to slow down Fast Track legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a sweeping trade deal that threatens women’s rights, human rights and women workers. But the fight’s not over. In a narrow 219-211 vote, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track legislation. But, in order […]

On Caitlyn Jenner and “Feminine” Beauty


Caitlyn Jenner made her bold debut on the cover of Vanity Fair this week. While we’ve talked on the Ms. Blog about privilege and trans identity and the incorrect conflation of gender identity and sexual orientation, we haven’t addressed the choice of image on Jenner’s cover and in the pages of the magazine. While we celebrate Jenner’s jubilant emergence as her […]

A Very Special Ode to Billie Joe


It was the 3rd of June, another sleepy dusty delta day I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay … So begins “Ode to Billie Joe,” the classic track by singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry. Released in 1967 to critical acclaim—and selling 750,000 copies in its first week—”Ode” captivated the nation with its story […]

Our Favorite Funny Women Call Out Sexism in Hollywood


Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Gina Rodriguez, Tracee Ellis Ross, Ellie Kemper and Kate McKinnon. Imagine all these incredibly talented women comedians in the same room together. Talking about battling misogyny in Hollywood, how to be funny and still be feminist, and why women need to stop starting so many sentences with “sorry.” Now stop imagining because The […]

NEWSFLASH: Gloria Steinem Crosses North-South Korean Border

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Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem joined 30 other women activists from 15 countries Sunday in crossing the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has kept the two Koreas divided for the 60 years since the Korean War ended and remains a fault line of strife for the nations, which have yet […]

Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan Honored at 2015 Global Women’s Rights Awards


The Feminist Majority Foundation’s 10th annual Global Women’s Rights Awards on May 18 were a star-studded affair. Actors from Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is the New Black, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and more showed their love for showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan, who were being honored by FMF for changing the face of […]

This Is What a Feminist Looks Like


On Monday night, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) held its 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Awards honoring showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan. The organization recognized the two women for changing the face of media and presenting female characters who defy stereotypes and reflect real women’s lives. Cast members from the women’s series—including Scandal, […]