Happy Birthday, Equal Pay Act!

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Even those with the most basic idea of feminism—even those who insist they are not feminists—still subscribe to the notion that women should receive equal pay for equal work. Back on June 10, 1963, that notion became law, as President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which prohibited employers from paying employees of […]

Chatting with Chimamanda in New Issue of Ms.!

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“Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” This succinct, unapologetic definition of feminism that Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave in a TED talk became a feminist shot heard ‘round the world, and was even sampled in one of Beyoncé’s latest tracks. Ms. has avidly followed Adichie’s […]

NEWSFLASH: Fast-Food Workers to Strike Worldwide!

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At a press conference outside a Manhattan McDonald’s this morning, the group Fast Food Forward announced that workers around the globe will undertake a one-day strike on May 15 to push for higher pay and workers’ rights. The 15th is a perfectly symbolic day to strike, as the strikers’ pay goal is $15 an hour. […]

Why We Can’t Support Hotels Owned by the Sultan of Brunei

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Much of Hollywood’s money goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel as it’s a popular spot for conferences, galas, award ceremonies and fundraisers. However, the tony hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, dictator of the Southeast Asian nation, Brunei. It has recently come to light that the […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Says “No” to Kansas Abortion-Rights Foe

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It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow. Phill Kline, the former attorney general of Kansas, won’t be getting back his license to practice law for at least three years, thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court upheld, without comment, the decision made last fall by the Kansas Supreme Court […]

Senate Says No to Long-Term Unemployed

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One more Republican. That’s all it would have taken Thursday to break a Senate filibuster and move forward a bill to extend unemployment benefits for nearly 2 million out-of-work Americans who have exhausted their federal aid. Extended unemployment benefits expired at the end of 2013. But no, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could only […]

U.N. Takes Vatican to Task for Priest Abuse and More

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Last month, the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child held a hearing for Vatican leaders to address child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and the church hierarchy’s role in protecting perpetrators. Today, it issued a report urging the Vatican to take measures to prevent such things from happening in the future. The committee […]

Take the Tarrant Test for 2014 Super Bowl Ads!

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Last year, the Ms. Blog reviewed the Top Five Sexist Super Bowl Ads after the big game. This year, you can be the judge and scorekeeper. You’ve probably heard of the Bechdel Test for judging movies, which has become increasingly popular and well-known since it was put forth by cartoonist/graphic novelist Alison Bechdel in her […]

Are You in a Jane Austen Mood Today?

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Our dear British novelist Jane Austen would have turned 238 today, had she not died at the untimely age of 41 due to (pick your retrospective diagnosis) Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis or Brill-Zinsser disease. We’ve celebrated the unforgettable Jane a number of times on the Ms. Blog. When you’re not busy reading one […]

Nelson Mandela and Women’s Rights

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South Africa’s monumental leader in the struggle against apartheid, Nelson Mandela, died today at age 95. Not only did he fight against the oppression of black Africans, but he supported the rights of women. Under his one-term presidency in the 1990s, South Africa signed and ratified the CEDAW treaty—something the U.S. has yet to do. […]