NEWSFLASH: 15 Down, 35 to Go!

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Illinois is just Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature away from becoming the 15th state in the U.S. (plus Washington, D.C.) to legalize same-sex marriage. The state’s General Assembly passed the marriage equality bill today, and Quinn has already promised to sign it. Opposition to the bill came mainly from religious groups, including the Catholic church, white […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Dismisses Oklahoma Abortion Case

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Without much explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court took a major abortion case off of its docket yesterday, providing relief for abortion rights supporters concerned about how the conservative court may have decided the case. Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice was a “plea by the state of Oklahoma to revive a law that restricts […]

NEWSFLASH: 12 Texas Abortion Clinics Close as Appeals Court Upholds TRAP Law

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After a federal district court blocked implementation of Texas’ abortion restrictions earlier this week, a three-judge 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel granted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s request yesterday to reinstate restrictions on abortion providers. Abortion rights advocates will now request an en banc hearing of the full Court of Appeals or will appeal […]

NEWSFLASH: Hundreds March in Ohio: “We Won’t Go Back!”

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As state legislators returned from their summer recess and prepared to debate even more anti-woman bills, hundreds of demonstrators from more than 50 women’s, labor and other groups marched on the Ohio state capitol in Columbus. Angered by draconian attacks on women’s health care, they vowed to defeat the politicians supporting such legislation. Said Eleanor […]

40 Years of 9 to 5

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But you don’t look 40! And the issues you’re advocating for aren’t much older than yesterday. I mean, aren’t we still seeking fair wages, better-paying jobs, paid sick leave and the end to all forms of sex and gender-identity discrimination in our workplaces? When the 40-year-old organization 9to5—subtitled “Winning Justice for Working Women”—celebrates its “ruby” […]

The Latest on Fighting Priest Abuse: Join Us at Ms. Sept. 25

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After Pope Francis made headlines last week for saying in an interview that the Catholic Church should not spend all its time speaking out on “moral” issues such as gay marriage, abortion and contraception, many cheered him for signalling a more liberal papacy. But the group SNAP—Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests—was not impressed. […]

NEWSFLASH: Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Bill Into Law

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Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) signed a strict anti-abortion bill into law that will jeopardize 37 of the state’s 42 clinics. Abortion rights organizations have vowed to challenge the law. Both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood Action Fund are currently evaluating their legal options. Similar laws and provisions have been ruled unconstitutional by state […]

Malala Yousafzai Addresses the United Nations

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  Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban last year, turned 16 and celebrated her birthday by demanding that world leaders protect the right to education and gender equality.  She stood before the United Nations and gave a bold speech calling “upon all the governments to fight against terrorism” and to “protect […]

Statement of Ms. Magazine in Response to Alleged Pro-Gun Bullying

Ms. magazine has been accused of many things in its 40-year history, but shying away from controversy is something even our most vocal critics have never charged us with. We have been accused of allowing ourselves to be bullied by pro-gun commenters in the wake of publishing part one of a three-part-series by freelance contributor […]

The Great Green Harmonies

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As we honor Earth Day 2013 and think of how much we want to protect our planet’s air and water and land—let alone its precious human and animal resources—here’s an evocative video illustrating the late ecofeminist singer-songwriter Laura Nyro’s song “Trees of the Ages.” Photo by Flickr user Matt Cunnelly under license from Creative Commons […]