Time’s “Person of the Year” Is a Woman for the First Time in 29 Years

Today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was named Time’s 2015 Person of the Year for her leadership on the Syrian refugee and Greek debt crises. Merkel becomes just the fourth woman to win the honor—outside of a group of winners—since it was first presented in 1927. She is also the first individual woman to win since […]

After Years of Exclusion, Women Can Finally Serve in All Military Roles

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that all military combat jobs will be opened up to women beginning next year, adding that “there will be no exceptions.” “Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer,” Carter said at a press conference. “In the 21st century, that requires […]

Spotify Announces Impressive Parental Leave Program

On Thursday, music-streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a broad parental leave program that includes six months’ leave for new mothers and fathers. Effective immediately, the Swedish-born company is offering full-time employees time off with 100 percent pay, which can be broken up into three separate periods and taken within the first three years of a child’s life (employees who become […]

At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Induced Their Own Abortions

The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) yesterday released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion. The report found that at least 100,000 Texas women have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance. These findings demonstrate that in the face of burdensome restrictions on abortions, like Texas’ onerous House Bill 2 (HB2), women […]

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

The Supreme Court announced today that it will review a Texas anti-abortion law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion. “Today, my heart is filled with hope,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and president of Whole Woman’s Health, […]

Adele: “I’m a Feminist”

In case you needed another reason to love Adele, she offered one in a recent interview. While making the publicity rounds for her forthcoming album, 25, due out Nov. 20, the Grammy- and Academy Award-winning singer sat down with Rolling Stone to talk life, music, motherhood and more. And while she might not be aware that there’s a […]

Catch Gloria Steinem in a City Near You!

The latest offering from Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road, has met with rave reviews. And for good reason. From tales of riding women-only train cars in India to traveling the country giving talks with Florynce Kennedy, My Life on the Road captures not just the breadth and depth of Steinem’s life, but also the rich tapestry of […]

Tell NBC to #DumpTrump!

NBC announced last week that Donald Trump would host Saturday Night Live on Nov. 7. The response to the announcement was swift—and scathing. The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and other Hispanic groups wrote a letter to NBC CEO Stephen Burke and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels saying they were “flabbergasted” by the decision to have Trump host […]

The Taliban’s Reign of Terror in Kunduz

President Obama announced this week that several thousand U.S. troops would remain on the ground in Afghanistan through the end of his term in 2017. The administration’s goal is to protect the nation’s fragile democracy from another takeover by the Taliban, a group that ruled viciously until 2001. Under Taliban control, women were not allowed to work, go […]