NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Protects Pregnant Workers


If a business already accommodates workers who have temporary disabilities, they can’t refuse to accommodate a pregnant employee. And they can’t use cost as an excuse. That’s essentially what the U.S. Supreme Court decided Wednesday, with a 6-3 vote, in the case of Young v. UPS. The facts of the case follow, as presented by […]

Happy Birthday to Us! The 5 Top Blog Posts from the First 5 Years of the Ms. Blog


On International Women’s Day, 2010, we launched the Ms. Blog—so today we celebrate our fifth anniversary. What a great time we’ve had covering a global spectrum of women’s news and analysis, from politics to the arts, from justice to media, from work to sex. We’re thrilled that we can augment the quarterly, longer-form coverage in Ms. […]

NEWSFLASH: DOJ Finds Rampant Racial Bias Among Ferguson Police


While the Department of Justice has chosen not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson—who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown last year—the DOJ has found evidence of rampant racial bias on that city’s police force. The DOJ spent the last six months investigating Ferguson’s police department, examining arrest and ticketing records […]

Lesley Gore and Her Feminist Anthems


One of the treasured women of pop music died on Monday: Lesley Gore. A hitmaker at the age of 16 with the indelible “It’s My Party,” she followed that up with what she called “the first truly bitchy song,” “Judy’s Turn to Cry,” and then with one of the first and greatest proto-feminist anthems, “You […]

Victory for Girls (and Boys): Malawi Outlaws Child Marriage


The African nation of Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, has voted to outlaw the practice of child marriage. Legislators have approved—and President Peter Mutharika is expected to sign—a bill raising the minimum age of marriage from 15 to 18. Currently, nearly 1 in 8 Malawi girls are wed by age 15, and half […]

In the Latest Issue of Ms.: Angelina Jolie Fights Child Marriage


We’re thrilled to announce that the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. is here—and we’ve put human rights activist Angelina Jolie on our cover. In this issue, we explore Jolie’s fight to end child marriage, and reveal that before age 18, an estimated one-third of girls in developing countries will become brides. These child marriages not only […]

NEWSFLASH: Sen. Barbara Boxer Won’t Run for Reelection


One of the most stalwart supporters of women’s rights in the U.S. Senate has announced in an interview with her grandson that she will retire from office at the end of her term in 2016. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is currently 74 and has served in the Senate since 1993. For the 10 years before […]

What’s Next for Contraception?

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The Pill was revolutionary for women, condoms were a major milestone in the fight against STIs, and new forms of birth control—such as the vaginal ring—gave women more control over their reproductive decisions. But what does the future hold for women and men? Take a look a the infographic below, from Online Health and NeoMam Studios, and […]

We Heart: “This Is What a Yogi Looks Like”

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Who do you imagine when you imagine a yogi? If you’re going along with the mainstream pop culture rendition of yogis, you’re seeing a conventionally attractive, young, able-bodied, petite white woman doing a downward dog in Lululemon yoga pants. But the truth is, the practitioners of yoga are much more diverse than this idealized imagery […]

NEWSFLASH: Football’s Ray Rice Reinstated by NFL


Running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his fiancée with a punch in an elevator in February, has been reinstated by the National Football League after a judge accepted his appeal of an indefinite suspension by the league. Rice’s contract was terminated by his team, the Baltimore Ravens, so even though he’s again eligible to […]