Global Heroes Honored in L.A.

Kakenya Ntaiya

An Afghan rapper. The founder of the first primary school for girls in a Kenyan village. A trailblazing member of Congress who fights to create an AIDS-free generation. An advocate for women’s and children’s rights and empowerment. Tonite in Los Angeles, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) will award these four women with its […]

Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem!!


At 79, Gloria Marie Steinem–one of the founding editors of Ms. magazine–still carries the torch for the feminist movement with the same grace, fervor and boundless energy that she has for 40-plus years. As a journalist, theorist, speaker and activist, she challenges and inspires us to keep our own energy fresh for fighting the good feminist […]

The Feminist Factor: More than Half of 2012 Women Voters Identify As Feminists

Feminist Factor 2006-2012

A newly released voter poll finds that feminists, not just women in general, were key to the 2012 election results. Fully 55 percent of women voters self-identified as feminists–an increase of 9 percent since the last presidential election in 2008. And if those polled were given a follow-up question that included a definition of feminism, the […]

Happy 3rd Birthday, Ms. Blog!!

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Along with International Women’s Day, today at Ms. we also celebrate the third anniversary of the Ms. Blog going live. It’s been a labor of love and hard work by our editors, bloggers and tech support. And without our readers, well … if a blog post falls in cyberspace and nobody reads it, does it […]

Ms. Now Available on Newsstands (And on Your Mobile Devices)!

Ms - 2013 Winter Detail

Attention feminists: The Winter 2013 issue of Ms. is now on newsstands. And not only that, you can now get Ms. on your iPhone, iPad and Android! Starting with the most recent issue, you can read Ms. digitally on the go while still getting the print edition you know and love. If you become a […]

Obama’s Address: We Loved When He Honored “Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall”


We liked what we heard from the 44th president of the United States on the occasion of his second inaugural–especially about protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; recognizing and acting on climate change; paying women equitably; resolving global disputes peacefully; guaranteeing every citizen security and dignity; welcoming immigrants; and more. We’ve boldfaced some of our […]

Who Needs Feminist Media? Answers from Short-Essay Contest Winners

Mariel Quintana

This fall, Douglass Residential College–an all-woman component of Rutgers University in New Jersey–held an essay contest on the topic “Who Needs Feminist Media Today?” The prize included publication on the Ms. Blog, so here are your three winners and their thoughtful short pieces. First Place: Mariel Quintana Being alone (and sober) on a Friday night, […]

From Ms. Magazine to Top of the Media: We Heart Martha Nelson


Martha Nelson, who worked as an editor for Ms. magazine in the 1980s, has been named editor-in-chief of Time Inc. The company publishes 21 U.S. magazines, including TIME, PEOPLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, FORTUNE and InStyle. She’s worked for the company for 20 years, most recently as editorial director. Most significantly, Nelson will be the first woman […]

Thank You, Women Voters, for Marriage Equality!


According to state exit polls, the women’s vote determined the positive outcome of the marriage-equality ballot measures in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state. In addition, women in Minnesota drove the vote that struck down a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriages. If only men had voted, marriage equality would have been […]

Don’t Be Suppressed!

go vote

This election has been rife with tales of voter suppression strategies, from unnecessary voter ID laws to shortened early voting to disenfranchisement of felons. The latest news out of Florida has Gov. Rick Scott refusing to extend early voting hours even as voters faced ridiculously long waits at polling places. Reported Firedoglake, “A brief effort […]