As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]

#WeWontGoBack: Why Abortion Must Remain Safe and Legal

In the spring of 1972—more than a year before the decision in Roe v. Wade—Ms. released a preview issue (pictured left), which featured a powerful petition signed by 53 prominent American women declaring that they’d had abortions, the vast majority of which would have been illegal. Among those who signed were cofounding Ms. editors Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman […]

Rutgers Surpasses $2 Million Mark for Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair

Reprinted with permission from Rutgers Today A little more than a year after launching a campaign to create an endowed chair in honor of modern American feminist Gloria Steinem, Rutgers University officials announced they have surpassed the $2 million mark in donations. The funds, totaling $2.1 million from more than 250 individuals and 12 foundations, put […]

Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

The Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) launched an ad campaign today that exposes the threats facing abortion providers across the country and asks the question, “When did the right to life become the right to terrorize abortion providers?” The ads (pictured left and below) feature Troy Newman, president of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue and a […]

Former Police Officer Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting 13 Black Women

After 45 hours of deliberations, a jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery, for assaulting 13 black women over the course of seven months while on duty. Holtzclaw was found guilty on five counts of first- and second-degree rape, six counts of sexual battery, […]

NEWSFLASH: Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Says He’s a “Warrior for the Babies”

After an armed, hours-long standoff with police outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. late last month month, Robert L. Dear was arrested; later, during talks with law enforcement, he spoke of “baby parts.” Now, the suspected shooter has declared his own guilt in court and seems to have made clear his motivation for […]

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 […]