NEWSFLASH: U.N. Committee Votes for Ban on Female Genital Mutilation


The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee unanimously called for a global ban on female genital mutilation (FGM). Describing the practice as harmful and “a serious threat to the psychological, sexual and reproductive health of women and girls,” the committee is now asking the U.N.’s 193 member states to denounce the practice, enforce legislation […]

Michigan Lawmakers Move to Establish Tax Credit for Fetuses


Last week, Michigan lawmakers introduced legislation that, if passed in the current lame-duck session, would allow pregnant women to claim fetuses of at least 12 weeks as dependents for income tax purposes. Sponsors claim that House Bills 5684 and 5685, which could translate to a $160 dollar savings for expectant parents. “Money saved there could […]

Monkeys Aren’t Too Fond of Unequal Pay, Either

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Apparently, there are a few things we can learn from our distant primate relatives. Dutch primatologist Frans de Waal conducted a fairness experiment in which he put two Capuchin monkeys side by side and had them perform the same tasks. If both monkeys are given the same reward, a piece of cucumber, then they happily […]

Report Confirms: Sexual Abuse Rampant at Lackland Air Force Base


The Air Force released last Wednesday its report on recent incidents of sexual abuse at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, where members of the Air Force undergo basic military training. According to the report, 25 military training instructors (MTIs) have been or are currently under investigation. So far, the scandal has […]

Planned Parenthood Suffers a Blow in Ohio, Continues to Fight in Texas


The 2012 election may be over, but Planned Parenthood continues to fight for federal funding in several states across the country. On Wednesday, the Health Committee of the Ohio House of Representatives voted to advance House Bill 298, which would strip $1.7 million in federal funding from Planned Parenthood. In essence, the bill would place […]

Nancy Pelosi Is Still Leader of the Pack


House Leader Nancy Pelosi announced to her caucus Wednesday morning that she will continue to serve as minority leader in the upcoming session of Congress. In a press conference Wednesday morning, Pelosi noted the huge impact women voters had on the outcome of the 2012 election: Yesterday, when we gathered here, I began my comments […]

“By the Way, We Have to Fix That”


In his acceptance speech last Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama began by thanking every American who participated in his reelection, “whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time.” Then, after a brief pause, he thoughtfully noted, “By the way, we have to fix that.” Yes indeed. […]

Ballot Measures: Big Wins for Same-Sex Marriage in 4 States, Repro Rights in FL


Last night was a celebration for feminists on so many levels, nationally and locally. Women’s voices were heard!! Among the most ballot measure victories were the passage of marriage equality-related measures in every state that they were up for a vote, and a solid rejection of anti-abortion Amendment 6 in Florida. Here is a rundown […]

Have You Completed Your Pre-Election Checklist?

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Election day is tomorrow! Are you ready to make a difference? Ms. has put together a list of last-minute items to ensure that all citizen’s voices are heard on November 6. Hopefully by this point, you’ve successfully completed the first (and most important) item on the election checklist: Register to vote, which has never been […]

What Does the Frankenstorm Mean for Women?


After two days of enduring Hurricane Sandy’s wrath, Americans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions are now experiencing the aftermath of the Frankenstorm, one of the worst natural disasters this country has ever faced. Schools, businesses and mass-transit systems were shut down Monday and Tuesday, and many are closed today as well. New York City […]