Know Your November Ballot: Health Care


In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Ms. will be outlining state ballot initiatives and referenda of major significance to women. When President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law on March 23, 2010, a series of health-care reforms were put in place to be carried out over the subsequent four years. […]

Indiana Can’t Withold Medicaid Funding from Planned Parenthood


As of Tuesday, the state of Indiana cannot cut Medicaid funding from the the local Planned Parenthood affiliate. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a June 2011 injunction which blocked a law intended to restrict Planned Parenthood of Indiana from accessing the state’s Medicaid program. The law, initiated by Governor Mitch Daniels, was intended […]

As Soon As They Graduate College, Women Face a Pay Gap


The American Association for University Women (AAUW) has released a report which finds that, one year out of college, millennial women immediately face a wage gap, making just 82 cents compared to their male counterparts’ dollar. “Graduating to a Pay Gap” focuses on men and women who graduated in 2008 and then engaged in full-time […]

We Heart: Inês Almeida, for Defending Healthy Girlhood!


Dressing like a girl does not have to solely entail wearing loud shades of pink and excessive glitter, and toys for girls should not be limited to sexualized dolls with pouty lips, unrealistic proportions and scanty clothing. Unfortunately, due to the messages marketing and media are sending, too many girls do not realize this. Because […]

Want to Live in a Gender-Equitable Country? Move to Scandinavia.

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The World Economic Forum released its Global Gender Gap Report [PDF] this week, drawing attention once again to the dire state of gender-based inequalities worldwide. Conducted by Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University, Laura D. Tyson of the University of California at Berkeley and Saadia Zahidi of the World Economic Forum, the report assesses 135 countries […]

Know Your November Ballot: Jobs, Wages and Economic Policy

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In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Ms. will be outlining state ballot initiatives and referenda of major significance to women. There are a variety of initiatives pertaining to economic policy on state ballots this November, ranging from affirmative action to teacher’s rights to union election representation. Oklahoma could join several states in banning […]

Tina and Amy To Host Golden Globes–Warm Fuzzy Hugs Enwrap Our Souls


Following Monday’s announcement that Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) will jointly host the Golden Globe awards January 13, women and men alike were giddy at the prospect. This is the first time the Globes have been hosted by two women, and the fact that it is these two women–two of […]

We Heart: Katherine Fenton for Bringing Women’s Rights to the Debate Stage

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Last night, 24-year-old pre-K teacher Katherine Fenton asked a question that (finally) instigated a discussion on women’s rights between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama: In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 [it's actually 77] percent of what their male counterparts earn? Fenton’s […]

Candy Crowley in the Spotlight


Much of the buzz around today’s presidential debate does not concern economic policy, foreign affairs or the War on Women. No, much of the hoopla centers on a third party: the debate moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley. Debate moderators have been given particular attention this election season, and their performances have been rated as intently as […]

Know Your November Ballot: Civil Rights


In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Ms. will be outlining state ballot initiatives and referenda of major significance to women. This election, four civil rights-related issues of note will be on ballots in Alabama and California. In Alabama, citizens will have the power to remove the grossly outdated presence of racial segregation in […]