Where Are the Women Police in Ferguson?

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Images from Ferguson, Missouri, have filled TV and computer screens around the country since the tragic killing of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson—everywhere we’ve looked we’ve seen vulnerability and anger, chaos and peaceful resistance, tragedy and triumph. But we couldn’t help but notice there seems to be one thing missing in the deluge […]

We Heart: Playboy’s “Should You Catcall Her?” Flowchart

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We know what you’re thinking: “You heart PLAYBOY?! Oh no, Ms., you’ve lost all your feminist cred.” But hear us out! Playboy.com published an infographic earlier this week that, on first glance, seems typical of the historically sexist publication. However, further investigation revealed the graphic to be delightfully—and surprisingly—feminist. The first part of the graphic, pictured below, certainly […]

California Steps Up for Sexual Assault Survivors

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Reports have consistently shown that 1 in 5 college women will experience sexual violence at some point during their university careers, and more attention has been paid to the crisis in recent months. The Obama administration has taken action to combat campus rape, and California is doing its part to move the needle as well. […]

We Spleen: Victim-Blaming by Vancouver’s Transit Police

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Women passengers in Vancouver are voicing outrage this week over a sexual assault awareness campaign recently launched by the city’s transit police. The initiative urges victims of assault to report crimes using a new text messaging service, but instead of offering support to survivors, the campaign blames the victim. Update: TransLink, the organization that oversees the Vancouver Transit […]

It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

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Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday morning to demand that the Equal Rights Amendment finally pass. The congresswomen, along with Dr. E. Faye Williams, chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Feminist Majority president (and publisher of Ms.) Ellie Smeal, NOW president Terry O’Neill and […]

NEWSFLASH: Beverly Hills Condemns Sultan of Brunei; More Groups Boycott Hotels

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International outrage surged this week over the Sultan of Brunei’s new Taliban-like laws, which will see gay men and lesbians stoned to death and women who have abortions publicly flogged. The Beverly Hills City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the laws and urging Brunei to divest its ownership in the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel. Reads […]

NEWSFLASH: Congresswoman Announces Plan for New Campus Rape Legislation

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Sexual assault is rampant on college campuses across the U.S. As we wrote in the winter/spring 2014 issue of Ms., one in five women students will be assaulted during her post-secondary career. The good news is that lawmakers are taking action to stop campus rape: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) announced earlier this month plans for federal […]

What Women-Led Movies Can Do for Hollywood

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In 2012, women made up a larger share of moviegoers than men, and yet there’s a general consensus in Hollywood that women-focused films—which attract women to movie theaters—are bad for business. In fact, the myth is so pervasive that former Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov once declared that his company would stop making films with […]

Women Journalists Shot in Afghanistan as Elections Get Underway

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Two women journalists were shot in Afghanistan Friday—one fatally—while reporting on preparations for the country’s upcoming election. Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer, and Kathy Gannon, an AP reporter who covered the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls doggedly, were observing election workers in the eastern city of Khost when an Afghan policeman approached, […]

#IBelieveAnita: Speaking Out Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

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When Anita Hill spoke out in 1991 about being sexually harassed by now-Justice Clarence Thomas, she changed the discourse on workplace sexual misconduct. In the new documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to Power, filmmaker Freida Lee Mock goes inside the trial and shows how Hill’s testimony opened a space for women to speak out about lewd workplace […]