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. The posters read: If it doesn’t feel right, […]

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 Feminist Majority president (and publisher of Ms.) Ellie Smeal, NOW president Terry O’Neill and other feminist leaders and activists, called on legislators to codify women’s equality in […]

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 […]

Probation for Raping a 3-Year-Old?

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A mind-boggling report in a Delaware newspaper recently revealed that Robert H. Richards IV, heir to the DuPont chemical fortune, pleaded guilty in 2009 to raping his then-3-year-old daughter, but got off without a lick of jail time. Instead, Judge Jan Jurden sentenced him to eight years probation. Richards’ crime—fourth-degree rape—is a felony that carries a […]

When Cops Rape Crime Victims

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Just this month, three police officers in different cities have been charged with raping women who called the police for help: March 20, Baltimore: A police officer with Baltimore’s MTA, the local transit authority, was charged with raping a woman who called for help after her car was hit by a city bus. Officer Martez Johnson responded […]

What Gloria Steinem Means to Me

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Gloria Steinem, co-founding editor of Ms., turns 80 today. In honor of her birthday, we asked friends and colleagues of hers to answer this question: “What does Gloria mean to you?” Below, read touching stories of Gloria’s life and legacy from those who have loved, admired and learned from her over the last eight decades. Happy […]