The 5 Best Things Obamacare Has Done for Women

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Five years ago today, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. Since then, despite at least 50 attempts by Republicans to repeal the law and more than 100 court challenges to the Act’s contraceptive mandate, more than 16 million Americans have gained health coverage because of the ACA, according to the White House. “Five […]

We Heart: Terry Crews, Fierce Feminist

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You might know that Terry Crews is a former NFL player or that he plays a sweet-tough cop on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. But you may be surprised to learn that he’s also a badass feminist. Crews recently spoke to DAME magazine’s Alanna Schubach about masculinity, women in the workforce and rape culture in sports, and boy did he have some […]

NEWSFLASH: Gym Classes Opened to Saudi Girls

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For the first time, schools in Saudi Arabia will offer gym classes to girls. As the country’s obesity rate for women and young people climbs, many welcome the change. “I think it’s a big deal because this is a way of acknowledging publicly that women need to get the same treatment or care that males […]

Hey Fashion Industry, Racism Is Never in Style

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The fashion industry really grossed me out over the past couple of weeks. Item One: Canadian designers Dean and Dan Caten’s Dsquaw collection at Milan Fashion Week. If you’ve never heard the term “squaw,” it’s a racist slang word referring to an indigenous North American woman (i.e. a First Nations woman in Canada. or a Native […]

Girls’ Education: A New Priority for the White House

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The White House launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at combating girls’ reduced access to education around the globe. Let Girls Learn will use $250 million from the federal government and other sources, including private-sector donations, to fund programs dedicated to improving girls’ educational opportunities. Said President Obama in announcing the initiative: Wherever they live, whoever they […]

Leslie Knope’s 7 Greatest Feminist Achievements

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Last night, fans of Parks and Recreation bid a fond and tearful farewell to their favorite city employee, Leslie Knope, as the series aired its final episode. Here at Ms., we were especially sad to say goodbye to Amy Poehler’s endlessly upbeat, hyper-motivated and earnest Knope—a public servant in Pawnee, Indiana—because she offered up a consistently wonderful portrayal […]

The Top 5 Most Feminist Oscars Moments

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While we’re not quite ready to call last night the #FeministOscars—there were some majorly ugh-worthy moments (hey, Sean Penn)—there was certainly lots to cheer for. Join us on a journey through the Oscars most feminist moments: 1. The #AskHerMore campaign ruled the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon got on board with the #AskHerMore campaign before the […]

Patricia Arquette is Right: We Need an ERA

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At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Oscar winner Patricia Arquette used her moment at the podium to speak out for women’s equality. Accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, Arquette said, To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal […]

How Did Women in Film Fare in 2014?

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Ellen DeGeneres may have hosted the Oscars last year, but that was one of the few ways Hollywood did right by women in 2014. According to a new report from Martha Lauzen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, women comprised a meager 12 percent […]

Activists Stay the Course Against Trade Deal

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Activists opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal currently being negotiated by the U.S. and 10 other Pacific Rim nations, gathered in a park across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday to call on Congress to stop the fast-track of the deal. While the TPP has been criticized for many reasons, the […]