Q&A: Author Frances Hardinge on Writing Stories that Speak for Freedom

“Most of my main characters do eventually choose to make a stand or follow their consciences. I guess at heart I’m an optimist. I believe that we can all make the jump.”

The Feminist Bookstore Re-Envisioning What Was Once a Movement Staple

With so many feminist bookstores shutting their doors, it might seem unlikely that a new one would suddenly open them. But that’s exactly what happened when Troll Hole set up shop this April in Brooklyn.

Powered By Girl Reminds Us Why Intergenerational Feminist Activism Matters

This week, Lyn Mikel Brown’s Powered By Girl hits shelves. It’s a book about how adults can help girls organize for social and political change. It’s also a book about us.

Jessica Valenti’s “Sex Object” Doesn’t Sugar-Coat Sexism

Blending personal stories with feminist critique, Valenti’s work has the reader nodding their head and laughing, shocked and yet comforted by the recognition and depiction of the difficulty of growing up female in a world that hasn’t quite accepted the power and worth of women.

Re-Visioning Rich

Remembering and honoring Adrienne Rich’s journey is simultaneously a means of recovering and engaging with our recent feminist past.

“Love and Friendship” and the Enduring Appeal of Jane Austen

With new and delightfully surprising film adaptations like “Love and Friendship” and the unwavering idiosyncrasies of human nature, Austen shows no sign of slowing down in popularity or reach.

How Single Women Are Redefining Happily Ever After

The following review of All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister appears in the spring 2016 issue of Ms. Subscribe today for more reviews and to read our cover story on Lupita Nyong’o! Unmarried women have had it rough. Viewed with suspicion and outright hostility throughout history, single ladies—the […]

Harper Lee’s Scout Finch Was My First Real Feminist Role Model

I first read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird around the age of 10 or 11. As a voracious reader, the book was destined to cross my path long before any high school teacher assigned it to me. To this day, one of my most prized possessions remains a 1960 first-edition print that I occasionally […]

The Overwhelming Whiteness of the Publishing Industry

Reprinted with permission from Bitch A new survey examining the race and gender makeup of the publishing industry reveals what many writers and readers of color long suspected: Much like Hollywood, the publishing industry is overwhelmingly white. The brainchild of Jason Low of Lee & Low publishers, the Diversity Baseline Survey asked publishing houses and […]

The Faulty Logic of China’s Most Radical Experiment

On Oct. 29, 2015, the Chinese government announced that it was moving away from the one-child policy it had enacted more than 35 years before. After nearly four decades of mandatory sterilizations, forced abortions, skewed sex ratios, abandoned children and fines for those who violated the family-planning regulations, the policy had worked—too well. China might […]