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 […]

New Coloring Book Lets You Create Your Own Feminist Icon

We’ve been writing a lot about feminist coloring books lately, including those designed for adults and kids. Well, now we’ve discovered one that caters to both audiences—and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Created by Canadian artists Katrin Leblond and Iris Glaser, Colour Her: A Mix ‘n Match Colouring Book lets users create […]

10 Reasons You Should Read Notorious RBG

It’s finally RBG day! Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a book inspired by the revered Supreme Court Justice, was released today. Written by MSNBC reporter by Irin Carmon and creator of the Notorious RBG Tumblr, Shana Knizhnik, the book follows the life of RBG, from her humble beginnings in Brooklyn to her seat on the Supreme […]

A Coloring Book Grown-Up Feminists Will Love

It’s no secret that coloring books for grown-ups are having a moment right now. They’ve been called an “alternative to meditation” and some have sold millions of copies. Well, now adult feminists have a coloring book of their own, thanks to artist Grace Miceli. Miceli’s quirky feminist coloring book is exactly the artistic outlet we wish we’d had […]

Through the Glass Ceiling and Beyond! Sally Ride’s Feminist Legacy

In the early 1960s, when Sally Ride was a child, her parents gave her a chemistry set and a subscription to Scientific American. They got her a microscope and a telescope, too, and so, from an early age, she learned to ask questions about the universe and her place within it. Along with the other students in her […]

The Feminist Coloring Book You’ve Always Dreamt of Is Finally Here

Plenty of brands, parents and even schools are embracing a more gender-neutral approach to childhood, but the options for creative kids who want to color remain limited. Princesses and gardens for girls, cars and trucks for boys—yawn! That’s why we were excited to discover Dream Big! More than a Princess. Each page of the coloring book features […]