X-Women and the Power of Geek Girls


In a groundbreaking step for the comic book world, X-Men has finally released its first all-women superhero team. Marvel‘s latest issue of X-Men #1, Vol. 4, brings together six female mutants—Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Psylocke—at the woman-named Jean Grey School for Higher Learning to form a mold-breaking ensemble, both for the 50-year-old X-Universe as […]

Surprising Similarities: Sandberg’s “Lean In” and Friedan’s “Feminine Mystique”

For six weeks in the spring of 2013, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In topped the New York Times bestselling nonfiction list. About exactly 50 years before, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique accomplished the same feat. The timing may be a coincidence, but it is not accidental that Sandberg’s work resonates with Friedan’s book: According to Jodi […]

The Next Step In Fighting Street Harassment? A Comic Book.

HollabackPHILLY, a branch of the anti-street harassment organization Hollaback!, hasn’t taken many breaks in the last few months. They’ve placed campaign posters on Philly subway trains, have met with companies about removing pro-harassment messages from their advertising and, last Thursday, the group sent their newly finished anti-street harassment comic book to the printer. Hollaback! started in 2005 […]

The Feminist Writing Life of Marge Piercy


A longtime favorite of feminists, author/poet/social activist Marge Piercy wrote a short story, “Saving Mother From Herself,” that we published in the last issue of Ms. magazine—it’s about a women who resists her family’s efforts to clean up what they consider her messy life. We talked to Piercy about the story, her writing and her […]

As National Poetry Month Ends, We Welcome A New Women’s Poetry Press

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The three mistresses of Headmistress Press, which launched four months ago to publish poetry by lesbians, sat down in cyberspace to talk about their poetic new venture. Mary Meriam: What came over me? I’m not sure, but suddenly I wanted a press, and I wanted it now. So last December, I asked Jessica Mason McFadden […]

Was Mary Sidney Really William Shakespeare?


Does the name Mary Sidney ring a bell? No, I thought not. According to Tudor Place, she was born into the aristocracy in 1561; was “carefully educated, acquiring a knowledge of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew;” became a member of Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Household in 1575; lost her mother, father and brother (Sir Philip Sidney) in […]

The Sisterhood of Generation I (Adult Children of Immigrants)


I’ve never met Raquel Cepeda in person, but we come from the same family. That is, the family of adult children of immigrants with our feet in two or more lands, inextricably torn between the lands of our ancestors and those of our descendents. Cepeda’s latest project, Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina, is […]

Nicole Brossard: Interview with the Lesbian-Feminist French Canadian Poet


I’m perhaps not the best reader of Nicole Brossard’s new book of poems, White Piano, first published in 2011 in French as Piano Blanc and translated for this 2013 Coach House Books edition by Erin Moure and Robert Majzels. I’m not a translator, I don’t read many poems in translation and I tend to be disappointed by […]

It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! No, It’s A Feminist Superhero!

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You may not know it yet, but there’s a new hero in town—specifically, in Gloria City, the Gotham-esque setting of the innovative online comic book My So-Called Secret Identity which just published its first issue last week. Rife with violence and bursting to the seams with a cadre of grandstanding superheroes, Gloria City is also […]

Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson


In the new issue of Ms. magazine, available on newsstands Feb. 26 and immediately on our new digital platform, we review the new biography Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson by Barbara Ransby. Most of us have heard of singer/actor/activist Paul Robeson, but Ransby reminds us that his wife was remarkable in her own […]