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 […]

Michelle Obama Just Dropped a Badass Girls’ Empowerment Anthem

Earlier this week we asked the question, “Can a ‘feminist anthem’ ever truly be feminist?” after the women of Saturday Night Live poked fun at women’s empowerment songs. Well, one of the nation’s most powerful women just offered up an answer to that question—and it’s a resounding yes. As part of the Obamas’ Let Girls Learn […]

Lupita Nyong’o and the Value of Visibility

This article appears in the spring 2016 issue of Ms. Subscribe today to read more from the current issue featuring cover woman Lupita Nyong’o! After appearing in North America’s highest-grossing movie of all time this winter—Star Wars: The Force Awakens—Lupita Nyong’o has turned up in an unexpected place. Not as wife to Will Smith’s doctor in […]

Why A Cappella Groups Across the Country Are Singing for Rape Survivors

On the heels of Lady Gaga’s stirring performance of “Til It Happens To You” at this year’s Academy Awards, the filmmakers behind The Hunting Ground, for which the song was written, are calling on college-student singers nationwide to help raise awareness about the country’s campus rape crisis. Til It Happens To You: Sing For Survivors Contest invites college a cappella groups to submit a rendition […]

Painting the Naked Female Gaze

Rose Freymuth-Frazier is no stranger to criticism. Recently, the 37-year-old figurative realist painter received an incensed email from an older man, asking why she insisted on creating such “grotesque” paintings. “He was a fan of my ‘other’ work,” Freymuth-Frazier says, “but he just couldn’t understand who I was so angry at. Was it my parents? […]

Think Mormons Can’t Be Feminists? These Women Will Prove You Wrong

A new documentary short is pushing open the doors of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to reveal the Mormon feminists driving a grassroots movement to integrate women into the church’s all-male priesthood. Where We Stand, from filmmaker Kristine Stolakis, offers a powerful counterpoint to the notion that Mormonism and feminism are mutually exclusive. Though Stolakis herself is […]

Not Only Is Oscar So White, He’s Got Some Serious Gender Issues

The recent #OscarsSoWhite controversy drew attention to the lack of diversity in Hollywood and prompted changes to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ membership rules. Producers of the annual awards show, which airs this weekend, also responded by boldly declaring that this year’s event “will be the most diverse ever”—though one look at the latest group […]

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 […]

5 Ways You Can Help Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women Last month’s announcement of the 2016 Oscar nominees put Hollywood’s much-debated diversity problem on blast. For the second year in a row, no people of color were nominated in any major acting category. As the conversation continues, activists are rightly pointing out that Hollywood’s issues […]