To Veil or Not to Veil: The Twisted Logic of Canada’s Prime Minister

shutterstock_153589073

Fear-mongering about the alleged threats of the Muslim faith took a decidedly Canadian turn last month when Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared in Parliament that covering one’s face with a niqab (a headscarf that covers every part of a woman’s face but her eyes) is “rooted in a culture that is anti-women.” Using pro-equality rhetoric to […]

Every City Needs a Trans Awareness Campaign Like this One

trans3

Vancouver is consistently named one of the most livable cities in the world, and its Park Board recently launched a program that’s making it even more appealing. Hillcrest Community Centre, built during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, became host this week to a series of posters raising awareness about the trans community and issues facing […]

Sexual Violence Against Congolese Infants Is on the Rise

shutterstock_182567492

A version of this article previously appeared on the Panzi Foundation website. When I first began working to combat mass atrocities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), I was a recovering academic. I had left a PhD program at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies with an MA, all-but-dissertation, driven by […]

Aileen Mioko Smith: Anti-Nuclear Feminist

1111_Sit-In_In_Tokyo

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. My mother was part of Women Strike For Peace in the early 1960s and, along with thousands […]

10 Badass Sikh Women in History

Sophia Duleep Kaur Singh, right, seen with her daughters Bamba and Catherine

Oftentimes, women’s contributions are overlooked because, for the most part, it is men who write history. In India, women of the Sikh faith have fought, ruled, taught and served for centuries. They have managed organizations, guided communities and led revolts. These accomplishments are admirable in their own right, and they are even more impressive when […]

Masha Hamilton: Amplifying the Voices of Afghan Women

8169220167_a769ce2289_z

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. In the words of Masha Hamilton—journalist, novelist, social activist and founder of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project—“to […]

Aurora Cáceres: Fighting for Women’s Sexual and Intellectual Liberation

Z-1

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Zoila Aurora Cáceres Moreno was a Peruvian feminist writer who dove deep into sensitive topics such as […]

Mai Bhago: The Woman Warrior Who Fought for Freedom

MaiBhago (1)

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Women are warriors. We have always been warriors, and we will always be warriors. Today, many of […]

The Weight of a Falling Sky

Runa Khan sits in a small boat in the Brahmaputra river.

The following text (accompanied by photos and videos) is excerpted from “The Weight of a Falling Sky” in the Winter 2015 issue of Ms. In that article, acclaimed author Barbara Kingsolver investigates the impact of climate change on women globally—and the creative ways that women are lifting up their communities. To read more, become a member of the Ms. […]

Victory for Girls (and Boys): Malawi Outlaws Child Marriage

malawi

The African nation of Malawi, one of the world’s poorest countries, has voted to outlaw the practice of child marriage. Legislators have approved—and President Peter Mutharika is expected to sign—a bill raising the minimum age of marriage from 15 to 18. Currently, nearly 1 in 8 Malawi girls are wed by age 15, and half […]