7 Chicana Feminist Authors You Should Be Reading


I am a woman of color. If you are too, you probably understand my frustration when I say it was nearly impossible to find role models in the mainstream media as a child. I don’t know about you but, that doesn’t sit well with me. As a young Chicana/Xicana, I probably read fewer than a handful […]

A Harrowing Reminder of the Anti-Abortion Climate in Chile


Early in 2015, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced a goal for her presidency: to end the country’s total ban on abortion. Currently, women in Chile can face up to five years in prison for undergoing the procedure—with no exceptions for rape, incest or the life of the mother—unless the abortion is “accidental.” Given the legal climate, […]

10-Year-Old Paraguayan Girl Denied an Abortion


On April 21, a 10-year-old girl and her mother walked into the Trinidad Maternity and Children’s Hospital in Asunción, Paraguay. The girl (whose name has been withheld) complained of sharp pains in her stomach, which appeared visibly swollen. Worried her daughter might have a tumor, the girl’s mother asked doctors to examine her. What they […]

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


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 […]

Calafia: Re-appropriating the Amazon Queen


Well-known Latin American folklore/saints have been presented through the eyes of the colonizer for centuries now. Stories of La Llorona (the bad mother), La Malinche (the traitor) and Santa Maria de Guadalupe (the good mother) have been labeled this way since the time of colonization. However, many Chicana/Xicana academics have reclaimed these images by revealing the complexities […]

Chile Denies Abortion for 11-Year-Old Rape Victim


At age 11, Belén is 14 weeks pregnant. Her pregnancy, which occurred after she was repeatedly raped over the past two years by her mother’s partner, has been deemed by medical professionals as a danger to her health. Despite the risks involved for both her and the fetus, Belén has no choice but to see the […]

Turning the Corner on Sex Workers’ Rights in Argentina


The Association of Women Sex Workers in Argentina in Action for Our Rights (AMMAR) has painted the walls of Buenos Aires with new ads demanding legal protection for female sex workers. The ads, commissioned by AMMAR and designed by the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, are carefully positioned on various street corners, revealing a sexualized woman on one side […]

El Salvadoran Woman Finally Ends Life-Threatening Pregnancy

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Beatriz (a pseudonym), the 22-year-old El Salvadoran woman who was in desperate need of an emergency abortion in order to survive, finally underwent a C-section after being granted permission by the El Salvador health minister. The El Salvador Supreme Court had refused Beatriz an abortion despite the fact that both she and the fetus would have […]

The Criminalization of Abortion Continues in Mexico


In the last five years, 127 women have been put on trial for abortion in Mexico. When Laura, a 22-year-old woman from Puebla, went to the emergency room because she was hemorrhaging, she ended up under arrest. Puebla is a Mexican state that has created laws to “protect life, starting at conception,” and local hospital […]

The Struggle for Abortion Rights in Ecuador

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Rafael Correa, the popular and newly re-elected leftist president of Ecuador, is driving a “citizens’ revolution” committed to progressive principles and economic growth. This week he voiced unconditional support for contraception, including emergency contraception. This unprecedented support for access to sexual and reproductive health care is particularly welcome, as women’s rights advocates were beginning to […]