The Syrian Refugee Struggle No One’s Talking About

Yesterday’s New York Times ran a story about how migrants rushing to cross Europe, though resourceful and adaptable, are facing a new threat they can’t evade: winter. But there is another thing that the girls and women among the migrants cannot avoid, and that is their monthly menstruation. Few among us would grab extra underwear and sanitary pads […]

The Taliban’s Reign of Terror in Kunduz

President Obama announced this week that several thousand U.S. troops would remain on the ground in Afghanistan through the end of his term in 2017. The administration’s goal is to protect the nation’s fragile democracy from another takeover by the Taliban, a group that ruled viciously until 2001. Under Taliban control, women were not allowed to work, go […]

NEWSFLASH: U.S. Troops to Remain in Afghanistan

The Obama Administration declared Thursday that U.S. troops will remain on the ground in Afghanistan through the end of the president’s term in 2017. Below is a statement from the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms., supporting the decision. The Feminist Majority Foundation supports President Obama’s decision to delay the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. […]

Half-Full/Half-Empty: What the U.N. Has Done for Women and Girls

Ellen Chesler and Terry McGovern have co-edited a timely and important collection of analytical essays and personal reflections in their new volume, Women and Girls Rising. The volume tries—and largely succeeds—to offer a thoughtful reckoning of the influence of the U.N. Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995. It is part of a series […]

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 […]

Stand Up for Congo

Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, raged against his community, international NGOs, the government and Congolese men—all of whom in his view do nothing to prevent the atrocities and devastation still being perpetrated on women in Eastern Congo today. “Why is no one standing up to protect the women and children? Where […]

A True Hero

The word “hero” is used far too often today. It seems as though we bandy the word around for actions that should be considered normal human behavior. In my travels to Congo with Jewish World Watch, however, I have had the honor to meet several of the real heroes in the world. Some of these […]

Powerful Photos Show the Crisis Facing Canada’s Aboriginal Women

Between 1980 and 2012, more than 1,100 Aboriginal women in Canada were murdered, and in 2013 there were 164 Aboriginal women who had been missing for more than 30 days. Those numbers come into shocking relief when the small population of Aboriginal—also known as First Nations—women is compared with the total number of missing and […]

Meet the Women Supplying Refugees with Menstrual Products

Imagine being uprooted from your community and having to flee for your life with just a few of your belongings. Imagine that, on top of having to navigate such hardship, you’re also menstruating. Where would you access pads, tampons, liners? It’s not exactly something that those managing refugees camps would think to prioritize when already attempting to provide […]

Meryl Streep’s New Film Tackles “A Fate Worse Than Death”

In the new documentary Shout Gladi Gladi, narrated by multiple Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep, filmmakers Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy focus their lens on the women of war-torn Sierra Leone and Malawi, who suffer from an affliction many in their communities describe as a fate worse than death: obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula—which occurs during days-long obstructed labor—is a […]