Can the UN’s New Goals Really Change the World?


There’s good news and bad news about the ambitious Sustainable Development Agenda that world leaders adopted Sept. 25 at the United Nations. The 17 goals and 169 targets of the new agenda create social, environmental and economic priorities to achieve well-being for the planet and everybody on it. First, the good news. The Sustainable Development […]

Global Goals Promise Transformative Change for Women and Girls


History will be made next week when world leaders adopt the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. After three years of intense negotiations, governments, civil society groups and international agencies have crafted a universal vision for the future of the world’s people and planet. The 17 goals in the 2030 Agenda aim to address […]

Mai Bhago: The Woman Warrior Who Fought for Freedom

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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

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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. […]

Happy World Population Day! Sex Ed and Family Planning Means Healthier Women and Children


In 1989, the United Nations Development Programme named July 11 World Population Day—an annual reminder that issues around population lead to aggravated pollution, the overuse of natural resources, water shortages and poverty, among other things. Improving access to family planning education and services is intimately related to addressing overpopulation, but as we celebrate the 25th World […]

“Girl Rising” Makes the Case for Worldwide Girls’ Education

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Only 30 percent of the girls in the world attend secondary school. In developing countries, one in seven girls is married off before age 15, and worldwide girls as young as 11 are forced to work as prostitutes. These harrowing numbers are what drove director Richard Robbins and a team of former ABC News journalists […]

International Planned Parenthood Federation: Still Sexy at 60


On November 29, 1952, a handful of women set out to create a different kind of world. These women—from eight family planning organizations representing the Netherlands, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, West Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States—believed that empowering women to control their own bodies was essential to creating healthy families and sustainable […]

What Does Sex Have to Do with World Peace?

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Last year, a quiet but powerful book, Sex and World Peace, was published by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and scholars. The authors, Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad F. Emmett, set out to demonstrate and document the complex but evident relationship between how girls and women are treated and the security […]

Want to Live in a Gender-Equitable Country? Move to Scandinavia.

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The World Economic Forum released its Global Gender Gap Report [PDF] this week, drawing attention once again to the dire state of gender-based inequalities worldwide. Conducted by Ricardo Hausmann of Harvard University, Laura D. Tyson of the University of California at Berkeley and Saadia Zahidi of the World Economic Forum, the report assesses 135 countries […]

Where’s the Line Between Sexism and Sensitivity?

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It was recently revealed that in a Saudi Arabian version of the IKEA catalog, all of the women were erased. Here are the similar pages from the U.S. and Saudi Arabian catalogs side-by-side: After an outcry over this revelation began, IKEA responded by called the removal of women a “mistake” “in conflict with the IKEA […]