The U.S. Just Got a D+ on Reproductive Health and Rights

A woman’s reproductive health and rights should not depend upon her zip code, but increasingly they do. The Population Institute last week released its annual 50-state report card on reproductive health and rights, and it points to alarming disparities. Four states received an A (California, New Jersey, Oregon and Washington), but 19 states received a […]

Periods Went Public in 2015: Here’s What’s Next!

From Cosmo to The Guardian to BuzzFeed to the Times of India, there has been resounding consensus that 2015 was “The  Year The Period Went Public.” NPR’s “Why 2015 Was the Year of the Period” called the year’s period positivity an “epic” phenomenon, calculating that the number of times the word menstruation was mentioned in five national news outlets […]

Toxic Culture 101: Understanding the Sexualization of Women

A year ago I decided to drive across the street from my office for lunch. I wanted to avoid the catcalls I’d endured the last time I had crossed this particular street, when a middle-aged man yelled from his red Chevy truck, “Ride my cock, baby!” I wondered what it would be like not to […]

Radio Show Takes Aim at Women With “Fat Chick/Skinny Chick” Segment

If a stranger approached you with questions about your body size, would you answer them? What if the questions were being asked by a radio talk-show host with thousands of people listening? If you’re not already uncomfortable, consider this: What if, based on a series of superficial questions about your job, eating habits and sex […]

Stop Taxing Menstruation: It’s the Fair and Equitable Thing to Do

Since when are tampons a luxury? In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands in the United Kingdom responded with outrage after Parliament failed to muster the votes to abolish the national Tampon Tax—a 5 percent surcharge on “non-essential luxury items,” feminine hygiene included. The debate took a curious turn last week, with the announcement that the £15 million in annual […]

HIV Will Not Stop Me: Girls Speak Out on World AIDS Day

It’s been 32 years since HIV was first discovered. Since then, it’s fair to say that we have come a long way. Just slightly more than 2 million people were infected with HIV in 2013, down from more than 3.6 million in 1997, the epidemic’s height. Currently, approximately 15 million people are taking anti-retroviral drugs […]

Uterus Transplants and the Social Pressures of Biological Motherhood

Last week, the Cleveland Clinic announced that it would begin performing uterus transplants on U.S. women. Over the next several years, 10 women participating in the clinic’s transplant trial will receive a uterus from a deceased donor. They’ll spend the following year healing, and then they’ll attempt to get pregnant through in-vitro fertilization. If a […]

10 Reasons to be Thankful for Birth Control

Tuesday Nov. 10 marked Thank You, Birth Control Day, and social media users celebrated by using the hashtag #ThxBirthControl to share the reasons why they’re grateful for the Pill, IUDs, contraceptive injections, condoms and more. We asked Ms. readers to share their stories of gratitude—take a look below for 10 reasons our readers are thankful for […]

Killing Women Softly: Questioning the American Cancer Society’s New Breast Cancer Guidelines

I was 44 years old when I went to the lab one lazy summer day for my annual mammogram. As I was leaving, the nurse said, “I see your doctor wants you to get a follow-up breast ultrasound, too.” One week later, after undergoing a lengthy breast sonogram and then a biopsy, my doctor called […]

Hey Politicians, Get Out of My Doctor’s Office!

It sounds like a plot line from a dystopian novella, but it’s real and happening right now: your doctor may be being forced to lie to you, and you have no way of knowing if what they are telling you is based on their expertise and scientific consensus, or if they are just mouthing the […]