#SayHerName: Remembering Black Women and Girls Killed by Police


Aiyana Jones. Rekia Boyd. Tarika Wilson. Duanna Johnson. Kayla Moore. The list of black women and girls victimized by police violence stretches on endlessly. The simple act of speaking their names has power. It symbolizes a refusal to forget these women and who they were. It honors the lives they lived and the loved ones […]

‘Til Death Do Us Part: Inside the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Domestic Violence Exposé


This week, The Post and Courier, a family-owned and operated newspaper in Charleston, South Carolina, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize Public Service gold medal for their in-depth investigation into the devastation wrought by domestic violence in their state. In seven heart-wrenching installments, “‘Til Death Do Us Part“ explores the roles culture, patriarchy, law enforcement and legislation play […]

Blowing the Whistle on Campus Rape

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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. The following, which highlights the work of campus anti-rape activists around the country, is excerpted from the […]

Of Rape Culture, “Grievance Culture” and Mike Tyson


I’m lucky. I made it through my college years without being raped. I did have a couple of close calls, both times when I was alone with men I had considered friends. Fortunately, my angry bravado—which covered up my fear—proved enough to short-circuit their plans. Fortunately I hadn’t been given a spiked drink that would […]

Duke Basketball Star Dismissed, But Not Until A Year After Rape Allegations Surface


Remember what happened to beloved Penn State football coach Joe Paterno? In 2001 he was fired from his position of 45 years after it was revealed that he hadn’t taken action upon learning that one of his assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky, was allegedly molesting boys. Take note, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Last month, Krzyzewski […]

A Plea to Those Who Love Bill Cosby


In the past week, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Lee Pryor joined the growing number of celebrities to publicly speak out about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. From Jay Leno to Roseanne Barr, the message from famous people has been resounding in its support for the now more than 30 women who have accused Cosby […]

Taking the Crime Out of Passion (And Helping the Women We Love)

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I don’t mean to be a Valentine’s Day killjoy. Let Cupid’s arrows fly where they may, because not only do I love love, I love singing about love. As a jazz and cabaret vocalist who has performed in clubs from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I relate to the haunting melodies and heartfelt sentiment in […]

We Don’t Need to Prove “Jackie’s” Story


TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault By now, most people will have read, or at least heard of, the Rolling Stone article that details the alleged gang rape of Jackie, a first-year student at the University of Virginia (UVA). The day I read her story, my reaction was similar to that of my female friends: […]

Dear Governor of Virginia: Please Protect College Women

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Ms. audiences by now have likely read the Nov. 19 article by the now-embattled Rolling Stone that drew attention to the alleged mishandling of rape cases at the University of Virginia. Some Ms. readers also may have followed the outpouring of outrage against the university on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. As professors in other Virginia institutions […]

How Do YOU Respond to Street Harassment? Here Are Some Suggestions


Earlier this month, thousands of people in Berlin held a vigil for Tugce Albayrak, a 23-year-old student who died at the hands of a street harasser. Albayrak bravely intervened when she witnessed a group of men harassing two teenage girls on November 15. In retaliation, one of the young men, an 18-year-old, turned on her, […]