The Great Last-Name Debate

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Here is a fun experiment for you to try on your husband-to-be. Ask him if he would have considered taking your last name instead of keeping his own when you got married. Based on what I have experienced, I bet that most men will immediately say no and provide you with a very creative answer. […]

My Hair, My Self

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A few weeks ago, I went with my friend Stacey to pick up her daughter from school. As my friend’s daughter, Elizabeth, and two of her friends, Sarah and Lydia, piled into the backseat, Stacey told her daughter that the stuff they’d ordered for her hair had come in the mail. Elizabeth excitedly opened the […]

New Feminist Mom: This Easter, Choose People—Not Projects

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Ashley Steimer-King is a lifelong feminist and a first-time mom. In her column, New Feminist Mom, she’ll be exploring issues such as co-parenting, finding work/life balance and raising feminist children.   Taking a nap, making deviled eggs for an Easter picnic, hanging out with my son and his “Auntie Bug” (also known as my little […]

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects on the Women of Passover

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Reprinted with permission from the American Jewish World Service. Read the original post here. On Passover, which begins tomorrow night, Jews are commanded to tell the story of the Exodus and to see ourselves as having lived through that story, so that we may better learn how to live our lives today. The stories we […]

Kakenya Ntaiya: Fighting Child Marriage

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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. Kakenya Ntaiya has ambition to spare. She told me once, while we hiked together in Northern California, […]

Why Laura Kipnis is Really, Really Wrong About Teacher-Student Affairs

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Over the past nine months, I’ve been working with an academic senate task force made up of faculty members, staff and students to address concerns about sexual violence on our campus. While the group came together in the wake of a high-profile gang rape, we have spent a lot of time talking about sexual harassment […]

Sara Hurwitz: The First Orthodox Jewish Rabba

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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. At this point in history, nearly every religious denomination allows women to be members of the clergy. […]

Ai-jen Poo, Still Alice and the “Care Revolution”

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“In the darkest of times, you can always find incredible oases of connection, of care and of love,” said Still Alice director Wash Westmoreland to an intimate gathering of some of Hollywood’s most inspiring artists and creative leaders at Soho House in West Hollywood last Monday. Celebrating the remarkable activist work of 2014 MacArthur “Genius” fellow […]

Hey Fashion Industry, Racism Is Never in Style

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The fashion industry really grossed me out over the past couple of weeks. Item One: Canadian designers Dean and Dan Caten’s Dsquaw collection at Milan Fashion Week. If you’ve never heard the term “squaw,” it’s a racist slang word referring to an indigenous North American woman (i.e. a First Nations woman in Canada. or a Native […]

The Ethics of Iran’s Virginity Pills

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Virginity has long been regarded as a sacred state of being—with inextricable ties to a patriarchal, heteronormative and archaic narrative of what it means to “lose” it. In some cultures, the act of losing one’s virginity signifies a woman’s deflowering, her “coming-of-age,” her much-anticipated arrival into society’s—and her partner’s—awaiting arms. For some societies, though, losing it “too soon” […]