Sen. Patty Murray: A Champion for Paid Sick Days

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The Healthy Families Act has a new sponsor, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), and she’s proving to be not just a backer but a champion for paid sick days. A few weeks ago, Sen. Murray surprised many observers by introducing a non-binding budget amendment calling for workers to earn seven paid sick days—the terms of 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 […]

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 […]

Clara B. Spence: Ahead of Her Time

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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. Educator, women’s and civil rights advocate, adoption pioneer and civic leader Clara B. Spence (1862-1923) is an […]

COFFEE: Where Feminism And Family Intersect

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Imagine a space where feminism and family intersect. Where people from all walks of life get together to discuss—productively—the changing face of what constitutes a family, how they’re “made,” what they need to thrive and succeed and the various obstacles in their way. Where the topics tackled move beyond the work/life balance trope that, while […]

Pass the Turkey, Spread the Feminism

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Family holidays are ripe with opportunities to insert feminist commentary and social critique. With each holiday tradition, there’s ample material to pick apart, analyze and either support or condemn. But ultimately, Thanksgiving is about celebrating community and togetherness—two staples I’ll neither condemn nor disrupt. In the meantime, here are a few ways to rock the […]

Show-and-Tell Feminism for Dads of Daughters

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Last week, in response to a widely shared piece on The Huffington Post by Bret Spears entitled “10 Things No One Ever Told Me About Having a Daughter,” Tracy Moore, a writer at Jezebel, asked “Why must men have a daughter to suddenly get that girls are people?” In a similar vein, back in July […]

Poor Women Are NOT Having Babies for Money

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When I was young, my mom was on welfare. She wasn’t unlike other moms on our South Los Angeles block: single, working multiple jobs and doing her best to keep her head above water. She cared deeply for my brother, my sister and me. We knew she did, because in order to make sure we […]

We’re Glad That Marriage Equality Makes Alito and Scalia Mad

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Today’s Supreme Court marriage decisions are big news for all U.S. citizens who care about equality. Not only do the rulings affirm the democratic principle of equal rights for all, they also signal a victory for the idea of equality within marriage—whether you’re gay or straight. The battle lines in these cases have to do with […]

Kids’ Toys: More Gendered Than Ever

Megan Perryman’s 5-year-old daughter was browsing toys in a store. She picked up a toy recorder and her expression quickly changed as if she had done something wrong. “Oh no,” she said. “I’ve got the boys’ one!” In her own childhood, Perryman didn’t feel limited to only playing with “girls’” toys. She says boys and […]