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” […]

Let Girls Learn About Sex, Too

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Last week, the White House introduced a new initiative, Let Girls Learn. The initiative, spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama, seeks to keep girls in school. As a cornerstone of the program, Peace Corps volunteers will recruit and train as many as 650 community volunteers to help expand girls’ access to education around the world. […]

Anne Hutchinson: Foremother of Religious Tolerance

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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. Patriarchy still rules the roost when it comes to the world’s most popular spiritual faiths. Women are […]

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 […]

Girls’ Education: A New Priority for the White House

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The White House launched an initiative Tuesday aimed at combating girls’ reduced access to education around the globe. Let Girls Learn will use $250 million from the federal government and other sources, including private-sector donations, to fund programs dedicated to improving girls’ educational opportunities. Said President Obama in announcing the initiative: Wherever they live, whoever they […]

Canadian High Schoolers Won’t Take Dress Codes for An Answer

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“Two, four, six, eight! Give us a policy before it’s too late!” What started as a student protest to change the dress code at a Canadian high school turned into a much-needed discussion of sexual harassment—and has led to the drafting of a new district-wide policy that covers both issues. The chant was a rallying […]

“Fifty Shades of F*cked Up”: The Film on its Own Terms

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Have you heard of Fifty Shades of Grey? Of course you have. It’s everywhere. By now we probably all know the basics: damaged millionaire falls for innocent undergrad and introduces her to a world of BDSM play that’s by turns sexy and disturbing. He tries to push her into a full-time dominant/submissive contract; she tries […]