6 Celebrity Teens Who Have Spoken Up for Gender Equality


Recently, 16-year old actor Amandla Stenberg drew both praise and criticism when she called out reality TV star Kylie Jenner for posting a photo of herself to Instagram wearing cornrows. Even though Stenberg was criticized by adults and attacked by many of Jenner’s 29.5 million social media followers, she didn’t back down from her point: If Jenner […]

Why Kylie Jenner Gets to Be “Just a Kid,” But Amandla Stenberg Doesn’t

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Another day, another incident of unapologetic cultural appropriation. Recently, reality TV star Kylie Jenner posted a selfie to her Instagram where she was sporting cornrows and mean-mugging the camera. The photo quickly drew criticism from her 29.5 million followers, some of which came from Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg. In a comment on Jenner’s Instagram that has […]

New Report Shows the Powerful Effect of Working Moms


Want girls to grow up and be successful in the workplace? Support their working mothers. According to a report released last month, working mothers have an extremely positive impact on their children’s future well-being—particularly their daughters. The study, published through Harvard Business School, found that maternal employment had a direct effect on gender role models in the home and […]

A Black Mother Weeps for America


They are not insurgents. They are not enemy combatants. They are not hostile enemy forces. They are not terrorists. They are our Black sons. And I beg you, America, to stop killing them in their own backyards, in the streets outside of nightclubs, on the phone talking to their girlfriends, and a few blocks from […]

Why We Can Still Learn From a ’70s Sex-Ed Comic


In a recent Fusion article, writer Sam Meier chronicled the fraught history of a newly re-discovered sex-ed comic from the ’70s called Ten Heavy Facts About Sex. According to Meier’s research, back in the groovy year 1971, Sol Gordon, a professor of child and family studies at Syracuse University, used the comic to deliver honest, far-out […]

A Girl Scout Group Returned a $100,000 Gift for a Great Reason


The Girl Scouts may be more often associated with Tagalongs than transgender activism, but that could soon change. The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a check for $100,000—nearly a quarter of the council’s annual financial assistance funding for girls who need scholarships. But the gift—from a donor who has not been publicly identified—came with a condition: Please […]

Black Girls Matter

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The following is excerpted from the latest issue of Ms. To read the entire article, get a print or digital subscription today! In 2012, 6-year-old Salecia Johnson was arrested and handcuffed in a Georgia school for having a temper tantrum. In 2007, 16-year-old Pleajhai Mervin was arrested after she dropped cake on the floor in […]

A Condom Designed With Women’s Pleasure in Mind

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Compared to everything from a “sandwich bag” to a “balloon stuck between my legs,” the female condom isn’t exactly beloved, or even well-known, in the United States. (For some, female condoms are even “just ew.”) But a new condom called the VA w.o.w Condom Feminine, created by the Michigan-based company IXü, may just change those […]

Rachel Dolezal, Transracialism & What to Learn From Black Allyship Gone Wrong

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The past week has been filled with conversations about the now-infamous Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who has successfully passed as black since around 2006 or 2007. In that time, she has become a known activist, Africana Studies professor, public speaker who specializes in race and gender and the president of the Spokane, Washington chapter […]

The Trans Icons You Should Know About

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This month, as 2015’s LGBTQ Pride celebrations kick off around the world, trans activist Reina Gossett and filmmaker Sasha Wortzel begin production on Happy Birthday, Marsha!, a narrative short film celebrating trans justice pioneers and lifelong friends Marsha P. (“Pay It No Mind”) Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. The Ms. Blog caught up with Gossett, Wortzel […]