Why Aren’t There More Women in Tech?

Reprinted with permission from NextGeneration. Women are underrepresented in the tech sector. Not only that, but they’re underpaid, often passed over for promotions and faced with everyday sexism. It’s no wonder women are more likely to leave the industry within a year compared to their male counterparts. So what’s going on? To dissect the problem, […]

Tech Companies Take Big Leaps On Family Leave

Less than a week after Netflix announced that it would being offering corporate employees up to a year off to care for new babies, both Microsoft and Adobe Systems Inc. have joined the rising tide of tech companies with progressive parental leave policies. Last Wednesday, Microsoft announced that all new parents will receive 12 weeks […]

Bill Cosby and #TheEmptyChair

On Sunday evening, New York magazine released a devastating story featuring the first-hand accounts from 35 women Bill Cosby has allegedly assaulted. Yet perhaps the most unsetting aspect of the story was not its words, but its cover: the women sitting side-by-side, in stark black and white, feet flat on the ground—and at the end of the line, one empty chair. As New […]

Taking On Twitter’s Worst Trolls

Any woman who’s ever been on Twitter knows harassment is de rigueur—and a new study from Women, Action and the Media (WAM!) confirms that once and for all. The study found that women on Twitter are subject to many forms of harassment, including threats of violence and revenge porn, but endure hate speech (sexist, racist and homophobic […]

The Top 10 Ways to Spot a Feminist

At the prompting of a right-wing radio show host, the sexist trolls and meninists of the Twitterverse banded together under the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist yesterday, ridiculing women and men who, you know, want an egalitarian society. Trite and unoriginal, the #tcot community collectively chortled over the tired stereotypes that all feminists are ugly, hairy, whiny and can’t […]

Interactive Computer Games Give Women Choices

Access to reproductive health care and family planning services in the U.S. has diminished considerably during the last several years. While national debates regarding abortion and contraception insurance soared, many states drastically reduced their funding for family planning. This budget cut hit particularly hard in Texas, where lawmakers slashed funds by nearly two-thirds, forcing half […]

Gender-Balancing Wikipedia, One Article at a Time

Over International Women’s Day weekend, dozens of feminists armed with laptops came to the Ms. magazine offices to reclaim the largest encyclopedia in the world: Wikipedia. A collaboration between Ms. and the Fembot Collective, the Ms. Fembot Edit-A-Thon aimed to “contribute to the digital legacy of women, trans and/or gender non-conforming scientists, writers, scholars, filmmakers, […]

Amy Goodman: Speaking Truth to Power

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 role of reporters is to go to where the silence is and say something.” – Amy […]

Downton Gabby’s Bawdy Feminist Commentary

Fans of Downton Abbey will know the forlorn feeling I’m talking about: It’s when a cliff-hanging final scene ends and you are left with the sad realization (and a mysterious craving for PBS advertisers’ Viking River Cruises and Ralph Lauren floor-length yellow skirts) that you have to wait an entire week to bask in the […]

Up For Debate: Newsweek’s Silicon Valley Cover

Is the Newsweek cover above sexist? Depends on who you’re talking to. When the cover, depicting a cursor lifting up a faceless woman’s skirt, leaked ahead of its accompanying feature story on sexism in Silicon Valley, Twitter lit up with condemnation. Many felt it too closely mirrored what it was trying to critique: Some women […]