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 […]

Take a Class in Advanced TV Herstory

Only about 40 percent of all speaking characters on TV are women—but Cynthia Bemis Abrams is here to celebrate those who do. Her new podcast, Advanced TV Herstory, traces the lineage of women in TV, onscreen and off, from All in the Family’s Maude Findlay (whose handling of social issues such as menopause “was necessary to propel the conversation in the […]

Is this the End of American Apparel’s Controversial Ads?

Clothing brand American Apparel is no stranger to controversy. Over the years, its risqué ads—from in-your-face billboards to shocking online campaigns—have incited everything from mild discomfort to serious complaints. And it’s no wonder why: For years, the American Apparel image has been inextricably intertwined with the exploitation of women’s bodies. Not only are AA’s models often scantily clad, many look underage and […]

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 […]

Marvel’s Blade is Getting a Badass New Lead

This past weekend, thousands of comic fans gathered in San Diego for the 46th Comic-Con International. Guests roamed the main exhibit hall, saw exclusive sneak peeks for their favorite shows and movies, and attended panels filled with esteemed authors, illustrators, directors and more. This year’s Women of Marvel panel happened on Sunday, the last day of […]

Amazing Feminist Characters on TV Right Now

Rachel Goldberg, star of the new Lifetime TV series UnREAL, is introduced on the show lying down in a limo, her T-shirt’s proclamation plainly visible: “THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE.” Rachel may not exactly be a model feminist—her day job is “making grown women cry,” as another character puts it, on a Bachelor-esque reality TV show—but we started […]

Meet the Writer of Bitch Planet, 2015’s Most Badass Comic

Are you woman enough to survive Bitch Planet? So begins every issue of Bitch Planet, a comic series that takes place in a dystopic future where Earth is run by “The Fathers,” and women who don’t fit the patriarchal vision of a “woman” (read: white, cis, thin, subservient, sexual playthings) are deemed Non-Compliant and shipped off to […]

Orange Is the New Black Is Back!

Happy Friday, Ms. readers—and happy Orange Is the New Black season three release day! Or so we thought. In a wonderful plot twist, Netflix actually released the latest season of one of our favorite shows six hours early last night. Lucky for us! If you are unfamiliar with the show, OITNB takes a bold look at the lives of women in […]

On Caitlyn Jenner and “Feminine” Beauty

Caitlyn Jenner made her bold debut on the cover of Vanity Fair this week. While we’ve talked on the Ms. Blog about privilege and trans identity and the incorrect conflation of gender identity and sexual orientation, we haven’t addressed the choice of image on Jenner’s cover and in the pages of the magazine. While we celebrate Jenner’s jubilant emergence as her […]

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 […]