Carol Sutton: Newspaper Pioneer


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. As a women’s page editor at the Louisville Courier-Journal in the 1960s, Carol Sutton was quick to […]

Pimpkillah: Feminist Comic Hero Is Not Your Girl Next Door


When one is looking for nuanced, relatable female characters, the comic book world can be a difficult one to traverse. Women are often props for male protagonists, prizes that need to rescued, adored or ogled. Even when they do get to be the main characters who vanquish villains, they are reduced to “fighting fuck toys,” […]

Inside Wonder Woman’s Secret History


Since her creation more than 70 years ago, Wonder Woman has been a feminist icon. The Amazon warrior princess first appeared on comic book stands in 1942 and fought for love, justice, truth, beauty and, of course, women’s rights, using her famed Lasso of Truth to wrangle villains. Solidifying her place in feminist history decades […]

Kim Kardashian: The Butt of an Old Racial Joke


Reprinted with permission from The Grio Earlier this week, social media was flooded with images of Paper magazine’s winter 2014 cover featuring Kim Kardashian’s glistening posterior. The response was both explosive and polarizing. Some rolled their eyes and complained “I’m so tired of seeing her naked. She’s a mother! Put some clothes on” while others applauded her boldness and sex […]

Remembering the Real Pioneers of Lifestyle Journalism

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When Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee died last week, he was, rightfully so, lauded for many things, including the Watergate investigation. He was also recognized for his creation of the Style section in 1969 and its groundbreaking role in lifestyle journalism. Yet, when looked at through the lens of journalism history, this accomplishment becomes something […]

Elle UK Joins the #WhatAFeministLooksLike Campaign


Three cheers for feminism! We were thrilled to find out that Elle UK will soon be publishing a feminism issue. The magazine recently announced that it has chosen Emma Watson for its forthcoming cover; she’ll be pictured with the headline, “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like.” We couldn’t be more excited! The magazine has also published an […]

What The Washington Post Should Know About Editorials


The Washington Post has been in hot water over the past few weeks for publishing two controversial opinion pieces. The first, “College become the victim of progressivism,” by conservative Post columnist George F. Will, lambasted colleges for submitting to the government’s stance on campus sexual assault. He debates the accuracy of the commonly cited statistic […]

Women Don’t Fear Power. Power Fears Women.

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Reading yesterday about the abrupt firing of Jill Abramson, along with the resignation of Le Monde’s Natalie Nougayrède, was like watching a ripple of misogyny move through the air in slow motion. Similar, in fact, to watching the slow, then fast, build to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s removal from office. There’s no way to […]

Muslim Teen To Kick Butt As Marvel’s Latest Superhero


Ms. Marvel, a well-known character in Marvel comics, has come a long way since 1968, when she appeared as a muscular, sexualized blonde superhero in thigh-high patent-leather boots. The newest Ms. Marvel is a 16-year-old daughter of Pakistani immigrants from Jersey City. In February 2014, Kamala Khan will be the first Muslim woman character to […]

Turning Famous Women Writers Who Committed Suicide into a “Lookbook”


VICE Magazine ignited a firestorm a few weeks ago for their controversial photo editorial featuring to the ladies of the literati in their Women in Fiction issue. In addition to stories by Joyce Carol Oates and Mary Gaitskill and an interview with Marilynne Robinson, there is also a spread by photographer Annabel Mehran celebrating the literary […]