What Makes Olivia Benson “America’s Favorite Female Character”

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Television shows that feature empowered, multi-dimensional women and girl characters seem to be having a moment. One doesn’t have to channel surf for long during a typical weekday night before coming across the face of Olivia Benson, Cookie Lyon or whatever character Jessica Lange happens to be playing on American Horror Story. Entertainment and content marking […]

Who’s Behind Your Favorite TV Shows? Certainly Not Women

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The Directors Guild of America (DGA) this week released its annual report on the gender and ethnicity of TV directors, and the results are less than promising for women and people of color: When it comes to directing TV, white men still vastly outnumber every other group of people. The “DGA TV Diversity Report” breaks down […]

Pretty Little Liars’ Transphobic Secret

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Last week, makers of the teen drama/thriller/mystery series Pretty Little Liars revealed the identity of the show’s vicious villain, “A.” “He, she, it, bitch,” as one of the liars so problematically foreshadowed, is ring-leader Alison’s long-lost brother, Charles, who transitioned to a woman, Charlotte, while living in a psychiatric ward and now goes by the […]

The Worst Things Donald Trump Has Said About Women

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In one of the best, sassiest ways possible, supermodel Heidi Klum has “trumped” Donald Trump. Just a few days ago, Trump felt it was prudent to give The New York Times his opinion on Klum’s looks: “Sadly, she’s no longer a 10.” While the internet seethed at yet another example of Trump’s overt sexism, Klum fired […]

5 Reasons We Love Amy Schumer’s Feminism

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It’s no secret that Amy Schumer is a feminist. The award-winning comedian is not shy about proclaiming her feminist predilections or calling out the patriarchy. She doesn’t censor herself for fear of being “un-ladylike” and she doesn’t allow the media to define her beauty. She speaks her mind and works tirelessly to debunk sexist stereotypes. And this month, you […]

Take a Class in Advanced TV Herstory

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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 […]

Amazing Feminist Characters on TV Right Now

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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 […]

Orange Is the New Black Is Back!

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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 […]

This Is What a Feminist Looks Like

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On Monday night, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) held its 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Awards honoring showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan. The organization recognized the two women for changing the face of media and presenting female characters who defy stereotypes and reflect real women’s lives. Cast members from the women’s series—including Scandal, […]

Honoring the Women Who Are Changing TV for the Better

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On Monday May 18, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) will honor showrunners Jenji Kohan and Shonda Rhimes at its 10th annual Global Women’s Rights Awards. The award is the highest honor given by the organization. Rhimes and Kohan are being recognized for their innovative programming that breaks sex and racial stereotypes, and gives voice to […]