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 […]

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 […]

This Is What a Feminist Looks Like


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 […]

The Women Who Run the Show


This article appears in the Spring 2015 issue of Ms. To read our exclusive interviews with Shonda Rhimes and Jill Soloway, subscribe today! Back in 1973, when Linda Bloodworth-Thomason was hired as a writer on TV’s M*A*S*H, the only thing she knew for sure is that her work couldn’t be ordinary. “It was the case then and it’s […]

6 Feminist TV Shows You Can Watch Right Now


Sick of male protagonists saturating your television screen? It wouldn’t surprise us. Studies show that female characters in television shows only make up less than 40 percent of speaking roles—and when they do, those roles are too often trope-saturated, hypersexualized caricatures of real women. But the last couple of years have brought us a handful of […]

Hoodwinked by Pandora

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Pandora jewelry has released a video ad entitled “The Unique Connection” featuring a group of children who, when blindfolded, are able to single out their mothers from a crowd using scent and touch. Set to Joshua Radin’s folky “Celebrate Her,” the moms watch anxiously as the children hesitatingly stumble […]

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart Replacement? Very Meh.


Trevor Noah could be the funniest man in recorded history or someone on par with Gallagher: Either way, he’s yet another male host in the late-night talk-show universe. The South African comedian, who will succeed Jon Stewart at The Daily Show later this year, is biracial—which means that Comedy Central has not one but two […]

Leslie Knope’s 7 Greatest Feminist Achievements


Last night, fans of Parks and Recreation bid a fond and tearful farewell to their favorite city employee, Leslie Knope, as the series aired its final episode. Here at Ms., we were especially sad to say goodbye to Amy Poehler’s endlessly upbeat, hyper-motivated and earnest Knope—a public servant in Pawnee, Indiana—because she offered up a consistently wonderful portrayal […]

The Top 5 Most Feminist Oscars Moments

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While we’re not quite ready to call last night the #FeministOscars—there were some majorly ugh-worthy moments (hey, Sean Penn)—there was certainly lots to cheer for. Join us on a journey through the Oscars most feminist moments: 1. The #AskHerMore campaign ruled the red carpet. Reese Witherspoon got on board with the #AskHerMore campaign before the […]