We Heart: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Self-Proclaimed Feminist

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As if his impressive acting chops and creative side projects weren’t enough, Joseph Gordon-Levitt gave us another reason to love him on Thursday when he proclaimed that he “absolutely” identifies as a feminist. In between chatting about his favorite directors and affinity for musicals, Gordon-Levitt told a Daily Beast reporter: I’d absolutely call myself a feminist. […]

We Heart: Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman to Win Prestigious Math Prize

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Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian professor of mathematics at Stanford University, just became the first woman to win the Fields Medal. Referred to as the “Nobel Prize of math,” the Fields Medal is the highest honor one can receive in mathematics. Since it was first awarded in 1936, the prize has been given out every four years to […]

42 Times Ms. Made History

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Ms. has been reporting, rebelling and truth-telling for 42 years—and we have no plans to stop. Over the last four decades, we’ve been on the front lines of the women’s movement and we’ve never shied away from taboo topics. Relive some of our history-making moments below, and tell us what Ms. means to you in the comments. […]

We Heart: Mo’Ne Davis, Little League Pitcher

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“They think I throw soft, but then they see my fast ball, and they get kind of scared.” Mo’Ne Davis, the pitcher for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons couldn’t be more right: after helping her Little League team secure an 8-0 shutout victory, along with a spot in the Little League Baseball World Series, there’s good reason […]

From the Stacks: Reflections on the War in Iraq

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The following excerpt was published in the Spring 2007 issue of Ms. In light of President Obama’s decision this week to authorize airstrikes in Iraq, we pulled this firsthand reflection on the first Iraq war from our archives. To read more of our war coverage from the Spring 2007 issue, click here.  Tens of thousands around the […]

NEWSFLASH: Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Anti-Abortion Law

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U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson ruled on Monday that a recently passed law requiring abortion providers to obtain staff privileges at local hospitals places an unconstitutional, undue burden on women seeking an abortion. Thompson’s decision will block enforcement of the law until he determines whether to issue a permanent injunction. The new law would […]

NEWSFLASH: Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

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In a 2-to-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond upheld a ruling that said Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. This is the first decision of its kind in a Southern state and follows in the steps of similar rulings by federal appeals courts in Oklahoma and Utah. Said […]

We Spleen: Victim-Blaming by Vancouver’s Transit Police

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Women passengers in Vancouver are voicing outrage this week over a sexual assault awareness campaign recently launched by the city’s transit police. The initiative urges victims of assault to report crimes using a new text messaging service, but instead of offering support to survivors, the campaign blames the victim. Update: TransLink, the organization that oversees the Vancouver Transit […]

NEWSFLASH: Obama Signs Exec Order Prohibiting LGBT Job Discrimination

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After announcing his intention to do so earlier this summer, President Obama signed an executive order today that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The order amended Executive Order 11478—signed by President Nixon in 1969 to prohibit employment discrimination in the federal government because of race, color, religion, […]

We Heart: ESPN’s Body Issue for its Diverse Portrayal of Athletes

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The sixth annual ESPN The Magazine Body Issue is on newsstands this week, with six different covers and stunning nude photographs of 22 professional athletes. The special issue describes itself as a “tribute to the extraordinary power of the athletic form” and includes players from a range of sports–football, basketball, baseball, boxing, tennis, sailing and […]