George Lucas: “Girls Go to the Movies Just Like Anyone Else”

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It looks like the trend of gender-balanced children’s movies might be here to stay. Today marks the release of Strange Magic, an animated musical by Disney that revolves around the fairytale adventures of two sisters. This latest addition to the growing list of girl-centered kids’ movies comes from an unlikely source: Star Wars creator George Lucas. […]

Top 5 Feminist Moments in the State of the Union

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Expectations were high for President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, and he did not disappoint. He managed to tackle a myriad of issues that impact women and families, from reproductive rights to fair pay, highlighting them as a national priority. To much applause, Obama also gave much-needed attention to just how integral working […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court to Decide (Once and for All?) on Same-Sex Marriage

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The U.S. Supreme Court today has decided it will take up four consolidated cases on same-sex marriage. According to the order it issued [pdf], the Court will consider only the following two questions: 1) Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the […]

NEWSFLASH: Sen. Barbara Boxer Won’t Run for Reelection

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One of the most stalwart supporters of women’s rights in the U.S. Senate has announced in an interview with her grandson that she will retire from office at the end of her term in 2016. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is currently 74 and has served in the Senate since 1993. For the 10 years before […]

The Top 10 Feminist Moments of 2014

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There’s no denying that feminism is having a moment right now. From celebrities “coming out” as feminists to major legislative victories for women, the f-word has been on everyone’s lips in 2014. Revel in our big year with the top 10 most memorable moments! 1. Mo’ne Davis proved girls can do anything boys can do […]

10 Feminist Quotes We Loved in 2014

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This holiday season, let Ms. gift you with some our favorite feminist quotes of the year! “I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being […]

We Spleen: Florida State for Not Listening to Rape Survivors

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Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback who was accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, was cleared of any violations of FSU’s code of conduct in a university hearing this week. The anonymous female student reported the alleged rape in December 2012, and this decision brings about a disappointing end to a two-year embroilment […]

Surprise, Surprise: Increased Contraceptive Use Leads to Fewer Unintended Pregnancies

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Who would have guessed? Increased use of contraceptives is accompanied by a decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers found that women who use birth control methods consistently and correctly make up only 5 percent of unplanned pregnancies.  Other key findings from the report: The use of long-acting, reversible […]

We (forever) Heart: Toni Morrison

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From Beloved to Song of Solomon, 83-year-old Toni Morrison has shared a panoply of great novels with the world. The author’s accolades range from the Nobel Prize in Literature to the Pulitzer, earning her works a lasting spot as American classics. Earlier this month, Knopf announced it will be printing the author’s eleventh novel, God […]

7 Feminist Human Rights Icons Who Are Changing the World

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Happy International Human Rights Day! In celebration of the United Nations General Assembly’s 64-year-old commitment to “bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations,” the Ms. Blog compiled a short list of some of our favorite feminist human […]