New Research Exposes Myths About Voter Fraud

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While Texas Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Greg Abbott (R) celebrates the Supreme Court’s decision to allow his state’s discriminatory voter ID laws to go into place—citing a “voter fraud epidemic” as just cause for the rule—new research from the Government Accountability Office shows that voter fraud is, in fact, an imaginary problem. The GAO […]

We Heart: Kristen Stewart for Calling Out Anti-Feminists

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Kristen Stewart has grown a lot from her Twilight years: She’s no longer the meek Bella Swan waiting for a vampire in glittery armor to save her, but instead is restarting her career with standout indie performances. She stars in the upcoming film Camp X-Ray, in which she plays a disillusioned guard at Guantanamo Bay, and […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Does Right By Texas Abortion Clinics

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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court took action to keep open the doors of some of Texas’ abortion clinics. Women’s health advocates had filed an emergency motion earlier this month asking the court to strike down a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals that had shuttered all but eight clinics in the state. […]

State Rep. Says Congresswoman Too “Ugly” to Win

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Another day, another amazingly tone-deaf and sexist remark about a woman politician. Last week, New Hampshire state representative Steve Vaillancourt (R) wrote a blog post in which he mused on the fate of congress member Ann McLane Kuster (D). Kuster is up for reelection and running against Republican challenger Marilinda Garcia. Wrote Vaillancourt, Let’s be […]

We Spleen: Microsoft CEO’s Sexist Gaffe

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently caused a stir when, at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, he (with no intended irony) said that women should not ask for raises. Why? Because not asking for a raise would grant us good karma and give us “superpowers” that would reward us later in our careers. Note […]

The 5 Best Feminist Calendars for 2015

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We love a good digital daybook as much as the next geek, but there’s something undeniably magical about a hold-it-in-your-hands print calendar. Whether you’re a meticulous planner, fear the digital world or simply want a new bathroom wall hanging, we’ve got the calendars for you. Start your 2015 year (and each month following) with these […]

We Heart: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai!

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What a perfect way to prepare for International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11! Today, 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless work promoting girls’ access to education around the globe. She co-won the award with Kailash Satyarthi, who, at 60, has spent decades fighting for an end to […]

We Heart: Sarah Silverman Fights the Wage Gap

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UPDATE: The Ms. Blog has received quite a bit of feedback about Sarah Silverman’s video—and we want to let you know we’re listening. Silverman’s notion that “becoming a dude” would help her overcome the gender-wage gap suggests that trans people somehow benefit from their nonbinary gender identity, which is clearly not the case: Trans folks are […]

New Report Shows Rape-Kit Backlog Still High in Vegas, Milwaukee, Tulsa and Seattle

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault] For those who are raped, a post-assault exam can be a long and harrowing experience. But if the rapist is to be convicted and taken off the streets, it’s crucial that a rape kit of evidence be gathered and then matched against databases to try and locate the perpetrator. […]

We Heart: Aziz Ansari’s #WhatAFeministLooksLike Moment

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It looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Legend will have to make room in the male feminist celeb club because Aziz Ansari came out as a feminist to Late Show host David Letterman on Monday night. Explaining why he’s a feminist—and offering a perfect definition of the word—the Parks and Recreation star used Beyoncé as an example, […]