How America Bought and Sold Racism, and Why it Still Matters

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Excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly Today, very few white Americans openly celebrate the horrors of black enslavement—most refuse to recognize the brutal nature of the institution or actively seek to distance themselves from it. “The modern American sees slavery as a regrettable period when blacks worked without wages,” writes Dr. David Pilgrim, the vice president […]

The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Bicentennial: A Missed Opportunity for Study and Reflection

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November 12 was the bicentennial of the birth of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, one of America’s most prominent and extraordinary women’s right leaders. The event passed largely un-noticed. We missed a chance to pause and reflect on her leadership and also on the issues she wrestled with, some of which are still with us. Stanton deserves […]

New Film “Spotlight” Tackles Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests


In 2003, a group of reporters from The Boston Globe were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into sex crimes covered up the Catholic Church. Now, a new film, Spotlight, tells the true story of the journalists’ endeavor. The film follows the journalists as they fight for access to sealed documents, ask uncomfortable questions […]

10 Quotes That Will Make You Love Gloria Steinem Even More Than You Already Do

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Ms. cofounding editor Gloria Steinem graced the stage at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel Thursday night for a conversation with actor Melissa McCarthy. Part of a tour for her new memoir, My Life on the Road, Steinem’s stop in L.A. included a tap dance routine (!!) and many, many pearls of wisdom. Below, check out 10 of […]

Bloomingdale’s Issues Apology for Printing Date Rape-y Ad


Department store Bloomingdale’s came under fire this week after customers discovered a highly questionable ad in its holiday catalog, and called out the retailer on social media. Decked out in clothing from designer Rebecca Minkoff, a male model (described by Jezebel writer Stassa Edwards as “some creep, who looks a little too much like Robin Thicke”) […]

11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Kickass Feminists


Holiday shopping is problematic for many reasons (hi, capitalism and exploitative advertising!) But if you do plan to give gifts this season, why not stick it to the patriarchy and shell out your hard-earned bucks for thoughtful feminist items? Whether it’s a gift for a friend or yourself, consider purchasing eco-friendly and fair-trade products, or shopping with companies that […]

Amazon Announces Big Benefits for New Parents


Corporate giant Amazon unveiled an updated parental paid leave policy Monday, extending benefits to over 200,000 employees. According to the company’s revised policy, full-time workers who have been with the company at least one year will receive six weeks of paid parental leave, regardless of gender or whether they are birth or adoptive parents. That means birth […]

NEWSFLASH: Trial of Police Officer Accused of Assaulting 13 Black Women Begins

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The trial of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw begins today. Holtzclaw faces a total of 36 charges, six for first-degree rape. All of Holtzclaw’s alleged victims are African American women. In pre-trial hearings, prosectors argued that Holtzclaw targeted vulnerable women—including sex workers, those with addictions and women with active warrants—in his crimes, knowing they’d fear […]

We Heart: Issa Rae and a Bunch of Cute Kids Taking On the Pay Gap

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Issa Rae, of the popular YouTube (and soon to be HBO series) “The Mis-adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, recently collaborated with the Make It Work foundation to produce a poignant short about the gender pay gap in America. What makes the video particularly enjoyable is the added emphasis on how unequal pay affects women of color. Directed […]