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 […]

We Heart: “This Is What a Yogi Looks Like”

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Who do you imagine when you imagine a yogi? If you’re going along with the mainstream pop culture rendition of yogis, you’re seeing a conventionally attractive, young, able-bodied, petite white woman doing a downward dog in Lululemon yoga pants. But the truth is, the practitioners of yoga are much more diverse than this idealized imagery […]

NEWSFLASH: U.S. Workers Strike in 160 Cities

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Fast-food workers are holding strikes in 160 cities today, calling for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize. For the first time, these workers are joined by airport baggage handlers, skycaps, wheelchair attendants and aircraft cleaners. In a series of protests starting in November 2012, the “fight for 15” has spread across the […]

NEWSFLASH: Chicago Approves Minimum Wage Hike

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It can only go up from here. On Tuesday, in an effort to pull working families out of poverty, Chicago’s City Council approved a minimum wage hike, increasing the hourly wage of some 410,000 workers (one-third of the city’s workforce) from $8.25 to $13 incrementally over the next five years. The bill, proposed by Chicago Mayor […]

NEWSLASH: Pregnant Workers’ Rights Hit the Supreme Court

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On Dec. 3, the Supreme Court of the United States began hearing oral arguments in Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., a case that will affect pregnant workers across the nation. While a decision is not expected until June 2015—and the current Supreme Court has gained a conservative reputation—even opposing groups, such as pro-choice and anti-choice organizations, have […]

NEWSFLASH: Football’s Ray Rice Reinstated by NFL

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Running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his fiancée with a punch in an elevator in February, has been reinstated by the National Football League after a judge accepted his appeal of an indefinite suspension by the league. Rice’s contract was terminated by his team, the Baltimore Ravens, so even though he’s again eligible to […]

We Spleen: Famous Footwear’s Non-Consent Ad

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With all of the horrible news about rapes on college campuses and the development of “enthusiastic consent” policies to ensure that sex is a mutually agreed-upon activity, what does this new holiday TV ad from Famous Footwear teach young boys? As far as we can see, it teaches them that kissing girls requires no consent […]

NEWSFLASH: Boycott of Beverly Hills Hotel Continues

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The glamorous “Night Before” the Oscars fundraiser, held every year for more than a decade at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will be hosted this year—in an act of protest—on the 20th Century Fox lot. In April, it was revealed that the Sultan of Brunei—who owns the Beverly Hills Hotel along with other properties in his […]