The Mother Who Secured Women’s Suffrage

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Ninety-five years ago Tuesday, the state of Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment, thus securing the right to vote for American women. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920, pushing the amendment past the two-thirds majority of states that women needed. But the vote was a close one: It only passed when Harry Burn, a […]

Country’s Largest National Security Lab Gets First-Ever Woman Director

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Sandia National Laboratories, one of three of the national security labs run under the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, recently made a groundbreaking staff change. Earlier this summer, the lab announced that Jill M. Hruby would take over the role of president and director of the facility, effective July 17. She’s the first […]

Becky Hammon Kicks Ass as NBA Summer League Coach

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“Bring the juice!” is Spurs coach Becky Hammon’s favorite phrase, and she uses it often to motivate her players, demanding energy and confidence in every game. Showing yet again that she takes her own advice and runs with it, Hammon, who already made history earlier this summer as the first woman head coach of an […]

Stonewall Inn Designated NYC Landmark

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New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously voted to grant the Stonewall Inn, the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern LGBTQ rights movement, city landmark status Tuesday. This is the first time the city has primarily recognized a landmark for its contribution to LGBTQ history. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a […]

Sally Ride, First American Woman In Space, Did More Than Fly

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On June 18, 1983, 32 years ago Thursday, Sally Ride climbed into the cockpit of the space shuttle Challenger to become the first American woman in space. Ride spent six days in orbit, deploying satellites and operating a robotic arm, and returned to earth a feminist hero. “I don’t think I appreciated how much of […]

Actor and Feminist Jayne Meadows Dies at 95

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Actor Jayne Meadows, who performed in Broadway, television and film productions from the 1940s on, died Sunday of natural causes at her Encino, California home. She was 95. Meadows was an ardent feminist who portrayed women in many empowered roles. When her husband, the original Tonight Show host, Steve Allen, launched a PBS series in 1977 entitled Meeting […]

Cristeta Comerford: The White House’s First Woman Executive Chef

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. By now it’s no secret that professional kitchens are overflowing with machismo. From the vivid scenes described […]

Top 10 Women’s Rights Victories of the Year

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Hailed by many as a “watershed” year for feminism, 2014 offered women and women-identified individuals a year full of firsts, renewing the vigor in the ongoing fight for women’s empowerment. To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, we look back at the top 10 women’s rights victories of 2014: 1. For the first time in U.S. […]

The History of the Pill, and the Man Who Co-created It

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Carl Djerassi, the doctor who synthesized a key hormone in the birth control pill, died Friday at his San Francisco home. He was 91 and suffered from complications with liver and bone cancer.  Ms. celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Pill in our Spring 2010 issue. Take a look at the piece below and learn all […]

Diversity Wins Big at SAG Awards

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In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and Ava DuVernay’s Academy Awards snub, there was a bit of good news for women of color in Hollywood Sunday night. At the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, not one but two African American women actors snagged SAG awards for their leading roles. Viola Davis won Outstanding Performance by a […]