Congresswomen Reignite the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Several U.S. Congresswomen, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), kicked off Women’s History Month last week with a special House session dedicated to renewing Congressional interest in passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and underscoring the importance of its ratification by states nationwide. Taking advantage of a congressional practice that allows members to speak on any topic […]

Emma Watson’s Year of Feminist Activism

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Emma Watson is taking a hiatus from acting to concentrate on her feminist activism. Watson famously enrolled as an undergraduate student at Brown University in 2009 despite her budding film career. The Harry Potter star graduated with an English literature degree in 2014, but she remains committed to […]

The Fight to Protect Reproductive Health Care Has Begun

Thousands of reproductive-rights advocates gathered outside of the Supreme Court today as the eight justices heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the biggest abortion-related case to go before the court since 1992. The case centers around two provisions of Texas’ omnibus 2013 anti-abortion bill, HB2: one that requires abortion clinics to meet the […]

Abortion Access: Terrible in Pretty Much Every Super Tuesday State

How hard is it to get an abortion in the 12 Super Tuesday states? According to a must-watch new video from Lady Parts Justice, a group founded by The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead, restrictive laws make it nearly impossible to access care in the majority of states holding primaries or caucuses today. In Alaska—which is twice […]

6 Simple Ways White Women Can Be Feminist Allies for Black History Month (and Always)

Not only is Black History Month the shortest month of the year (seriously!?), but Black women are regularly left out of big conversations and decisions, and their achievements are overlooked. However, white women allies can be co-conspirators to disrupt this trend—allies in ensuring Black women are equally recognized during Black History Month, Women’s History Month and […]

5 Great Super Bowl 2016 Moments

We sat through an array of diarrhea-related pharmaceutical spots, “aww”ed over wiener dogs in bun costumes and questioned that “Super Bowl babies” claim—and we can say confidently that this year’s selection of Super Bowl ads was decidedly less sexist than in years past. What’s more, the whole event featured a number of feminist fancies—from Queen Bey running the halftime […]

NEWSFLASH: U.S. Military Generals Push for Women’s Inclusion in the Draft

Just one month since all military jobs, including combat roles, were opened to women, top U.S. military officials are pushing for women’s inclusion in the draft. Two Republican lawmakers, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), have also introduced a bill to this effect, though they say it’s intended to provoke consideration in Congress of […]

We Heart: The Women Senators Who Showed Up for Work Post-Blizzard

As the snow settled on Tuesday morning and normal life resumed in Washington, D.C., Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) noted something unusual about the Capitol building. “As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are […]

8 Stories That Show What Abortion Was Like Before Roe v. Wade

As the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches on Jan. 22—and with the Supreme Court set to revisit women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole case, the most serious threat to abortion since 1992—the Ms. Blog decided to look back at the realities of illegal abortion pre-Roe, and for women today who […]

Planned Parenthood Sues Anti-Abortion Extremists for Phony Videos

Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that it had filed a federal lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion organization that orchestrated a widely discredited video campaign this past summer alleging that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit. “This lawsuit exposes the elaborate, illegal conspiracy designed to block women’s access to safe and legal […]