The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Just Challenged the Gender Pay Gap in a Big Way

Five members of the U.S. national women’s soccer team filed a complaint today with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation, the sport’s national governing body, of wage discrimination. The players—Carli Llloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo—filed on behalf of the whole team, citing pay and bonus figures from 2013 onward […]

7 Must-Read Books by Gloria Steinem on Her 82nd Birthday

Happy 82nd birthday to our cofounder, Gloria Steinem! In honor of the occasion, we’re sharing some of our favorite quotes from her many wonderful books. 1. My Life on the Road “One of the simplest paths to deep change is for the less powerful to speak as much as they listen, and for the more powerful […]

Emma Watson’s International Women’s Day Beat Box Is About to Make Your Day

BREAKING: Emma Watson is a badass beat boxer. OK, OK so she’s no Rahzel, but this is a pretty great first effort by the actor and U.N. Women ambassador. Making it all the better is Hamilton star and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyling along about women’s rights. Take a look! The pair sat down on International Women’s Day to […]

6 Reasons We Still Need International Women’s Day

Reprinted with permission from Amnesty International Since 1975, March 8—International Women’s Day—has been a rallying point for feminists worldwide. Established by the U.N., it has traditionally been a moment to celebrate women’s achievements while highlighting serious inequalities between the sexes. But 41 years later, is it still necessary? The answer is yes. Women and girls […]

Women Who Inspire: 15 Iconic Ms. Covers You’ll Want to Frame

Over the past 40-plus years, Ms. has put everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Aung San Suu Kyi on our cover. We’ve celebrated political leaders, celebrities and everyday women who are fighting on the front lines of the feminist movement. So on this International Women’s Day—and the sixth birthday of the Ms. Blog!— we decided to take […]

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 […]