Combating the Military Sexual Assault Crisis Should Come Before Equality Under the Draft

A defense authorization bill which would require women to register for Selective Service is moving through Congress. But in a military landscape rife with sexual violence, this step toward women’s full equality under the law seems short-sighted and even irresponsible.

NEWSFLASH: Judge Who Gave Brock Turner Only Six Months for Rape Blocked from New Sexual Assault Case

The decision to remove Persky from a new sex crimes case comes after a petition with over 1,000,000 signatures demanding such.

A Special Teacher’s Feminist Influence

Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” When I learned it was National Teacher Appreciation Week and I began to reflect on my own experiences as a young student, I was reminded of all the remarkable educators who had guided me through my adolescent education. Some […]

We Heart: Ballerina Misty Copeland’s New Barbie Doll

Misty Copeland made history last summer when she became the first African American woman to hold the title of principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre (ABT), solidifying her position as a living legend and inspiration to young girls everywhere. Today, she found another way to be a role model: as a Barbie doll in Mattel’s […]

The Political Popularity Contest

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! Think […]

Victory! Harriet Tubman to Grace the $20 Bill

At long last, a woman’s face will grace the $20 bill. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that a portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tubman will adorn the frontside of a new $20, set to be redesigned by 2020. Bizarrely, however, an image of slaveholding president Andrew Jackson—who is currently the face of the $20—will be moved to the backside of the […]

A Woman Is Apologizing

The idea for this poem came after an incident that occurred while walking down the street in a big city. A man knocked into me, hard, and kept going—which was surprising. I was just as surprised to hear myself apologize to him. After that, I started hearing myself apologize all the time: at work, at home, at […]

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 […]