NEWSFLASH: Texas Abortion Restrictions Close Down Three More Women’s Health Clinics

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Since Texas passed House Bill 2 last summer, which placed new restrictions on abortion services, women’s health centers have been closing down across the state. Only 19 of the 44 clinics that provided abortions three years ago are still in operation, and last week three more had to close. Two were located in the Rio […]

We Heart: Fake Magazine Covers That Expose Real Inequality

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What would happen if, instead of celebrities and supermodels, magazine covers showcased women and girls who are invisible to society? That was the motivation behind the Cover Stories campaign, launched by Catapult, a crowd-funding site that connects nonprofit women-oriented projects to potential donors and supporters (think of it as a feminist Kickstarter). In observation of […]

We Spleen Florida Justice

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If you’re going to fire a gun in Florida, make sure you hit your target. At least that seems the only way to evade conviction. George Zimmerman was found not-guilty in 2013 for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin; Michael Dunn was recently convicted of attempted murder for shooting at three unarmed teenagers, but a […]

From Russia With Hate

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Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova may have been freed from jail late last year, but they are far from winning their battle against Russian injustice. After spending two years incarcerated for a “punk prayer” performance criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin, the grrrls are right back to protesting with their new song, “Putin […]

NEWSFLASH: Facebook Offers Gender Options and Neutrality

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Facebook released 50 new gender choices for users last week. Users can now express their gender from male or female to pan-sexual, androgynous, trans*, gender-fluid, etc. On Facebook’s Diversity page, the social network posted that it had worked with leading LGBT advocacy organizations to accurately depict multiple gender options: When you come to Facebook to […]

80,000 March in North Carolina Against Radical Right Agenda

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It was a proud day for this Raleigh native. On Saturday, a crowd of riled-up citizens estimated by the North Carolina NAACP to be upwards of 80,000—the largest such gathering in the South since the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march—headed to the state Capitol to protest the extremist policies of North Carolina’s GOP-controlled legislature. Black […]

Senate Says No to Long-Term Unemployed

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One more Republican. That’s all it would have taken Thursday to break a Senate filibuster and move forward a bill to extend unemployment benefits for nearly 2 million out-of-work Americans who have exhausted their federal aid. Extended unemployment benefits expired at the end of 2013. But no, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could only […]

We <3 NYC for Protecting Pregnant Workers

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The Ms. Blog gives a standing ovation to New York City for passing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which went into effect January 30. In 1978, the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act made such discrimination illegal in the workplace, comparing pregnant women to “temporarily disabled” employees. But by viewing a woman’s pregnancy as a “disability,” employers […]

Paid Leave: All in the FAMILY

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Since 21 years ago today, when the Family and Medical Leave Act—providing workers unpaid, job-protected leaves to deal with personal or family illness or a new child—was signed by President Bill Clinton, there’s been little further action in Congress. That changed recently with the introduction of the Family Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act by Sen. […]

Did You Miss These Popular Ms. Blog Posts of 2013?

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This was an awesome year for the Ms. Blog, with more than 2.5 million page views from more than 230 countries. We even had two visits from Antarctica! As we prepare for another year of intriguing conversations on a world’s worth of feminist issues, we want to remind readers of some of the most widely […]