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 […]

The Last 5 Years Have Been Terrible for Abortion Rights

Of all the abortion restrictions enacted in the nearly 43 years since Roe v. Wade, 27 percent have become law in the last five years, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. That’s the largest number of restrictions enacted in any five-year period since the Supreme Court decided Roe. While states cannot legally deny […]

#WeWontGoBack: Why Abortion Must Remain Safe and Legal

In the spring of 1972—more than a year before the decision in Roe v. Wade—Ms. released a preview issue (pictured left), which featured a powerful petition signed by 53 prominent American women declaring that they’d had abortions, the vast majority of which would have been illegal. Among those who signed were cofounding Ms. editors Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman […]

We Heart: Comic Book Dudes Taking a Stand Against Sexism

The Angoulême International Comics Festival in France—one of the biggest comic book festivals in the world—recently got a swift dose of reality thanks to some super cool dudes. When a short list of 30 nominees for Angoulême’s Grand Prix—a lifetime achievement award—was revealed to include exactly zero women comic artists, 12 of the men nominated quickly demanded that their names […]

10 of the Most Inspiring Feminists of 2015

This year was packed full of feminists doing praise-worthy things. From student activists taking on campus injustices, to celebrities using the spotlight to effect change, 2015 made us proud. Below, take a look at a non-exhaustive list of 10 inspiring feminists who fought the good fight this year. 1. Kimberlé Crenshaw and the African American Policy Forum Kimberlé […]

7 Feminist Resolutions for the New Year

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women Almost as quickly as it arrived, 2015 has flown by. As we shift our thinking from holiday shopping lists to New Year’s resolutions, we’re finding lots of ways to empower women and girls in 2016. If you’re still brainstorming ideas, here are seven feminist-minded resolutions […]