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 […]

Feminist Heroes of 2013

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It’s hard to not get discouraged at a time when women are still fighting for the right to control their bodies, same-sex relations are criminalized in 76 countries, rape culture and victim-blaming run rampant and women are still trafficked for sex and slave labor around the globe. However, it’s important to take a moment to […]

13 Favorite Feminist Quotes of 2013

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Here are quotes from celebrated women in 2013 that made us glow with feminist pride! It’s been a year of both triumphs and defeats for women worldwide, but one thing for certain is that there are lots of inspiring women who will never give up the fight. I have a daughter and I have granddaughters […]

We Heart: A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc!

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We love it when powerful women stand up for what’s right, and A&E Networks president and CEO Nancy Dubuc did just that when she decided to suspend Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson this week after he made racist and homophobic comments in an interview with GQ Magazine, even comparing homosexuality to bestiality. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, […]

NEWSFLASH: Freedom for Pussy Riot? UPDATE: Yes!!!

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UPDATE: A prisoner amnesty bill passed in the lower house of the Russian Parliament yesterday, and today Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the two jailed members of Pussy Riot would be among those freed soon (no exact date was given). Of course it’s not like he realized what horrifically punitive treatment they have received […]

NEWSFLASH: Yes, Virginia!

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In a recount of the too-close-to-call November 5 state election, Democrat Mark Herring has come out the victor in the race for Attorney General against Republican Mark Obenshein. Democrats also won for governor (Terry McAuliffe) and lieutenant governor (Ralph Northam) in the November balloting. The anti-choice Obenshain had introduced legislation that would have required women […]

Are You in a Jane Austen Mood Today?

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Our dear British novelist Jane Austen would have turned 238 today, had she not died at the untimely age of 41 due to (pick your retrospective diagnosis) Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis or Brill-Zinsser disease. We’ve celebrated the unforgettable Jane a number of times on the Ms. Blog. When you’re not busy reading one […]

We Heart: Affordable Contraception, Thanks to ACA

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The rolling out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this year, despite website difficulties, has already been quite beneficial for women. A study just released by the Guttmacher Institute shows the law has greatly improved millions of women’s access to affordable contraception. A year after the ACA started requiring private insurance companies to cover contraception […]

LGBT Rights Are Human Rights

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Today is both international Human Rights day and the 65th Anniversary of the Adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This important declaration, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1948, states that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” In honor of the anniversary, the organization Free & Equal, […]