New Film “Spotlight” Tackles Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests

In 2003, a group of reporters from The Boston Globe were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into sex crimes covered up the Catholic Church. Now, a new film, Spotlight, tells the true story of the journalists’ endeavor. The film follows the journalists as they fight for access to sealed documents, ask uncomfortable questions […]

10 Quotes That Will Make You Love Gloria Steinem Even More Than You Already Do

Ms. cofounding editor Gloria Steinem graced the stage at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel Thursday night for a conversation with actor Melissa McCarthy. Part of a tour for her new memoir, My Life on the Road, Steinem’s stop in L.A. included a tap dance routine (!!) and many, many pearls of wisdom. Below, check out 10 of […]

Bloomingdale’s Issues Apology for Printing Date Rape-y Ad

Department store Bloomingdale’s came under fire this week after customers discovered a highly questionable ad in its holiday catalog, and called out the retailer on social media. Decked out in clothing from designer Rebecca Minkoff, a male model (described by Jezebel writer Stassa Edwards as “some creep, who looks a little too much like Robin Thicke”) […]

11 Holiday Gift Ideas for Kickass Feminists

Holiday shopping is problematic for many reasons (hi, capitalism and exploitative advertising!) But if you do plan to give gifts this season, why not stick it to the patriarchy and shell out your hard-earned bucks for thoughtful feminist items? Whether it’s a gift for a friend or yourself, consider purchasing eco-friendly and fair-trade products, or shopping with companies that […]

Amazon Announces Big Benefits for New Parents

Corporate giant Amazon unveiled an updated parental paid leave policy Monday, extending benefits to over 200,000 employees. According to the company’s revised policy, full-time workers who have been with the company at least one year will receive six weeks of paid parental leave, regardless of gender or whether they are birth or adoptive parents. That means birth […]

NEWSFLASH: Trial of Police Officer Accused of Assaulting 13 Black Women Begins

The trial of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw begins today. Holtzclaw faces a total of 36 charges, six for first-degree rape. All of Holtzclaw’s alleged victims are African American women. In pre-trial hearings, prosectors argued that Holtzclaw targeted vulnerable women—including sex workers, those with addictions and women with active warrants—in his crimes, knowing they’d fear […]

We Heart: Issa Rae and a Bunch of Cute Kids Taking On the Pay Gap

Issa Rae, of the popular YouTube (and soon to be HBO series) “The Mis-adventures of Awkward Black Girl”, recently collaborated with the Make It Work foundation to produce a poignant short about the gender pay gap in America. What makes the video particularly enjoyable is the added emphasis on how unequal pay affects women of color. Directed […]

What to Do in a Domestic Violence Situation: A Guide for Survivors and Supporters

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Ms. Blog will be publishing a series of posts detailing the impact of domestic violence, including personal essays and more, throughout the month. If you are reading these words, then you’ve been affected by domestic violence. For some of you, these words immediately ring true. They speak to memories or […]

Catch Gloria Steinem in a City Near You!

The latest offering from Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road, has met with rave reviews. And for good reason. From tales of riding women-only train cars in India to traveling the country giving talks with Florynce Kennedy, My Life on the Road captures not just the breadth and depth of Steinem’s life, but also the rich tapestry of […]