Women Won the Right to Vote 95 Years Ago Today


In celebration of Women’s Equality Day, the Ms. Blog is reflecting on the events of the pivotal day that secured women’s suffrage: August 26, 1920.  Twenty-six thousand, three hundred and thirty-four very long and difficult days ago, a small but brave band of suffrage pioneers declared: ” … that it is the duty of the women […]

5 Fabulous, Feminist Sketches from Inside Amy Schumer


Fierce, funny feminist Amy Schumer has yet again taken Hollywood by storm with the release of her box office hit, Trainwreck. And it seems she’s just warming up. In the fall, Schumer will premiere the fourth season of her sketch comedy show, Inside Amy Schumer, which, as Comedy Central’s highest-rated season premier of 2013, continues to offer a fresh perspective on the historically dude-centered network. We’re […]

We Heart: The Feminism of “Dear Abby”

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“Dear Abby,” a popular advice column featured in newspapers around the country, is well-known for its heartfelt (and quick-witted) responses. But did you know that the writers behind “Dear Abby” have also dished out sound advice related to sexual health and gender? This Monday, Abby answered a question from “Stunned in Pennsylvania,” who wrote to her seeking advice on […]

We Heart: Janelle Monáe’s #BlackLivesMatter Activism


Last Friday, singer Janelle Monáe appeared on the Today show to perform as part of its summer concert series. After finishing her song “Tightrope,” she began to give an impassioned speech to the still-cheering crowd: Yes Lord! God Bless America! God Bless all who have lost lives to police brutality! We want white America to […]

The Mother Who Secured Women’s Suffrage


Ninety-five years ago Tuesday, the state of Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment, thus securing the right to vote for American women. Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the amendment on August 18, 1920, pushing the amendment past the two-thirds majority of states that women needed. But the vote was a close one: It only passed when Harry Burn, a […]

Anita Pointer: Civil Rights Activist, Pop Star and Serious Collector of Black Memorabilia


Excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly At one point, Anita Pointer—lead vocalist and writer for the Pointer Sisters’ top 10 hit “I’m So Excited”—was one of the most famous women in the world. During the early ’80s, she and her sisters June and Ruth tore up the pop music charts with singles like “Jump (For […]

We Heart: Beyonce’s History-Making Vogue Cover


Queen Bey snagged the highly coveted September issue cover of Vogue, which was teased on the star’s Instagram yesterday and set the BeyHive abuzz. Beyoncé has graced countless covers in her music career—and this is her third time covering fashion bible Vogue—but this was no ordinary cover. This marked the first time a black woman artist has […]

Country’s Largest National Security Lab Gets First-Ever Woman Director

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Sandia National Laboratories, one of three of the national security labs run under the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, recently made a groundbreaking staff change. Earlier this summer, the lab announced that Jill M. Hruby would take over the role of president and director of the facility, effective July 17. She’s the first […]

We Heart: Comedians Take Down the Tampon Tax, Taylor Swift-Style

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Periods are even worse than you thought—and not just because no one told you you don’t need to be chained to the tyranny of the tampon. In case you aren’t familiar with the intricacies of the American tax code, “necessities” or “non-luxury” items are exempted from sales tax as people must buy them in order to survive. […]

We Heart: Hannibal’s Stance on Sexual Assault

Hannibal is often lauded as one of the simultaneously most beautiful and grisly shows on television, but it deserves yet another accolade: Its showrunner Bryan Fuller refuses to depict sexual assault. If you’re unfamiliar with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, here’s a primer: Lecter is an esteemed psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer whose exploits are chronicled in […]