We Heart: GoldieBlox in the Thanksgiving Day Parade

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What started as an innovative 2012 Kickstarter campaign has firmly planted itself into both toy aisles and our hearts, nabbing a spot in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this November. For those not fluent in the elementary-aged toy market, GoldieBlox—the brainchild of Stanford graduate Debbie Sterling—is a building set and book series aimed to inspire […]

NEWSFLASH: California Bans Forced Sterilization of Women Prisoners

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Months after appalling reports revealed that women prisoners in California had been sterilized without their consent, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law Thursday that would stop such a violation from happening in California prisons ever again. The new law prohibits sterilization as a method of birth control in correctional facilities, unless the patient’s life […]

Iraqi Human Rights Activist Executed

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As a feminist, I often think about how my voice is policed by others. My opinions are strong and can result in stereotypical name calling: man-hater, bitch, angry feminist, ugly, etc. But those are just words—in places such as Iraq, being a strong and opinionated woman can be fatal. A week ago in Mosul, human rights […]

Rutgers to Endow Chair in Gloria Steinem’s Name

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On Monday, Rutgers University announced that it is endowing a chair in the name of Gloria Steinem—American feminist icon and co-founder of Ms. The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies will not only honor Steinem’s legacy as a women’s rights activist and journalist, but will honor her work in media by […]

We Heart: California’s Adoption of Affirmative Consent

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In California, yes means yes! As colleges across the country continue to struggle with how best to combat rape and sexual assault on their campuses, California Gov. Jerry Brown advanced the conversation Sunday by signing a landmark piece of legislation which requires individuals to receive “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” from their partners before engaging […]

We Heart: The #CosmoVotes Campaign

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It’s been proven time and again that the gender gap can decide elections. In the 2012 presidential election, women voters, in favoring President Obama by 10 percentage points, helped usher him into his second term. If only men had voted that November, Mitt Romney would be president. Women wield considerable power in our nation’s electorate […]

Are You #WhatAFeministLooksLike? Show Us!

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Back in the spring of 2003, feminist activists and actors Whoopi Goldberg, Camryn Manheim, Margaret Cho and Ashley Judd donned the Feminist Majority Foundation’s famous “This Is What a Feminist Looks Like” t-shirts and showed them off in the pages of Ms. (Get your t-shirt here.) Since then, comedian Sarah Silverman, actor Amy Brenneman and others have worn the […]

Hail to the Geniuses!

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All hail the fierce women on this year’s MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grants” list! Earlier this week, the foundation announced its class of 2014 fellows—who each were awarded a $625,000 grant that will be paid out over five years—and on the list were a number of our favorite women (in fact, nine of the 21 fellows […]

We Heart: UltraViolet’s New Game Face for CoverGirl and the NFL

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On Saturday, activist group UltraViolet shared a meme that featured a photoshopped image of a model advertising CoverGirl’s NFL makeup line so that she sported a startling black eye—and the image went viral. And that’s made things less than easy and breezy for CoverGirl, as well as for the NFL. UltraViolet’s meme, which was a tweaked […]

NEWSFLASH: Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

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Legislators in Missouri enacted a law Wednesday requiring women seeking abortions to wait 72 hours before undergoing the procedure; there are no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) in July. Using a rare tactic, the Republican-controlled House voted […]