NEWSFLASH: Gloria Steinem Crosses North-South Korean Border

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Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem joined 30 other women activists from 15 countries Sunday in crossing the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has kept the two Koreas divided for the 60 years since the Korean War ended and remains a fault line of strife for the nations, which have yet […]

We Heart: The Truth About Crisis Pregnancy Centers


There are more than 3,500 “crisis pregnancy centers” across the country—you likely have one in your community. CPCs are faux clinics staffed by people with little to no medical training and are often located near abortion clinics. The staff provide false information about pregnancy to women in an attempt to dissuade them from obtaining abortions. […]

We Heart: Taylor Swift’s Feminist Evolution


Taylor Swift’s feminist evolution continues. Just last year, she had a “feminist awakening” and embraced the label after years of side-stepping the issue in interviews. She credited her friend, Girls creator Lena Dunham, with her change of heart, saying Dunham made her realize she had been a feminist all along. Now she’s speaking out even more, […]

Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan Honored at 2015 Global Women’s Rights Awards


The Feminist Majority Foundation’s 10th annual Global Women’s Rights Awards on May 18 were a star-studded affair. Actors from Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is the New Black, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and more showed their love for showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan, who were being honored by FMF for changing the face of […]

NEWSFLASH: Senate Dems Block Trade Deal With Anti-Human Rights Brunei


In a 52-45 vote, the Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), blocked fast-track legislation that would have paved the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite President Obama’s goal of moving the deal forward. The free-trade deal could potentially take away jobs from U.S. workers and put the U.S. into a problematic economic relationship […]

NEWSFLASH: Campus Sexual Assault Complaints Are on the Rise


Reports of sexual violence on college campuses are on the rise, according to new data compiled by the Department of Education. In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) released by her office Tuesday, the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which oversees the enforcement of Title IX, details a surge in Title IX-related sexual […]

NEWSFLASH: Ohio Pro-Choice Activists Protest Anti-Abortion Bills


On the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse yesterday, around 150 feminists, community activists and reproductive rights advocates mounted a pro-choice protest organized by local chapters of the National Council of Jewish Women and Planned Parenthood. Chanting “Don’t step on our rights,” the group laid out more than 1000 pairs of heels, flats, boots, sneakers […]

NEWSFLASH: Mary Washington Students Bring Title IX Case

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On Thursday morning, University of Mary Washington (UMW) campus group Feminists United—an affiliate of the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.)—and individual students filed a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against UMW. The complaint charges university administrators with “systemic failure to protect students from a sexually hostile school environment, from sex-based […]

First Ms.—Now Mx.!


In what could be an exciting linguistic turn for trans and gender-nonconforming folks, the Oxford English Dictionary is considering adding the gender-neutral honorific Mx. to future editions. Pronounced “mix” or “mux,” the term has been gaining mainstream traction in the U.K. in the last several years. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, government departments, the postal service, […]

We Heart: Google’s Celebration of Feminist Badass Nellie Bly


Oh Nellie, take us all around the world and break those rules cos you’re our girl! May 5 marks pioneering journalist and world traveler Nellie Bly’s 151st birthday and as a tribute to the remarkable life of this extraordinary woman, Google designed a delightful Doodle featuring a cartoon Bly and the sweet vocal stylings of […]