We Heart: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai!

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What a perfect way to prepare for International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11! Today, 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless work promoting girls’ access to education around the globe. She co-won the award with Kailash Satyarthi, who, at 60, has spent decades fighting for an end to […]

We Heart: Sarah Silverman Fights the Wage Gap

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UPDATE: The Ms. Blog has received quite a bit of feedback about Sarah Silverman’s video—and we want to let you know we’re listening. Silverman’s notion that “becoming a dude” would help her overcome the gender-wage gap suggests that trans people somehow benefit from their nonbinary gender identity, which is clearly not the case: Trans folks are […]

New Report Shows Rape-Kit Backlog Still High in Vegas, Milwaukee, Tulsa and Seattle

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault] For those who are raped, a post-assault exam can be a long and harrowing experience. But if the rapist is to be convicted and taken off the streets, it’s crucial that a rape kit of evidence be gathered and then matched against databases to try and locate the perpetrator. […]

We Heart: Aziz Ansari’s #WhatAFeministLooksLike Moment

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It looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and John Legend will have to make room in the male feminist celeb club because Aziz Ansari came out as a feminist to Late Show host David Letterman on Monday night. Explaining why he’s a feminist—and offering a perfect definition of the word—the Parks and Recreation star used Beyoncé as an example, […]

NEWSFLASH: NY Governor Announces New Sexual Assault Policies for SUNY

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) has announced the first uniform statewide policy to curb sexual assault on New York college campuses. Within 60 days, the State University of New York (SUNY) system has to implement the new policies on all 64 of its campuses, which enroll almost half a million students. At a press conference in Manhattan last […]

Help Ms. Be a “Bright Spot” for Women in Prison

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When women are out of sight, they’re often out of mind. This is especially true for women in prisons and shelters who face the daily challenges of isolation and loneliness. Seventy percent of women in prison have been convicted of nonviolent crimes and the vast majority are mothers. On top of that, many are serving […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Non-Ruling Allows Same-Sex Weddings in 5 More States

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Get your bouquets and tuxes and gowns and rice and hankies ready in Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah, Wisconsin and Indiana: The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to rule on challenges to same-sex marriage in those states. That means lower-court rulings that knocked down bans against such marriages will stand, and marriage licenses to gay and […]

Scientific Research: Now, With More Women!

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On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began implementing a new policy and announced supplementary awards aimed at combating the lack of sex-based research in NIH-funded studies. The new policy, first announced in May, requires NIH researchers to spell out how they’ll include male and female subjects in their work. In addition, grants totaling […]

NEWSFLASH: All But 7 Texas Abortion Clinics to Shutter

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The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals today announced that a provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB2, will be allowed to go into effect. The provision requires abortion clinics to meet the stringent building standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Since only seven clinics in the state currently meet that requirement, the rest will be forced […]

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 […]