Pope Francis Has Turned a Blind Eye


This article first appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of Ms. Subscribe today to get the whole issue in your mailbox or inbox! The Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal took a dramatic turn this summer when criminal charges were filed against an archdiocese for “turning a blind eye” to repeated reports of abuse by a priest. Prosecutors alleged […]

We Heart: Connie Britton’s “Hair Secret”

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Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s… feminism! In a new video from The Representation Project—the group behind Miss Representation—actor Connie Britton of Nashville and Friday Night Lights reveals the secret to her shiny, gorgeous hair: feminism! In the video, Britton highlights some of the benefits of the f-word, her go-to beauty product: the 19th Amendment; the Violence Against […]

We Heart: East Los High‘s Representation of Genderqueer Youth

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It would be an understatement to say that gender-nonconforming characters are having a bit of a moment right now. Though pop culture representations still have a long way to go, television seems to be quickly picking up the mantle in creating multi-faceted queer characters. Online streaming services especially seem to be at the forefront of […]

Lily Tomlin: “It Would Be a Big Help if Everybody Was More Feministly Inclined”


This interview first aired on Inflection Point. Click here to listen to the full audio version and find episodes of the show on iTunes. The movie business is an industry that thrives on conformity, formulas and stereotypes. It’s rare to find a woman actor who is rewarded for doing her own thing. But Lily Tomlin […]

Women Win Record Number of National Medals


President Obama will award the 2014 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to a record number of women this year. For the first time since both medals began to be awarded—in 1997—more than 50 percent of recipients are women. Out of a total of 18 individuals receiving arts and humanities medals this year (not […]

The Sharecropper’s Daughter Who Made Black Women Proud of Their Hair

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Excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly. Read the full article here. American history books are filled with stories about titans of industry—invariably, white men like Andrew Carnegie and John D. Rockefeller—who cornered emerging industries and amassed incredible wealth at the expense of the public and their employees. Yet few know the name of Madam C.J. […]

Is Your Campus Safe? 5 Ways to Know

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The following is a reprint from the latest issue of Ms. To get the entire magazine in your mailbox or inbox, subscribe now! According to a 2015 Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll, 1 in 5 women students experience a rape or attempted rape while in college. Here are five ways to gauge your school’s sexual-violence climate. […]

We Heart: Ellen DeGeneres’ Badass Clothing Line for Girls

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Last month, Gap released a line of clothes for girls that subverts gender norms and celebrates kids as they really are. And oh yeah, it’s designed by your favorite talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres. The promo videos—perhaps our favorite part of the GapKids x ED campaign—not only include a women’s empowerment anthem by Le Tigre (“Deceptacon”), but also […]

White House Issues Reminder: Sex Without Consent Is Rape

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On Tuesday, the White House released a new star-studded public service announcement as part of its anti-rape campaign, It’s On Us, reminding viewers that sex without consent is rape. In the video, celebrities including Zoe Saldana, Matt McGorry, band members from HAIM and more explain in clear terms that if you don’t secure a partner’s […]

A 2,650-Mile Emotional Journey


The front cover of Aspen Matis’ memoir, A Girl in the Woods, bears the lines: “On my second night of college, I was raped. Shattered and alone, I fled to the Mexican border and headed north through 2,650 miles of desert and mountains to Canada, walking the height of America in search of my home. […]