Marissa Alexander Is a Free Woman!

9960065315_ec52c041c3-300x225

Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who spent the last three years behind bars for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, has finally been released from prison. She will spend the next two years under house arrest with a GPS monitor on her ankle. This brings a bittersweet end to an embroilment that started […]

We Heart: Catcalling Your Mom to End Street Harassment

Screen shot 2015-01-27 at 12.09.08 PM

Here’s one way to stop street harassers in their tracks: Trick them into catcalling their own mothers—then watch the mama-rage rain down. That’s the premise of an anti-street-harassment campaign out of Lima, Peru. The video below, first posted on YouTube in Spanish in November (and subtitled in English earlier this month), shows a team tracking […]

Diversity Wins Big at SAG Awards

Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 1.16.32 PM

In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite and Ava DuVernay’s Academy Awards snub, there was a bit of good news for women of color in Hollywood Sunday night. At the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, not one but two African American women actors snagged SAG awards for their leading roles. Viola Davis won Outstanding Performance by a […]

George Lucas: “Girls Go to the Movies Just Like Anyone Else”

Screen Shot 2015-01-22 at 3.29.36 PM

It looks like the trend of gender-balanced children’s movies might be here to stay. Today marks the release of Strange Magic, an animated musical by Disney that revolves around the fairytale adventures of two sisters. This latest addition to the growing list of girl-centered kids’ movies comes from an unlikely source: Star Wars creator George Lucas. […]

Top 5 Feminist Moments in the State of the Union

B72eLbXCIAAvPe8

Expectations were high for President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, and he did not disappoint. He managed to tackle a myriad of issues that impact women and families, from reproductive rights to fair pay, highlighting them as a national priority. To much applause, Obama also gave much-needed attention to just how integral working […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court to Decide (Once and for All?) on Same-Sex Marriage

GayLib

The U.S. Supreme Court today has decided it will take up four consolidated cases on same-sex marriage. According to the order it issued [pdf], the Court will consider only the following two questions: 1) Does the 14th Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the […]

NEWSFLASH: Sen. Barbara Boxer Won’t Run for Reelection

Boxer

One of the most stalwart supporters of women’s rights in the U.S. Senate has announced in an interview with her grandson that she will retire from office at the end of her term in 2016. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is currently 74 and has served in the Senate since 1993. For the 10 years before […]

The Top 10 Feminist Moments of 2014

feminist_moments_2014

There’s no denying that feminism is having a moment right now. From celebrities “coming out” as feminists to major legislative victories for women, the f-word has been on everyone’s lips in 2014. Revel in our big year with the top 10 most memorable moments! 1. Mo’ne Davis proved girls can do anything boys can do […]

10 Feminist Quotes We Loved in 2014

Shot on 9/28/05 at 4:09:54 PM at 1/200 at f/2.8.

This holiday season, let Ms. gift you with some our favorite feminist quotes of the year! “I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being […]

We Spleen: Florida State for Not Listening to Rape Survivors

Jameis Winston attending the university hearing

Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback who was accused of sexual assault by a fellow student, was cleared of any violations of FSU’s code of conduct in a university hearing this week. The anonymous female student reported the alleged rape in December 2012, and this decision brings about a disappointing end to a two-year embroilment […]