We Spleen: Microsoft CEO’s Sexist Gaffe

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently caused a stir when, at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, he (with no intended irony) said that women should not ask for raises. Why? Because not asking for a raise would grant us good karma and give us “superpowers” that would reward us later in our careers. Note […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

We Spleen: CeeLo Green’s Rape-Splaining

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“I truly and deeply apologize for the comments attributed to me on Twitter. Those comments were idiotic, untrue and not what I believe.” And there you have it folks, one of the most passive, responsibility dodging apologies ever written. Singer CeeLo Green tweeted this out on Monday in a feeble mea culpa after he invoked […]

We Heart: A Second Chance for a Texas Abortion Clinic

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A U.S. district court judge’s decision last week striking down a Texas anti-abortion law is already having a positive impact for women in the Lone Star state. Judge Lee Yeakel  struck down a provision of Texas’ omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB 2, that would have required abortion clinics to meet the building standards of ambulatory surgical centers—a […]