From the Salem Witch Trials to Desiree Fairooz: On the Criminalization of Female Laughter

In January, Desiree Fairooz was arrested for laughing during Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearing. It seems ridiculous—but her indictment is not without precedent.

A Woman Was Arrested in Saudi Arabia Because of What She Was Wearing

A woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia earlier this week for wearing a skirt and crop top with uncovered hair.

Activists Call for Police Reform in Wake of Justine Damond’s Death

Justine Damond, a 40 year-old Australian woman living in Minneapolis, was shot and killed outside her home by police Saturday night after she called 911 to report a potential assault.

America’s Shame: It’s Time to Shatter the Silence About the Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Women and Girls

Thus the truth: America has always turned its back on poor Black women and, when coupled with a criminal history, what we have is Black women being marginalized in their marginalization—locked up for surviving.

Q&A: Menstrual Equity Champion Jennifer Weiss-Wolf on Fighting for the Reproductive Health of Incarcerated Women

Ms. spoke with Weiss-Wolf about the recently-introduced Dignity for Incarcerated Women Act and how it could change the lives of women in prison.

Leaked Video Shows Georgia Police Officer Beating a Homeless Black Woman

The gruesome, nearly two-minute video resulted in an internal investigation by the county police department.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to Meet With Alleged Rapists About Campus Sexual Assault Policies

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will be meeting with so-called “men’s rights activists” and accused rapists Thursday about campus sexual assault policies.

Small Steps Toward Closing California’s Rape Kit Backlog

Thousands of rape kits sit untested and overlooked at police departments and crime lab storage facilities nationwide. According to a partial estimate by the End the Backlog Initiative, about 9,000 kits remain untested in California alone.

Implementing New Norms to End Violence Against Women

A new three-year initiative will work to protect women from violence in Turkey and six countries in the Western Balkans,-with a focus on women from the most disadvantaged groups. 

Swedish Music Festival Cancelled After Sexual Assaults Will Be Replaced by Women-Only Festival

The 50,000-capacity Bravalla Festival grounds will be the largest venue to refuse men entry.

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