What You Never Learned About American History: War Edition

As American history classes threaten to erase the existence of Jim Crow laws and the Ku Klux Klan from their textbooks, the Ms. Blog thought it might be a good time to revisit the history that our schools often fail to teach us—from the systematic genocide of Native Americans to the nationalism that fuels wars. […]

Weaving Women In

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The interview was supposed to be about my writing practice. But it quickly took a turn to be about social justice. Because most of my writing is about social justice in one way or another. Not necessarily intentionally; it just ends up that way because I write true stories about real people, often self-confessional. The […]

In Honor of Women’s Equality Day: 9 Badass Suffragists

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August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the date in 1920 that American women officially secured the right to vote. While Elizabeth Cady Stanton first rallied women to the cause of suffrage during the Seneca Falls convention, eventually inspiring her good friend and fellow activist Susan B. Anthony to take up the fight as well, […]

NEWSFLASH: First Women Graduate Elite Combat School

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On Friday, for the first time in history, two women will graduate from the United States Army Ranger School, outlasting 17 other women and 287 men to earn the distinguished honor. As students in this year’s first ever co-ed class, Captain Kristen Griest and First Lieutenant Shaye Haver endured 62 grueling days of intense physical and mental […]

#NotOurStonewall Calls Out the White-Washing of LGBT History

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Since the trailer for the film Stonewall was released earlier this month, it has faced mounting criticism from LGBT advocates. Many have accused filmmakers of erasing key roles played by trans people of color in the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City. The film centers on the experiences of a fictional white, cisgender gay male named Danny […]

Rethinking the Sale of the Woman Athlete

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The cycle is predictable: A milestone occurs in women’s sports. The player(s) involved are lauded. The laments begin about why women’s sports aren’t as well paid or supported by the public at large. The milestone fades out of the media headlines. Lather, rinse, repeat. This cycle played out a month ago when former WNBA player […]

10 Title IX Activists We Love

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Title IX, a federal law that prevents discrimination in educational institutions on the basis of sex, has helped thousands of students around the country file complaints against their universities when reports of campus sexual assault have been mishandled. In recent years, the federal government has increased its support for sexual assault survivors and taken steps to […]

Family-Planning Funding Is at Risk: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Reprinted with permission from Health Affairs Blog The Title X national family planning program was created 45 years ago with broad bipartisan support. Today, Congress has Title X—still the only federal grant program dedicated entirely to family planning and related preventive health care—in its sights for severe funding cuts or even elimination. The U.S. House […]

The Biggest Problem with the GOP Debate

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Reprinted with permission from American Association of University Women It’s official: Election season has begun. With an estimated 10 million viewers representing 16 percent of U.S. TV-owning households, the first primetime presidential debate of the 2016 election season was the most-watched primary debate in history. But there was one huge omission: women. The absence of women […]

Blazing a Trail Toward Girls’ Empowerment

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This summer, four Stanford students are packing their custom-kitted RV, hitting the road and plugging a new kind of destination into their GPS: girl power. Equipped with a blazing passion for learning and an unstoppable drive to help cultivate the women leaders of tomorrow, Girls Driving For A Difference (GDD) co-founders Katie Kirsch and Jenna Leonardo, with friends […]