Angela Davis’s Legacy of Collective Solidarity

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“The masculinist mode of representing history makes it so that, too often, credit is not given where it’s due.” These words—among an impassioned treasure-trove of others—were delivered by longtime political activist, radical queer feminist, writer and scholar Angela Davis this past Monday night. On the 43rd anniversary of her release from prison following her acquittal […]

Patricia Arquette is Right: We Need an ERA

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At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, Oscar winner Patricia Arquette used her moment at the podium to speak out for women’s equality. Accepting the award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood, Arquette said, To every woman who gave birth to every citizen and taxpayer of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal […]

Votes for Women! 7 Vintage Suffrage Valentines

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Reprinted with permission from the League of Women Voters February 14th isn’t just Valentine’s Day—it’s also League of Women Voters’ Day! The League was founded by suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt on February 14, 1920. Catt was instrumental in helping pass the 19th Amendment, which secured women the right to vote. Ever since, the League has been at the forefront of […]

A Super Bowl of Racial Candor?

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We will see a historic ad today during the Super Bowl. A 60-second ad to end domestic violence, from the “No More” public service campaign, will play for audiences in the midst of the football revelry—just as ads from this campaign have aired during countless regular and postseason games. But isn’t it time that we […]

#Feminism: The Top 10 Feminist Hashtags of 2014

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Feminism is trending. In 2014, the hashtag proved a powerful tool for raising awareness about and organizing around feminist issues, including domestic violence, rape and street harassment. In celebration of the modern version of consciousness-raising groups, the Ms. Blog has compiled a list of the top 10 feminist hashtags of 2014. 10. #DudesGreetingDudes  Hollaback‘s viral catcalling video sparked […]

Women Claiming the Streets, Women Claiming Community

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The streets have always been a site of political struggle, but this year, how women have been positioned on the streets is a lesson in community building and feminist solidarity. While the Ferguson, Missouri, protesters became a huge story in 2014—even coming close to being named Time‘s Person of the Year—few may remember just how […]

Why the Gun Industry Will Never Win Over American Women

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Gun manufacturers are waging a full-on marketing assault in a desperate attempt to pump new life into an industry in a four decades-long decline—and the target in their crosshairs is women. With the growth of women-driven consumer power and influence in social media circles, trigger-happy industrialists are eager to secure the demographic by re-branding firearms in […]

Once Upon a Mattress

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When thinking of the most intimate spaces in life, one’s bed certainly makes the list. It’s a comforting place, symbolically representing privacy and self. But what happens when that space is interrupted, desecrated? Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz comes right to the point in an interview with the Columbia Daily Spectator: I was raped in […]

It’s Time to #FlushRushNow — Once and For All!

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reached new levels of woman-hating on Monday when he declared that “‘No’ means ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it.” Yes, you read that right. Limbaugh, in mocking Ohio State University’s proposed new definition of sexual consent (which requires both parties to consent every step of the way and discuss […]

Shout It From a Billboard: Street Harassment NOT Cool

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When was the last time you saw a billboard flashing messages about consent, respecting women or street harassment? I’d guess never. I had never seen one either, until a few days ago when I drove to Lancaster, Penn., and stood in front of a digital billboard along Dillerville Rd. displaying these three messages. As an […]