The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls

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More than 30 percent of girls in the juvenile justice system have been sexually abused, according to a new study issued by the Human Rights Project for Girls, the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality and the Ms. Foundation for Women. The study also found that LGBTQ girls and girls of color are disproportionately, and increasingly, represented in […]

The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism and Antiracism Must Be Linked

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This petition letter was reprinted with permission from the African American Policy Forum. Read the original here.  As we grieve for the nine African Americans who were murdered in their house of worship on June 17, those of us who answer the call of feminism and antiracism must confront anew how the evils of racism […]

The Charleston Nine

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Reprinted with permission from Insight News Even as the flowers fade, the hurt and pain of the atrocities that occurred here in Charleston, South Carolina on that bloody June Wednesday are very much alive. It is joined with the mixed emotions of those visiting the Mother Emanuel AME Church, which has now become a living […]

Transgender Activists React to Caitlyn Jenner’s Debut

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Caitlyn Jenner’s very public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair yesterday made #CallMeCaitlyn a trending hashtag on social media and skyrocketed the Olympic athlete, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, to a new record: fastest Twitter account to reach 1 million followers. Did Jenner make herself vulnerable with her magazine cover and earlier interview with […]

The Subversive Potential of Harriet Tubman on the $20

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The $20 bill is ubiquitous in U.S. currency. It’s what ATMs usually spit out at you, the cash you often have on hand when paying for groceries or movie tickets. Of course, when I’m tending to finances I can conveniently overlook the face that is currently stamped on it—seventh president Andrew Jackson, who was responsible […]

A Black Mother’s Love (or What Love Looks Like in Public)

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Reprinted with permission from Crunk Feminist Collective I planned to write a blog about the unconscionable, inconsolable injustice that is plaguing the black community right now. I was going to write about how black lives matter (always have, always will), how condemning black folk for hurting, and calling them animals and savages for being treated […]

Roxcy Bolton: Tireless Feminist Organizer

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Feminist and community organizer Roxcy Bolton has rarely found a problem or issue regarding women that she […]

Elizabeth Cady Stanton: More than a Suffragist

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. When most people think of the American women’s suffrage movement, they probably think of Susan B. Anthony, […]

Emma Goldman: Anarchist Badass

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Emma Goldman began her activism before the turn of the century, but the causes she fought for—and […]

50 Years from Selma, Still Fighting for Voting Rights

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Amelia Boyton. Fannie Lou Hamer. Diane Nash. Rita Schwerner. Annie Lee Cooper. Coretta Scott King. Viola Liuzzo. In the early 1960s, these courageous women activists joined Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Rev. C.T. Vivian, Rev. Andrew Young and thousands of others in the tumultuous and often violent struggle for voting rights for […]