Clothing Retailer Lands’ End Caves to Anti-Abortion Bullies

On Wednesday, Wisconsin-based clothing retailer Lands’ End issued an apology for featuring a profile of Ms. cofounder Gloria Steinem in its Legend Series, after anti-abortion customers flooded the company’s Facebook page with angry comments and threats of a widespread boycott. Appearing as an insert in its print catalogue and referenced heavily on the company’s website and social media pages, […]

Stitching for Abortion Rights

On March 2, the Supreme Court will hear the United States’ most important abortion case in more than two decades, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The case will determine whether Texas’ most extreme abortion restrictions are constitutional, and if the laws are allowed to stand, 5.4 million women could be left with just a handful of abortion clinics to serve […]

Once Upon a Time in the West

This fall, women are ruling political discussion in the United States. For one, Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina are dominating presidential primary headlines. And in late October, Suffragette, a star-studded film about the long and ultimately violent political struggle for British women’s right to vote, makes its U.S. premiere. While we’re pondering this relatively unknown […]

After the Oregon Shootings: A Campaign to Raise Healthy Sons

Again. This time, the scene was a community college in Roseburg, Oregon, 175 miles south of Portland. This time, nine people were murdered and the shooter committed suicide. This time, President Obama spoke out more forcefully than he did after Sandy Hook. This time, stronger alliances are forming to lobby Congress to pass stringent new […]

It’s Time to Axe the Tampon Tax

Each month for a good chunk of her life, a woman will pay out wads and wads of cash to deal with her period. Buying pads, tampons, menstrual cups—whatever products you choose—is pretty much a nonnegotiable for menstruating women. On top of the baseline fees, however, most countries around the world, including the U.S., charge what’s […]

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

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, […]

#NotOurStonewall Calls Out the White-Washing of LGBT History

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 […]

10 Title IX Activists We Love

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 […]

The Juvenile Justice System is Failing Girls

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

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 […]