Women Fly Into 2014 Winter Olympics

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This week, women competed in ski jumping at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Germany’s Carina Vogt took home the gold with 247.4 points and a distance of 97.5 m (320 feet), followed by Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Coline Mattel from France. The three American competitors—Jessica Jerome, Lindsey Van and Sarah Hendrickson—finished 10th, 15th and […]

Wisconsin, Don’t Fail Our Kids!

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“Girls and guys notice different things (boys: motion; girls: bright colors and people).” No, this isn’t a line found in a science textbook from the ’60s; this is what Somerset Middle School in Somerset, Wisc., used as evidence to support its sex-segregated classrooms. The ACLU has now filed a complaint with the federal Office for […]

A Pioneer in Women’s Studies: Lois Banner

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The young college students who have sat in Professor Lois Banner‘s women’s studies classes are lucky to be living at a time when the field isn’t as stifled and doubted as it was when she began teaching women’s studies in the late 1960s. The Women’s Movement was still in its nascent stages then, having freshly […]

Take the Tarrant Test for 2014 Super Bowl Ads!

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Last year, the Ms. Blog reviewed the Top Five Sexist Super Bowl Ads after the big game. This year, you can be the judge and scorekeeper. You’ve probably heard of the Bechdel Test for judging movies, which has become increasingly popular and well-known since it was put forth by cartoonist/graphic novelist Alison Bechdel in her […]

Roe v. Wade Turns 41 Today

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On this day in 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark decision affirming a woman’s right to an abortion, a momentous leap forward for women’s health. Despite this hard-won victory, Roe v. Wade is under constant attack, with anti-choice activists chipping away reproductive freedoms at the state level. States have passed more laws restricting […]

10 Ways to Keep Up the Feminist Fight in 2014

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The progress the feminist movement made in 2013 illuminates the progress we still need to make. In the following list, we celebrate the good of this year, and suggest where the road to equality should take us next: Women were allowed into combat this January, but the prevalence of sexual assault on the job—nearly one […]

The Marriage Equality Victories of 2013

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UPDATE: Today, a federal district judge struck down as unconstitutional Utah’s 2004 ban on same-sex marriage, and the Salt Lake County clerk’s office has started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples! This year will long be remembered as a watershed for marriage equality in the United States. With big wins at the Supreme Court, and […]

Michigan Women Now Need Rape Insurance

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The Michigan state legislature recently passed a law banning health insurance markets from offering coverage for abortions. Instead, women seeking the procedure will be required to purchase a separate insurance rider for abortion procedures. Under the new restrictions, which will take effect three months after the legislature adjourns for the year, women would have to […]

#FastFoodStrikes: A Report From 5 Cities

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Yesterday fast-food workers in more than 100 cities across the U.S. made good on their promise to strike against the corporations that rake in billions on the backs of their low-wage labor. Starting at 6 a.m., before the sun had even risen in some cities, protesters began organizing and rallies began. Carrying signs that read […]

Black Women, White Women and the Solidarity Question

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If [Lily Allen] cannot employ women of color in her obvious attempt to call attention to the system by amplifying its absurdity, and she can’t ever critique women of color in any way via satire with legitimacy or without horizontal hostility presented as feminist criticism, we as feminists have a problem. So wrote a former […]