After Years of Exclusion, Women Can Finally Serve in All Military Roles

Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today that all military combat jobs will be opened up to women beginning next year, adding that “there will be no exceptions.” “Our force of the future must continue to benefit from the best people America has to offer,” Carter said at a press conference. “In the 21st century, that requires […]

The Gender Demands of Being Commander-in-Chief

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! In […]

Attack in Colorado Springs Part of an Ongoing Campaign of Threats and Violence

Last Friday, the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. became the site of an hours-long standoff between police and a gunman, resulting in three deaths—including a police officer—and many others injured. In interviews with investigators following the attacks, suspected shooter Robert Lewis Dear spoke of “baby parts” and expressed anti-abortion sentiments. What many following the case […]

How Family Planning Could Help Slow Climate Change

In the mid-1990s, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in a village in Niger, a West African country consistently ranked as one of the poorest in the world. I lived in a mud hut, learned a local language, made lasting friendships and did interesting work. Nearly 20 years later, two memories stand out from those years: It was […]

Open Our Borders

In the wake of recent tragic events in Paris, Beirut and Afghanistan my heart is broken. As an Afghan American Muslim who came to the U.S. as a refugee after the Russian invasion in 1980, I am saddened to see the nation that sheltered and embraced my family and me become divided. Over the last […]

What a Truly Effective Sex Ed Curriculum Looks Like

The pathways by which gender norms drive adolescent sexual experience and health are easy to imagine. Anthony coerces a girl at a party to have sex, in order to satisfy his buddies’ questions about his heterosexuality. Jessica has unwanted sex because she’s afraid her boyfriend will become violent again if she refuses. Sofía becomes pregnant […]

At Least 100,000 Texas Women Have Induced Their Own Abortions

The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) yesterday released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion. The report found that at least 100,000 Texas women have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance. These findings demonstrate that in the face of burdensome restrictions on abortions, like Texas’ onerous House Bill 2 (HB2), women […]

For Undocumented Women Seeking Reproductive Healthcare, Policing and Politics Create a Maze of Barriers

Reprinted with permission from Bitch In September 2015, an undocumented woman arrived at a healthcare clinic outside of Houston for a routine follow-up exam. Blanca Borrego handed a false driver’s license to the receptionist at the Memorial Hermann women’s clinic upon check-in and waited to be called into the examination room with her two daughters […]

The Glass Podium

During Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump interrupted an exchange between Carly Fiorina and Senator Rand Paul to tell Fiorina to stop interrupting. “Why does she keep interrupting everybody?” he asked. “Boy, terrible.” Numbers from FiveThirtyEight show that the majority of men on the main Republican debate stage—five, including Trump—interrupted more often than Fiorina that […]

Women in Combat? Let’s Reframe the Debate

Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission Defense Secretary Ash Carter is due to receive from his military leaders their recommendations on ending policies that exclude women from combat. His decision on the matter is expected by the end of the year. Public opinion of the policy has changed in recent years in response to women’s rights advocates […]