What Happened When Thousands of Activists Descended on the Supreme Court

Buttressed against the cold wind by purple knit caps and emboldened by enthusiasm, thousands of people gathered on a 20-foot stretch of sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court Wednesday morning to shout their support for the lawyers arguing the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt case. Their chants could be heard three blocks from the court. The Whole Woman’s […]

Abortion is a Constitutional Right. We Need to Stop Talking Like it Isn’t.

Political elites on the left have a history of telling the public that whether the Constitution protects abortion is an open question. Raising the specter of Roe v. Wade being overturned or gutted is a time-honored tactic for rallying the base. But with the Supreme Court hearing Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt today and Justice […]

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, […]

Does America’s National Security Need a Feminist Movement?

The presidential race has fueled raging debates around feminism and misogyny in America. The idea of a woman breaking this glass ceiling has inspired many, but also revealed deep generational fissures in how women view feminism today. In the national security space, the election could usher in the first female commander-in-chief. Yet, we may already […]

Killer Mike, Madeleine Albright and Millennial Voters: A Perfect Storm of Gender Politics

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! Presidential […]

Texas’ Anti-Abortion Laws are Having a Grave Impact on Black Women

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear opening arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt next month—the most significant abortion-related case to go before the court in about two decades—a network of 12 black women’s reproductive-justice organizations are speaking out against Texas’ HB2, the omnibus anti-abortion bill at the heart of the case. According to an […]

Menstrual Products are Taxed in 40 States. Here’s What You Can Buy Tax-Free

Cosmopolitan dubbed 2015 “The Year The Period Went Public” and NPR called it “The Year of the Period.” Here at the Ms. Blog, I predicted that 2016 would be an even bigger, bolder year for menstrual equity: “The Year Period Policy Prevailed” (which I swiftly reconsidered to “That Time President Obama Talked About Tampons”). Yes, last month the Leader of […]

The Not-So-Secret Life of a Career Tampon Thief

I turn the crank of the tampon machine until its empty sign appears. My brown leather bag is now plump with free tampons. It’s a pretty Fossil bag and you would never guess that it belongs to a compulsive tampon-taker. I look over my shoulder at a stunned undergraduate onlooker and give her a “don’t mess with […]

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 […]

A Woman Won the Iowa Caucuses for the First Time. No Asterisk Needed.

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! The […]