Millennials: Don’t Get Shafted at the Polls!

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Often characterized as apathetic and irrelevant, young people, especially college students, have usually been ignored come election season. However, this mythology was blown away in the 2008 and 2012 elections when young people proved to be a formidable force at the polls. Galvanized by a charismatic candidate who engaged with them, a sleeping giant had […]

Once Upon a Mattress

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When thinking of the most intimate spaces in life, one’s bed certainly makes the list. It’s a comforting place, symbolically representing privacy and self. But what happens when that space is interrupted, desecrated? Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz comes right to the point in an interview with the Columbia Daily Spectator: I was raped in […]

Your Vote Is Your Voice

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The following article appears in the Fall 2014 issue of Ms. Read more of our election coverage by getting a digital subscription to the magazine. Hardly a week goes by in Washington, D.C. that doesn’t include an announcement, panel discussion or report on women voters—how we think, how to win us, where we live and what we had for breakfast. […]

It’s Been A Bad Week for Football

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The NFL’s poor handling of the Ray Rice domestic-violence situation was just the beginning of the organization’s failure to address bad player behavior. Here’s what you missed this week: It seemed like mere moments after the release of the TMZ video of Rice punching his fiancee out cold, the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson was being […]

Obamacare Is Making a Huge Difference for Women

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A new study from the Guttmacher Institute published this week shows definitive proof that the Affordable Care Act is good for women. According to the report, the percentage of privately insured U.S. women paying zero out-of-pocket dollars for contraceptives grew exponentially between fall 2012 and spring 2014. For its Continuity and Change in Contraceptive Use study, the Guttmacher Institute […]

It’s Time to #FlushRushNow — Once and For All!

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Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh reached new levels of woman-hating on Monday when he declared that “‘No’ means ‘yes’ if you know how to spot it.” Yes, you read that right. Limbaugh, in mocking Ohio State University’s proposed new definition of sexual consent (which requires both parties to consent every step of the way and discuss […]

Where Are the Women Speakers on Congressional Panels?

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We already know women are woefully underrepresented in the U.S. and state governments. We make up only 18 percent of the House, only 20 percent of the Senate and less than 25 percent of state legislative positions. Although women won more congressional seats in 2012 than ever before, at the rate we’re going it will […]

What You Don’t Know About These Popular Cosmetics

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In 2004, the Environmental Working Group, an environmental research and advocacy group, created a cosmetics database to log the potentially harmful chemicals found in personal-care products. Today, the Skin Deep database, which contains information on more than 70,000 products, reveals that many of the lotions and potions we put on our skin, hair and nails can […]

The Courts Aren’t Falling Into TRAPs

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Two rulings last week in Texas and Louisiana prove that, at least for now, some judges aren’t buying into the deceptive rationale used by right-wing lawmakers who enact TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) laws. Late Sunday evening, a federal district court issued an injunction against a Louisiana law that would have required abortion-providing doctors to […]

Shout It From a Billboard: Street Harassment NOT Cool

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When was the last time you saw a billboard flashing messages about consent, respecting women or street harassment? I’d guess never. I had never seen one either, until a few days ago when I drove to Lancaster, Penn., and stood in front of a digital billboard along Dillerville Rd. displaying these three messages. As an […]