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. […]

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 […]

50 Years Ago Today, Fannie Lou Hamer Spoke Out for Freedom

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On August 22, 1964, as the Mississippi Summer Freedom Project (Freedom Summer) was well into its third month of voter registration drives among African American citizens in Mississippi, civil rights activist and former sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer riveted onlookers with her speech to the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. I […]

Reshaping National Security: What Angela Canterbury Brings to the Table

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The U.S. government is expected to spend more than $1 trillion on national security projects in 2015. Discussions of national security—from policymaking to implementation—have long been a central fixture of the American news cycle, and decisions made in the name of national security directly affect domestic and international landscapes. With this in mind, it’s clear […]

It’s Been 90 Years: Time to Pass the ERA!

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Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court Thursday morning to demand that the Equal Rights Amendment finally pass. The congresswomen, along with Dr. E. Faye Williams, chair of the National Congress of Black Women, Feminist Majority president (and publisher of Ms.) Ellie Smeal, NOW president Terry O’Neill and […]

It Was 30 Years Ago Today That Geraldine Ferraro Was Nominated for U.S. VP

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On July 19, 1984, U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro (D-NY) accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination to be vice president of the United States, the running mate for presidential candidate Walter Mondale. She told the cheering crowd of delegates, Change is the air, just as surely as when John Kennedy beckoned America to a new frontier; when […]

Students Challenge North Carolina Voter ID Laws

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For years, civil rights organizations have successfully argued to overturn voter ID laws on the grounds that they disproportionately disenfranchise poor and minority voters. But this week, college students are having their say as well. Lawyers for seven North Carolina college students joined the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Department of Justice to […]

Don’t Let SCOTUS Have the Last Word on Voting Rights

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In the Freedom Summer of 1964, several hundred students from across the United States traveled to Mississippi to register black voters in the face of discriminatory voting laws. This year’s 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer calls for a renewed focus on the obstacles U.S. citizens still face in securing the right to vote. Perhaps […]

What Was Achieved at the White House Summit on Working Families?

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The White House convened a summit this week, co-sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, to address the concerns of working families in the United States. Besides casting a national spotlight on families in the workforce, the immediate result of the summit included […]

Paul Ryan: Full Stomach, Empty Soul

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) didn’t major in psychology, so maybe that’s why he turned Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs on its head when he pontificated at the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 6 about the U.S. providing food for hungry children: The left is making a big mistake here. What they’re offering people is a […]