Top 4 Scariest Things That Could Happen if Women Don’t Vote on Tuesday

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Happy Feminist Halloween, folks! It’s a time for carving jill-o-lanterns, crafting Notorious R.B.G costumes and re-watching Hocus Pocus. While you’re taking part in the Halloween festivities this weekend, remember that Tuesday is Election Day, and similar to “sluts” in slasher films, women’s rights are in some serious danger. Ballot initiatives in several key states are giving […]

Sleater-Kinney, Bad Brains, Black Flag — Rachel Maddow’s Midterm Playlist

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The stress of midterm elections have you pulling out your hair? Don’t worry! The ingenious Rachel Maddow has curated a playlist of angry punk songs to help relieve some of that pent up midterm aggression. Courtesy of the Late Night With Seth Meyers show, Maddow has provided spot-on music selections, with each song dedicated to various aspects […]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Discriminatory Voter ID Law

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Sorry, African Americans, Latinos, married or divorced women, poor people, college students, the disabled and the elderly living in Texas. You may live in the world’s greatest democracy, but your state just made it much harder for you to participate in it.  On Saturday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Texas permission to implement the strictest […]

Tennessee Could Be the Next Abortion Battleground

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This Nov. 4 will be critical in the battle over abortion rights that’s been brewing in Tennessee. In these midterm elections, Tennesseans will be casting their vote on a ballot measure that can decide the future of reproductive rights in the state. The ballot measure, called Amendment 1, will change the state’s constitution to read: […]

Equal Rights for Oregon Women? Voters Can Make It So!

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Over the next three weeks, Oregonians have a great opportunity: They can codify equal rights into the state constitution. Starting today, the ballots being mailed out to eligible voters—all Oregon voting is by mail—include the proposed Oregon Equal Rights Amendment, Measure 89, which would add these words to the Oregon constitution: Equality of rights under […]

The Ms. Voting Guide for College Students

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There’s a misconception floating around out there that millennials neither participate in nor care about voting. But as a millennial and recent college grad, I know that apathy is not the problem: It’s not knowing the how, when and where of voting that gets in the way. Numbers don’t lie: When provided with accurate and accessible information, millennials show […]

Women May Decide the Toughest Senate Races

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Political pollsters don’t always agree on the direction major races are headed. But there’s one thing polls have shown again and again this election season: Women could decide the biggest Senate races in the country. According to an analysis of polls from the National Journal, gender gaps—the measurable difference between how women and men vote—in the tightest Senate races, including New Hampshire, North Carolina, […]

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 […]

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 […]