Mission Possible—And Necessary and Long Overdue

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If we listened to corporate lobbyists and conservative politicians, we’d spend our time dodging imaginary chunks of falling sky. Make sure all workers can earn paid sick days? Higher wages and equal pay? Protections for pregnant workers and an insurance fund so they and their partners have income when they give birth? Affordable, quality care […]

The Fearless Fight for $15

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On Wednesday, dozens of social justice advocates, fast-food workers, clergy members, labor leaders and members of the local community descended upon Los Angeles City Hall to stage a rally in support of the 15 women who have been fasting for more than two weeks for “Fight for 15,” a nationwide campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 […]

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner: Making Mothers Visible and Powerful

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. Krisin Rowe-Finkbeiner wants mothers to be seen and heard. Rowe Finkbeiner is co-founder, executive director, and CEO […]

Barbara Blaine: Exposing Priests’ Sexual Abuse

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. In September of 2011, Barbara Blaine, the founder of the Survivor Network of those Abused by Priests, […]

New Visa Policy Allows Immigrant Spouses to Hold Jobs

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The Department of Homeland Security recently announced new regulations that could allow dependent spouses of skilled immigrants to hold jobs of their own. Previously, the spouses of H1-B visa holders (immigrants who come to the U.S. to work in specialized fields, usually science or technology) weren’t granted authorization to work. The change could have positive […]

Jennifer Lawrence: Legal Tipping Point for Women in Hollywood?

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The recent “Guardians of Peace” Sony hacks are rocking Hollywood this holiday season with revelations of studio-wide sexism. News that Jennifer Lawrence, arguably the biggest movie star of the moment, received lower pay than her less-famous male co-stars on 2013’s American Hustle could spell catastrophe for Sony—and new hope for women if the revelations lead to action. […]

Uber’s Deep-Seated Denial of Sexual Violence

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When news broke earlier last week that Uber senior executive Emil Michael had talked of diggging up dirt on critical journalists, many Uber users were rightly outraged. Somewhat buried in these reports were Michael’s charges that journalist Sarah Lacy—who has accused Uber of a culture of “sexism and misogyny”—should be held “personally responsible” if women who […]

In Pennsylvania, You Can’t Turn Progressives Against Each Other

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Divide and conquer. That’s what the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) tried to do this year in order to stop local governments in Pennsylvania from ensuring workers could earn paid sick days—or even unpaid leave. But it failed big-time, thanks to the strong stand of progressive legislators and the smart organizing of a broad coalition, […]

The Cold Truth Behind Silicon Valley’s Egg Freezing

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All right ovaries, time to lean in! To top off the bevy of perks that their employees already get, such as chef-prepared meals and office razor scooters, Silicon Valley giants Apple and Facebook are offering another insurance benefit to women employees: cryopreservation, also known as egg freezing. In a self-congratulatory press release, Apple said: We […]

The Importance of Sharing Our Stories of Street Harassment

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“Does street harassment really happen?” Despite a recent survey finding that 65 percent of all women respondents in the United States have experienced some form of street harassment—including having been touched (23 percent), followed (20 percent) and forced to do something sexual (9 percent)—the question of whether street harassment actually occurs is almost as frequent as […]