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?


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


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


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


“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 […]

Wage Gap Narrows, But We’re Not Cheering Yet

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Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau show that the gender-wage gap has barely budged in the past year. Now, a woman earns 78 cents for every dollar a man earns (versus last year’s 77 cents)—a shift the Census Bureau calls “not statistically significant.” When women are further categorized by race, the wage gap widens […]

When Sports Coaches Are Abusers


The following is an excerpt from “Misplaced Faith” in the Fall 2014 issue of Ms. Read the whole article by getting a digital subscription to the magazine. She is special. That’s what club swim coach Norm Havercroft in Saratoga, California, told the mother of 15-year-old competitive swimmer Jancy Thompson in 1997. And because she was […]

Women in the Skies: The Birth of the Stewardess


This article was excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly. Read the full story here. Commercial airlines go back as far as 1909, with the first civilian-passenger flight in the United States taking place in 1914. According to, in the United States, the sons of wealthy magnates served as the earliest flight attendants, known as “couriers,” […]