Silence is the enemy of justice.
That’s a phrase that comes to mind again and again as women’s stories have unfolded in these past few months. The ability of harassers and sexual predators to silence and isolate their victims stems from misogynistic cultural forces that shame and intimidate women from coming forward; the patriarchal systems that segregate workers by gender and race; and the legal barriers put in place by those intent on sustaining white male power.
The antidote to patriarchy is a strong feminist movement that demands change in our laws, institutions and customs. The Winter issue of Ms. zeroes in on the historic moment we’re watching unfold across the country—and around the world—as women force another much-needed reckoning around sexual harassment and assault. We’re shining a light on the way forward from #MeToo to a nation where laws and policies hold sexual assailants accountable—at work and in every area of their lives.
Inside, you’ll also find a deep-dive into the role women played in the inspiring election victories we saw in November, as both candidates and voters; a call for changes in peacekeeping and making even more room for women at the table during and after conflict; Gloria Steinem’s reflections on one of the women who shaped her life, Indian freedom fighter and social reformer Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and more of the feminist reporting from around the world you expect from Ms.
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