Keeping Score: The State of the Period and That Photo of Nancy Pelosi

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in this biweekly roundup.

Lest We Forget

“The world needs to see us. The world needs to see everybody, you know? People don’t know these stories, unless we write them.”Filmmaker Nia Malika Dixon talked to Ms. about her work.


+ Pro-Turkey militants reportedly killed nine unarmed Kurdish civilians this weekend—including Hevrin Khalaf, the Future Syria Party’s secretary-general. Women activists on the ground are calling for action.

+ On the second anniversary of the #MeToo movement going viral, Tarana Burke joined with other feminist leaders to launch the #MeTooVoter campaign—calling for debate discussions and candidate platforms that specifically address the needs and experiences of survivors and the critical solutions necessary to end violence and harassment.

+ California is now the first state to ever require abortion access on campus.

+ Simone Biles made Olympic history (again) this week during the final day of the World Gymnastics Championships. Biles broke the record Sunday for most world medals earned by a gymnast of any gender, taking home her 24th, a gold on the balance beam, and her 25th, a gold for her floor routine.

+ League of Women Voters CEO Virginia Kase was honored last Friday with a Leadership award from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in an event at the Kennedy Center broadcast on PBS. “I am so thankful for my family, especially mi madre de crianza, who raised me as her own, Paula Torres—a boriqua who raised me to believe in social justice, and who took me to vote for the first time, where she was turned away,” Kase said, in Emglish and Spanish, when she took the stage during the event. “She was turned away because she was a brown woman, and she taught me that our vote is not only for us, but to give every person who is disenfranchised from the ballot box, their voice.”

How We’re Doing

+ The impeachment gender gap is growing.

+ New research from the Center for American Women’s Political Leadership (CAWP) at Rutgers University sheds light on the major takeaways from the 2018 election—and what they mean in advance of 2020.

+ The Monument Quilt released their first report this week, placing their groundbreaking art and activism movement in the context of the larger movement to end sexual and relationship violence, and highlighting the ways in which intersectional movement-building can be fostered through community-based work like theirs.

+ A new study commissioned by Thinx and PERIOD revealed the impact of period poverty on teenage students. The STATE OF THE PERIOD report findings were drawn from responses by 1,000 students between the ages of 13 and 19. One in five respondents reported struggled to afford period products, and one in four have missed class because they lacked access to period products. Large majorities of the respondents—76 percent and 79 percent, respectively—said that they are “taught more about the biology of frogs than the human female body,” and that they want more in-depth education about menstrual health.



Carmen Rios is a self-proclaimed feminist superstar and the former digital editor at Ms. Her writing on queerness, gender, race and class has been published in print and online by outlets including BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, DAME, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic, the National Women’s History Museum, SIGNS and the Women’s Media Center; and she is a co-founder of Webby-nominated Argot Magazine. @carmenriosss|