This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Ms. Winter 2021 Issue Ushers in New Era in Gender Equality

There’s no denying it: 2021 is going to be an exciting, impactful, critically important year for the feminist movement.

The new issue of Ms. celebrates and explores the transformational shift to a new era of gender equality, with feminist women holding some of the most consequential levers of power. For the first time in U.S. history, the presidential Cabinet appointments will reach gender parity; the House of Representatives is led by a feminist woman speaker and feminists chair some of the most powerful committees including the Appropriations and the Oversight and Reform committees; and Kamala Harris will be the first woman and first Black and South Asian to be vice president.

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Inside the Ms. Winter Issue

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll find inside the upcoming Winter issue:

In our lead feature, Kamala Harris and the Feminist Future of America, Janell Hobson explores how the historic new vice president is poised to advance gender equality for all women.

A Cabinet that Looks Like America by Tiffany D. Barnes and Diana Z. O’Brien: With Kamala Harris and 11 women nominees, seven of them women of color, President Biden’s Cabinet will be, as he promised, “the single-most diverse… that’s ever existed.” If confirmed by the Senate, fully 48 percent of the Cabinet will be women—allowing the U.S. to be, for once, a global leader on women’s representation in public office.

But Ms. doesn’t just count up the numbers; Ms. explores why and how gender parity in the new administration will make a difference in what government does and the impact on all of our lives.

In a special report, A New Era for Women, Ms. contributing editor Carrie N. Baker spoke to leading policymakers, advocates and activists on what women can expect—and hope for—from the Biden administration. She writes, “One of the most important actions that Biden and Harris can take—one that will affect all areas of women’s and girls’ lives—is ensuring that the Equal Rights Amendment becomes part of the U.S. Constitution.”

You won’t want to miss her analysis of the Biden-Harris agenda on health care and reproductive rights, economic security, family life, education, preventing gender-based violence, and more.

And in Welcome to Washington by Nancy L. Cohen, you’ll meet the nine new feminist women who joined the U.S. House of Representative early this month! They bring to the capital not just their experience and commitment to feminist policy change, but a way of thinking that could expand our notions of who exercises political power and for what purposes. 

In the best tradition of Ms.’s reporting, rebelling and truth-telling, the new issue of Ms. not only celebrates this pivotal moment in history, but also covers some the challenges ahead and how opponents of equality are going to resist us at every turn. That’s why the winter issue of Ms. is a must-read—to be sure you’re informed and ready to push forward and fight back in the year ahead. Here we go!

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Katherine Spillar is the executive director of Feminist Majority Foundation and executive editor of Ms., where she oversees editorial content and the Ms. in the Classroom program.