The Ms. Q&A: Kathryn Bertine on Gender Equality in Cycling

In 2009, Kathryn Bertine pressed send on an email that would in many ways dictate the course of her life for years to come. In it she asked a simple question: “Why is there no women’s race in the Tour de France?”

Ms. sat down with Bertine on Zoom to talk about vulnerability, picking yourself up, and when we might finally see a women’s Tour de France.

NEWSFLASH: Plea Deal Confirmed for Bei Bei Shuai

The two-year case of Bei Bei Shuai, the Indiana woman imprisoned for feticide after she attempted suicide while 33 weeks pregnant, could have set a harmful legal precedent for pregnant women if it had gone to trial. Thankfully, the plea deal reached on Friday means that the case is now closed, and Shuai is a […]

Upcoming Winter Games Puts Spotlight on Russian Homophobia

With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi fast approaching, Russia is making headlines due to concerns over a host of recently introduced anti-LGBT legislation. Concerns were briefly assuaged last week when the Russian government released a statement to the International Olympic Committee reassuring the international community that LGBT foreign athletes would be exempt from Russian anti-LGBT […]

We Stand By Caroline Criado-Perez

Last week, the Bank of England announced that Jane Austen would be the new face of the £10 note. This caused jubilation for many who saw it as a victory for women. It also caused a very sinister reaction, as hordes of misogynistic trolls crawled out of their dark caves and logged onto their Twitter […]

Should You Have To Opt In for Internet Porn?

Last week, UK prime minister David Cameron announced the introduction of an opt-in filter for online pornography on all British Internet providers. Currently the UK has an opt-out system, meaning that people must make an active effort to install a filter on their Internet to block pornographic content in their households. With the new system, […]

We’re Not Putin Up with It: Russia’s Anti-LGBT Agenda

In California, many LGBT couples have now jubilantly exchanged vows since Prop 8 was finally overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Over in Russia, though, Putin is attempting to eradicate every right for LGBTs across the nation. On June 30. Putin signed a bill banning “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations.” On July 3 Putin signed another bill […]

Bank of England Sees Sense (and Sensibility)

The Bank of England has announced that British novelist Jane Austen will be replacing naturalist Charles Darwin on the £10 note ($15.36). This news comes after people were outraged at the announcement in April that social reformer Elizabeth Fry would be replaced by former prime minister Winston Churchill on the £5 note, causing a total […]

Women’s Tour de France Gains Speed

Across the pond, women in sports have been making quite a splash in the media as of late. What with the Wimbledon debacle, followed by Muirfield’s sexist club membership policies, it’s about time we had some good news regarding sports in Britain. Luckily, this is looking likely to be the case. Ironman Triathlon legend Chrissie […]

A Groundbreaking Women’s Film from Saudi Arabia

Haifaa Al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first woman filmmaker. Her mesmerising new film Wadjda is the first film to be shot entirely within Saudi Arabia. A beautiful and heartwarming story, Wadjda has graced film festivals across the world, from the Venice Film Festival 2012 to the Los Angeles Film Festival 2013.  The film tells the story of a young […]