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Viola Davis Made History on the Cover of Vanity Fair’s 2016 Hollywood Issue

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood The cover of Vanity Fair's 2016 Hollywood Issue has been unveiled, and all of the stars being celebrated are women. This is, of course, no accident: The cover is making a statement. Admittedly, this isn't the first time the Hollywood Issue has featured women exclusively, but this year the decision to make the cover women-centric feels undeniably … [Read More...]

Viola Davis is the first African American woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. Photo via Julius Tennon, Wikimedia Commons.

5 Ways You Can Help Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women Last month’s announcement of the 2016 Oscar nominees put Hollywood’s much-debated diversity problem on blast. For the second year in a row, no people of color were nominated in any major acting category. As the conversation continues, activists are rightly pointing out that Hollywood’s issues with race are much bigger—and its biases rooted much … [Read More...]

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Beyoncé as Conjure Woman: Reclaiming the Magic of Black Lives (That) Matter

The first image we see of Beyoncé, in her newly released video for her song "Formation," is the pop star atop a New Orleans police car, partly submerged in flood water.  At once invoking the tragedy of post-Katrina devastation and police brutality—both extensions of state violence against black lives—Beyoncé strategically positions her body, clad in a country-style red dress (a power of color, of life and bloodlines), at … [Read More...]

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The Faulty Logic of China’s Most Radical Experiment

On Oct. 29, 2015, the Chinese government announced that it was moving away from the one-child policy it had enacted more than 35 years before. After nearly four decades of mandatory sterilizations, forced abortions, skewed sex ratios, abandoned children and fines for those who violated the family-planning regulations, the policy had worked—too well. China might still be the world’s most populous nation for now, but it … [Read More...]

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A Woman Won the Iowa Caucuses for the First Time. No Asterisk Needed.

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! The Iowa caucuses have led the presidential … [Read More...]

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The CDC Tells Women Not on Birth Control That They Can’t Drink. Seriously?

There is a clear difference between disease control and prevention, and outright paternalism and mistrust of women. Based on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the organization seems to have difficulty making that distinction. On Tuesday, the CDC released a set of guidelines on alcohol consumption and pregnancy, recommending that any women who “could get pregnant” should avoid drinking … [Read More...]

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    5 Great Super Bowl 2016 Moments

    We sat through an array of diarrhea-related pharmaceutical spots, “aww”ed over wiener dogs in bun costumes and questioned that “Super Bowl babies” claim—and we can say confidently that this year’s selection of Super Bowl ads was decidedly less sexist than in years past. What’s more, the whole event featured a number of feminist fancies—from Queen Bey running the halftime […]

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    NEWSFLASH: U.S. Military Generals Push for Women’s Inclusion in the Draft

    Just one month since all military jobs, including combat roles, were opened to women, top U.S. military officials are pushing for women’s inclusion in the draft. Two Republican lawmakers, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), have also introduced a bill to this effect, though they say it’s intended to provoke consideration in Congress of […]

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    We Heart: The Women Senators Who Showed Up for Work Post-Blizzard

    As the snow settled on Tuesday morning and normal life resumed in Washington, D.C., Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) noted something unusual about the Capitol building. “As we convene this morning, you look around the chamber, the presiding officer is female. All of our parliamentarians are female. Our floor managers are female. All of our pages are […]

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    The CDC Tells Women Not on Birth Control That They Can’t Drink. Seriously?

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    Texas’ Anti-Abortion Law is Having a Predictably Terrible Effect on Women

    A new study from the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) has found … ...

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    Tea, Cookies and At-Home Abortions

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    Viola Davis is the first African American woman to win an Emmy for best actress in a drama. Photo via Julius Tennon, Wikimedia Commons.

    5 Ways You Can Help Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

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    The Faulty Logic of China’s Most Radical Experiment

    On Oct. 29, 2015, the Chinese government announced that it was moving away … ...

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    Taking Away Her Voice, Taking Away Her Choice

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    Colorism Is a Feminist Issue

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    Want to Make Consent Sexy? Try Using Sex Toys

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    My First Serious Boyfriend

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    A Woman Won the Iowa Caucuses for the First Time. No Asterisk Needed.

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    Serena Williams’ excellence rebels against ideas that minimize the success of women athletes with bodies that do not meet mainstream definitions of beauty.

    3 Stereotypes About Women Athletes of Color: Debunked

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    What Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of Donald Trump May Say About Tea Party Women

    Sarah Palin’s high-profile endorsement of Donald Trump’s presidential … ...

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