“Her Flag” Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

“The flag is often associated with men and their accomplishments, and over the years has become associated with conservative Americans. But the flag is supposed to represent all of us,” said visual artist Marilyn Artus.

For the creation of Her Flag, Artus planned to travel to all 36 states that voted to ratify, in order of ratification, over a time span of 14 months to work with the state artists creating a stripe for Her Flag and sewing it onto the 18- by 26-foot flag.

We Heart: Comedian Carolyn Castiglia Welcomes Women Into Stand-Up Comedy

In the male-dominated field of stand-up comedy, it’s rare to find spaces that champion the development of female comics. That’s why we love Carolyn Castiglia: a performer, writer, producer, director and teacher committed to creating spaces where women thrive.

Castiglia gave Ms. 10 tips she tells her students to orient themselves in the space of comedy and develop their own point of view.

The Future for the Angsty Teenage Girl Looks Bright

Our support for Olivia Rodrigo and others feels like an ode to our younger selves; a wish that we could’ve unapologetically embraced our own teen angst. After all, we ultimately had the power to be that brave all along.

It’s refreshing we can now accept our own agonies without fear of being negatively perceived by men who look down on teen girl culture, other women, or even ourselves when we too often internalize misogyny.

Black Feminist in Public: Revisiting Pulitzer Winner Alice Walker; In Conversation with Salamishah Tillet on ‘In Search of The Color Purple’

Through archival research and interviews, academic and activist Salamishah Tillet studies Alice Walker’s life and how themes of violence emerged in her earlier work.

“It was important for me to recognize Alice’s own journey to Zora as part of my own journey to Alice. That’s one thing. The other part is that you have a generation of Black writers and scholars who self-identify as Black feminists who remember the moment or the time or the text that helped them find the language of Black feminism. This is both a recovery and an origin story.”

The Ms. Q&A: Melissa Scholes Young on Feminism Rising from Rural Roots

“The Hive” is a story of women yearning for independence and equality against the backdrop of familial tragedy, a stark political divide, Rush Limbaugh devotees and a fourth-generation pest control business struggling to get by during the 2008 economic recession.

Author Melissa Scholes Young discusses her role in carving out space for more authentic stories, the unique journeys taken by each of the Fehler women, feminism rising from rural roots and the importance of reinvesting in our rural communities.

June 2021 Reads for the Rest of Us

Are you vaccinated, masked up and ready to get back out there this beautiful Pride Month? I am two of the three because, let’s be honest, I would rather stay home and sit on my sunny porch with a cocktail and a good book.

However you spend it, I hope you have a lovely June and that you can squeeze in some time for a read from this month’s list of 32 amazing books.

What “My Octopus Teacher” Says About Parental Paid Leave, Child Care in America and More

In film and in daily life, mothers are expected to sacrifice themselves for their families—so much so that it has become socially acceptable for women to be torn apart by sharks if that is what is required for modern families to function.

“Instead of focusing on the magical connection between octopus and human found in ‘My Octopus Teacher,’ we could focus on the fact that only through a mother’s demise was a father able to connect with his own child in a new way.”