Ms. Global: India Opens School for Trans People; Turkey Withdraws From Gender Violence Treaty; Ecuadorian Women Harmed by Abortion Laws

The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.

The Infuriating Case of Toxic Chemicals in Breast Milk

The first study in 15 years to analyze per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in breast milk from mothers in the United States indicates that both legacy and current-use PFAS now contaminate breast milk, exposing nursing infants.

We can no longer position worried moms as the front line of defense between their child’s health and the chemical industry. We need a government that regulates chemicals.

Indigenous Women Lead the Movement to Stop Line 3 Pipeline: “This is Everything We Have”

For the past seven years, Indigenous organizations, primarily led by women, and allied environmental groups have taken every route possible to stop Canadian oil company Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline project.

Meet 11 remarkable Indigenous Water Protectors who are on the frontlines fighting to stop Line 3 and protect their communities and homelands.

‘Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink’: How Water Pollution Affects Our Health—From Disrupted Hormones to Lead Poisoning

Biden’s proposed infrastructure bill takes some important steps toward greater water safety, replacing lead pipes. He’ll have to overcome calls for budget cuts, but will he also confront our Pentagon and our water infrastructure’s reliance on unsafe or untested chemicals? Our children’s safety and our future—not corporate profit or government cost—must come first.

Weekend Reading on Women’s Representation: Feminist Climate Activists Sound the Alarm

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: Remembering Rachel Carson’s seminal work “Silent Spring,” published in 1962; the new generation of environmental leaders; the Climate Clock says we still have time left to address climate change; climate advisor Gina McCarthy on climate change’s connection to race and gender; a breakdown of all the women nominated for Oscars; and more.