“Don’t Filibuster Democracy!” Summer Issue Cover Story in Ms. magazine on Newsstands This Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 22, 2021

Ms. Magazine joins a growing number of media outlets looking closely at the filibuster threats in the United States Senate—through a feminist lens and by analyzing the impact on women.

The Summer issue cover story, “Don’t Filibuster Democracy!” by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, breaks down how the Equal Rights Amendment and other advancements for women’s and civil rights hinge on the battle to eliminate an anti-democratic Senate rule: the filibuster.

Crucial pieces of popular and powerful legislation—including the ERA, the Paycheck Fairness Act, the For the People Act on voting rights, the Equality Act ensuring LGBTQ+ rights, and the American Dream and Promise Act establishing a path to citizenship for Dreamers depend on the elimination of the filibuster.

A Jim Crow relic, the filibuster is routinely used to block even the most mundane matters from reaching the Senate floor. Weiss-Wolf asks, “what’s at stake as we consider the immediate future of feminist priorities?”

The answer is “just about everything – including our democracy.”

(You can read the cover feature online at msmagazine.com now.)

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The summer issue delves into all the issues on feminists’ minds right now, including…

  • An analysis of the recently announced Supreme court review of a Mississippi abortion ban that “unquestionably violates nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and is a test case to overturn Roe,” according to Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • A feminist case for eliminating the death penalty, unpacking why women have historically been at the forefront of the movement to eliminate the punishment and how their fight continues, as the federal government proceeded with the first federal execution of a woman since 1953 this past January.
  • A review of feminist policy, including President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. What do these crucial pieces of care infrastructure mean for women’s economic participation?
  • A look at what it means to foreground trans care—and why it’s so essential during a year with the largest number of right-wing legislative attacks on the rights of transgender people in general and trans youth in particular.

Interviews can be scheduled with Ms. editors and contributors, and members of the press are welcome to a complimentary subscription, for both print and online editions of the magazine. Please email [email protected] with the subject line “Comp subscription request” to receive one.

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About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, and for shaping a better future.