New Episode of Ms. Magazine’s “On The Issues with Michele Goodwin” Podcast Looks into the Power of Women’s Political Leadership


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a new issues- and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication.

In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality.

A new episode—Women’s Political Leadership: We Have Her Back—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

In this special episode, Dr. Goodwin and her guests focus on the power and importance of women’s political leadership. Women’s leadership has been central to the fight for political representation and equality and reproductive health, rights and justice—at home and abroad.

Tina Tchen, president and CEO of Time’s Up Now, joins Dr. Goodwin to talk about the importance of the #WeHaveHerBack campaign in the wake of Senator Kamala Harris’s historic vice presidential nomination and heading into the elections this fall. Dr. Goodwin is also joined by two members of Congress—Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Barbara Lee—to discuss their leadership in the fight to repeal the harmful Helms Amendment.

Their conversation covered a wide range of topics; you can find a full transcript here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“It is not only damaging to Senator Harris and demeaning, but it keeps us from imagining her as the vice president of the United States. It plays into all the gendered norms we all grew up with—of not seeing women’s leadership as strong enough or bold enough. We only imagine white men in those positions because that’s what we’ve been acculturated to do.” —Tina Tchen, president & CEO of Time’s Up Now, on the #WeHaveHerBack campaign

“I have seen hundreds and hundreds of laws passed at the state-level trying to limit abortion. We are seeing, in some places, that there may be one clinic left, two clinics left in the state that women can go to, making it harder and harder for women to access what they have the legal, constitutional right to have, and that’s an abortion and certainly, access to contraception, which was made free in the Affordable Care Act.” —Rep. Jan Schakowsky

“These are people who don’t value women. This far-right wing has an ideology that dehumanizes women in many respects. In every effort they can take on, they do.” —Rep. Barbara Lee

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood, is described as a “must read.”

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 create the feminism of the future.


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