A Post-Election Celebration of Our 40th

Ms. alums who attended the magazine’s 40th anniversary party in New York on November 7, one of several held this year, were already giddy over the victories for women the previous day: reelection of President Obama, the first openly gay woman senator in Wisconsin, a record number of women in the Senate, an all-women congressional […]

“By the Way, We Have to Fix That”

In his acceptance speech last Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama began by thanking every American who participated in his reelection, “whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a very long time.” Then, after a brief pause, he thoughtfully noted, “By the way, we have to fix that.” Yes indeed. […]

Thank You, Women Voters, for Marriage Equality!

According to state exit polls, the women’s vote determined the positive outcome of the marriage-equality ballot measures in Maine, Maryland, and Washington state. In addition, women in Minnesota drove the vote that struck down a proposed state constitutional amendment that would have banned same-sex marriages. If only men had voted, marriage equality would have been […]

Women’s Vote Crucial in Election

UPDATE: HOW THE GENDER GAP PLAYED OUT IN THE SENATE CONTESTS Let’s face it: Women voters swung the election for Barack Obama yesterday. CNN exit polls show that 55 percent of women voted for Obama, 44 percent for Romney. Meanwhile, men voted 52 to 45 for Romney. On top of those figures, it was estimated […]

Don’t Be Suppressed!

This election has been rife with tales of voter suppression strategies, from unnecessary voter ID laws to shortened early voting to disenfranchisement of felons. The latest news out of Florida has Gov. Rick Scott refusing to extend early voting hours even as voters faced ridiculously long waits at polling places. Reported Firedoglake, “A brief effort […]