The political landscape over the last decade was marked by increasing polarization, partisan majorities in many states that impose policies out of step with the views of most Americans—and gerrymandering and winner-take-all electoral systems making a mockery of the prospect of political accountability. But it was also a decade in which ranked choice voting (RCV) spread across the country.
Given recent activism on the part of celebrity women—from the #MeToo movement to the Time’s Up Campaign—it’s easy to forget there was a time not that long ago when the link between fame and feminism was viewed with suspicion and even incredulity. Here, we chart the evolution—and increasing impact—of celebrity feminism over this millennium.
It felt like everyone was watching the World Cup final this July. And when the U.S. Women’s National Team won—claiming their second world championship title in a row and their fourth overall—it felt bigger than just a victory for their team.
2019 was a banner year for awesome films and television shows written, created and fronted by women—it was the year that female-empowerment productions broke records and that women showrunners and directors changed national perspectives on critical matters, such as abuse and mental health, and made us heartily laugh.
What Black women need is more than a seat at the table. They need to be seen and valued and heard at the table, with the confidence to speak truth to power without retaliation. Better yet, our tremendous contributions should be matched with political and economic power.
It was a rough year for women’s rights. But not all was lost—and sometimes feminist even won.
Despite significant setbacks, the last decade was one that saw many gains for women in the U.S.
Feminism dominated the headlines in 2019—and Ms. was reporting, rebelling and truth-telling from the movement’s front lines all year long.
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As we prepare for another decade of feminist struggle, let’s look back at some of the feminist highlights from the last 10 years.
From Lizzo’s rapid rise to fame to Meghan Markle’s feminist takeover of “Vogue”—with a lot of Rihanna, Beyoncé and Harriet Tubman in-between.