What’s at Stake: Access to Abortion

The right to reproductive choice and medical privacy is the single biggest issue at stake for women’s lives and health in the 2020 election and beyond. It is not only relevant to young women who may be faced with the abortion decision, but to all women who value their autonomy and privacy.

Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic (Part 2)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From social unrest to polling site closures to a shortage of poll workers, here’s what’s standing in the way of voting this year—and the organizations and feminists on the ground making a difference.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms.]

Protecting Voting From COVID-19 (Part 1)

U.S. democracy was already under assault from voter suppression tactics, and now the nation is challenged with holding a presidential election during a pandemic.

From now until Election Day, we will examine how the ongoing battle over voting rights will have an impact on the country’s ability to hold fair elections during a pandemic, as well as on the difference women will make as voters and candidates.

[This article originally appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Ms. Part 2 of this report—”Protecting Voting From COVID-19: Picking a President During a Pandemic”—will be released tomorrow.]

Georgia Wrongfully Purged 200K Voters—With Focus on Black Voters, ACLU Report Finds

A recent shocking report published by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) exposes massive voter suppression efforts in Georgia:

Almost 200,000 voters in Georgia were purged from the rolls for allegedly moving—when in reality, they had not moved at all.

Voters were purged at a 63.3 percent error rate.

An overwhelming majority of the wrongly identified movers resided in the Atlanta Metro Area—a majority Black city.

Request Your Ballot Day: Voters Shouldn’t Have To Choose Between Their Health and Their Vote

Thursday, September 10 is Request Your Ballot Day. The right to vote is a basic American freedom, but no one should have to choose between voting and protecting their health. Voting by mail is one of the most secure ways to vote—it leaves a paper trail, and has strong security measures that ensure the authenticity of ballots and track them from the day they’re printed to the day they’re counted. Request your mail-in ballot today!

Keeping Score: “Mr. President, It’s You Who Have Created the Hate and Division”

In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.

This week: the WNBA and Naomi Osaka honor Breonna Taylor; Trump encourages violence; remembering Chadwick Boseman, “a true class act”; Black Kenosha reporter resigns in protest; Keke Palmer is the first Black woman to host the VMAs; the Anti-Racism in Public Health Act; a win for Afghan women; a growing number of employers encourage poll workers; Buffy Wicks votes with her baby; a bill would require greater racial diversity of corporate boards in California; a (questionable) suffrage statue in Central Park; child marriage in the U.S. continues; what do Americans think of nonviolent protests?; women-owned small businesses not faring well in COVID; college students’ voting patterns; and more.