“At This History-Making Moment, We Are Hopeful”: Feminist Lawmakers and Advocates React to the Biden-Harris Agenda for Women

On the eve of the January 20 inauguration, Ms. spoke with feminists about their hopes for the Biden-Harris administration.

Feminist lawmakers and activists are optimistic that the Biden-Harris administration will follow through on their promises to improve women’s lives and bring strong action for gender justice and racial equality.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Ms. Winter 2021 Issue Ushers in New Era in Gender Equality

The latest issue of Ms. celebrates and explores the transformational shift to a new era of gender equality, with feminist women holding some of the most consequential levers of power.

For the first time in U.S. history, the presidential Cabinet appointments will reach gender parity; the House of Representatives is led by a feminist woman speaker, and feminists chair some of the most powerful committees, including the Appropriations and the Oversight and Reform committees; and Kamala Harris will be the first woman and first Black and South Asian to be vice president.

Here’s a glimpse at what you’ll find inside the upcoming Winter issue.

Biden Appoints Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary of Health—a Historic First for Transgender People

President-Elect Joe Biden has nominated Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine to serve as assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. If approved, Levine would be the first ever Senate-confirmed trans official in U.S. history.

Levine’s appointment sends a strong message that the administration intends to reverse course on what advocates say has been four years of war against LGBTQ+ people under the Trump administration.

As Commerce Secretary, Gov. Gina Raimondo Has “a Vision for an Inclusive Recovery”

With Inauguration Day fast-approaching, President-Elect Joe Biden took the stage on Friday, Jan. 8 to appoint the final members of his Cabinet. Among them was commerce secretary nominee and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo.

“The mission of the commerce department is a very simple one: to help spur good paying jobs, to empower entrepreneurs to innovate and grow, to come together with working families and American businesses to create new opportunities for all of us. It’s a simple but vital mission. It’s the same mission that’s driven my own life and the path of my family across generations.”