We can never gather all the facts of any story that enters the public consciousness. What we can do is resist reducing our assumptions to the oldest nouns at hand. The ones that have been around for a thousand years or more—the ones that imprison women in two dimensions of male design.
2020 was a waking nightmare for feminists. Early on, it teased us with hope of change with the presidential election in November … only to be hit with the biggest pandemic in the last 100 years. And with the death of Supreme Court justice and feminist legend Ruth Bader Ginsburg, it often felt as if all the gains made in women’s, civil and reproductive rights would be taken away.
With the knowledge of a person who has seen their fair share of dumpster fires in the last five decades, I give you my top feminist WTF moments of the past year.
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 House votes to condemn forced sterilization; The Navajo Nation’s record-high COVID rates; Mike Bloomberg pays court fines of Florida voters with felonies; Snapchat registers 750,000 voters; Harvey Weinstein’s six additional survivors; gay men launch an attack against the #ProudBoys; 66% of Americans don’t want Roe overturned; ICE custody death count hits record high; and more.
Ms. spoke with the ACLU’s Chase Strangio about the anti-trans religious front’s recent pivot from a focus on trans people in bathrooms to trans people in sports, as well as the recent passing of justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — and what these events mean for the state of trans rights in the U.S..
More than six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, sparking national outrage and protests, a Jefferson County grand jury has concluded that none of the officers involved are criminally responsible for her death.
Team members of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and New York Liberty walked off the court before the National Anthem began—signifying the teams’ solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and specifically how they stand against the police brutality that lead to the killing of Breonna Taylor.
“All season long, we say her name.”
For the first time in the history of O magazine, Oprah is stepping aside, and letting another face take center stage: Breonna Taylor. “We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice,” she said.
Sandra Bland died five years ago. Breonna Taylor died four months ago. Why has so little changed?
June 5 marks what would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. Activists and members of Taylor’s community urge individuals to #SayHerName—a campaign created to raise awareness about the number of women and girls that are killed by law enforcement officers.