Keeping Score: California Schools to Provide Free Period Products; Title X Gag Rule Reversed; Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated

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: Biden administration reverses Title X gag rule; federal courts halt, then reinstate Texas’s six-week abortion ban; school districts crack down on BLM and pride flags; Playboy features first gay man on its cover; California overrides workplace NDAs *and* requires free menstrual products in schools; and more.

The Voices Excluded From the U.N. Climate Change Conference: “Women Are Vital to Solutions”

Beginning on October 31, the United Nations will host the U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) in Glasgow. The conference, which will last until November 12, aims to bring “parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.” But environmental activists say COP26 is lacking adequate representation of voices from the Global South and Indigenous communities.

Global Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice to Coincide with U.N. General Assembly: “Life Itself Hangs in the Balance”

The Global Women’s Assembly for Climate Justice—a free, virtual, gender-inclusive public forum being held September 25–30, 2021—will assemble over 100 leaders from over 40 countries to encourage governments to increase climate action by examining the root causes of environmental and social injustice, adopting a climate justice framework and providing a diverse array of possible solutions to the climate crisis.

How Are Any Of Us Supposed To Become Mothers?

To me, the absolute zenith of late-in-life human existence is to be a little Italian grandmother. As it stands, I’m not sure how I’m supposed to even become a mother.

What if we lived in a country where parents, and especially mothers, were supported instead of forced to sacrifice other facets of their lives and come up with their own solutions?

Keeping Score: Afghan Women Hopeless Ahead of Taliban Rule; Cuomo Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations; Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill

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 Taliban seizes power in Afghanistan as U.S. troops withdraw; Kathy Hochul will replace gov. Andrew Cuomo, becoming the first female governor of New York; LGBTQ+ Olympians make history at the Tokyo Games; the Senate passes major infrastructure bill; IPCC warns of irreversible climate change and the consequences to come; and more.

Feminist Mobility Solutions Can Drive a More Just Transportation System

A new Women’s Environment and Development Organization report makes the case that by realizing the potential for intentional and equitable investment that prioritizes universal access and affordability for all, takes into account the differentiated needs of users it has historically marginalized and learns lessons from feminist transportation advocates, U.S. mobility infrastructure can actually serve as a critical pathway to achieving racial, economic and gender justice. 

The Weekly Pulse: CDC Urges Vaccines During Pregnancy as Delta Surges; U.N.’s Reality Check on Climate Crisis

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

In this edition: The U.S. Senate passes a $1 trillion infrastructure bill in rare showing of bipartisanship; in a new U.N. climate report, climate scientists say there are known measures we can take to protect the world, but we must be brave enough to act; Senate subcommittee passes the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act; CDC issues new vaccine guidance for pregnant people; and active-duty service members and teachers may face a vaccine mandate.