Rest in Power: Penny Harrington, Criminal Justice Reformer and the First Woman to Lead a Police Department in a Major U.S. City

Penny Harrington—the chief of the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau in the mid-’80s and the first woman to lead a major U.S. city’s police department—died at her home in Morro Bay, Calif., on September 15, 2021, at the age of 79.
Harrington became a police officer in 1964 in Portland and headed the Feminist Majority Foundation’s National Center for Women and Policing at its founding in 1995. Harrington served in Portland in the Women’s Protective Division and began to challenge discriminatory policies after a few years in the force. She became chief of police in 1985 and was the first woman in America to lead a police department in a major city.

The Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates the Passage of the American Rescue Plan: “A Victory for Women”

Today, the U.S. House passed the Senate version of the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide economic relief to millions of Americans suffering from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The passage of the American Rescue Plan today is a victory for women,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms.

Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

The Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) launched an ad campaign today that exposes the threats facing abortion providers across the country and asks the question, “When did the right to life become the right to terrorize abortion providers?” The ads (pictured left and below) feature Troy Newman, president of anti-abortion group Operation Rescue and a […]

This Is What a Feminist Looks Like

On Monday night, the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.) held its 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women’s Rights Awards honoring showrunners Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan. The organization recognized the two women for changing the face of media and presenting female characters who defy stereotypes and reflect real women’s lives. Cast members from the women’s series—including Scandal, […]