Rising Gun Ownership, Incidents of Domestic Violence, and How Women Pay the Price

Nine of the top 10 states for female homicide rates—Alaska, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, Tennessee and Montana—have no requirements for purchasing firearms, and they do not perform background checks for private party purchases. But new data suggests enhanced gun measures are effective at curbing homicides of women in domestic violence situations involving firearms.

A Feminist Reflection On Mass Shootings: How to Turn Sorrow and Rage Into Change

“Tears well up when I think about returning to my King Soopers to shop for groceries, but I plan to—for personal and political reasons. … Perhaps what will most heal our communities is social change, so that the deaths in Atlanta, Orlando, Parkland, Las Vegas and so many other places, as well as here in Boulder, will not have been entirely in vain.”

Keeping Score: Biden Acts on Gender Equality; House Passes Gun Control Legislation; Beyonce Makes Grammy History

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 signs American Rescue Plan; Beyoncé makes Grammy history; voting rights activists resist new restrictions; House passes gun control legislation; Sen. Warren proposes a 2 percent wealth tax; and more.