Keeping Score: “While We Have Our Eyes On the Future, History Has Its Eyes On Us”

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: Amanda Gorman steals the spotlight at Biden’s inauguration; female reporters speak on covering the Trump White House; women wear pearls in support of VP Kamala Harris; Roz Brewer makes history as Walgreens CEO; Press Sec. Jen Psaki promises interpreters at briefings; President Biden rejoins Paris Climate Agreement; and more!

Vice President Kamala Harris Can Only Fail Now

Intentionally and unintentionally, America put Vice President Harris on a well-deserved and hard-earned pedestal that’s higher than President Joe Biden’s. But heavy accolades come with high expectations that are rarely met in everyone’s eyes.

Kamala Harris is being set up to fall short of high expectations. Her inevitable mistakes will reinforce unrealistic standards for women of color.

Women’s Representation: “Do You Know How Rare It Is To See Women Portrayed as Patriots?”

Weekend Reading for Women’s Representation is a compilation of stories about women’s representation.

This week: American democracy has finally passed the Bechdel test; women stole the inauguration show; more women will serve as White House correspondents; women on Biden’s Cabinet; progress toward women’s equality in Tunisia has stagnated; and more.

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.