Holding Big Tech Accountable for Online Violence Against Women and Gendered Disinformation

As a result of online misogyny, many women renounce political careers, self-censor or refrain from speaking out, while illiberal actors and authoritarians become ever bolder in their use of social media as a tool to silence opposition, roll back women’s rights and erode democratic institutions. We cannot let these practices continue, and we cannot let platforms who are able to make substantive change continue to skirt their responsibilities.

Keeping Score: Olympics Ban Swim Caps Made for Black Hair; Abortion Restrictions Reach Record High in 2021; Biden Administration Boasts Narrowest Pay Gap in 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: abortion restrictions skyrocket in 2021; Olympic policies disproportionately target Black women; Supreme Court rules in favor of free speech and gender expression; state legislatures endanger voting rights; and more.

Protections for LGBTQI Individuals Go Global

On Wednesday, June 9, U.S. Rep. Dina Titus (D-Nev.) reintroduced the GLOBE Act to the House of Representatives, alongside Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), who presented companion legislation in the Senate.

The GLOBE Act—short for Greater Leadership Overseas for the Benefit of Equality—aims to establish protections for LBGTQI individuals as a key facet of U.S. diplomacy by incorporating these efforts beneath the umbrella of human rights.

An Open Letter to the Queer Community in the Wake of Fulton v. Philadelphia: “You Are Not a Sin”

“When the U.S. Supreme Court decided last week in favor of a Catholic social services agency in Philadelphia that refuses to work on adoptions with same-sex couples, many of us in the queer community felt that familiar pang of rejection and dehumanization. … I write primarily to my queer siblings who are everyday assaulted by the damaging messages and practices of religious institutions and people. … While the Supreme Court’s decision may add to the weight of our pain, it does not define who we are as queer people, and we must resist the temptation to carry the burden of shame it suggests. Queer people are of inherent worth and dignity, and our queerness is a reflection of Divine creativity.”