Celebrating the Suffrage Centennial with “The Vote” Producer Michelle Ferrari

Producer Michelle Ferrari sits down with Ms. for a conversation surrounding her new documentary exploring the 72-year battle that eventually led to the passage of the 19th Amendment. The two-part documentary explains the long-fought and surprisingly unfamiliar story of women’s struggle to secure the right to vote. The film comes at a crucial moment, commemorating the centennial of the women’s vote— focusing on divisions in the movement, injustices, obstacles and achievements.

Q&A: Oakland Architect Deanna Van Buren Is Building a World Without Prisons

Deanna Van Buren is co-founder, executive director and design director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, an Oakland-based architecture and real estate development nonprofit working to end mass incarceration by building infrastructure that redefines the entire criminal justice pipeline.

“There’s an entire infrastructure for criminal justice; we could create an entire infrastructure for restorative justice.”

Feminist Lens: Cheryl L. Bedford’s Vision for a Diverse and Inclusive Hollywood

Founder of the largest—and one of the only—diversity and inclusion initiatives focused exclusively on women of color in the film and television industry, Cheryl L. Bedford sees no use in maintaining the status quo.

“I used to say that women of color need to work twice as hard to be considered half as good; that’s what I was told as I was growing up. Now, I say that women of color should be able to be like mediocre white men and still get hired.”

We Heart: BLM Protester Samantha Francine Stares Down Racism

When faced down by racist man Jay Snowden at a Black Lives Matter protest in Whitefish, Montana, Samantha Francine pushed up her sunglasses so she could stare right back at him. She did not back down.

“I have not always been this version of myself. It has taken a long time for me to find my strength the way I did that day. … This is the first time in 27 years I have truly found my voice as a woman of color.”