A Special Teacher’s Feminist Influence

Steve Jobs once said, “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” When I learned it was National Teacher Appreciation Week and I began to reflect on my own experiences as a young student, I was reminded of all the remarkable educators who had guided me through my adolescent education. Some […]

The Political Popularity Contest

With the presidential election now in full swing, the Ms. Blog is excited to bring you a series presented in conjunction with Presidential Gender Watch 2016, a project of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and the Center for American Women and Politics. They’ll be tracking, analyzing and illuminating gender dynamics during election season—so check back with us regularly! Think […]

Victory! Harriet Tubman to Grace the $20 Bill

At long last, a woman’s face will grace the $20 bill. The Treasury Department announced Wednesday that a portrait of abolitionist Harriet Tubman will adorn the frontside of a new $20, set to be redesigned by 2020. Bizarrely, however, an image of slaveholding president Andrew Jackson—who is currently the face of the $20—will be moved to the backside of the […]

A Woman Is Apologizing

The idea for this poem came after an incident that occurred while walking down the street in a big city. A man knocked into me, hard, and kept going—which was surprising. I was just as surprised to hear myself apologize to him. After that, I started hearing myself apologize all the time: at work, at home, at […]

6 Reasons We Still Need International Women’s Day

Reprinted with permission from Amnesty International Since 1975, March 8—International Women’s Day—has been a rallying point for feminists worldwide. Established by the U.N., it has traditionally been a moment to celebrate women’s achievements while highlighting serious inequalities between the sexes. But 41 years later, is it still necessary? The answer is yes. Women and girls […]

Emma Watson’s Year of Feminist Activism

Reprinted with permission from Women and Hollywood Emma Watson is taking a hiatus from acting to concentrate on her feminist activism. Watson famously enrolled as an undergraduate student at Brown University in 2009 despite her budding film career. The Harry Potter star graduated with an English literature degree in 2014, but she remains committed to […]

#WeWontGoBack: Why Abortion Must Remain Safe and Legal

In the spring of 1972—more than a year before the decision in Roe v. Wade—Ms. released a preview issue (pictured left), which featured a powerful petition signed by 53 prominent American women declaring that they’d had abortions, the vast majority of which would have been illegal. Among those who signed were cofounding Ms. editors Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman […]

Seven Feminist Resolutions for the New Year

Reprinted with permission from the American Association of University Women Almost as quickly as it arrived, 2015 has flown by. As we shift our thinking from holiday shopping lists to New Year’s resolutions, we’re finding lots of ways to empower women and girls in 2016. If you’re still brainstorming ideas, here are seven feminist-minded resolutions […]