10 Feminist Quotes We Loved in 2014

This holiday season, let Ms. gift you with some our favorite feminist quotes of the year! “I hope that my presence on your screens and in magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being […]

We (Forever) Heart: Toni Morrison

“I wanted to show how painful this constructed horrible racism was on the most vulnerable people in a society—girls, black girls, poor girls—and that it really and truly could hurt you. So that’s what I was looking for, and no one—I thought—had written that book. So since I really wanted to read it, I thought I should write it.”

How Much Do You Know About “Women’s Lib”?

During my years as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I took as many classes as I could in their well-reputed women’s studies department. When I was required to take a sociology class, I took “The Foundations of Feminism.” For my philosophy requirement, I chose “Philosophy of Feminism.” A literature […]

Five Cheers for Women Freedom Medalists

We were already tipped off that retiring University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt would be a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award. And today we learned that four other fabulous women will also be so honored: former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author Toni Morrison, Girl Scouts founder […]

Black Herstory: Haunted By Margaret Garner

On February 18–which is the 81st birthday of Toni Morrison–let’s also remember Margaret Garner, a slave woman whose herstory was memorialized in what is often considered Morrison’s greatest work: the 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Beloved, later made into a film produced by and starring Oprah Winfrey. Morrison, the author of nine novels (with a tenth, Home, […]

Sex, Power and Truth: Anita Hill 20 Years Later

Almost everyone has an Anita Hill story. Some of us remember exactly where we were when that theater of sex, race and gender called a “hearing” was broadcast in primetime. Others recall water-cooler and sidewalk conversations and debates about guilt and innocence, about sexual harassment as a “white lady’s problem,” about the effect of the […]