I encourage everyone to take a few moments, as the Thanksgiving season winds down, to think about Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, Hanna Harris and the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the U.S. and Canada.
There is a growing movement of indigenous leaders, led by Native women, building networks of solidarity across tribal communities and using our shared unified power to expand awareness and pass reforms related to the epidemic number of cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.
In a new letter from the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the coalition of national, tribal, state, territorial and local organizations and individuals calls on Senators to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act.
Legislation to re-authorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act passed in the House last Friday—but the future of the groundbreaking law remains uncertain in the face of NRA opposition and partisan divides in Congress.
The recent expiration of VAWA, set against the backdrop of the partial government shutdown, makes it clear that we are not done moving forward—and that we must continue to fight to protect and advance the gains for survivors that we’ve won since the landmark legislation passed.
President Trump’s proposed budget reflects his lack of interest in supporting survivors.
Thanks in large part to VAWA, survivors are more supported when they come forward—but this law and the survivors it protects are now in jeopardy.
Typing the word “survivance” into the Ms. Blog’s search bar yields no results. So perhaps there is no better way to introduce this term here, as theorized in Native American circles of academe, than via Mary Kathryn Nagle’s play Sliver of a Full Moon. Sliver is a dramatization of the legislative struggle to reauthorize the Violence […]
The pioneering politician who “made it okay for women to wear pants in the Senate” won’t be seeking re-election. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), the longest-serving woman in the U.S. Senate, announced her pending retirement yesterday at a news conference in Baltimore. In her nearly 30 years in the Senate, Mikulski achieved many firsts, including being […]
Earlier this week, the White House Council on Women and Girls, along with the Vice President’s office, released a report detailing the far-reaching impact of rape in the U.S. The report is powerful in its simplicity: It contains a catalog of the number of rapes committed against particular groups, examines the mental-health consequences of the crime and details the ways in which law enforcement is failing victims.