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.

Top Ten Most Memorable Moments from the First Year of “On The Issues with Michele Goodwin”

Did you know that Ms’s podcast “On the Issues with Michele Goodwin” has been reporting, rebelling and telling it like it is for one whole year?

We’ve covered a lot of ground over the past year, from interviewing your lawmakers to delving into a summer of resistance against police brutality to getting the perspectives of feminists on the front lines of changing culture—finding silver linings all along the way. Here are our top ten moments from the year.

Monique DeBose’s Feminist Anthem “Brown Beauty” Is a Love Letter to Black and Brown Women

Los Angeles based singer, activist and spiritual coach Monique DeBose has a new song dedicated to all women of color.

“My intention with this song was to put it out at this point in time as just a celebration. I feel like for so long, we have not had the spaces and the public squares to just celebrate and acknowledge ourselves. If we’ve done it, it’s had to be in enclosed circles, and at this point, I’m ready now to just have it be out in public in a way that like has no shame has no trepidation, no insecurity.”

The Future for the Angsty Teenage Girl Looks Bright

Our support for Olivia Rodrigo and others feels like an ode to our younger selves; a wish that we could’ve unapologetically embraced our own teen angst. After all, we ultimately had the power to be that brave all along.

It’s refreshing we can now accept our own agonies without fear of being negatively perceived by men who look down on teen girl culture, other women, or even ourselves when we too often internalize misogyny.

The Ms. Q&A With Ani DiFranco: “You Have License To Be All the Aspects of Yourself and To Be Unashamed of Them”

Ms. spoke with DiFranco in the lead up to her April 18 livestream concert, celebrating the release of her new album Revolutionary Love. She spoke with us about poetry, feminism, domestic abuse, shame, allyship and places where vulnerability and strength can co-exist. She was calling in from New Orleans, with her children and dog moving through the background and her head newly shaved. Ms. spoke with DiFranco in the lead up to her April 18 livestream concert, celebrating the release of her new album Revolutionary Love. She spoke with us about poetry, feminism, domestic abuse, shame, allyship and places where vulnerability and strength can co-exist. She was calling in from New Orleans, with her children and dog moving through the background and her head newly shaved. At age 50, she could still feel traces of her younger self and “the epic journey” that led her there.

Keeping Score: Biden Acts on Gender Equality; House Passes Gun Control Legislation; Beyonce Makes Grammy 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: Biden signs American Rescue Plan; Beyoncé makes Grammy history; voting rights activists resist new restrictions; House passes gun control legislation; Sen. Warren proposes a 2 percent wealth tax; and more.