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.

#TaylorIsFree: Taylor Swift Takes Back What’s Hers

Taylor Swift knows what her words are worth—and she’s about to show us. By re-recording her music, she is reclaiming not only her work, but also her stories, memories and words.

Swift re-recording her masters is not only huge news for Swifties excited for updated versions of their favorite songs, but also a feminist victory for Swift and all female musicians.

“She Is Risen” Albums Brings Feminist Voices to “Jesus Christ Superstar”

The concept album started with a dream. Singer, songwriter, and Broadway actor Morgan James dreamed that she performed “Jesus Christ Superstar.” In her dream, she was Jesus and Shoshana Bean was Judas. She told her friends about the dream, and they encouraged her to make her idea of an all-women production a reality. What Morgan says started out as a lark became the (so far) two-volume “She Is Risen.”