With so many of our rights in jeopardy, social justice advocates have had to work even harder to stand up for the causes they believe in. Tackling voting rights, public health, reproductive justice and much more, here are Ms. magazine’s picks for our top feminists of 2022.
Tag: Women in Music
2022’s Top Feminist Moments in Pop Culture
It’s that time of year to reflect on highlights of 2022 and the ways that feminism showed up and showed out in our popular culture.
From Wednesday Addams’ cool confidence, to some fabulous baby bump reveals, to Megan Thee Stallion’s spotlight on mental health … here are our top 10 favorite moments.
Ten Holiday Songs by and for Feminists: 2022 Edition
If you’ve been looking for holiday tunes sung by artists whose feminist values match your own, here is our semi-annual list of holiday songs written by feminist musicians or holiday songs that espouse feminist values.
Keeping Score: Biden Issues Mass Pardon for Marijuana Possession; 36% of U.S. Counties Are ‘Maternity Care Deserts’
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: National children’s health organizations urge Biden to issue a National Emergency Declaration; pregnant cancer patients struggle to start chemotherapy without abortion access; Biden issues mass pardons for federal marijuana possession; Cardi B is first woman rapper to have two 11x platinum singles; 36 percent of U.S. counties are “maternity care deserts”; and more.
Rest in Power: Loretta Lynn—A Legend, an Icon, a Voice for All Women
When country music star Loretta Lynn died on Oct. 4, the world lost a powerful voice—not only due to Lynn’s divine musicality and acclaim in the realm of country music, but because of her genuine ability to portray the intimate thoughts and frustrations of women of her time.
The Healing Power of Bikini Kill
Bikini Kill is a feminist punk rock band founded in 1990 and credited with founding the Riot Grrrl movement. They broke up in 1997 and reunited in 2019.
Seeing Bikini Kill in concert was medicine. The band reminds us to mobilize our rage and shows us what that looks like.
Feminism (Taylor’s Version)
Taylor Swift is taking a break from releasing her re-recorded tracks to drop Midnights, her 10th studio album.
Beyoncé’s Ode to Black Joy: Merging Past and Future in ‘Renaissance’
Renaissance, Beyoncé’s seventh solo album, offers a much different vibe and one that also represents an intergenerational inheritance engulfed in the pleasures of Black dance music vibrating across the various subcultures of Black communities around the world.
Black women—across genders, sexualities and communities—have been the blueprint, and Beyoncé’s Renaissance proves that.
We Heart: P!nk’s New Protest Anthem, ‘Irrelevant’
On July 18, the music video for P!nk’s new song, “Irrelevant,” dropped and has since been deemed a ‘protest anthem.’ She explained, “As a woman with an opinion and the fearlessness to voice that opinion, it gets very tiring when the only retort is to tell me how irrelevant I am. I am relevant because I exist and because I am a human being. No one is irrelevant. And no one can take away my voice.”
The proceeds from the new track will be donated to Michelle Obama’s national, nonpartisan voting initiative When We All Vote.
Who Taught Beyoncé to Love Herself? ‘Renaissance’ Pays Tribute to Trans Sisters, Gay Uncles and Black Self-Love
Beyoncé returns on Renaissance to challenge listeners to ask a life-saving follow up question: Who taught you to love yourself? And she tells us: If you want to learn Black self-love, listen to Black queer and trans voices.