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Know Your November Ballot: Reproductive Rights

Know Your November Ballot: Reproductive Rights

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, Ms. will be outlining state ballot initiatives and referenda of major significance to women. I know what you’re (wishfully) thinking: By 2012, American women should already have easy access to, and public funding for, abortions—with the most minimal-to-nonexistent restrictions. Unfortunately, the opposite is true: In state legislatures...
Why “Save Second Base” Shouldn’t Be Our Mantra

Why “Save Second Base” Shouldn’t Be Our Mantra

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Ms. blog will be running a series of pieces devoted to the disease and activism around it. It’s fun. It’s flirty. And it grabs a person’s eye. Shirts, baseball caps and rubber bracelets emblazoned with the slogans “Save the tatas,” “Save second base,” “I heart boobies.” With each Breast...
Marriage at the Supreme Court

Marriage at the Supreme Court

Are you or someone you love in a committed same-sex relationship, hoping to get married? The national debate over marriage equality is about to enter a new phase, as multiple cases make their way to the United States Supreme Court. SCOTUS begins a new session next Monday, and today, in private conference, the Court will...
Men’s Manifesto 2012

Men’s Manifesto 2012

I’m proud to be a part of a growing movement—a multiracial, multicultural, global movement of men who are challenging male violence and outdated notions of masculinity. I have been inspired by, taught by and befriended by men across the world who have dedicated their lives to reducing male violence. Men and boys around the world...
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: A Feminist Look at the Olympics (So Far)

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: A Feminist Look at the Olympics (So Far)

With all of the TV coverage, print and digital news, Facebook updates, Twitter hashtags and blog posts about what’s happening in London, we’ve gathered our favorite (and not so favorite) feminist moments and commentaries from the 2012 Summer Games. Please to share your thoughts in the comments below!  for British weightlifter Zoe Smith, who spoke out...
High-Ranking Catholic Clergyman Convicted!

High-Ranking Catholic Clergyman Convicted!

After a three-month trial, Monsignor William Lynn of Philadelphia has been found guilty of one count of endangering children in the archdiocese for which he served as secretary of clergy from 1992 to 2004. Lynn is now the first senior church official to be convicted of a cover-up in the priest sexual abuse scandals that...
Komen and the Dangers of Corporate-Funded Causes

Komen and the Dangers of Corporate-Funded Causes

By Mara Einstein Breast-cancer charity Susan G. Komen’s decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood–an organization that provides subsidized breast cancer exams for lower-income women–leaves me scratching my head. Komen claims to be withholding funds because of new criteria barring it from providing grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal...
Finally, Finally! FBI's "Forcible Rape" Definition Is Officially History

Finally, Finally! FBI’s “Forcible Rape” Definition Is Officially History

  By Annie Shields Last month we reported that victory was in sight in our months-long Rape is Rape campaign. At a December Senate hearing, FBI Director Robert Mueller let slip that “sometime this spring” the agency would update its archaic definition of “forcible rape.” Mueller’s prediction gave us reason for optimism, but an official announcement today from...
So Sorry, Rachel, There Is Still Sexual Harassment

So Sorry, Rachel, There Is Still Sexual Harassment

By Joan Grey To my dear granddaughter Rachel, At less than a year old, you are a bit young to hear this message. The immediate challenges ahead of you include walking and talking. But this is one of those topics that there is never really a good time to discuss. While I hope you never...
Correct. Protect. Respect. Promoting Economic Security with Safe Workplaces

Correct. Protect. Respect. Promoting Economic Security with Safe Workplaces

By Donna Addkison President/CEO Wider Opportunities for Women Women work. A lot of women work, making up 47% of the American workforce today. Two out three do so to provide the sole or a substantial part of a household income.  Yet women in the workforce continue to be the targets of unwanted, unwelcome sexual harassment...