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The Real Story of Margaret Sanger

The Real Story of Margaret Sanger

By Ellen Chesler Birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger is back in the news this week thanks to GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, who claimed on national television that Planned Parenthood, the visionary global movement she founded nearly a century ago, is really about one thing only: “preventing black babies from being born.” Cain’s outrageous and...

Berkeley Students Protest Anti-Affirmative Action Bake Sale

The group sold baked goods that were priced according to the race and gender of their costumers.
HERvotes: How the Youth, Women and Minority Vote are at Stake in 2012

HERvotes: How the Youth, Women and Minority Vote are at Stake in 2012

By Francesca Witcher This post is part of the #Hervotes Blog Carnival and was originally posted on the Feminist Campus Blog. The Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms. Magazine are partnering with other organizations that represent women and people of color in a Health and Economic Right or HERvotes initiative for the election in 2012. FMF’s...
Boehner Bias?

Boehner Bias?

On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi handed over the speaker’s gavel to John Boehner, who is charged with leading the “Tea Party Congress” in their efforts to repeal health care reform, disband the Select Committee on Global Warming, defund Planned Parenthood and do a bunch of other things that people who have never held elected office think...
One Year Later: The Women of Haiti Cherie & an American Feminist

One Year Later: The Women of Haiti Cherie & an American Feminist

For a while there it seemed as if most of the world had forgotten about Haiti (again). This week, by all indications from the news media, the ongoing tragedy has not been completely forgotten. Unfortunately, I can’t help but feel discouraged when nearly half of the people I speak to about Haiti are sure that...
Sheriff Decries Consequences of Inflammatory "Vitriol" After Tucson Shooting

Sheriff Decries Consequences of Inflammatory “Vitriol” After Tucson Shooting

Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital after  having been shot in the head by a gunman while she conducted a “Congress on Your Corner” event in front of a market. Although she was listed in very critical condition after surgery, Dr. Peter Rhee, medical director of the trauma...
Ms. Magazine Website Makes Forbes’ Top 100 Best Website for Women

Ms. Magazine Website Makes Forbes’ Top 100 Best Website for Women

FROM FORBES WEBSITE: No one can succeed on her own. Even the savviest women need help along the way. To that end, with the help of the ForbesWoman community, we’ve searched the Web for the most dynamic, inspiring and helpful websites for women. We’re delighted to present this list of ForbesWoman’s Top 100 Websites for...
Sneak Peek at the new Spring Ms.: 5 of the 25 Gains for Women in the Health-Care Bill

Sneak Peek at the new Spring Ms.: 5 of the 25 Gains for Women in the Health-Care Bill

Feminists didn’t get everything we wanted in the historic health-insurance reform package passed in March: The lack of a public option and limits on abortion coverage were the most glaring setbacks, and a single-payer system wasn’t even considered. But bottom line, an additional 32 million Americans will gain health-care coverage—meaning that the vast majority in...
The Pill Turns 50

The Pill Turns 50

Without feminism, it would have been just another contraceptive By Elaine Tyler May, originally posted on Ms. magazine Fifty years ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the oral contraceptive. As we mark that momentous anniversary, women have much to celebrate. The Pill changed the lives of millions of women and became one of...
Ms. Magazine Launches the New Ms. Blog

Ms. Magazine Launches the New Ms. Blog

On this International Women’s Day, March 8th, Ms. magazine—the flagship feminist publication—launches the Ms. Blog, showcasing the sharp writing and informed opinions of a community of feminist bloggers from around the nation and the globe. The Ms. Blog will be a hub for exchange, collaboration and discussion, introducing fresh perspectives on national and global politics,...
Will We Ignore Brooksley Born AGAIN?

Will We Ignore Brooksley Born AGAIN?

Eleven years ago, U.S. economic leaders should have listened to Brooksley Born. Then head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Born was concerned about new and unregulated futures markets. They were growing at tremendous rates, yet their risks were not fully understood. She was especially wary of the lack of transparency in trading over-the-counter...