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What the Numbers Behind the #MeToo Movement Show Us


  When the #MeToo stories began pouring out a few months ago, I thought about data. There is limited data to track the full scope of sexual harassment and assault across all locations.

It’s Long Past Time for the U.S. to Invest in Women Workers


The Great Recession brought an onslaught of unemployment throughout the United States—and the industries most severely affected were those dominated by men. During the recession, men lost almost 50 percent more jobs than women, leading economists to call the era a “mancession.” Although the Great Recession can surely not be understood to have been a positive time for women in the workforce, it demonstrated the resiliency and importance of women in the U.S.

He Says it Didn’t Happen: Rob Porter, Donald Trump and How We Treat Abuse Allegations


White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was asked last fall how President Trump could indict then-Senator Al Franken for his inappropriate sexual conduct given the numerous similar allegations against him.

Young Women Are Demanding an End to Gun Violence in the Wake of Last Week’s School Shooting


In the wake of each mass shooting in America, there is a sequence of events that takes place across the country: First, there is unified heartbreak and horror.

Pro-Choice Activists Kept Toledo’s Only Abortion Clinic Open


An Ohio abortion clinic that was dangerously close to ceasing services will continue providing abortions thanks to activist pressure—including efforts by Ms. co-founder Gloria Steinem—and a hospital’s decision to sign a patient-transfer agreement.

Lawmakers Across the U.S. Want Menstrual Equity for Incarcerated Women


Women incarcerated in Arizona state prisons are currently allowed only 12 free menstrual pads a month and can possess a maximum of 24 pads at a time when they are on their periods, Mother Jones reports.

Talkin’ About a Revolution: JP Howard on Raising Her Fist—and Queer Women’s Voices


We are living in the midst of an extraordinary renaissance of literary work by lesbian and queer women of color.

Helping GALS Grow Into Leaders


When people ask Sheryl Chen how to spell her first name, she answers, “S-H-E-R-Y-L, like Sheryl Sandberg.” From Sandberg to Sophia Amoruso, Chen idolizes women who lead their own businesses.

WATCH: Dolores Huerta Talks #MeToo, DREAMers and the Women on the Front Lines


In a conversation spanning topics like sexual harassment, abortion, immigrant rights and women’s leadership in progressive movements, United Farm Workers co-founder and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta supplied plenty of optimism and inspiration—and uncovered some new history—in an interview with Rachel Rosenbloom, a professor at Northeastern University School of Law, for the feminist journal SIGNS.  As a life-long activist who has shaped movements for labor rights, immigration rights and women’s rights, Huerta comes to this current moment in feminist history with a unique vantage point. You can read a transcript of her interview on the SIGNS website and in their Autumn 2018 issue and listen to it by subscribing to the SIGNS podcast “Ask a Feminist“—but before you dig in, here are some of our favorite takeaways.

The Ms. Q&A: Brittney Cooper on Grown Women, Sex-Positive Sermons and Eloquent Rage


Black feminist public scholar and Rutgers University professor Brittney Cooper has authored a new book, Eloquent Rage, on the heels of her accomplished scholarly work, Beyond Respectability.

Six Ways Trump’s Budget Proposal Hurts Women


President Trump released his 2019 budget proposal this week, which was shocking in its cruelty toward poor, sick and rural Americans—not to mention children, senior citizens and immigrants.

Flying Out of Bed


“I believe revelation is a human need, and even a property of matter.” — Susan Griffin, “A Chorus of Stones” What if revelation is stuffed back down our throats, confined to the inside of our skins and held captive there?

What We Must Learn from Lucy Terry Prince


This is not the usual Black History Month story that is retold about African Americans as victims who needed rescuing.

The Highest-Performing Women Are (Still) Scoring Lower Than Men on the SAT


Women’s average scores on the SAT have always been lower than men’s—even though they receive higher average grades in all courses in high school and college.

The Horror Moves West


The sordid spectacle of Donald Trump’s first State of the Union brought to mind Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad’s withering attack on the smugness of western countries whose veneer of civilization masks unacknowledged depths of savagery and barbarism.

Putting Periods on the Agenda


When Andrew Cuomo released his 2018 Women’s Agenda for New York last month, the Governor announced proposed legislation to require free menstrual products in school restrooms for girls in sixth through twelfth grades. His move not only signals the importance of pads and tampons to a just society, but underscores how rapidly the menstrual equity movement has become politically favorable and mainstream.

Liberating Words: Is It Too Late For Me?


The poems in our ongoing “Liberating Words” series were written in an interdisciplinary course for high school juniors at The Winsor School, an all-girls school in Boston, Mass.

What the Global Community Can Learn from Korea’s Olympic Unification


The modern Olympic games were created to bring political enemies together and promote peace and unity within the international community.

The Fight that Follows Pain and Prejudice


More than four decades ago, while a high school junior in Columbus, Indiana, I decided I wanted to run track.

#KnowTheFlow: Gift-Wrapping Menstrual Equity for Valentine’s Day


Today is a day made up of many stuffed bears, candy hearts and bouquets of roses. No offense to all those romantic cliches, but everyone knows that buying items like boxes of chocolates isn’t a true measure of love.


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