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Six Tips for Spotting COVID Misinformation

Almost as fast as the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world, so has misinformation about the infectious disease.  (Publicity Pod / Flickr) This tip sheet was originally published by PEN America. It has been republished with permission. Building Media Literacy Skills During a Pandemic As the coronavirus pandemic heightens nerves, disinformation—defined as information being...

Breaking Boundaries: How Two Ugandan Girls Challenged Period Poverty

Many girls in Uganda leave school due to a lack of menstrual supplies needed to manage their periods—so 12-year-old Patience and 13-year-old Kashish implemented a program called “Girls For School,” which teaches women how to make reusable sanitary pads, providing both necessary menstrual supplies and jobs for women...

Being a Woman in Politics Shouldn’t Come with Death Threats

The abuse faced by women in the public eye sends a distinctive message to all women and girls: Beware what happens when you step outside the roles prescribed for you.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer with the Michigan Army National Guard in October 2019. (Wikimedia Commons) Domestic extremists planned to kidnap Michigan...

Violence Against Women Deserves More Than a 16-Day Campaign

November marks the start of the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign. But after the year we’ve had, we’re going to need to dedicate way more than 16 days to the ‘shadow pandemic’ of gender-based violence. An Iranian protester at the End Male Violence Against Women...

What Women Can Expect from a Biden Presidency: On Ending Violence Against Women

In terms of women’s right to be free from violence, the Trump administration was brutal. Reversing this damage is a key part of President-Elect Joe Biden’s pledge to pursue an “aggressive and comprehensive plan to further women’s economic and physical security and ensure that women can fully exercise...

Today in Feminist History: Treatment of Women by the Criminal Justice System (December 2, 1913)

Today in Feminist History is our daily recap of the major milestones and minor advancements that shaped women’s history in the U.S.—from suffrage to Shirley Chisholm and beyond. These posts were written by, and are presented in homage to, our late staff historian and archivist, David Dismore. The treatment...

Keeping Score: “A Cabinet That Looks Like America”

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. Lest We Forget  + “Losing a child means carrying an almost...

The Need To Resource Feminist Movements Has Never Been Greater. Where’s the Money for Feminist Organizing?

The need to resource feminist movements in all their diversity has never been greater. However, the new research from Association for Women’s Rights and Development (AWID) shows just how much women’s rights organizations and feminist movements continue to be systematically under-resourced. Feminist activists and movements have been among the...

Laverne Cox Safe After Transphobic Attack: “It Doesn’t Matter Who You Are”

“It doesn’t matter who you are. You can be Laverne Cox—whatever that means—and if you’re trans … you’re gonna experience stuff like this.” Laverne Cox speaks to a sold out crowd for her national ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ speaking tour on Monday, October 6 in Columbia, Mo., in October...

What Would It Take to Double the Representation of Women in Congress By 2050?

Twenty years ago, the U.S. ranked 48th internationally for women’s representation. In 2021, we will rank 70th—that’s a sizable drop. But it doesn’t have to be like this. Rep. Ayanna Pressley poses with Assistant Speaker of the House Katherine Clark. (@AyannaPressley / Twitter) While this is technically a “record”...