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Today in Feminist History: Some Militant Action Is Vital to Victory (July 6, 1917)

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. July 6,...

Filipino Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested in Overt Attempt to Crush Press Freedom

Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was recently convicted of “cyber libel” under a controversial law that attempts to restrict press freedom. Ressa’s arrest “might seem like an obscure problem in a distant land, but it is a symptom of a disease that puts every democracy at risk.” That disease, the...

Queer Family, Love and Community in “Queen of the Capital”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7G128nlbzA “Queen of the Capital,” a new documentary from director Josh Davidsburg, reveals a colorful queer community in the heart of the nation’s capital. The documentary follows drag queen Muffy Blake Stephyns on her quest to be crowned Empress of the Imperial Court of Washington, D.C. By day, Muffy is...

Today in Feminist History: American Women Are Essential to the War Effort (July 5, 1943)

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. July 5,...

Revolutionary Roots and the True Meaning of Patriotism

The last thing I expected when the lockdown began was that I would spend some of it in the 18th century and that this excursion into the past would illuminate the present. I discovered through genealogical research, undertaken to pass the time, that I am a direct descendant of John...

Dear America: This Land is (Still) Our Land

Life as we know it in America is at a crossroads. Now more than ever, conflicting political and social perspectives reflect a need for women to collectively define our moral imperatives, clarify cultural values and inspire meaningful change. In that patriotic spirit, author Ana Maria Spagna contributed the...

War on Women Report: Trump’s Attacks on Reproductive and Racial Justice

The War on Women is in full force under the Trump administration. We refuse to go back, and we refuse to let the administration quietly dismantle the progress we’ve made. We are watching.  This is the War on Women Report. Sunday, June 28 + Trump retweeted a video featuring a supporter...

Feminism’s History of Online Organizing Laid Groundwork for Today’s Activism

Of all social movements, feminism has one of the longest and most storied histories of online organizing— a history that activists of all kinds can draw on. (Marco Verch / Flickr) As progressive social movements seek to gear up for the November election, they face uncharted territory. The recent...

Today in Feminist History: The American Revolution Brought Liberty to Some (July 4, 1876)

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. July 4,...

The Weekly Pulse, June 28-July 3: Health News You Should Know

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness. In this week’s health related news, we discuss the risks of reopening,...