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Women Belong in the Egyptian Constitution (March 12, 1954) – Ms. Magazine

March 12, 1954: Durriya Shafik, founder and president of the Bint al-Nil (Daughter of the Nile) Party, announced today in Cairo that she would be undertaking a fast to protest the exclusion of women from elections for a Constitutional Assembly. The Constitutional Assembly in question will meet on July...

Fossil Fuel Violence Demands A Righteous-Babe Response – Ms. Magazine

It’s time to talk about women’s economics with attitude. It’s time to laugh at what is often absurd and call out what is dangerous. By focusing on voices not typically part of mainstream man-to-man economic discourse, Women Unscrewing Screwnomics will bring you news of hopeful and practical changes...

Coronavirus, Women and Hunger—An Overlooked Intersection – Ms. Magazine

Many of us are stunned by the coronavirus outbreak, unsure exactly what to do or how to proceed. Should we stockpile food? Work remotely from the couch? Cancel weekend plans? But what if you don’t have enough money to feed your family in the first place? What if you...

The Coronavirus Gender Gap – Ms. Magazine

A staggering majority of nurses, flight attendants, teachers, domestic workers and service industry workers are women, dealing with the front lines of the outbreak. Additionally, in the majority of homes around the world, women bear the most care-taking responsibilities, creating for many a “second shift” of providing care for...

Eleanor Roosevelt Pushes JFK to Put Women in Top Jobs (March 13, 1961) – Ms. Magazine

March 13, 1961: Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt called on President Kennedy at the White House today, and gave him a three-page list of women he should consider for top jobs in his now 52-day-old Administration. Thus far only nine of his 240 appointments have been to women,...

A Word Person Thinks About Bodies – Ms. Magazine

It was recently brought to my attention that my characters are obsessed with bodies—their own and everyone else’s. The observation embarrassed me, but perusing the work in question, I had to agree. Numerous sentences are devoted to descriptions of bodies, to what characters think about their own bodies...

The Coronavirus Doesn’t Need a Visa: COVID-19’s Effect on Immigrant Populations

The coronavirus doesn’t need a visa to enter our country, jails, hospitals, schools or neighborhoods. We put our community’s health at risk if we don’t create safe areas for those who are sick to come forward and get treatment and if we don’t institute smart and effective means...

Trans Equality in Southeastern U.S. – Ms. Magazine

Although LGBTQ+ people have experienced increased acceptance and visibility over the past decade, the Southern U.S. continues to lag behind the rest of the country in terms of supporting LGBTQ+ people. Nevertheless, over a third of all queer people in the U.S. live in the Southeast. (Nathan Rupert...

A Modern-Day Bay Area Poet Recreated the Journey of Legendary Photographer Dorothea Lange – Ms. Magazine

“She inspired me as a model of persistence.”  So says Tess Taylor, a poet in the Bay Area, who undertook the journey once travelled by Dorothea Lange, the extraordinary woman photographer. Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange, is Taylor’s work in conjunction with the sweeping retrospective of Lange’s work Dorothea...

In New Memoir, Deborah J. Cohan Explores the Complexities of Love, Illness and Parental Abuse – Ms. Magazine

With her new book, Welcome to Wherever We Are: A Memoir of Family, Caregiving and Redemption, sociologist Deborah J. Cohan explores the complexities of caring for an aging parent with a history of abusive behavior. How do you go about caregiving for an ill and elderly parent with a...