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Development Banks Marginalize Women Across the Globe, Says New Report

Projects financed by development banks, or international financial institutions (IFIs), frequently harm women’s livelihoods, health and well-being. A 2018 protest in Manipur, India against the creation of the Mapithel Hydorelectric dam, after local indigenous communities were displaced to make room for the project without any compensation. (Water Alternatives Photo...

Feminists Call for Swift Confirmations for Biden’s Women DOJ Nominees

Many of the women President Biden has nominated into various federal positions in his record-breaking administration have yet to be confirmed. Kristen Clarke, Lisa Monaco and Vanita Gupta. (Twitter, Wikimedia Commons, Wikimedia Commons) The Senate has begun confirmation hearings for Attorney General-nominee Merrick Garland, formerly chief judge of the U.S. Court of...

Table for 12, Please: HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge Plans to Stand Up, Speak Up and Show Up

(Pat Mitchell Media) In the history of the United States, no presidential Cabinets have ever matched the gender or racial balance of the country. But America could soon see its most diverse Cabinet ever—with the first Native American secretary of the interior; first Latino homeland security chief; first openly...

The Ms. Must-Read: “What Kind of America Will This Be?”

Every Friday, Ms. executive editor Kathy Spillar breaks down the week’s biggest stories, offering commentary. This weekly letter from the editor recaps critical developments in U.S. and global feminism—alongside the latest Ms. must-reads—right as they unfold. You can also get The Ms. Must-Read sent directly to your inbox every Saturday...

The U.S.’s Maternity Care Consent Problem: Pregnant Women Deserve a Choice

The safety of vaginal births after cesarean has been well-documented. So why do so many U.S. hospitals and providers ban pregnant people from giving birth vaginally? Hospitals have consistently pushed people into unnecessary cesarean sections through policies known as vaginal-birth-after-cesarean, or VBAC, bans. (j0hnnyc0bra / Flickr) Like anyone else, people...

Making the Case for Slavery Reparations

Reparations for slavery are an essential component of making the U.S. more equitable, says Maureen Fadem, basing her arguments on Toni Morrison’s classic novel, Beloved. Maureen Fadem. (CUNY) Maureen E. Ruprecht Fadem, a professor of English at Kingsborough Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), describes...

Want to Trust News Media Again? Call in the Women

What is often minimized, if not ignored, is the correlation between the lack of trust and the lack of diversity—particularly at the highest levels of the U.S.’s major news media organizations.  Journalism is just one of the industries that stubbornly holds on to its lack of diversity and representation....

U.S. Farmworkers Express Support for Farmers’ Protest in India

“Nearly one million farmers are peacefully organizing and demonstrating, but the Indian government has responded with state-sanctioned violence, including the use of tear gas, water cannons, mass arrests and indefinite detention,” begins a powerful letter sponsored by Justice for Migrant Women, a U.S.-based rural civic engagement initiative focusing...

U.K. Study Proves No-Test Telemedicine Abortion Is as Safe and Effective as In-Person Care

“We now have robust evidence that providing early medication abortion using a model that has no clinical tests and is done by telemedicine is just as safe and effective as a fully in-person model.” Based on a sample size of 52,142 people, researchers found that no-test telemedicine abortion model...

The Weekly Pulse: Winter Storm Woes; 2021’s First Abortion Restriction Law; Who’s Getting the Vaccine?

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 edition of The Pulse, we’ll be running down all...