• Ignorance of Its Achievements Contributes to Feminism's Bad Rap

    by Elizabeth Cobbs

    Slanders of American feminism as disruptive and disloyal go back to John Adams. But advances in freedom from education to abolition, suffrage to labor rights, have reflected the work of feminists to claim a public role for women as citizens. 

  • Femicides are Increasing in America; History Says we Shouldn't be Surprised

    by Kimberly A. Hamlin

    The term "femicide" is rarely used to describe the killing of women by men (often intimate partners), but it's an apt description for the way that gendered and sexual violence have been part of the fabric of the nation's history and constitute a systemic, not a personal, danger to women.

  • Ms. Magazine Turns 50

    The current editors of Ms. consider the publication's legacy as a maker, not just a reporter, of news. 

  • Feminism Can't Ignore the Power of Sexual Freedom

    by Nona Willis Aronowitz

    A half century later, the "sex wars" that split second-wave feminists remain resonant in a society where the display of sexuality sits uneasily with women's ability to pursue desire on their own terms. 

  • Eve Babitz's Archive Reveals the Person Behind the Persona

    by Kevin Dettmar

    "What could the personal documents of a writer who was so public about her private world teach us about her work? How much of that persona was a performance and how much a reflection of her real anxieties and ambitions?"

  • How Toxic is Masculinity, and Whose Job Is it to Fix It?

    Historian Ivan Jablonka's history of the idea of patriarchy suggests that feminists should recognize the current wave of male grievance as an opportunity to renegotiate the entire social compact of gender that has been built up over centuries of male power. 

  • Restore the Radical Origins of International Womens Day

    by Tiana U. Wilson

    International Women's Day didn't always center on tech executives issuing platitudes from Dubai. The needs of women today require recovering the day's roots in international labor and anticolonial movements. 

  • Hating Motherhood

    by Judith Levine

    Feminist thought that has questioned "the inexorable tie between mothers and children" and imagined women's lives without motherhood have been the "demon texts" of the movement; 

  • How Black Feminists Defined Abortion Rights

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    Arguments in the Dobbs case have privileged the concerns of affluent, professional women – hardly the Mississippians whose lives will be affected by the state's draconian abortion bans. The abortion rights movement needs to return to its roots in racial and economic justice. 

  • Abortion isn't a "Choice" without Racial Justice

    by Sara Matthiesen

    The recent failure of the broad social spending initiatives of Build Back Better and the impending judicial overthrow of Roe are connected, and signal the need for a movement for reproductive freedom that goes beyond "choice" to address systemic inequalities.