Friday, July 30, 2010

Equality for all, or bigotry for some?

Activists marching.
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Help NOW Fight for Marriage Equality!
What's wrong with giving lesbian and gay couples in loving, committed relationships the same protections under the law as heterosexual couples?
Nothing. Equal marriage is the right thing to do; and I believe we will see it throughout the country in our lifetimes.
Though opinions are shifting in favor of full equality for LGBT people, including marriage equality, we won't see the changes we need without a fight. Will you give $51 to NOW today to help us see marriage equality in all 50 states (and D.C.)?
The National Organization for Women has long been a trailblazer in the fight for marriage equality. In 1995, we were one of the first organizations to affirm marriage as a fundamental right not to be denied to same-sex couples. We launched our ground-breaking Equal Marriage campaign in 2004 and NOW chapters around the country have never stopped fighting.
Today our activists around the country are carrying their Equal Marriage rounds to fight back against the national tour of the fundamentalist hate group that calls itself "the National Organization for Marriage." Please give $51 to NOW so that we can continue to send Equal Marriage campaign support to our activists in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
We're going to win this one. I can feel it. Are you willing to fight for it?
For equality,
Terry
Terry O'Neill
NOW President
P.S. If $51 is more than you can afford, gifts of any amount will help us secure equal rights for all loving couples. Donate any amount today.

Village Voice: The Problems with CUNY's New Sexual Assault Policy

Please find below a link to a Village Voice article about the new Sexual-assault policy that I worked on for two years, along with another CUNY student.  Thank you!

The Problems with CUNY's New Sexual Assault Policy
Village Voice
... a BA/MA student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Jerin Alam, an undergrad at Hunter College—approached the university to make a change. ...


Sincerely,
Jerin Alam
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Co-Chair
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
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last chance to press the NY Senate to pass the Reproductive Health Act this legislative year!





NY Reproductive Rights ActJust when we thought the door was closed on passing the Reproductive Health Act this year, Governor David Paterson called the Legislature back to Albany today! This special session is very likely our last chance to press the Senate to pass the Reproductive Health Act this legislative year!
The Senate's first order of business will be to pass a budget, but this is also the perfect opportunity for the Senate to show real leadership, stand up for New Yorkers' pro-choice values, and make women's health a priority.
We've waited three long years for action on this bill, and each year have seen legislators leave Albany without taking action. Now they're back, and we need to seize this opportunity and the women of this state are tired of waiting.
Email your senator and ask them to seize this golden opportunity to show pro-choice New Yorkers that the Senate cares about the issues that matter most to the women and families of New York. Tell them to bring the Reproductive Health Act to the floor now!

For choice,
Kelli Conlin
Tell your friends about the Choice Action Network. 

Action Alert: Time is Running Out - Senate Needs to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act

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NOW Action Alert
Time is Running Out - Senate Needs to Pass Paycheck Fairness Act
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Members of the Senate will soon recess for August and then spend a short time back in Washington before returning to their home states for the November elections. Not many days are left on the Senate's calendar to pass legislation. Last week, Lilly Ledbetter joined Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and other administration officials for a press conference to send a message to the Senate: "Please pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!"
TAKE ACTION: NOW activists should call AND email their senators, urging them to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (S.182/H.R.12), which the House adopted early in 2009. Urge your senators to do the right thing and move the bill to a floor vote now. It would also help to call your senator's local office, or even drop by, while she/he is home during August to deliver the same message.
Background:
Women are now half of the paid workforce, but as the recession continues, many women find that their family economic circumstances have changed. An unprecedented number of women are family breadwinners due to deeper unemployment rates among men -- making pay equity essential not simply to the economic security of families but also to the nation's economic recovery.
The Paycheck Fairness Act will close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and strengthen it by creating incentives for employers to follow the law. Additionally, the Paycheck Fairness Act would assist women in effectively negotiating for better pay and promotion, further skill trainings for girls and women, restart the research on the gender wage gap and require wage data to be disaggregated by gender, race and ethnicity to ensure that businesses are providing equal pay. Critically important, the Act would prohibit retaliation against employees when salary information is shared, plus strengthen federal outreach and enforcement efforts. Further information on Paycheck Fairness Act provisions can be found in NOW's 2009 fact sheet or in the article, "NOW President Terry O'Neill Praises Obama Administration Pay Equity Initiatives."
President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act at the beginning of the 111th Congress, but the Ledbetter Act only negated a Supreme Court ruling that workers must file charges on a pay discrimination claim within six months after receiving their first discriminatory paycheck (difficult to do if employees are forbidden from comparing salaries). The next crucial step is for the Senate to pass the more comprehensive Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 182/H.R. 12); the House already passed the measure by an even stronger bipartisan vote (256-163) than the Ledbetter bill (247-171).
Take action NOW!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Action Alert: Tell NY City Council to Restore Funding to Anti-Sexual-Assault Programs



The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault - 27 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, (212) 229-0345 - www.svfreenyc.org
As you know, the sexual violence community in New York City is facing a serious crisis: The City Council eliminated all funding for sexual violence victim services and prevention programming. The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, which has lost one-third of it's budget to this decision, is coordinating a unified response.
We need your help.
We need our partners, donors, supporters, volunteers and friends to urge the City Council to restore this vital funding. Those of us who work with sexual assault survivors and with at-risk communities, know that outreach, education, and prevention programming are part of a holistic strategy to ensure the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers and to change the conditions in our city which contribute to sexual violence. We must educate our public officials and urge them to restore the critical funding for the Sexual Assault Initiative.
Please visit our Crisis Response Page. There, you can:

1.
Email Speaker Quinn and the City Council

2.
Call Speaker Quinn and the City Council member in your district


3. Donate now and support the Alliance
4. Follow the Alliance's media outreach during this time of crisis
Through the combined efforts of our supporters and stakeholders, we know we will survive this difficult time. Ultimately, this opportunity to educate our leaders and the public will benefit survivors and the advocacy community.
Thank you for taking action on behalf of sexual violence prevention and intervention.
Sincerely,
Harriet Lessel
Ps. In the few days that we have known about this serious crisis, we have responded with an email appeal and a phone-a-thon to raise emergency funds. We are extremely gratified by the response-we have raised over $5,000-and cannot thank you enough if you have already donated during this difficult time. We will continue to solicit emergency funds from both individual supporters as well as foundations, and hope you will take the time to visit our online crisis appeal.       

EVE: Equal Visibility Everywhere: Donate to see Amelia Earhart balloon in the skies during Labor Day

From the EVE blog:

Uppity women and subversive history

by Suzanne Scoggins, EVE Director of Communications 

July 15, 2010

You know what I like best about our balloon project? That it’s so subversive.
As women and feminists, we’ve always had to find ways around the entrenched power structures to get our stories told. Remember the Guerrilla Girls in the 80s? Remember the “This demeans women” stickers in the 70s?
The establishment institutions are biased against women and girls, which of course is why EVE exists in the first place. And it’s unavoidable that a big part of our work is focused on effecting change in those institutions: stamps, currency, statues, street names.
But the balloon project gives us an opportunity to go rogue. It’s a wildly subversive way to get women’s history right there in front of people, bypassing the corporate media and the official textbooks and the documentaries and the museums and the memorials—all that male-centered, woman-denying stuff that dominates the landscape. Think of it: a 40-foot helium balloon of Amelia Earhart—or Harriet Tubman, or Susan B. Anthony, or Clara Barton—sailing down the street. Impossible to miss. And the television announcers will be reading the script we’ve supplied, explaining what the balloon is all about, who the woman was. Millions of people will be exposed toreal women’s history. Millions of people will hear our message.
I admit, it took me awhile to see the beauty of the plan. When Lynette Long first presented the idea to me, I was like, what? Parade balloons? I’d never thought about it. But the more we talked about it and the more I learned, the more I realized what we could do with this. We are incredibly lucky to have hooked up with Toni McKay, whose StarBound Entertainment is one of the top two balloon suppliers in the country. She totally believes in this project, and is chomping at the bit to get these balloons designed and built. And because of her position in the industry, she has the ability to make sure our balloons fly in some of the biggest parades in the country.
My fantasy now is to some day have parade balloons of all those women who ought to be world-famous, but aren’t. Can you imagine? I want to hear the TV announcer introducing these balloons:
Admiral Grace Hopper: the woman who invented modern computer programming.
Buffalo Calf Road Woman: the Cheyenne warrior who killed Custer.
Mercy Otis Warren: the woman who conceived of the Bill of Rights.
But first we need to get Amelia Earhart launched. If you haven’t chipped in yet, please consider giving if you can. As we point out in the Q&A about the balloon, it’s a great value for the money. The balloon will last for 20 years and be seen by millions of people every year—and all for less than $10,000.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Action Alert: Watchdog Not Lapdog Needed to Reform Wall Street

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NOW Action Alert
Watchdog Not Lapdog Needed to Reform Wall Street, Tell Obama to Nominate Elizabeth Warren to Head Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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On July 23, President Obama signed into law a sweeping financial reform bill, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a government agency that would closely monitor Wall Street practices concerning credit and loans. Such an agency was originally proposed by Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and expert on bankruptcy and credit. Warren is the most qualified and most obvious choice for head of this bureau, but she's definitely not favored by Wall Street and its sympathizers in the government.
If confirmed, Warren would protect consumers from further economic meltdowns caused by shady loans and credit. She would also demand accountability and consumer-friendly practices from Wall Street banks. But she's not part of the old boys club, so NOW asks: Could sexism be at work in denying her this position?
Write President Obama today and tell him that the people of the United States want a head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau who will promote the interests of consumers, not the interests of big banks. Tell him we want Elizabeth Warren!
Take Action NOW!
Background:
In 2007, Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard Law professor, wrote an article in Democracy: A Journal of Ideas that proposed the creation of a government agency to protect consumers from duplicitous credit practices, much the same way that consumers are protected from faulty or dangerous products. Three years later, the government has taken Warren's advice and created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed on July 23.
The bureau would have the power to oversee, analyze, and regulate credit and loans, including credit cards and mortgages. It would protect consumers from any abusive banking practices and would also be able to monitor Wall Street to prevent another economic meltdown. Overall, the purpose of the bureau is consumer protection, and it needs a head who will be on the side of everyday people, not the rich and superrich.
Elizabeth Warren is more than qualified to head this bureau. She is an expert on bankruptcy, a distinguished researcher and the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel, which monitored the Wall Street bailouts. Her background, experience, and commitment to the welfare of consumers make her the most obvious choice for head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
However, those on Wall Street and government officials who support them do not want Warren to head the bureau, as they know that she would boldly stand up for consumers and crack down on the underhanded practices of big banks. U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has voiced objections to Warren, and though he's since described her as "an enormously effective leader," he still has not said that he would recommend her nomination.
Some of the president's top financial advisors, like Larry Summers, have expressed biased and blatantly sexist views about women's abilities. In 2005, Summers said, concerning women's aptitude for science and math, "It does appear that on many, many different human attributes--overall IQ, mathematical ability, scientific ability--there is relatively clear evidence that …there is a difference in the standard deviation, and variability of a male and a female population." Essentially, he claimed that men are innately inclined to be better at math and science than women. Let's hope that Obama doesn't listen to Summers on this decision!
The consumers of the U.S. need a strong watchdog like Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, not a Wall Street lapdog.
Take action NOW by emailing President Obama!

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Ms. Blog eNewsletter: Hugh Hefner, Civil Rights Hero?


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WEEKLY ROUND UP | JULY 26, 2010
Catch up on what you missed, and check in throughout June to get our bloggers' latest takes on news and culture.


JUSTICE

What Should We Call Men Who Buy Young Girls for Sex? An important part of social change is the articulation of grievances, especially the naming of injustices. Feminists have developed many new terms that reflect women's experience of inequality and ...Read More


MS.CELLANY

We Spleen: Hugh Hefner, Civil Rights Hero? Last night on Larry King Live, King interviewed the original Playboy on his pioneering civil rights activism. But there was barely a mention of Playboy's "pioneering" work in making ...Read More


ARTS

Women Musicians Tell NPR It's a Man's Man's Man's World Women in rock have come a long way since Joan Jett was told girls don't play electric guitar. We have guitars made for women, by women. We have girl rock camps. Surely the music world is a friendlier ...Read More


GLOBAL

Can Soccer Reduce Brazil's Domestic Violence? A troubling statistic from Brazil: Ten women are killed in the country every day due to domestic violence, according to a recent study called the "Map of Violence" published by the Sao ...Read More


HEALTH

A Feminist Focus at the International AIDS Conference The six-day International AIDS Conference,  ended today. At the annual conference, people working to stop the pandemic as well as persons living with HIV gather to assess progress, evaluate scientific ...Read More

WORK

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LIFE

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NATIONAL

Why Kids in Montana (and Everywhere Else) Need Decent Sex Ed The capital of my home state of Montana is making national headlines for a totally wild concept: comprehensive and age-appropriate sex education starting in kindergarten. The Helena school board was ...Read More



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"The first Saturday without harassment in 8 years" for Family Reproductive Health clinic in Charlotte

Pair of NOW activists defending the Family Reproductive Health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.
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We did it! Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Charlotte NOW, National NOW, the Feminist Majority Foundation and other allies, the Family Reproductive Health clinic in Charlotte, N.C., was free of harassment and terror threats from extreme anti-abortion rights group Operation Save America for the first Saturday in eight years.
Will you give to NOW today to help us keep clinics around the country safe?
Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue) staged a national event in Charlotte July 17-24. They boasted of their intentions to target Family Reproductive Health clinic on Saturday, July 24, but when they saw 70 peaceful abortion rights supporters outside the clinic, they packed up their red "murder" bus condemning women's fundamental right to choose, LGBT people, and people living with AIDS and left. That's right -- they packed up and left.
But this fight isn't over.
Please give to NOW today to help women's rights supporters send even more members of what Dr. LeRoy Carhart calls "The American Taliban" packing.
Frankly, I traveled down to Charlotte on Friday expecting the worst. Our people on the ground were reporting harassment from trees outside the clinic, large-scale demonstrations over highway overpasses during rush hours, and even protests outside a local mosque. And for eight years, leaders of Operation Save America have built scaffolding to rise above the fences protecting the clinic, so that they might scream at women seeking legal and safe abortion care and the doctors and staff who bravely serve them.
Defending the Family Reproductive Health clinic in Charlotte, N.C.
Thanks to everyone who protected the Family Reproductive Health clinic in Charlotte, N.C. Please continue to support our work.
But NOW members rose to the challenge. Charlotte NOW President Cindy Thomson led a local pro-choice coalition that organized clinic defense trainings, found free places to stay for NOW members and supporters who wanted to help, and worked late into nights for months on end. When National NOW recently sent out an alert asking for volunteer phoners to help turn out NOW supporters in North Carolina, we got immediate assistance from women's rights advocates around the country willing to use up their cell phone minutes to say, Enough is enough! Leave the Family Reproductive Health clinic alone.
Arriving Saturday morning, I joined grassroots NOW leaders who had driven quite some way to defend the clinic -- North Carolina NOW President Gailya Paliga, longtime NOW National Board member and leader Robin Davis; New York State NOW Young Feminist Task Force co-chair Meghan Shalvoy; even Florida NOW Secretary Dennis Blanchard, who drove all night to get there before the clinic opened. With allies and supporters, we stretched out along the block and realized we had 70 positive, peaceful demonstrators helping to defend the clinic from Operation Save America's planned siege. The result? A man harassing the clinic climbed down from a tree, and left in a car with men wearing Repent America! T-shirts.
At the end of the day, a clinic staffer came out and thanked the group for creating the first Saturday in eight years where clinic doctors, staff and the women they serve were free from harassment. As the group filtered away, one of the doctors came out in his scrubs and thanked us for our help. It was truly amazing.
Please help NOW support, foster and grow our grassroots network so that it is even more powerful around the country -- fighting back against extremists takes more than a village. It takes a NOW chapter.
For reproductive freedom,
Erin Matson
Action Vice President
P.S. Please donate NOW. Your contribution will help us provide even more support to fantastic NOW grassroots leaders like Charlotte NOW President Cindy Thomson.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Operation Defend Charlotte: Success!!

Last week I traveled to Charlotte, NC to help defend Family Reproductive Health against Operation Save America and other Christian fundamentalists from their attempts to harass and terrorize the providers, patients and staff of that clinic, as well as two other private clinics in the city.
Aside from the truly amazing and inspiring women I spent those days with in Charlotte, I learned so very much about clinic harassment and anti-choice tactics. On Saturday, July 24, Flip Benham & OSA arrived at FRH to witness the line of 70 committed and powerful pro-choice clinic defenders along the side of Hebron St at 8:30am, they promptly turned around and drove away. Although the defenders were fired up and ready to go toe-to-toe with OSA, the real success was realized when we were told by clinic staff that it was the first Saturday in 8 years that the clinic staff and patients went unharassed and able to peacefully and autonomously care for women.
I want to thank each and every person who contributed all week, especially on Saturday, for your strength and commitment to TRUSTING WOMEN.

See...
Erin Matson's blog following the clinic defense: http://now.org/issues/abortion/charlotte_defense.html
@ClinicEscort photo from Saturday: http://twitpic.com/288hu1

Posted by: Meghan!!

Friday, July 23, 2010

NOW News & Action Summary: Defend Choice, Confirm Kagan, Repeal DOMA

NOW News and Action Summary
National Organization for Women:
News & Action Summary
JULY 21, 2010
IN THIS ISSUE:


NOW Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Vote On Elena Kagan

"The Senate Judiciary Committee did the right thing today by giving its approval to Elena Kagan," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "NOW calls for a swift confirmation of Elena Kagan by the full Senate. Retiring Justice John Paul Stevens leaves behind big shoes to fill, but after listening to Kagan's testimony during the Senate hearings, NOW is confident that she will prove herself a champion of equality and justice for all." Read more.



NOW Concludes National Conference with Votes for Equality and Justice, Including Call for Senate to Expel David Vitter

Group at the 2010 National NOW Conference
From left to right: NOW President Terry O'Neill, Stephanie Poggi, NOW Vice President-Action Erin Matson, Kierra Johnson, and Dr. LeRoy Carhart
On July 4, the National Organization for Women concluded its 2010 National Conference in Boston, Mass., with a display of feminist solidarity and determination that reflected the true spirit of Independence Day. Read more.
Conference Wrap-Up: Watch videos of the conference speakers, read the resolutions that passed, view pictures, and check out some of our blog posts on our conference wrap-up page.



Congress Must Repeal DOMA -- Contact Your Representative

NOW is the time to pressure Congress for immediate passage of the Respect for Marriage Act (H.R. 3567), which would fully repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A federal district court judge recently ruled DOMA unconstitutional, and the case may well get to the Supreme Court -- but we want Congress to act now. Take action!



Speak Out Against Anti-Abortion Terrorism -- Sign the Petition

Groups like Operation Save America and Operation Rescue use intimidation tactics to scare away women from exercising their right to obtain abortion care. By signing this petition, you will send a message that these actions are an organized form of terrorism that must stop. Take action NOW!
Show support online! Use the hashtag #savechoice on Twitter to let your voice be heard!



Defend Abortion Rights with Charlotte NOW at the Family Reproductive Health Clinic July 24

Get to the streets!
Join Charlotte NOW and other NOW members to defend the clinic on July 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We are planning a peaceful demonstration in support of women's fundamental right to the full range of reproductive health services. Join us!
Can't make it? Follow the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #savechoice and watch Action Vice President Erin Matson tweet live from the event.



NOW Congratulates Terri Sewell on Definitive Victory in Alabama

Sewell is now the Democratic nominee for an open seat in the House of Representatives from Alabama's 7th Congressional District, and she will go on to challenge GOP candidate Don Chamberlain in the general election. NOW/PAC proudly endorsed Sewell, a first-time candidate for public office, early in her campaign and highlighted Sewell's race at the recent National NOW Conference. Read more.



Job Opening at National NOW Action Center in DC: Internet Communications Coordinator

The Internet Communications Coordinator is responsible for NOW's online communications, including all web sites, emails, social media and online fundraising. The position reports to the Director of Communications and also works in conjunction with fundraising, membership, government relations and field/chapter development. Learn more.
Action Spotlight
On The Streets! Defend Abortion Rights in Charlotte, N.C.
Anti-abortion rights group Operation Save America is planning a national event in Charlotte. We anticipate them staging a wide-scale demonstration outside the Family Reproductive Health Clinic on Saturday morning, July 24.
Join Charlotte NOW, Action Vice President Erin Matson and other NOW members in Charlotte to defend the clinic, or speak out against anti-abortion terrorism by signing our online petition.


Grassroot Spotlight
NOW At West Michigan Pride Fest 2010
The NOW Greater Grand Rapids Chapter (NOWGR) recently tabled all day during the West Michigan Pride Festival held at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. Read more.


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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sat, Aug 14: Meet the Candidates for NYS Governor and NYS Attorney General



Sponsored by the National Organization for Women-NYS PAC
You are Invited to a Breakfast
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Candidates for Governor (Invited):
Andrew Cuomo
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Is Mad Men glamorizing sexism or critiquing it?


Ms. Magazine


Winter 2010 Issue of Ms. magazine
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The runaway AMC hit Mad Men, about a sexist and racist 1960s ad firm, features several strong, proto-feminist women characters (Peggy Olson!)
But is Mad Men glamorizing sexism or critiquing it?
Before the much-awaited Season 4 premier on Sunday, Ms. weighs in: Is Mad Men feminist?
Join Ms. TODAY and be the first to read the full story in our brand-new Summer issue.
You'll also find out about:
  • The gulf oil spill: A man-made disaster with a woman-led response!
  • How feminists are changing food
  • The bizarre legal theory that lets domestic abusers get sole child custody
  • Can a 13-year-old be a "prostitute"? How U.S. cities lock up sex-trafficked girls
Plus:
-- Donna Brazile on Elena Kagan
-- Erin Aubry Kaplan on Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza
-- Vivian Gornick on Alice Paul

Join now or give the gift of Ms., and you'll be doing your part to support fearless, feminist journalism that you can't get anywhere else. Never miss an issue-join today!
For a Feminist Future,

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Executive Editor



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