Issues 2019

4 Scary Ways That Climate Change Affects Us Right Now

4 Scary Ways That Climate Change Affects Us Right Now

By now, climate experts are in agreement that climate change is not only real and harming the planet, but that it's driven by humans — and, that climate change affects us right now. Further, much of the harm caused by changes in the climate is caused by the United States, the second-ranking contributor of CO2 emissions, trailing only China.
5 Millennial Women Get Candid About What It Was Like to Get an Abortion

5 Millennial Women Get Candid About What It Was Like to Get an Abortion

Now that both the White House and Congress are controlled by Republicans, pro-choice advocates and women who need abortions are facing additional daunting fights for reproductive rights. On Tuesday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the mother's life is at risk.
7 Real Women Share Their Fears About the Future of Health Care in the United States

7 Real Women Share Their Fears About the Future of Health Care in the United States

Since Trump's inauguration, Congress has made several attempts to reverse the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Most recently, the Graham-Cassidy Bill — Congress' latest "repeal and replace" attempt — threatened to put health care legislation in the hands of the states, slashing federally funded programs like Medicaid, which currently supports almost 70 million Americans.
Britney Spears' 2007 Mental Health Crisis Is a 2017 Meme. What Does That Say About Us?

Britney Spears' 2007 Mental Health Crisis Is a 2017 Meme. What Does That Say About Us?

2007 Britney Spears is a 2017 Etsy sensation. A quick search on the site turns up dozens of T-shirts proclaiming "I FEEL LIKE 2007 BRITNEY" and motivational mugs with slogans like, "If Britney survived 2007, you can make it through today." A pin for sale depicts Britney halfway through shaving her head — an unambiguous depiction of her now-iconic 2007 breakdown.
A Chat With the Authors of

A Chat With the Authors of "Nasty Women," a New Book About Being Feminist in 2017

This week saw the release of Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America, an essay collection about feminism and politics by 23 prominent feminist writers, edited by Samhita Mukhopadhyay (Senior Editorial Director of Cultures and Identity at Mic) and Kate Harding (editor and author of Asking for It: The Alarming Rise of Rape Culture — And What We Can Do About It).
Could Medical Marijuana Have Spared My Family from the Opioid Epidemic?

Could Medical Marijuana Have Spared My Family from the Opioid Epidemic?

They called it the gateway drug. In my adolescent mind, marijuana was no different than cocaine or heroin or angel dust (though I'm still not completely sure what that stuff was). I am a product of generation D.A.R.E., made even more insular by my Catholic schooling and reasonably sheltered upbringing.
Dia & Co Is Nadia Boujarwah's Fashion-Forward Mission Towards Plus-Size Self-Love

Dia & Co Is Nadia Boujarwah's Fashion-Forward Mission Towards Plus-Size Self-Love

Every Body celebrates inclusivity and the representation of human beings in every shape and form. Nadia Boujarwah isn't shy about her company Dia & Co's mission to make fashion trends accessible to women of every size. This past February, when the fashion world gathered in New York to preview the Autumn and Winter collections from designers like Alexander Wang and Marc Jacobs, the CEO and founder behind the plus-size subscription styling service made a bold statement about inclusivity and the in
The Directors of Emma Stone's New Film, Battle of the Sexes, Get Real on Sexism in 2017

The Directors of Emma Stone's New Film, Battle of the Sexes, Get Real on Sexism in 2017

Tennis star Billie Jean King — winner of 39 Grand slam titles — knows what it's like for both women and LGBTQ+ athletes to confront discrimination in their sport. It was King who beat Bobby Riggs in the 1973 Battle of the Sexes match, an epic victory that was felt way beyond the tennis world. King herself credits being an athlete with successes outside of sports too.
From AIM to Tumblr, 4 Millennial Women Share How the Internet Saved Their Lives

From AIM to Tumblr, 4 Millennial Women Share How the Internet Saved Their Lives

The internet released a collective sigh of nostalgia when, a few weeks ago, AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) announced it would be saying "goodbye" after 20 years. More than an instant messenger, AIM was, for many, the first true social media platform. A hallmark of some of our earliest memorable experiences online, AIM was a venue where many of us (amidst cryptic away messages with emo song lyrics) deeply connected with others from behind our screens but more importantly, connected with ourselves.
Here's What Artist and Activist Samantha Paige Says You Need to Do for Yourself Before You Can Help Anyone Else

Here's What Artist and Activist Samantha Paige Says You Need to Do for Yourself Before You Can Help Anyone Else

Ladies First highlights women and girls who are making the world better for the rest of us. When she was 21, Samantha Paige was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Just a few years later, she tested positive as a carrier of the BRCA-1 gene and made the decision to have a preventative double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.
How Comedian Ms. Pat Turned the Story of Her Harrowing Youth into One of the Year's Most Moving Memoirs

How Comedian Ms. Pat Turned the Story of Her Harrowing Youth into One of the Year's Most Moving Memoirs

There's a saying that comedy is tragedy plus time. In the case of comedian Ms. Pat (full name Patricia Williams), that link is tough to dispute. Wiliams came of age at the height of the crack epidemic in 1980s Atlanta, one of five children born to an alcoholic mother in one of the city's toughest neighborhoods.
Is Not Having Kids the Answer to Climate Change?

Is Not Having Kids the Answer to Climate Change?

Social media was set alight last week after writer Jill Filipovic tweeted an article about over-population and climate change, saying, "Having children is one of the worst things you can do for the planet. Have one less and conserve resources." Critics immediately pointed out that coercing women not to have children is rooted in a history of racism, and that corporations are in fact the largest polluters of the earth.
It's 2017 and Some Major Hollywood Stars Still Won't Call Themselves Feminists

It's 2017 and Some Major Hollywood Stars Still Won't Call Themselves Feminists

For women in the entertainment industry in 2017, there's one question that's become an interview, red carpet, and press junket standard: "Is your new character/film/show/album feminist?" or, to cut right to the chase, "Are you a feminist?" Right now it's almost impossible to avoid questions about feminism or the female experience of working in an industry where women continue to be valued and evaluated based on their appearance.
Powerlifting Helped Shannon Wagner Find Her Voice — and Turned Her into an Activist

Powerlifting Helped Shannon Wagner Find Her Voice — and Turned Her into an Activist

Every Body celebrates inclusivity and the representation of human beings in every shape and form. "I'm not a victim. I'm not helpless. I'm strong, and I'm taking up space," says Shannon Wagner, founder of the Brooklyn-based Women's Strength Coalition, an inclusive powerlifting club with a mission based in activism and accessibility.
Remembering the Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

Remembering the Victims of the Las Vegas Shooting

On Sunday night and Monday morning, the world felt the shock of hearing of the horrific mass shooting that took place in Las Vegas on Sunday night. As of press time, 59 people have died and 527 were injured in what is being called the worst mass shooting in modern American history. Though celebrities and public figures have expressed condolences for the victims and their families, it's important to remember who they were as individuals.
A Spooky Timeline of Paranormal Activity in the White House

A Spooky Timeline of Paranormal Activity in the White House

There's no question that Washington DC has been, for many, a recent source of fear. But beyond the worrisome threats to the Affordable Care Act and an explosive investigation into possible collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, it turns out that the White House is no stranger to a more Halloween-y kind of scary: literal haunting.
The Surprising Relationship Between Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health

The Surprising Relationship Between Prenatal and Postpartum Mental Health

My first pregnancy was a breeze: minimal nausea, little to no pain, and, for the most part, stable emotions. But with my second pregnancy came a pair of brutal, unexpected illnesses. From six weeks on I suffered from all-day nausea and vomiting — medically known as hyperemesis gravidarum — along with debilitating anxiety and depression, all of which seemed to feed into one another.
These Celebs Are Raising Awareness About Breast Cancer

These Celebs Are Raising Awareness About Breast Cancer

It's #BreastCancerAwareness Month and these women are incredibly courageous.
These Texas Teens Are Protesting Their State in Quinceañera Gowns

These Texas Teens Are Protesting Their State in Quinceañera Gowns

Ladies First highlights women and girls who are making the world better for the rest of us. Today, 15 young Latina women are heading to the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin to send a uniquely powerful message to the lawmakers that run their state. Joining the ranks of young women all over the world who are standing up to the injustices they see in their countries and communities, they'll protest a controversial new immigration law that gives police (and any other law enforcement officer, i
This Viral Hashtag Shows the Magnitude of Sexual Assault and Harassment.

This Viral Hashtag Shows the Magnitude of Sexual Assault and Harassment.

To the women that have shared their stories with #MeToo, we stand with you.