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Feminist Majority Foundation Very Concerned Over Shannon Lee Goessling, Nominee to Head the Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice

UPDATE: Senate Judiciary Committee documents show that they will no longer hold a nomination hearing tomorrow for Shannon Lee Goessling. Goessling’s hearing is expected to be rescheduled, and the concerns of the women’s rights community stand. Washington, DC—On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Shannon Lee Goessling,...

Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates “Period. End of Sentence.” on Winning Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Academy Awards

Los Angeles, CA— Last night at the 2019 Academy Awards, “Period. End of Sentence.” won Best Short Documentary. The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) worked with the women and girls behind this film, which tells the story of women in a small village outside Delhi, India who are leading a quiet revolution against the deeply rooted...

Almost Half of U.S. Abortion Clinics Experience Severe Violence, Threats of Severe Violence, and/or Severe Harassment According to New Feminist Majority Foundation Survey

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) today released the results from the 2018 National Clinic Violence Survey, finding that severe anti-abortion violence and threats against clinics, doctors, and staff remains dangerously high.

Feminist Majority Foundation Wins Groundbreaking Ruling from Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Title IX Online Sexual Harassment Case

On December 19, 2018, in a major victory for students nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a historic decision in Feminist Majority Foundation et al. v. University of Mary Washington et al.

STATEMENT: Feminist Majority Foundation Condemns New Title IX Proposed Rules

These new proposed Title IX rules are beyond outrageous and are offensive to every survivor who has only ever asked for an education free from sexual violence and harassment.

Trump Administration Issues Rules Allowing Birth Control Coverage Exemptions for Employers with Moral or Religious Objections

These rules are clearly designed to discriminate against women, stigmatize women’s health, and dismantle a key tenet of the Affordable Care Act, which allowed over 55 million women to gain access to birth control coverage without co-pays or other out of pocket costs.

FMF Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Newest Attack on Transgender Rights

The Trump Administration is once again doing everything in its power to carry out a mean-spirited attack on transgender individuals who deserve and need civil rights protections. This overt attack on trans lives is at odds with scientific fact, multiple federal court rulings, and the lived experiences of millions of Americans.

North Dakota’s Voter ID Law Aims to Disenfranchise Native Americans

Last week, the Supreme Court upheld North Dakota’s most recent controversial voter identification law, which many argue was purposely designed to discriminate against the state’s Native American population. That means a voter ID law that disenfranchises thousands of Native voters will be in effect for the November elections.

Sexual Violence Experts Speak Out on Christine Blasey Ford’s Sexual Assault Allegations at Press Conference Hosted by Feminist Majority Foundation

In the 27 years since Anita Hill, much progress has been made in understanding sexual harassment, assault, and violence, yet the national conversation surrounding Dr. Blasey Ford is still filled, after all these years, with hurtful myths that are traumatizing to survivors of sexual assault and damaging to the movement for justice.

Janus v. AFSCME Decision Condemned by Feminist Majority Foundation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that public sector unions can no longer collect fees from public employees who opt not to be union members yet are covered by and profit from all of the benefits that unions achieve.

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Will Hear an Appeal in a Title IX Sex Discrimination Complaint Brought Against University of Mary Washington That Has National Importance

“Threatening women with rape and murder is not protected speech; it is blatant sex discrimination intended to silence, harass and intimidate women students who dared to protest and work against sexual violence,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Eleanor Smeal, President of FMF, Honors the Life & Legacy of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter

“I am devastated over the loss of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, an incredible feminist leader and a dear friend. She spoke softly with her Kentucky accent, and was one of the most powerful women to have ever served in the House of Representatives,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation. Smeal continued, “I have...

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#EnoughIsEnough Campaign to Dismantle the Culture of Violence Against Women Will Convene February Summit

WASHINGTON–The National Organization for Women (NOW) announces today the #EnoughIsEnough campaign, led by NOW and coalition partners including Feminist Majority, National Congress of Black Women, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Legal Momentum and UNITE HERE.  #EnoughIsEnough will bring together different voices and perspectives to develop effective strategies aimed at bringing about substantive change to prevent, address...

Afghan First Lady Discusses Women in Peacemaking

First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani spoke at the U.S. Institute of Peace last Wednesday to discuss the role of women in the peacemaking process. Women in Afghanistan have largely been left out of these conversations in the past, however, the First Lady stated that Afghan women, “are no longer going to wait for peace...

Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds the Democratic Women’s Bill to Codify Title IX Guidance

On October 12, 2017, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Title IX Protection Act, which would codify into law the 2011 and 2014 guidance that aimed to protect survivors of sexual assault on college campuses, and which was recently rescinded by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of the Trump administration.

Texas’s Dangerous Plan for Women Being Reviewed by Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is currently considering a waiver that would allow Texas to receive federal Medicaid family planning funds despite the state’s refusal to follow federal law by banning providers who offer abortion care, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal Medicaid family planning funds. Texas also wants HHS permission to impose...

DOJ to Investigate and Sue Universities that Practice Affirmative Action

The Feminist Majority Foundation condemns the decision by the Trump administration, as reported by the New York Times, to direct the Justice Department’s civil rights resources to investigating and prosecuting universities that the administration believes discriminate against white people through affirmative action policies.

Feminist Majority Foundation & Rep. Maloney Sound the Alarm on Trumpcare’s Threat to Women’s Health

The Feminist Majority Foundation joined Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), AAUW, and NOW to condemn the Republican’s discriminatory and deadly “healthcare” plan, the so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA) and draw attention to the threat it poses to women’s health, and the need for an Equal Rights Amendment.