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Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 Announced

Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 Announced

Today Senator Tom Harken (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) announced they will introduce the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. The legislation would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. In addition, the bill would also raise the minimum wage for tipped employees from $2.13 today to 70%...
AR Governor Vetoes 12 Week Abortion Ban

AR Governor Vetoes 12 Week Abortion Ban

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe (D) vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after a heart beat was detected with a standard ultrasound – usually around 12 weeks – on Monday. In a statement, Governor Beebe said “In short, because it would impose a ban on a woman’s right to choose an elective, nontherapeutic abortion...
Somali Appeals Courts Clear Alleged Rape Survivor

Somali Appeals Courts Clear Alleged Rape Survivor

On Sunday, a Somali appeals court overturned the conviction of an alleged rape survivor who accused security forces of raping her in August 2012. A journalist who had interviewed the woman but never published a story about the allegations had his sentenced reduced, but was not cleared of the charges against him. Both the woman and journalist...
AR House Moves to Override Governor Veto on 20-Week Ban

AR House Moves to Override Governor Veto on 20-Week Ban

The Arkansas state House voted yesterday in favor of overriding Governor Beebe’s veto of a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. In a vote 53-28, state Representatives approved the decision to override the veto, sending it to the state Senate. In Arkansas, a governor veto can be overridden by the state legislature with a...
Teenager Accused in New Delhi Gang-Rape Pleads Not-Guilty

Teenager Accused in New Delhi Gang-Rape Pleads Not-Guilty

A teenager accused of murder in the violent gang-rape of a New Delhi medical student in December 2012 plead not guilty. According to Reuters, an anonymous official told the media outlet, “The court has framed charges against the boy under relevant sections. He has pleaded not guilty and claimed trial in the case.” In a ruling...
BREAKING NEWS: House Passes Inclusive VAWA

BREAKING NEWS: House Passes Inclusive VAWA

Today, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan, inclusive Violence Against Women Act as passed by the Senate. The House of Representatives voted 286-138 to pass the Senate version of VAWA that included protections for students, the LGBT community, immigrants and Native Americans. This came after a bipartisan decision to reject a gutted substitute bill proposed by...
This Season's Paul Ryan? Eric Cantor Takes On VAWA

This Season’s Paul Ryan? Eric Cantor Takes On VAWA

By Terry O’Neil, National Organization for Women House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is a powerful player on Capitol Hill who has pretty much flown under the radar with the general public. But I predict that won’t be true much longer. Now that Cantor is taking the lead on blocking reauthorization of an inclusive version of...
Advocating for an Inclusive VAWA

Advocating for an Inclusive VAWA

by Amanda Reed, Communications Intern at the National Organization for Women On Feb. 12, the Senate passed an inclusive version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that would include provisions for previously-unprotected groups. Last week, the House revealed its own version of VAWA: a watered-down, non-inclusive bill that cuts out these protections. Sound familiar?...
Prioritizing Campus Safety

Prioritizing Campus Safety

There is a crisis at colleges and universities across the nation­. In just the first six weeks of 2013, a Huffington Post survey found 75 instances of sexual assaults reported on college campuses. This is outrageous, but we shouldn’t be surprised. A U.S. Department of Justice study found that around 28 percent of womenare targets...
Save #VAWA! Pass the Violence Against Women Act: A HERVotes Blog Carnival

Save #VAWA! Pass the Violence Against Women Act: A HERVotes Blog Carnival

by Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, MomsRising.org UPDATE (2/28/2013): VICTORY! The House of Representatives decided to stand with students, Native Americans, immigrants, and the LGBT community and passed the Senate inclusive #VAWA in a vote 286-138! ———— At last the House will vote on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) today. The...
Sequester Targets Education, Violence Prevention Programs, Child Care

Sequester Targets Education, Violence Prevention Programs, Child Care

On Sunday, the White House released a comprehensive list of the impact the possible sequester cuts will have on each state if an agreement is not reached by Congress before March 1st. The list revealed shocking cuts to programs heavily relied upon by women in each state. If the sequester goes into effect, one of...
Microsoft Launches "DigiGirlz" In India

Microsoft Launches “DigiGirlz” In India

Microsoft launched a new program in India to encourage more girls to take up careers in technology, the Times of India reports. “India DigiGirlz” aims to drive high school girls towards science and engineering fields by giving them the opportunity to participate in workshops and connect with Microsoft’s employees. Microsoft’s DigiGirlz program was founded in 2000 to address the issue of girls and...
Anti-Choice Lawmakers Request Investigation of Planned Parenthood

Anti-Choice Lawmakers Request Investigation of Planned Parenthood

A group of 72 members of Congress submitted a request last week to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) urging the organization to investigate multiple pro-choice organizations, including Planned Parenthood. The request [PDF] asks the GAO to track the government funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Population Council, the Guttmacher Institute,...
SD House Passes "No Weekend" Waiting Periods

SD House Passes “No Weekend” Waiting Periods

The South Dakota state House passed a bill that could extend the time women seeking an abortion must wait before having the procedure Wednesday evening. House Bill 1237 would exclude Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from being included in the already-mandated 72 hour waiting period. This could greatly extend the time a woman would have to wait...
Universal Theme Park Will Drop Coverage To Avoid Obamacare

Universal Theme Park Will Drop Coverage To Avoid Obamacare

Universal Orlando, a Florida based theme park based on Universal Studios films, will not offer health benefits to part time employees beginning next year, citing provisions in Obamacare. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal Orlando currently offers part-time employees limited insurance benefits that feature a cap on payouts. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance plans can no...
First Female Members Sworn In to Shura Council

First Female Members Sworn In to Shura Council

The first female members of Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council were sworn in by King Abdullah on Tuesday. The Shura Council, composed of 150 members, councils the government in decisions regarding legislation. However, the Council does not have legislative powers itself and all members are appointed by the king. 30 women now hold seats on the Council, which...
AL Lawmaker calls Fetus "Largest Organ in the Body," Passes TRAP Law

AL Lawmaker calls Fetus “Largest Organ in the Body,” Passes TRAP Law

An Alabama lawmaker justified a new TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) that could potentially shut down the handful of clinics currently open in in the state by arguing that a fetus is the largest organ in the female body on Tuesday. In an interview about the legislation, state Representative Mary Sue McClurkin (R-Pelham) told...
Georgia Lawmakers Propose Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment

Georgia Lawmakers Propose Repealing the Seventeenth Amendment

Earlier this month six Georgia lawmakers, Representatives Dustin Hightower (R), Mike Dudgeon (R), Buzz Brockway (R), Josh Clark (R), Kevin Cooke (R) and Delvis Dutton (R) introduced legislation that would repeal the Seventeenth Amendment. The Seventeenth Amendment ensures that senators will be selected by voters rather than chosen for them by state legislatures. House Resolution 273 states...
NY Governor to Include Abortion Rights in Women's Equality Act

NY Governor to Include Abortion Rights in Women’s Equality Act

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) will include a section on expanding and protecting abortion rights in the state of New York as part of a Women’s Equality Act. The Reproductive Health Act would expand the conditions under which a woman could have a late abortion in the state to include when the mother’s health is in...
MS Officially Ratifies 13th Amendment

MS Officially Ratifies 13th Amendment

Mississippi finally officially ratified the 13th Amendment to the United State Constitution, which banned slavery in 1865. The state legislature unanimously voted on a resolution to ratify the amendment in 1995 and was the last state to do so. However, the resolution was never filed with the US Archivist in the Office of the Federal Register and...