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Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

At this rate, it would take more than another 2 generations of women to get to parity in Congressional representation. “Clearly, this is not acceptable,” said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti-Discrimination Bill

DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti-Discrimination Bill

Wednesday, the Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill that will prohibit employer interference in the reproductive health decisions of their employees. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was first introduced by DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), just ahead of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of for-profit retail chain Hobby Lobby this...
Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland's Abortion Debate

Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland’s Abortion Debate

Ireland's ban on abortion has come up in debate again following a current case involving a dead woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant.
Obama's Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History

Obama’s Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History

Obama's confirmed nominees to the federal bench are 42 percent women, 19 percent African-American, 11 percent Hispanic, and 11 percent openly gay men or lesbian women, making this the most diverse group of judges in history.
American Apparel Hired Its First-Ever Woman Chief Executive to Replace Dov Charney

American Apparel Hired Its First-Ever Woman Chief Executive to Replace Dov Charney

Six months after retail store American Apparel fired its chief executive Dov Charney, the company has hired retail executive Paula Schneider as a replacement.
New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide

The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote.
Thousands Marched for Justice in Washington, DC in the Wake of Fatal Police Violence

Thousands Marched for Justice in Washington, DC in the Wake of Fatal Police Violence

The families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, and John Crawford III, all attended the march.
Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That's Putting Pregnant Women in Prison

Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That’s Putting Pregnant Women in Prison

Wisconsin is just one of several states that effectively suspend the civil rights of pregnant women in the name of protecting against fetal harm.
Personhood Groups Plan to Launch County and Municipal Measures to Restrict Abortion Access

Personhood Groups Plan to Launch County and Municipal Measures to Restrict Abortion Access

The Personhood Alliance, which claims to have member organizations in at least 14 different states, is already receiving support for putting anti-choice ballot initiatives at the county and municipal level from other anti-choice groups.
Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees

Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to push for confirmation of 24 Obama nominees over the weekend.
The Spending Bill Lifted the Abortion Ban for Peace Corps Volunteers

The Spending Bill Lifted the Abortion Ban for Peace Corps Volunteers

The Senate Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included expanded abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in case of rape, incest, and when the life of the parent is threatened.
Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Blocking Arizona's Anti-Abortion Law

Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Blocking Arizona’s Anti-Abortion Law

The Arizona law would have prevented women from receiving a medication abortion between their seventh and ninth week of pregnancy.
Ohio House Rejects Six-Week Abortion Ban

Ohio House Rejects Six-Week Abortion Ban

House Bill 248, a direct affront to Roe v. Wade, would have banned abortion before viability, even in cases of rape or incest.
Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Legislation

Senate Blocks Military Sexual Assault Legislation

The Senate denied a vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act yesterday, blocking the act for the second time this year.
Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill

Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill

In both chambers of Congress, women are leading the fight against the legislation, which contains controversial provisions on abortion, abstinence-only education, financial reform, and other issues impacting millions of Americans.
Activists Will March in DC Tomorrow for an End to Police Brutality

Activists Will March in DC Tomorrow for an End to Police Brutality

Reverend Al Sharpton and the families of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Akai Gurley, and Tamir Rice will be leading a march Saturday in Washington, DC.
Scripps College Will Now Officially Admit Transgender Women

Scripps College Will Now Officially Admit Transgender Women

The new policy will be in effect for all Fall 2016 applicants.
Groups Demand Gender-Responsive Climate Policy at UN Convention

Groups Demand Gender-Responsive Climate Policy at UN Convention

The talks are a continuation of the UN Climate Summit in New York earlier this year, and a precursor to the 2015 climate meeting in Paris, where world leaders are expected to finalize a new global climate agreement.
Activists Call on the President to Stand with Survivors of Rape in War

Activists Call on the President to Stand with Survivors of Rape in War

More than 20 organizations, including the Feminist Majority, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Advocates for Youth, and several human rights and faith-based groups, came together to urge President Obama to ensure that US foreign assistance helps survivors of war rape access comprehensive medical care, including abortion.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana's TRAP Law, Saving Lafayette's Last Clinic

Federal Judge Strikes Down Indiana’s TRAP Law, Saving Lafayette’s Last Clinic

The bill targeted a Planned Parenthood that was also the only abortion clinic in Lafayette.