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Fight to End the Criminalization of Sex Workers Continues in California

Sex workers in California are fighting back against the current criminalization of their profession.

ACLU Sues Catholic Hospital for Putting Religion over Medical Care

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services against a Michigan Catholic hospital for refusing to perform a postpartum tubal ligation on a pregnant brain cancer patient, a violation of the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Gretchen Carlson to Testify Before Congress on Arbitration Laws

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson will testify before Congress on forced arbitration laws after the election season.

Alaska to Reimburse Planned Parenthood Legal Fees over Parental Notification Law

Alaska must pay the nearly $1 million in legal fees that Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands, as well as two Alaskan physicians, incurred fighting the state’s unconstitutional parental notification law.

Women in Iceland Protest the Gender Wage Gap

Women in Iceland walked out of work at 2:38 pm on Monday to protest the gender wage gap that persists in the country.

Girl Scout Troop 3484: Breaking the Bronze Ceiling in Central Park

There are no statues of women in New York's Central Park, and these girls are fighting to change that.

Virginia Board of Health Removes Surgical Center Building Requirements for Abortion Providers

Yesterday the Virginia Board of Health voted 11-to-4 to remove the unconstitutional outpatient surgical center building requirements imposed on clinics that perform abortions.

Federal Judge Permanently Blocks Mississippi’s Planned Parenthood Medicaid Ban

A District Court of Appeals judge ruled last week that Mississippi cannot deny Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood simply because they offer or are affiliated with abortion services, granting a permanent injunction to two facilities.

U.N. Selects Wonder Woman over Real Women Candidates in the Name of Empowerment

In a world where real women are breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings, the United Nations has fallen short, choosing a comic book character as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: LGBTQ Access to Shelters

A new report released this week by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that nearly half of LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence have been turned away from a shelter, usually because of their gender identity.

City of Durham, North Carolina Passes ERA Resolution

On Monday, the Durham City Council became the first governing city body in North Carolina to pass a resolution in support of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution.

Two Unaffiliated Anti-Abortion Extremists Plead Guilty to FACE Violations

A Joplin, Missouri man was sentenced to 63 months in jail on Tuesday for setting fire to a local mosque and attempting to burn down the town’s Planned Parenthood clinic twice.

Students Fee Might Be Issued to Cover Costs of University of Maryland Title IX Office

The University of Maryland could potentially begin issuing an annual fee of $34 to their students in order to cover the costs of the University’s struggling Title IX office.

Child Bride Faces Execution in Iran for Allegedly Killing Abusive Husband

Zeinab Sekaanvand, an Iranian-Kurdish woman charged with killing her husband, is incarcerated in Iran and awaiting her execution by hanging.

Campaign to Elect a Woman as Secretary General to the United Nations Fails

Antonio Gutteres, former prime minister of Portugal and leader of the UN refugee agency, was elected UN Secretary General last week, a disappointing end to a formal campaign attempting to elect a woman as the next leader of the United Nations.

21 Schoolgirls Released After Negotiations with Boko Haram

Last week Boko Haram released 21 of the more than 200 schoolgirls they had kidnapped from a Christian boarding school in Chibok, Nigeria two and half years ago.

Documentary Film Producer Arrested at North Dakota Oil Protest

Documentary film producer, Deia Schlosberg, was arrested Tuesday in North Dakota for simply filming footage of a protest action for a new climate change documentary.

Transgender Rights under Attack in Minnesota, ACLU Seeks to Intervene

On Wednesday in Minnesota, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a motion to intervene in a case that was filed in an attempt to ban a transgender student from using the locker room matching her gender identity.

Justice Department Announces New Database for Tracking Fatalities in Police Custody

The Justice Department announced Thursday that it would start tracking nationwide data on fatal police shootings and other violent encounters between law enforcement and civilians, including natural deaths or suicides that occur while someone is in police custody.

Feminist Majority Foundation Releases Report on Title IX Coordinators

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) released a multi-year report entitled Reinvigorating the Role of Title IX Coordinator: A Requirement and Resource.