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Trump Administration Shuts Down Initiative to Combat Gender-Race Wage Gap

The Trump administration has announced that they will shut down a 2016 Obama-era initiative that empowered the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to collect pay data sorted by gender, race, and ethnicity from businesses with 100 or more employees.

South Carolina Governor Blocks Funding to Abortion Providers

In the latest attack on abortion access, South Carolina joins a long list of states who have attempted to pass legislation or set up obstacles for individuals trying to access abortion services. Last week, South Carolina Governor Henry McMasters signed an executive order that bans funding of any non-profit organization or practitioner that offers abortion...

Trump Pardons Notorious Arizona Sheriff Despite Widespread Outrage

Last week, President Trump issued an executive pardon for former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, a notorious Arizona official who abused his position to unconstitutionally racially target and detain individuals he suspected of being in the country without proper documentation.

Lebanon Repeals Legal Loopholes for Rapists

Last week, the Lebanese Parliament voted to repeal Article 522 of the government’s penal code which halts the prosecution or conviction of an alleged rapist if the perpetrator marries their victim. Lebanon joins Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia on the list of countries to recently repeal similar legislation.

Trump Reinstates Ban on Recruitment of Transgender Troops

President Trump issued a memorandum last week reinstating a ban on transgender individuals serving openly in the United States military and forbidding the Department of Defense from providing medical treatment related to healthcare for transgender service members.

Reflecting on the 19th Amendment: The Right to Vote and Women’s Equality

August 26 is Women’s Equality Day, the 97th anniversary celebrating the day when the 19th Amendment went into effect mandating that the vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

US District Court Strikes Down Texas’s Revised Voter ID Law

United States District Judge Nelva Gonzalez Ramos handed down a decision to strike down Texas’s revised voter ID law (Senate Bill 5) on the basis that it continues to discriminate against African American and Latino voters. Judge Gonzalez Ramos issued a 27 page decision on the 23rd of August stating that the voter ID law...

New Poll Shows Strong Public Support for Abortion

The Center for Reproductive Rights has released the results of a new poll that shows 61 percent of adults in the United States support the federal government passing legislation to protect women’s access to abortion and prevent state’s from passing laws meant to restrict that access, known as TRAP laws.

Trump Dissolves Climate Advisory Panel Ahead of Report on Global Warming

On Sunday, the Trump Administration decided to dissolve the Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment. The Committee’s charter came up for renewal on Sunday, but the committee’s chair was informed that the Administration planned to let the charter expire with no intention for renewal.

A Win for India’s Women’s Rights Movement

Today India’s Supreme Court ruled the religious practice of “triple talaq,” which allows men to divorce their wives by simply repeating the word “divorce” three times, unconstitutional.

President Announces Continuation of Mission in Afghanistan

On Monday evening, President Trump announced to the country that the war in Afghanistan would move forward and that he would increase troop levels, but failed to include details over strategy or how success would be measured in a conflict that has now stretched on for over 16 years.

Oregon Passes Reproductive Health Equity Bill

Last week, amidst the rise of anti-abortion state legislation, Oregon became the first state to pass legislation to solidify and ensure equal access to abortion and birth control for all state residents.

President Trump Disappoints the Country, Comparing Neo-Nazis to Those Who Oppose Them

While the majority of Americans were deeply disturbed by the riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, many considered President Trump’s response to be equally as troubling after he made shameful comments that were widely seen as siding with the white supremacists against the counter protesters, and exacerbating the already deep racial tension in America.

Texas Passes Bill to Restrict Abortion Access with New Insurance Mandates

The bill bans all private health insurance plans and plans sold through the Affordable Care Act marketplace from covering abortion care unless the life of the woman is directly at risk. Instead, women would be required to buy supplemental insurance should they ever think they may need or want an abortion, prompting some Democratic lawmakers...

Free Feminine Hygiene Products for Federal Inmates Now Required

The August 1st memorandum states that the BOP “ensures that female inmates have access to a range of feminine hygiene products related to menstruation.” This mandate will not apply to state prisons and jails.

White Supremacists Hold Hate-Filled Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia

White supremacists, emboldened by the election of Donald Trump, took to the streets in Charlottesville, Virginia and Seattle, Washington this weekend for one of the most visible displays of hatred from the new so-called “alt-right” movement.

Hearing Begins in Case of Anti-Abortion Group Versus Virginia

The Feminist Majority Foundation and other members of the reproductive healthcare community were in front of the Henrico County Circuit Court to show support for the Board of Health’s decision and solidarity with the women of Virginia.

Senate Democrats Skeptical of Health and Human Services Nominee

During Texas doctor Brett Giroir’s testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, he failed to defend the right of all qualified reproductive health providers to receive federal funding.

Two Controversial Bills to Watch in Texas’s Special Legislative Session

There is less than nine days left in Texas’s special legislative session and two of the most controversial bills being considered have yet to make it to the Governor’s desk for signature.

Government Scientists Fear Trump Administration Will Cover Up Climate Change Report

On Tuesday, the New York Times received a draft of a not-yet-public report on climate change written by scientists from thirteen different federal agencies. The report, which is currently awaiting approval by the Trump administration, paints a bleak picture of the effects of climate change and the role that humans have played in its escalation....