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Voter Suppression Efforts Quietly Advance in Nevada

Voter Suppression Efforts Quietly Advance in Nevada

These measures would disproportionately impact people of color, women, young people, and the elderly, and could hurt their chances of voting in the 2016 elections.
The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay "Conversion Therapy"

The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay “Conversion Therapy”

The statement was in response to a WhiteHouse.gov petition that was created after the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, which gained more than 120,000 signatures.
A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler

A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler

Nieto, who was convicted last December of one felony count of sexual intercourse with a child and one felony count of lewd act upon a child for sodomizing a 3-year-old toddler, will now only spend 10 years behind bars.
Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion

Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion

The law makes Kansas the first state to ban most second-trimester abortions.
Iranian Women Can Now Attend Major Sporting Events

Iranian Women Can Now Attend Major Sporting Events

Although the new policy still holds barriers for women attending specific sports—those considered to be more “masculine” such as wrestling or swimming—this announcement reverses an antiquated rule that forbid women to watch matches attended by men.
Brutally Murdered Afghan Woman Becomes Symbol for Women's Rights

Brutally Murdered Afghan Woman Becomes Symbol for Women’s Rights

27-year-old Farkhunda was falsely accused of burning the Koran then brutally murdered. She's now being held up as a champion of Islam and women's rights.
Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training

Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training

Advocates and legislators agree that although these actions are promising, much more will be necessary for sustainable change in the culture of violence that seems to enshrine professional sports institutions.
Malta Passes Law to Ban 'Normalization' Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

Malta Passes Law to Ban ‘Normalization’ Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

The new law also allows people to change their gender identity on documents by simply filing an affidavit with a notary, which ends the requirement for surgery in order to legally identify as a gender other than the one assigned at birth.
An Indiana Woman Was Just Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Having a Miscarriage

An Indiana Woman Was Just Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Having a Miscarriage

This week, Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman from Indiana, was found guilty of feticide and neglect and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Louisiana Personhood Bill Would Ban Some Forms of Birth Control and Give Fetuses Full Legal Rights

Louisiana Personhood Bill Would Ban Some Forms of Birth Control and Give Fetuses Full Legal Rights

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R) pre-filed a personhood bill this week calling for a constitutional amendment that would give full legal rights to a fetus, ban many forms of birth control, in vitro fertilization, as well as some health care procedures for pregnant women.
On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences

On Transgender Day of Visibility, Advocates are Celebrating Trans Lives and Experiences

Today is a designated day for the trans community to share and celebrate their lives and experiences.
Senate 'Vote-A-Rama' Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Senate ‘Vote-A-Rama’ Passes Amendments for Equal Pay, Pregnant Workers, Paid Leave, Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

A bipartisan majority of Senators this week voted in favor of budget amendments that show growing momentum for paid sick leave for employees, social security and veterans benefits for same-sex couples, equal pay, and fair treatment for pregnant workers.
Security and Women’s Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery

Security and Women’s Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s address yesterday to a Joint Session of the United States Congress, commended the decision by President Barack Obama to delay the withdrawal of U.S. support troops in Afghanistan and to allow the current level of troops to remain through the end of 2015.
Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi

Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi

In the early hours of the morning Monday, a person in a mask wielding what appeared to be a machete attacked the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Afghan Woman Beaten to Death After Complaining to Mullah

Afghan Woman Beaten to Death After Complaining to Mullah

Updated 4/6/2015 A 27-year-old woman ‎who was falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran outside of a riverside mosque in a very poor part of Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive in March. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with...
Penn State Fraternity Suspended for Facebook Page of Nude, Unconscious Women

Penn State Fraternity Suspended for Facebook Page of Nude, Unconscious Women

A Penn State fraternity has been suspended over the discovery of a private Facebook page with photographs of nude women, some of whom appear to have passed out, as well as photos of drug deals and hazing.
Vice President Biden Pledges $41 Million to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Vice President Biden Pledges $41 Million to Clear Rape Kit Backlog

Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Mikulski (D-MD) spoke yesterday at a Maryland State Police Laboratory to declare their support for a $41 million budget proposal to combat the national backlog of rape kits.
Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill

Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill

The Senate hit an unexpected delay in the consideration of nominee Loretta Lynch for attorney general due to the discovery of an anti-abortion provision hidden within a bipartisan human trafficking bill, which has recently reached an impasse.
"No Ceilings" Report Shows Major Gains and Gaps in Women’s Equality

“No Ceilings” Report Shows Major Gains and Gaps in Women’s Equality

The Clinton Foundation "No Ceilings" report reveals data measuring women and girls’ participation worldwide over the past twenty years. In many ways, there have been significant increases for women and girls, but there are still massive gaps to be filled and progress to be made.
New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law this week creating harsher penalties for the murder of women and girls connected to domestic violence.