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Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose “Fast Tracking” of TPP

Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose “Fast Tracking” of TPP

Activist groups are hosting a National Call-in Day of Action today, asking individuals across the nation to call their Representatives in the U.S. House and urge them to oppose Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track”, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade agreement that has raised serious human rights concerns and threatens US jobs. Fast...
UN Conference for Climate Change Features Workshops on Gender and Climate

UN Conference for Climate Change Features Workshops on Gender and Climate

The annual United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change began yesterday in Bonn, Germany to discuss how to manage the scientific phenomenon of a changing climate and the effects it has on the Global South and women.  The conference will feature a multitude of meetings and workshops ranging from early warning systems in relation to...
Kansas House Passes Amendment to Abortion Bill

Kansas House Passes Amendment to Abortion Bill

The Kansas House of Representatives passed a bill this weekend to slightly lessen Kansas women’s access to abortion care. The bill, which was introduced this year in response to a court order that blocked a 2011 anti-abortion bill from being implemented, passed in the House 109-2 and will now go to the governor. HB 2228...
Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Murder Charges in Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse

Bangladeshi officials have charged 41 people with murder for the April 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed at least 1,127 workers, many of whom were young women. Those charged include Sohel Rana, the owner of Rana Plaza, as well as at least a dozen government officials. Another individual was charged with building code violations. The multi-story...
This Seattle High School Just Changed the Face of Birth Control Access for Students

This Seattle High School Just Changed the Face of Birth Control Access for Students

A public high school in Seattle will now be offering services for its students to provide long-lasting birth control, such as IUDs or hormonal implants, at the school-based health center. In 2009 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended contraceptive implants and intrauterine devices as the most effective method of reducing unintended pregnancies for...
High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

Nicole Ticea, a teen from Vancouver, Canada, won a top prize at the Intel International and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition for her invention of a simple and low-cost HIV test. Ticea, who is just 16, created a simple and inexpensive HIV test that can be sold over-the-counter at very...
#SayHerName Protests Take Place in California and Across the Nation

#SayHerName Protests Take Place in California and Across the Nation

Dozens of topless protesters stopped traffic in San Francisco last week on the National Day of Action for Black Women and Girls to protest the lack of national attention for black women killed by police brutality. The protesters blocked a popular intersection in San Francisco, California, with signs and body paint with messages like this...
Appeals Court Rules Abortion Ban Past 12 Weeks Unconstitutional

Appeals Court Rules Abortion Ban Past 12 Weeks Unconstitutional

The eight circuit Court of Appeals just ruled an Arkansas abortion ban at 12 weeks of pregnancy as unconstitutional, permanently blocking this extreme abortion ban. SB 134, which state legislators attempted to pass as a “regulation”, would ban all abortions past 12 weeks with very few exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies....
California Passes Reproductive FACT Act

California Passes Reproductive FACT Act

The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday.
Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk.
New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Following a report by the New York Times on the exploitation of nail salon workers almost two weeks ago, New York state and city officials have partnered with advocates and volunteers to bring comprehensive educational programs and labor reforms to the 5,000 licensed salons in the state.
Senate Votes to Advance "Fast Tracking" of Dangerous Trade Agreement

Senate Votes to Advance “Fast Tracking” of Dangerous Trade Agreement

The US Senate voted yesterday to advance "fast track" trade legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 on Tuesday to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for certain workers to $10.50 an hour effective July 2016, and then gradually to $15 an hour by 2020.
SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

Last night, SLUT: The Play, a powerful play about the realities of sexual assault in high schools, was performed for thousands at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
New York Attorney General Moves to Expand Access to Contraceptives

New York Attorney General Moves to Expand Access to Contraceptives

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act of 2015 last week to enhance the availability of contraception for New Yorkers.
Feminist Majority Foundation Honors Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Star-Studded Event

Feminist Majority Foundation Honors Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Star-Studded Event

Yesterday's Global Women’s Rights awards recognized Rhimes and Kohan as two of the most influential showrunners in television today.
The ACLU Takes on Gender Discrimination in Hollywood

The ACLU Takes on Gender Discrimination in Hollywood

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California filed a complaint last week asking for federal and state civil rights agencies to investigate massive gender discrepancies at all levels of the film and television industry.
House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors

House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors

The House passed a 20-week abortion bill yesterday, making it plain that House Republicans feel that denying women access to abortion care is one of their top three priorities.
Members of Congress Renew the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Members of Congress Renew the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) re-introduced the Equal Rights Amendment yesterday in a bipartisan effort to put women in the United States Constitution.