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Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Cuomo’s actions fall in the wake of a New York Times exposé on the lives of manicurists in New York City detailing 10- to 12-hour shifts, poor conditions, health risks, low wages, and other exploitation.
Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

About 14,000 women are expected to give birth in the coming weeks, and thousands of them are at risk of complications that require emergency care.
Obama Administration Clarifies ACA Birth Control Benefit After Reports of Conflicting Policies

Obama Administration Clarifies ACA Birth Control Benefit After Reports of Conflicting Policies

The Obama administration announced yesterday in new guidance to health insurance companies that insurers are obligated to cover all forms of birth control under the Affordable Care Act.
Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Three schoolgirls from Afghanistan won gold in biology at an international science competition hosted in Kenya last week.
The ERA Was Just Re-Introduced in the Senate for Ratification

The ERA Was Just Re-Introduced in the Senate for Ratification

Just in time for Mother’s Day, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) re-introduced yesterday a joint resolution to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S Constitution. S.J. Res. 15 was introduced with 26 original cosponsors including Senator Mark Kirk (R-Il). The resolution would remove the deadline set by congress for ratification of the ERA....
It's Been a Month: Purvi Patel is Still in Prison for a Miscarriage

It’s Been a Month: Purvi Patel is Still in Prison for a Miscarriage

Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American who was convicted in Indiana for what she continually asserts was a miscarriage, has now been in prison for more than 30 days.
Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

Four Sentenced to Death, Eight to Prison for Brutal Murder of Afghan Woman

The verdict for the 49 men charged with the murder of 27-year- old Farkhunda came yesterday, following a highly publicized and televised week-long trial and public outrage for violence against women in Afghanistan.
Sen. Reid Promises to Filibuster "Fast Track" for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Sen. Reid Promises to Filibuster “Fast Track” for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has promised to delay efforts to push through the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal until the Senate first deals with two stalled bills that may soon expire.
Report Released by Sen. Gillibrand Shows Underreporting of Military Sexual Assault

Report Released by Sen. Gillibrand Shows Underreporting of Military Sexual Assault

A new report released by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) this morning shows the Department of Defense (DOD) is grossly under-reporting the number of sexual assault crimes in the US military, particularly those occurring on military bases.
Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray

Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray

The six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray of Baltimore, Maryland have been charged criminally with offenses ranging from manslaughter to false imprisonment.
House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers

House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, D.C., law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who have premarital sex or who have an abortion.
400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria

400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria

On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
Purvi Patel, Imprisoned for a Miscarriage in Indiana, Has Filed an Appeal

Purvi Patel, Imprisoned for a Miscarriage in Indiana, Has Filed an Appeal

A Stanford law professor, Lawrence Marshall, is taking Patel's case pro bono.
Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration

Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration

Clinton also directly addressed the uprisings happening in Baltimore following the mysterious death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody last week.
North Carolina House Passes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

North Carolina House Passes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

The North Carolina state House last week passed a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion care.
LGBT Rights Activists Applaud Bruce Jenner Coming Out As Trans

LGBT Rights Activists Applaud Bruce Jenner Coming Out As Trans

Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV personality, recently came out as transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer. LGBT activists around the world applaud the brave move, pointing out the added struggle of being trans while in constant public spotlight.
Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human rights groups are calling for the pardon of 15 women imprisoned in El Salvador for suffering a miscarriage.
The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case

The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case

The case, Obergfell v. Hodges, will look at whether the 14th Amendment requires the state to allow and license a marriage for same-sex couples, and will address whether the Amendment requires the state to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples when their marriage was licensed out-of-state.
BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay

BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay

The amount of time she has been waiting to be confirmed totals the wait time of the last seven attorney general nominees combined.
We Need to Talk About Gender On Earth Day

We Need to Talk About Gender On Earth Day

As climate change becomes increasingly an important issue, it's also crucial to discuss how climate change disproportionately affects women.