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Why the 2014 Afghanistan Election is Bringing Hope Back to Afghan Women

Why the 2014 Afghanistan Election is Bringing Hope Back to Afghan Women

We made it. We were able to show to the world that our security forces are robust enough to protect our infant democracy and our people remain worthy of international support.
Carolyn Maloney Leads Charge for National Women’s History Museum

Carolyn Maloney Leads Charge for National Women’s History Museum

Maloney has been working to establish the museum for nearly 20 years, first introducing a bill in 1997.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Realizing the Power of Education

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Realizing the Power of Education

I remember the morning I woke up to the sounds of gunfire and bombs. I remember the morning when I was trying to get ready for school and my father said I couldn’t go any more.
Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Maintaining Commitment to Afghan Women and Girls

Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Maintaining Commitment to Afghan Women and Girls

"My family decided to move back to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. After we returned, I remained committed to working to improve Afghan women’s lives."
Bread and Roses: 100 Hundred Years Later

Bread and Roses: 100 Hundred Years Later

One hundred years ago, in the dead of a New England winter, the great Bread and Roses Strike of textile workers in Lawrence, Massachusetts began.
The Affordable Care Act Fits My Needs and Cut My Costs

The Affordable Care Act Fits My Needs and Cut My Costs

"Healthcare coverage is not a luxury for me; it is a necessity."
Our Constitutional Right to Abortion Regardless of Religion

Our Constitutional Right to Abortion Regardless of Religion

I was raised a Protestant fundamentalist during the 1960’s and the evils of abortion were never mentioned.
How US Policy Denies Life-Saving Care to Women Raped in War

How US Policy Denies Life-Saving Care to Women Raped in War

“I have nothing to give the child. How can I return to school? I am a woman with a bad reputation. I have no future. I cannot go to study anymore. I am a woman without a future.”
Graduate Baby Blues: When Pregnancy and College Don't Mix

Graduate Baby Blues: When Pregnancy and College Don’t Mix

This piece is my story about my journey to choice.

The Equal Rights Amendment Needs You – Now!

by Martha Burk, Money Editor, Ms. magazine; director, Corporate Accountability Project, National Council of Women’s Organizations This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right of the people to petition the government for a redress of grievances. If you think fact that after 225 years the...
Know Your November Ballot: Undocumented Immigrants

Know Your November Ballot: Undocumented Immigrants

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, we will be outlining state ballot initiatives and referenda of major significance to women. Since the spring of 2010, when Arizona enacted S.B. 1070 (the harshest immigration law in the country), lawmakers and immigrant rights advocates have worked both to weaken the controversial law and to ensure...
Candy Crowley in the Spotlight

Candy Crowley in the Spotlight

Much of the buzz around today’s presidential debate does not concern economic policy, foreign affairs or the War on Women. No, much of the hoopla centers on a third party: the debate moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley. Debate moderators have been given particular attention this election season, and their performances have been rated as intently as...
Remember in November: Scenes from We Are Woman Rally

Remember in November: Scenes from We Are Woman Rally

The video that inspired the founding of the group We Are Woman is titled “We are Warriors,” and as the the national rally for women’s rights that the group organized came to a close last Saturday in Washington, D.C., the members of We Are Woman did indeed feel like warriors. Saturday’s rally attracted more than...
NEWSFLASH: A Woman Will Finally Moderate A Presidential Debate Again

NEWSFLASH: A Woman Will Finally Moderate A Presidential Debate Again

After a 20-year absence, a woman will finally take the moderator’s seat in a U.S. presidential debate. CNN’s Candy Crowley, chief political correspondent and anchor of “State of the Union With Candy Crowley,” is the first woman since 1992 to take on the role. Martha Raddatz, senior foreign affairs correspondent for ABC News, will moderate the vice presidential debate....
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: A Feminist Look at the Olympics, Part 2

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down: A Feminist Look at the Olympics, Part 2

Thumbs Up for Kayla Harrison, who won the first women’s gold medal for the U.S. in judo on August 2 and who overcame great personal challenges to triumph at these London Games. Even though American Rusty Kanokogi, who fought for years to make women’s judo an Olympic sport, didn’t live to see Harrison make history...
HERvotes Blog Carnival: Celebrating the ACA and New Coverage for Preventative Care!

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Celebrating the ACA and New Coverage for Preventative Care!

By Cindy Pearson, co-founder, National Women’s Health Network HERvotes is joining our voices together in a blog carnival to celebrate and defend women’s preventive services, including contraception.  Starting August 1, all new insurance plans have to cover seven preventive services with no extra fees.  That means women won’t have to put off their well-woman exam...

Saving VAWA

By Rev. Dr. E. Faye Williams, Chair of the National Congress of Black Women If you have ever been beaten, kicked, punched, slapped by a partner who claims to love you, it is not difficult for you to understand why it’s mandatory to have the Violence Against Women Act.  If you’ve ever had a daughter,...

Perpetrators don’t discriminate, so why does Congress?

By: Maggie Fridinger,  Program and Policy Intern National Council of Women’s Organizations Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.  One in four women are subjected to violence during their lifetime. Perpetrators do not discriminate in their acts of violence. Women are exposed to domestic violence regardless of race, sexual...

Tragedy in Springfield, Mass.: When VAWA and Local Domestic Violence Intersect

by Mary Reardon Johnson, Executive Director, YWCA of Western Massachusetts Officer down!  Around the city of Springfield, Mass., sirens blare, lights flash, emergency vehicles screech and news media are dispatched. Yellow tape goes up and the first accounts are sent out over the air and internet. The veteran police officer responded to a call requesting...
Saudi Arabia Allows Women in Olympics, But Will Any Qualify?

Saudi Arabia Allows Women in Olympics, But Will Any Qualify?

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, women from all competing countries will be offered an opportunity to take part in the international event. That's because the Saudi Arabia government announced yesterday, through its London embassy, that it will permit female athletes to join its team at the 2012 London Games,...