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Obama Administration Announces Global Initiative for Girls' Education

Obama Administration Announces Global Initiative for Girls’ Education

Let Girls Learn will build on investments the US already has made in global primary school education and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education.
Nebraska Could Become the Next State With Marriage Equality

Nebraska Could Become the Next State With Marriage Equality

US District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled Monday morning that Nebraska's same-same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign

Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign

Journalist Masih Alinejad was awarded the Women’s Rights Award at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy last week for her activism supporting Iranian women who choose not to cover their heads in a hijab.
Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits

Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits

In just one week, those tests have led to hundreds of leads
This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault

This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault

Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act.
If This Bill Passes, Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools

If This Bill Passes, Federal Law Will Mandate Consent Education in Public Schools

Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change.
President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall

President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall

Obama spoke largely about his two biggest promises for immigration reform.
Malawi's Parliament Voted Unanimously to End Child Marriage

Malawi’s Parliament Voted Unanimously to End Child Marriage

An estimated 50 percent of Malawian girls becoming child brides, and approximately one in eight girls are married by 15.
Obama Just Vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, But The Fight Isn't Over

Obama Just Vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, But The Fight Isn’t Over

While the veto has stopped pipeline construction from being forced through legislation, the project is going back to review in the State Department, where it has been for the past six years.
FMLA Update Will Expand Protections for Thousands of Same-Sex Couples

FMLA Update Will Expand Protections for Thousands of Same-Sex Couples

The FMLA update means employees in legal, same-sex marriages can take family medical leave to take care of their spouse even if they live in another state. The change could affect up to 118,000 spouses.
Tennessee and Chicago Move Forward with Plans for Free Community College

Tennessee and Chicago Move Forward with Plans for Free Community College

Many Americans had not heard of the proposal to make 2 years of community college free until President Obama’s State of the Union address. Tennessee and Chicago, however, have long been working to make this plan a reality for their students.
Princeton Women Were Once Barred From These Clubs - Now, They Run Them

Princeton Women Were Once Barred From These Clubs – Now, They Run Them

Tiger Inn also got national media attention when someone spray-painted the words "rape haven" on the club's stone fence late last year. However, as of this week, Tiger Inn has elected its first woman, Grace Larsen, as president.
Department of Justice May Sue Ferguson Over Race Discrimination

Department of Justice May Sue Ferguson Over Race Discrimination

The Department of Justice will sue Ferguson, Missouri, if it finds evidence that its police department discriminates based on race and that its authorities aren't trying to make changes, according to CNN.
Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Brunei's Brutal Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel

Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Brunei’s Brutal Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel

Activists gathered across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday to call on Congress to exclude Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Kate Brown Just Became America's First-Ever Openly Bisexual Governor

Kate Brown Just Became America’s First-Ever Openly Bisexual Governor

Brown's election represents a victory for women and LGBT folks, who are underrepresented in gubernatorial positions as well as in all levels of national and state leadership.
New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders

New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders

Due to loopholes in the system, many convicted sex offenders in the military are not registered sex offenders once they exit the military.
Lawmakers Push Forward with Abortion Restrictions Across the Nation

Lawmakers Push Forward with Abortion Restrictions Across the Nation

In states such as Washington, Arizona, Minnesota, and South Carolina, lawmakers are introducing bills placing restrictions on abortion access.
Yale Fraternity That Violated Sexual Misconduct Policy Now Banned From Campus

Yale Fraternity That Violated Sexual Misconduct Policy Now Banned From Campus

The fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) will not be allowed to hold on-campus activities, use the school bulletin boards or email system to communicate, or use the fraternity’s name “in connection with the university."
Testing Detroit's Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists

Testing Detroit’s Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists

The testing has also produced over 750 DNA matches to an FBI database. The Wayne County prosecutor’s office has so far issued warrants for 23 alleged rapists, convicted 14 of them, and three are awaiting trial.
Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations

Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations

Between 1942 and 1990 in Ireland, more than 1,500 pregnant women in childbirth endured an operation that involves breaking the pelvis or having their pubic bone sawed through. Others claim their wombs were removed entirely.