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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.
Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise

Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise

Despite legal protections for gender equality, around 3,600 attacks against schools, students, and teachers were recorded in just the year 2012 alone.
Three Muslim Students Have Been Shot and Killed in North Carolina in Possible Hate Crime

Three Muslim Students Have Been Shot and Killed in North Carolina in Possible Hate Crime

Craig Stephen Hicks, a 46-year-old white man, turned himself in to the police and is being charged with three counts of first-degree murder.
John Legend Drops Performance at Beverly Hills Hotel in Response to Brunei's Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Penal Code

John Legend Drops Performance at Beverly Hills Hotel in Response to Brunei’s Anti-Gay, Anti-Woman Penal Code

John Legend announced that he would not be performing at the coveted L.A. Confidential party hosted at the Beverly Hills Hotel in protest of the new penal code introduced by the Hotel’s owner, the Sultan of Brunei.
Marriage Equality Has Officially Come to Alabama

Marriage Equality Has Officially Come to Alabama

The Supreme Court refused to stop a federal court ruling today that requires Alabama state officials to recognize same-sex marriage rights. The state has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Supreme Court Declines to Hear Petition Overturning a Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Petition Overturning a Pregnancy Discrimination Decision

The court of appeals reasoned that firing a woman for breastfeeding is not sex discrimination because men can also lactate.
Black Girls Matter: New Report Exposes Gendered and Racial Disparities in Education Too Often Erased

Black Girls Matter: New Report Exposes Gendered and Racial Disparities in Education Too Often Erased

A new report outlines the obstacles facing Black girls in America's school systems - and demands that advocate, policymakers, and educators do better to foster safe spaces for Black girls to learn and grow.
FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest-Ever Open Internet Protections

FCC Chairman Proposes Strongest-Ever Open Internet Protections

"My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone's permission."
Women in Afghanistan Protest Lack of Representation in Cabinet

Women in Afghanistan Protest Lack of Representation in Cabinet

Women activists and civil society groups therefore walked the streets of Kabul yesterday, demanding that women’s voices be represented within the country’s cabinet.