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The Economic Recovery Isn't Reaching Black Women in the Workforce

The Economic Recovery Isn’t Reaching Black Women in the Workforce

The economic recovery isn't making a difference for African American women this year.
Violence Against Women Act Turns 20

Violence Against Women Act Turns 20

Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown's Death

Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown’s Death

Senator Claire McCaskill led an oversight hearing Tuesday in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee highlighting growing concerns about the militarization of state and local law enforcement agencies.
Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law

Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law

Governor Jay Nixon previously vetoed the bill in July, calling it "extreme and disrespectful." Missouri's House voted 117-44 to override the veto, and then the Senate used a procedural move to stop a Democratic filibuster of the bill and vote 23-7 to complete the veto override Wednesday.
UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

The Senate voted 73-25 to allow the bill to move forward to a debate.
Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

This marks the second time this year that the Senate will take up the equal pay legislation.
Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

The vicious public attack received national attention and sparked outrage among Afghan women leaders.
Ecuador Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions

Ecuador Will Now Recognize Same-Sex Civil Unions

As of this upcoming September 15, same-sex couples in Ecuador will legally be able to register their civil unions.
White House Names Megan Smith as Chief Technology Officer

White House Names Megan Smith as Chief Technology Officer

President Barack Obama last week named Megan Smith, former Google Vice President and out lesbian, to the highest ranking tech job in the White House.
Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Afghan Girls Compete in Bike Race to Raise Awareness About Violence Against Women

Fifteen girls participated in the race to raise awareness about violence against women. Many others, including government and education leaders in the province, escorted them to the finish line.
Former Virginia Governor and First Lady Found Guilty on 14 Charges in Corruption Case

Former Virginia Governor and First Lady Found Guilty on 14 Charges in Corruption Case

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty Thursday on a combined 14 counts of conspiracy, fraud, influence-peddling, bribery, and extortion by a jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Activists Arrested During Nationwide Protests for Higher Wages

Activists Arrested During Nationwide Protests for Higher Wages

Scores of people were arrested just hours into the nationwide strike for raising the minimum wage known as the "Fight for $15."
Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same-Sex Marriage Ban

A federal judge ruled that Louisiana has the right to ban same-sex marriage in the state and to refuse to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
US Appeals Court Blocks Attempt to Defund Obamacare

US Appeals Court Blocks Attempt to Defund Obamacare

The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has agreed to rehear a case that could protect much-needed subsidies for up to 5 million consumers under the Affordable Care Act.
Illinois Governor Signs Bill To Protect Pregnant Women From Workplace Discrimination

Illinois Governor Signs Bill To Protect Pregnant Women From Workplace Discrimination

Accommodations provided by HB 8 may include temporary changes for heavy lifting and manual labor, ensuring access to seating, frequent restroom breaks, time off following childbirth, and break spaces for breastfeeding.
Workers Are Striking Thursday in Over One Hundred Cities

Workers Are Striking Thursday in Over One Hundred Cities

Unlike actions in months past, the September 4th action is the first to involve home care aides, a workforce made up of more than 2 million people. This is also the first time the labor union-led movement will engage in mass arrests and sit-ins.
Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery

Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery

Purvi Patel sought help at an emergency room. After investigation, police charged Patel with feticide, punishable with up to 20 years in prison, as well as neglect of a dependent.
Federal Courts Block TRAP Laws in Texas and Louisiana

Federal Courts Block TRAP Laws in Texas and Louisiana

The Labor Day weekend marked two major victories in the battle for reproductive justice in Texas and Louisiana.
California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault

The bill will radically change the current standard of proving sexual assault, which requires victims of sexual assault to demonstrate that they did not consent.
Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US

The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group.