Feminist Newswire
Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment

Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment

This morning, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) led a solid crowd of Equal Rights Amendment activists and supporters just beyond the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court.
"From Passion to Progress" Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists

“From Passion to Progress” Briefing Brings Together Feminist Leaders and Hundreds of Young Activists

Over plates of donuts and cups coffee, participants listened to a succession of engaging and passionate speeches from congressional and feminist leaders: Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and FMF President Eleanor Smeal.
University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

University of Connecticut to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement

The University of Connecticut will have to pay almost $1.3 million in settlement fees on a sexual assault lawsuit - but school officials refuse to admit guilt.
Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches

Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches

Women's rights organizations, medical groups, and religious leaders joined several activists yesterday at a rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol to launch a campaign against a new personhood initiative on the state's November ballot.
100 Days Later, Groups Rally for Nigeria to Bring Back Kidnapped Schoolgirls

100 Days Later, Groups Rally for Nigeria to Bring Back Kidnapped Schoolgirls

100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram. This week, groups around the world are holding vigils to show that they have not stopped supporting rescue efforts and still want safety for these girls.
Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace Makes No Religious Exemptions

The President yesterday signed a long-awaited executive order barring workplace discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
Louisiana's Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue

Louisiana’s Pro-Choice Community Stands Up Against Operation Rescue

"It's an encroachment on my right as a neighbor."

New Clarification Requires Corporations Refusing Contraceptive Coverage To Inform Their Employees

The White House clarified on Thursday that closely held for-profit corporations refusing to provide contraceptive coverage will be required to inform their employees.
Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked

Law Limiting Abortion Access Under Medicaid in Alaska Temporarily Blocked

An Alaska state court judge this week temporarily blocked a law that created a narrow definition for when abortions were "medically necessary" and therefore covered under Alaska Medicaid.
Research Analysis Finds Covering Contraception is Good for Business

Research Analysis Finds Covering Contraception is Good for Business

"Providing comprehensive coverage of contraceptive methods and services is not only sound public health policy," Guttmacher states, "but also a savvy business decision."
Nigeria Secures $15 Million Grant from Norway to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Nigeria Secures $15 Million Grant from Norway to Reduce Maternal Mortality

Norway has provided a $15 million grant to the Nigerian government to help the country reduce maternal and child mortality.
Federal Judge Finds California Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Federal Judge Finds California Death Penalty Unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled the California death penalty unconstitutional, leading legal experts to forecast similar calls for overhaul in other states.
Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby Decision Blocked in the Senate

A bill introduced by Democrats to reverse the Supreme Court's ruling in the Hobby Lobby case failed Wednesday.
Lower Court Upholds Affirmative Action at University of Texas at Austin

Lower Court Upholds Affirmative Action at University of Texas at Austin

"This decision should stand as a declaration of the ongoing importance and legality of affirmative action efforts that holistically evaluate applicants for admission in higher education."
New Federal Guidelines Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act

New Federal Guidelines Align with Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in over 30 years.
Church of England Votes to Allow Women Bishops

Church of England Votes to Allow Women Bishops

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev. Justin Welby, supported the vote, saying he thought the public would find the exclusion of women "almost incomprehensible."
Financial Disparities Between Tipped and Full-Wage Workers Larger Than Ever

Financial Disparities Between Tipped and Full-Wage Workers Larger Than Ever

A new study shows that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the widest it's ever been in American history.
Massachusetts Lawmakers Work to Restore Protections for Abortion Clinics Following McCullen

Massachusetts Lawmakers Work to Restore Protections for Abortion Clinics Following McCullen

The state of Massachusetts is expected to soon push legislation providing greater protections to reproductive health clinics following the Supreme Court's ruling in McCullen v. Coakley.
Department of Education Grants University Religious Exemption From Title IX

Department of Education Grants University Religious Exemption From Title IX

The US Department of Education recently granted George Fox University a religious exemption from Title IX to, effectively granting the institution permission to discriminate against transgender student Jayce M.
Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria

Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria

Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of global maternal death rates, with 36,000 women dying in pregnancy or child birth each year, and child marriage rates across Nigeria often outpace those in other nations around the world.