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World Economic Forum Report Places U.S. 28th

World Economic Forum Report Places U.S. 28th

The World Economic Forum just released “The Global Gender Gap” report of 2015 that ranks the United States 28th out of 145 countries.
Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing

Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing

A Washington state investigation into Planned Parenthood has found "no evidence" of wrongdoing on the part of the women's reproductive healthcare provider following allegations the organization was selling or profiting from fetal tissue donations.

UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990.
Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood

Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood

The Ohio state House yesterday voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, only weeks after the state Senate passed a similar bill. Legislators must now decide which bill to advance.
Restrictions on Women’s Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds

Restrictions on Women’s Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds

A new Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) report found that at least 100,000 Texas women have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance.
Tabassom’s Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century

Tabassom’s Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century

Walking on a rainy day on Kabul’s streets is harder than climbing a mountain in the winter. I walked along Dashti Barchi, where the mass of protesters began marching, holding high above their shoulders the coffins of the seven innocent Afghan Hazara people beheaded by ISIS.

Private Funding Initiatives For Women and Girls Announced at White House Summit

On Friday, the White House's Council on Women and Girls hosted a day-long summit focused on advancing equity and elevating the status of women and girls in the United States. The Summit also served as a venue for institutions to announce new privately-funded initiatives focusing on women and girls.
Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

The Supreme Court announced today that it will review an anti-abortion Texas law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion.
Afghans Protest Nationwide over Beheadings by ISIS

Afghans Protest Nationwide over Beheadings by ISIS

Thousands of Afghans took to the streets in Kabul on Wednesday after seven people from the Hazara ethnic group were beheaded by ISIS.

Feminist Scholars Convene in Milwaukee For Annual National Women’s Studies Conference

Between Thursday and Sunday this week, as many as 1,800 feminist scholars from around the country will meet in Milwaukee for the National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) annual conference.

Ms. in the Classroom Introduces Two Exciting New Digital Readers

This week, at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) 2015 Annual Conference, Ms. in the Classroom, a college curriculum based on Ms. magazine, will introduce two innovative new digital readers. The readers compile the best of Ms. magazine and the Ms. Blog into easily accessible online textbooks for the 21st century feminist classroom. Designed to engage digital-savvy...

Taliban Stones to Death 19 Year Old Afghan Woman

Recently, a 19 year old Afghan woman was stoned to death after she was accused of adultery.

Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for $15 in Cities Across America

Low-wage workers around the country—the majority of whom are women—gathered Tuesday to strike for $15 an hour.

SCOTUS Protects Use of Deadly Force by Police

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a Texas police officer to avoid a civil suit for shooting and killing a fleeing suspect, despite two federal appeals court decisions that would have allowed the lawsuit to go forward.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

In a blow to President Obama’s immigration reform efforts, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction barring the Administration from moving forward with a series of executive orders that would protect nearly 5 million people from deportation.

Jindal Appeals Federal Court Ruling That Saved Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood

Last week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's administration filed an appeal notice at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans after a federal judge ordered his administration to cease efforts to strip Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood in the state.

Taliban Takeover of Kunduz Hurt Women and the Media

At the end of September, the Taliban took control of the city of Kunduz. The Afghan government, with some help from the international community, kicked them out in a few days. But during this brief time of the Taliban takeover of the city, women were the first targets and once again paid the price for...
Protests Force U of MO President Out

Protests Force U of MO President Out

University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe has resigned amid escalating protests and calls for him to step down after failing to address the issue of racism and racial intolerance on campus.
ACA Birth Control Benefit Heads Back to the Supreme Court

ACA Birth Control Benefit Heads Back to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments from religiously affiliated non-profits challenging women’s right to access insurance coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
First Woman Elected President of Nepal

First Woman Elected President of Nepal

Last week, Nepal's parliament elected Bidhya Devi Bhandari the country's first woman president.