On the Hill
Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division

"Today's filibuster should concern every person who care about our justice system."
President Obama Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

President Obama Increases Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

President Obama signed an Executive Order Wednesday increasing the minimum wage for new federal contractors to $10.10 per hour.
Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

Senate Democratic Women Speak Out In Support of Raising the Minimum Wage

“Full time work should not be rewarded with full time poverty. Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs should have a chance to support themselves and their families and build a little economic security. It is time for Congress to act and raise the minimum wage."
President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault

President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault

Late last week, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA), which expands efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthens protections for victims.
FAMILY Act Introduced Today

FAMILY Act Introduced Today

If passed, the act will help millions of workers afford take time off to address their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member or new child.
Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

Janet Yellen Closer to Becoming Fed Chief

The Senate Banking Committee voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve.
US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition

US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan’s Transition

The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014.
Voters Decided on 31 Ballot Measures in 2013 Elections

Voters Decided on 31 Ballot Measures in 2013 Elections

Voters across the United States decided on 31 ballot measure in six states during Monday's elections. Here's what they voted for and against.
Save Your Seat: Feminist Majority's 2013 Women, Money, Power Summit Begins October 8!

Save Your Seat: Feminist Majority’s 2013 Women, Money, Power Summit Begins October 8!

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to grab a seat at the table with our nation's political and feminist thinkers and activists and get to work.
House Armed Services Committee Takes on Sexual Assault In Annual Military Spending Bill

House Armed Services Committee Takes on Sexual Assault In Annual Military Spending Bill

The epidemic of sexual assault across the armed forces was also the subject of a nearly eight-hour hearing by the Senate Armed Services Committee earlier this week.
House and Senate Committees Each Approve Separate Farm Bills Taking Substantial Cuts from Food Stamps Program

House and Senate Committees Each Approve Separate Farm Bills Taking Substantial Cuts from Food Stamps Program

Although both vary in the severity of cuts taking place, each will take considerable funds away from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

Ohio Judge: ‘I Don’t Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness’

After making headlines for months because of court cases regarding early voting in Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted is once again battling with a judge over voting. This time, the case concerns Husted’s 11th hour directive that could cause legitimate provisional ballots to be thrown out in the state of Ohio. Provisional ballots were...

Initiative Announced to Encourage Women in STEM

Yesterday Tina Tchen, executive director of the White House Council on Women and Girls, John P. Holdren, policy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology, and National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Subra Suresh announced their new initiative to promote work place flexibility to women and men involved in research careers. Tina Tchen...
HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

HERvotes Takes On the Jobs Crisis

This post originally appeared on the Ms. Blog Our first #HERvotes blog carnival was so successful, we’re doing it again! On August 25-26, to mark the anniversaries of the passage of the 19th amendment and the March on Washington, Ms. joined with 21 women’s organizations to collectively publish 77 blog posts with a single harmonious...
HERVOTES: "Mancession" Gives Way to "He-covery"

HERVOTES: “Mancession” Gives Way to “He-covery”

As the “Mancession” gives way to the “He-covery”, women are calling for their fair share.  President Obama’s jobs bill offers a plan to get Americans back to work, allocating funds ranging from payroll tax cuts to those for school revitalization. The White House estimates that 280,000 teacher layoffs will be avoided.  Women represent 78% of...
A Preventive Health Care Game-Changer for Women

A Preventive Health Care Game-Changer for Women

By Kari Paul In a huge victory for women’s health, an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report today advised that birth control and seven other women’s health services should be considered “preventive care” and be covered by health insurance with no co-pay. The institute’s recommendations for no-cost coverage also include yearly preventative-care visits; lactation counseling and...
Eleanor Smeal Tribute to Geraldine Ferarro

Eleanor Smeal Tribute to Geraldine Ferarro

We are saddened today to learn of the death of Geraldine Ferraro. She was an historic feminist, a compassionate humanitarian and a role model for generations of women and girls seeking to break the glass ceiling. She was a champion for women’s rights during her three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, but of...
President's 2012 Budget - a Striking Contrast to Republicans for Women's Programs

President’s 2012 Budget – a Striking Contrast to Republicans for Women’s Programs

Today President Obama released his 2012 Budget, which poses a direct contrast to the massive cuts to programs that benefit women and girls proposed by House Republican in the Continuing Resolution (CR) for funding FY 2011. The proposed budget would decrease funding for the Department of Defense by $78 billion over the next five years,...
Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women

Republican House Leaders Launch New War on Women

Republicans propose massive cuts in programs that benefit women as they propose increases in Defense spending of $8.1 billion. The House begins consideration of the Continuing Resolution (CR) for funding FY 2011 without which the government will shut down on March 4. Republicans would eliminate Title X domestic family planning programs with a massive cut...
Life at Conception Act Introduced in the Senate

Life at Conception Act Introduced in the Senate

Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the Life at Conception Act in the Senate yesterday that would establish that human life begins at the moment of conception. If passed, the bill would extend equal protection under 14th article of amendment of the Constitution to unborn fetuses and would reverse Roe v. Wade,...