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Three Women Were Nominated for Cabinet Posts in Afghanistan's Unity Government

Three Women Were Nominated for Cabinet Posts in Afghanistan’s Unity Government

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah announced 25 nominees for the Afghan cabinet yesterday.
Democrat Kathleen Murphy Wins Special Election for Virginia House

Democrat Kathleen Murphy Wins Special Election for Virginia House

She is an advocate of stricter gun laws, renewable energy resources, getting colleges to report sexual assaults to the police, and is against "personhood" anti-abortion laws.
Confirmation of Obama Judges Hits High Mark, Most Diverse in History

Confirmation of Obama Judges Hits High Mark, Most Diverse in History

After six years of his presidency, more of President Obama’s judicial appointments have been confirmed by the Senate than for either Presidents Clinton or George W. Bush in their first six years.
Washington, DC Breaks Barriers for Women

Washington, DC Breaks Barriers for Women

Washington, DC is led by a trio of women, two of whom are women of color, making it the only city in the US where the mayor, chief of police, and school chancellor are all women.
Avalanche of Right-Wing Legislation Expected in Republican States

Avalanche of Right-Wing Legislation Expected in Republican States

The 24 states where Republicans now hold total control are planning a “juggernaut of conservative legislation” that could especially impact women’s access to reproductive health.
President Obama Calls Only On Women During 2014's Last Press Conference

President Obama Calls Only On Women During 2014′s Last Press Conference

In case you missed it, President Obama on Friday held his last press conference of 2014 - and when it was time for questions, he only called on women.
Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

Incremental Gains for Women in Congress

At this rate, it would take more than another 2 generations of women to get to parity in Congressional representation. “Clearly, this is not acceptable,” said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Obama's Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History

Obama’s Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History

Obama's confirmed nominees to the federal bench are 42 percent women, 19 percent African-American, 11 percent Hispanic, and 11 percent openly gay men or lesbian women, making this the most diverse group of judges in history.
Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees

Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to push for confirmation of 24 Obama nominees over the weekend.
Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill

Women Legislators Lead Fight Against Controversial Spending Bill

In both chambers of Congress, women are leading the fight against the legislation, which contains controversial provisions on abortion, abstinence-only education, financial reform, and other issues impacting millions of Americans.
Michigan House Passes "License to Discriminate" Bill

Michigan House Passes “License to Discriminate” Bill

The Michigan House last week voted to pass a bill that gives service providers the right to deny service to anyone who does not adhere to their religious beliefs.
The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution

The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution

The resolution declares that the city of Louisville is committed to eliminating violence against women and girls, promoting the health of safety of women and girls, and providing equal academic, economic, and business opportunities in the city.
United States and China Announce Landmark Climate Change Deal on Carbon Emissions

United States and China Announce Landmark Climate Change Deal on Carbon Emissions

After almost a year of negotiations, the US and China announced an unprecedented pledge this morning to limit their carbon emissions, giving hope to climate change activists worldwide.
President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General

President Obama Nominates Loretta Lynch to Serve as Attorney General

In his announcement, the President emphasized the need for the next Attorney General to continue building on the civil and human rights legacy being left behind by Eric Holder, and pointed to the quiet, but solid record of his nominee.
Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Employees in Massachusetts and in the cities of Oakland, California and Trenton and Montclair in New Jersey will be able to utilize their newly mandated sick leave by 2015.
Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day

Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday.
Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs

Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs

The new laws could help to significantly reduce the disparate impact of overpolicing and incarceration of people of color.
While Colorado and North Dakota Rejected Personhood on Election Day, Tennessee's Anti-Abortion Measure Passed

While Colorado and North Dakota Rejected Personhood on Election Day, Tennessee’s Anti-Abortion Measure Passed

Voters in North Dakota and Colorado handily defeated two state constitutional personhood amendments yesterday. In Tennessee, however, a state constitutional amendment that gives state legislators more power to restrict abortion access and birth control passed.
A Majority of Oregon's Electorate Voted for Women's Equality in the Midterm Election

A Majority of Oregon’s Electorate Voted for Women’s Equality in the Midterm Election

Over 116,000 signatures from registered voters in Oregon put Measure 89 on the ballot.
This Election Day, Students Are Mobilizing Against Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures

This Election Day, Students Are Mobilizing Against Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures

Students in North Dakota and Tennessee are getting out the vote against anti-abortion and anti-birth control ballot measures being decided today at the polls.