Political
Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services

Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services

President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Senate Republicans Filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

Senate Republicans Filibuster Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate blocked efforts to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) by a 54-43 vote today along strict party lines, with Republicans and moderates - including Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) - voting no.
Senators and President Obama Mark Equal Pay Day With Actions To Close Wage Gap

Senators and President Obama Mark Equal Pay Day With Actions To Close Wage Gap

"The time has passed for us to recognize that what determines success should not be our gender, but rather our talent, our drive, and the strength of our contributions."
Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide

Report Finds Record Number of Women Winning Political Seats Worldwide

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) - an international organization of parliamentarians - released its annual review of Women in Parliament last week at the United Nations, showing a record number of women winning Parliamentary seats around the world.
Ohio Passes Laws Ending or Restricting Early and Absentee Voting

Ohio Passes Laws Ending or Restricting Early and Absentee Voting

With Ohio remaining a key presidential swing state, the voting restrictions could have national impacts if they remain in place.
Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Republican Senators Introduce Bill to Limit Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced a bill last week that would give states the power to decide whether to give married lesbian and gay couples the same federal benefits that heterosexual married couples receive.
Justice Department Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs

Justice Department Will Recognize Same-Sex Marriages in All Programs

"As all-important as the fight against racial discrimination was then, and remains today, know this: My commitment to confronting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity runs just as deep.”
Military Sexual Assault Bill Expected To Come To Vote This Week

Military Sexual Assault Bill Expected To Come To Vote This Week

"The men and women of our military deserve better," Gillibrand told The Washington Post.
Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

Senate Cuts Food Stamps For 850,000 Households

850,000 households across the country - encompassing 1.7 million people - are now set to lose around $90 a month in food stamp benefits because of the US Senate vote last night on the 2014 Farm Bill.
Sandra Fluke "Strongly Considering" Bid for House Seat

Sandra Fluke “Strongly Considering” Bid for House Seat

Sandra Fluke, the well-known women's rights activist and attorney, is "strongly considering" running for Rep. Henry Waxman’s congressional seat, she told a California radio station yesterday.
New York State Assembly Passes Omnibus Women's Equality Act

New York State Assembly Passes Omnibus Women’s Equality Act

"All of these issues are related. A woman's reproductive rights are just as related to how she can care for her family as discrimination in the workplace. Connecting the dots on women's equality is important. "
House and Senate Democrats File Amicus Briefs in Support of Affordable Care Act Contraception Benefit

House and Senate Democrats File Amicus Briefs in Support of Affordable Care Act Contraception Benefit

91 House Democrats, 19 Senate Democrats, and the National Women's Law Center filed separate amicus briefs Tuesday in support of the contraceptive coverage benefit in the Affordable Care Act.
Democrat Wins Virginia Senate Seat After Close Recount

Democrat Wins Virginia Senate Seat After Close Recount

Virginia Del. Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. (D-Accomack) won a closely-watched state Senate race Monday, delivering a boost to recently inaugurated Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Pro-Choice Democratic Woman Wins Virginia Senate Seat

Pro-Choice Democratic Woman Wins Virginia Senate Seat

I’m pro-choice, and will fight to repeal the mandatory ultrasound law and the TRAP regulations that target women’s health clinics."
All-Male Congressional Committee Holds Hearing on Restricting Abortions

All-Male Congressional Committee Holds Hearing on Restricting Abortions

“Less than ten days into the New Year and House Republicans are at it again – renewing their assault on women’s reproductive rights."
US Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

US Government Will Recognize Utah Same-Sex Marriages

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Friday that it will recognize the approximately 1,300 marriages of same-sex couples who married in Utah in the past few weeks. The legal battle over same-sex marriage has been progressing quickly in Utah after US District Judge Robert Shelby ruled on December 20 that Utah’s ban on...
Lawmakers In Three States Introduce Pro-Woman Legislation

Lawmakers In Three States Introduce Pro-Woman Legislation

State lawmakers in Vermont, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania legislatures have introduced pro-woman bills since the new year started, a positive change from the increasing attacks on women's rights and access to abortion around the United States.
Guttmacher Report: More Attacks on Reproductive Rights in Past Three Years Than in Entirety of Previous Decade

Guttmacher Report: More Attacks on Reproductive Rights in Past Three Years Than in Entirety of Previous Decade

Since 2011, 205 new restrictions on abortion have cleared state legislatures, while only 189 were enacted from 2001-2010.
Millions of Women Have ACA Contraceptive Coverage, But Not The Employees of Little Sisters

Millions of Women Have ACA Contraceptive Coverage, But Not The Employees of Little Sisters

Let’s be clear: the substantial burden of being exempt from ACA regulations is not on the Little Sisters but is squarely on the shoulders of its low- and middle-income nursing home employees, mostly women, and their families.
Obama Calls for Review on Military Sexual Assault One Year From Now

Obama Calls for Review on Military Sexual Assault One Year From Now

On Dec. 1, 2014, defense and military leaders will be required to issue a full-scale report on progress made to eradicate military sexual assault, President Obama announced Friday.