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U.S.-Taliban Agreement Jeopardizes Afghan Women’s Rights and Democracy

Statement of Eleanor Smeal, the President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, on the recent agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban   The United States and the Taliban signed an agreement this past Saturday, which focuses on the U.S. withdrawal and a guarantee by the Taliban that Afghanistan will not be used by terrorist groups...

Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal Responds to U.S. House Removing the ERA Timeline

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J.Res. 79 removing the arbitrary timeline on the ERA by a vote of 232-183, with five Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. “The U.S. House declared today: There is no time limit on equality. How sweet it is! The U.S. House has acted swiftly to remove this...

The Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act

Washington, DC—Today Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) introduced the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which has 293 cosponsors and is expected to go to the U.S. House floor for a vote tomorrow afternoon. This bill will establish a Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history on the National Mall. “We...

Alabama Lawsuit Will Not Stop Drive for Equal Rights Amendment

STATEMENT OF ELEANOR SMEAL PRESIDENT OF THE FEMINIST MAJORITY   The filing this week of a lawsuit in a federal district court in Alabama by Alabama, Louisiana, and South Dakota attorneys general is nothing more than political grandstanding. A majority of incoming Virginia state senators and state house delegates are now pledged to ratify the...

In a Climate of Violence against Abortion Providers, Louisiana Abortion Law Could Wipe Out Abortion Access for Women

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Women’s Law Project filed an amicus brief in the June Medical Services v. Gee case that will be heard March 4, 2020 by the Supreme Court, opposing Louisiana’s law that requires doctors who provide abortion care to have...

House Judiciary Committee Votes on Resolution to Eliminate ERA Time Limit

The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds the markup of H.J. Res 79, a resolution that would eliminate the time limit for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). After last week’s statewide elections in Virginia, state legislators have pledged to bring the ERA to the Virginia Assembly for passage in early 2020, making it the...

Feminists Win Big in Virginia Legislative Races: The Equal Rights Amendment is in the Homestretch

Feminist issues won big in the Virginia State legislative races on Election Day 2019.  The Equal Rights Amendment, which was stopped from coming to the floor for a vote in 2019 and for more than two decades by Republican leadership, will now have both a strong Democratic majority in the House and Senate, with ERA...

Over 75 Members of Congress Send Letter to Sec. Pompeo Regarding Afghan Women’s Inclusion in Peace Talks

A bipartisan group of over 75 Members of Congress today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to include Afghan women in the ongoing U.S.-Taliban peace negotiations and calling for any agreement to guarantee the protection of women’s rights. Statement by Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority: “The Feminist Majority supports Representative...

FMF President Eleanor Smeal’s Statement on Senator Susan Collins Meeting with Brett Kavanaugh

Tuesday morning, Senator Susan Collins of Maine met with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh this morning. Just 28% of women in the United States support his nomination, according to a new poll. Because women are still so underrepresented in the Senate, Senator Collins represents not only the state of Maine, but the voices of...

Trump-Pence Administration Will Impose Deadly Gag Rule on Women’s Health Clinics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2018 Contact: Megan Connor (DC) 703-522-2214 mconnor@feminist.org Candice Mercer (LA) 310-556-2500 cmercer@feminist.org Trump-Pence Administration Will Impose Deadly Gag Rule on Women’s Health Clinics WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump-Pence Administration intends to impose a gag rule on all women’s clinics receiving Title X funding prohibiting doctors, nurses, and all healthcare professionals...

Senate Version of Trumpcare Puts Women on the Chopping Block

The Feminist Majority condemns the cruel draft of the U.S. Senate healthcare bill released today that threatens to decimate Medicaid as we know it and rip health insurance away from millions. We’re calling on U.S. Senators to oppose the Senate’s deadly, heartless version of Trumpcare.

House Panel Veers Toward Obstructing Medical Research

Feminist Majority Foundation condemns House Panel’s obstruction of medical research that could help fight Zika and other life-threatening illnesses.
Abortion Clinics Nationwide Stay Open Despite Threats

Abortion Clinics Nationwide Stay Open Despite Threats

Despite increasing threats for over one year and the tragic shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, clinics nationwide stay opened over the weekend and performed vitally necessary health services for women.

Feminists Call on Yik Yak to Act

72 Women’s and Civil Rights Groups Urge Education Department to Issue New Federal Guidelines to Protect Students from Harassment and Cyber-threats Via Anonymous Social Media
Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a "Bad Deal" for Women

Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a “Bad Deal” for Women

Dozens of activists, leaders, and members of Congress joined Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal this morning to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

PRESS RELEASE: Feminist Groups File Title IX Complaint Against University of Mary Washington

Feminist Groups File Title IX Complaint Against University of Mary Washington For Failure to Take Action Against A Sexually Hostile Climate FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ​A Virginia campus group, Feminists United, a UMW student club and an affiliate of the Feminist Majority Foundation and individual students are filing a Title IX Complaint with the U.S. Department...

MEDIA ADVISORY: Title IX Sex Discrimination Complaint to be Filed Against University of Mary Washington by Feminist Groups

MEDIA ADVISORY    Title IX Sex Discrimination Complaint to be Filed Against University of Mary Washington by Feminist Groups   WHAT:           On Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:30 a.m., UMW student group Feminists United, national women’s rights organization, Feminist Majority Foundation, and individual UMW students will announce the filing of a major Title IX sex discrimination...
Security and Women’s Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery

Security and Women’s Rights are Essential to Afghan Recovery

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s address yesterday to a Joint Session of the United States Congress, commended the decision by President Barack Obama to delay the withdrawal of U.S. support troops in Afghanistan and to allow the current level of troops to remain through the end of 2015.
FMF President Eleanor Smeal Will Be Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this Year

FMF President Eleanor Smeal Will Be Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this Year

The Founder of The Feminist Majority, Feminist of the Year Awards, a former president of the National Organization for Women, and publisher of Ms. Magazine, Eleanor Smeal’s life and work has been dedicated to the achievement of women’s equality and human rights.