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The Supreme Court Confirms Employer’s Control Over Employee’s Birth Control

Today, by a ruling of 7-2, the Supreme Court ruled that all employers may block their employee’s access to birth control in their health insurance coverage for their employees due to religious or moral objections. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision requiring employers to cover the costs of preventative care, which has previously...

Supreme Court Ruling Overturns Louisiana TRAP Law But The Work Continues

Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law mandating that abortion providers have nearby hospital admitting privileges. If upheld, the law would have closed most clinics across the state and set an example for other states seeking to restrict abortion access. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling overturned Louisiana’s transparent attempt to...

The Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Today, by a ruling of 5-4, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In a major win for the immigrant rights movement, the ruling will allow almost 700,000 “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country they call...

FMF Joins Nearly 400 Organizations Calling on Congress to Address Police Brutality

The Feminist Majority Foundation joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with nearly 400 other national organizations, to send a joint letter to leaders of Congress today calling for immediate federal legislation to deter police brutality against Black Americans. The letter outlined eight legislative steps Congress should take to address police brutality....

Historic Coalition of Women’s and Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief to Stop Alabama COVID-19 Order to Severely Restrict and Criminalize Abortion

Washington, DC –An historic coalition of women’s rights, civil rights, human rights, and reproductive justice groups including the National Organization for Women Foundation, the Feminist Majority Foundation and Legal Momentum, joined by 18 other organizations, including In Our Own Voice: The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,...

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...

California Governor Signs Groundbreaking Student Voter Bill

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 963, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act, into law. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), makes an historical investment to increase civic engagement among California’s 3.1 million students enrolled at the 147 public universities and colleges across the state. AB 963 gives these campuses...

Feminist Majority Foundation Campus Organizers Instrumental in Passage of Landmark California Bills

SACRAMENTO, CA —After months of advocacy by feminist activists and organizations working with college students, the California state legislature last week passed four bills—SB 24, SB 464, AB 963 and AB 59—that together will expand access to abortion care on college campuses, address disparities in maternal health care and increase civic engagement among young voters....

Without Afghan Women, There Can Be No Peace

Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation Afghan women have been demanding to be included in the peace negotiations since they began.   We should have listened to them. Studies have shown when women participate the resulting peace agreements are more successful and durable.  Moreover these talks were a direct violation of the...

The Feminist Majority Rallies Support for the ERA on Women’s Equality Day

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day that Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation Eleanor Smeal released the following statement: “Today is Women’s Equality Day but we obviously don’t have equality yet. In fact, we are going backwards. Our government has installed global and domestic gag rules,...

Statement From FMF President Eleanor Smeal on Planned Parenthood’s Withdrawal From Title X

A statement on Planned Parenthood’s impending withdrawal from Title X from Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation: “Today is a giant step backwards for reproductive justice, human rights, and the American medical community. The Trump-Pence domestic ‘gag rule’ prevents people who experience pregnancy from receiving full and accurate health information from their doctors,...

Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates the Introduction of the Federal Equal Rights Amendment in the Louisiana State Senate

Today the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was introduced in the Louisiana Senate by Louisiana State Senator Jean-Paul Morrell. It has been 47 years since the Louisiana Senate has voted in favor of ratifying women’s equality into the U.S. Constitution.

Feminist Majority Foundation Very Concerned Over Shannon Lee Goessling, Nominee to Head the Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice

UPDATE: Senate Judiciary Committee documents show that they will no longer hold a nomination hearing tomorrow for Shannon Lee Goessling. Goessling’s hearing is expected to be rescheduled, and the concerns of the women’s rights community stand. Washington, DC—On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Shannon Lee Goessling,...

Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates “Period. End of Sentence.” on Winning Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Academy Awards

Los Angeles, CA— Last night at the 2019 Academy Awards, “Period. End of Sentence.” won Best Short Documentary. The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) worked with the women and girls behind this film, which tells the story of women in a small village outside Delhi, India who are leading a quiet revolution against the deeply rooted...