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UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

UN Expert Calls for Action To End Violence Against Women in Afghanistan

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Rashida Manjoo returned last week from a nine-day official visit in Afghanistan with a call to the Afghan Government and the international community to continue its focus on creating sustainable solutions to reduce violence against women. This was Manjoo’s third visit to Afghanistan, and the Special Rapporteur noted many positive developments since her...
Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law

The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
Today in Herstory: Jailed Suffrage Protesters Show Support for Alice Paul

Today in Herstory: Jailed Suffrage Protesters Show Support for Alice Paul

November 11, 1917: Some of Paul's most ardent supporters rushed by and clustered below her window to salute her. "West Virginia greets you!" "Oklahoma is with you!" "New York salutes you!"
September 11, 1917: Banquet Honors Jailed "Silent Sentinel" Suffragists

September 11, 1917: Banquet Honors Jailed “Silent Sentinel” Suffragists

Today saw a celebration of courage and triumph in Washington, DC, as well as optimism in the wake of a defeat in Maine.
Federal Court Strikes Down Austin CPC Ordinance

Federal Court Strikes Down Austin CPC Ordinance

A U.S. District Judge ruled that Austin's crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) don't have to post signage acknowledging they don't give any form of medical care.
June 16, 1937: Eleanor Roosevelt Confident That One Day A Woman Will Be President

June 16, 1937: Eleanor Roosevelt Confident That One Day A Woman Will Be President

One day a woman will be elected President! That's the assurance of the woman who currently lives in the White House, Eleanor Roosevelt.
US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index

US Ranks 16th in 2014 Social Progress Index

The United States ranked particularly low in health and wellness, coming in at 70th place, and ecosystem sustainability, 69th place. In the category of access to basic knowledge, the US ranked 39th.
President Obama Nominates Janet Yellen to Lead Federal Reserve

President Obama Nominates Janet Yellen to Lead Federal Reserve

Yellen signaled that if confirmed, she would focus on strengthening the economy by focusing on jobs and controlling inflation.
Afghan Youth Celebrated in Bamyan

Afghan Youth Celebrated in Bamyan

In Afghanistan, two-thirds of the estimated population of 27 million are young people.
Over 400 Garment Workers Fall Ill in Bangladesh

Over 400 Garment Workers Fall Ill in Bangladesh

Workers at the Starlight Sweater company began to experience stomach cramps and vomiting two hours into their shifts on Wednesday.
Virginia Approves TRAP Laws

Virginia Approves TRAP Laws

The Virginia Board of Health, in a vote of 11 to 2 gave final approval to new regulations on abortion clinics. Opponents of the laws claim that these new regulations will force most of Virginia’s 20 abortion clinics to close. During the hearings, the board listened to arguments from roughly 30 people on either side...
Obama Nominates First Woman to Head Secret Service

Obama Nominates First Woman to Head Secret Service

Yesterday, President Obama announced that he will appoint Julia Pierson to direct the Secret Service. Pierson will be the first woman to lead the Secret Service in United States history. President Obama in a statement, described Pierson, “Julia is eminently qualified to lead the agency that not only safeguards Americans at major events and secures...
Ryan Budget Attacks Affordable Care Act, Medicare, And Domestic Programs

Ryan Budget Attacks Affordable Care Act, Medicare, And Domestic Programs

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Budget Committee, released a 2013 budget yesterday that attacks multiple advances made since President Obama first took office in 2009. The Ryan budget would repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which prohibits insurance companies from classifying being a woman as a pre-existing medical condition and eliminated co-pays...
Bill to Repeal Death Penalty Passes MD Senate Committee

Bill to Repeal Death Penalty Passes MD Senate Committee

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s bill to abolish the death penalty has passed in the state Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on a 6 to 5 vote. The bill will now move to the Senate floor, where it is expected to pass. Twenty-six of the Maryland Senate’s forty-seven members have pledged to support the bill. Senator Brian...
VAWA Could Brought Up In House Next Week

VAWA Could Brought Up In House Next Week

  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) could be brought up in the House of Representatives as early as next week. According to news reports, House Republican leadership are poised to bring VAWA to the floor for discussion. As of now it is unclear if they will bring the inclusive version passed by the Senate...
IL Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances to House

IL Same-Sex Marriage Bill Advances to House

The Illinois state Senate voted 32 to 21 in favor of a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday. The law would redefine marriage as the legal union of two people, not specifically a man and a woman. It would also convert civil unions to marriages within a year’s time. Religious institutions and individuals...
President Obama Issues State of the Union Address

President Obama Issues State of the Union Address

In his first State of the Union message since his reelection, President Obama urged quick passage of legislation the women’s movement has supported for many years. This legislation includes: passage by the House of the Senate’s Violence against Women Reauthorization, for Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act (which was filibustered in the Senate by...
IN Community Calls for "Traditional" Prom Banning Gay Students

IN Community Calls for “Traditional” Prom Banning Gay Students

Students, parents, and faculty at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, are rallying to create a “traditional” prom that would exclude gay students. The group met last Sunday at Sullivan First Christian Church to plan and created a Facebook invite-only group to discuss the event. The group has since been taken down, though screenshots of...
Family Medical Leave Act Turns Twenty

Family Medical Leave Act Turns Twenty

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which grants job-protected sick leave to those who are recovering or taking care of someone recovering from an illness or those who have had a new child. The FMLA was signed into law on February 5, 1993 by President Bill Clinton and is...
FDA Will Not Challenge Plan B Vending Machine

FDA Will Not Challenge Plan B Vending Machine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will not take action against a Pennsylvania college that has a vending machine in the student health center that dispense the morning-after pill. Shippensburg University began dispensing Plan-B, the brand name for an emergency contraceptive pill that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, in a...