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Perpetrators don’t discriminate, so why does Congress?

By: Maggie Fridinger,  Program and Policy Intern National Council of Women’s Organizations Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten in the United States.  One in four women are subjected to violence during their lifetime. Perpetrators do not discriminate in their acts of violence. Women are exposed to domestic violence regardless of race, sexual...

Tragedy in Springfield, Mass.: When VAWA and Local Domestic Violence Intersect

by Mary Reardon Johnson, Executive Director, YWCA of Western Massachusetts Officer down!  Around the city of Springfield, Mass., sirens blare, lights flash, emergency vehicles screech and news media are dispatched. Yellow tape goes up and the first accounts are sent out over the air and internet. The veteran police officer responded to a call requesting...

HERvotes Blog Carnival: Reauthorize the Real VAWA – Reject “VAWA Lite”

By Kim Gandy, VP and General Counsel, Feminist Majority Foundation HERvotes is joining our voices together in a blog carnival urging passage of the “real” Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization — the bi-partisan bill that has already passed the Senate. The House has passed a version of VAWA reauthorization that some have called “VAWA...
Obama Evolves!

Obama Evolves!

by Audrey Bilger It’s official. After a week of speculation about whether the White House was going to take a strong stand on marriage equality, President Obama has gone on record in support of same-sex marriage rights. After explaining how his views have changed over the years, the President said the words that many of...

First-Ever Oral HPV Study Conducted

The first-ever study of oral human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States, conducted by the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, revealed that 7 percent of people in the United States are infected with oral HPV. This may account for the growing rate of mouth and throat cancers over the past twenty-five years. According to...
Let(ting) Her Die is NOT an Option

Let(ting) Her Die is NOT an Option

“I was pregnant, I was miscarrying, I was bleeding. If I had to go from one hospital to the next trying to find one emergency room that would take me in, who knows if I would even be here today. What my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are trying to do is...
Vaccinating the Public Against Health Care Misinformation

Vaccinating the Public Against Health Care Misinformation

by Lisa Bennett, NOW Communications Director A factually-challenged email is making the rounds, scaring people into thinking that Medicare premiums are going to start rising next year due to provisions in the 2010 health care reform law. My well-meaning aunt forwarded this email to friends and family, not wanting them to get caught off guard...

First Republican to Cosponsor DOMA Repeal

For the first time, the bill to repeal the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), has a Republican co-sponsor: Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida. DOMA defines marriage as between one man and one woman  and denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages, as well as the legal benefits attached to...
Check out the HERvotes blog carnival!

Check out the HERvotes blog carnival!

The Feminist Majority Foundation is thrilled to be part of the HERvotes blog carnival. Check out what the feminist community is writing about! Here’s a list from this morning’s MomsRising Post: *Websites Where the HERvotes Blog Carnival is Cross-Posted National Women’s Law Center WIN Ms. Magazine Raising Women’s Voices ==== *Individual Posts for the HERvotes...
Senator Ensign Report:  Well Done Ethics Committee, but what about Senator Coburn?

Senator Ensign Report: Well Done Ethics Committee, but what about Senator Coburn?

The shocking report issued by the Senate Select Committee on Committee last week described in excruciating detail Senator John Ensign’s (R-NV) reprehensible conduct in sexually harassing a female employee and the lengths to which he went to cover up his wrong doing. The Ethics Committee investigation also revealed anti-women’s rights and so-called pro-family Senator Tom...
Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls: Build Lasting Peace

Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls: Build Lasting Peace

Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined Women for Afghan Women in a press conference, on the same day President Obama is announcing the new US policies for Afghanistan and Pakistan, to keep in focus the plight of Afghan women and girls.
A "Woman's Nation" Should Change Everything, But Will It!

A "Woman’s Nation" Should Change Everything, But Will It!

“Women hold up half the sky” is an old Chinese saying. The contemporary American version is this: Women for the first time in U.S. history constitute half of the nation’s paid labor force.
Why Is the FMF Refusing to Abandon the Women and Girls of Afghanistan?

Why Is the FMF Refusing to Abandon the Women and Girls of Afghanistan?

Afghanistan is in deplorable condition. There’s no disputing that. Some feel that we should just walk away.