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Louisiana Set to Pass 15 Week Abortion Ban

Last week the Louisiana state House passed a bill banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, challenging nearly half a century of legal precedent set in 1973’s Roe v. Wade. The bill has already been passed by the state Senate and now waits the Governor’s signature.

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...

Federal Appeals Court Hears Title IX Complaint Brought by Feminist Majority Foundation

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in a Title IX sex discrimination complaint brought by the Feminist Majority Foundation against the University of Mary Washington and UMW’s former president Richard Hurley.

Pennsylvania Women Win Big in Primaries

Pennsylvania currently has no women serving in the U.S. Congress, but that could soon change following a strong performance from women candidates in yesterday’s primary race, many of whom have a strong chance at winning their general elections.

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Will Hear an Appeal in a Title IX Sex Discrimination Complaint Brought Against University of Mary Washington That Has National Importance

“Threatening women with rape and murder is not protected speech; it is blatant sex discrimination intended to silence, harass and intimidate women students who dared to protest and work against sexual violence,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Arizona Teachers Strike to Protest Low Wages and Funding Cuts

Yesterday, Arizona teachers successfully ended their five day walkout after the Governor signed a plan giving educators a 19 percent pay raise. 

Journalists Killed While Covering Explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan

ISIS took credit for the attacks which killed 30 civilians including nine journalists.

Women’s and Labor Rights Advocates hold Enough is Enough Summit on Sex Harassment

Last week the Enough is Enough Summit and Briefing on Capitol Hill harnessed the momentum of the #MeToo movement to bring together a diverse group of lawyers, activists, and policy makers to think through comprehensive survivor-centered policy solutions to the sexual harassment and violence epidemic in workplaces and schools.

Reproductive Justice and Immigrant Rights Activist Detained by ICE Granted Bond

In March, Alejandra Pablos was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement  (ICE) and was held in the Eloy Detention Center in Arizon for 43 days. Alejandra traveled to Arizona from Virginia for a scheduled check-in with ICE where she was subsequently detained. On April 19, Alejandra was released from the Eloy Detention Center after a...

Desiree Linden Becomes First American Woman to Win Boston Marathon in Over Three Decades

Desiree Linden won the women’s division of the Boston Marathon on Monday; the first American woman to win the race since 1985. It was a big day for American women, who claimed seven of the top eight spots in the race. The conditions were terrible  But Linden pushed her way through a powerful headwind and...

Activists Observe Inaugural Black Maternal Health Week

On April 11, the Black Mama’s Matter Alliance launched the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week  (April 11-17) to promote awareness about the high mortality rate for Black mothers in the United States. According to the Black Mama’s Matter Alliance, the events of the inaugural Black Maternal Health Week “serve to amplify the voices of Black mamas...

Illinois Senate Votes To Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Yesterday the Illinois State Senate voted 43-12 with no debate to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The initiative now heads to the Illinois House, where advocates warn passage is not a “slam-dunk.” While both chambers have approved the ERA in the past, it has never cleared both the Senate and the...

Appeals Court Hands Down Major Equal Pay Win

Yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it is illegal for employers to consider a woman’s previous salary when determining pay for her new job, as it perpetuates pay discrimination between men and women. The groundbreaking decision came the day before the national Equal Pay Day, which marks the point into 2018...

Flint Residents Will No Longer Receive Free Bottled Water

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced late last week that the state would no longer be supplying residents of Flint with free bottled water, despite the fact that Flint is still suffering from dangerously high levels of lead in their tap water.

Oklahoma Teachers Strike Over Funding Failures

Teachers in Oklahoma are boycotting school and taking to the state Capitol today to demand better wages and more school funding in the wake of a successful teacher strike in West Virginia last month.