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Illinois Legislature Unanimously Passes Automatic Voter Registration

The 2017 bill, SB 1933, would automatically register eligible individuals who have been entered into any number of state databases, such as the DMV, unless they opt out.

Oregon Governor Signs Bill to Progress Transgender Rights

HB 2673 will make the process of making changes to birth certificates more private, an important step towards decreasing housing, medical, and employment discrimination against transgender people in Oregon by judges, employers, landlords, and others with access to public records.

Devastating Kabul Bomb Kills 90, Wounds 400

The suicide bomb was detonated at 8:22 am near Zanbaq Square, a busy market and diplomatic area. The attack, which hit just days after the start of Ramadan, targeted civilians, killing many innocent women and children.

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day

“Every credible scientific study of women and guns in the last two decades strongly indicates that a firearm in a woman’s home is far more likely to be used against her or her family than to defend against an outside attacker.”

Americans with Disabilities Act Threatened by New Bill

The House Judiciary Committee is currently considering the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, a bill that directly attacks the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) by imposing limitations that would complicate and elongate the process to file complaints and lawsuits against businesses violating ADA regulations.

U.S. Cities and States Take Leadership In Wake of Climate Agreement Withdrawl

President Trump announced on Thursday that the United States will withdraw support from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, an international promise reached among 195 world leaders to reduce the impact of climate change and limit greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide emissions to help reign in global warming. The only countries not to sign onto the...

Draft Leaks of Trump Administration Massive Loophole for Birth Control Mandate

Under Trump’s advisement, federal officials have drafted a rule creating a massive loophole for employers to bypass the Affordable Care Act’s mandate requiring health insurance plans provided to employees to include contraception coverage. The draft, published by Vox, still requires said coverage, but greatly widens the scope exemption by allowing for anyone to issue claims...

Trump Budget Proposal Aims to Reduce Civil Rights Enforcement Throughout Federal Agencies

According to the White House’s proposed budget for the 2018 fiscal year, the Trump administration is set to disband the Labor Department division that has been tasked with policing discrimination among federal contractors for nearly forty years. Such budget cuts are not limited to the Labor Department, but are also seen in the budgets of...

Texas to Sign Into Law Fetal Burial Requirement

Senators voted last week to send anti-abortion bill SB 8 to the desk of Governor Abbott, who is expected to sign it into law soon. The bill itself, an overt attack on women’s physical and psychological health, requires fetal remains to be buried or cremated, prohibits donations of fetal tissue, and implements sweeping bans on...

FACE Act Anniversary Prompts Concerns of Enforcement Under Trump Administration

On the anniversary of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, advocates for abortion access fear that an increase in anti-abortion violence will be met with limited enforcement by the Trump administration, which has shown unprecedented support for restricting abortion access. Signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 26, 1994,...

Activists Gather at the Capitol to Denounce Trump Budget

Members of Congress joined civil rights leaders and activists at the Capitol yesterday afternoon for a “Hands Off” rally and press conference to denounce damaging cuts to life-saving programs in President Trump’s new budget proposal.

Seeking to Spark “New Conversations,” Young Afghan Women Create Women’s Magazine

The editor of Afghanistan's new women's magazine knows that her publication, Gellera, which features fashion tips alongside information about women's health and legal rights, may be met with criticism from some within Afghanistan. But, Fatana Hassanzada, 23, is not deterred. "Without agitation, we won’t reach an equilibrium,” she told the New York Times.

The Trump Budget is a Cruel Attack on Women, Children and the Poor

The Trump Administration today released its FY 2018 budget, calling it “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” Early analysis of the budget, however, shows that it’s anything but.

Feminist Majority Foundation & Rep. Maloney Sound the Alarm on Trumpcare’s Threat to Women’s Health

The Feminist Majority Foundation joined Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), AAUW, and NOW to condemn the Republican’s discriminatory and deadly “healthcare” plan, the so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA) and draw attention to the threat it poses to women’s health, and the need for an Equal Rights Amendment.

Organizations Raise Money to Bail Out Women for Mother’s Day

Black Lives Matter, Color of Change and dozens of groups affiliated with the racial and criminal justice movement were able to raise over $500,000 to bail black mothers out of jail in time to celebrate Mother’s Day with their families this past weekend.