Senate Votes to Advance "Fast Tracking" of Dangerous Trade Agreement

Senate Votes to Advance “Fast Tracking” of Dangerous Trade Agreement

The US Senate voted yesterday to advance "fast track" trade legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
Feminist Majority Foundation Honors Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Star-Studded Event

Feminist Majority Foundation Honors Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Star-Studded Event

Yesterday's Global Women’s Rights awards recognized Rhimes and Kohan as two of the most influential showrunners in television today.
House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors

House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors

The House passed a 20-week abortion bill yesterday, making it plain that House Republicans feel that denying women access to abortion care is one of their top three priorities.
Members of Congress Renew the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Members of Congress Renew the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) re-introduced the Equal Rights Amendment yesterday in a bipartisan effort to put women in the United States Constitution.
Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

About 14,000 women are expected to give birth in the coming weeks, and thousands of them are at risk of complications that require emergency care.
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Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray

Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray

The six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray of Baltimore, Maryland have been charged criminally with offenses ranging from manslaughter to false imprisonment.
House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers

House Reverses DC Law Banning Reproductive Health Discrimination by Employers

The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to overturn a Washington, D.C., law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees who have premarital sex or who have an abortion.
Today in Herstory: Suffragists Take Aim at Senator O'Gorman

Today in Herstory: Suffragists Take Aim at Senator O’Gorman

April 30, 1915: There was a quite frustrating and somewhat heated exchange of views this afternoon as Inez Milholland Boissevain, Doris Stevens and several other members of the Congressional Union for Woman Suffrage met with U.S. Senator James O'Gorman, Democrat of New York.
400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria

400 Women and Children Have Been Rescued From Boko Haram in Nigeria

On Tuesday, Nigerian troops announced they rescued 200 girls and 93 women from Boko Haram - and today news has come out that troops rescued another 160 women and children.
Today in Herstory: Women Teachers Mount Fight for Equal Pay

Today in Herstory: Women Teachers Mount Fight for Equal Pay

April 29, 1905: "Equal pay for equal work" is the demand of an insurgent group of women teachers led by Anna Louise Goessling of P.S. 44 in Brooklyn, New York.
Purvi Patel, Imprisoned for a Miscarriage in Indiana, Has Filed an Appeal

Purvi Patel, Imprisoned for a Miscarriage in Indiana, Has Filed an Appeal

A Stanford law professor, Lawrence Marshall, is taking Patel's case pro bono.
Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration

Hillary Clinton Calls for Criminal Justice Reform and an End to Mass Incarceration

Clinton also directly addressed the uprisings happening in Baltimore following the mysterious death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody last week.
Today in Herstory: Fifth Annual League of Women Voters Convention Held in Critical Election Year

Today in Herstory: Fifth Annual League of Women Voters Convention Held in Critical Election Year

Founding Feminists is FMF’s daily herstory columnn. April 28, 1924: Though this is the fifth annual national convention of the League of Women Voters, it’s the first one to be held in a presidential election year since the battle for the suffrage amendment ended in victory on August 26, 1920, so it’s an especially exciting...
North Carolina House Passes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

North Carolina House Passes 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

The North Carolina state House last week passed a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion care.
LGBT Rights Activists Applaud Bruce Jenner Coming Out As Trans

LGBT Rights Activists Applaud Bruce Jenner Coming Out As Trans

Bruce Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist and reality TV personality, recently came out as transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer. LGBT activists around the world applaud the brave move, pointing out the added struggle of being trans while in constant public spotlight.
Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human Rights Group Seeks Pardon for Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriages

Human rights groups are calling for the pardon of 15 women imprisoned in El Salvador for suffering a miscarriage.
The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case

The Supreme Court Will Hear Arguments Tomorrow in Long-Awaited Marriage Equality Case

The case, Obergfell v. Hodges, will look at whether the 14th Amendment requires the state to allow and license a marriage for same-sex couples, and will address whether the Amendment requires the state to recognize the marriage of same-sex couples when their marriage was licensed out-of-state.
Today in Herstory: New York Will No Longer Enforce Prohibition on Married Teachers

Today in Herstory: New York Will No Longer Enforce Prohibition on Married Teachers

April 27, 1904: A victory today for female teachers who wish to marry, and for women's rights in general.
BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay

BREAKING: The Senate Just Confirmed Loretta Lynch for Attorney General After a Five-Month Delay

The amount of time she has been waiting to be confirmed totals the wait time of the last seven attorney general nominees combined.
Today in Herstory: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Endorses Family Planning Information Being Widely Available

Today in Herstory: American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Endorses Family Planning Information Being Widely Available

April 23, 1963: A major advance today in the fight for birth control, as the prestigious American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists officially endorsed giving contraceptive information to those who want it.