Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

A vote to eliminate all federal funding to the national organization fell short of the votes necessary for such an action.
Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad

70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad

The Feminist Majority and over 70 other groups released a letter to President Obama yesterday that calls on him to reinterpret the Helms Amendment and meet with the people running women's health programs in Africa on an upcoming trip to the continent.
FMF Executive Director Will Speak on Gender in Policing and Defusing Police Violence

FMF Executive Director Will Speak on Gender in Policing and Defusing Police Violence

Katherine Spillar will speak at the City Club of Cleveland tomorrow about how gender equity in policing can reducing incidents of police violence and enhance the ability of police to improve relations with the communities they serve.
Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest

Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland’s Arrest

Texas officials today released dash cam video footage showing Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia physically threatening Sandra Bland, a 28-year old African-American woman who died in police custody last week.
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We Need to Talk About the SCOTUS Marriage Equality Dissenters

We Need to Talk About the SCOTUS Marriage Equality Dissenters

It was a moment in time that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was the kind of joy you experience deep in your chest. But what I’m really going to remember is how close it was.
President Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy in Charleston

President Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy in Charleston

The nation is remembering the nine victims of the Emanuel AME Church mass shooting this week, as President Obama gave an unforgettable eulogy for State Senate Reverend Clementa Pinckney.
Moving Beyond Marriage: What Needs to Be Next for the LGBT Rights Movement

Moving Beyond Marriage: What Needs to Be Next for the LGBT Rights Movement

A marriage certificate is not a shield from discrimination.
Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right

Supreme Court Declares Marriage Equality a Constitutional Right

In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Anthony Kennedy this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that same-sex couples fundamentally have equal protections under the Constitution.
Today in Herstory: Republican Party Officially Endorses ERA in Party Platform

Today in Herstory: Republican Party Officially Endorses ERA in Party Platform

June 26, 1940: "We favor submission by Congress to the States of an amendment to the Constitution providing for equal rights for men and women."
Today in Herstory: Men-Only Bar Forced to Open Its Doors to Women

Today in Herstory: Men-Only Bar Forced to Open Its Doors to Women

June 25, 1970: A major victory today for equal access thanks to the National Organization for Women!
The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory

The Supreme Court Fair Housing Ruling is a Civil Rights Victory

The court in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy upheld the use of disparate impact claims under the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which bans housing discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin.
Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives

Supreme Court Decides: Obamacare Lives

In a momentous victory, the U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” and protected access to health insurance for millions of families and individuals.
Today in Herstory: NYC Bar Refusing Service to Women Will Face a Federal Suit

Today in Herstory: NYC Bar Refusing Service to Women Will Face a Federal Suit

June 24, 1969: As a result of being refused service at one of New York City's "men only" bars in January, Karen DeCrow and Faith Seidenberg, members of the National Organization for Women, filed a Federal suit today.
Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce

Marc Benioff Wants Women to Have Equal Pay and Opportunity at Salesforce

Marc Benioff has laid out a plan to ensure equal pay and equal hiring at the global cloud-based software company.
Confederate Flag Debate Intensifies in Wake of Charleston Shooting

Confederate Flag Debate Intensifies in Wake of Charleston Shooting

Politicians, retailers, and activists are taking part in a push in South Carolina to have the Confederate flag removed from the grounds of the state Capitol. This movement follows the massacre of nine African American people by a 21-year-old white man in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last week. Wal-Mart, Sears,...
Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP

Senate Narrowly Approves of Vote for Fast Tracking the TPP

The Senate voted this morning to advance consideration of trade promotion authority, also known as “fast track” authority, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), barely getting the 60 votes necessary to continue the bill. The cloture vote, which was needed in order to proceed with a vote on fast track authority for the TPP, was narrowly...
Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans

Planned Parenthood Cleared to Apply for License in New Orleans

The Louisiana health department has allowed Planned Parenthood to apply for a license to provide abortion services in New Orleans, backtracking on a previous rule that barred the organization from opening a clinic in the city.
The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis

The Fifth Circuit Has Put Texas Abortion Clinics in Crisis

The US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to suspend a ruling upholding harmful anti-abortion provisions.
Today in Herstory: Suffragists Arrested, Detained for Protesting Outside the White House

Today in Herstory: Suffragists Arrested, Detained for Protesting Outside the White House

June 22, 1917: After enduring bitter cold, snow, rain, heat, humidity and attacks by unruly mobs over the past five months of picketing President Wilson by standing along the White House fence, two members of today's contingent of "Silent Sentinel" suffragists encountered a new challenge.