Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years for Rape and Sexual Assault of Black Women

Holtzclaw Sentenced to 263 Years for Rape and Sexual Assault of Black Women

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been sentenced to 263 years in prison today for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in 2013 and 2014.
Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

Unprecedented Number of Groups & Experts Call on SCOTUS to Overturn Texas TRAP Law

45 amicus briefs were filed yesterday urging the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn a Texas law that threatens to close more than 75% of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion.
Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

Bold New Ad Campaign Exposes Threats Against Abortion Providers

The Feminist Majority Foundation launched an ad campaign today that exposes the threats facing abortion providers across the country and asks the question, "When did the right to life become the right to terrorize abortion providers?"
FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

FMF Calls on House Select Investigative Panel to Re-Direct Its Focus to Anti-Abortion Violence or Disband

Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) President, Eleanor Smeal, today called on the House Select Investigative Panel of the Energy and Commerce Committee to either redirect its focus to violence against abortion providers, or to disband.
Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery

Holtzclaw Convicted of Rape, Sexual Battery

After 45 hours of deliberations, a jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty on 18 charges, including rape and sexual battery, for assaulting 13 black women over the course of seven months while on duty.
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Iran Appoints First Woman as Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution

The Iranian government has appointed its first woman ambassador since the Islamic revolution in 1979. Marzieh Afkham is appointed to serve her country in Malaysia.
Spotify Announces Impressive Parental Leave Program

Spotify Announces Impressive Parental Leave Program

On Thursday, music-streaming service Spotify announced the launch of a broad parental leave program that includes six months’ leave for new mothers and fathers.
World Economic Forum Report Places U.S. 28th

World Economic Forum Report Places U.S. 28th

The World Economic Forum just released “The Global Gender Gap” report of 2015 that ranks the United States 28th out of 145 countries.
Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing

Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing

A Washington state investigation into Planned Parenthood has found "no evidence" of wrongdoing on the part of the women's reproductive healthcare provider following allegations the organization was selling or profiting from fetal tissue donations.

UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide

A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990.
Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood

Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood

The Ohio state House yesterday voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, only weeks after the state Senate passed a similar bill. Legislators must now decide which bill to advance.
Restrictions on Women’s Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds

Restrictions on Women’s Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds

A new Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) report found that at least 100,000 Texas women have ever attempted to end a pregnancy on their own without medical assistance.
Tabassom’s Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century

Tabassom’s Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century

Walking on a rainy day on Kabul’s streets is harder than climbing a mountain in the winter. I walked along Dashti Barchi, where the mass of protesters began marching, holding high above their shoulders the coffins of the seven innocent Afghan Hazara people beheaded by ISIS.

Private Funding Initiatives For Women and Girls Announced at White House Summit

On Friday, the White House's Council on Women and Girls hosted a day-long summit focused on advancing equity and elevating the status of women and girls in the United States. The Summit also served as a venue for institutions to announce new privately-funded initiatives focusing on women and girls.
Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

The Supreme Court announced today that it will review an anti-abortion Texas law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion.
Afghans Protest Nationwide over Beheadings by ISIS

Afghans Protest Nationwide over Beheadings by ISIS

Thousands of Afghans took to the streets in Kabul on Wednesday after seven people from the Hazara ethnic group were beheaded by ISIS.

Feminist Scholars Convene in Milwaukee For Annual National Women’s Studies Conference

Between Thursday and Sunday this week, as many as 1,800 feminist scholars from around the country will meet in Milwaukee for the National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) annual conference.

Ms. in the Classroom Introduces Two Exciting New Digital Readers

This week, at the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) 2015 Annual Conference, Ms. in the Classroom, a college curriculum based on Ms. magazine, will introduce two innovative new digital readers. The readers compile the best of Ms. magazine and the Ms. Blog into easily accessible online textbooks for the 21st century feminist classroom. Designed to engage digital-savvy...

Taliban Stones to Death 19 Year Old Afghan Woman

Recently, a 19 year old Afghan woman was stoned to death after she was accused of adultery.

Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for $15 in Cities Across America

Low-wage workers around the country—the majority of whom are women—gathered Tuesday to strike for $15 an hour.