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Massachusetts Upholds a Law Protecting Transgender Residents

Massachusetts residents yesterday voted to uphold a law passed in 2016 that prohibited discrimination against gender identity in public spaces. This is the first state-wide vote to protect transgender individuals and the measure was upheld with over 67 percent of the vote. In 2016, an emergency law passed that immediately went into effect to outlaw...

Women Win Across the Country in 2018 Midterms

Women won more seats in Congress yesterday than ever before, with over 110 women elected, including the first Muslim women, first Native American women, and two women in their twenties. The women who were elected include the former Teacher of the Year, small business owners, former military helicopter pilots, activists, a former CIA officer, and...

Voters Are Choosing Progressive Women of Color

Last week, near the end of a primary season marked by an unprecedented numbers of victories for progressive women of color, Ayanna Pressley won the Democratic primary for the 7th district of Massachusetts, unseating ten term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano.

Another Light Sentence for a White Male Athlete Who Raped Two Classmates

Another judge has handed down a light sentence to a young man charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent battery and assault after raping two of his high school classmates.

Massachusetts Passes Groundbreaking Equal Pay Law

Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed into law what is arguably the nation’s strongest equal pay measure.

State Lawmakers Advocate For Debt-Free College

On Monday, state legislators demonstrated their commitment to addressing the ever-growing student debt crisis in the US by announcing their support of new legislation making public colleges debt-free.
Fate of 15-Foot Buffer Zone On Hold in Pittsburgh

Fate of 15-Foot Buffer Zone On Hold in Pittsburgh

The fate of a 15-foot buffer zone in Pittsburgh could be determined by a federal judge if city lawyers and anti-abortion protesters don't come to an agreement first.
Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts, California, and New Jersey

Employees in Massachusetts and in the cities of Oakland, California and Trenton and Montclair in New Jersey will be able to utilize their newly mandated sick leave by 2015.
Campus Sexual Assault Survey Finds One in Six MIT Women Are Survivors

Campus Sexual Assault Survey Finds One in Six MIT Women Are Survivors

One in six women at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have experienced some form of sexual assault, but only 5 percent have reported it.
Supreme Court Decision Affects Buffer Zone Laws Around the Nation

Supreme Court Decision Affects Buffer Zone Laws Around the Nation

Cities and states across the United States are dealing with the legal fallout from the Supreme Court's decision to strike down Massachusetts' 35-foot abortion clinic buffer zone in McCullen v. Coakley in June.
Massachusetts Enacts New Law to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Facilities

Massachusetts Enacts New Law to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Facilities

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed into law yesterday a bill to help protect access to reproductive health care facilities in the state.
Massachusetts Lawmakers Work to Restore Protections for Abortion Clinics Following McCullen

Massachusetts Lawmakers Work to Restore Protections for Abortion Clinics Following McCullen

The state of Massachusetts is expected to soon push legislation providing greater protections to reproductive health clinics following the Supreme Court's ruling in McCullen v. Coakley.
Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Issues Emergency Regulations Banning Shackling of Pregnant Inmates

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed emergency regulations last week banning the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women.
Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat

Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat

Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.