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Four Women Were Just Approved to Join the Cabinet of Afghanistan's Unity Government

Four Women Were Just Approved to Join the Cabinet of Afghanistan’s Unity Government

President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah of Afghanistan held their promise to appoint four women in the new cabinet, and the nation's lower house of Parliament approved them Saturday.
Afghan Woman Awarded International Women of Courage Award

Afghan Woman Awarded International Women of Courage Award

Niloofar Rahmani, the first woman to serve in the Afghan military since the fall of the Taliban, was honored by the US State Department with the International Women of Courage Award.
Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day

Democratic Senators Pushed for the Paycheck Fairness Act for Equal Pay Day

Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and five Democratic women of the Senate today to urge Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.
Feminists Are Cheering on Hillary's Presidential Bid

Feminists Are Cheering on Hillary’s Presidential Bid

Hillary Clinton's unique social media entrance to the 2016 presidential race dominated news Sunday and was received well by many - especially feminists.
US Ranks 16th Worldwide on 2015 Social Progress Index

US Ranks 16th Worldwide on 2015 Social Progress Index

The 2015 Social Progress Index assesses and scores countries worldwide across three categories: Basic Human Needs, Foundations of Wellbeing, and Opportunity.
Voter Suppression Efforts Quietly Advance in Nevada

Voter Suppression Efforts Quietly Advance in Nevada

These measures would disproportionately impact people of color, women, young people, and the elderly, and could hurt their chances of voting in the 2016 elections.
The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay "Conversion Therapy"

The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay “Conversion Therapy”

The statement was in response to a WhiteHouse.gov petition that was created after the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, which gained more than 120,000 signatures.
A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler

A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler

Nieto, who was convicted last December of one felony count of sexual intercourse with a child and one felony count of lewd act upon a child for sodomizing a 3-year-old toddler, will now only spend 10 years behind bars.
Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion

Kansas Has Banned the Safest, Most Common Kind of Second-Trimester Abortion

The law makes Kansas the first state to ban most second-trimester abortions.
Iranian Women Can Now Attend Major Sporting Events

Iranian Women Can Now Attend Major Sporting Events

Although the new policy still holds barriers for women attending specific sports—those considered to be more “masculine” such as wrestling or swimming—this announcement reverses an antiquated rule that forbid women to watch matches attended by men.
Brutally Murdered Afghan Woman Becomes Symbol for Women's Rights

Brutally Murdered Afghan Woman Becomes Symbol for Women’s Rights

27-year-old Farkhunda was falsely accused of burning the Koran then brutally murdered. She's now being held up as a champion of Islam and women's rights.
Malta Passes Law to Ban 'Normalization' Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

Malta Passes Law to Ban ‘Normalization’ Surgery on Intersex Infants, Allow Self-Determination of Gender

The new law also allows people to change their gender identity on documents by simply filing an affidavit with a notary, which ends the requirement for surgery in order to legally identify as a gender other than the one assigned at birth.
An Indiana Woman Was Just Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Having a Miscarriage

An Indiana Woman Was Just Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Having a Miscarriage

This week, Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old woman from Indiana, was found guilty of feticide and neglect and sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Louisiana Personhood Bill Would Ban Some Forms of Birth Control and Give Fetuses Full Legal Rights

Louisiana Personhood Bill Would Ban Some Forms of Birth Control and Give Fetuses Full Legal Rights

Louisiana Senator Elbert Guillory (R) pre-filed a personhood bill this week calling for a constitutional amendment that would give full legal rights to a fetus, ban many forms of birth control, in vitro fertilization, as well as some health care procedures for pregnant women.
Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi

Masked Intruder Attacks Last Abortion Clinic Standing in Mississippi

In the early hours of the morning Monday, a person in a mask wielding what appeared to be a machete attacked the Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
Afghan Woman Beaten to Death After Complaining to Mullah

Afghan Woman Beaten to Death After Complaining to Mullah

Updated 4/6/2015 A 27-year-old woman ‎who was falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran outside of a riverside mosque in a very poor part of Kabul, Afghanistan was brutally beaten and burned alive in March. Shocking videos quickly spread on social media showing crowds of men surrounded by hundreds of onlookers assaulting the 27-year-old Farkhunda with...
New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law this week creating harsher penalties for the murder of women and girls connected to domestic violence.
Iowa Supreme Court Hears Telemedicine Abortion Case

Iowa Supreme Court Hears Telemedicine Abortion Case

Telemedicine is the widely used practice of conferencing with a doctor through a video camera in order to diagnose or prescribe treatment to patients.
International Women's Day Ushered in Activism and the UN's Commission on the Status of Women

International Women’s Day Ushered in Activism and the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women

International Women’s Day this year marked a march for women’s rights attended by thousands of people and the beginning of a two-week long UN Commission on the Status of Women.
FMF President Eleanor Smeal Will Be Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this Year

FMF President Eleanor Smeal Will Be Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame this Year

The Founder of The Feminist Majority, Feminist of the Year Awards, a former president of the National Organization for Women, and publisher of Ms. Magazine, Eleanor Smeal’s life and work has been dedicated to the achievement of women’s equality and human rights.