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Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President's Desk

Legislation to Support Testing of Backlogged Rape Kits Goes to President’s Desk

The Senate on Thursday voted to renew the Debbie Smith Act, aimed at cutting the backlog of untested rape kits. The bill, already passed in the House, now heads to President Obama to become law.
New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan

New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is the next president of Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, his opponent, will serve as Afghanistan's new chief executive.
Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception

Under the Affordable Care Act, More Women Then Ever Have Free Access to Contraception

Two-thirds of American woman now have access to free birth control, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Climate Change Activists Take Over Manhattan to Demand Action

Climate Change Activists Take Over Manhattan to Demand Action

An estimated 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan over the weekend to demand world leaders take action on climate change.
Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights

Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights

Legislators and activists are still concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a proposed regional free trade agreement that addresses a broad range of issues and is currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations.
New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault

New White House Campaign Seeks to Engage Men and Empower Campus Activists in Fight to End Sexual Assault

President Barack Obama today announced It's On Us, a multi-platform media campaign and action plan targeted at ending campus sexual assault.
The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board

The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board

These appointments create a deep pool of expertise for the NFL to draw from as the League attempts to recover from its mishandling of the Ray Rice investigation - but included no African-American women.
UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a "Wake-Up Call" on Ebola Crisis

UN Ambassador Says the World Needs a “Wake-Up Call” on Ebola Crisis

"This should be a wake-up call for the international community. It’s the worst Ebola epidemic we’ve seen in history."
The Number of Women in Poverty Hasn't Declined in a Year

The Number of Women in Poverty Hasn’t Declined in a Year

The poverty rate for women is not only virtually unchanged, but - at 14.5 percent - it's the highest in two decades.
Despite Regulations, Mortgage Lenders Still Discriminate Against Pregnant Borrowers

Despite Regulations, Mortgage Lenders Still Discriminate Against Pregnant Borrowers

Pregnancy could be jeopardizing your chances of getting a new home.
Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

Senate Republicans Blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act Again

The Senate Republicans blocked the Paycheck Fairness Act yesterday, marking the second time this year and the fourth time since 2012 legislators voted along party lines against the equal pay legislation.
Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation

Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation

The United States Department of Education has completed its investigation into The Ohio State University's compliance with anti-sex discrimination law Title IX, and OSU has agreed to take steps to strengthen its policies on sexual assault and harassment.
Hundreds of Activists Rallied for the ERA This Weekend

Hundreds of Activists Rallied for the ERA This Weekend

Nearly every speaker, in some way, called for the crowd to heed the message on the rally's banner: "Remember in November."
The Economic Recovery Isn't Reaching Black Women in the Workforce

The Economic Recovery Isn’t Reaching Black Women in the Workforce

The economic recovery isn't making a difference for African American women this year.
Violence Against Women Act Turns 20

Violence Against Women Act Turns 20

Passed in 1994, VAWA was the first piece of federal legislation to specifically address domestic violence and sexual assault as crimes and to provide federal funding to improve local response to violence against women, including training and resources for law enforcement and judges.
Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown's Death

Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown’s Death

Senator Claire McCaskill led an oversight hearing Tuesday in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee highlighting growing concerns about the militarization of state and local law enforcement agencies.
Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law

Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law

Governor Jay Nixon previously vetoed the bill in July, calling it "extreme and disrespectful." Missouri's House voted 117-44 to override the veto, and then the Senate used a procedural move to stop a Democratic filibuster of the bill and vote 23-7 to complete the veto override Wednesday.
UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

UPDATE: Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate

The Senate voted 73-25 to allow the bill to move forward to a debate.
Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today

This marks the second time this year that the Senate will take up the equal pay legislation.
Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan

The vicious public attack received national attention and sparked outrage among Afghan women leaders.