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1/23/2015 - #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality
The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10. United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum. "Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said. First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally....

1/22/2015 - BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban
After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill. House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care....

1/22/2015 - House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support
House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill. The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v....

1/21/2015 - This Year's State of the Union Had a Historic Emphasis on Women
President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address placed an unprecedented emphasis on the central role women play in the economy, with more focus on social policy for women than in any State of the Union address in history....

1/21/2015 - This Year's State of the Union Had a Historic Emphasis on Women
President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address placed an unprecedented emphasis on the central role women play in the economy, with more focus on social policy for women than in any State of the Union address in history....

1/20/2015 - Louisiana Activists Fight Proposed Restrictions on Abortion Providers
Louisiana abortion rights activists are fighting restrictions on abortion providers proposed last December by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). Under the administration of Governor Bobby Jindal, the DDH last week issued a letter to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast refusing to allow its new state of the art clinic in New Orleans to perform abortions on the legal "excuse" that it did not show a need for a new facility to perform abortions in Louisiana....

1/20/2015 - Activists Petition Tennessee General Assembly to Protect Access to Reproductive Health
Feminist across the nation are speaking up to save reproductive health access in Tennessee. A slew of abortion restrictions are now on the table in Tennessee following the passage of Amendment 1 in November, which took away privacy rights to abortion from women in the state and opened the floodgates to legislating around reproductive rights at the state level. The Feminist Majority Foundation launched a petition - which already has over 1,500 signatures - calling on Tennessee legislators to ensure that women have access to comprehensive health care, and students on college campuses in the state are also circulating it on the ground....

1/16/2015 - Two Fraternities Refuse to Comply With UVA's New Anti-Sexual Assault Regulations
Two fraternities at the University of Virginia have declined to sign on to new fraternity regulations put in place after a sexual assault scandal shook the campus. The University of Virginia last week announced new regulations governing Fraternal Organizations to enhance safety on campus, and required all organizations to sign onto new regulations by Jan 16....

1/16/2015 - Senator Introduces Four Extreme Bills Attacking Reproductive Rights
Right-wing Senator David Vitter (R-LA), who has announced that he plans to run for governor this year, introduced four bills in the Senate that represent his extreme anti-abortion and anti-reproductive health stance. The US House last week introduced a bill to ban 20-week abortions - that bill, and the four introduced by Vitter, add up to five anti-reproductive health bills introduced by Republican legislators in just the first three days of the new Congress....

1/16/2015 - Kansas Lawmaker Plans to Introduce 14-Week Abortion Ban in State Legislature
Kansas Republican Senator Garrett Love plans to introduce a bill that would effectively ban abortions after 14 weeks' gestation, chipping away at women's reproductive rights in a state fraught with similar abortion restrictions. The bill was drafted by the National Right to Life Committee - the largest anti-choice organization in the nation - and seeks to end a procedure called dilation and evacuation (D&E), in which abortion providers use clamps, forceps, scissors, or other tools to dismember a fetus....

1/15/2015 - In Major Win for Women, President Obama Pushes for Paid Sick Leave
President Obama announced his intention to sign a Presidential Memorandum "directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child," and to grant up to seven paid sick days to federal workers....

1/15/2015 - Feminists Will Mobilize Nationwide for Abortion Rights on Roe v. Wade's Anniversary
Feminists are taking action on January 22 to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade - the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide. In our nation's capital, activists are fighting against the 20-week abortion ban, which will be voted on in the House on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v Wade. The proposed ban would directly violate Roe v Wade, which protects a woman's right to a legal abortion....

1/14/2015 - Catholic Cardinal Blames Radical Feminists for Pedophilia
The former archbishop of St....

1/14/2015 - A Virginia Delegate in Jail for a Relationship with a Minor Just Won Re-Election
Joseph Morrissey was re-elected as a representative in the Virginia House of Delegates in a special election on Tuesday, despite serving jail time during his campaign for an alleged relationship with his 17-year-old receptionist. Morrissey pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor last month, resulting in a six-month jail sentence....

1/13/2015 - Three Women Were Nominated for Cabinet Posts in Afghanistan's Unity Government
Finally, after a four months wait, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah announced 25 nominees for the Afghan cabinet yesterday, three of whom are women....

1/12/2015 - Boko Haram's "Deadliest Massacre" Kills Thousands in Nigeria
In the most recent attacks by extremist militant group Boko Haram, hundreds of gunmen attacked the town of Baga, leaving up to 2,000 people dead....

1/12/2015 - The 2015 Golden Globe Awards Were Full of Feminist Moments
The Golden Globe Awards had plenty of feminist moments last night - from Masters of Ceremony Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to recognizing the show "Transparent." The first win ever for an Amazon original program, "Transparent" is the revolutionary TV series about a transgender woman transitioning as an adult with the support of her family....

1/12/2015 - US Receives "C" Grade On Reproductive Rights
A study released by the Population Institute, a nonprofit that promotes access to family planning services and education, gave the United States an overall "C" grade in reproductive health....

1/9/2015 - Ontario to Include Consent in Updated Sex Education Curriculum
Thanks to a request from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Canadian province will now include teaching consent in its sex education curriculum. When Wynne told Liz Sandals, Ontario's Education Minister, that the curriculum needed to include "healthy relationships and the topic of consent," the province decided to ask parents of elementary school students for their opinions....

1/9/2015 - Trans People Can No Longer Obtain Driver's Licenses in Russia
Russia has banned transgender people as well as "those who suffer from disorders of sexual preference" from obtaining driver's licenses. The new regulations put trans folks and anyone suffering from "fetishism, exhibitionism, and voyeurism" among those with primarily physical impairments such as blindness who are barred from driving....

1/9/2015 - Activists are Helping Texas Women Cross State Lines for Abortion Care
With Texas on the verge of shutting down all but 8 of the state's abortion clinics, activists are taking up a new method to increase access to clinics: bringing women across state lines. Texas abortion clinics have been under attack in recent years, significantly reducing women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, largely due to HB 2, the Texas omnibus anti-abortion law that has forced 80 percent of abortion clinics in the state to close....

1/8/2015 - Officials Say NAACP Bombing "Was Caused Deliberately"
A bomb went off near a Colorado Springs, Colorado, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Wednesday morning. The FBI called the incident intentional, according to the Los Angeles Times....

1/8/2015 - Feminists Fight Back Against Slew of Abortion Restrictions in Tennessee
When the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes later this month, they'll be greeted by feminist activists who oppose their lawmakers' proposed attacks on reproductive rights. The Women's March on Nashville will take place on Tuesday, January 13 at 10 AM CST - the same day that state legislators will be sworn in and have filed to take up various abortion restrictions now made possible by the passage of Amendment 1....

1/8/2015 - House Republicans Push National 20 Week Abortion Ban on First Day Back in Congress
When the 114th Congress came together for their first session, two legislators in the House of Representatives re-introduced a nationwide 20-week abortion ban. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36), which is in direct violation of Roe v....

1/7/2015 - Confirmation of Obama Judges Hits High Mark, Most Diverse in History
After six years of his presidency, more of President Obama's judicial appointments have been confirmed by the Senate than for either Presidents Clinton or George W....