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11/25/2014 - Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Responds to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
The following is the statement of Eleanor Smeal, the Founder and President of the Feminist Majority Foundation: "The Feminist Majority Foundation is outraged at the decision not to indict Darren Wilson. This should have been a public trial....

11/25/2014 - Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal
Marissa Alexander, the woman imprisoned for firing a warning shot in the presence of her abusive husband, chose to accept a plea deal Monday with the state of Florida, pleading guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault. As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she's spent behind bars....

11/24/2014 - The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution
The city of Louisville, Kentucky approved a resolution that will use the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a framework for all future policy aimed at ending gender-based discrimination. Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh introduced the resolution, which passed overwhelmingly on November 6....

11/24/2014 - UVA President Suspends Greek Life Organizations After Revelation of Campus Rape Culture
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan announced on Saturday that all fraternities and sororities will be suspended until January 9 in the wake of several allegations of rape at the university....

11/24/2014 - Last Abortion Clinic in Cinncinnati Will Remain Open
A decision by the Ohio Department of Health to exempt a Planned Parenthood clinic from a recent Ohio TRAP law means that the last remaining abortion clinic in Cincinnati will remain open. The Ohio Department of Health threatened to shut down Planned Parenthood's Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center last month after the clinic could not obtain a transfer agreement with a local private hospital as required by an Ohio TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law signed by Republican Governor John Kasich last year....

11/21/2014 - Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law
The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state. In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals....

11/20/2014 - Transgender Day of Remembrance Raises Awareness of Dangers of Transphobia
Transgender people are about 400 times more likely to be assaulted or murdered than cisgender people....

11/20/2014 - Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule
In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations. Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom. Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing....

11/20/2014 - Oklahoma City Police Officer Charged With 36 Counts of Sexual Assault Will Go to Trial
After a two-day preliminary hearing, an Oklahoma state court judge ordered that Daniel Holtzclaw, an Oklahoma City police officer, will stand trial for sexually assaulting 13 African-American women while on duty. Holtzclaw is charged with 36 counts of sexual assault, including six counts of first-degree rape, and multiple counts of forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, and indecent exposure. During the hearing, all 13 women gave testimony against the police officer, who is alleged to have used his power as an officer to commit these crimes....

11/19/2014 - Ms. Wonder Awards Honor Young Grassroots Leaders in Anti-Violence, Fair Wage Movements
"I don't think I've ever been in a room with so much personal history, and so much future," Gloria Steinem opened. Today, Ms....

11/19/2014 - "1 In 3" Campaign Is Holding Its First-Ever Online Speakout This Week
The 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of Advocates for Youth that highlights the stories of women who have had abortions, will host its first-ever online "speakout" event this Thursday. The speakout, which will run from 1 to 9 p.m....

11/18/2014 - Afghan Women's Rights Leader and Parlimentarian Survives Suicide Bombing Attack
Afghan law maker and prominent women's rights leader Shukria Barakzai survived a suicide bombing attack on her armed vehicle on Sunday, November 16....

11/18/2014 - Sexual Assault Awareness Events Are Taking Place Throughout the Country This Week For
"It's On Us" launched a nationwide Week of Action yesterday, with students at campuses throughout the country hosting events calling on everyone to play a role in ending campus sexual violence. The It's On Us campaign, coordinated by Generation Progress, was launched in September by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, and builds on the NFL, Black Women's Roundtable Finally Meet to Tackle Domestic Violence
National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell finally met with members of the Black Women's Roundtable last week after failing to invite any women of color to weigh in on the League's initial plan of action on domestic violence. Two months ago, Goodell announced the formation of an advisory board tasked with leading institutional reforms related to relationship violence and sexual assault....

11/17/2014 - Victory: TIME Apologizes for Including "Feminist" in Poll of Words to Ban
After facing sharp backlash, TIME magazine issued an apology over the weekend for including the word "feminist" on its poll of words to "ban" in 2015. "At last, TIME comes to its senses," said Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal....

11/14/2014 - TIME Magazine Faces Backlash for Attempting to Ban the Word Feminist
Time Magazine is facing backlash after a poll they released last week listing the work "feminist" alongside popular slang terms on a list of words that should be "banned" in 2015. TIME posted a poll to its readers asking them to vote on a list of words that may cause you to "seek out the nearest pair of chopsticks and thrust them through your own eardrums." Among common slang terms like "bae," "turnt," and "on nom nom nom," TIME also posted the word "feminist," for which the Magazine is now receiving a lot of negative attention. The magazine lists reasons as to why each word on the poll makes them "cringe," and the reason for listing "feminist" is attributed to the word becoming "a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party." Despite the fact that TIME's current cover artist is Taylor Swift, and Swift discusses her recent claiming of the title "feminist" within the feature article, TIME seems to think it might be appropriate and necessary to ban the word. In a response to TIME's poll, Huffington Post writer Emma Gray reminds us of the power behind the title "feminist." "Feminists have, after all, achieved women's suffrage, fought for equal pay, demanded affordable and comprehensive healthcare, organized on college campuses to tackle the issue of sexual assault, and have fought tirelessly to achieve women's equality....

11/14/2014 - Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Affirmative Action at University of Texas
The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to rehear a ruling that permits the use of race as a factor of consideration in undergraduate admissions at the University of Texas. In a brief order issued on Wednesday, the Fifth Circuit indicated that the decision to refuse rehearing was 10-5. Twice before, the Fifth Circuit sided with the University of Texas at Austin in a case brought by Abigail Fisher, a white student who believes UT discriminated against her when she was denied admission six years ago....

11/14/2014 - UN Committee Reviews US on Police Brutality and Gender-Based Violence
Police brutality, military sexual assault, and gender-based violence in the US came under scrutiny this week as the United Nations Committee Against Torture conducted its periodic review of the United States' compliance with the international Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). In preparation for the review, the UN asked the United States to provide the Committee with specific information on what steps the US has taken to "prevent and punish violence and abuse of women," in particular women of color....

11/13/2014 - Maternal Death Rate in West Africa Expected to Rise Due to Ebola
One in seven women could die during childbirth in the West African countries most impacted by the Ebola crisis, according to members of the Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of aid organizations in the UK. Though on the decline before the outbreak, maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea were still some of the highest in the world....

11/12/2014 - 12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion
12 countries have come out this week in public opposition of El Salvador's extreme abortion ban. As part of a review currently being conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK all submitted statements urging El Salvador to lift its complete ban on abortions....

11/12/2014 - United States and China Announce Landmark Climate Change Deal on Carbon Emissions
After almost a year of negotiations, the US and China announced an unprecedented pledge to limit their carbon emissions, giving hope to climate change activists worldwide. This morning, President Obama pledged that the United States will increase their efforts to curb carbon emissions, aiming for a 26-28% decrease in overall emissions by 2025, and President of China Xi Jinping announced the country's first-ever commitment to cap fast-growing carbon emissions by 2030....

11/12/2014 - Pentagon Launches Largest Ever Military Sexual Assault Survey
The Pentagon is conducting its largest-ever report of sexual assault in the military this year, with over half a million active-duty troops being called on to submit responses. The report, to be conducted this year, will be issued online to all 200,000 active-duty servicewomen and 300,000 servicemen. The Pentagon hired professional Rand Corp to create and distribute the poll in the hopes of getting more responses than ever before....

11/11/2014 - Over 50 Women Hospitalized and 11 Dead in India After Botched Mass Sterilization at Government-Run Camp
At least 11 women are dead and more than 50 women have been hospitalized in India following botched sterilization procedures in government-run health camps. According to reports, more than 83 women between the ages of 26 and 40 were operated on in only six hours by one doctor and an assistant....

11/11/2014 - Largest USAID Women's Empowerment Program in the World Launched in Afghanistan
The United States Agency for International Development launched its largest women's empowerment program in the world on Saturday....

11/10/2014 - Supreme Court Upholds Decision on Disclosure Law for Crisis Pregnancy Centers in New York City
The Supreme Court declined last week to review a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upholding a New York City law that requires so-called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in New York City to inform patients that they do not have any medical professionals on staff. The Supreme Court's decision lets stand a portion of a New York City law that requires CPCs to post a "status disclosure" in English and Spanish at the entrance to its facilities and in waiting rooms, informing patients whether or not a licensed medical professional works on-site at the facility....