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12/4/2014 - Fast Food Strikes in Almost 200 Cities Launched Today
Fast food, home care, retail and other low-wage workers in nearly 190 cities walked off the job today to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize. The strikes come less than 24 hours after the Department of Labor issued a new study that shows at least 300,000 wage and salary earners in New York and another 300,000 in California are making less than the current minimum wage due to wage theft....

12/4/2014 - Protests Begin After Grand Jury Fails to Indict Police Officer in Choking Death of Eric Garner
A Staten Island grand jury Wednesday failed to indict the New York Police Department officer responsible for the choking death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, prompting mass protests throughout New York City and across the country. In July, several New York Police Department (NYPD) officers approached Garner, including two sergeants, on suspicion he'd been selling loose, untaxed cigarettes....

12/3/2014 - World Health Organization Calls For an End to Virginity Tests
A recently released handbook by the World Health Organization (WHO) states "virginity tests" - a "two-finger test" used to determine whether or not a woman has had sex or has been sexually assaulted - has no scientific basis and should never be used. In the handbook, WHO stated that virginity tests used on women and girls to "prove" virginity have "no scientific validity" and pointed out that the tests violate international human rights standards against degrading treatment and are a form of discrimination against women. "Prejudice and negative stereotypes against women and girls are passed off as medical science by many doctors who wrongly believe they can determine a woman's virginity," said Liesl Gerntholtz, who is the director of women's rights at HRW....

12/2/2014 - President Obama Meets with Ferguson Activists and Announces Policing Reforms
Following the non-indictment of former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the White House announced a national plan for police reform. On Monday, President Barack Obama announced a plan that involves $75 million to equip 50,000 police officers with body cameras....

12/2/2014 - Supreme Court to Decide if Online Domestic Violence Threats are Protected SpeechSupreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech
Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of violence. In November of 2010, a Pennsylvania court granted the wife of Anthony Elonis a protective order after he wrote a violent Facebook stating, in graphic terms, that he would kill her....

12/1/2014 - Protests of the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Continued Across the Country Over the Holiday Weekend
Today marks a full week of national pop-up demonstrations protesting the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday in more than 120 cities inside and outside of the US, thousands of local activists and allies spilled onto major highways and thoroughfares to demand that charges be brought against Wilson....

12/1/2014 - The NFL Has Officially Reinstated Ray Rice
Former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice won an appeal last Friday that makes him immediately eligible to return to the NFL....

12/1/2014 - On World AIDS Day, UN Women Calls for Fast-Tracking Gender Equality to Stem Epidemic
As the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released its new report for World AIDS Day calling on the world to take a "fast-track approach" over the next five years to end the world AIDS epidemic by 2030, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka reminded the international community that to end AIDS, we must first work to eradicate gender inequality. There is no doubt that the international community has made substantial progress on stemming the AIDS epidemic....

11/26/2014 - Thousands Protested the Ferguson Decision Across the Country Last Night
For the second night in a row, thousands of people flooded major roads and thoroughfares in cities across the country in protest of the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Monday evening, St....

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....