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1/7/2015 - Clinically Dead Pregnant Irish Woman Taken Off Life Support
A clinically dead pregnant woman in Ireland was taken off life support last month after a Dublin court ruled that the fetus would not survive long enough to be born. Ireland's ban on abortion makes it the country with the strictest abortion laws in all of Europe....

1/7/2015 - Democrat Kathleen Murphy Wins Special Election for Virginia House
Despite a low turnout due to snowy conditions in Virginia, Democrat Kathleen Murphy defeated Republican Craig Parisot for a Virginia House seat by a margin of just 324 votes in a special election to fill newly elected Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock's seat....

1/6/2015 - Washington, DC Breaks Barriers for Women
Our nation's capital is making feminist history....

1/5/2015 - Avalanche of Right-Wing Legislation Expected in Republican States
The 24 states where Republicans now hold total control are planning a "juggernaut of conservative legislation" that could especially impact women's access to reproductive health, according to the Washington Post. States like Tennessee can expect to see further restrictions on abortion access in the coming months, following an amendment to the state constitution that was narrowly passed in November....

1/2/2015 - Little League Star Mo'ne Davis Honored by AP and Sports Illustrated
A vote by news directors and US editors at the Associated Press named Mo'ne Davis the 2014 Female Athlete of the Year, making her the youngest person to receive the title....

1/2/2015 - More Women Agents at the Border Could Mitigate Sexual Assault Crisis
Following rampant accusations of sexual assault and harassment of female migrants, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is looking to boost the number of female agents on staff. Right now, of the 21,000 agents serving the CBP, only about 5 percent are female....

1/2/2015 - #BlackLivesMatter Movement Takes On Racist Coverage by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation Companies
Over a thousand protesters are slated to rally outside Fox News headquarters today to protest racist coverage of anti-police brutality movements across the country by both Fox News and newspaper The New York Post. At 2 PM today, protesters will gather in front of News Corporation headquarters and host a "die-in shutdown" that is expected to last until 7 PM....

12/24/2014 - New FMF Study Finds Nationwide Increase in Public Single-Sex K-12 Education Despite Evidence it Increases Sex Stereotyping and Sex Discrimination
Deliberate sex segregation is on the rise in public K-12 classrooms across the country, despite evidence that it is often illegal and educationally unsound. Tuesday, the Feminist Majority Foundation's Education Equity Program released a second multi-year study "Identifying US K-12 Public Schools with Deliberate Sex Segregation." According to the new study, there has been a 24 percent increase in public coed schools with single-sex academic classes since the period covering 2007-2010....

12/23/2014 - Boko Haram Kidnapped 172 More Women and Children, Officials Report
According to local officials and residents, Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 172 women and children and killed 35 people last week. "They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," a local government official reported anonymously. Reports of the attack in northeastern Nigeria took days to become public news due to a lack of communication - it has been known that telecommunications towers in the area were disabled in previous attacks....

12/23/2014 - Fate of 15-Foot Buffer Zone On Hold in Pittsburgh
The fate of a 15-foot buffer zone in Pittsburgh could be determined by a federal judge if city lawyers and anti-abortion protesters don't come to an agreement first. Earlier this month, US District Judge Cathy Bissoon heard oral arguments from attorneys representing the city of Pittsburgh and attorneys representing five anti-abortion protesters who demanded an injunction against a city ordinance that they say is selectively enforced and meant to censor them. The Alliance Defending Freedom, the religious advocacy group representing the anti-abortion protesters, argued that their clients' ability to offer, self-described "sidewalk counseling" as women enter the local Planned Parenthood is inhibited by the 2005 ordinance....

12/22/2014 - President Obama Calls Only On Women During 2014's Last Press Conference
In case you missed it, President Obama on Friday held his last press conference of 2014 - and when it was time for questions, he only called on women. The press corps has long been dominated by men, and Helen Thomas became the first female reporter to cover the White House in 1960. It was not the first time President Obama took questions from only women....

12/22/2014 - McDonald's Responsible for 86 Cases of Misconduct Against Workers
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled Friday that the McDonald's corporation is responsible for several dozen complaints of retaliatory conduct against workers fighting for job improvements. Since November 2012, 291 charges have been filed against McDonald's franchisees....

12/19/2014 - Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland Abortion Debate
Debate surrounding Ireland's ban on abortion has come up again following a current case involving a woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. The woman's family wants her to be taken off life support, but doctors refuse because Irish law says they must do what they can to protect the 16-week-old fetus....

12/19/2014 - DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti Discrimination Bill
Wednesday, the Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill that will prohibit employer interference in the reproductive health decisions of their employees. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was first introduced by DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), just ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of for-profit retail chain Hobby Lobby this summer....

12/19/2014 - Incremental Gains for Women in Congress
When the 114th Congress is sworn into office on January 3rd, 2015, there will be exactly the same number of women in Senate as the year before, 20, and a record-high number of women in the US House, 84....

12/18/2014 - New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide
The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote. If the bill is passed, New Jersey workers will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked....

12/18/2014 - American Apparel Hired Its First-Ever Woman Chief Executive to Replace Dov Charney
Six months after retail store American Apparel fired its chief executive and founder Dov Charney, the company has hired retail executive Paula Schneider as a replacement. Schneider, who will become American Apparel's first female chief executive, will take over the position as of January 5. Charney had led American Apparel since 1998 and became well-known from American Apparel's sexist advertising and from several sexual harassment lawsuits and sexual assault accusations against him by former employees....

12/18/2014 - Obama's Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History
Congress came to a close on Tuesday night with the Senate confirmation of 12 new federal judges and 12 executive appointments - including Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, Sarah Saldana as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Tony Blinken as deputy Secretary of State....

12/16/2014 - Federal Lawsuit Challenges the Wisconsin Law That's Putting Pregnant Women in Prison
A federal civil rights lawsuit is being filed on behalf of a Wisconsin woman who was jailed after allegedly using methamphetamines while 14 weeks pregnant. Tamara Loertscher, 30, was jailed after seeking prenatal care at a Mayo Clinic branch in Eau Claire, Wisconsin....

12/16/2014 - Personhood Groups Plan to Launch County and Municipal Measures to Restrict Abortion Access
A newly-created anti-abortion group has announced a new tactic meant to end abortion access nationwide. In the wake of major defeats for personhood ballot measures in Colorado and North Dakota's recent elections, anti-abortion extremist Gualberto Garcia Jones, who authored Colorado's failed Amendment 67, is now instructing groups to abandon statewide votes for personhood amendments....

12/16/2014 - Thousands Marched for Justice in Washington, DC in the Wake of Fatal Police Violence
On Saturday, December 13, the National Action Network (NAN), NAACP, and other civil rights organizations led the Justice For All March in Washington, DC....

12/15/2014 - Ohio House Rejects Six Week Abortion Ban
An Ohio bill that would have banned abortions as early as six weeks failed to pass in the Republican-controlled Ohio House Wednesday. House Bill 248, a direct affront to Roe v....

12/15/2014 - Supreme Court Declines to Review Decision Blocking Arizona's Anti-Abortion Law
On Monday, the US Supreme Court declined to review the decision by the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to block a restrictive Arizona abortion law....

12/15/2014 - Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to push for confirmation of 24 Obama nominees over the weekend....

12/15/2014 - The Spending Bill Lifted the Abortion Ban for Peace Corps Volunteers
The Senate Saturday passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill that included expanded abortion coverage for Peace Corps volunteers in case of rape, incest, and when the life of the parent is threatened. The Senate's Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act brings w0rkers' health care coverage in line with all federal employees, and lifts a 35-year ban on federal funding for abortion in case of rape, incest, or life endangerment for Peace Corps volunteers....