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9/15/2014 - Ohio State University Agrees to Strengthen Sexual Assault Policies, Ending Federal Investigation
The United States Department of Education announced last week that it has completed its investigation into The Ohio State University's compliance with anti-sex discrimination law Title IX, and that Ohio State has agreed to take steps to strengthen its policies on sexual assault and harassment. "This agreement and The Ohio State University's recent response to the culture within the marching band, set clear and vitally important expectations for a community-wide culture of prevention, support, and safety," said Catherine E....

9/12/2014 - Violence Against Women Act Turns 20
Saturday will be the 20th Anniversary of the groundbreaking federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). 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. President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a proclamation commemorating the VAWA anniversary....

9/12/2014 - Indiana Woman Charged With Feticide For Premature Delivery
An Indiana woman has been charged with feticide after she delivered prematurely and sought hospital treatment. Purvi Patel, 33, sought help at an emergency room for vaginal bleeding where it was discovered that she had delivered prematurely at home....

9/11/2014 - Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law
Missouri legislators voted late last night to triple the state's current 24-hour waiting period to 72 hours, with no exceptions for rape or incest. 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. "The only purpose of a 72-hour waiting period is to attempt to punish, shame, and demean women who have arrived at a personal decision that politicians happen to disagree with," said the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a statement....

9/11/2014 - Senate Holds Hearing on Police Militarization One Month After Michael Brown's Death
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) 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....

9/10/2014 - Paycheck Fairness Act Expected to Come to a Vote Today
The Senate is expected to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act today, marking the second time this year that the Senate will take up the legislation. The Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA), introduced by Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), was blocked by Senate Republicans who filibustered the bill in April - just one day after "Equal Pay Day." The PFA would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by prohibiting retaliation against employees who share information about their pay, requiring employers to demonstrate that any pay differences between men and women are legitimate, providing plaintiffs better legal tools to protect their rights, and requiring employers to provide the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with pay data by sex, race and national origin of employees. While Senate Republicans were blocking a vote on equal pay legislation, President Obama in April signed two executive actions intended to help close the wage gap....

9/10/2014 - Paycheck Fairness Act Advances in the Senate
After Republicans filibustered the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) earlier in this session, the Senate has now voted 73-25 to allow the bill to move forward to a debate. The public overwhelmingly supports equal pay for equal work, but for far too long Senate Republicans have refused to allow a floor vote on a modest bill that will enable women workers to discuss their pay with co-workers, provide stronger tools to fight sex discrimination in wages, and grant the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) power to collect pay data from employers by sex and race. The Paycheck Fairness Act is long overdue....

9/8/2014 - White House Names Megan Smith as Chief Technology Officer
President Barack Obama last week named Megan Smith, former Google Vice President and out lesbian, to the highest ranking tech job in the White House. Smith will serve as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Assistant to the President....

9/5/2014 - US Appeals Court Blocks Attempt to Defund Obamacare
The United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit has agreed to rehear a case that could protect much-needed subsidies for up to 5 million consumers under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The DC Circuit issued an order today granting a US Department of Justice request for the Court to reconsider en banc the 3-judge panel decision in Halbig v....

9/5/2014 - Former VA Governor, First Lady Found Guilty in Corruption Case
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty by a federal jury Thursday on a combined 14 counts of conspiracy, fraud, influence-peddling, bribery, and extortion....

9/4/2014 - Activists Arrested During Nationwide Protests for Higher Wages
Scores of people were arrested just hours into the nationwide strike for raising the minimum wage known as the "Fight for $15." The total number of arrests has yet to be confirmed, but according to reports in Detroit, responding officers ran out of handcuffs for demonstrators blocking traffic....

9/4/2014 - Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana Same Sex Marriage Ban
A federal judge ruled yesterday that Louisiana has the right to ban same-sex marriage in the state and to refuse to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Judge Martin L.C....

9/3/2014 - Workers Are Striking Thursday in Over One Hundred Cities
Fast food and home care workers will walk off the job in more than 100 cities on Thursday, with at least a dozen cities staging sit-ins for higher wages. Unlike actions in months past, the September 4th action is the first to involve home care aides, a workforce made up of more than 2 million people....

9/2/2014 - California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault
California legislators passed a bill last week that would require state colleges and universities to adopt a standard of unambiguous, affirmative consent for students who engage in sexual activity. SB 967 is the first of its kind....

9/2/2014 - Federal Courts Block TRAP Laws in Texas and Louisiana
The Labor Day weekend marked two major victories in the battle for reproductive justice in Texas and Louisiana. On Friday, U.S....

8/29/2014 - Domestic Violence Victims May Now Qualify For Asylum in the US
A recent case has opened the door for victims of domestic violence abroad to qualify for asylum in the United States. The Justice Department's Board of Immigration Appeals ruled for the first time on Tuesday that a victim of domestic violence fit a specific criterion for asylum: persecution for membership in a particular social group....

8/29/2014 - Terry O'Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally
Thursday, nearly 300 people were arrested in front of the White House during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to halt mass deportations....

8/29/2014 - BREAKING: Fifth Circuit Blocks Texas TRAP Law Provision!
WASHINGTON - The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds U.S....

8/28/2014 - New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command
Last Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill that would take military sexual assault cases out of military purview and instead assign them to civilian prosecutors in the state....

8/28/2014 - Illinois Expands Medicaid Funding for Contraception in Wake of Hobby Lobby
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has announced plans to expand Medicaid funding for contraception, effective October 1. The Illinois Family Planning Action Plan would increase the amount of money set aside for health care organizations providing reproductive health care....

8/28/2014 - Senator Boxer Pushes for Sexual Assault Victim Advocates at California Universities
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) urged California universities to create independent sexual assault victim's advocates on their campuses in a letter sent out on Tuesday. "As our students return to campus, they are counting on their universities to not only educate them, but also to protect them," Senator Boxer wrote in the letter to university presidents and leaders....

8/28/2014 - New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly
A recent report concluded that the US military has the resources it needs to allow transgender personnel to serve openly....

8/27/2014 - Study Highlights Disparities in Well-Being for Girls in Southern States
A recent report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute shows that the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic are the best regions of the United States to raise girls, while the South - specifically Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia - is the worst. The findings were based on 23 indicators of education, extracurricular activities, emotional health, physical health, safety and economic well-being....

8/27/2014 - White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate
Tthe White House released new health insurance rules Friday for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v....

8/27/2014 - California Legislature Votes to Restrict Sterilization of Prison Inmates
Both the California Senate and assembly unanimously passed a bill last week significantly restricting the sterilization of state prison inmates. SB1135 bans the practice of sterilization with a few exceptions, including if the person's life is in danger or sterilization is medically necessary to treat a diagnosed condition....