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History of Feminist Majority Foundation

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The Feminist Majority Foundation helps provide leadership to make women's empowerment and reproductive rights central to the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), held in Cairo, Egypt. The Foundation was represented at the Cairo conference by a five-member delegation including Jennifer Jackman, Christine Onyango, Colleen Dermondy, Kathleen McLean and Maria Elena Chavez.

VICTORY -- Patent rights for RU 486 are transferred from Roussel Uclaf to the Population Council in response to the outpouring of public support for bringing the drug to the United States. Dr. Edouard Sakiz, then Chair of Roussel Uclaf's Board of Supervisors, acknowledges the Feminist Majority Foundation's key role in generating public support for RU 486 introduction.

Feminist Majority Foundation's first annual comedy benefit, "Choose to Laugh: Laugh to Choose," raises $70,000 for National Clinic Defense Project.

VICTORY -- Dr. Heidi Weissman wins $900,000 sex discrimination settlement from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Montefoire Medical Center in New York City, with the help of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

The Foundation supports Dr. Maureen Polsby's sex discrimination case against the National Institutes of Health.

VICTORY -- The Feminist Majority Foundation wins Los Angeles City Council vote ratifying policy requiring Los Angeles Police Academy classes to be at least 43.4% women.

NEW INITIATIVE -- Feminist Majority Foundation creates Women's Trust Fund to help fund clinical trials on RU 486.

VICTORY -- Foundation wins landmark U.S. Supreme Court case upholding constitutionality of court-ordered clinic buffer safety zones in Madsen v. Women's Health Center. Case originates in Melbourne, Florida to protect the Aware Woman Clinic. As a result, about 30% of all abortion clinics are protected by buffer safety-zones today.

Feminist Majority Foundation conducts second annual National Clinic Violence Survey, revealing that anti-abortion extremists are turning from blockade strategies to stalking and death threats.

Dr. Britton and volunteer clinic escort James Barrett are murdered outside of Pensacola, Florida clinics. June Barrett is injured in the attack. National Clinic Defense staff work out of the Pensacola clinic for months to assist clinics during the crisis.

BREAKTHROUGH -- The Feminist Majority Foundation plays a key role in securing US Marshals for some 30 of the most severely targeted clinics and, with a professional security firm, conducts professional security assessments for beseiged clinics nationwide.

1994 Walk for Choice in Los Angeles draws hundreds and raises money for National Clinic Defense Project.

GLOBAL VICTORY -- The Feminist Majority Foundation organizes demonstration outside the Bangladesh embassy in support of feminist writer Taslima Nasrin. Nasrin left Bangladesh to escape death threats from Muslim fundamentalists opposed to her outspoken views on women's rights. Nasrin is later granted political asylum in Sweden.

Second Annual Feminist Majority Foundation "Choose to Laugh, Laugh to Choose" event in Los Angeles features Roseanne and raises additional funds for National Clinic Defense Project.

National Clinic Defense Project alerts scores of clinics up and down East Coast after the shootings and murders of Shannon Lowney and Nichols at two Brookline women's clinics. The Brookline murderer is thwarted as he tries to enter the Norfolk clinic. Just ten days before our National Clinic Defense security team had conducted a security assessment for the clinic.

The Feminist Majority Foundation awarded 1994 Feminist of the Year Awards to Author Isabel Allende; Asian Immigrant WOmen Advocates; Dandy Barrett-Witty and Bruce Barrett, daughter and son of slain volunteer clinic escort James Barrett; Congressman Don Edwards; Atlanta Police Chief Beverly Harvard; National Women's Health Organization President Susan Hill; Assemblywoman Sheila James Kuehl, first openly gay member of the California Legislature; Bangladesh Feminist Writer Taslima Nasrin; Attorney Winn Newman; United Nations Population Fund Director Nafis Sadik; and Drs. Edouard Sakiz and Catherine Euvrard of Roussel Uclaf.