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New Maryland Bill Proposes Parental Consent Requirement for IUDs

On January 8th the Maryland House of Delegates introduced a bill, House Bill 53, that would require minors to have written parental consent to get insertive contraceptive devices, such as the intrauterine device (IUD) and implantable rod. This bill does not require parental consent for minors to receive other forms of birth control, such as...

#MeToo Activist Released by Chinese Authorities

After being detained for nearly three months, a Chinese #MeToo activist and journalist, Sophia Huang Xueqin, has been released by authorities in China. Police detained Huang in mid-October of last year in Guangzhou on the vague charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.” Huang has been a prominent figure in China’s emerging #MeToo movement, which...

Representative Ayanna Pressley Releases Inspiring Video About Living With Alopecia

Representative Ayana Pressley, a Democrat from the 7th district of Massachusetts, released a video yesterday via The Root’s Twitter revealing that she has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss. For Ms. Pressley, she felt as though her hair story was both personal and political. She described her decision to publicly address her condition...

First Woman Appointed to Management Position in the Vatican

This Thursday, Pope Francis named Francesca Di Giovanni the Undersecretary of Multilateral Affairs for the Secretariat of State, an important Vatican office. Di Giovanni will be the first woman to hold a management position in the Roman Catholic Church.  Leadership positions in the Vatican are largely male-dominated, in part because many are reserved for priests,...

WNBA and Players’ Union Propose Historic Collective Bargaining Agreement

In a time where female athletes across sports are speaking out against gender discrimination and pay inequalities, the WNBA has positioned itself as a leader by coming to a potential collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the players’ union that features salary increases, maternal and family leave benefits, and improved travel accommodations. This agreement takes steps...

Women Lead Protests in India Over Islamophobic Law

Women are leading the charge with protests against India’s new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which provides a path for citizenship for many “persecuted minorities” – but specifically leaves out Muslims as one of those minorities. People are upset that India, an officially secular nation, is singling out Muslim people and not providing them the same...

U.S. Ranked 15th Best Country for Women in the World

U.S. News and World Report released a report ranking the best countries for women this Wednesday, and the report placed the United States 15th, behind not only countries like #1 Denmark, #2 Sweden, or #3 Netherlands, but also the U.S.’s close neighbor Canada, who came in at #5. In the United States, 90 percent of...

Virginia Becomes the 38th State to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

The United States has never been closer to officially creating an Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the U.S. Constitution. On Tuesday, January 14, a Virginia statehouse committee approved a measure to “bring the amendment to a full vote” which was voted upon by the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate on Wednesday, January 15....

New FX Series Follows the Movement that Birthed the Equal Rights Amendment

A new FX series starring Rose Byrne as feminist leader Gloria Steinem and Cate Blanchett as antifeminist Phyllis Schlafly will premiere in April. The series, called Mrs. America, will center on the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in the 1970s at the height of the women’s liberation movement. Conservative lawyer Phyllis Schlafly...

Equal Rights Amendment advanced in Virginia

Today, January 9, a Virginia Senate committee passed a resolution to ratify the ERA in the state. The vote passed 10-5, with Republican Senator Jill Vogel joining the Democrats in passing the measure. If Virginia passes the ERA, the state would become the 38th and final state necessary to ratify the Amendment in the United...

Delaware Man Charged after Allegedly Throwing Molotov cocktail at Planned Parenthood Clinic

A Delaware man has been arrested and charged with federal crimes after allegedly throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Delaware Planned Parenthood clinic last Friday night. 18-year-old Samuel James Gulick has been charged with maliciously damaging a building with fire or a destructive device and intentionally damaging a facility that provides reproductive health services. If...

Women Gave Feminist Voice to 2020 Golden Globes

On Sunday, January 5, millions of viewers tuned in to watch the 77th annual Golden Globes, celebrating the year’s most impressive entertainment. While host Ricky Gervais told the Hollywood audience not to use acceptances “as a platform to make a political speech,” many artists, mostly women, did use their privilege and spotlight to express political...

Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem Arrested at #FireDrillFriday Climate Action

Actress and activist Jane Fonda, along with Gloria Steinem, Ai-jen Poo, and Reverend William Barber II were arrested in Washington D.C. earlier today. Dolores Huerta (founder of United Farm Workers and Feminist Majority Foundation board member) was also in attendance. Fonda was arrested for the fifth time today at her ongoing climate action #FireDrillFriday, which began in...

Alabama Lawsuit Will Not Stop Drive for Equal Rights Amendment

STATEMENT OF ELEANOR SMEAL PRESIDENT OF THE FEMINIST MAJORITY   The filing this week of a lawsuit in a federal district court in Alabama by Alabama, Louisiana, and South Dakota attorneys general is nothing more than political grandstanding. A majority of incoming Virginia state senators and state house delegates are now pledged to ratify the...

South Carolina Bill Introduced That Would Compensate Pregnant People Forced to Give Birth

South Carolina state Senator Mia McLeod has introduced a bill called the South Carolina Pro Birth Accountability Act, or SB 928, that would compel the state to provide financial support to pregnant people forced to give birth due to the state’s proposed ban on abortion after six weeks. The legislation would mandate that the state...