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The Supreme Court Confirms Employer’s Control Over Employee’s Birth Control

Today, by a ruling of 7-2, the Supreme Court ruled that all employers may block their employee’s access to birth control in their health insurance coverage for their employees due to religious or moral objections. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision requiring employers to cover the costs of preventative care, which has previously...

Millions of Dollars of Federal COVID-19 Aid Goes to U.S. Anti-Abortion Groups

Numerous Christian anti-abortion groups received millions of dollars in forgivable loans from the federal coronavirus aid program the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Fortunately, money from this program also went to pro-choice, reproductive rights groups. Notably, Planned Parenthood received $80 million in PPP loans. This allocation of taxpayer-backed dollars comes in the context of a pandemic...

Supreme Court Ruling Overturns Louisiana TRAP Law But The Work Continues

Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law mandating that abortion providers have nearby hospital admitting privileges. If upheld, the law would have closed most clinics across the state and set an example for other states seeking to restrict abortion access. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling overturned Louisiana’s transparent attempt to...

The Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Today, by a ruling of 5-4, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In a major win for the immigrant rights movement, the ruling will allow almost 700,000 “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country they call...

Nebraska Public College Pays $900,000 in Title IX Settlement

The Nebraska State College System will pay $900,000 in a settlement for inadequately addressing a case of dating violence that resulted in a student’s suicide in 2015. The settlement comes after the family of Fatima Larios, who died at 19, filed a federal suit in 2017. In addition to the monetary amount, Chadron State College,...

British Political Party’s Divide Deepens Over Transgender Inclusion

Last week multiple senior members of Britain’s Labour party endorsed a “trans equality manifesto” that supports more inclusive party values and claimed that anyone with transphobic views should be thrown out of the party. Backlash from this controversial charter comes with a call to produce evidence for transphobia allegations. The two women in the center...

Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal Responds to U.S. House Removing the ERA Timeline

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J.Res. 79 removing the arbitrary timeline on the ERA by a vote of 232-183, with five Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. “The U.S. House declared today: There is no time limit on equality. How sweet it is! The U.S. House has acted swiftly to remove this...

The Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act

Washington, DC—Today Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) introduced the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which has 293 cosponsors and is expected to go to the U.S. House floor for a vote tomorrow afternoon. This bill will establish a Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history on the National Mall. “We...

Gender-Based Violence on the Rise as Climate Crisis Continues

The climate crisis is becoming increasingly linked to violence against women and girls, and gender-based exploitation is rendering attempts to curb the adverse effects of environmental degradation ineffective. There are increasing calls for more intersectionality in governments and institutions’ efforts to combat the climate crisis while centering girls and women in their strategies. Over the...

Legal Abortion Upper Limit Raised to 24 Weeks in India

The Union Cabinet of India, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which will raise the upper limit for abortion to 24 weeks from 20. Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that this was passed as “here was the demand from section of women, doctors and...

In a Climate of Violence against Abortion Providers, Louisiana Abortion Law Could Wipe Out Abortion Access for Women

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Women’s Law Project filed an amicus brief in the June Medical Services v. Gee case that will be heard March 4, 2020 by the Supreme Court, opposing Louisiana’s law that requires doctors who provide abortion care to have...

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments on DACA Case

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) case. The Obama-era federal program that has allowed over 700,000 undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation, was rolled back by the Trump administration. The initiative allows children of undocumented immigrants who’ve arrived in the US when at a very...

Feminists Win Big in Virginia Legislative Races: The Equal Rights Amendment is in the Homestretch

Feminist issues won big in the Virginia State legislative races on Election Day 2019.  The Equal Rights Amendment, which was stopped from coming to the floor for a vote in 2019 and for more than two decades by Republican leadership, will now have both a strong Democratic majority in the House and Senate, with ERA...

Afghan President: Human Rights and Women’s Rights Must Be Protected

In an interview with the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, the president of Afghanistan once again reiterated his commitment to ensuring and protecting human rights and women’s rights in Afghanistan. President Ashraf Ghani is committed to never “surrender” to the Taliban or allow Afghanistan to be a country where women are “held at home as if...

Nike Nets Four Times as Much Apparel Revenue from this Year’s Women’s World Cup Than the Last One

Nike netted four times as much apparel revenue from this year’s Women’s World Cup than the last tournament in 2015, CEO Mark Parker said on it first-quarter earnings call yesterday. Overall sales in its women’s business increased 10% “on the back of an incredible summer celebrating female athletes,” he said. Strong demand for Women’s World...

The Feminist Majority Rallies Support for the ERA on Women’s Equality Day

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day that Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation Eleanor Smeal released the following statement: “Today is Women’s Equality Day but we obviously don’t have equality yet. In fact, we are going backwards. Our government has installed global and domestic gag rules,...