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High School Swimmer Disqualified from Race after Swimsuit Violates Modesty Rule

A high school swimmer won her 100-meter race, only to be disqualified for having her school-issued swimsuit be deemed too revealing. The Alaska School Activities Association has reviewed and determined that the disqualification of a high school teenager for breaking the modesty rule was the “result of the misapplication of the rule and as a...

Feminist Majority Foundation Campus Organizers Instrumental in Passage of Landmark California Bills

SACRAMENTO, CA —After months of advocacy by feminist activists and organizations working with college students, the California state legislature last week passed four bills—SB 24, SB 464, AB 963 and AB 59—that together will expand access to abortion care on college campuses, address disparities in maternal health care and increase civic engagement among young voters....

Feminist Protestors in South Africa Demand Change

Anti-violence protestors in South Africa demand government and business response to the rising violence against women, saying the government is issuing empty promises to help women. As protestors are gathered outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, the government says changes are coming. President Cyril Ramaphosa has cancelled his trip to the United Nations to...

Hasbro ‘Ms. Monopoly’ Game Meant to Celebrate Women is Met with Criticism

In the midst of the real world gender-pay-gap battle, Hasbro is releasing a new version of Monopoly where women are celebrated for our achievements and paid more than men. Beyond shifting the gender-pay-gap, the original game’s famous properties have been replaced with innovations created by women, and instead of building houses, players build corporate headquarters....

Woman Barred from Iranian Soccer Stadium Dies after Setting Herself on Fire, Incident Sparks International Outrage

A woman in Iran who was sentenced to six months in prison for disguising herself as a man to enter a soccer stadium, where women are barred, died this week from severe burns after setting herself on fire outside of the courthouse. The 29 year old, Sahar Kohdayari, attempted to enter Azadi Stadium, but was...

Lyft Announces Safety Updates to its Policies Amid Sexual Assault Concerns

Lyft has announced changes to its safety policies following a lawsuit filed by 14 women saying the company didn’t do enough to protect them from sexual assault by drivers or to support them through the process of reporting. The lawsuit against Lyft alleged that the company allowed known sexual predators to work as drivers and adopted...

Trump Administration Amends Rule to Weaken LGBTQ Employment Protections

Following a thread of Supreme Court decisions that protected business owners’ rights to discriminate on the basis of gender and sexual orientation, on August 15th, 2019 the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) — a branch of the U.S. Department of Labor — published a proposed rule that aims to expand the number of...

Pregnant Migrant Woman Had Labor Stopped By American Doctors, Taken Back to Mexico By U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

An eight-and-a-half month pregnant migrant woman travelling from El Salvador was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after crossing the Rio Grande, and while the anonymous woman began experiencing labor contractions U.S. border agents took her to a hospital where American doctors gave her medications that would stop her labor and was quickly sent...

The Fight for Women’s Justice in Mexico Continues with Silent March in Capital City

On Sunday, September 8th, hundreds of citizens took to the streets of Mexico City to participate in a silent march to end the ever-present violence against women in Mexico. Forty percent of Mexican women experience sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the United Nations. Investigations into these cases are often careless, skewed in favor...

Former Lowell Correctional Institution Inmates Protest after Woman is Brutally Beaten

Two weeks after guards at Lowell Correctional Institution — the largest women’s prison in Florida and the second largest in the nation — brutally beat a woman with mental and physical disabilities, former inmates from the women’s prison protested the inhumane prison conditions they have experienced for more than a decade, including physical and sexual...

“Glitter Revolution” Protests Police-Perpetrated Sexual Violence in Mexico

Originating in Mexico City, the “revolución diamantina”, or the “glitter revolution”, is a new movement started by Mexican women to protest institutionalized sexual violence perpetrated by Mexican polices forces. The movement began in response to an incident in Azcapotzalco on August 3rd, in which a teenage girl was raped by four Mexican police officers. The...

“Crazy Rich Asians” Writer Adele Lim Leaves Warner Bros. Because of a Pay Disparity with White Male Co-Writer

Adele Lim, an experienced television writer who was celebrated for bringing authenticity to the screen adaptation of Singaporean author Kevin Kwan’s book last year, said in a Hollywood Reporter story Wednesday that she was offered significantly less than white male co-writer Peter Chiarelli to work on the sequel of “Crazy Rich Asians,” the blockbuster hit...

2020 Democratic Candidates Hold Climate Crisis Town Hall Forum

Yesterday, ten of the Democratic presidential candidates vowed to take unparalleled action on climate change in the first prime-time televised forum dedicated to the issue in a presidential race, promising to undo the current administration’s environmental policies, allocate trillions of dollars to promote renewable energy programs and pressure companies to pay new fees and taxes...

D.C. Dress Codes Disproportionately Affect Black Girls, Report Finds

A new report released on Wednesday by the National Women’s Law Center found that the racial breakdown of the student body in D.C. schools directly correlates with the strictness in dress code policy and that D.C. charter schools have twice the number of restrictions as that of public schools and suspend girls for dress code...

Anonymous Victim of Brock Turner Releases Her Name and New Memoir

Chanel Miller, the victim of rapist Brock Turner who has remained anonymous until now, is releasing a memoir detailing the infamous trial and her life since the assault. Miller is releasing her memoir Know My Name on September 24. She speaks out about what happened the night of her encounter with Turner and the grueling...

Students Rally to Support CA Bill That Requires Colleges to Offer Abortion Services

Students rallied on Tuesday in Sacramento to support the passage of SB 24, or the College Student Right to Access Act, a bill that would require public universities to offer nonsurgical abortions at all student health centers. Last Friday the state Assembly Appropriations Committee voted for the bill, with 13 legislators in favor of the...

France Moves To Address Femicide Problem As Domestic Violence Related Deaths Increase

The French government has taken measures to address the increase in domestic violence related deaths that have occurred in France since the beginning of the year, including a series of conferences to address the prevention of femicide, specific prosecutors and courts to handle domestic violence cases, and universal protocol to address the danger of women’s...

Trump Administration Ends Deferred Action Program for Immigrants Seeking Medical Treatment

This week the Trump administration ended deferrals of deportation for immigrants with severe medical conditions, giving them only 33 days before they must leave the country and lose access to live saving treatment that they cannot receive in their home countries. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent out letters this week without any formal announcement...

Department of Homeland Security Blocks Congressional Oversight Committee from Visiting Detention Centers

Rep. Elijah Cummings sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security yesterday expressing his alarm at DHS’s decision to block the House Oversight Committee from visiting 11 detention centers after previous visits revealed serious problems with the treatment of migrants being held in ICE custody. In his letter Cummings wrote that detainees had said in...

OR Exits Title X Program Due To Abortion Restrictions

Oregon’s public health agency said Tuesday that it will withdraw from the Title X program and no longer use federal funds for reproductive health clinics due to the Trump administration’s restrictions on abortion care, making it the third state to leave the program since last week. The Oregon Health Authority sent a letter to the...