Education Equity

Federal Appeals Court Hears Title IX Complaint Brought by Feminist Majority Foundation

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral arguments in a Title IX sex discrimination complaint brought by the Feminist Majority Foundation against the University of Mary Washington and UMW’s former president Richard Hurley.

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Will Hear an Appeal in a Title IX Sex Discrimination Complaint Brought Against University of Mary Washington That Has National Importance

“Threatening women with rape and murder is not protected speech; it is blatant sex discrimination intended to silence, harass and intimidate women students who dared to protest and work against sexual violence,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Women’s and Labor Rights Advocates hold Enough is Enough Summit on Sex Harassment

Last week the Enough is Enough Summit and Briefing on Capitol Hill harnessed the momentum of the #MeToo movement to bring together a diverse group of lawyers, activists, and policy makers to think through comprehensive survivor-centered policy solutions to the sexual harassment and violence epidemic in workplaces and schools.

Oklahoma Teachers Strike Over Funding Failures

Teachers in Oklahoma are boycotting school and taking to the state Capitol today to demand better wages and more school funding in the wake of a successful teacher strike in West Virginia last month.

Linda Brown, Icon of School Desegregation, Dies at 75

Linda Brown, who as a child was at the center of the historical Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, died on Sunday in Topeka, Kansas at the age of 75.

Education Department Will No Longer Protect Trans Student from Bathroom Discrimination

The Department of Education told BuzzFeed News on Monday that they will no longer investigate or take action to protect transgender students who are denied access to the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.  The Department has yet to release an official statement.

Congress Passes Bill to Protect Young Athletes from Sexual Abuse

Last week, the House and Senate passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act that makes it mandatory for sports organizations to report the sexual abuse of athletes to law enforcement or social services within 24 hours. The bill is now waiting to be signed into law by the President....

DeVos Sued for Discriminating Against Student Survivors of Sexual Assault

The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) together with co-counsel Democracy Forward, National Center for Youth Law, and Equal Rights Advocates, filed suit in the Northern District of California to challenge Education Secretary DeVos’ discriminatory 2017 Title IX policy on sexual misconduct in schools.

#EnoughIsEnough Campaign to Dismantle the Culture of Violence Against Women Will Convene February Summit

WASHINGTON–The National Organization for Women (NOW) announces today the #EnoughIsEnough campaign, led by NOW and coalition partners including Feminist Majority, National Congress of Black Women, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Legal Momentum and UNITE HERE.  #EnoughIsEnough will bring together different voices and perspectives to develop effective strategies aimed at bringing about substantive change to prevent, address...

First Afghan Women’s Studies M.A. Students Graduate

Last Sunday, students at Kabul University became the first in Afghanistan to graduate from a Master’s Degree Women’s and Gender Studies program. This two-year graduate program, introduced in October 2015, is the first of its kind in all of Afghanistan.

Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds the Democratic Women’s Bill to Codify Title IX Guidance

On October 12, 2017, Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced the Title IX Protection Act, which would codify into law the 2011 and 2014 guidance that aimed to protect survivors of sexual assault on college campuses, and which was recently rescinded by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of the Trump administration.

Feminist Majority Foundation Condemns Department of Education Over New Title IX Guidance

This week the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and other women’s rights advocates commandeered a hearing held by the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) in order to express grievance over the Department’s rescinding of Title IX guidance documents that served to protect victims of sexual assault on college campuses.

Temple University Feminists Protest Board of Trustees Chairman

In September, the Temple University group Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) announced their campaign to try to remove the name Patrick O’Connor, lawyer for Bill Cosby, from one of the university plazas as well as oust him from his role as chairman of the Board of Trustees. FMLA is affiliated with the Feminist Majority Foundation’s...

FMF Statement on Secretary DeVos’s Dismantling of Title IX Protections for Sexual Assault Survivors

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2017 The Feminist Majority Majority Foundation is outraged by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s decision to rescind policies and guidance that protected survivors of sexual assault and worked to reduce the high levels of sexual assault on college and university campuses. Today, according to many studies, one in five women...

Senators Urge DeVos and Department of Education to Maintain Title IX Guidelines

Twenty-nine U.S. Senators have signed onto an open letter urging Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education to keep the current Title IX guidelines on campus sexual assault. On September 7, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that she is working to replace the current Title IX guidelines that address campus sexual...

Deadline Extended to Submit Comments to Department of Education

In June, the Department of Education opened a comment period for the public to provide input on whether the Department of Education should keep, modify, or eliminate rules that protect the civil rights of students of color, women, students with disabilities, pregnant or parenting students, immigrant students, LGBTQ students, and other groups affected by civil...

Yale University Changes College Name to Honor Grace Murray Hopper

Yale University recently announced that Calhoun College, named after Yale graduate  John C. Calhoun, a fierce defender of slavery throughout his lifetime, will be renamed for the fall 2017 semester. The University intends to rename the college in honor of Yale graduate Grace Murray Hopper, an American computer scientist, mathematician, professor, and United States Navy...

DeVos Attacks Title IX Campus Sexual Assault Guidelines

In an announcement at the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that she is working to replace Title IX protections for survivors of gender based violence and sexual assault. In her speech, DeVos criticized the guidance put in place under the Obama administration in the Dear...

Court Rules 16 Year Old Recruit Not Protected Under Title IX

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a 16 year old girl who was sexually assaulted while on a college recruitment overnight does not have grounds to sue the university under Title IX because at the time of her assault she was not a student enrolled at the school.

DOJ to Investigate and Sue Universities that Practice Affirmative Action

The Feminist Majority Foundation condemns the decision by the Trump administration, as reported by the New York Times, to direct the Justice Department’s civil rights resources to investigating and prosecuting universities that the administration believes discriminate against white people through affirmative action policies.