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Trump Administration Collaborated with Hate Group to Target Planned Parenthood Says Whistleblower

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) colluded with the national hate group Alliance Defending Freedom to rescind Obama-era Medicaid funding protections for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health centers, according to a letter written by Representative Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Trump Again Sabotages Senate Attempts to Pass an Immigration Bill

On Thursday, after voting on several immigration amendments, including a promising bi-partisan agreement, the Senate failed to pass any bill to protect recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program from deportation.

Gunman Kills 17 Students and Teachers at Florida High School

On Wednesday, at least 17 teachers and students were killed by a 19-year-old man armed with a semiautomatic assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.

Winter Olympics Kick Off with 109 Women Athletes Representing Team USA

The Winter Olympics kicked off last week in Pyeongchang, South Korea and women athletes comprise a record 43 percent of the competitors; 45 percent of Team USA’s diverse group of 242 athletes are women.

Activists Call for Resignation of Scott Lloyd, Office of Refugee Resettlement Director

Women’s rights activists are calling for the immediate resignation of Trump-appointed Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd, who is abusing his power over pregnant teenagers in his custody by pursuing a policy that systematically denies them access to abortion.

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.

House Passes Unanimous, Bipartisan Bill to Address Sexual Harassment on Capitol Hill

The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan bill last week that reforms the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, which provides the current guidelines for how sexual harassment, discrimination and other related claims are handled on Capitol Hill. The new reform bill awaits a vote in the Senate.

Afghan Women Coders Make Anti-Drug Trafficking Video Game

A group of Afghan women who broke gender barriers by becoming the first female coders in the country have designed a game called “Fight against Opium,” underscoring Afghanistan’s struggle to combat opium trafficking.

Budget Bill Passes Without Protections for Dreamers

Early Friday morning, a contentious Congress passed a two-year budget bill that did not include protections for Dreamers, ending the litany of short-term spending bills that have threatened government shutdowns every few weeks since September, but that Democrats have also been using as leverage in the immigration debate.

Labor Department Audited after Reports it Misled Public on Proposed “Tip Stealing” Rule

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Labor (DOL) announced Monday that it will audit the Department’s rulemaking process for its proposed tip rule after a report from Bloomberg BNA that the Department intentionally hid its own economic analysis showing that the proposed rule would cost tipped workers billions of dollars...

Supreme Court Upholds Ruling Against Pennsylvania Congressional Map

On Monday, the Supreme Court refused to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s ruling invalidating the state’s heavily gerrymandered congressional map and requiring that Pennsylvania’s districts be redrawn before the 2018 election.

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....

Department of Labor Hid Data Revealing that Proposed Tip Rule Would Cost Workers Billions

The Department of Labor (DOL) intentionally hid internal analysis revealing that its proposal to allow tip pooling in restaurants and other businesses could cost minimum wage workers billions of dollars.

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.

Congressional Leaders Request Review of Climate Surveys on Campus Sexual Violence

United States Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Ro Khanna (D-CA), and Susan Davis (D-CA) requested Monday that the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) conduct a comprehensive review of past and existing campus climate surveys used to collect data on the incidence of sexual violence on college campuses in order to provide recommendations to Congress for developing...

Janet Benshoof, Reproductive Justice Leader, Dies at 70

A memorial service was held on Sunday for Janet Benshoof, a renowned human rights lawyer who spent much of her career defending the right to access abortion and contraceptives in the United States and around the world.
2018 Women's March--Reflecting on Challenges and Victories

2018 Women’s March–Reflecting on Challenges and Victories

This past weekend, thousands of feminist activists once again took the streets of cities and towns across the country for the Women’s Marches to protest a number of the policies and positions of the Trump administration and Republican controlled Congress including the dismantling of Title IX, the rollback of birth control coverage, the failure to...

Fairfax County Pushes Virginia to Ratify ERA

On Tuesday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously for a resolution in support of the Virginia legislature ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Government Shutdown Ends, Immigration Unrest Continues

“Promises aren’t going to protect our community, promises aren’t going to grant us a permanent solution” says Antonio Jaregui, a 20-year-old college student and Dreamer who was disappointed by the results of the government shutdown.

Judges Rule Two Congressional District Maps Unconstitutional

On Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s Republican drawn congressional districts were unconstitutional and ordered they be redrawn in the next several weeks.