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High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

High School Student Wins International Award for Creating HIV Test

Nicole Ticea, a teen from Vancouver, Canada, won a top prize at the Intel International and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest high school science research competition for her invention of a simple and low-cost HIV test. Ticea, who is just 16, created a simple and inexpensive HIV test that can be sold over-the-counter at very...
#SayHerName Protests Take Place in California and Across the Nation

#SayHerName Protests Take Place in California and Across the Nation

Dozens of topless protesters stopped traffic in San Francisco last week on the National Day of Action for Black Women and Girls to protest the lack of national attention for black women killed by police brutality. The protesters blocked a popular intersection in San Francisco, California, with signs and body paint with messages like this...
Appeals Court Rules Abortion Ban Past 12 Weeks Unconstitutional

Appeals Court Rules Abortion Ban Past 12 Weeks Unconstitutional

The eight circuit Court of Appeals just ruled an Arkansas abortion ban at 12 weeks of pregnancy as unconstitutional, permanently blocking this extreme abortion ban. SB 134, which state legislators attempted to pass as a “regulation”, would ban all abortions past 12 weeks with very few exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or medical emergencies....
California Passes Reproductive FACT Act

California Passes Reproductive FACT Act

The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday.
Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland Votes Overwhelmingly to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Ireland became the first country in the world to pass marriage equality through popular vote on Friday.
Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

Maryland Governor Will Not Veto LGBT Rights Bills

The Maryland General Assembly passed SB 743 / HB 862 and SB 416 / HB 838 by wide margins and with bipartisan support on March 24, after which both were sent to the Governor's desk.
New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

New York Politicians, Advocates, and Activists Have Come Together to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Following a report by the New York Times on the exploitation of nail salon workers almost two weeks ago, New York state and city officials have partnered with advocates and volunteers to bring comprehensive educational programs and labor reforms to the 5,000 licensed salons in the state.
Senate Votes to Advance "Fast Tracking" of Dangerous Trade Agreement

Senate Votes to Advance “Fast Tracking” of Dangerous Trade Agreement

The US Senate voted yesterday to advance "fast track" trade legislation on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.
Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

Los Angeles May Be The Next City to Raise The Minimum Wage to $15

The Los Angeles City Council voted 14 to 1 on Tuesday to have the City Attorney draft an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage for certain workers to $10.50 an hour effective July 2016, and then gradually to $15 an hour by 2020.
SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

Last night, SLUT: The Play, a powerful play about the realities of sexual assault in high schools, was performed for thousands at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
New York Attorney General Moves to Expand Access to Contraceptives

New York Attorney General Moves to Expand Access to Contraceptives

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman introduced the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act of 2015 last week to enhance the availability of contraception for New Yorkers.
Feminist Majority Foundation Honors Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Star-Studded Event

Feminist Majority Foundation Honors Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Star-Studded Event

Yesterday's Global Women’s Rights awards recognized Rhimes and Kohan as two of the most influential showrunners in television today.
House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors

House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Limiting Access for Rape Survivors

The House passed a 20-week abortion bill yesterday, making it plain that House Republicans feel that denying women access to abortion care is one of their top three priorities.
Members of Congress Renew the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Members of Congress Renew the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) re-introduced the Equal Rights Amendment yesterday in a bipartisan effort to put women in the United States Constitution.
Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees

Facebook Just Improved Wages and Benefits for Contracted Employees

Facebook Incorporated Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced today that the social media powerhouse will be requiring improved benefits from its contractors, including higher pay, paid leave, and a $4,000 new child benefit.
The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today

The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today

House Bill 36 is a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime or seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion.
Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Governor Cuomo Issues Emergency Orders to Protect Nail Salon Workers

Cuomo’s actions fall in the wake of a New York Times exposé on the lives of manicurists in New York City detailing 10- to 12-hour shifts, poor conditions, health risks, low wages, and other exploitation.
Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

Pregnant Women Left Vulnerable After Devastating Nepal Earthquake

About 14,000 women are expected to give birth in the coming weeks, and thousands of them are at risk of complications that require emergency care.
Obama Administration Clarifies ACA Birth Control Benefit After Reports of Conflicting Policies

Obama Administration Clarifies ACA Birth Control Benefit After Reports of Conflicting Policies

The Obama administration announced yesterday in new guidance to health insurance companies that insurers are obligated to cover all forms of birth control under the Affordable Care Act.
Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Afghan Girls Win Gold at International Science Competition

Three schoolgirls from Afghanistan won gold in biology at an international science competition hosted in Kenya last week.