Feminist Newswire
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

A vote to eliminate all federal funding to the national organization fell short of the votes necessary for such an action.
Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Federal Court Strikes Down Nation's Strictest Abortion Ban

Federal Court Strikes Down Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban

A federal court upheld this week that North Dakota’s strict abortion ban law is unconstitutional, blocking it permanently.
Kenyan Groups Empowering Women Are Also Changing Their Communities

Kenyan Groups Empowering Women Are Also Changing Their Communities

Thanks to three different women’s groups in Kenya, rural villages are prospering.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination

The EEOC declared that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects the LGBT community from workplace discrimination.
70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad

70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad

The Feminist Majority and over 70 other groups released a letter to President Obama yesterday that calls on him to reinterpret the Helms Amendment and meet with the people running women's health programs in Africa on an upcoming trip to the continent.
Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest

Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland’s Arrest

Texas officials today released dash cam video footage showing Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia physically threatening Sandra Bland, a 28-year old African-American woman who died in police custody last week.
Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off

Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off

Scott Walker signed off on a new budget last week that ended the state’s law banning seven-day work weeks.
Viola Davis and Taraji Henson Make Emmy History

Viola Davis and Taraji Henson Make Emmy History

This past weekend, two African American women were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the same year for the first time in Emmy history.
Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week

Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week

Last week, anti-abortion extremist group Operation Save America hosted its annual national event of increased harassment and protesting outside targeted and vulnerable clinics in Alabama.
Businesses in the UK Will Now Be Required to Report Differences in Earnings By Gender

Businesses in the UK Will Now Be Required to Report Differences in Earnings By Gender

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron announced a measure last week aimed at making the gender pay gap much more visible.
President Obama's Definition of Rape is a Sign of Progress

President Obama’s Definition of Rape is a Sign of Progress

President Obama was recently asked about Bill Cosby - and in his answer, gave a modern definition of consent that has feminists across the country applauding.
This DC Council Member Wants Sexual Assault Convictions to Appear on College Transcripts

This DC Council Member Wants Sexual Assault Convictions to Appear on College Transcripts

DC At-Large Council member Anita Bonds proposed new legislation this week that would require colleges and universities to clearly mark the transcript of a college student convicted of sexual assault while on campus, putting it permanently on a student's college record.
Pentagon Starts Process to Lift Ban on Transgender Military Members

Pentagon Starts Process to Lift Ban on Transgender Military Members

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced this week that the Department of Defense will begin the process of lifting the ban on transgender military service members.
Chicago Public Schools Will Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls After Title IX Complaint

Chicago Public Schools Will Increase Athletic Opportunities for Girls After Title IX Complaint

Chicago public schools and the Office for Civil rights reached an agreement late last week to provide equal athletic opportunity for boys and girls.
Senate Blocks Global Gag Rule

Senate Blocks Global Gag Rule

  A bipartisan majority in the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that repeals the anti-abortion “Global Gag Rule” and restores $600 million in funding for international family planning and reproductive health services. Republican Senator Mark Kirk (IL) and GOP Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) joined Senate Democrats in passing the amendment....
Women Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Contraception Following the ACA's Implementation

Women Are Saving Hundreds of Dollars on Contraception Following the ACA’s Implementation

Since the Affordable Care Act took effect, women have saved dramatically on birth control and emergency contraception.
Black Communities Overwhelmingly Support Reproductive Rights

Black Communities Overwhelmingly Support Reproductive Rights

A new study has found that the majority of Black men and women believe in a woman's right to choose and want women to have access to abortion care and contraception.
The Kansas AG is Fighting to Uphold an Anti-Abortion Law

The Kansas AG is Fighting to Uphold an Anti-Abortion Law

Earlier this month, the Kansas Attorney General announced his plans to appeal a Shawnee County Judge's ruling which blocked an anti-choice law in the state.
Successful Family Planning Initiative In Colorado Is At Risk

Successful Family Planning Initiative In Colorado Is At Risk

Colorado’s Family Planning Initiative (CFPI), which offers teenagers and poor women free and low-cost intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants and has significantly reduced the state’s teen pregnancy and abortion rates, may soon disappear. The CFPI’s private grant is set to run out this year, and Colorado state representatives have eliminated the program’s funding by voting...