Lori Lightfoot Elected as First Black Woman to Serve as Chicago Mayor

Lori Lightfoot won the Chicago Mayoral runoff Tuesday, defeating multiple career politicians and prominent local Democratic leaders. Lightfoot will be the first black woman to serve as Mayor in Chicago, as well as the first openly gay person. The race for Chicago Mayor started with over fourteen candidates. Lightfoot faced Preckwinkle in a historical election...

UN General Assembly Presidents States Regression in Women’s Political Power

U.N. President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa addressed the Commission on Tuesday stating there has been a “serious regression” in women’s political power, pointing at the lack of progress for women in leaderships positions globally. In response to these obstacles Gabriela Cuevas Barron, The head of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, proposed increased affirmative action...

Women for the White House – Victoria Woodhull and More

Victoria Woodhull, a 19th century women’s right activist and business owner, was the first woman to run for president in 1872 under the Equal Rights Party, 50 years before women gained the right to vote.

Voters Are Choosing Progressive Women of Color

Last week, near the end of a primary season marked by an unprecedented numbers of victories for progressive women of color, Ayanna Pressley won the Democratic primary for the 7th district of Massachusetts, unseating ten term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano.

Supreme Court Upholds Ohio Voter Suppression Law

In a 5-4 decision last week, the Supreme Court upheld an Ohio law that removes voters from voter rolls after four years of inactivity. This reversed the 6th Circuit Appeals Court’s decision finding that the Ohio policy violated the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, a law that bans removing voters from voter rolls for failing...

Pennsylvania Women Win Big in Primaries

Pennsylvania currently has no women serving in the U.S. Congress, but that could soon change following a strong performance from women candidates in yesterday’s primary race, many of whom have a strong chance at winning their general elections.

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.

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.

Thousands of Wisconsin Voters Blocked by Voter ID Laws in 2016 Election

A recent study shows that as many as 23,000 eligible voters in Wisconsin were discouraged from casting a ballot in the 2016 presidential election due to the state’s voter ID laws.

Today is National Voter Registration Day

Today, September 26, is National Voter Registration Day. First celebrated in 2012, National Voter Registration Day serves to raise awareness about voter registration deadlines so that all eligible voters are able to participate in upcoming elections.

County of Durham, NC Unanimously Endorses CEDAW

In a general meeting on September 11, the Durham County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt a resolution that endorses the Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

What to Expect as Congress Heads Back to Washington

Members of Congress returned to Washington yesterday after a month long August recess and there is a long agenda on the docket, but their first priority will be to pass a budget bill that will fund the government for fiscal year 2018. If they do not pass a budget bill by September 30, the federal...

Minnesota Elects First-Ever Somali American Lawmaker

This Tuesday, Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American legislator, winning a seat in the Minnesota House.

Moderate Republicans Sweep Kansas State Legislature and Senate, Ousting Conservative Incumbents

On Tuesday, moderates swept the Republican primary races in Kansas, ousting 14 conservative state legislator incumbents, and ushering another 7 moderates into open seats, a sign that many Kansans are not happy with Governor Sam Brownback’s slashes to government services.

The Shattering of the Highest Glass Ceiling

This week Hillary Clinton made history when she became the first woman ever to receive the nomination for President of the United States from a major political party.
Senate Democrats Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senate Democrats Block Effort to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senators voted 47-52 yesterday to block a short-term spending bill, falling short of the 60 votes needed to defund Planned Parenthood beginning in October.
Obama Issues Executive Order for Paid Sick Leave

Obama Issues Executive Order for Paid Sick Leave

This Labor Day, the Obama Administration utilized the three-day weekend to take a step toward making the country a little more family-friendly.
Judge Rules Employers Can Object to Contraceptive Coverage on Moral Grounds

Judge Rules Employers Can Object to Contraceptive Coverage on Moral Grounds

A court sided with anti-choice group March for Life, denying employees of the group contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Model Gender Equity Directive

“Gender equity must permeate every level of City operations—as leaders, employers, and service providers,” the unparalleled directive reads.
Four States Have Now Defunded Planned Parenthood

Four States Have Now Defunded Planned Parenthood

As investigations in the Planned Parenthood fall flat, anti-choice Republican legislators are moving to pull funding at a state level.