Political

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.
US Government Warns Southern States Against Defunding Planned Parenthood

US Government Warns Southern States Against Defunding Planned Parenthood

A US Federal agency warns Louisiana and Alabama of against defunding Planned Parenthood.
Obama Takes Step for Paid Sick Leave

Obama Takes Step for Paid Sick Leave

The Obama Administration has drafted an executive order to ensure paid sick leave and parental leave for all federally contracted employees and their subcontractors.
Federal Court Blocks Strict Texas Voter ID Law

Federal Court Blocks Strict Texas Voter ID Law

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling blocking a restrictive Texas voter ID law as a violation of the Voting Rights Act.
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.
President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans

President Obama Will Expand Overtime Pay to Millions of Americans

President Obama is proposing a plan this week to broaden overtime pay that is expected to affect millions of Americans in the working class, especially women.
Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a "Bad Deal" for Women

Eleanor Smeal Calls the TPP a “Bad Deal” for Women

Dozens of activists, leaders, and members of Congress joined Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal this morning to speak out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose “Fast Tracking” of TPP

Groups Hold National Day of Action to Oppose “Fast Tracking” of TPP

Activist groups are hosting a National Call-in Day of Action today, asking individuals across the nation to call their Representatives in the U.S. House and urge them to oppose Trade Promotion Authority, or “Fast Track”, for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade agreement that has raised serious human rights concerns and threatens US jobs. Fast...