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The Supreme Court Confirms Employer’s Control Over Employee’s Birth Control

Today, by a ruling of 7-2, the Supreme Court ruled that all employers may block their employee’s access to birth control in their health insurance coverage for their employees due to religious or moral objections. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision requiring employers to cover the costs of preventative care, which has previously...

Supreme Court Ruling Overturns Louisiana TRAP Law But The Work Continues

Today, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a Louisiana law mandating that abortion providers have nearby hospital admitting privileges. If upheld, the law would have closed most clinics across the state and set an example for other states seeking to restrict abortion access. “Today’s Supreme Court ruling overturned Louisiana’s transparent attempt to...

The Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Supreme Court Decision on DACA

Today, by a ruling of 5-4, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In a major win for the immigrant rights movement, the ruling will allow almost 700,000 “Dreamers” who were brought to the U.S. as children to remain in the country they call...

FMF Joins Nearly 400 Organizations Calling on Congress to Address Police Brutality

The Feminist Majority Foundation joined the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with nearly 400 other national organizations, to send a joint letter to leaders of Congress today calling for immediate federal legislation to deter police brutality against Black Americans. The letter outlined eight legislative steps Congress should take to address police brutality....

Historic Coalition of Women’s and Civil Rights Groups File Amicus Brief to Stop Alabama COVID-19 Order to Severely Restrict and Criminalize Abortion

Washington, DC –An historic coalition of women’s rights, civil rights, human rights, and reproductive justice groups including the National Organization for Women Foundation, the Feminist Majority Foundation and Legal Momentum, joined by 18 other organizations, including In Our Own Voice: The National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,...

U.S.-Taliban Agreement Jeopardizes Afghan Women’s Rights and Democracy

Statement of Eleanor Smeal, the President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, on the recent agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban   The United States and the Taliban signed an agreement this past Saturday, which focuses on the U.S. withdrawal and a guarantee by the Taliban that Afghanistan will not be used by terrorist groups...

Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal Responds to U.S. House Removing the ERA Timeline

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.J.Res. 79 removing the arbitrary timeline on the ERA by a vote of 232-183, with five Republicans voting in favor of the resolution. “The U.S. House declared today: There is no time limit on equality. How sweet it is! The U.S. House has acted swiftly to remove this...

The Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act

Washington, DC—Today Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) introduced the Smithsonian Women’s History Museum Act, which has 293 cosponsors and is expected to go to the U.S. House floor for a vote tomorrow afternoon. This bill will establish a Smithsonian museum dedicated to women’s history on the National Mall. “We...

Alabama Lawsuit Will Not Stop Drive for Equal Rights Amendment

STATEMENT OF ELEANOR SMEAL PRESIDENT OF THE FEMINIST MAJORITY   The filing this week of a lawsuit in a federal district court in Alabama by Alabama, Louisiana, and South Dakota attorneys general is nothing more than political grandstanding. A majority of incoming Virginia state senators and state house delegates are now pledged to ratify the...

In a Climate of Violence against Abortion Providers, Louisiana Abortion Law Could Wipe Out Abortion Access for Women

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), the National Organization for Women (NOW) Foundation, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Women’s Law Project filed an amicus brief in the June Medical Services v. Gee case that will be heard March 4, 2020 by the Supreme Court, opposing Louisiana’s law that requires doctors who provide abortion care to have...

House Judiciary Committee Votes on Resolution to Eliminate ERA Time Limit

The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds the markup of H.J. Res 79, a resolution that would eliminate the time limit for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). After last week’s statewide elections in Virginia, state legislators have pledged to bring the ERA to the Virginia Assembly for passage in early 2020, making it the...

Feminists Win Big in Virginia Legislative Races: The Equal Rights Amendment is in the Homestretch

Feminist issues won big in the Virginia State legislative races on Election Day 2019.  The Equal Rights Amendment, which was stopped from coming to the floor for a vote in 2019 and for more than two decades by Republican leadership, will now have both a strong Democratic majority in the House and Senate, with ERA...

Over 75 Members of Congress Send Letter to Sec. Pompeo Regarding Afghan Women’s Inclusion in Peace Talks

A bipartisan group of over 75 Members of Congress today sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to include Afghan women in the ongoing U.S.-Taliban peace negotiations and calling for any agreement to guarantee the protection of women’s rights. Statement by Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority: “The Feminist Majority supports Representative...

FMF President Eleanor Smeal’s Statement on Senator Susan Collins Meeting with Brett Kavanaugh

Tuesday morning, Senator Susan Collins of Maine met with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh this morning. Just 28% of women in the United States support his nomination, according to a new poll. Because women are still so underrepresented in the Senate, Senator Collins represents not only the state of Maine, but the voices of...

Trump-Pence Administration Will Impose Deadly Gag Rule on Women’s Health Clinics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2018 Contact: Megan Connor (DC) 703-522-2214 mconnor@feminist.org Candice Mercer (LA) 310-556-2500 cmercer@feminist.org Trump-Pence Administration Will Impose Deadly Gag Rule on Women’s Health Clinics WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump-Pence Administration intends to impose a gag rule on all women’s clinics receiving Title X funding prohibiting doctors, nurses, and all healthcare professionals...

Senate Version of Trumpcare Puts Women on the Chopping Block

The Feminist Majority condemns the cruel draft of the U.S. Senate healthcare bill released today that threatens to decimate Medicaid as we know it and rip health insurance away from millions. We’re calling on U.S. Senators to oppose the Senate’s deadly, heartless version of Trumpcare.

House Panel Veers Toward Obstructing Medical Research

Feminist Majority Foundation condemns House Panel’s obstruction of medical research that could help fight Zika and other life-threatening illnesses.
Abortion Clinics Nationwide Stay Open Despite Threats

Abortion Clinics Nationwide Stay Open Despite Threats

Despite increasing threats for over one year and the tragic shooting at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood, clinics nationwide stay opened over the weekend and performed vitally necessary health services for women.

Feminists Call on Yik Yak to Act

72 Women’s and Civil Rights Groups Urge Education Department to Issue New Federal Guidelines to Protect Students from Harassment and Cyber-threats Via Anonymous Social Media
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.