Press Releases

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...

California Governor Signs Groundbreaking Student Voter Bill

Governor Gavin Newsom has signed Assembly Bill 963, the Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act, into law. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), makes an historical investment to increase civic engagement among California’s 3.1 million students enrolled at the 147 public universities and colleges across the state. AB 963 gives these campuses...

Feminist Majority Foundation Campus Organizers Instrumental in Passage of Landmark California Bills

SACRAMENTO, CA —After months of advocacy by feminist activists and organizations working with college students, the California state legislature last week passed four bills—SB 24, SB 464, AB 963 and AB 59—that together will expand access to abortion care on college campuses, address disparities in maternal health care and increase civic engagement among young voters....

Without Afghan Women, There Can Be No Peace

Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation Afghan women have been demanding to be included in the peace negotiations since they began.   We should have listened to them. Studies have shown when women participate the resulting peace agreements are more successful and durable.  Moreover these talks were a direct violation of the...

The Feminist Majority Rallies Support for the ERA on Women’s Equality Day

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the day that Tennessee ratified the 19th amendment, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation Eleanor Smeal released the following statement: “Today is Women’s Equality Day but we obviously don’t have equality yet. In fact, we are going backwards. Our government has installed global and domestic gag rules,...

Statement From FMF President Eleanor Smeal on Planned Parenthood’s Withdrawal From Title X

A statement on Planned Parenthood’s impending withdrawal from Title X from Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation: “Today is a giant step backwards for reproductive justice, human rights, and the American medical community. The Trump-Pence domestic ‘gag rule’ prevents people who experience pregnancy from receiving full and accurate health information from their doctors,...

Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates the Introduction of the Federal Equal Rights Amendment in the Louisiana State Senate

Today the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was introduced in the Louisiana Senate by Louisiana State Senator Jean-Paul Morrell. It has been 47 years since the Louisiana Senate has voted in favor of ratifying women’s equality into the U.S. Constitution.

Feminist Majority Foundation Very Concerned Over Shannon Lee Goessling, Nominee to Head the Office of Violence Against Women at the Department of Justice

UPDATE: Senate Judiciary Committee documents show that they will no longer hold a nomination hearing tomorrow for Shannon Lee Goessling. Goessling’s hearing is expected to be rescheduled, and the concerns of the women’s rights community stand. Washington, DC—On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Shannon Lee Goessling,...

Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates “Period. End of Sentence.” on Winning Best Short Documentary at the 2019 Academy Awards

Los Angeles, CA— Last night at the 2019 Academy Awards, “Period. End of Sentence.” won Best Short Documentary. The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) worked with the women and girls behind this film, which tells the story of women in a small village outside Delhi, India who are leading a quiet revolution against the deeply rooted...

Almost Half of U.S. Abortion Clinics Experience Severe Violence, Threats of Severe Violence, and/or Severe Harassment According to New Feminist Majority Foundation Survey

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) today released the results from the 2018 National Clinic Violence Survey, finding that severe anti-abortion violence and threats against clinics, doctors, and staff remains dangerously high.

Feminist Majority Foundation Wins Groundbreaking Ruling from Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Title IX Online Sexual Harassment Case

On December 19, 2018, in a major victory for students nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a historic decision in Feminist Majority Foundation et al. v. University of Mary Washington et al.

STATEMENT: Feminist Majority Foundation Condemns New Title IX Proposed Rules

These new proposed Title IX rules are beyond outrageous and are offensive to every survivor who has only ever asked for an education free from sexual violence and harassment.

Trump Administration Issues Rules Allowing Birth Control Coverage Exemptions for Employers with Moral or Religious Objections

These rules are clearly designed to discriminate against women, stigmatize women’s health, and dismantle a key tenet of the Affordable Care Act, which allowed over 55 million women to gain access to birth control coverage without co-pays or other out of pocket costs.

FMF Strongly Condemns Trump Administration’s Newest Attack on Transgender Rights

The Trump Administration is once again doing everything in its power to carry out a mean-spirited attack on transgender individuals who deserve and need civil rights protections. This overt attack on trans lives is at odds with scientific fact, multiple federal court rulings, and the lived experiences of millions of Americans.

Sexual Violence Experts Speak Out on Christine Blasey Ford’s Sexual Assault Allegations at Press Conference Hosted by Feminist Majority Foundation

In the 27 years since Anita Hill, much progress has been made in understanding sexual harassment, assault, and violence, yet the national conversation surrounding Dr. Blasey Ford is still filled, after all these years, with hurtful myths that are traumatizing to survivors of sexual assault and damaging to the movement for justice.

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...

Janus v. AFSCME Decision Condemned by Feminist Majority Foundation

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling that public sector unions can no longer collect fees from public employees who opt not to be union members yet are covered by and profit from all of the benefits that unions achieve.