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.
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.
FMF Executive Director Will Speak on Gender in Policing and Defusing Police Violence

FMF Executive Director Will Speak on Gender in Policing and Defusing Police Violence

Katherine Spillar will speak at the City Club of Cleveland tomorrow about how gender equity in policing can reducing incidents of police violence and enhance the ability of police to improve relations with the communities they serve.
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.
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President Assures There Will Be Justice for Farkhunda in Afghanistan Following Outcry by Women's Rights Leaders

President Assures There Will Be Justice for Farkhunda in Afghanistan Following Outcry by Women’s Rights Leaders

Leaders were outraged last week when the Appeals Court of Afghanistan reversed the death penalties issued in the murder case of Farkhunda, who was killed by an angry mob in March.
The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress

The EACH Woman Act Expanding Abortion Access Was Just Introduced in Congress

Congresswomen Barbara Lee, Jan Schakowsky, and Diana DeGette today introduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, which would lift restrictions on health insurance coverage for abortion.
Today in Herstory: Democratic Nominee for President Urges His Paty to Reconsider Suffrage

Today in Herstory: Democratic Nominee for President Urges His Paty to Reconsider Suffrage

July 7, 1920: To the surprise of many long-time suffragists and veteran political observers, it's starting to look as if it may be Democrats, not Republicans, who will be responsible for the final step needed to put woman suffrage into the Constitution.
Today in Herstory: Suffragists Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for Picketing the White House

Today in Herstory: Suffragists Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for Picketing the White House

July 6, 1917: Three days in jail was the sentence Judge Mullowney reluctantly imposed today in Washington, D.C.'s Police Court on eleven of the suffragists who took part in a "Silent Sentinel" picketing of the White House on July 4th.
Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Girls' Education Around the World

Michelle Obama Speaks Out About Girls’ Education Around the World

The First Lady delivered an inspiring speech promoting girls’ education earlier this month at London’s Mulberry School.
Affirmative Consent Education May Soon Be the Norm for California High School Students

Affirmative Consent Education May Soon Be the Norm for California High School Students

California legislation aimed at preventing sexual assault and educating high school students on healthy relationships is poised to become law, as it passed the California Assembly Education Committee last week.
US Women's Soccer World Cup Win Comes Despite Huge Inequalities

US Women’s Soccer World Cup Win Comes Despite Huge Inequalities

Despite national and international celebration, disparities in coverage, respect, and pay still linger between women’s and men’s soccer teams.
National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta

National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta

Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum.
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.
Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights

Women’s Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights

A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering

Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering

In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions to draw federal congressional districts and taking that power away from the state legislature.
Community Members, Advocates, and Celebrities Stand in Support with Bree Newsome

Community Members, Advocates, and Celebrities Stand in Support with Bree Newsome

On June 27 at about 6:30 AM, Bree Newsome scaled the flagpole at South Carolina’s Statehouse and removed the confederate flag.
The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas' Abortion Clinics

The Supreme Court Just Saved Texas’ Abortion Clinics

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 today to put a temporary hold on a Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that would have closed all but 9 of the state’s abortion clinics in Texas. The order from the Supreme Court comes in response to an emergency request filed by women’s health care providers on...
We Need to Talk About the SCOTUS Marriage Equality Dissenters

We Need to Talk About the SCOTUS Marriage Equality Dissenters

It was a moment in time that I will remember for the rest of my life. It was the kind of joy you experience deep in your chest. But what I’m really going to remember is how close it was.
President Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy in Charleston

President Obama Delivers Moving Eulogy in Charleston

The nation is remembering the nine victims of the Emanuel AME Church mass shooting this week, as President Obama gave an unforgettable eulogy for State Senate Reverend Clementa Pinckney.