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Legal Cutbacks for the Poor

The Republican Congress has significantly decreased the amount of funding for Legal Aid Programs designed to help the poor. Congress has reduced the budgets of sixteen national organizations, which provide legal advice to lawyers in neighborhood offices, by twenty-four percent this year alone. Due to budget cuts, the National Housing Law Project in Oakland, California […]

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Lesbians March In Huairou

Huairou, China, Sept. 5 – I joined several hundred other people to march for lesbian rights on Tuesday, September 5th. The march spanned nearly the entire NGO forum site, beginning at the main entrance and ending at the lesbian tent at the other end of the site. Demonstrating the international nature of the movement, slogans […]

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New England Journal of Medicine Steps Up Security

After receiving an angry fax from Operation Rescue activist Terry Randall, the New England Journal of Medicine has tightened security at its Boston-based offices. Randall sent the fax in response to a study published in the Journal and written by Dr. Richard Hausknecht which found that a combination of two commonly available medicines can induce […]

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U.S. Circuit Court Strikes Down Portions of Restrictive Abortion Law

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that portions of a 1993 South Dakota law are too restrictive. The panel ruled that the state cannot include a parental notification mandate unless the minor also has the option of receiving permission from another authority, such as a court. The court also […]

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Implant Makers and Women’s Lawyers Miss Deadline for New Settlement

Lead attorneys for women suing breast implant manufacturers failed to reach an agreement with the manufacturers within the thirty day period set by U.S. District Judge Sam Pointer. Last fall, Pointer had approved a $4.25 billion settlement by which implant recipients would each receive a net payment ranging form $105,000 to $1.4 million based on […]

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Students Protest Anti-Affirmative Action Decision

Within the first week of the fall semester, students at UC-Berkeley protested this summer University of California Regents’ decision to eliminate affirmative action in all California University admissions policies. Nearly three-hundred students gathered on noon Wednesday and a smaller group went on to blockade the admissions office for the rest of the afternoon. Organizers claim […]

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Citadel Alternative Began Yesterday for South Carolina Women

Twenty-two women began training yesterday at the newly created South Carolina Institute of Leadership for Women. South Carolina and the Citadel gave Converse College, a private women’s school, $10 million to start the leadership program in an attempt to keep women out of the publicly funded Citadel. A federal judge is scheduled to rule in […]

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Fire Destroys St. Petersburg Abortion Clinic

Fire struck the St. Petersburg’s All Women’s Health Center yesterday at approximately 8:30 p.m. The fire, which destroyed the entire building, is the second fire the center has experienced within the past eight days. Officials have concluded that arson was the cause of the first fire and suspect it is the cause of the second […]

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NOW asks for Reynolds’ Resignation

NOW has called on Representative Mel Reynolds to quit immediately. The Illinois Democrat was convicted last week of eleven counts of sexual misconduct and of having sex with a minor. NOW Vice President Rosemary Dempsey stated that such activity was incompatible with service as a public official. Reynolds, who faces sentencing on September 12, plans […]

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House Republicans Raising Large Contributions

According to the Federal Election Commission, members of both parties in the House raised a combined $43.8 million in the first six months of this year. This represents a 38 percent increase over the 1993 amount for the same time period and the highest total since such records have been kept. In an attempt to […]

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From Beijing…

The Feminist Majority’s delegation to the Fourth World Women’s Conference reports that conditions in Beijing are good. Yesterday, they traveled to Huairou, and the conditions there were far more “rustic.” The commute, however, did not cause any of the expected problems and took approximately forty minutes. The delegation also has easy access to computers and […]

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Numbers Heading to Beijing Show Growth in Women’s Movement

In 1990 three-thousand delegates and eleven thousand activists convened in Nairobi to attend the United Nation Women’s Conference. This year, despite adverse circumstances such as a last-minute site change and difficulty in obtaining visas, over forty-thousand women plan to attend the Beijing Conference. Six thousand delegates will attend the Fourth World Conference on Women, and […]

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Clintons Mark Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, Hillary Clinton Heads to Beijing

While celebrating the 75th anniversary of the nineteenth amendment in Wyoming, the Clintons reiterated the importance of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on women. Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday accepted an invitation to attend the conference, commenting that her trip to Beijing will be “about giving a voice to women,” as the U.S. delegation […]

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Packwood Shifts Course, Wants Hearings in Public

Senator Bob Packwood (R-Ore.) announced on Friday that he now does want the Senate ethics committee to conduct public hearings on charges against him of sexual misconduct. Packwood had earlier requested, and the Senate voted 52-48 to allow, closed hearings — since then, however, two new allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced. There is speculation […]

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Female Legislators on the Decline

Even as democracy grows in Eastern European and African nations, the overall number of women in parliaments is declining. The Inter-Parliamentary Union reported Sunday that of 105 parliaments women made up only 11.3 percent of legislators. This represents a drop from 1988 when women made up 14.8 percent of legislators. The higher percentages of women […]

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Calvin Klein, Inc. to Cease Latest Ad Campaign

Under fire from child welfare authorities, leaders of the Catholic league and the conservative American Family Association, Calvin Klein, Inc. announced Monday that it would cease its latest ad campaign for Klein’s designer jeans. The critics, who threatened a nationwide boycott, likened the ads to child-pornography and argued that Klein had gone too far this […]

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Bank Merger to Adversely and Disproportionately Affect Women Workers

The board of directors of Chase Manhattan Bank and Chemical Banking announced today that they have voted on a $10 billion stock swap to merge the two banks in an effort to save $1.5 billion annually. The banks said that the new bank, which will maintain the Chase name, expects double-digit per-share earnings and a […]

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Thousands of Women Arrive Safely in Beijing

Delegates and activists arrived in Beijing Monday ready to begin the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women. Approximately 24,000 activists are expected to participate in the Non-Governmental Organizations Forum, which begins Wednesday and runs through September the eighth. The conference itself, which runs from September the fourth to the fifteenth, is expected to draw […]

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Rock for Choice Roe v. Wade Anniversary Show

Taking an electric and eclectic stand against anti-abortion violence,Primus, Fishbone, Face to Face, No Doubt, The Geraldine Fibbers,Possum Dixon, Weapon of Choice, and Stone Fox performed during the Feminist Majority’s Rock for Choice Roe v. Wade anniversary show at the Hollywood Palladium on January 21st. San Francisco based Stone Fox started the night with a […]