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6/24/2013 Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back to Appeals Court
Today the Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case on the affirmative action program at the University of Texas at Austin campus, deciding to send the case back to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for further scrutiny in a seven to one decision....
11/16/2012 Appeals Court Rejects MI Affirmative Action Ban
The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit rejected a ban that currently prohibits Michigan from instituting affirmative action policies in higher education on Thursday by an 8 to 7 vote. The Court ruled [PDF] that a 2006 referendum approved by Michigan voters that prohibits race or gender from being used as a factor in university admissions violates the 14th Amendment because it places additional burdens on minorities....
10/10/2012 SCOTUS Hears Affirmative Action Case
The US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in affirmative action case Fisher v....
9/4/2012 Democratic Platform Approved: Supports Abortion Access, Equal Rights Amendment, Same-Sex Marriage
The Democratic National Convention began this morning by releasing Democratic 2012 Party Platform, which seeks to protect abortion access, ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, defend Obamacare, support immigration reform and legalize same-sex marriage among other positions. The platform takes the following positions: On abortion - "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way." On the Equal Rights Amendment and women's rights - "We are committed to ensuring full equality for women: we reaffirm our support for the Equal Rights Amendment, recommit to enforcing Title IX, support the Paycheck Fairness Act, and will urge ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women." On health care - "Democrats will continue to fight for a strong health care workforce with an emphasis on primary care....
8/30/2012 RNC Platform Would Ban Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, and Potentially Reverse ADA
On Tuesday, the Republican Party approved their 2012 platform, which seeks to undo years of legislation protecting reproductive choice, marriage equality, disability rights, affirmative action, education, immigration reform, and voting rights among others. The platform takes the following positions: On abortion - "We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed....
4/3/2012 California's Ban on Affirmative Action Upheld
A federal appeals court upheld California's statewide ban on using affirmative action in admissions decisions at public universities yesterday....
2/22/2012 US Supreme Court to Consider Affirmative Action Case
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court indicated that it would hear a case, Fisher v....
2/22/2012 UC Davis to Pay $1.35 Million Settlement in Title IX Case
Last week, the University of California at Davis agreed to pay $1.35 million in a settlement with three women wrestlers after a US Federal Court ruled in August 2011 that the university violated Title IX by not sufficiently expanding intercollegiate athletic opportunities for female students between 1998 and 2005....
9/30/2011 UC Berkeley Students Protest over Mock Diversity Bake Sale
Students at UC Berkeley have been engaged in an ongoing debate and protest this week after a GOP campus group organized an anti-affirmative action bake sale on Tuesday....
7/8/2011 MI Affirmative Action Ban
A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit voted 2-1 to strike down the anti-affirmative action provision of the Michigan Constitution....
5/13/2011 Ensign Charged, Coburn Named Collaborator
Following a 22 month investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Vice Chair Johnny Isakson (R-GA), released a report yesterday, supported unanimously by the bipartisan committee of three Democrats and three Republicans, that former Nevada Senator John Ensign violated Senate rules, broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and engaged in sex discrimination....
2/18/2011 South Dakota "Justifiable Homicide" Bill Struck Down in House
The South Dakota anti-abortion bill (HR 1171) that would have altered the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings aimed to prevent harm to an unborn child failed yesterday in the state's House by an overwhelming vote of 61-4....
2/15/2011 SD "Justifiable Homicide" Bill Could Endanger Abortion Providers
In South Dakota, an extreme anti-abortion bill (HR 1171) that would alter the definition of "justifiable homicide" to include killings aimed to prevent harm to an unborn child passed out of the state's House Judiciary Committee by a vote of nine to three....
11/30/2010 Boston Superintendent of Schools Delays Decision to Set up Single-Sex Academies
Carol Johnson, Superintendent of Boston Schools, announced her decision late last week to reevaluate her earlier decision to establish public single-sex academies in Boston city schools....
9/29/2010 Class-Action Status Granted to IA State Employment Discrimination Case
On Tuesday, a District Court judge granted class-action status to a lawsuit filed by 32 plaintiffs alleging that they were denied state jobs or promotions in Iowa because of their race....
8/9/2010 New Kenyan Constitution Includes Gains for Women
Sixty-seven percent of Kenyan citizens voted to implement a new constitution late last week, which will decrease the powers of the presidency, expand the rights of citizens and advance the status of women....
2/22/2010 Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against CA Anti-Affirmative Action Measure
A class action lawsuit was filed last week alleges that the civil rights of Black, Latina/o, and Native American applicants to California schools are violated due to an amendment, Proposition 209, to the state constitution....
2/17/2010 UT State Senate Proposes Affirmative Action Ban
The Utah state Senate proposed a ban on affirmative action Friday....
10/15/2009 Celebrated Journalist Nan Robertson Dies
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nan Robertson died of heart failure on October 13 at a nursing home in Rockville, Maryland....
6/17/2009 Egypt Approves Quota for Women in Parliament
The Egyptian parliament passed a law Sunday adding 64 seats reserved for women to the lower house of the legislature....
4/27/2009 California Attorney General Says Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Unconstitutional
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a letter to the California state Supreme Court that Proposition 209, an amendment to the California constitution passed in 1996 that prohibits affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting, is unconstitutional....
2/19/2009 National Gender Equity Campaign Launched in South Africa
A campaign was launched in South Africa today by the National Gender Machinery that aims to create equal representation of women in political and decision-making positions in both the public and private sectors....
12/18/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure Petition Circulating in Missouri
A petition to amend the Missouri consitution to ban affirmative action was approved for circulation by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan last week....
11/10/2008 Connerly Will Not Challenge Colorado's Rejection of Affirmative Action Ban
Ward Connerly a California businessman whose efforts have led to affirmative action bans in California, Michigan, Washington, and Nebraska may cease his nationwide anti-affirmative action campaign....
11/6/2008 Youth Voters' Impact is Clear
Preliminary analyses indicate that young voters turned out in high numbers on Tuesday....
9/4/2008 One of Two Colorado Affirmative Action Measures Disqualified
The measure that would have preserved affirmative action programs in Colorado will not be on the November ballot....
9/2/2008 Arizona Affirmative Action Ban will not be on November Ballot
An anti-affirmative action ballot measure in Arizona will not be on the November ballot....
8/29/2008 Disqualification of Arizona Affirmative Action Ban Challenged
A last-minute lawsuit filed Wednesday in Arizona seeks to put a decertified affirmative action ban back on the ballot....
8/25/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure Disqualified in Arizona
The anti-affirmative action ballot measure scheduled to be on the November ballot in Arizona has been disqualified....
8/19/2008 Arizona Affirmative Action Ballot Measure Challenged
A legal challenge of the proposed anti-affirmative action ballot initiative in Arizona was filed Monday....
8/15/2008 Report Released on Affirmative Action in Public Discourse
A new report analyzes the impact media has in framing the current affirmative action debates and generally concludes that media portrayals are often biased and misinformed....
8/4/2008 FM President Eleanor Smeal Testifies at DNC Platform Hearing
Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal testified at the Democratic National Platform Hearing in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday....
7/30/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Measures on November Ballots in AZ, CO, and NE
Anti-affirmative action measures will be on the state-wide ballots in Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska this November....
5/16/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Initiatives Hit Roadblocks
Ward Connerly’s efforts to place anti-affirmative action initiatives of the November ballots in five states have hit roadblocks....
5/8/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Initiative Defeated in Missouri
The campaign to place a ban on affirmative action on Missouri's November state ballot failed to produce enough signatures by the required deadline on Sunday....
4/8/2008 Opponents of Affirmative Action Withdraw Petition in Oklahoma
An anti-affirmative action group withdrew their ballot initiative in Oklahoma after failing to collect the required amount of valid signatures....
4/2/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative Faces Charges of Fraud
Affirmative action advocates are urging voters in Colorado to speak out against the fraudulent practices of petitioners for an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative....
3/17/2008 United Nations Finds US Not Combating Racism Effectively
The United Nations (UN) Committee on Elimination of Racial Discrimination called attention to the wide racial disparities that continue to exist in the US....
3/14/2008 UN Deputy Secretary General Declares Women's Role Essential to Reaching Development Goals
The United Nations (UN) Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro announced in a speech that efforts to reach the UN's Millennium Development Goals must focus on empowering women....
2/7/2008 November Ballot Initiative Round Up
Ten states may have anti-abortion initiatives and five may have anti-affirmative action initiatives on the November state ballots....
1/11/2008 Affirmative Action Opponents Praise Judge's Ruling on Ballot Language
Backers of an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative in Missouri praised a decision Monday to rewrite the summary language that will appear on the ballot if the measure qualifies for the November election....
9/27/2007 Philadelphia Court Defends Right to Dispense EC without Parental Notification
On Friday in Philadelphia, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that a city health clinic did not violate the rights of a 16-year-old girl by giving her the emergency contraception she requested, or the rights of her parents by not notifying them. The girl, Melissa Anspach, went to the clinic in January 2004 fearing that she was pregnant and requested emergency contraception....
9/14/2007 Blow to Affirmative Action Averted in Senate
This week the US Senate averted an attempt to eliminate funding for the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program for transportation construction, an affirmative action program for women and minorities....
8/6/2007 CalTech Sees Record Numbers in Women's Matriculation
Forty-two percent of the incoming class at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) will be women, marking an all-time high since women were first admitted in 1970....
1/10/2007 Controversial Bush Judicial Nominees Withdrawn
Less than two months after re-nominating four controversial Court of Appeals nominees during the lame duck session, President Bush did not include these men in his first list of judicial nominees to the new Congress....
12/5/2006 Groups Rally to Protect Affirmative Action in High Court Cases
Advocacy groups, students, and supporters of affirmative action rallied at the Supreme Court yesterday morning as the high court considered two lawsuits on the subject....
11/9/2006 Michigan Votes to Ban Affirmative Action
Michigan voters approved a state-wide ban on affirmative action in public education, public employment, and state contracts on Tuesday....
10/27/2006 Changes to Title IX Weaken Safeguards Against Sex Discrimination in Public Ed
The US Department of Education (ED) announced changes to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 on Wednesday that will "expand flexibility" for the creation of sex-segregated classrooms, programs, and entire schools with public funds....
9/1/2006 Bush to Resubmit Extreme Right-Wing Nominees to Federal Bench
President Bush has announced that he will re-nominate five of his most contentious nominees to serve on federal appellate courts when the Senate reconvenes next week....
7/17/2006 MI Supreme Court Allows Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure
The Michigan Supreme Court decided last week that it would allow an anti-affirmative action proposal on the November ballot, despite allegations that many of the signatures were gathered using deception....
5/25/2006 Opposition to Michigan Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Grows
An anti-affirmative action bill that will likely appear on Michigan's November 7 ballot is facing increasing opposition by individuals who feel they were duped into signing a petition in favor of the proposed initiative....
5/1/2006 Controversial Bush Nominee Boyle Failed to Acknowledge Conflicts of Interest
A new report has revealed that US District Court Judge Terrence Boyle, President Bush's nominee to the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals, failed to recuse himself from nine cases in which he had a conflict of interest....
2/10/2006 Ms Magazine Associate Publisher Named Young Woman of Achievement
Ms Magazine Associate Publisher Alicia Daly was honored with a "Young Woman of Achievement" Award by the Women's Information Network (WIN) at their 13th annual awards event on Wednesday evening....
1/31/2006 Alito Confirmation Must Be a Wake-Up Call
Following the Senate confirmation of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court by a vote of 58-42, Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal issued the following statement: The confirmation of Samuel Alito to the seat of Sandra Day O’Connor must be a wake-up call for American women....
1/25/2006 Michigan Anti-Civil Rights Initiative Language Approved
The Michigan Board of Canvassers on Friday approved language for an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative to be placed on the ballot this November....
1/4/2006 Students from 35 States Come to Washington, DC to Stop Alito
Students from 35 States Come to Washington, DC to Stop Alito Feminist Majority Foundation Announces Freedom Winter '06 WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint national campaign to block the confirmation of Samuel Alito because of the serious threat he poses to the future of women's rights and civil rights....
1/4/2006 Women’s Rights Groups Announce Joint Campaign to Block Alito
The Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, today announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint campaign to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito....
11/21/2005 Biden: Chances for Alito Filibuster Have Increased
In an interview on FOX News Sunday, Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) indicated that the chances for a filibuster against Samuel Alito have increased following the release of Alito's 1985 job application....
11/2/2005 MI: Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Will be on 2006 Ballot
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the Board of State Canvassers should approve petitions that would put an initiative to end affirmative action on the November 2006 ballot....
9/13/2005 EDITORIAL: Day One of the Roberts Hearings
by Eleanor Smeal, President Feminist Majority Today on Capitol Hill, John G....
9/12/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes Nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President The Feminist Majority, a leading nationwide women's rights organization, strongly opposes the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
9/12/2005 Hearings on Roberts Begin; Groups Opposing Roberts Hold Demonstrations
The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on John Roberts for the Supreme Court begin today....
9/7/2005 Roberts Hearings to Begin September 12 at Noon
The feminist movement is gearing up in preparation for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings on John Roberts for Chief Justice....
9/5/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes Nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President The Feminist Majority strongly opposes the nomination of John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
9/2/2005 Leading Grassroots Organizations Oppose John Roberts
Leading organizations, including the Feminist Majority, held a press conference today on the grassroots efforts to defeat John Roberts, President Bush’s nominee for the Supreme Court....
8/22/2005 Newly Released Memos Confirm Roberts' Hostility to Women’s Rights
Papers released on Thursday by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library show that John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, was hostile to measures designed to protect and expand women's rights....
8/17/2005 Roberts Referred to 'Abortion Tragedy' in 1985 Memo
A memo just released by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library sheds more light onto John Roberts' views on abortion rights....
7/27/2005 Gonzales Says Roe Not 'Settled Law' for Roberts as a Supreme Court Justice
US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said that as a Supreme Court Justice, John Roberts would not be bound by precedent on abortion rights as he was as an appeals court judge....
7/27/2005 A More Right-Wing Roberts Being Revealed Daily
The White House released some of the papers of John Roberts, Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, but refused to release papers from when Roberts was deputy solicitor general under the George Bush, Sr from 1989 to 1993....
7/26/2005 Poll: Americans Want to Know Roberts' Opinion on Abortion
A new poll found that the majority of Americans not only want to know Supreme Court nominee John Roberts' position on abortion but also want him to support a woman's right to legal abortion....
7/20/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes John Roberts for the Supreme Court
Arlington, VA – The Feminist Majority today announced its opposition to John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the United States Supreme Court....
7/19/2005 BULLETIN: President Bush Nominates Right-Wing John Roberts to Supreme Court
President Bush nominated DC Circuit Court Judge John Roberts to the US Supreme Court....
7/11/2005 Prominent Women Discuss Issues at Stake for Women in Supreme Court Fight
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7/5/2005 Women Leaders Rally for Abortion Rights
Feminist leaders and activists rallied in Tennessee over the weekend declaring a state of emergency for women's rights with the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
6/20/2005 Controversial Judicial Nominee to Get Senate Vote
Fourteen years after first being nominated to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, controversial US District Court Judge Terrence Boyle will face a vote on the Senate floor....
1/31/2005 Study Reveals Discrimination in Contracts Granted by New York City
Last week, New York City Council members released the results of a study which determined that the city has not been granting a fair amount of contracts to women- and minority-owned businesses....
11/12/2004 Senate Hearings Set for Title IX Critic Nominated to DC Circuit Court
In an unorthodox move, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) scheduled a hearing next week for the confirmation of Thomas Griffith during Congress’ lame-duck session....
10/14/2004 Civil Rights Commission Releases Negative Evaluation of Bush Administration
Amy Baumann The United States Commission on Civil Rights issued a report last week evaluating the accomplishments and setbacks in civil rights’ progress....
6/14/2004 Appeals Court Finds Anti-Affirmative Action Petition Valid
In a blow to affirmative action supporters, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that petitions for a ballot initiative to end affirmative action in the state are valid....
6/1/2004 Affirmative Action Victories in Michigan, California
An anti-affirmative action campaign in Michigan has experienced so many setbacks that it will now push back its plans by two years....
3/29/2004 Two Anti-Affirmative Action Measures Dealt Blows
Anti-affirmative action measures in Colorado and Michigan were dealt blows in the past several days....
2/25/2004 Leadership Choices:Win a Seat at the Table
Gender affects public opinion, decision-making, voting behavior, and political involvement at all levels – national, local and on campuses....
11/26/2003 Supreme Court Will Not Review Affirmative Action Contracting Case
On November 17, the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a decision of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals approving of Denver's use of race and gender based affirmative action in city construction contracts....
11/17/2003 Louisiana Elects First Woman Governor
Louisiana voters elected their first woman governor in the state's history on Saturday....
10/6/2003 CA Recall Vote is Tomorrow, Support for Schwarzenegger Declines
As Californians brace themselves for the governor recall election tomorrow, support for Republican front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger is dropping, following a weekend plagued with new allegations of sexual harassment, the Associated Press reports....
9/10/2003 Gender Gap Gives Bustamente Edge in Recall Election
A significant gender gap favors California's current lieutenant governor over leading Republican challenger Arnold Schwarzenegger in the upcoming recall election in California....
8/29/2003 Michigan Issues Revised Admissions Policy
The University of Michigan issued a revised admissions policy yesterday in line with the Supreme Court decision upholding the use of race in admissions but striking down the university's point system....
8/11/2003 Campus Gender Gap Grows
More women in the US are attending college and attaining degrees than men, according to research conducted by Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies (CLMS)....
7/30/2003 Bush Nominates Two More Right-Wing Candidates for Federal Judgeships
In his continued effort to pack the courts with far-right ideologues, President Bush recently nominated two more candidates to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals "whose views seem well to the right of the legal and political mainstream," the New York Times wrote in an editorial....
7/15/2003 Right-Wing California Activist Takes Affirmative Action Fight to Michigan
California conservative activist Ward Connerly announced on Tuesday his plan to bring an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative, similar to California's Proposition 209, to Michigan in 2004....
7/7/2003 Justice O'Connor Dismisses Supreme Court Retirement Rumors
US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor struck down rumors that she would step down from the high court in a rare television interview Sunday....
6/27/2003 State Universities Wrestle With Implications of Affirmative Action Decision
Following Monday's Supreme Court decisions on the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies, other states with large public university systems are wrestling with the implications of the rulings....
6/23/2003 Supreme Court Upholds Principle of Affirmative Action in MI Case But Strikes Down Explicit Program
In two decisions on the landmark University of Michigan cases, the US Supreme Court announced rulings today that uphold the use of race in law school admissions but strike down the undergraduate admissions affirmative action program....
5/2/2003 Right-Wing Judicial Nominee Ducks Questions in Second Hearing
In what became a frustrating three-hour session for Senate Democrats, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a second hearing on President Bush's nomination of John Roberts to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
4/1/2003 Supreme Court Hears Affirmative Action Case
As crowds of students and activists gathered outside of the Supreme Court today, justices heard arguments in a case challenging the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy....
3/19/2003 FMF West Coast Campus Team Hosts Southwest Feminist Leadership Institute, Brings 100+ FMLA Activists
On March 1st and 2nd, more than 100 Leadership Alliance and affiliate activists from over 26 campuses in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Texas traveled to the FMF Los Angeles area office to participate in the first ever FMF Southwest Feminist Leadership Institute....
3/14/2003 University of Michigan Gains More Support for Affirmative Action Program
The United States Supreme Court received 64 briefs in February from over 300 organizations and various groups backing the affirmative action practices at the University of Michigan, according to the New York Times....
2/27/2003 Senate Committee Approves Cook and Roberts; Estrada Filibuster Continues
Despite attempts by Democratic Senators to use a parliamentary rule to block a vote of two far-right judicial nominees, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 14-3 today to recommend the nomination of John G Roberts, Jr to the DC Circuit and 12-2 to recommend Deborah L Cook to serve on the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit....
2/26/2003 Dems Vow to Continue Estrada Opposition, Feminist Groups Urge Call-in
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) broke rank yesterday with key Senate Democrats, lending his support for the nomination of Bush’s right-wing DC Circuit Court of Appeals nominee Miguel Estrada....
2/25/2003 Colleges Pressured to Close Gender Gap
Responding to notable declines in female faculty following the 1996 implementation of Proposition 209—the amendment to the California constitution prohibiting affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting, the University of California (UC) recently launched new initiatives to increase the number of tenured women professors, according to the San Francisco Chronicler....
2/11/2003 Alternative to Affirmative Action Less Effective, Study Finds
Two reports released this month by the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University suggest that affirmative action alternatives—specifically the “race-neutral” percent plans advocated by the Bush Administration—are ineffective in promoting racial diversity....
1/29/2003 Federal Appellate Court Nominees: Hearings Today, Vote Tomorrow
In an apparent effort to push the President’s federal judicial court nominees towards confirmation, the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee today held hearings on three of the most reactionary of Bush’s Appellate Court nominees....
1/22/2003 Presidential Hopefuls Express Support for Abortion Rights
An abortion rights dinner commemorating the 30th anniversary of Roe v Wade drew all six declared Democratic presidential hopefuls, who spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,500 last night about the importance of saving women’s reproductive rights....
1/20/2003 Bush Continues Opposition to Affirmative Action on MLK Day
President Bush is scheduled to attend a congregation today at a primarily African-American Baptist church in Glenarden, MD....
1/16/2003 Bush Administration Opposes Affirmative Action
President Bush announced yesterday that his administration would file a brief in the Supreme Court supporting the lawsuit of white students against the University of Michigan's admission policy, which considers race, along with geography, test scores, grades, and a host of other personal achievements....
1/2/2003 Civil Rights Group Urges New Senate Leader to Keep Promises
A civil rights coalition group sent a letter on Tuesday to newly elected Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) urging him to keep his promise to “heal the wounds of division” opened up by outgoing Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS)....
12/26/2002 Frist Elected as Senate Majority Leader
Republicans on Monday unanimously elected Senator Bill Frist (TN) as US Senate Majority Leader....
12/20/2002 Lott to Step Down as Senate Majority Leader
In a victory for civil rights and women’s rights, Senator Trent Lott (R-MS) announced his decision today to step down from his position as Senate Majority Leader....
12/3/2002 Supreme Court Will Hear Affirmative Action Cases
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear two related affirmative action cases involving the University of Michigan and white student applicants charging they were unconstitutionally denied admission because of their race....
10/17/2002 Tight Senate Races Hold Key to Balance of Power
With the current Senate at only a one-vote majority for the Democratic Party, the mid-term elections on November 5 are seen as crucial by both liberals and conservatives alike....
9/5/2002 Ashcroft Appoints VAWA Opponent to Violence Against Women Committee
Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Nancy Pfotenhauer, president and CEO of the notoriously conservative International Women’s Forum (IWF), to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women....
6/7/2002 Two U.S. Female Chiefs to Retire
Chief Beverly Harvard of the Atlanta Police Department and Chief Jan Strauss of the Mesa, Arizona Police Department will be stepping down as chiefs of police this year....
5/30/2002 Women Banned From Army Ground Reconnaissance Units
Eight female soldiers training to perform ground sweeps in the mountains of Afghanistan were removed from their Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Target Acquisition squadrons, an Army spokeswoman announced yesterday....
5/14/2002 MI Affirmative Action Policy Upheld
In a win for affirmative action, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the University of Michigan Law School could consider race as a factor in making admissions decisions....
5/1/2002 Smeal Warns of Backlash Against Women in Policing
Opening the National Center for Women and Policing’s (NCWP) 7th Annual Conference, Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, warned of the growing backlash to women in policing....
4/30/2002 Number of Women in Policing Decreasing; Enormous Gender Gap Found in Rate of Police Brutality
National Center for Women & Policing Releases New Studies Showing Number of Women in Policing Decreasing; Enormous Gender Gap Found in Rate of Police Brutality Gender Balance in Law Enforcement Urged at the Kick-off of Annual Conference of Women Police Leaders Washington, DC – For the second consecutive year, the number of women in policing has declined, according to the latest survey conducted by the National Center for Women & Policing, a division of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
4/1/2002 Bush Names Affirmative Action Opponent to Civil Rights Post
Fearing a possible defeat for his nominee in committee, President Bush used his power to make appointments during Congressional recesses to name Gerald A....
3/6/2002 Pentagon Restricts Role of Women’s Advisory Committee
The Pentagon has fired all Clinton-appointed members of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) and created a new charter for the 51-year old committee that restricts its advisory role....
3/5/2002 Court Strikes Down Army Affirmative Action Policy
A federal district court today struck down the U.S....
11/28/2001 Supreme Court Allows Pro-Affirmative Action Decision to Stand
The Supreme Court will not review a decision of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, which approved of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) affirmative action contracting program....
11/1/2001 Supreme Court Urged to Dismiss Challenge to Affirmative Action
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10/31/2001 Supreme Court Declines to Hear Affirmative Action Case in Firefighting
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9/27/2001 US Supreme Court Session Begins Monday; Affirmative Action on Docket
The US Supreme Court will resume next Monday, and the coming session promises tough cases on some of the most controversial issues of our time, including affirmative action, the separation of church and state, the death penalty, and racial profiling....
6/27/2001 Affirmative Action Opponent Nominated for Education Civil Rights Post
Affirmative action opponent Gerald A....
6/25/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Affirmative Action Case
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5/25/2001 Olson Vote Proves Dems Have the Votes to Sustain Filibuster
Senator James Jeffords’ party switch to become Independent overshadowed the Senate vote on Ted Olson, who was confirmed as U.S....
5/21/2001 U.S. Supreme Court May Hear Affirmative Action Case
Affirmative action in higher education could come before the U.S....
5/18/2001 Senate Panel Splits on Right-Wing Solicitor General
The Senate Judiciary Committee split along party lines yesterday on the nomination of Right-Wing lawyer Theodore B....
5/18/2001 ...now what?
One thing that George W....
5/1/2001 Article Reveals Bush Connections to Independent Women’s Forum
An article in today’s Washington Post exposes what feminists have long known – the connections between the George W....
4/12/2001 Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal's Letter to the Editor
To the Editor: The Feminist Majority Foundation is dismayed by Marjorie Williams’ April 11th column, “This Kills Women, Do feminist groups even care?” which speculates that either tobacco money is buying the silence of women’s groups, or feminist groups have an elite bias, or we simply don’t care....
4/6/2001 Olson Says He Won’t Seek to Overturn Roe
During Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for the Solicitor General position in the Department of Justice, Democrats interrogated conservative ideologue nominee Theodore B....
3/28/2001 Supreme Court Expected to Uphold Affirmative Action
Affirmative action programs could be codified as the U.S....
3/13/2001 WatchDog Days
Though we just inaugurated the new president, it feels as if we just threw away our barf bags after his less-than-glorious election....
2/15/2001 Bush Nominates Ultra Conservative for Solicitor General
Theodore Olson, the ultra-conservative lawyer who represented President Bush in Bush v....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part I
"A good executive is one that understands how to recruit people and how to delegate." So declared George W....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part IV
Although union officials are not as opposed to Bush II's second labor secretary nominee as they were to Linda Chavez, Chao merits scrutiny from progressives....
1/17/2001 Affirmative Action Case Highlights Importance of Federal Judicial Apppointments
Yesterday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a federal affirmative action measure designed to increase job opportunities for women and minorities in the broadcasting industry....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Women’s Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC – John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-women’s rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Over Six Million Women’s Voices Blast Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
WASHINGTON, DC – A strong coalition of 120 women’s rights groups unite in opposition to John Aschcroft’s and Tommy Thompson’s nominations....
1/16/2001 Six Million Women’s Voices Blast Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
A strong coalition of 120 women’s rights groups unite in opposition to John Aschcroft’s and Tommy Thompson’s nominations....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft's Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment! 20-Year Anti-Women’s Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-women’s rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/12/2001 National Women’s Groups Oppose Ashcroft, Thompson Nominations
A non-partisan network of over 120 organizations representing more than six million women announce their opposition to the nominations of John Ashcroft as Attorney General and Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
1/12/2001 National Women's Groups Fight Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
MEDIA ADVISORY Non-Partisan Network of Over 120 Organizations Representing More Than Six Million Women Join to Fight Anti-Woman Nominations WHO:
Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Patricia Ireland, President, National Organization for Women Martha Burk, Chair, National Council of Women's Organizations Sheila Coates, President, Black Women United for Action Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, Executive Director, Black Leadership Forum Vicki Saporta, Executive Director, National Abortion Federation Sammie Moshenberg, Director, National Council of Jewish Women Kathy Rodgers, Executive Director, NOW LDEF Members of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO)
WHAT:
PRESS CONFERENCE announcing opposition to the nominations of both John Ashcroft as Attorney General and Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
1/10/2001 Chavez Withdraws; Possible Labor Appointees Include Right-Wingers
Linda Chavez, Bush’s anti-affirmative action, anti-pay equity, anti-minimum wage, and anti-gay and lesbian rights choice for Labor Secretary, withdrew from the running late yesterday afternoon....
1/10/2001 FMF and Leadership Alliances Oppose Bush's Anti-Choice Cabinet Nominations
George W....
1/8/2001 Labor Opposes Chavez Nomination; Dolores Huerta Speaks Out
Stating that the Linda Chavez nomination is an affront to labor, the AFL-CIO is gearing up to stop Chavez’s nomination as Labor Secretary....
1/3/2001 Bush Picks Right Wing Ideologue To Head Labor Dept.
Linda Chavez, President-elect George W....
12/14/2000 University of Michigan’s Affirmative Action Admission Policy Upheld
US District Judge Patrick Duggan ruled Wednesday that the University of Michigan’s use of affirmative action in its admission procedure is constitutional....
12/1/2000 California Supreme Court Decision a Blow to Affirmative Action
In a decision anticipated to affect many state and local outreach and recruitment programs aimed at increasing participation of women and minorities in public employment, education and contracting, the California Supreme Court struck down a program by the City of San Jose that required companies awarded contracts by the City to show they made an effort to recruit women and minority-owned businesses as sub-contractors....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part I
Until March 2000, Tammy Johnson was a community organizer in Milwaukee, the national center of the school voucher movement, where she saw what she calls the “devastating” impact of vouchers.

“The demand for better facilities, more qualified teachers, and relevant curriculum fell on deaf ears at the school board, which spent millions on vouchers,” Johnson said....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part II
Today, he heads up the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), a national group that works on similar efforts in other states.

Many of today’s new-right legal activists met up in the Reagan and Bush administrations: Bill Bennett, Linda Chavez, and IJ’s Clint Bolick, to name but three....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part III
IJ’s caseload is full of suits brought on behalf of low-income clients facing unfair evictions and small business owners shackled by absurd-sounding federal rules....
11/22/2000 2000 Election—Women Gaining Slowly, Against The Odds
"Wouldn't that be the ultimate irony if a few votes determined the rights of women?"

These words came from Eleanor Smeal the day after Election Day, at the beginning of the long drawn-out recount drama that has mesmerized the nation....
10/26/2000 The Baby Abandonment Myth - Part II
Regardless of who is supporting these bills, one important question remains unanswered: is there a need for this legislation at all? Or is this just another case of politicians scoring easy "we-care-about-children" points? No one is really certain that baby abandonment is a statistically significant problem....
10/26/2000 Senator Quotes “Bushisms” on Senate Floor
Last night, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) stood on the Senate floor for 30 minutes and quoted verbatim statements made by Texas Governor and Republican Presidential Candidate George W....
10/25/2000 Clinton Stresses Election’s Importance for Supreme Court
Abortion and affirmative action are just two of many progressive issues that could be debated by the US Supreme Court in the next four to eight years....
10/23/2000 Get Out Her Vote Campaign Hits Campuses Nationwide
Feminist Majority Foundation's Choices Campus Program Ignites Women's Vote WASHINGTON, D.C....
10/18/2000 Debate Reveals Contrast on Women’s Rights, Civil Rights Issues
In one of the most contentious exchanges in Tuesday night’s presidential debates, Vice President Al Gore clearly stated his support of affirmative action, saying affirmative action is “taking extra steps to acknowledge the history of discrimination and injustice and prejudice and bring all people into the American dream.” Gore then challenged Republican candidate George W....
8/22/2000 Republicans Block Women and Minority Candidates from Federal Bench
President Clinton kept his promise when he vowed to put more women and minorities on the Federal bench-48 percent of Clinton's federal judge picks have been women or minorities (compared to 28 percent by George Bush and 14% by Ronald Reagan)....
8/18/2000 Gore's Speech Focuses on Civil and Women's Rights
In his nomination acceptance speech, Al Gore stressed his commitment to honor the rights of all Americans, and his obligation to issues vital to the civil rights of women and minorities....
8/16/2000 L.A. Rep. Maxine Waters endorses Lieberman for V.P.
In an effort to mend a crack in the Democratic platform, soon-to-be vice presidential nominee Joseph Lieberman spoke to the party's black caucus on Tuesday in Los Angeles about issues that had key black political leaders concerned....
7/26/2000 Lynne Cheney: As Conservative as the VP Hopeful
Lynne Cheney has her own conservative record to back feminists' concerns about a possible Bush-Cheney White House....
7/25/2000 Bush Selects Ultra-Conservative Cheney as Running Mate
Early this morning, Richard Cheney accepted George W....
7/14/2000 Gore Pledges Support for Affirmative Action to NAACP
At the 91st annual NAACP national convention this past week, both presidential candidates addressed the crowd in part to enlist support for the upcoming election....
6/14/2000 Women Sponsor Multi-Media Presidential Campaign Event
Last night Oxygen Network hosted the very first "Oxygen Women's Forum" - a 90-minute special with Vice-President Al Gore....
5/9/2000 Connerly Drops Florida Drive to End Affirmative Action
Ward Connerly has given up the drive to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in November to ban affirmative action for women and minorities....
3/6/2000 Thousands Expected to March in Florida for Affirmative Action
Thousands are expected to March Tuesday on the Florida State capitol to denounce Gov....
3/3/2000 Affirmative Action Rally at U Penn Draws 200
Nearly 200 students at the University of Pennsylvania gathered on Thursday to rally in support of affirmative action for women and minorities....
2/28/2000 U of Oklahoma Professor Incites Sexual Harassment Complaint
A professor at the University of Oklahoma compared a woman's vagina to a handgun in a letter to the student newspaper this month, sparking outrage from students and faculty....
2/25/2000 UCLA Students Arrested in Protest for Affirmative Action
A dozen UCLA law students were arrested Thursday when they took over the school's records office to demand a return to affirmative action policies in admissions....
2/23/2000 Florida Bans Affirmative Action for State Colleges
Gov....
2/17/2000 Gov. Bush Stands By Anti-Affirmative Action Plan
Governor Jeb Bush has slightly altered his Florida One plan to eliminate affirmative action for women and people of color in state universities and contracts....
2/10/2000 Women's Groups in Florida Blast Anti-Affirmative Action Plan
Women's groups in Florida spoke out on Wednesday against Gov....
2/9/2000 Students Protest Jeb Bush's Anti-Affirmative Action Plan
One thousand students assembled in Florida's Capitol rotunda in protest of One Florida, Gov....
2/7/2000 Jeb Bush Booed During Affirmative Action Hearing
Florida Gov....
1/7/2000 Loss of Affirmative Action Program Means Fewer Women on the Force in Pittsburgh
According to Commander Gwen Elliot, the Pittsburgh Police Force, one of the most diverse law enforcement teams in the United States, is changing as a result of a 1991 decision striking down an affirmative action program that took effect in 1976....
12/2/1999 Bush Reveals Preference for Anti-Choice Justices
Throughout his campaign, Governor George W....
10/8/1999 Busing on Appeal in Virginia, North Carolina
Public schools are in danger of losing racial and socioeconomic diversity....
8/27/1999 Conservatives Sue Atlanta to Stop Affirmative Action
The conservative Southeastern Legal Foundation filed suit against the city of Atlanta yesterday, charging that a city policy which has set aside one-third of city contracts for minority and women-owned businesses is "illegal and unconstitutional." The policy, which has been in effect for the past 24 years, is a successful program that has been emulated by other cities....
8/10/1999 South Africans Celebrate Women's Day
Led by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, South African women celebrated Women's Day by commemorating Margaret Gazo, the late leader of an anti-apartheid protest against the pass laws in 1956....
7/19/1999 California Defends Affirmative Action Programs
California state Treasurer Phil Angelides and Atty....
7/7/1999 AIDS Policy Center Disagrees With New HIV Testing Policy
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) have instituted a universal HIV testing policy for pregnant mothers that would not require their informed consent....
6/25/1999 Gore Supports Affirmative Action
Democratic presidential hopeful Al Gore stated his opinion concerning affirmative action at a fund-raiser in California on Thursday....
3/29/1999 U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stay Anti-Affirmative Action Ruling
The U.S....
3/19/1999 U of California Considers "4 Percent" Plan
Early this year, California Governor Gray Davis (Dem.) announced a new proposal that was designed to off-set huge declines in minority enrollment caused by state affirmative action bans including Proposition 209, which passed in 1996....
2/3/1999 Discrimination Suit Filed Against Prestigious University
Civil rights organizations have filed suit against the University of California at Berkeley alleging that the university's new policies, which were adopted as a result of anti-affirmative campaigns, discriminate against minority students....
1/27/1999 California Assembly Democrats Urge UC to Keep Affirmative Action in Admissions
Two weeks after civil rights lawyers filed a complaint with the U.S....
1/8/1999 Promise Keepers Sued for "Unethical" Practices
Event production company Encore Productions has sued the right-wing Christian men's group Promise Keepers for "unfair, deceptive, unmoral, unethical, unscrupulous" and "oppressive" business practices....
1/6/1999 CA Gov. Proposes New College Admissions Standards
California Governor Gray Davis (Dem.) announced a new proposal which would require the University of California to admit the top 4% of students who have completed college preparatory courses at all CA high schools....
12/15/1998 Celebrities Hail Anti-Impeachment Message
Celebrities including Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, actor Alec Baldwin, Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, Caroline Schlossberg Kennedy, novelist Mary Bordon, and others spoke at an anti-impeachment rally organized by Americans Against Impeachment and held Monday at New York University Law School....
11/13/1998 Washington’s Intiative 200 Follows in Footsteps of California’s Prop. 209
The approval of Initiative 200 is the second ban on affirmative action to pass in Washington State, with 58 percent of voters in favor of it....
11/5/1998 Gay Rights, Affirmative Action Suffer in Election Ballot Measures; Women See Both Gains and Losses
Abortion, women's rights, affirmative action, and gay rights ballot measures were present voted on in this week's election....
10/26/1998 Young Women Vote '98 Establishes Online Petition
Young Women Vote '98, a coalition of young women who care about the future, is circulating a national "Pledge- to-Vote" petition, available online at http://www.feminist.com/ywvote98.htm....
10/16/1998 Committee Proposes Aid for Texas Minority Students
Influential leaders of the Texas Commission on a Representative Student Body called for a rise in state spending on financial aid for minority college students today....
10/6/1998 US Supreme Court Accused of Racism, Sexism in Hiring
Close to 1000 civil rights activists rallied yesterday to draw attention to the meager number of minority law clerks hired each year by US Supreme Court justices....
9/24/1998 Women Leaders Take Action To Stop Impeachment, Warn What's at Stake for Women and Who's on Third to Succeed
(cont from part 1) Not only are we standing united, we are urging action....
9/24/1998 Women Leaders Take Action to Stop Impeachment, Warn What's at Stake for Women and Who's on Third to Succeed
Washington DC -- A wide array of leaders of the women's movement have joined together today to make a united statement about the possible impeachment of President Clinton by the Congress and about what is at stake for women in this country....
9/17/1998 Affirmative Action Challenged in Broadcasting
In an attempt to reverse an anti-affirmative action ruling affecting television and radio broadcasting hiring practices, a case may be headed to the U.S....
9/9/1998 Affirmative Action Brings Long-Term Benefits, Study Says
A 20-year study of tens of thousands of student records indicates that affirmative action programs are largely responsible for the supporting the black middle class and for teaching white students the importance of integration....
9/9/1998 Affirmative Action Brings Long-Term Benefits, Study Says
A 20-year study of tens of thousands of student records indicates that affirmative action programs are largely responsible for the supporting the black middle class and for teaching white students the importance of integration....
7/21/1998 Norway to Introduce Affirmative Action Laws for Men
Norway, which hails itself as one of the most egalitarian nations, announced new rules that would introduce affirmative action programs to promote equal employment opportunities for men in traditionally "female" occupations....
5/21/1998 Black, Hispanic Enrollment Decline at UC; Berkeley Hit Hard
Compared to last year's numbers, 12% fewer black and Hispanic students intend to enroll at the University of California (UC) this fall....
5/20/1998 Chilean Minister Advocates Greater Political Voice for Women
Chilean Women's Affairs Minister Josefina Bilboa called for greater awareness of how gender discrimination is linked to poverty, domestic violence, unhealthy socialization and stereotyping of women, and the lack of political voice that plagues women there in remarks made at the 27th Session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLA) last week....
5/15/1998 U of Texas To Appeal Repeal of Affirmative Action Programs
The University Texas Board of Regents voted unanimously to appeal a previous ruling that banned affirmative action programs at the school....
5/7/1998 Collegiate Anti-Affirmative Action Amendment Defeated in House
An amendment offered by Rep....
5/7/1998 UC Considers Toughening Admissions Criteria to Boost Minority Enrollment
The University of California is considering raising its "automatic enrollment" standards to include only the top 4% of graduates in an effort to increase minority enrollment....
5/6/1998 Black, Latino Enrollment At Berkeley Law Remain Low
In the second year after affirmative-action admissions policies were dismantled at Berkeley law school, minority admissions remain dangerously low, despite modest increases....
4/20/1998 Clinton Admin. Urged to Appeal FCC EEO Ruling
Civil rights leaders are urging the Clinton administration to appeal a U.S....
4/15/1998 Court Rules Against FCC EEO Regulations
The U.S....
3/9/1998 U.S. Senate Retains Affirmative Action Transportation Contracts
The U.S....
2/24/1998 Woman-Owned Restaurant Faces Discrimination Charges
A judge will soon rule on damages up to $1 million in a case of “unintentional sex discrimination” by Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant....
10/31/1997 Affirmative Action Activists Support Justice Dept. Civil Rights Nominee
On Thursday, October 30, members of Congress and representatives of the Asian-Pacific, Hispanic, African-American, and women¹s communities gathered on the Capitol lawn to voice their support for President Clinton¹s nominee for the position of Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Bill Lann Lee....
10/31/1997 San Francisco Law Firms Pledge to End Hiring From UC
In response to the plummeting minority enrollments at University of California law schools, San Francisco's top attorneys issued an ultimatum Wednesday....
10/24/1997 Houston Citizens to Vote on Affirmative Action Ban
On Nov....
10/15/1997 University of Michigan Affirmative Action Programs Challenged
The organization responsible for ending affirmative action at the University of Texas, causing a steep decline in minority enrollment, is now attacking the University of Michigan for policies that doubled its minority population in the past decade....
10/15/1997 University of Michigan Affirmative Action Programs Challenged
The organization responsible for ending affirmative action at the University of Texas, causing a steep decline in minority enrollment, is now attacking the University of Michigan for policies that doubled its minority population in the past decade....
10/14/1997 Report Predicts Decline in Minority College Enrollment
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education published a report that predicts a 50 to 80% drop in minority college enrollment if affirmative action is banned on campuses and SAT scores continue to carry a lot of weight....
10/14/1997 GOP Targets Three Female Senators
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have been targeted by Republicans as the most vulnerable women senators for next year's re-election campaigns....
10/14/1997 Report Predicts Decline in Minority College Enrollment
The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education published a report that predicts a 50 to 80% drop in minority college enrollment if affirmative action is banned on campuses and SAT scores continue to carry a lot of weight....
10/14/1997 GOP Targets Three Female Senators
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have been targeted by Republicans as the most vulnerable women senators for next year's re-election campaigns....
10/13/1997 Tenth Anniversary of the Feminist Majority Foundation
Los Angeles -- WHEN Monday, October 13, 1997 6:30 PM buffet reception in lobby area 8:00 PM program (scheduled to run 1 hour and 30 minutes) WHERE Directors Guild of America/Main Theater 7920 Sunset Boulevard, 1/2 block west of Fairfax Parking is in the underground lot off of Hayworth, on the west side of the building WHAT Live appearances and video segments celebrating the milestones in feminism of the past decade and featuring the Feminist Majority Foundation's (FMF) front-line work to counter the backlash while fighting to advance women's rights....
10/6/1997 U.S. Supreme Court Will Look at Affirmative Action
The U.S....
10/6/1997 U.S. Supreme Court Will Look at Affirmative Action
The U.S....
10/3/1997 Promise Keepers Hold No Promise for Women
Feminist Majority President, Eleanor Smeal, warned: Don't be fooled by their 'touchy-feely' outward appearances; The Promise Keepers are preaching that men are ordained to lead - women to submit or follow....
10/3/1997 Promise Keepers Hold No Promise for Women
Feminist Majority President, Eleanor Smeal, warned: Don't be fooled by their 'touchy-feely' outward appearances; The Promise Keepers are preaching that men are ordained to lead - women to submit or follow....
10/2/1997 Promise Keepers Hold No Promise for Women
Feminist Majority President, Eleanor Smeal, warned: Don't be fooled by their 'touchy-feely' outward appearances; The Promise Keepers are preaching that men are ordained to lead - women to submit or follow....
10/2/1997 Promise Keepers Hold No Promise for Women
Washington DC -- On the eve of the Promise Keepers event in Washington, D.C., Feminist Majority President, Eleanor Smeal, warned: Don't be fooled by their 'touchy-feely' outward appearances; The Promise Keepers are preaching that men are ordained to lead - women to submit or follow....
10/2/1997 Promise Keepers Hold No Promise for Women
Feminist Majority President, Eleanor Smeal, warned: Don't be fooled by their 'touchy-feely' outward appearances; The Promise Keepers are preaching that men are ordained to lead - women to submit or follow....
9/22/1997 UC May Drop Biased SATs for Admission
Facing a severe decline in Latino and African-American graduate enrollment as a result of prohibitions against affirmative action in the wake of Proposition 209, the University of California is considering dropping the SAT requirement for undergraduate admission, citing racial bias in the test....
9/11/1997 Berkeley Chancellor Says Lack of Diversity Devastating
Chancellor Robert Berdahl of University of California-Berkeley said that over the long term, ending affirmative action in admissions will have a devastating impact on the school's diversity....
8/25/1997 Reaction to U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Prop 209
Washington DC -- "The 9th Circuit's decision not to reconsider the April ruling by one of it panels which upheld Proposition 209 is a tragic reversal of America's promise of equal job and educational opportunitites for women and for racial minorities....
8/22/1997 Circuit Court Upholds California Affirmative Action Ban
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed its earlier ruling that California's controversial Proposition 209 is constitutional, the court announced on Thursday, August 22....
8/22/1997 Clinton Administration Fails to Support Affirmative Action Case
The Clinton Administration has decided not to support the New Jersey School Board of Education in their decision to lay off a white female teacher to keep on staff a black female teacher with equal qualifications....
8/5/1997 Lutheran World Federation Denounces Discrimination Against Women
At the Ninth Assembly meeting from July 8 to 16 in Africa, the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) denounced discrimination against women in nations and churches....
7/25/1997 Former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Dies
William Brennan, the former Supreme Court Justice who ardently fought for civil rights and individual freedoms, died July 24 in an Arlington, Virginia nursing home....
7/17/1997 NAACP and Government Officials Urge Opposition Against Congressional Bill Eliminating Affirmative Action
On July 16, leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and government agencies encouraged a large audience of African Americans to take political action against a congressional bill which wants to eliminate federal affirmative action programs....
7/7/1997 NEA Supports Affirmative Action Programs
The National Education Association, the largest teacher's union in the United States, has voted to support affirmative action programs....
6/30/1997 Supreme Court to Rule on Affirmative Action Case
The U.S....
6/27/1997 House Subcommittee Discusses GOP Bill Prohibiting Affirmative Action
On Thursday, June 26, the House Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution concluded that the country needs affirmative action because the "preferences have been on the side of white America for so long." Members of the subcommittee who supported the deceptively-titled “Civil Rights Act of 1997” often claimed that the passage of Proposition 209, a California measure which bans affirmative action serves as "proof" that the entire country opposes affirmative action....
6/18/1997 Republicans Introduce Legislation to Ban Federal Affirmative Action Programs
Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Representative Charles Cannady (R-FL) have introduced legislation that would eliminate all federal affirmative action programs....
3/28/1997 Experts Expect Appeals Panel to Revive Prop. 209
Last year, U.S....
3/26/1997 Clinton Administration Tells Texas Schools to Aggressively Enforce Affirmative Action Programs
Officials from the United States Department of Education have warned Texas officials that the state's school system will lose federal funding if it does not use affirmative action programs in admissions....
3/21/1997 Complaint Filed Against University of California for Admissions Bias
Civil Rights Lawyers filed a formal complaint with the U.S....
2/14/1997 Smeal Addresses National Press Club on Growing Gender Gap
During a National Press Club speech on February 13, Feminist Majority president Eleanor Smeal warned the Republican Party that if it continued to lead its efforts to dismantle affirmative action and repeal abortion rights, the gender gap will turn into a gender gulf....
1/23/1997 Supreme Court Puts Off Deciding Whether or Not to Hear Affirmative Action Case
This week, the Supreme Court was expected to announce whether or not it would hear Board of Education of Piscatony v....
1/21/1997 Martin Luther King Jr. III Starts Pro-Affirmative Action Group
In response to Ward Connerly's founding of a national group to wipe out equal opportunity programs for women and people of color, Martin Luther King's eldest son has founded and will head Americans United for Affirmative Action....
1/16/1997 Reno Speaks Out for Affirmative Action While Opponents Announce National Group
In her first major address devoted solely to civil rights, Attorney General Janet Reno spoke at a Baptist church in Birmingham, Alabama about the continuing need for affirmative action to help women and people of color overcome discrimination....
1/15/1997 Henderson Allowed to Continue to Hear Prop 209 Suit
A federal judge in San Francisco ruled on January 14 that Judge Thelton Henderson can continue to hear the lawsuit against Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action measure in California....
1/13/1997 Affirmative Action Hires Are As or More Qualified than White Male Counterparts, Study Finds
A new study conducted by two Michigan State researchers has found that persons hired through affirmative action programs are as qualified, and in many cases more qualified, than their white male counterparts....
1/10/1997 Connerly Creates National Organization to End Affirmative Action
Ward Connerly, the University of California Regent who led the fight to pass the California anti-affirmative action Proposition 209, plans to start a national organization dedicated to ending equal opportunity programs for women and people of color....
1/9/1997 Thomas Declines Speech After NAACP Threatens Protest
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who had earlier accepted an invitation to speak at a Delaware Boy and Girl's Club youth banquet, has withdrawn his offer to speak after the NAACP threatened to protest the speech....
12/23/1996 Department of Justice Enters Prop 209 Legal Fray
President Clinton's Press Secretary, Mike McCurry, announced on December 20th that the Department of Justice will intervene on behalf of opponents of the anti-affirmative action California Proposition 209....
12/17/1996 Prop. 209 Blocked Pending Court Ruling
San Francisco U.S....
12/12/1996 Clinton Continues to Delay Decision on Prop. 209
White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry commented on Wednesday (12-11) that President Clinton has still not decided whether or not the federal government will intervene in the court case concerning the constitutionality of the anti-affirmative measure Prop....
12/9/1996 Clinton Considers Intervention in Court Battle Over Proposition 209
President Clinton and Attorney General Reno are considering whether the federal government should involve itself in the legal battle over the constitutionality of the Proposition 209, the amendment passed in California last month that seeks to outlaw affirmative action and gut sex discrimination law in the state....
12/5/1996 Republicans in Congress Plan for Another Attack on Affirmative Action
Florida Republican Rep....
12/4/1996 Civil Rights Groups Seek to Block UC from Enforcing Prop 209
A coalition of civil rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, announced that it would ask U.S....
12/2/1996 Proposition 209 On Hold -- Affirmative Action Continues in California
Implementation of Proposition 209, the amendment to the California constitution that prohibits affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting, has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge....
9/11/1996 Georgia Schools Ordered by State Attorney General to Abandon Affirmative Action
On Monday (4-8), Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers sent an unsolicited letter to University System Chancellor Stephen Portch directing him to eliminate affirmative action programs for minorities at each state college and university....
6/25/1996 San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Opposes CCRI
Voting overwhelmingly in support of affirmative action, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce became the first major business in California to oppose the self-titled California Civil Rights Initiative, a ballot measure that would end affirmative action programs for women and minorities and gut sex discrimination law in the state....
6/1/1996 FREEDOM SUMMER‘96 KICKS OFF

Student Mobilization to Register and Alert Voters

WHAT: Press Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5, 1996 at 10:00am

WHERE: Los Angeles: NCJW Auditorium 543 North Fairfax

WHO: Freedom Summer ‘96 Student Volunteers, Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority

Following in the historic footsteps of their parents’ generation, college students from more than 54 campuses nationwide and in California arrived June 1, 1996 for Freedom Summer ‘96 -- a massive grassroots voter education and registration campaign to defeat the deceptive California "Civil Rights" Initiative (CCRI).

This first wave of students will be followed July 1 by a second wave and August 15 by a third....

5/29/1996 Academics, Clinton Criticize Anti-Affirmative Action Moves on Campuses
The American Association of University Professors has released a report calling for the University of California to reverse its July decision to dismantle affirmative action programs for women and minorities throughout the UC system....
5/14/1996 UC System Allows Out-of-State Alumni Legacies to Apply as Residents
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday (5-13) that the University of California allows children of alumni to apply as residents of California, giving them an admissions advantage....
5/13/1996 Clinton Opposes California Initiative to End Affirmative Action
As a board member of the "No on CCRI" Campaign and the executive director of the Lawyers Committee on Human Rights in San Francisco, Eva Paterson met with President Clinton last week to discuss his opposition to an anti-affirmative action measure on the November ballot in California....
5/9/1996 Questions Persist in Admission of VIP Students to UC
A May 6 Los Angeles Times story exposed several cases of underqualified students being admitted to the University of California system because of the clout or donor history of their parents or friends....
5/2/1996 Texas Appeals to Supreme Court to Uphold Affirmative Action
The state of Texas has asked the Supreme Court to allow race as a consideration in affirmative action programs designed to diversify the student body of the University of Texas....
5/1/1996 Anti-Affirmative Action Hearings Held in Congress
The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday (4-30) on the proposed California initiative that will end affirmative action and gut sex discrimination if passed by California voters in November....
4/29/1996 Women’s Party Gain Seats in California Student Government
Candidates from a coalition of the women’s party and other liberal parties won six of 20 senate seats in the Associated Students of the University of California....
4/29/1996 Women’s Party Gain Seats in California Student Government
Candidates from a coalition of the women’s party and other liberal parties won six of 20 senate seats in the Associated Students of the University of California....
4/29/1996 GREAT CALIFORNIA CON GAME STARTS NATIONAL TOUR

HIGH-STAKES SHELL GAME BEING PLAYED OUT WITH UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SEATS AS THE CHIPS

The great California Con Game announced the start of its national tour....

4/23/1996 Texas Universities Resume Affirmative Action
Public universities in Texas will resume affirmative action programs designed to increase minority enrollment....
4/22/1996 Texas Universities Resume Affirmative Action
Public universities in Texas will resume affirmative action programs designed to increase minority enrollment....
4/18/1996 Lawyers Organize to Defeat Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative
A group of 15 lawyers' groups called the Join Bar Coalition planned a news conference for Thursday to announce its efforts to defeat the anti-affirmative action measure on the California November ballot, the self-titled "California Civil Rights Initiative." California Secretary of State Bill Jones announced Tuesday that the Initiative, filed on February 21, had collected 770,484 valid signatures, just 12,000 more than the required number....
4/17/1996 Texas Suspends Minority Scholarships
University officials in Texas, worried about the legality of affirmative action programs after recent blows, have suspended a statewide scholarship program for minority students....
4/16/1996 Suit Against UC Regents, Gov. Wilson Proceeds
On Monday (4-15), San Francisco Superior Court Judge William Cahill allowed a lawsuit to proceed against California Gov....
4/15/1996 Thousands Join NOW "Fight the Right" March
Uniting to "Fight the Right," an estimated 45,000 marchers flocked to San Francisco Sunday (4-14)....
4/12/1996 California Moves to Penalize Affirmative Action Supporters
The California Assembly Judiciary Committee passed a bill Wednesday (4-10) that would impose criminal penalties on state and college officials who do not comply with bans on affirmative action....
4/12/1996 California University System Gives Preferences to VIP Applicants
Records show that since 1993, 19 students were admitted to the University of California Berkeley solely because of the intervention of VIPs, including UC Regent Ward Connerly who is leading the fight to dismantle affirmative action programs which he says amount to racial "preferences." A committee created to review such VIP referrals gave "some special consideration" to more than 200 students....
4/8/1996 Naval Academy's "Special Preference" for Football Players Exposed
While affirmative action is being attacked around the country as bestowing"special preferences" on minorities and women, many true "specialpreferences" in education and employment are being ignored....
3/29/1996 One-Third of U.S. Businesses are Owned by Women
New data from the Census Bureau has found that women own one-third of all U.S....
3/27/1996 Texas to Ask Supreme Court to Overturn Anti-Affirmative Action Ruling
On Tuesday (3-26), Texas Attorney General Dan Morales announced he will ask the U.S....
3/26/1996 California Assemblywoman Introduces Bill to Protect Battered Women
California State Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) is authoring Assembly Bill 2204 to create an affirmative defense to California Penal Code Section 273a....
3/25/1996 Dole Throws Support Behind Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative
Having supported the deceptively title "California Civil Rights Initiative" to ban affirmative action programs for months, presidential candidate Bob Dole announced his position publicly for the first time....
3/25/1996 Oakland to Vote on Proposal to Protect Affirmative Action
On Tuesday (3-25), voters in Oakland, California will vote on a city charter amendment that supporters call a "pre-emptive strike" against the anti-affirmative action "California Civil Rights Initiative" on the November ballot to amend the state constitution....
3/22/1996 Justice Department Calls Anti-Affirmative Action Decision "Wrong"
A top Justice Department official said Thursday that the Department is considering joining an appeal against a federal appeals court decision that ruled a University of Texas affirmative action program was unconstitutional....
3/21/1996 Probe Finds No Discrimination Against Whites at UC Berkeley; Texas Universities Worry About Diversity on Campus
On Wednesday (3-20), the University of California Berekley released a report stating that a federal investigation cleared the school of seven-year-old charges that its admissions policies discriminated against whites....
3/20/1996 Court Rules Against Texas Diversity Policy
On Monday (3-19), the 5th U.S....
3/20/1996 Anglea Davis Rebukes Connerly's Public Attack
University of California Santa Cruz professor Angela Davis called "outrageous" claims made by UC regent and California businessman Ward Connerly....
3/19/1996 University of California to Probe its Admissions Preferences for Friends of VIPs
After an admission last week that well-connected status plays a role in who gets accepted into the University of California system, officials said yesterday (3-18) that a campus fund-raising officer plays an important role in reviewing applications from such candidates at UC Berkeley....
3/18/1996 Anti-Gay Oregonian Runs for U.S. Senate
Chair of the Oregon Citizens Alliance Lon Mabon made a surprising move last week to file GOP primary candidacy papers for a U.S....
3/18/1996 Anti-Gay Oregonian Runs for U.S. Senate
Chair of the Oregon Citizens Alliance Lon Mabon made a surprising move last week to file GOP primary candidacy papers for a U.S....
3/15/1996 Students Protest Ban on Affirmative Action Programs in California
Students protested Tuesday (3-12) at the University of California San Diego to oppose the state initiative on the November ballot that would outlaw affirmative action, and to oppose the banning of affirmative action programs in the University of California system....
3/11/1996 Support Declines for California Ban on Affirmative Action
As Californias become increasingly aware of the anti-affirmative action initiative on the November ballot and learn about its ramifications, support for the measure declines, according to a Field Poll released Monday (3-11)....
3/8/1996 Clinton Suspends Set-Asides; House Strikes Anti-Affirmative Action Blow
Administration officials announced Thursday that President Clinton has decided to impose a three-year moratorium on any new federal programs that reserve contracts for companies owned by women or minorities....
3/7/1996 New Rules Proposed for Contracting
The White House has sent a memo to general counsels throughout the government proposing new rules for all federal departments that would require proof of discrimination before awarding race-based government contracts and would limit such contracting....
3/5/1996 Wilson Wants Dole to Show His True Anti-Affirmative Action Colors
California Gov....
3/4/1996 Women Fight to Save Affirmative Action and Sex Discrimination Law in California
Across the nation, women’s rights groups and civil rights groups are galvanizing support to defeat an initiative on the November ballot in California which would end state and locally sponsored affirmative action programs....
2/24/1996 Louisiana NAACP Holds Civil Rights March
Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called a march for Saturday on the state capitol in response to Republican Gov....
2/22/1996 Opponents of Affirmative Action File Petition Signatures in California
Backers of a California initiative that would outlaw affirmative action programs for women and people of color and would make sex discrimination legal filed over 1 million signatures Wednesday (February 21) to place the measure on the November ballot....
2/7/1996 Expo '96 Reinvigorates Feminist Movement
Over 3,200 feminists converged on the Sheraton Washington Hotel February 2-4, for the first ever national feminist exposition....
12/1/1995 Women's Campaign to Defeat "CCRI" Launched
Campaign Exposes "No Women Need Apply Clause

Los Angeles -- More than 70 national and state women’s and civil rights organizations joined an array of prominent women in business, law, medicine, labor, education, sports and entertainment to launch the “Women Won’t Go Back” Campaign to defeat the so-called California Civil Rights Initiative. Campaign Co-Chairs Lorraine Sheinberg, Peg Yorkin, Chair of the Feminist Majority, and Prema Mathai-Davis, National Executive Director of the YWCA of the USA, announced today the formation of a statewide and national campaign to save affirmative action, and expose an extreme and hidden section of the CCRI which will expressly permit discrimination against women and girls.

“We are sounding the alarm today; the CCRI will not only gut affirmative action for women and minorities in California, but will also destroy the very foundation of California women’s rights law,” declared Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority: “This Campaign is significant not only to California, but to the nation....

10/30/1995 Irvine Students Protesting End of Affirmative Action Arrested
Five persons were arrested while camping out and conducting a thirteen-day hunger strike protesting the Board of Regents' July 20th decision ending affirmative action for California universities, ....
10/30/1995 Irvine Students Protesting End of Affirmative Action Arrested
Five persons were arrested while camping out and conducting a thirteen-day hunger strike protesting the Board of Regents' July 20th decision ending affirmative action for California universities, ....
10/30/1995 Gingrinch Supports California's Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative
House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced on Friday his support for the anti-affirmative action initiative in California....
10/27/1995 GAO Reports Finds Women Underrepresented at Four Federal Agencies
A new report from the General Accounting Office states that while women have made progress, they are still underrepresented at four departments -- the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Navy and State....
10/25/1995 Appeals Court Rejects Wilson's Affirmative Action Challenge
A California Appeals Court yesterday rejected Governor Pete Wilson's suit seeking to abolish five affirmative action laws....
10/23/1995 Defense Department Ends Aid to Minority Firms
Since 1987 the Pentagon has used the "rule of two" when awarding contracts....
10/18/1995 European Court of Justice Strikes Down Affirmative Action Law
The European Court of Justice handed down a landmark sex discrimination ruling yesterday, finding an affirmative action law illegal The German law encouraged state agencies in Bremen to promote women over men, when both had equal qualifications....
10/13/1995 UC Students Demand Restoration of Affirmative Action
Students across the University of California school system protested yesterday their Regent's summer decision to repeal affirmative action....
10/9/1995 CALIFORNIA STUDENTS TO PROTEST AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
Students in the nine-campus University of California system will protest, on Thursday, the Board of Regents' summer decision to end affirmative action for the university system....
9/26/1995 Powell Speaks Up For Affirmative Action, Military Still Has A Long Way To Go
Prior to a book signing in San Francisco, retired Gen....
9/12/1995 Women and Minorities Shut-Out from Public Contracts
A Los Angeles Times review of California found that women and minorities receive a very small percentage of public contracts....
9/12/1995 Powell Supports Abortion Rights and Affirmative Action
In an interview with Barbara Walters, which airs Friday September 15, Colin Powell said he supports a woman's right to choose and affirmative action....
9/7/1995 Feminists Strategize to Achieve Gender Balance in Politics
Beatrice Bakojja, Member of Parliament from Uganda, expressed that Uganda has very few women in politics at all levels of government....
9/6/1995 First Global Congress of Women in Politics Agrees on Overall Strategy
Following a series of regional strategy meetings held over the course of the past week, the First Global Congress of Women in Politics has agreed on an overall strategy that calls on governments assembled here in Beijing to commit to gender balance in political decision-making at all levels and in all the world's countries. While individual regional reports identified some obstacles to women's political advancement that were culture specific, women meeting here to organize a global political network nonetheless discovered that they had many key problems in common: money, access to party nominating structures, and significant party support when they did manage to become candidates. Ironically, the various reports revealed that despite long traditions of democracy and democratic institutions, a majority of countries in North America and Western Europe lag behind many other countries across the world in the percentages of women holding political office at both the local and national levels. Led by NGO leaders from the United States, Sweden, Ireland and the United Kingdom, the North American/Western European Congress agreed on a 5-point strategy for the immediate future: To press for affirmative action policies and strategies within each country that would put more women in the political pipeline; To work for campaign finance reform that would both change how political campaigns are funded and that would put a ceiling on the amount of money that could be spent on campaigns; To conduct nationwide political education programs in each country for young women and girls that stress that importance of political participation -- as both voters and as potential office holders -- by making the links between politics and situations that affect our everyday lives; To create a mentorship program in each country in which seasoned women office holders would mentor women who are holding their first political offices in order to help them avoid pitfalls; To teach women interested in running for political office how to effectively use the media to get their messages out . As the First Global Congress was concluding, plans were being made for follow-up activities to expand and advance the emerging network....
8/31/1995 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....
8/28/1995 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....


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