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12/19/2014 Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland Abortion Debate
Debate surrounding Ireland's ban on abortion has come up again following a current case involving a woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. The woman's family wants her to be taken off life support, but doctors refuse because Irish law says they must do what they can to protect the 16-week-old fetus....
12/18/2014 Obama's Judicial Appointments Most Diverse in History
Congress came to a close on Tuesday night with the Senate confirmation of 12 new federal judges and 12 executive appointments - including Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General, Sarah Saldana as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Tony Blinken as deputy Secretary of State....
12/15/2014 Senate Maneuvering Allows for Confirmation of Obama Nominees
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was able to push for confirmation of 24 Obama nominees over the weekend....
12/12/2014 Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act
The Senate denied a vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act yesterday, blocking the act for the second time this year. A bipartisan group of senators approached the senate floor yesterday to push for the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)....
12/10/2014 Activists Call on the President to Stand with Survivors of Rape in War
Dozens of activists braved the rain yesterday at a rally outside of the White House, where they called on President Obama to stand with women and girls raped in conflict. More than 20 organizations, including the Feminist Majority, the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), Advocates for Youth, and several human rights and faith-based groups, came together to urge President Obama to ensure that US foreign assistance helps survivors of war rape access comprehensive medical care, including abortion. "Rape as a tool of war is older than the scriptures," said Reverend Harry Knox, president and CEO of Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, at the rally....
12/8/2014 Pentagon Report Shows Continued Scourge of Military Sexual Assault
The Pentagon released new data last week on sexual assault in the military, showing a continued need for reform of the military justice system to help combat an epidemic that has gone virtually unabated over the past year. According to the the Pentagon report, prepared using data collected by the Rand Corporation, there were about 19,000 cases of sexual assault or unwanted sexual contact last year - over 50 cases a day....
12/8/2014 Activists Demonstrate Outside TransPacific Partnership Negotiations
Workers, human rights advocates, environmental organizations, and consumer rights leaders rallied today in front of the Office of the US Trade Representative to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement, described as "a massive corporate power grab that would set rules governing roughly 40% of the global economy, with potentially dire consequences for the economy, environment and public health both at home and abroad." Negotiators on Sunday kicked off a week of closed-door meetings on the proposed free trade agreement in Washington, DC....
12/2/2014 Supreme Court to Decide if Online Domestic Violence Threats are Protected SpeechSupreme Court to Decide if Online Threats are Protected Speech
Trigger Warning: Graphic descriptions of violence. In November of 2010, a Pennsylvania court granted the wife of Anthony Elonis a protective order after he wrote a violent Facebook stating, in graphic terms, that he would kill her....
12/1/2014 Protests of the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Continued Across the Country Over the Holiday Weekend
Today marks a full week of national pop-up demonstrations protesting the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday in more than 120 cities inside and outside of the US, thousands of local activists and allies spilled onto major highways and thoroughfares to demand that charges be brought against Wilson....
11/25/2014 Marissa Alexander Has Accepted a Plea Deal
Marissa Alexander, the woman imprisoned for firing a warning shot in the presence of her abusive husband, chose to accept a plea deal Monday with the state of Florida, pleading guilty to three felony counts of aggravated assault. As part of the plea deal, Alexander received three years imprisonment, but she will be credited for the time she's spent behind bars....
11/24/2014 UVA President Suspends Greek Life Organizations After Revelation of Campus Rape Culture
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan announced on Saturday that all fraternities and sororities will be suspended until January 9 in the wake of several allegations of rape at the university....
11/18/2014 Afghan Women's Rights Leader and Parlimentarian Survives Suicide Bombing Attack
Afghan law maker and prominent women's rights leader Shukria Barakzai survived a suicide bombing attack on her armed vehicle on Sunday, November 16....
11/17/2014 Victory: TIME Apologizes for Including "Feminist" in Poll of Words to Ban
After facing sharp backlash, TIME magazine issued an apology over the weekend for including the word "feminist" on its poll of words to "ban" in 2015. "At last, TIME comes to its senses," said Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal....
11/13/2014 Maternal Death Rate in West Africa Expected to Rise Due to Ebola
One in seven women could die during childbirth in the West African countries most impacted by the Ebola crisis, according to members of the Disasters Emergency Committee, a coalition of aid organizations in the UK. Though on the decline before the outbreak, maternal mortality rates in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea were still some of the highest in the world....
11/12/2014 12 Countries Have Called on El Salvador to Stop Criminalizing Abortion
12 countries have come out this week in public opposition of El Salvador's extreme abortion ban. As part of a review currently being conducted by the United Nations Human Rights Council, Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK all submitted statements urging El Salvador to lift its complete ban on abortions....
11/12/2014 Pentagon Launches Largest Ever Military Sexual Assault Survey
The Pentagon is conducting its largest-ever report of sexual assault in the military this year, with over half a million active-duty troops being called on to submit responses. The report, to be conducted this year, will be issued online to all 200,000 active-duty servicewomen and 300,000 servicemen. The Pentagon hired professional Rand Corp to create and distribute the poll in the hopes of getting more responses than ever before....
11/7/2014 Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls Remain Missing as Boko Haram Leader Denies Ceasefire
In a recently released video, a man who says he is the leader of extremist group Boko Haram denied a claim that successful ceasefire talks had taken place between the group and Nigerian officials laying out a plan for the return of over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped from Chibok in April....
11/6/2014 Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day
Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday. 420,000 minimum wage workers in Alaska, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska can now expect a higher hourly beginning January 1, although many of the approved increases will happen gradually over the course of the next two years....
11/6/2014 Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs
Voters in three states and Washington, DC made significant headway in ending criminalization of nonviolent and low-level drug offenses on Election Day....
11/3/2014 Celebrities and Survivor Advocates Encourage Tennessee and North Dakota Voters to Reject Anti-Abortion Measures
Advocates for survivors of sexual violence in North Dakota and Tennessee urged voters to turn down two dangerous anti-abortion measures when they go to the polls on this Tuesday, stressing the damage these measures would cause. Saturday, in South Nashville, Vote No On 1 supporters were joined by actor-activists Ashley Judd and Connie Britton, who shared their own reasons for opposing Amendment 1 in Tennessee....
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1
Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot. SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy." "We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event. SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color....
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling
An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1. The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy....
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People
A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state. Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations. More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls....
10/28/2014 Ohio Officials Threaten to Close Cincinnati's Last Remaining Abortion Clinic
Ohio's TRAP law may soon force the last remaining abortion clinic in the greater Cincinnati metropolitan area to close, leaving an estimated 2.1 million people without access to a comprehensive reproductive healthcare site. Planned Parenthood's Elizabeth Campbell Surgical Center received a notice earlier this week from state health officials threatening to shut down the facility for failure to obtain a transfer agreement with a local private hospital. Last year, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law a requirement that abortion clinics obtain a written agreement with a local hospital willing to take patients from the clinic in an emergency, despite the fact that emergencies are extremely rare and hospital emergency rooms must already accept patients....
10/24/2014 Thousands of Women in Iran Protest Acid Attacks in Wake of Religious Law
On Wednesday, thousands of Iranians in the historic city of Isfahan gathered to protest recent acid attacks on women....
10/24/2014 Potential Ballot Measure in DC Would Raise Minimum Wage to $15
Low-wage workers in Washington, DC might see a significant increase in their pay, thanks to national labor rights group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC). This month, the DC Board of Elections approved language submitted by a local chapter of ROC to raise the minimum wage in the District to $15/hour by 2019....
10/23/2014 Ferguson October Continues With National Day of Action Against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration
Activists organized actions nationwide yesterday to protest police brutality in cities across the country as part of ongoing Ferguson October events, while outrage grows in Missouri over the the grand jury proceeding on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges in the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. As part of the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration, on-the-ground organizers in Ferguson, Missouri and St....
10/22/2014 Students Protest Fordham University's Anti-Birth Control Policy
Students at Fordham University are engaged in a battle against the New York City Catholic school's anti-birth control policy. Students for Sex & Gender Equality and Safety (SAGES) has launched a petition drive, calling on Fordham to provide free and confidential access to birth control and STI testing on-campus, free condoms, professional gynecological services at the university, and resources for pregnant women, among other things....
10/16/2014 Prosecutors Claim South Carolina's Stand Your Ground Law Doesn't Apply to Domestic Violence Survivors
According to South Carolina prosecutors, the state's Stand Your Ground law, which allows people to use force to defend themselves when faced with "great bodily injury," is an unfit defense for domestic violence victims who live with their attackers....
10/14/2014 Girls Spoke Out at the United Nations on International Day of the Girl
The United Nation's third annual International Day of the Girl was recognized Saturday by activists and leaders alike....
10/13/2014 As Midterm Elections Near, Courts Are Taking On Voter Suppression
With less than a month before the November 4 elections, courts are weighing in on voting rights across the nation. In a victory for voters in Wisconsin, the US Supreme Court on Thursday blocked the state's new voter identification law from taking effect in November....
10/3/2014 Federal Appeals Court Blocks Access to Abortion in Texas
The state of Texas lost all but eight of its abortion clinics overnight after the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the state could begin enforcing unnecessary and harmful abortion restrictions passed as part of Texas's omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB 2, last year....
10/3/2014 Federal Appeals Court Blocks Access to Abortion in Texas
The state of Texas lost all but eight of its abortion clinics overnight after the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the state could begin enforcing unnecessary and harmful abortion restrictions passed as part of Texas's omnibus anti-abortion bill, HB 2, last year....
10/3/2014 UN Speaks Out Against Islamic State Attacks on Women
The United Nations last week condemned the brutal killings of women by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also know as ISIS. In a recent attack, Sameera Salih Ali Al-Nuaimya, a well-known lawyer and women's rights activist, was publicly executed by a masked firing squad in Mosul....
9/29/2014 Advocates and Legislators Say NFL Corrections Go Wide But Not Deep Enough
Women's rights activists and anti-violence advocates are continuing to put pressure on the National Football League (NFL), calling for a more inclusive and robust institutional response to domestic violence and sexual assault as well as an independent investigation into the League. This summer, NFL executive leadership came under fire after the League failed to take action when video evidence of Ravens' running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee surfaced....
9/24/2014 Women Firefighters Allege Sexual Harassment and Abuse From Coworkers
Several women firefighters who are currently or who have previously worked with the US Forest Service filed a complaint last month alleging they faced sexual abuse, harassment and job discrimination from their male coworkers. The complaint, filed with the Department of Agriculture on behalf of hundreds of women in the Forest Service's Region 5 in California, claims officials did not do enough to stop harassment and abuse....
9/22/2014 Climate Change Activists Take Over Manhattan to Demand Action
An estimated 400,000 people took to the streets of Manhattan over the weekend to demand world leaders take action on climate change. The People's Climate March, which some are calling the single largest call for climate action ever, took place ahead of Tuesday's emergency UN Climate Summit. Joining the march were several labor unions, former Vice President Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Edward Norton....
9/19/2014 Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership Still Needs Improvements in Human and Workers Rights
Legislators and activists are still concerned about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed regional free trade agreement that addresses a broad range of issues and is currently being negotiated between the United States and 11 Pacific Rim nations....
9/11/2014 Missouri Legislators Pass 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period Law
Missouri legislators voted late last night to triple the state's current 24-hour waiting period to 72 hours, with no exceptions for rape or incest. Governor Jay Nixon previously vetoed the bill in July, calling it "extreme and disrespectful." Missouri's House voted 117-44 to override the veto, and then the Senate used a procedural move to stop a Democratic filibuster of the bill and vote 23-7 to complete the veto override Wednesday. "The only purpose of a 72-hour waiting period is to attempt to punish, shame, and demean women who have arrived at a personal decision that politicians happen to disagree with," said the president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights in a statement....
9/9/2014 Court Sentences Seven Men for Gang Rape in Afghanistan
An Afghan court convicted seven men for the gang rape and robbery of four women in Paghman district near the city of Kabul. According to reports, a group of men - some dressed in police uniforms and carrying assault rifles - stopped a group of cars traveling in Paghman last month, pulled the women from their cars, and raped them in a nearby field....
9/5/2014 Former VA Governor, First Lady Found Guilty in Corruption Case
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty by a federal jury Thursday on a combined 14 counts of conspiracy, fraud, influence-peddling, bribery, and extortion....
9/2/2014 California Legislators Pass Affirmative Consent Bill to Combat Campus Sexual Assault
California legislators passed a bill last week that would require state colleges and universities to adopt a standard of unambiguous, affirmative consent for students who engage in sexual activity. SB 967 is the first of its kind....
9/2/2014 Federal Courts Block TRAP Laws in Texas and Louisiana
The Labor Day weekend marked two major victories in the battle for reproductive justice in Texas and Louisiana. On Friday, U.S....
8/29/2014 Terry O'Neill Was One of Hundreds Arrested Calling for Immigration Reform at White House Rally
Thursday, nearly 300 people were arrested in front of the White House during a rally calling on President Barack Obama to halt mass deportations....
8/28/2014 New California Law Takes Military Sexual Assault Cases Out of the Chain of Command
Last Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed into law a bill that would take military sexual assault cases out of military purview and instead assign them to civilian prosecutors in the state....
8/27/2014 California Legislature Votes to Restrict Sterilization of Prison Inmates
Both the California Senate and assembly unanimously passed a bill last week significantly restricting the sterilization of state prison inmates. SB1135 bans the practice of sterilization with a few exceptions, including if the person's life is in danger or sterilization is medically necessary to treat a diagnosed condition....
8/25/2014 Advocates for Youth, Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood Generation Launch
WASHINGTON, DC -- Advocates for Youth (Advocates), Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), and Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen), a project of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, are joining forces for an exciting new national civil engagement campaign - the 2014 Youth ShowOUT! In 2014, young voters will do more than just turn out - they will ShowOUT! Youth leaders are educating their peers, registering voters, participating in voter pledge drives, volunteering, and more....
8/15/2014 National Moment Of Silence Draws Massive Crowd in Nation's Capital
In an overwhelming display of solidarity and outpouring of grief, hundreds of students, activists, parents, allies, and members of the press gathered at the center of Malcolm X Park in Washington, DC as part of the National Moment of Silence (NMOS) for Michael Brown and all victims of police brutality that took place across the country last night. NMOS14 was coordinated by online and community activist Feminista Jones in collaboration with individual community leaders following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri....
8/7/2014 Study Finds Sexual Health Education Should Begin As Early As Age 10
Children should begin receiving formal education about sexual health as early as age 10, according to a new study published in the journal Global Public Health. The study's researchers note that although sexual health programs typically focus on older adolescents, sexuality and gender identity begin emerging between the ages of 10 and 14....
7/31/2014 Massachusetts Enacts New Law to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Facilities
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (D) signed into law yesterday a bill to help protect access to reproductive health care facilities in the state. The law, entitled An Act to Promote Public Safety and Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care Facilities, enables a law enforcement official to order the "immediate dispersal of a gathering that substantially impedes access to or departure from an entrance or a driveway to a reproductive health care facility." The order would "remain in place for 8 hours or until the close of business of the reproductive health facility, whichever is earlier," and make noncompliance punishable with a fine or jail time....
7/29/2014 Supporters March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville
Hundreds of supporters from all over the United States marched to the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, FL yesterday to demand that all charges against Marissa Alexander be dropped....
7/28/2014 Study Proves Texas Laws Have Significantly Reduced Access to Abortion
The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) released a study in the medical journal Contraception finding that access to abortion has been significantly reduced since the state enacted it omnibus anti-abortion law HB2. The study, released last week, details the striking impact that HB2 has had on abortion access in Texas....
7/23/2014 100 Days: Vigils Held To Support Rescue of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
100 days ago today, more than 270 schoolgirls were kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram....
7/15/2014 Financial Disparities Between Tipped and Full-Wage Workers Larger Than Ever
A new study shows that the wage gap between tipped and non-tipped workers is the widest it's ever been in American history. 1966 amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) created protections to hotel, restaurant and other service employees, but also created a sub-wage for tipped workers with the expectation that an employee's tips, when added to the sub-wage, would match or exceed the minimum wage....
7/14/2014 Study Shows High Rates of Child Marriage and Maternal Death Across Nigeria
The Nigerian Demographic Health Survey of 2013 (NDHS) revealed persistently high child marriage rates and a need for increased family planning resources in Nigeria. Nigeria accounts for 13 percent of global maternal death rates, with 36,000 women dying in pregnancy or child birth each year....
7/8/2014 One in Four Americans Live in High-Poverty Areas
One in four Americans lived in a high-poverty area in 2012, according to Changes in Areas with Concentrated Poverty: 2000 to 2010, a recently released report that analyzes data from the United States Census Bureau and the American Community Survey. The 77 million Americans who live in poverty areas - defined as an area where over one-fifth of the residents earn incomes below the current poverty line of $23,600 for a family of four - is a significant increase from the 18 percent recorded by the Census Bureau in 2000....
7/2/2014 Iraqi Women Face Reproductive Health Care Shortage During Crisis
The United Nations warned this week that due to the escalating crisis in the northern and western parts of the country, about 250,000 Iraqi women and girls - including almost 60,000 pregnant women - need urgent health care as soon as possible. Recent violence in Iraq has displaced approximately one million people, overwhelming health facilities in parts of the country....
6/25/2014 House Committee Approves Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers
The House Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2015 State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations bill yesterday with an amendment to remove a provision banning the Peace Corps from funding abortions for its volunteers, even in cases of rape or incest. Unlike other employees with federal health care plans - including Peace Corps employees - Peace Corps volunteers currently do not have access to abortion coverage even in cases of rape, incest, or endangered health or life....
6/19/2014 American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Following sexual misconduct allegations, American Apparel's founder and Chief Operating Officer Dov Charney has been fired. The company's executive board voted Wednesday to remove Charney from the position....
6/11/2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Convenes This Week
Representatives from over 140 nations are attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London this week....
6/2/2014 African Union Launches First Campaign to End Child Marriage
The African Union launched its first campaign to curb child marriage in Africa last week, in cooperation with African governments, UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development, and several civil society organizations. "What we are seeing today is an Africa-wide movement of leaders and organizations collectively saying 'No to Child Marriage,'" said Martin Mogwanja, Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF....
6/2/2014 Obama Proclaims June 2014 LGBT Pride Month
President Obama proclaimed June 2014 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. "During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, we celebrate victories that have affirmed freedom and fairness, and we recommit ourselves to completing the work that remains," Obama said in the proclamation. "Here at home, we have strengthened laws against violence toward LGBT Americans, taken action to prevent bullying and harassment, and prohibited discrimination in housing and hospitals....
5/27/2014 Deadly Shooting at UCSB Motivated by Misogyny
A 22-year-old man went on a shooting and stabbing rampage on Friday night near the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) campus in Isla Vista, killing six students and injuring 13 more....
5/27/2014 Nigerian Army Has Located Girls Abducted by Boko Haram
The Nigerian army announced yesterday that it has determined the location of the 200 girls abducted by extremist group Boko Haram more than one month ago, noting that they are still in the country....
5/19/2014 Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson Fired
The first woman to lead the New York Times as Executive Editor, Jill Abramson, was abruptly fired from her position last Wednesday....
5/15/2014 State Refusals to Expand Medicaid Leaves Millions Still Uninsured
Nearly five million low-income Americans do not have access to affordable insurance because state legislators in 24 states refuse to expand Medicaid, and people of color are disproportionately impacted....
5/14/2014 Minnesota Governor Signs Women's Economic Security Act
Minnesota Governor Mike Dayton signed a package of bills into law this weekend aimed at eliminating discrimination against women in the workplace. The Women's Economic Security Act includes 9 pieces of legislation that address a variety of issues women face in the workplace....
5/12/2014 Bill Extending Abortion Coverage to Peace Corps Volunteers Re-Introduced
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY-17) re-introduced the Peace Corps Equity Act in the Senate and House last week....
5/5/2014 Boko Haram Leader Admits to Mass Kidnapping in Nigeria, Declares Intent to Sell Girls
The alleged leader of militant insurgency group Boko Haram admitted in a new video obtained by Agence France-Presse to kidnapping over 200 Nigerian girls on April 14 - and also declared his intentions to sell them "on the market." "I abducted your girls," Abubakar Shekau is quoted by CNN's translators as declaring in the 57-minute video....
5/2/2014 Nigerians Demand More Rescue Efforts for 200 Kidnapped Girls
Nigerians are demanding that their government do more to bring home the roughly 200 girls who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago on April 14 by the militant insurgency group Boko Haram. Protesters took to the streets of Abuja and Lagos this week to criticize the Nigerian government's handling of the mass kidnapping....
5/2/2014 US Dept of Education: Title IX Protects Transgender Students
The United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidelines this week clarifying for the first time that Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination against transgender students. "Title IX's sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation," the guidelines state....
4/29/2014 Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Release of First Report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
Feminist Majority Foundation today celebrates the release of the first report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. "The release of this report is an important step in fighting the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses," said Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority Foundation....
4/29/2014 Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Release of First Report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault
Feminist Majority Foundation today celebrates the release of the first report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. "The release of this report is an important step in fighting the scourge of sexual assault on college campuses," said Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority Foundation....
4/25/2014 On 1st Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Need for More Change
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that caused the deaths and injuries of thousands of people. The poorly built nine-story building that collapsed last April near the capital of Dhaka housed five garment factories and a shopping center....
4/25/2014 Cuba Faces Condom Shortage
A current condom shortage in Cuba is stirring fears of higher STD rates and unplanned pregnancies. Pharmacies in Cuba's central province of Villa Clara began running out of condoms in March, and the suburbs of Havana are now affected as well....
4/17/2014 Supreme Court of India Recognizes Transgender Rights
India's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that official documents must allow transgender people to identify as a third gender and directed the federal and state governments to include transgender people, known as hijras, in welfare programs such as education, health care, and job programs. "All documents will now have a third category marked 'transgender,'" said Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, a transgender activist who petitioned the court....
4/15/2014 Activist Monica Jones Found Guilty of Walking While Trans
Trans woman, student, and sex work activist Monica Jones was found guilty Friday of "manifesting prostitution" by a Phoenix, Arizona judge after she accepted a ride with two undercover police officers in May 2013....
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services
President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius. Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA). At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA....
4/11/2014 Tennessee Legislature Approves Measure Criminalizing Pregnant Women
The Tennessee state legislature passed SB 1391 Wednesday, a bill that allows women who suffer from drug-related pregnancy complications to be charged with assault and potentially imprisoned. The bill would permit women to be charged with assault - theoretically up to the point of aggravated assault, which incurs a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison - if they have pregnancy complications after using illegal drugs or deliver children with "neonatal abstinence syndrome." The original bill allowed women to be charged with homicide if her fetus or baby died, but was later amended....
4/2/2014 Report Details Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week detailing the risks people will face around the world as climate change worsens. "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability" from Working Group II of the IPCC summarizes scientific literature from hundreds of authors to identify vulnerable populations, ecosystems, and industries....
3/24/2014 FMF Will Deliver Thousands of Petitions to the Supreme Court Tomorrow in Support of the ACA Birth Control Benefit!
The Feminist Majority Foundation will deliver thousands of petitions to the US Supreme Court tomorrow in support of the Affordable Care Act birth control benefit, sending a clear signal to the Court that women, not bosses, should make personal decisions about women's healthcare. "After a trip to the ER at 19 years old, I was put on birth control to treat ovarian cysts," said Kristy Birchard, a Feminist Majority Foundation National Campus Organizer....
3/14/2014 Students and Activists Demand Sexual Assault Reform at Dartmouth
Thousands of people are calling on Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to improve its sexual assault policies, after a student whose name appeared in a "rape guide" on a student-run website was sexually assaulted. Women's advocacy group UltraViolet created a petition demanding that Dartmouth "take student recommendations seriously and expel rapists, list rape as a punishable offense and expulsion as the preferred punishment in the student handbook, and block access to the 'rape guide' on campus." Over 50,000 people have already signed on....
3/13/2014 Majority of Americans Approve of Obamacare Contraception Mandate
A poll conducted earlier this month by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal found that a majority of Americans agree with the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) contraception mandate....
3/13/2014 House Democrats Seek International Convention on Gender-Based Violence In Workplace
House Democrats asked the Obama administration yesterday to support the International Labour Organization's (ILO) efforts to combat global gender-based violence in the workplace. Ahead of the ILO's 320th Session of the Governing Board, Representatives George Miller (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and 34 other leading Democrats sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez seeking their support for an ILO Convention on gender-based violence in the workplace, as well as a standard-setting discussion about violence against all people in the workplace. "Gender-based violence is among the most rampant human rights violations in the world--and it most acutely affects women," said Rep....
3/7/2014 Senate Blocks Military Justice Improvement Act
The US Senate blocked passage of the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA)....
3/6/2014 Michigan State University Under Federal Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault Cases
The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is currently investigating Michigan State University (MSU) for its potential mishandling of sexual assault cases. A student who was allegedly sexually assaulted in an MSU dorm room in August 2010 by two student athletes filed charges against the university under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination in education on the basis of sex....
3/5/2014 Wisconsin City Council Passes 160-Foot Buffer Zone Ordinance
The Madison, Wisconsin city council unanimously passed a buffer zone ordinance last week to protect people entering or exiting healthcare clinics, including women's reproductive healthcare clinics, in the city....
3/5/2014 Saudi Women Demand End To Absolute Male Authority
Ten Saudi women are petitioning the Saudi Arabia consultative Shura Council to demand an end to absolute male authority over women. Activist Aziza Yousef told AFP news agency over the weekend that the activists are demanding "measures to protect women's rights," as well as the right for women to drive, ahead of International Women's Day on March 8....
3/4/2014 Marissa Alexander Now Faces Up To 60 Years in Prison
Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who was imprisoned for firing warning shots against her abusive husband, will face up to 60 years of prison during her re-trial in July. Alexander was initially sentenced to 20 years for firing warning shots during an altercation with Rico Gray, her estranged and formerly abusive husband....
2/26/2014 Libya To Compensate Victims of Rape During 2011 Conflict
Libya's cabinet introduced a decree last week that will recognize women raped during the 2011 uprising as war victims and provide them with compensation....
2/25/2014 Ugandan President Signs Anti-Gay Bill Into Law
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a controversial anti-gay bill into law yesterday. The Anti-Homosexuality Bill, passed by parliament in December, could put people in prison for life if they engage in "aggravated homosexuality," which means engaging in acts where someone is infected with HIV, having sex with minors, or being "serial offenders." People who offer services to LGBTQ people, such as human rights groups, could also face criminal charges and years in prison. In response, Norway and Denmark have already cut off aid to the Ugandan government, and Sweden and the US are considering a similar response....
2/20/2014 REPORT: Working Single Mothers Are Disproportionately Likely to Live in Poverty
A new report finds that working single mothers, who head up more households than ever across the nation, are more likely to be in poverty than their married counterparts. The Working Poor Families Project's policy brief "Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Future" [PDF] found that out of 7.1 million families headed by women, 4.1 million lived in poverty, encompassing 8.5 million children....
2/18/2014 Uganda President To Sign Anti-Gay Legislation
The president of Uganda, Yoweni Museveni, released a statement Saturday saying he planned to sign the sweeping Anti-Homosexuality Bill that passed the nation's parliament in December. The bill was originally introduced in 2009 with a death penalty provision for some "homosexual acts," but it was delayed because of international uproar and the threat of a loss of aid from several nations....
2/14/2014 Judge Declares Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional
A federal judge declared Virginia's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional last night, overturning a state constitutional amendment added by voters in 2006 and ruling that Virginia must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. "The plaintiffs [two same-sex couples] ask for nothing more than to exercise a right that is enjoyed by the vast majority of Virginia's adult citizens," Judge Arenda L....
2/10/2014 Military Sexual Assault Bill Expected To Come To Vote This Week
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D-NY) Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), which removes prosecution of sexually violent crimes in the military from the chain-of-command, is expected to come to a vote in the Senate this week. The MJIA, which was previously part of the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) but will now be voted on as a stand-alone measure as S....
2/7/2014 UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence
The African Union (AU) and the United Nations signed a landmark agreement last week committing to improving the prevention of and response to sexual violence, particularly conflict-related violence, in African countries. The agreement aims to strengthen national policies, laws, and organizations already trying to combat sexual violence, and to train police forces and peacekeepers on prevention and best responses....
1/29/2014 Penn State Under Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus
The Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has launched an independent civil rights enforcement investigation of Pennsylvania State University following a review of their sexual harassment policy and a record number of forcible sex offense reports for the university in 2012. Penn State University listed 56 forcible sex offenses on its main campus in 2012, which is 2 times more than they reported in 2011 and 14 times more than the number reported in 2010....
1/28/2014 REPORT: While Marriage Equality Expands Nationwide, Other LGBT Needs Remain Unmet
A new report by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) found that in 2012 and 2013, marriage equality expanded at a quick pace while other LGBT needs - including anti-discrimination protections for workers, safe schools for LGBT youth, and simplifying changes to identity documents - remained largely unmet. The biennial Momentum Report has, since 2007, followed and charted the progress of the LGBT movement in achieving legal, social, and political equality....
1/27/2014 Activist Launches Fundraising Drive to Open Home for Sexual Assault Survivors
A Vanderbilt University graduate and sexual violence survivor launched a fundraising drive yesterday to open a home for fellow college-aged survivors in Nashville, Tennessee. Activist Sarah O'Brien came up with the concept for Dara House - coming from the Irish word doire and representing transformation, bravery, survivorship, and community - during her final undergraduate year at Vanderbilt University....
1/16/2014 Trans* Activist CeCe McDonald Released Early From Men's Prison
CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman, was sentenced to 41 months in a men's prison in July 2012 for defending herself from a hate crime....
1/13/2014 Supreme Court Declines Review of Decision Blocking Abortion Ban
The Supreme Court decided today to reject a case that would have been a direct assault on Roe v....
1/10/2014 California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses
California Assemblyman Mike Gatto introduced a state bill this week that would change the rules for reporting rapes on college campuses in an effort to hold universities more accountable....
1/2/2014 President Obama Signs Defense Bill Expanding Efforts to Prevent Military Sexual Assault
Late last week, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 (NDAA), which expands efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthens protections for victims. Under the new law, any individual in the military who sexual assaults another will face dishonorable discharge, and commanders will not be able to overturn jury decisions....
12/23/2013 Bangladeshi Factory Owners Charged For Fire Deaths of 112 Workers
The owners and 11 employees of a Bangladeshi garment factory are facing charges for culpable homicide after the death of 112 workers in a fire last year. Those charged - including owners Delwar Hossain and Mahmuda Akter, and 11 factory managers, security guards, and engineers - created dangerous conditions for the workers that contributed to their deaths....
12/18/2013 Report: Police Harassment May Worsen LA Aids Crisis
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report last week detailing how aggressive police harassment and the consideration of condoms as evidence of prostitution may be worsening Louisiana's HIV/AIDS crisis, particularly in New Orleans. "Sex workers, transgender women and others at high risk of HIV infection told us that they were afraid to carry condoms and that they sometimes had to engage in sex without protection out of fear of police harassment," the report explains. Louisiana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the US, and the state's AIDS death rate is over two times the national average....
12/18/2013 Senator Warren Introduces Equal Employment for All Act
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) introduced The Equal Employment for All Act yesterday....
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat
Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election. "Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House....
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases
The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF]. The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge....
12/2/2013 Representatives Push President to Protect Detainees from Sexual Abuse
A bipartisan group of 12 members of Congress are urging US President Barack Obama to issue stronger protections to prevent the sexual abuse of immigrant detainees in a newly-released letter. The letter comes in light of a report recently released by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealing the need for additional actions by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to address sexual abuse in immigrant detention centers....
11/27/2013 Latinas in Texas Face Human Rights Violations for Restricted Reproductive Rights
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights released a report last week documenting the impact of state funding cuts to family planning services on Texas women, particularly women living in the southern Rio Grande Valley [see PDF]....
11/25/2013 College Students Charged With Hate Crimes Against Black Roommate
Four San Jose State University students have been charged with misdemeanor hate-crime and battery for committing hate crimes against their 17 year-old black roommate....
11/19/2013 Report Reveals LGBT People of Color Are Most Disadvantaged Workers
LGBT people of color are the most disadvantaged workers in the US, according to a new report released last week by the Movement Advancement Project, Center for American Progress, Freedom to Work, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Black Justice Coalition....
11/15/2013 Man Charged in Renisha McBride's Death
Prosecutors charged the Michigan man who shot and killed 19-year old Renisha McBride....
11/13/2013 Military Sexual Assault Victims Barred from Essential Disability Benefits
A new report by the ACLU, the Service Women's Action Network, and the Veterans Legal Service Clinic at Yale Law School alleges that the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) discriminates against thousands of Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivors seeking mental health disability benefits. While the VA has a vested interest in ensuring that those seeking disability benefits have a condition caused by their time in the military, members who are seeking benefits for PTSD related to combat or other sources of trauma are taken at their word....
11/13/2013 Anti-Abortion Extremists Urge Volunteers to Kidnap Women
A Facebook group called on anti-abortion extremists in Texas to kidnap women who are headed to abortion clinics. Cicada Collective, a pro-choice group that provides a legitimate volunteer shuttle service for women going to abortion clinics, shared with their listserv an email address for folks interested in volunteering to operate the shuttles....
11/12/2013 International Conference on Family Planning Starts Today
Political leaders and health advocates from around the world will meet in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Abba, this week for the third annual International Conference on Family Planning....
11/11/2013 UN Reports: Women's Access to and Control of Land Protects Human Rights
Two recently released United Nations reports emphasize the importance of women's access to and control over land to their ability to protect human rights. Released today, the report Realizing Women's Rights to Land and Other Productive Resources shows how women's right to land is directly linked to food security, sustainable development, economic empowerment, and protection against HIV/AIDS....
11/8/2013 Senate Passes ENDA After 19 Years

In a historic vote, the Senate passed the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) 64-32 yesterday, with 52 Democrats, 10 Republicans, and 2 Independents supporting the measure....

11/7/2013 Lawmakers Push for Changes in Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and a team of bipartisan lawmakers kicked off a two-week push yesterday to pass the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), an amendment to the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)....
11/6/2013 Kenya Faces Condom Shortage
Kenya faces a condom shortage next month if Kenyan and international leaders do not work fast to obtain more....
10/29/2013 Afghan Journalist Honored with Courage in Journalism Award
Afghan journalist Najiba Ayubi will be honored with a 2013 Courage in Journalism award at a second awards ceremony hosted today by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) in Los Angeles....
10/24/2013 Etsy and Facebook Remove Content Glorifying Violence Against Women
Online marketplace Etsy is currently under fire from activists for allowing a shop, called "FyourT," to sell T-shirts that make light of and encourage rape....
10/15/2013 CA Bans Employment Discrimination Against Domestic Violence Victims
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Friday that will ban employment discrimination against victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault, effective January 1. The law, SB 400, would prohibit an employer from firing or "in any manner discriminating or retaliating against an employee because of the employee's status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking." The law entitles victims to reasonable safety accommodations and procedures in the workplace, like changing a work phone number or implementing a safety plan....
10/10/2013 California Governor Signs Bill Expanding Abortion Access
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill on Wednesday that expands access to abortion in the state....
10/3/2013 Texas Health Care Providers File Lawsuit To Protect Abortion Access
Last week over a dozen women's health care providers in Texas filed a joint lawsuit to immediately block two provisions of a law that would reduce women's access to safe and legal abortion....
10/2/2013 NYC Council Passes Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
The New York City Council unanimously passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act last week....
9/27/2013 Afghanistan Holds First Social Media Summit
Afghanistan held its first social media summit this week in Kabul, the first in a three-part project....
9/23/2013 IHS Expands Plan B Access for Native American Women
Indian Health Services (IHS), the agency that provides most primary health care services for American Indian and Alaska Native people free of charge, will now provide emergency contraception without a consultation or prescription at its federally-operated facilities....
9/20/2013 House Republicans Vote to Cut $40 Billion from Food Stamps Program
House Republicans voted last night to cut $4 billion annually from SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for the next ten years - totaling a $40 billion loss for the program....
9/11/2013 Afghanistan Leaders Discuss Need for More Women Judges
At a four-day conference at the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul last week, over 180 female judges affiliated with the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) and other leaders discussed strategies for improving the number of Afghanistan's female judges and ensuring justice to those who come to the courts....
9/10/2013 Four Men Found Guilty in Delhi Gang Rape
Four men have been found guilty by District Court judge Yogesh Khanna of the fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in New Delhi, India last December....
9/10/2013 California Governor Signs Three Bills Related to Rape, Domestic Violence
California Governor Jerry Brown signed three bills yesterday related to rape and domestic violence....
9/10/2013 Republicans Push Plan to Further Cut Food Stamps
Majority Leader Eric Cantor is pushing a Republican plan to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as food stamps, over the next ten years....
9/3/2013 California Bill Expanding Abortion Access Sent to Governor
California lawmakers sent a bill to Governor Jerry Brown on Friday that, if signed, will expand access to first-trimester abortion care....
9/3/2013 Naval Academy Rape Hearing Expected to End Today
After a week of testimony, a preliminary rape hearing by the US Naval Academy is expected to end today....
8/29/2013 Victim Blaming Judge Gives Rapist 30 Day Sentence
Montana District judge G....
8/26/2013 Report Shows Over 50 Abortion Clinics Across US Have Closed Since 2010
The Huffington Post published a report today detailing the decline of abortion access since 2010....
8/22/2013 Naval Academy Will Integrate Sexual Assault Prevention into Curriculum
On Wednesday, the US Naval Academy announced that it will integrate sexual assault prevention into the academic program in an effort combat high rates of sexual assault in the military. Commandant Captain Bill Byrne, who took over the academy this summer, wants to change the current Sexual Harassement and Assault Prevention Education initiative from after-class trainings to part of the classroom structure starting on "Day One." The program discusses rape and its psychological effects, consent, dating, the effects of alcohol, and what bystanders can do to stop assault....
8/16/2013 Federal Judge Rules In Favor of Anti-Abortion Extremist Angel Dillard
A federal judge ruled Thursday that an anti-abortion extremist's threatening letter to a Wichita, KS Doctor is protected under the First Amendment and does not constitute as "true threat." In 2011, the Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit against Angel Dillard for writing to Mila Means, a doctor who planned to start offering abortion services, telling her that she would have to start checking under her car every day for explosives....
8/15/2013 Women in Papua New Guinea Face Severe Violence
A new report reveals that women in Papua New Guinea (PNG) face severe gender-based violence, affecting two thirds of families....
8/6/2013 Facebook CEO Endorses Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Mark Zuckerburg, Facebook CEO and 29-year-old billionaire publically announced his support for comprehensive immigration reform in America at an event geared towards building momentum for immigration reform among members of the House of Representatives on Monday night....
8/6/2013 Man Who Planned to Murder Planned Parenthood Doctor Sentenced to 10 Years
A man convicted of attempted murder against an abortion provider in Wisconsin has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars and 10 years extended supervision. Ralph Lang was arrested in his hotel room for plotting to kill doctors and medical personnel at a Madison, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood clinic in 2011....
8/5/2013 Federal Bill Introduced to Protect LGBT Youth at Homeless Shelters
Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) have introduced legislation in Congress to protect homeless LGBT youth from discrimination. The bill seeks to include LGBT protections within the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act, which is up for reauthorization this year....
7/25/2013 House Passes Bill Investigating Discharges of Military Sexual Assault Survivors
Yesterday the House passed an amendment to the 2014 defense appropriations bill that seeks to increase support of military sexual assault victims who have faced separation from the military based on alleged mental disorders....
7/22/2013 Hobby Lobby Win Injunction Against Birth Control Mandate
After receiving a temporary injunction from US District Judge Joe Heaton last week, Hobby Lobby will now be exempted from the Affordable Care Act stipulation that requires employer-based insurance plans to cover various birth control methods at no extra cost to employees until October 1, 2013....
7/19/2013 USAID Announces Plan for Afghan Women
The U.S....
7/19/2013 Sexual Battery Charges Against Air Force Officer Dropped
A charge of sexual battery against Air Force officer Jeffrey Krusinski was dropped on Thursday....
7/16/2013 Gillibrand Gains New Bi-Partisan Support in Fight Against Military Sexual Assault
Today conservative Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) will officially announce their support for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's provision of the National Defense Reauthorization Act that would remove cases of military sexual assault from the chain of command. The recent backing of the legislation by Cruz and Paul could bring support from the more conservative members of the Republican party as both senators carry influence within the conservative and tea-party factions....
7/12/2013 Ireland Passes First Abortion Exception Law
Early Friday morning, Irish lawmakers passed a bill allowing abortions if the mother's life is in danger....
7/11/2013 Indian Juvenile Court Defers Verdict of Fatal Rape Case
A juvenile court in India has deferred the verdict of a 17 year old who is accused of participating in the gang-rape of a woman who later died from her injuries....
7/8/2013 UNC Faces New Federal Investigation of Sexual Assault Policies
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is now facing a third investigation into its sexual assault policies by the US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR)....
7/3/2013 Obama Administration Delays ACA Provision Until 2015
On Tuesday, the Obama Administration announced that they would delay the implementation of a key mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act until 2015....
7/3/2013 Law Allowing Limited Abortion Passes First Vote in Ireland
The Irish Parliament voted to support a bill that would allow a pregnancy to be terminated if the woman's life is at risk....
6/28/2013 Senate Passes Immigration Reform, House Will Not Consider
On Thursday, the United States Senate passed an overhaul to the immigration system with bipartisan support....
6/25/2013 Supreme Court Rejects Statute of Voting Rights Act
Today the Supreme Court ruled that a statute requiring preclearance for changing voting guidelines is unconstitutional....
6/20/2013 Personhood Ohio Raising Funds with Assault Rifle Auction
Patrick Johnston, founder of the anti-choice group Personhood Ohio, sent an email this past weekend to members asking them to purchase assault rifles and ammunition as part of a new fundraising effort for the organization. "I'm selling some of my favorite things," he wrote....
6/17/2013 Texas Air Force Recruiter Sentenced to 27 Years in Sexual Assault Scandal
Technical Sergeant Jaime Rodriguez was sentenced Friday to 27 years in prison for sexually assaulting over 20 women during his 13-year tenure in the Air Force. Rodriguez, 34, was a recruiter at Lackland Air Force Base who worked frequently with high school students seeking careers in the military branch....
6/13/2013 Russian Lower Parliament Approves Ban On "Gay Propaganda"
On Tuesday, Russia's Lower Parliament called the Duma unanimously passed a bill outlawing the distribution of LGBT "propaganda" to minors, essentially banning any form of support for LGBT rights in the country....
6/11/2013 Afghan Police Accused of Violence Against Women
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission accused the police of violence against women in a recently released report, attributing close to 15 percent of honor killings and sexual assaults in the region to the police force....
6/10/2013 50th Anniversary of Equal Pay Act
Fifty years ago today, in 1963, President John F....
6/10/2013 Immigration Bills in the Works in Congress
An immigration overhaul coming from a bipartisan coalition within the Senate now faces three weeks of debate on the floor....
6/10/2013 Pussy Riot Documentary Premieres Tonight
The story of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot will come to life tonight in the HBO documentary "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer." It will air at 9 PM EST. Three Pussy Riot members were charged in August of 2012 with "hooliganism" and sentenced to two years in prison for a performance protesting Vladimir Putin's regime, and the separation of church and state. The 2012 performance lasted only for forty seconds....
6/6/2013 Gender is Obstacle for Female Corporate Board Members
According to a new study released by the Harvard Business Review, women who are members of corporate boards face significant barriers in their positions because of their gender....
6/5/2013 Congresswoman Jackie Speier Criticizes Marine Response to Offensive Facebook Page
Yesterday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) issued a statement critical of the Marine Corp's handling of her complaint regarding an offensive Facebook page posted by active-duty Marines threatening violence against women and the Congresswoman herself. The pages, which Speier reported to the Secretary of Defense in the beginning of May, featured degrading images and comments about women and women in the military....
6/4/2013 Sound of Change Live Concert Highlights Women's Rights Worldwide
On Saturday, the first Sound of Change Live concert highlighting women's current struggles around the world was held in London, England....
6/4/2013 Congressional Hearing on Military Sexual Assault Begins Today
Top Pentagon leaders will face scrutiny from members of Congress today as the first hearing on military sexual assault begins today....
5/31/2013 Tunisian Feminist Fined for Carrying Pepper Spray, May Face Other Charges
On Tuesday, a court in the Tunisian city of Kairouan convicted a feminist activist with carrying a can of pepper spray given to her by a journalist....
5/29/2013 Facebook to Revise Harmful Content Policy After Social Media Campaign
Yesterday Facebook announced that it will revise its harmful content policy to include gender-based violence after a social media campaign pressured advertisers to pull their ads from the website....
5/29/2013 Italy Passes European VAW Treaty
On Tuesday, Italy's lower house of parliament unanimously approved a European treaty to end violence against women while the country mourned a 15-year-old victim of intimate partner violence. The lower house of parliament ratified the Council of Europe's Istanbul convention, which would create and reinforce legal measures to prevent and prosecute gender-based violence....
5/28/2013 FL Teen Charged with Felony for Same-Sex Relationship Rejects Plea Deal
An 18-year-old high school senior in Florida who was charged with a felony and expelled from her school for a consensual same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old classmate rejected a plea deal from the state on Friday....
5/24/2013 Four Colleges Face Charges of Mishandling Sexual Assault
Four universities across the country are facing allegations of mishandling sexual assault cases in violation of the Clery Act and Title IX....
5/23/2013 West Point Sergeant Accused of Filming Female Cadets
A sergeant first class with the US Military Academy at West Point is facing charges of secretly filming female cadets with hidden cameras and without consent....
5/22/2013 Army Commander Suspended for Adultery Amid Wave of Sexual Assaults
On Tuesday, Brigadier General Bryan T Roberts was suspended from his position as commander of the Fort Jackson, South Carolina training camp which trains approximately 60% of incoming female recruits pending an investigation into allegations of adultery. Roberts was suspended following allegations of "adultery and a physical altercation." Colonel Christian Kubik, an Army spokesperson for the Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters "We don't have any evidence of any sexual assault....
5/21/2013 Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks AR 12 Week Ban
A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction against a twelve week abortion ban in Arkansas while the constitutionality of the bill is in question. U.S....
5/21/2013 Teenager Charged with Felony and Expelled for Same-Sex Relationship
An 18 year old high school senior in Florida was charged with a felony and expelled from her school for a consensual same-sex relationship with a 15 year old classmate....
5/16/2013 El Salvador Supreme Court Hears Arguments to Save Beatriz's Life
Yesterday the Supreme Court of El Salvador heard open arguments in a case where they will determine if doctors can administer a medically necessary abortion for a woman who could die as a result of her pregnancy....
5/15/2013 Army Sexual Assault Prevention Coordinator Face Sexual Assault Charges
A U.S....
5/9/2013 Working Families Flexibility Act Passes House, Threatens Over Time Pay
A bill that would remove over time pay and replace it with "comp" time passed the House yesterday in a vote along party lines of 223 to 204....
5/8/2013 Sexual Assault in the Military Rose by 35% in Two Years
Yesterday the Department of Defense issued an annual report that showed that sexual assault in the military rose by 35% from 2010 to 2012....
5/6/2013 No Decision Yet for 'Beatriz' in El Salvador
The Supreme Court of El Salvador has still not issued a decision about whether or not it will allow a woman in El Salvador to terminate a life-threatening, non-viable fetus. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and already a mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illnesses and is 18 weeks pregnant....
5/3/2013 Florida Teenager Arrested Over 'Science Experiment'
A 16 year old student in Bartow, Florida was arrested under felony charges earlier this week after a science experiment caused smoke and a loud noise on school property. Kiera Wilmot* mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in an 8oz plastic bottle for a science experiment after hearing it would produce non-toxic smoke from a friend....
5/2/2013 Feminists Critical of Decision to Appeal Plan B Ruling
Late Wednesday night, the Obama Administration filed an appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal judge's decision that emergency contraception must be made available over the counter with no age restrictions....
5/2/2013 Feminists Critical of Decision to Appeal Plan B Ruling
123Late Wednesday night, the Obama Administration filed an appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal judge's decision that emergency contraception must be made available over the counter with no age restrictions....
5/1/2013 Signature Drive for 2015 Mississippi Personhood Begins
Last week, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood approved the language for a 2015 ballot measure that would amend the Mississippi state constitution to define life as beginning at conception....
5/1/2013 First Female Speaker of Bangladesh Takes Oath
Yesterday, Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was sworn in as Bangladesh's first female Speaker of the Parliament....
4/30/2013 Saudi Arabia Launches First Domestic Violence PSA
The King Khalid Foundation (KKF) in Saudi Arabia has launched the first advertising campaign to combat violence against women in Saudi Arabia....
4/30/2013 WA State Senate Staffer Says Gays Can Go "Grow Their Own Food"
A staff person for Washington state Senator Mike Hewitt (R-Walla Walla) recently told a Washington blogger that LGBT individuals can fend for themselves when they are denied services under a recently proposed bill. Jay Castro, a reader of the Washington blog column Slog at The Stranger, called Senator Hewitt's office to ask about his sponsorship of SB 5927, which would allow people to refuse to provide services and discriminate against LGBT people because of "sincerely held religious beliefs." Castro asked an unidentified staffer, "What are rural gays supposed to do if the only gas station or grocery store for miles won't sell them gas and food?" Hewitt's staffer responded to Castro, "Well, gay people can just grow their own food" (emphasis added)....
4/25/2013 Woman Could Go To Jail For Life-Saving Abortion In El Salvador
A woman who faces a life-threatening, non-viable pregnancy may have to choose between saving her life or going to jail in El Salvador. "Beatriz", who is currently 22 and already a mother of a young infant, was diagnosed with multiple severe illness and is 18 weeks pregnant....
4/25/2013 HRW Report Finds Afghan Women Police Officers Face Harassment, Violence
Female police officers in Afghanistan are fighting harassment in co-ed changing facilities and restrooms at the hands of male colleagues, according to a recent report by the Human Rights Watch (HRW). In the story, released today, HRW found that women in the Afghan police force face sexual harassment, assault, and even rape from male colleagues....
4/24/2013 Eden Foods Suing Obama Administration, Facing Boycott
Eden Foods, a popular supplier of organic food items, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act....
4/23/2013 Cuba's Ladies in White To Receive International Award
A group of women opposition activists from Cuba called the Ladies in White will be in Brussels to collect the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought today. The women were awarded the prize in 2005 for their efforts to raise awareness of the treatment of dissenters in Cuba, but were not permitted to leave the country....
4/23/2013 Breaking News: France Legalizes Same Sex Marriage
Today French lawmakers voted to legalize same sex marriage and adoption in the country....
4/22/2013 Arrests made in Delhi Child Rape Case
Two men thought to have played a part in the abduction and rape of a five year old girl in New Delhi are now in custody....
4/22/2013 Global Heroes Honored in LA
An Afghan rapper....
4/19/2013 Five Year Girl in Critical Condition After Rape
A five year old girl is in critical condition after being allegedly kidnapped and raped in Delhi, India....
4/9/2013 Today is National Equal Pay Day
President Barack Obama has declared today Equal Pay Day to highlight the discrimination women currently face in wages for equal work....
4/8/2013 Mariam Chamberlain, Pioneer for Women's Studies, Dies
Dr....
4/5/2013 Federal Judges Strikes Age Restrictions for Plan B Over the Counter
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4/5/2013 NV State Congresswoman Threatened After Sharing her Abortion Experience
A Nevada state Congresswoman (D), Lucy Flores, has faced several threats on her life after sharing her personal experience with abortion at the state Assembly Education Committee on Monday....
4/4/2013 Florida House Committee Advances Anti-Abortion Bill
The Florida House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a bill that could threatened abortion access to women of color in the state on Wednesday. HB 845 would ban abortion for sex-selection or race-selection purposes....
3/29/2013 Pro-Life America Network Director Nominated to MS Board of Health
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) announced that he has nominated Terri Herring to the state's Board of Health Wednesday....
3/22/2013 Kansas House Passes Abortion Restrictions
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3/20/2013 TX Senate Panel Passes TRAP Bill
A Texas senate committee has passed a TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) bill that would require abortion clinics in the state to meet strict operating standards that could potentially close many of Texas's abortion providers....
3/14/2013 Steubenville Trial Begins
Yesterday, both sides made opening statements in the case of two high school football players accused of raping a 16 year old classmate in Steubenville, Ohio....
3/12/2013 VA Public Hearing on TRAP Laws
Over 50 individuals gathered yesterday in Alexandria, Virginia to speak on strict TRAP regulation signed by Governor McDonnell....
3/8/2013 Today is International Women's Day
Today marks over a century of honoring women on International Women's Day....
3/7/2013 UN Affirms Commitment to Ending Violence Against Women
On Monday, the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women began in New York....
3/1/2013 Openly Gay MS Mayoral Candidate Found Dead
Mayoral Candidate Marco McMillan of Clarksdale, Mississippi, was found dead on Wednesday in what authorities have ruled is a homicide....
2/28/2013 Teenager Accused in New Delhi Gang-Rape Pleads Not-Guilty
A teenager accused of murder in the violent gang-rape of a New Delhi medical student in December 2012 plead not guilty....
2/26/2013 Microsoft Launches "DigiGirlz" In India
Microsoft launched a new program in India to encourage more girls to take up careers in technology, the Times of India reports....
2/25/2013 First Woman President of South Korea Sworn In
South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, was sworn in Monday....
2/21/2013 First Female Members Sworn In to Shura Council
The first female members of Saudi Arabia's Shura Council were sworn in by King Abdullah on Tuesday. The Shura Council, composed of 150 members, councils the government in decisions regarding legislation....
2/15/2013 MS Bill to Regulate Abortion Passes the Senate
Senate Bill 2795, also known as the "Women's Health Defense Act," [PDF] passed in the Mississippi Senate yesterday on a 39 to 12 vote....
2/11/2013 IN Community Calls for "Traditional" Prom Banning Gay Students
Students, parents, and faculty at Sullivan High School in Sullivan, Indiana, are rallying to create a "traditional" prom that would exclude gay students....
2/11/2013 VA Governor Limit Work Hours to Avoid Paying for Obamacare
As part of Virginia's 2013 Budget, Governor Bob McDonnell has limited the amount of hours an hourly employee of the state can work in a week in an attempt to avoid paying for healthcare as required by the Affordable Care Act....
2/6/2013 Mississippi Senate Bill Threatens Abortion by Pill
On Tuesday, a Mississippi state Senate committee approved a bill that could threaten the use of medical abortion in the state....
2/5/2013 Two Bills Limiting Abortion Access Pass in Arkansas House
Yesterday, the Arkansas state House approved a bill that would outlaw abortions after twenty weeks of pregnancy without any exception for rape or incest on a vote of 75 to 20....
2/1/2013 Catholic Cardinal Relieved from Public Duties following Cover Up Release
Retired Cardinal Roger M....
1/30/2013 Malala Yousafzai Approaching Final Surgeries
Malala Yousafzai, the girls' rights activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban in October 2012, is preparing for her final surgeries....
1/29/2013 Wyoming House Rejects Heartbeat Bill
Yesterday a Wyoming state House committee voted 5 to 3 to reject a bill that would have prohibited abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. House Bill 97 was introduced into the Wyoming House Labor Health and Social Services committee yesterday by Representative Kendell Kroeker (R-Evansville)....
1/28/2013 Sixth Accused Rapist in New Delhi Case Determined to Be A Minor
A Juvenile Justice Board in New Delhi has ruled that a sixth attacker in the fatal rape of a medical student on a bus in December was 17 at the time of the attack....
1/28/2013 Public Comment Period on VA TRAP Law Opens
The 60-day public comment period on Virginia's strict TRAP laws begins today....
1/25/2013 New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortion After Rape/Incest
Under a proposed law in the New Mexico state House of Representative, a woman who has an abortion after being raped could face felony criminal charges....
1/25/2013 Ban on 'Gay Propaganda' Passes First Reading in Russian Parliament
A new bill that would ban "gay propaganda" from being directed towards minors passed its first reading in the Russian Lower House today....
1/24/2013 Trial in Brutal India Gang-Rape Begins Today
The trial of five men accused of brutally gang raping a 23 year old medical student, who later died of her injuries, on a bus in New Delhi, India, began today....
1/17/2013 Delhi Rape and Murder Case Moved to Fast-Track Court
The case of five men accused of the brutal rape and murder of a 23 year old medical student in New Delhi has been moved to a special "fast-track" court, an Indian magistrate declared on Thursday....
1/15/2013 President Obama, New York to Take Harsher Stance on Gun Control
On Monday, President Barack Obama announced that he will be revealing a proposal of new gun control policies and is willing to take executive actions if necessary....
1/4/2013 Malala Yousafzai Released from Hospital
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by Taliban forces for her outspoken support of girls' education, was released yesterday from Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK....
1/2/2013 VA TRAP Law Approved
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell certified new abortion regulations known as TRAP (targeted regulations of abortion providers) laws on Friday, December 28th....
12/20/2012 Indian Activists Protest Gang Rape
Protests erupted in India yesterday in response to a violent gang rape on a bus in South Delhi....
12/19/2012 Tim Scott to Succeed SC Senator
On Monday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley appointed Representative Tim Scott as the successor to retiring Senator Jim DeMint. Tim Scott will be the only African-American Republican in Congress after the defeat of Representative Allen West in Florida in the November election....
12/12/2012 WI Planned Parenthood Challenges Medical Abortion Restrictions
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging a state law that would force doctors who perform medical abortions to face possible criminal charges....
12/6/2012 Textbooks in Saudi Arabia Feature Photographs of Women
For the first time in the history of public education in Saudi Arabia, new textbooks will feature photographs of women....
12/5/2012 Bihar Village Bans Use of Cell Phones by Women
On Sunday, the self-appointed village council of Sunderbari within the state of Bihar in India prohibited the use of mobile phones by unmarried women and girls....
11/29/2012 Russian Court Bans Pussy Riot Videos
On Thursday, a court in Moscow ruled that videos of Pussy Riot's performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral must be removed from websites....
11/28/2012 Ohio Senate Not to Consider "Heartbeat" Bill or Defunding Planned Parenthood
Ohio Senate President, Tom Niehaus (R-New Richmond), announced Tuesday that he will not bring the two separate measures designed to attack abortion and family planning rights to the floor before the end of this legislative term. The "Heartbeat Bill," House Bill 125, passed the House in 2011 and was awaiting the Senate....
11/20/2012 Judge Rules: Hobby Lobby Must Cover Contraception
Yesterday, U.S....
11/15/2012 Air Forces Releases Lackland Sex Abuse Investigation Results
The US Air Force released the results of an investigation into widespread sex abuse charges at the Lackland Air Force Base training facility in Texas this week....
11/12/2012 Gaddafi's Former PM On Trial for Mass Rape
Former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi appeared in court today to face charges including ordering a mass rape and corruption during the war that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi....
11/12/2012 Malawi Backtracks on Suspended Criminalization of Homosexuality
Last Wednesday, Malawian Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara backtracked on his announcement that Malawi intends to suspend criminalization of homosexuality....
11/9/2012 Pakistani Girl's Parents Confess to 'Honor Killing'
A 15-year-old Pakistani girl named Anusha was the victim of an "honor killing" last week at the hands of her parents....
11/5/2012 Malawi Suspends Criminalization of Homosexuality as Laws are Debated
In Malawi, a law against homosexuality has been suspended and the police have been ordered to stop arresting gay people pending a decision by parliament as to whether to repeal the law....
11/5/2012 Appeals Court Hears Arizona Abortion Case
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a case that challenges Arizona's ban of abortion at 20 weeks today....
11/1/2012 OH Students Forced to Remove LGBTQ Friendly Shirts
Ohio high school students faced disciplinary action early this week for wearing t-shirts that featured messages supporting LGBTQ equality....
10/26/2012 President Obama Endorses Marriage Equality on the Ballot
Yesterday, President Obama's campaign released three statements announcing his endorsement of state ballot initiatives to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland, Washington, and Maine....
10/23/2012 Akin Compares McCaskill to a Dog
Missouri Senate candidate and current Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) recently compared his opponent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to a dog in remarks he made at a campaign fundraiser....
10/22/2012 Activists Project "Rape Is Rape" onto US Capitol Sunday
Stories of sexual violence, punctuated by the words "RAPE IS RAPE," were projected onto the U.S....
10/19/2012 VA Health Commissioner Resigns Over TRAP Laws
Virginia Health Commissioner Dr....
10/12/2012 Excerpts from Gloria Steinem's Speech as Ms. Turns 40
An inspiring keynote (view video) at the National Press Club in celebration of Ms....
10/9/2012 Breaking News: Sandusky Receives 30-60 Yr Sentence
This morning, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced by a Pennsylvania court to "no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years with credit for time served"....
10/5/2012 Voting While Trans Awareness Campaign Launched
Yesterday, the National Center for Transgender Equality launched a series of public service announcements targeting what transgender individuals need to know in order to vote in the upcoming election....
10/1/2012 Gov. Brown Vetoes CA Domestic Workers Bill of Rights
Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which would have provided about 200,000 domestic workers with overtime pay, meal breaks, and a suitable sleeping environment for live-in workers, due to what he claims to be a "number of unanswered questions" that the bill raises....
9/28/2012 Todd Akin Admits Arrest for Blocking Abortion Clinic Entrance
Yesterday, Right Wing Watch released a video from early in Todd Akin's Senate campaign in which Akin admits to having been arrested for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic....
9/27/2012 Cuccinelli Approves Virginia TRAP Laws
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli approved new regulations yesterday designed to force existing abortion clinics to meet the same building codes as new hospitals....
9/27/2012 Anti-Abortion Motion in Canada Defeated
The Canadian Parliament voted to defeat an anti-abortion motion last night by a vote of 203-91....
9/25/2012 Federal Court Will Hear Walmart Sex Discrimination Case
A federal judge has agreed to hear arguments in a sex discrimination case brought by women employees of Walmart in California....
9/18/2012 Female Poverty in Bangladesh Result of Biased Family Laws
Many women in Bangladesh face poverty after a failed marriage as the result of discriminatory family laws according to a new Human Rights Watch report released on Monday. According to the report, outdated family laws that do not recognize the rights of women in cases of divorce and abandonment drive women to stay in abusive marriages or live in poverty on their own....
9/14/2012 Cuccinelli Gets His Way -- VA Board of Health Reverses Decision
Today the Virginia Board of Health met and voted 13-2 to reverse their June decision to grandfather in existing clinics, exempting them from new, hospital-like restrictions for the state's abortion clinics, commonly called TRAP laws or Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers....
9/13/2012 Hobby Lobby Sues Obama Administration over Morning-After Pill
Craft store and evangelical-based Hobby Lobby filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama Administration over the mandate requiring employers to provide coverage for the morning-after pill and other medications. Under the new mandate, companies who do not provide coverage that includes medication such as the morning after pill can face fines of up to $1.3 million daily....
9/11/2012 Study Shows No Negatives from Repealing DADT
The first academic study since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" found that troops have suffered no negative side effects. The study included interviews with anti-repeal advocates, 13 generals and admirals who were against the repeal, and 60 active duty soldiers from every branch of the military of all sexual orientations....
8/30/2012 Cardinal Dolan will lead prayer at DNC following RNC
Senior Cardinal Timothy Dolan will give the benediction at the Democratic National Convention a week after leading prayer at the Republican National Convention. Cardinal Dolan is the senior Catholic Cardinal in the United States and is also President of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops....
8/28/2012 Another Politician Shows No Understanding of Rape
The Republican nominee for U.S....
8/23/2012 Senior Cardinal to Lead Prayers at RNC
Mitt Romney will announce that the senior US Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan will give a benediction at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Cardinal Dolan was requested to speak personally by convention organizers, according to a press statement released by the Archdiocese of New York....
8/15/2012 Judge Refuses to Block Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson refused to grant an injunction that would have stopped a new Pennsylvania voter ID law from going into effect today....
8/15/2012 Rep. Sandy Adams Defeated in Florida Primary
Tea party favorite Rep....
8/8/2012 Anti-Abortion Activist to Face Jury Trial in Harassment of Doctor
US District Judge J....
7/25/2012 Priest Sentenced in Abuse Case
Monsignor William Lynn, the high-ranking Philadelphia Catholic Church official convicted of covering up priests' sexual abuses in a landmark court case, was sentenced to three to six years in prison yesterday....
7/25/2012 Sam's Club Latest Company to Drop Rush
Yesterday Sam's Club announced their decision to withdraw ads from The Rush Limbaugh Show, following in the footsteps of over 150 other businesses....
7/18/2012 Federal Judge Dismisses Contraception Coverage Lawsuit
A federal judge in Nebraska dismissed a federal lawsuit yesterday that sought to block part of the new healthcare policy that will require insurance plans to cover birth control with no co-pays....
7/16/2012 Court-Martial Begins in Air Force Sex Abuse Case
Today, Air Force Sergeant Luis Walker's court-martial in the Lackland Air Force Base sexual abuse scandal begins in Texas....
7/13/2012 Pro-Choice Groups Challenge Arizona Abortion Restrictions
The Center for Reproductive Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Thursday in an attempt to block an anti-choice law in Arizona....
7/10/2012 UPS Drops Ads from the Rush Limbaugh Show in Response to Customer Outrage
Following in the footsteps of many major businesses, including Toyota, Geico, and McDonald's, UPS denounced Rush Limbaugh's misogynistic rhetoric by pulling their ads from the Rush Limbaugh radio show on July 3rd....
6/20/2012 Pennsylvania Clinics Receive TRAP Law Reprieve
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced this week that 14 abortion clinics across the state have been given a reprieve from compliance with Amendment 122, a Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP) law....
6/18/2012 Catholic Health Group Rejects Birth Control Compromise
The Catholic Health Association (CHA) of the United States, the largest network of nonprofit hospitals and health facilities in the United States, announced on Friday that it would not support the Obama Administration's accommodation on insurance coverage of birth control, reversing an earlier decision to support the accommodation....
6/15/2012 Judge Orders Diocese into Arbitration
A judge has ordered the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City- St....
6/8/2012 Ex-Ensign Aide Pleads Guilty
An aide to former Senator John Ensign (R-NV) pled guilty to a misdemeanor violation yesterday, four years after he resigned from his job over a scandal that later forced Ensign to resign from the Senate....
6/7/2012 House Bill Restricts DC Abortions
A spending bill released on Tuesday by US House of Representatives Republicans maintains provisions that restrict abortion in the District of Columbia and a planned bill seeks to further restrict abortion in DC....
6/1/2012 House Rejects PRENDA
The US House of Representatives voted 246-168 yesterday against the Pregnancy Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), a bill that sought to impose criminal penalties on doctors who perform an abortion for a woman who seeks the procedure on the basis of the gender of the fetus....
6/1/2012 Part of Florida Voter Registration Law Blocked
A Federal District Judge blocked a portion of Florida's voting law yesterday that put restrictions on voter registration....
5/30/2012 House to Debate Sex-Selective Abortions Bill
The US House of Representatives is set to begin debate today on a bill that seeks to ban abortions that are based on the sex of the fetus....
5/24/2012 Monsignor William Lynn Takes Stand in Abuse Trial
Monsignor William Lynn took the stand yesterday in his own defense in the landmark case against him in Philadelphia, in which he has been charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly failing to act in response to cases of alleged priest sex abuse of children....
5/21/2012 Negotiating with the Taliban will not work and will produce disastrous results for Women and Afghanistan
Women for Afghan Women, a women's human rights organization with programs for women in NYC and throughout Afghanistan, and the Feminist Majority Foundation, the first (1997) U.S....
5/11/2012 US Conference of Catholic Bishops Launch Inquiry Into Girl Scouts
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched an official inquiry into Girls Scouts USA....
5/10/2012 Utah Enacts 72-Hour Mandatory Waiting Period for Abortions
This week, Utah became the only state in the country to enact a law that requires a 72- hour waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion....
5/7/2012 Texas Blocked from Defunding Planned Parenthood Again
In the 3rd ruling in this case in a week, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Texas cannot exclude Planned Parenthood from its state women's health program, pending the hearing of formal arguments....
5/7/2012 New Arizona Law Bans Funding for Planned Parenthood
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona signed into law on Friday a bill that will prevent the allocation of public funds to abortion providers in the state....
5/3/2012 DOJ Moves to Dismiss Contraception Coverage Lawsuit
The Justice Department filed court papers on Monday asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act's requirement that healthcare plans include contraception coverage....
4/27/2012 White House Event Encourages Girls in STEM
The White House hosted a panel on Tuesday highlighting women trailblazers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields....
4/2/2012 Link Between Education and Access to Maternal Healthcare in India
"Multiple Deprivations and Maternal Care in India," a study conducted by Sanjay Mohanty and published in the March issue of International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, found that in India, impoverished women who lack education face significant barriers in their access to maternal healthcare, including antenatal and post natal care, as well as medical services at the time of their delivery....
3/27/2012 Former IMF Chief Charged with Aggravated Pimping
Yesterday Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who formerly served as the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was charged by French officials with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged involvement with prostitution rings in Paris and Washington DC in 2010 and 2011....
3/26/2012 Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on ACA
Today marks the first of three days that the Supreme Court will hear arguments concerning whether the mandated minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires that a person purchase minimum health coverage or face a modest monetary penalty beginning in 2014, is constitutional under the Commerce clause of the US Constitution....
3/21/2012 Tammy Duckworth Wins Chicago Primary
Yesterday Tammy Duckworth won the Democratic Congressional primary in the Illinois 8th district....
3/13/2012 Syndicator Halts National Ads on Limbaugh Show for 2 Weeks
In a breakthrough for women's rights groups, Premier Networks, the syndicator for the Rush Limbaugh show, indicated yesterday that it will suspend national advertising for two weeks on local stations....
3/12/2012 98 Advertisers Pull Ads on Limbaugh Show
The list of advertisers who have pulled their ads from the Rush Limbaugh show continues to grow and now totals 98....
3/9/2012 Update: Number of Companies Pulling Ads from Limbaugh Show up to 50
The number of advertisers dropping the Rush Limbaugh show continues to grow, with 50 total refusing to advertise on the show....
3/8/2012 Update: 45 Companies Pull Ads from Limbaugh Show
The number of advertisers dropping the Rush Limbaugh show continues to grow, with 45 total refusing to advertise on the show....
3/7/2012 36 Companies Pull Ads from Limbaugh Show
The number of advertisers dropping the Rush Limbaugh show is mounting at an amazing rate....
3/1/2012 Women Leaders Vow to Fight Back Against Assaults
As the Senate prepared to vote on the Blunt Amendment, a coalition of over 50 women's organizations held a press conference to announce an unprecedented drive to mobilize women voters on the ground and online around Health and Economic Rights - HERvotes - in 2012....
2/29/2012 KS Judge Orders Revocation of Medical License
Judge Ed Gaschler, a state administrative judge, ordered the revocation of Dr....
2/27/2012 56th Commission on the Status of Women
This week, government officials, representatives from the United Nations, private sector officials, and rural women will convene at the United Nations Headquarters in New York for the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW56)....
2/24/2012 Sandra Fluke Testifies at House Democratic Steering Committee Hearing
Yesterday, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic Steering Committee held a hearing concerning the religious exemption on contraception coverage and women's health, inviting Sandra Fluke, a student at Georgetown Law School as the sole witness....
2/23/2012 ND Judge Keeps Injunction Against Medication Abortion
North Dakota District Court Judge Wikcham Corwin ruled to keep an existing injunction on a law banning medical abortions in the state, indicating that the law, which would completely ban medical abortion, violates the state constitution....
2/1/2012 Komen Foundation to End Partnership with PPFA
The Susan G....
1/26/2012 IN Senate Committee Votes to Restrict Medical Abortion Pill
Yesterday, the Indiana Senate health committee voted 5 to 4 to further restrict women's access to RU-486, or the abortion pill....
1/13/2012 UN Agencies Address Maternal Health in Haiti
Two years since the earthquake in Haiti, UN Women and UNFPA Haiti, in collaboration with the Ministry for Women Conditions and Women's Rights (MCFDF), have worked work to improve conditions for women, who still face rapes and gender-based violence at an alarming rate....
1/6/2012 Man Arrested for Allegedly Setting Fire to Abortion Clinic
Yesterday federal officials arrested Bobby Joe Rogers for allegedly starting a fire on Sunday the American Family Planning clinic in Pensacola, Florida....
12/21/2011 International Family Planning Aid Escapes Massive Cuts
President Obama is expected to sign the FY 2012 omnibus spending bill, which includes $610 million in bilateral and multilateral funding for international family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), cutting off international family planning by a mere $5 million from 2011....
12/19/2011 Two AZ Planned Parenthood Clinics Resume Abortion Services
Planned Parenthood of Arizona (PPAZ) announced that it will continue offering abortion services at two clinics near Phoenix....
12/14/2011 Concerns Arise over Maternal Mortality in Afghanistan
Politicians, economists and activists gathered at the Bonn Conference in early December expressed concerns regarding the impact of the withdrawal of th US on maternal mortality....
12/8/2011 High Rate of Harassment of Black Lesbians and Transgender Men in South Africa
A report published by Human Rights Watch, entitled "'We'll Show You You're a Women': Violence and Discrimination Against Black Lesbians and Transgender Men," revealed a high rate of discrimination against black lesbians and transgender men in South Africa....
12/6/2011 Members of Congress Push for Greater Sexual Assault Prevention in the Military
Yesterday Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, and 46 bipartisan Members of Congress, issued a letter to the House and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairs and Ranking Members calling for the adoption of five provisions to the FY2-12 National Defense Authorization Act to "ensure zero tolerance for sexual assault in the ranks." The provisions would "clarify victim access to legal counsel, record maintenance and confidentiality, and expedite unit or station transfer." Congresswoman Slaughter stated, "Imagine being a victim of rape while serving in the military, and being forced to face your attacker each and every day in order to continue doing your job....
12/2/2011 Department of Labor Files Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
The US Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced that it will sue Brunswick Corp and Lund Boat Co., both federal contractors, for discriminating against over 200 women job applicants....
12/1/2011 World AIDS Day
UNAIDS released a report in honor of World AIDS Day today documenting the advances in the political, scientific, and medical responses to AIDS made in 2011 and calling for a renewed effort to stop the spread of the disease....
11/15/2011 The Citadel Faces Child Abuse Allegations
Amidst news of the Penn State abuse scandal, the Citadel, a South Carolina military academy, has released details of an alumnus and former camp counselor at the school who faces charges of criminal sexual conduct with a child....
11/11/2011 Obama Administration Affordable Care Act Upheld in Appeals Court
On Tuesday, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of the minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
11/1/2011 Herman Cain Accused of Past Sexual Harassment
Past allegations of sexual harassment by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain have resurfaced, with Cain being accused of having demonstrated suggestive sexual behavior towards at least two former employees during his tenure as CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s....
10/26/2011 Federal Judge Blocks Provision of NC Abortion Law
US District Court Judge Catherine Eagles issued a preliminary injunction yesterday against a provision in a North Carolina abortion law that would require abortion providers to perform an ultrasound at least four hours prior to an abortion....
9/28/2011 Woman in Saudi Arabia Receives 10 Lashes for Driving
On Tuesday, a Saudi court sentenced a woman to 10 lashes with a whip for driving a car....
9/27/2011 Setback for Saudi Women's Driving Rights
Despite gaining the right to vote in a recent speech delivered by King Abdullah, Saudi women are facing a setback in their struggle to achieve driving rights....
9/23/2011 First Republican to Cosponsor DOMA Repeal
For the first time, the bill to repeal the Respect for Marriage Act, which repeals the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), has a Republican co-sponsor: Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida....
9/20/2011 DADT Repealed Today
The official repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) will go into effect today....
9/13/2011 Hearing Begins Against KS Doctor for Abortion Referrals
On Monday, a disciplinary hearing began in Kansas for Dr....
9/9/2011 Federal Appeals Court Blocks VA Challenge to ACA
Yesterday the three judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond Virginia unanimously ruled to throw out a lawsuit filed by the state of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the mandated minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)....
9/9/2011 Hyatt Hotel Workers Protest Outsourcing and Unsafe Workplace
Yesterday approximately 3,000 Hyatt employees began a weeklong strike in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu to protest Hyatt's outsourcing practices and unsafe working conditions....
9/2/2011 Study Shows Contraception Key in World of Seven Billion
A new Guttmacher study, entitled "The World at Seven Billion: Global Milestone a Reflection of Individual Needs," found that empowering women and couples is imperative to addressing the economic, developmental, environmental, and social challenges that will be present when the world's population reaches seven billion....
8/30/2011 Poll Reveals 50% of Americans Don't Understand ACA
A poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation that only about 50 percent of uninsured, non-elderly Americans understand the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the tax credits for people with low and middle incomes....
8/30/2011 Social Media Driven by Women, Study Shows
A new study released August 26 by the Pew Internet & American Life Project shows that young women are among the top users of social networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace and Linkedin....
8/19/2011 NIH Links Cigarette Smoking and Bladder Cancer in Women
The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, released the results of its study this week indicating that cigarette smokers face a greater risk of bladder cancer than previously reported....
8/16/2011 NJ Sexual Assault Bill Before Governor
In New Jersey, a bill that would prevent sexual assault survivors from receiving invoices for forensic examinations, as well as for medications to prevent sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy tests, and emergency contraception, awaits the signature of Republican Governor Chris Christie....
8/3/2011 Burqa Ban Advances in Italian Parliament
Yesterday the Italian Parliamentary Constitutional Affairs Commission approved a draft of a law that would ban women from covering their faces with veils, including a burqa or a naqib, in public....
8/2/2011 HHS Announces Guidelines for Preventive Services
Yesterday the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidelines, developed by the Institute of Medicine, that will require private insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover an annual well-woman visit and a variety of specific health screenings and counseling, such as for domestic and interpersonal violence, gestational diabetes, cervical cancer (an HPV DNA screening), HIV and STIs, as well as all FDA-approved contraceptives, breastfeeding support, lactation services, and supplies....
7/29/2011 House Bill Would Slash Foreign Family Planning, Reimpose Gag Rule
The House State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee voted to cut IFP funding by $154 million for FY2010 and expand the Global Gag Rule, banning funding for family planning programs in developing countries that counsel or provide information to women or advocate on a full range of options, including abortion....
7/27/2011 Hundreds of Priests Support Ordination of Women
Hundreds of Roman Catholic priests from all over the world are challenging the Vatican to rethink all-male celibate priesthood and ordain women priests....
7/25/2011 Obama to End "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Era
President Obama announced that the US ban on gays serving openly in the military will be lifted on September 20, bringing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy to an end....
7/25/2011 OH Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Bill
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) signed a bill into law that will restrict abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy unless a doctor determines the fetus is not viable or if the woman's life is endangered....
7/22/2011 Study Finds that Telemed Abortions are Safe and Effective
A new study has found that the method of abortion through telemedicine is just as effective and safe for patients as the face-to-face method....
7/18/2011 Voter ID Bill Sponsor Resigns After Drunk Driving Charge
Ohio state Representative Robert Mecklenborg announced Sunday that he is resigning after news of a drunk driving charge became public....
6/30/2011 US Appeals Court Upholds Individual Mandate Healthcare Law
Yesterday, the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio decided with a 2-1 majority that the mandated minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires that a person purchase minimum health coverage or face a modest monetary penalty beginning in 2014, is constitutional under the Commerce Clause....
6/28/2011 US Supreme Court Strikes Down AZ Campaign Finance Law
In a 5-4 vote yesterday, the US Supreme Court struck down as an unconstitutional violation of free speech a provision in an Arizona public campaign finance law that gives additional public funds to a candidate who adheres to personal spending limits of $500, agrees to participate in at least one debate, will return unspent money, and faces a high-spending opponent who does not accept public funds....
6/27/2011 Former Rwandan Minister of Women and Families Convicted of Genocide
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, former Rwandan minister for women and family affairs, is the first woman to be convicted of genocide by the United Nations Chamber of the Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)....
6/17/2011 New Treaty to Establish Labor Protections for Domestic Workers
The International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a groundbreaking treaty yesterday to extend labor protections to domestic workers....
6/16/2011 NY House Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The New York State assembly approved a same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday and is likely to face a vote in the Senate on Friday....
5/11/2011 Uganda Anti-Gay Bill Dropped Following Global Outrage
Following vocal condemnation from US political leaders, human rights groups, and activists, the Uganda Parliament decided to drop an anti-gay bill, which would impose life sentences or the death penalty for gay people....
5/4/2011 Judge Rules in Favor of Woman Shackled During Labor
A U.S....
4/21/2011 Wichita Judge fails to issue Preliminary Injunction against Anti-Abortion Activist
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4/19/2011 Georgia Session Ends Without Anti-Abortion Legislation
Last Thursday marked the end of the annual forty-day legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly....
4/19/2011 Wichita Doctor Targeted By Anti-Abortion Activist
The Justice Department filed a civil complaint last week against an anti-abortion activist for sending a threatening letter to Dr....
4/6/2011 41 Senators to Filibuster CR Defunding Planned Parenthood
Forty-one senators, composed of thirty-nine Democrats and two Independents led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), announced that they will filibuster any spending bill blocking funding to Planned Parenthood....
3/30/2011 EDNA Reintroduced in House of Representatives
This morning the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (EDNA) was reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA)....
3/29/2011 US Supreme Court Hears Wal-Mart Class Action Sex-Discrimination Case
Today the US Supreme Court will hear Wal-Mart v....
3/1/2011 Intercall Pays $700,000 in Discrimination Settlement
In a settlement with the US Labor Department, Intercall, a federal contractor, has agreed to pay $700,000 in back wages, interest, and benefits to the 151 minority job applicants who faced discrimination by the company....
2/22/2011 Obama Repeals Bush Conscience Rules
On Friday, the Obama administration rescinded the "conscience" rules, first instituted under the Bush administration, that granted protections to medical providers who refused to provide abortions, sterilization, in-vitro fertilization, and other medical procedures, such as care to AIDS patients, due to moral objections. Under the "conscience" rules, hospitals could refuse to provide emergency contraception to rape victims and pharmacists could refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control pills....
2/1/2011 Federal Judge Finds Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional
In Florida yesterday, Federal District Court Judge Roger Vinson ruled the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional because it penalizes Americans for not having health insurance beginning in 2014....
1/27/2011 Ugandan Gay Rights Activist Murdered
David Kato, a gay rights activist in Uganda, was beaten and killed in his home yesterday....
1/11/2011 Feminist Dreams of a Young Girl
A budding feminist and nine-year-old elementary school politician, Christina Taylor Green, was the youngest of six killed in the shooting that occurred at the "Congress on Your Corner" event sponsored by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday. Born on 9/11 and featured in a book entitled Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11, Green expressed an abiding interest in American civic life....
12/21/2010 Census Release 2010 Population Counts Today
The US Census released the 2010 population counts today, finding a 9.7 percent increase since 2000....
12/8/2010 LGB Students More Likely to be Punished by Schools and Police
A study conducted by Yale University and released by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) students are 40 percent more likely to be punished by schools, police, and the justice system than heterosexual students....
12/3/2010 Deficit Commission Vote Today
The bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform voted this morning on a plan to reduce the federal deficit by $828 billion or cutting it in half by the year 2015....
11/29/2010 Sixty-Nine Afghan Women Elected to Parliament
Last Wednesday, Afghan officials announced the final results for the parliamentary election held on September 18....
11/16/2010 Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Breaks Hunger Strike Post Trial
Nasrin Sotoudeh went to trial yesterday at Branch 26 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court....
11/15/2010 Three Women Lawyers Arrested in Iran
Iranian authorities arrested three women Iranian human rights lawyers on Saturday for so-called security related offenses....
11/12/2010 Iranian Woman Ends Dry Hunger Strike But Continues Hunger Strike
The husband, sister and brother of the imprisoned Iranian lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, visited her yesterday at Evin Prison in Tehran for ten minutes....
11/10/2010 Iranian Woman's Dry Hunger Strike- Nine Days Today
After ending her one-month hunger strike in protest against the conditions of her imprisonment and the mishandling of her case on October 26, Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights attorney, went on a dry (no water and no food) hunger strike this time after meeting with the Tehran General Attorney in Tehran's Evin Prison on October 31....
11/9/2010 Women's Rights Gravely Threatened in Iran
Two Iranian women, Sakineh Ashtiani who currently faces an execution sentence, and Nasrin Sotoudeh, who is a human rights lawyer and colleague of Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, are in danger in Iran....
11/8/2010 North Carolina Anti-Abortion Leader Tried for WANTED Posters
Flip Benham of Operation Rescue/Operation Save America, goes to trial today for stalking and distributing WANTED posters with the names, pictures, and home and office addresses North Carolina abortion doctors....
11/5/2010 Abortion Bomb Plotter Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
Justin Carl Moose pled guilty late last week to plotting to bomb a North Carolina abortion clinic....
10/29/2010 Arkansas School Board Member, Who Wants Gays to Die, Resigns
In Arkansas, Midland School District Vice President and state board member Clint McCance, who wrote on his personal Facebook page that he encourages gays to commit suicide, announced his resignation yesterday....
10/27/2010 Federal Court Overturns Arizona ID Law
On Tuesday, a federal appeals court has ruled against ruled against Proposition 200, a law that requires people to show proof of U.S....
10/25/2010 Female Officers to Begin Serving on US Navy Submarines
On Thursday, the US Navy announced that women will start serving on US submarines in December 2011....
10/25/2010 United States Improves in Global Gender Equality Assessment
The United States made considerable progress toward gender equality in 2009, according to the recently released Global Gender Index Study (GGIS), an annual index released by the World Economic Forum....
10/22/2010 Uganda Newspaper Publishes List Outing Gay Individuals
Earlier this month, a Ugandan newspaper published a list of homosexuals along with their names and addresses and a yellow banner on the side reading, "hang them." The newspaper, named Rolling Stone, which is not connected to the same-name American magazine, stated that a deadly disease has been attacking homosexuals and that they are raiding schools and recruiting children, according to AOL News....
10/19/2010 OH Elections Commission Rules Against SBA List in False Advertising Complaint
Late last week, the Ohio Elections Commission ruled that US Representative Steve Driehaus (D-OH) can proceed with his complaint that the Susan B Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, is intentionally lying to distort his record....
10/18/2010 Congolese Women March Against Mass Rapes
On Sunday, thousands of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo marched against mass rapes, which have become increasingly prevalent in the country as a weapon of war....
10/15/2010 Nordic Countries Lead in Promoting Gender Equality
In its recently released Global Gender Index Study, the World Economic Forum ranked Nordic countries -Iceland, Norway, Finland, and Sweden - the highest for gender equality....
10/13/2010 OH Congressional Candidate Iott Involved in Nazi Re-enactments
Congressional candidate Rich Iott, a Republican running in Ohio's ninth district, has recently faced criticism after photographs surfaced of him dressed in a Nazi uniform sometime in the mid-2000s....
10/12/2010 Two Indigenous Mexican Rape Victims Awarded Damages
Last week, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued separate rulings that the Mexican government must pay damages to two indigenous women who were raped by military soldiers in 2002....
10/8/2010 France's Constitutional Council Approves Burqa Ban
France's Constitutional Council endorsed a law that bans burqas and the niqab, full body and face coverings, in public spaces....
9/27/2010 TX Restricts Informed Consent Laws for Abortion Clinics
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled on Friday that Texas abortion facilities may no longer use prerecorded phone messages to inform women about the risks of abortion prior to the procedure, a practice that formerly complied with state law....
9/15/2010 Burqa Ban Approved by French Senate
In a nearly unanimous vote yesterday, the French senate approved a law banning any veils that cover the face, making France the first European country to pass such a measure....
9/10/2010 NC Man Arrested After Helping Informant He Believed Would Bomb Abortion Clinic
Justin Carl Moose was arrested earlier this week and charged with "providing information related to the making, use, or manufacture of an explosive, destructive device, or weapon of mass destruction to a person Moose believed was planning to bomb a women's health clinic in North Carolina." According to the FBI, the criminal complaint against Moose "alleges that Moose utilized a social networking website as a platform to advocate violence against women's health care clinics - specifically locations where abortions are performed - and the health care professionals employed at these facilities....
9/7/2010 Ashtiani Controversy Heats Up Between Iran and EU
The European Union traded barbs with Iran today regarding the case of Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, an Iranian woman who was convicted of adultery and originally sentenced to death by stoning....
9/2/2010 Boxer and Fiorina Debate in CA
Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D) faced Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a debate yesterday where they addressed many feminist issues. Regarding abortion, Boxer said, "If my opponent's views prevailed, women and doctors would be criminals, they would go to jail....
8/25/2010 Alaska Voters Pass Parental Notification Law
As a result of a voter initiative passed Tuesday in Alaska's primary election, women age 17 and under seeking an abortion in state of Alaska must have their parents notified prior to the procedure....
8/24/2010 VA Attorney General Issues Opinion on Abortion Clinic Regulations
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued a legal opinion yesterday that empowers the Virginia Board of Health to require women's health clinics that offer abortion procedures to meet hospital-like standards....
8/16/2010 FDA Approves 5-Day Emergency Contraceptive
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new emergency contraceptive, Ella or ulipristal acetate, which is effective at preventing pregnancy up to five days after contraceptive failure or unprotected sexual intercourse....
8/12/2010 Iranian Woman "Confesses" to Murder
A woman who claimed to be Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent, appeared yesterday on Iranian primetime television....
8/11/2010 Brazil Offers Asylum to Imprisoned Iranian Woman
Brazilian ambassador to Iran Antonio Luis Espinola Salgado submitted a formal request from the Brazilian Government to Iran's Foreign Ministry on Monday offering asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, an imprisoned Iranian woman who faces execution for the crime of adultery, despite solid evidence that she is innocent....
8/11/2010 Argentina's Reproductive Policies Failing Women
Human Rights Watch released a report yesterday indicating that Argentina is failing to provide adequate reproductive health care for women....
8/10/2010 Iranian Lawyer Seeks Asylum
Iranian human rights lawyer, Mohammad Mostafaei, has sought asylum in Norway to flee a warrant for his arrest....
7/28/2010 ESPN Sportscaster Supports Anti-Stalking Legislation
Erin Andrews, an ESPN sportscaster who was recently victimized by a stalker, came out in support of the Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe Act of 2010 (STALKERS) yesterday at a press conference....
7/28/2010 Saudi Cleric Comments on French Burqa Issue
Saudi cleric Sheikh Ayedh al-Garni declared last week that it is permissible for women to only wear a hair cover in places where the burqa is banned, namely France....
7/19/2010 Syria Bans Niqab in Public Universities
Authorities in Syria banned wearing the niqab, a veil that covers the face, in public universities earlier this week....
7/14/2010 Terri Sewell Wins Run-Off
Terri Sewell earned the Democratic nomination last night in Alabama's 7th District, securing 55% of the vote....
7/13/2010 Church of England Takes First Steps Toward Female Bishops
The Church of England's ruling body has announced that women bishops should be allowed, despite protests from traditionalists within the Church....
7/13/2010 French Parliament Approves Ban on Burqa Veils
France's lower house of parliament approved a ban on Islamic-style burqa veils that cover the face today in a 335 to one vote....
7/9/2010 Vitter Dismisses Controversy Surrounding Aide's Violent Attack
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) offered his first remarks on Tuesday regarding the controversy surrounding his former aid, Brent Furer, who was convicted of attacking and threatening to kill his girlfriend with a knife in 2008....
7/8/2010 Malaysia's Islamic Courts Appoint First Women Judges
Malaysia's Islamic courts appointed their first two women judges today....
7/6/2010 ACLU Asks that Religiously-Affiliated Hospitals Provide Required Reproductive Healthcare
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service in a letter late last week "to ensure that religiously-affiliated hospitals provide emergency reproductive care as required by federal law," including emergency abortions....
7/6/2010 Justice Department to File Suit Against AZ Immigration Law
The United States Justice Department filed a suit against Arizona's new immigration law today....
7/1/2010 CPC "Truth in Advertising" Legislation Introduced
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bill yesterday that would regulate the misleading advertising practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)....
6/29/2010 Abortion Hotline in Pakistan Sparks Controversy
In Pakistan, a new hotline that educates women about abortion options was launched yesterday, but has already sparked controversy....
6/25/2010 Julia Gillard is Australia's First Woman Prime Minister
Julia Gillard became Australia's first woman prime minister yesterday, after former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd abruptly stepped down from his position....
6/23/2010 Marshall Wins Democratic Nomination for North Carolina Senate Seat
Elaine Marshall defeated opponent Cal Cunningham last night to win the Democratic Senate nomination for North Carolina....
6/18/2010 Kentucky Supreme Court Rules Fetus Cannot Be Considered Separate Person
The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a fetus cannot be legally separated from the pregnant woman carrying it, and thus cannot be treated as a separate legal person....
6/14/2010 Advisory Committee Upholds Ban on Blood Donation by Gay and Bisexual Men
The federal Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability ruled on Friday to uphold the long – standing ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood....
6/10/2010 Saudi Court Convicts Man for Kissing
This week a young man in Saudi Arabia was convicted and sentenced to 90 lashes and four months jail time after being caught on mall security cameras kissing a woman, reported the Associated Press....
6/9/2010 Lincoln, Fiorina Win in Key Primaries
Incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina won their respective primary races Tuesday....
6/8/2010 Lesbian Couple are First Same-Sex Couple to Marry in Portugal
The first same-sex marriage was performed in Portugal yesterday after the country legalized gay marriage in May....
6/3/2010 Feminist Candidate Faces Run-Off in AL Congressional Race
Feminist candidate Terri Sewell (D) will face a runoff election in July for a congressional seat representing Alabama's 7th District....
5/27/2010 Marie Stopes Abortion Ad Airs on British Television
The United Kingdom's first television ad for abortion services ran earlier this week....
5/27/2010 Maryland CPC Sues Over Disclosure Law
A crisis pregnancy center (CPC) in Silver Spring, Maryland, filed a lawsuit last week in US District Court against Montgomery County, Maryland, over the county's disclosure law....
5/24/2010 Supreme Court Rules that Chicago Firefighter Discrimination Suit can Continue
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously today that 6,000 black applicants to the Chicago fire department can proceed with their discrimination lawsuit even though their complaint was filed more than 300 days after the incident....
5/20/2010 Saudi Woman Fights Back Against Religious Police
A Saudi Arabian woman who punched a religious police officer who was questioning her for illegal socialization with an unrelated male may face prison time and lashings....
5/19/2010 Pro-Choice Sestak Ousts Specter
Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for US Senate yesterday and ousted incumbent Arlen Specter (D-PA), who has held the seat for nearly 30 years, all but the past year as a Republican....
5/19/2010 Gay Malawian Couple Face 14 Year Sentences
A court in Malawi found a gay couple guilty of "unnatural acts" and "gross indecency" yesterday and will sentence the couple tomorrow....
5/5/2010 Marshall Will Face Runoff in NC, Brunner Loses OH Primary
Two women Secretaries of State, both feminists, put in strong performances in the first Democratic primaries of the election season for US Senate....
5/4/2010 New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law Blocked
Oklahoma state Attorney General agreed yesterday to a state judge's order to temporarily block enforcement of a new anti-choice state law for 45 days....
4/30/2010 Women Will Serve on US Navy Submarines
The United States Navy announced yesterday that women are no longer banned from military submarines....
4/28/2010 Lawsuit Filed to Block Enforcement of New Oklahoma Ultrasound Law
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) filed a lawsuit yesterday to stop the enforcement of a new Oklahoma state law that extends existing ultrasound requirements for women seeking an abortion....
4/27/2010 Oklahoma State Legislature Votes to Override Abortion Bill Vetoes
The Oklahoma state Senate voted to override the vetoes of two anti-choice bills vetoed Friday by Governor Brad Henry....
4/22/2010 France and Belgium Move Toward Veil Bans
French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced yesterday that he plans to introduce a ban prohibiting women from wearing a full veil in public....
4/9/2010 Austin, TX Becomes Second City to Enact "Truth in Advertising" Law For CPCs
Austin's City Council approved "truth in advertising" for crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) Thursday, making the capital of Texas the second city in the US to enact the law....
4/1/2010 Nebraska Abortion Restriction Bill Advances
Nebraska's Senate voted 38 to 5 on an abortion bill which will affect how long into a pregnancy abortion is legal, based on the fetus's possible ability to feel pain....
3/30/2010 Court Rules Against Patents on Breast Cancer Genes
A New York District Court judge ruled yesterday that patents on the human BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are associated with breast and ovarian cancer, are invalid because the patents were "directed to a law of nature and were therefore improperly granted." The ruling (see PDF) did not consider claims that the patents are unconstitutional....
2/26/2010 Spain Reforms Abortion Laws
Spain's Senate gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill that liberalizes the countries abortion laws....
2/24/2010 US Navy to Allow Women On Submarines
The United States Navy plans to allow women on submarines for the first time, military officials announced yesterday....
2/16/2010 Army Releases Single Mother on Administrative Discharge
The US Army decided last week to dismiss specialist and single mother Alexis Hutchinson with an other-than-honorable discharge instead of a court-martial....
2/11/2010 Study Indicates Ohio is Hub of Sex & Labor Trafficking
A new report released yesterday by the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission indicates that approximately 1,800 American and immigrant children are coerced into sex-trafficking or forced labor in Ohio....
2/10/2010 NY State Senator Expelled due to Domestic Abuse Charges
The New York state Senate voted 53 to 8 yesterday to expel Senator Hiram Monserrate (D) because of misdemeanor assault charges....
2/10/2010 Iranian Feminists Issue Global Call for Action
A group of Iranian feminists and activists are asking women's rights groups and feminists worldwide for support in demanding "an end to state-led violence and repression" and "immediate release of all political detainees in Iran." Thus far, more than 40 women's rights groups from 9 countries are supporting partners....
1/26/2010 Veil Debate Renewed in France
A French parliamentary committee released a nearly 200 page report yesterday that recommends banning face veils in certain public spaces, including on public transportation and at schools, hospitals, and government offices....
1/13/2010 Coakley Race Tightens
A new Rasmussen poll released yesterday shows Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, holding a slim two point lead over Republican nominee State Senator Scott Brown....
1/11/2010 Iranian Women Activists Arrested
At least 33 Iranian women activists were arrested yesterday during a peaceful protest in Tehran....
1/7/2010 Several Key Kennedys Endorse Coakley in Advance of Election
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, today won the endorsement of key members of the Kennedy family....
1/7/2010 EMILY's List President Ellen Malcolm Announces Retirement
EMILY's List founder and president Ellen Malcolm announced yesterday that she will step down as the president of the organization....
1/4/2010 Military Drops Iraq Soldier Pregnancy Policy
The United States military announced late last month that it was reversing its new policy that allowed female soldiers and their sexual partners in Iraq to be court-martialed in the event of a pregnancy....
12/23/2009 Pregnant Soldiers Face Threat of Court-Martial
n American Army General issued a policy last month that would allow female soldiers and their sexual partners to be court-martialed in the event of a pregnancy....
12/14/2009 Uganda Bars Female Genital Mutilation
The Ugandan parliament unanimously passed a bill late last week that bans female genital mutilation (FGM) in the country....
12/14/2009 Iran Cracks Down on Women's Rights Activists
Somayeh Rashidi, an Iranian women's rights activist with the One Million Signatures Campaign, was targeted this morning with a search of her home and a summons to court....
12/10/2009 Justice Sotomayor Makes History with First Opinion
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first to use the term "undocumented immigrant" in a Supreme Court decision when her first opinion from the high court was released Tuesday....
12/10/2009 Boycott Launched Against Ralph Lauren Due to Ads
Last week, filmmaker Darryl Roberts launched a boycott against the clothing company Ralph Lauren on the grounds that their advertisements promote negative body images in women and girls....
12/3/2009 PEPFAR Five Year Strategy Announced
The State Department announced a new five-year strategy for the U.S....
12/1/2009 Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls: Build Lasting Peace
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined Women for Afghan Women in a press conference, on the same day President Obama is announcing the new US policies for Afghanistan and Pakistan, to keep in focus the plight of Afghan women and girls....
12/1/2009 Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined Women for Afghan Women in a press conference, on the same day President Obama is announcing the new US policies for Afghanistan and Pakistan, to keep in focus the plight of Afghan women and girls....
12/1/2009 Push For Access as an Human Right on 21st World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was globally commemorated today with more than awareness events and free HIV testing sites....
11/24/2009 Student Protests Continue in CA, Feminist Activists Play Part
Feminist campus activists have played a key role in student protests across the University of California system, which have been ongoing since a decision Friday to raise student tuition and fees by 32 percent....
11/13/2009 Roeder's Lawyers Seek to Move Trial
The lawyers of Scott Roeder, who allegedly murdered George Tiller, MD, in May, are seeking to relocate the trial so that it will take place outside of Sedgwick County, in Witchita, Kansas....
11/10/2009 Roeder Confesses to Tiller Killing
Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, confessed to the killing in an interview yesterday....
11/6/2009 Pakistan Passes Stronger Sexual Harassment Penalties
Pakistan's National Assembly passed a law increasing the penalty for sexual harassment yesterday....
11/5/2009 Carly Fiorina to Challenge Senator Barbara Boxer
Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard and a former spokeswoman for John McCain's 2008 campaign, officially announced that she will run against Senator Barbara Boxer, a fearless, dedicated champion for women's rights, in the 2010 election....
11/2/2009 Roeder Auction Briefly Posted on eBay
Items planned to be sold in an online auction to support the legal defense of Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, were posted briefly on eBay last night....
10/28/2009 Ebay Blocks Roeder Auction
Ebay announced yesterday that it will block an online auction planned to support the legal defense of Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD....
10/27/2009 House Passes Act that Includes Coast Guard and Cruise Sexual Assault Provisions
The House passed a Coast Guard Reauthorization Act Friday that requires annual reporting of the number of sexual assaults on and by members of the Coast Guard and establishes requirements for owners of cruise ships....
10/27/2009 Italian Feminists Outraged by Berlusconi's Sexist Remark
Nearly 100,000 Italians have signed a petition entitled "Women Offended by the Premier" that went into circulation after Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi insulted rival leftist politician Rosy Bindi on live television three weeks ago....
10/26/2009 Auction Planned to Raise Roeder Defense Funds
Associates of Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, have announced plans to auction items online to support Roeder's legal defense....
10/26/2009 Pepsi Pulls Sexist iPhone App
Last Thursday PepsiCo pulled a controversial iPhone application that was criticized for being sexist....
10/8/2009 Egyptian Cleric's Plan to Ban Veils Sparks Controversy
The head of Egypt's top educational institution is facing criticism from fellow Islamic leaders after he declared his intention to bar women wearing face veils from attending class....
10/2/2009 Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority Foundation On the Arrest of Roman Polanski
The Feminist Majority Foundation joins our sister feminist organizations in working to ensure rape is prosecuted as the heinous crime that it is, especially against girls....
9/30/2009 Sudanese Refugees Face Rape, Violence
Sudanese women refugees living in eastern Chad face a constant threat of rape and other violence against women....
9/28/2009 Navy seeks to Lift Ban on Women on Submarines
Top military officials are calling to lift the military's ban on women serving on submarines....
9/21/2009 Roeder Trial Postponed
The trial for Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, has been postponed until January 2010....
9/16/2009 Australian Faces Up To Seven Years for Abortion
Tegan Simone Leach, a nineteen-year-old Australian woman, faces up to seven years in prison for allegedly facilitating her own abortion....
9/16/2009 Uruguayan Law Potentially Expands Adoption to Gay Couples
The legal community in Uruguay is now questioning whether a law passed in the nation's congress last week would make Uruguay, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation, the first country in Latin America to legalize gay adoption....
9/8/2009 Woman Jailed for Wearing Pants Released
Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, who was jailed in Sudan yesterday for wearing pants, was released today after the Sudanese Union of Journalists reportedly paid a fine to secure her release....
9/4/2009 Martha Coakley to Run for Kennedy Seat
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced yesterday that she will run for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat....
9/1/2009 Report Examines High Dropout Rate of Latina Students
A report released last week by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) examines the high dropout rate of Latina high school students....
8/27/2009 Suspect Indicted in Colorado Clinic Threat
Donald Hertz, who allegedly made death threats against abortion provider Warren Hern and his family, was indicted yesterday by a Denver federal grand jury....
8/27/2009 Reconsideration of Asylum Petition Granted in FGM Case
The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week in favor of a family seeking asylum in the US on the grounds that their daughter may face female genital mutilation (FGM) if they return to their home country of Indonesia....
8/26/2009 Feminist Movement Loses Champion for Women's Rights
Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) died late last night at his Massachusetts home after a lengthy battle with brain cancer....
8/21/2009 Women Face Obstacles to Vote in Afghan Election
Afghan women faced a number of obstacles to voting yesterday in Afghanistan's presidential election....
8/19/2009 Denmark Debates Burqa Ban
The Danish Conservative Party is proposing to ban burqa and niqab attire as part of an integration initiative....
8/18/2009 Women's Vote Threatened in Afghanistan
The participation of many Afghan women in Thursday's elections is threatened by strict polling regulations and fraud....
8/5/2009 Protesters Beaten at Flogging Trial in Sudan
Police clashed with a group of 100 women protestors outside a courthouse where Sudanese journalist Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein's trial for wearing pants commenced yesterday....
8/3/2009 Medical Abortion Pill Mifepristone Approved in Italy
The Italian Pharmaceuticals Agency (AIFA) has approved mifepristone, also known as RU-486, for use through the seventh week of pregnancy....
7/28/2009 Proposal to Ban Federal Funding for Planned Parenthood Defeated
An amendment to the Labor, Health, and Human Services bill that sought to ban all federal funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was defeated last week in the House by a vote of 247 to 183....
7/28/2009 Women on Waves to Permanently Dock Abortion Boat
The Dutch organization Women on Waves (WoW) cancelled all upcoming trips of its so-called floating abortion clinic....
7/27/2009 Roeder Hearings Begin This Week
Preliminary hearings for Scott Roeder, the alleged murderer of Kansas abortion provider George Tiller, MD, are set to begin Tuesday....
7/24/2009 150 Maldivian Women Sentenced to Public Flogging
The Muslim conservative court of the Republic of Maldives sentenced nearly 150 women to public flogging for having extra-marital relationships....
7/23/2009 Court Rules NYC Fire Department Uses Discriminatory Hiring Practices
The Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled Wednesday that the New York City Fire Department uses discriminatory hiring practices against black and Hispanic applicants....
7/20/2009 Former Police Officer Walks to Fight Sex Bias
Former police officer Debra Hartley will arrive in Washington, DC today after walking 225 miles from Effort, Pennsylvania in a mission to raise awareness on sex bias that impacts women in law enforcement....
7/15/2009 Illinois Court Upholds Parental Notification before Abortion
A federal appeals court in Chicago ruled on Tuesday that an Illinois law requiring parental notification before abortions for teenage girls is constitutional....
7/13/2009 Abstinence-Only Funding Removed from Appropriations Bill
On Friday, the House Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (Labor HHS) eliminated traditional sources of funding for abstinence-only programs by passing an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010....
7/13/2009 Appeals Court Rules Pharmacists Can't Refuse Plan B
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that pharmacists in Washington State must dispense Emergency Contraception (EC), also known as Plan B, even if they have personal religious objections to the medication....
7/13/2009 Law Protecting Clinic Buffer Zone Upheld
The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Massachusetts law on Friday, allowing a 35-foot safety buffer zone between protestors and abortion clinic entrances....
7/9/2009 UN Envoy Calls on Afghanistan to Fight Violence Against Women
Kai Eide, the United Nations Special Envoy to Afghanistan, urged Afghan leaders to fight violence against women at a meeting in Kabul where he announced a new UN report on the subject....
7/8/2009 House Appropriations Committee Rejects Abortion Ban Amendment
The House Appropriations Committee rejected an amendment yesterday to the federal appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 that would have enabled the continuance of a ban on using local funds to help low-income women in Washington, DC access abortion services....
7/6/2009 Appropriations Bill Could Eliminate DC Funding Bans
The federal appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010 includes several items that would end funding bans affecting several different issues in Washington, DC....
6/26/2009 Attorney General Testifies on Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill at Senate Hearing
Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday urging passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009....
6/25/2009 L'Oreal Loses Discrimination Suit
L'Oreal was found guilty this week of racial discrimination in hiring by France's highest court this week in a suit brought by SOS Racisme, a French anti-racism group....
6/24/2009 Iranian Women a Major Force in Election Protests
As protests continue over Iran's presidential election results, women are playing a major role in the public uprising....
6/19/2009 Murder of Dr. George Tiller - Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President
The Feminist Majority Foundation is deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Dr....
6/17/2009 US Human Trafficking Watchlist Grows to Include 52 Countries
After the State Department issued the 2009 Human Trafficking Report yesterday, the Obama administration also released a watchlist of countries that are not taking appropriate measures to reduce and end human trafficking....
6/15/2009 VA Prison Allegedly Segregated Women on Basis of Sexual Orientation
Virginia's largest women's correctional facility allegedly segregated inmates on the basis of actual or assumed sexual orientation over the past year....
6/15/2009 Title IX Lawsuit Likely Against Florida High School Athletic Association
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) may face a Title IX lawsuit in response to its plan to save school districts money by reducing the number of scheduled games....
6/10/2009 Pro-Choice Candidates Nominated in Virginia
Virginia's Democratic primary election yesterday resulted in the nomination of two pro-choice candidates, Creigh Deeds for governor and Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor....
6/4/2009 Senate Hearing Held on Uniting American Families Act
The US Senate Judiciary Committee held the first-ever congressional hearing yesterday on immigration rights for gay and lesbian couples....
6/3/2009 Murder Charge Filed in Death of George Tiller
Scott Roeder, who allegedly fatally shot George Tiller, MD on Sunday, was formally charged with first degree murder yesterday....
6/1/2009 George Tiller, MD, Murdered
George Tiller, MD, was assassinated yesterday at his church in Wichita, Kansas....
5/15/2009 Tiller's Wichita Clinic Vandalized
The Women's Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas, was severely vandalized earlier this month....
5/11/2009 Saudi Arabian Judge Makes Domestic Violence Comments
Hamad Al-Razine, a Saudi Arabian Judge, made statements indicating that men can hit their wives as punishment for overspending during a recent seminar on domestic violence....
4/30/2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act Passed in House
The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed in the US House yesterday on a 249 to 175 bipartisan vote....
4/29/2009 Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act Introduced in Senate
The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act was reintroduced in the US Senate yesterday by a bi-partisan coalition....
3/30/2009 Tiller Vindicated, New Complaint Filed
A Wichita jury ruled Friday that George Tiller, MD is not guilty of illegal abortion on all 19 criminal charges brought against him....
3/27/2009 Feminists Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Dr....
3/27/2009 Representative Wasserman Schultz Launches Breast Cancer Prevention Bill
Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) announced legislation that aims to promote early detection and education of breast cancer this week after disclosing that she privately battled breast cancer last year. According to a press release from Wasserman Schultz's office, the Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act (EARLY Act) "directs the Centers for Disease Control to develop and implement a national education campaign to increase awareness of the threats posed by breast cancer in young women of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and the particular heightened risks faced by certain groups....
3/27/2009 Dr. Tiller Vindicated!
A Wichita jury has just ruled that Dr....
3/26/2009 Tiller Testifies in his Own Defense
Doctor George Tiller testified in his own defense yesterday in his criminal trial....
3/16/2009 Tiller Trial Jury Selection Begins Today
Jury selection in the criminal trial of Dr George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, begins today....
3/9/2009 Leaders Call for Women's Advancement on International Women's Day
A celebration of International Women's Day took place in Liberia this weekend, with a number of the world's key women leaders present....
2/24/2009 Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe Signs Late-Term Abortion Ban Bill
Democratic Governor Mike Beebe signed a bill on Friday that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in Arkansas....
2/20/2009 Arkansas State Senate Approves Late-Term Abortion Ban
A bill that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in Arkansas passed in the state Senate yesterday in a 30 to 3 vote....
2/17/2009 Saudi Arabia Names First Woman Minister
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia named Norah Al-Fayez to be the new Deputy Minister for Women's Education and replaced a number of high-ranking government officials last week....
2/17/2009 Arkansas State House of Representatives Approves Late-Term Abortion Ban
The Arkansas House of Representatives passed a bill late last week that would ban so-called partial birth abortions in an 84 to 6 vote after no debate....
2/13/2009 Florida Atlantic University Faces Attack on Women's Studies Program
Florida Atlantic University officials have proposed a suspension of their Women, Gender and Sexuality department and their master's degree program in womens studies for fiscal reasons....
2/10/2009 Iraq's Minister of Women's Affairs Resigns after Budget Cuts
Nawal al-Samarraie, the Iraqi Minister of Women's Affairs, resigned from her post last week largely due to lack of funds for her office....
2/4/2009 Lawsuit Filed by ACLU Regarding Transgender Identification Rights
Two transgender women filed lawsuits against the state of Illinois last week after its Department of Vital Records refused to change their birth certificates following sex reassignment surgery....
2/2/2009 Federal Grand Jury Probes LA Archdiocese about Sex Abuse
US Attorney Thomas P O'Brien has launched a federal investigation into the way the Los Angeles archdiocese, led by Cardinal Roger M Mahony, dealt with priests accused of sexual abuse....
1/30/2009 New Study Find Girls More Confident After Election
A new study shows that the 2008 presidential election resulted in an increased interest in political and civic participation among American youth....
1/12/2009 Hilda Solis Sails Through Confirmation Hearing
The confirmation hearing for President-elect Barack Obama's Labor Secretary nominee Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA), a leader and fighter for women and people of color, ran smoothly Friday....
1/6/2009 Nobel Laureate and Activist Dr. Shirin Ebadi's Safety Threatened
Dr....
12/11/2008 Abortion Opponents Lobby to Remove Planned Parenthood Funding
Anti-choice forces are aiming to end government subsidies received by Planned Parenthood that total $335 million a year....
12/8/2008 Mary Jo Kilroy Wins Close Ohio House Race
Mary Jo Kilroy won a tight race for Ohio's 15th congressional district by a 2,311 vote margin and officially declared victory last night....
12/4/2008 Two Women Sentenced to Death in Iran
Two Iranian women have been sentenced to death in the past week, one by stoning....
12/3/2008 Arrests Made in Acid Attack on Afghan Schoolgirls
Ten Taliban insurgents have been arrested in the case of an acid attack against schoolgirls that took place in November outside of the Mirwais Nika Girls High School in the southern city of Kandahar....
11/26/2008 Czech Republic Proposes Bill to Extend Abortion Serves to EU Citizens
A new bill was just approved unanimously by the Czech Republic cabinet that would extend abortion privileges and other health services to all European Union (EU) citizens....
11/20/2008 Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Honors Those Lost to Violence
Today is the tenth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those of the transgender community lost to violence....
11/17/2008 Forced Abortion Planned by Chinese Officials
Arzigul Tursun, pregnant with her third child, is hospitalized under orders by Chinese officials who plan to forcibly terminate her pregnancy....
11/13/2008 Afghan Schoolgirls Targeted in Acid Attack
A group of Afghan girls walking to school were sprayed with battery acid by two men on motorcycles Wednesday....
11/12/2008 Feminist Activist Released from Iranian Prison
Esha Momeni, a feminist activist, was released from Evin prison in Iran Monday where she had been held since October 15....
10/21/2008 Graduate Student Arrested in Iran over One Million Signatures Campaign
Esha Momeni was arrested in Tehran last week for reportedly conducting unauthorized video interviews with Iranian women activists....
10/21/2008 Graduate Student Arrested in Iran over One Million Signatures Campaign
Esha Momeni was arrested in Tehran last week for reportedly conducting unauthorized video interviews with Iranian women activists....
10/17/2008 South Dakota Abortion Ban Memo Leaked
An internal memo from Sanford Health System lawyers indicating that the proposed abortion ban in South Dakota could have serious legal implications for hospitals was leaked on Wednesday....
10/6/2008 Anti-Abortion Poster Case Rejected by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal in the case of American Coalition of Life Activists (ACLA) v....
9/18/2008 Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Becomes New Leader of Israel's Governing Party
Tzipi Livni won the election in Israel to replace Prime Minister Elmud Olmert Thursday as head of the Kadima Party....
9/18/2008 Kentucky Court Bans Gay Stepparents from Adopting
A recent ruling by a Kentucky Court of Appeals bans gay couples from step-parent adoption unless the stepparent and the childs biological parent are married, effectively banning second parent adoption by same sex couples....
8/27/2008 Unmarried Adoption Ban Approved for Arkansas Ballot
A ballot measure that would ban unmarried couples from fostering or adopting children has been approved for the November ballot in Arkansas....
8/11/2008 Constituents Protest Mark Kirk's Vote on Paycheck Fairness Act
A group of Congressman Mark Kirk's (R-IL) constituents are protesting his July 31 vote against the Paycheck Fairness Act....
8/11/2008 Women Hit by Faltering Economy
Women are more likely to be affected by the economy than men, according to a National Women's Law Center poll released last week....
8/5/2008 Jailed Afghan Mothers Allowed to Live With Their Children in Prison
A policy intended to fight child poverty and ensure child safety allows incarcerated Afghan women to live with their children while in prison....
8/5/2008 Indian Court Rejects Couple's Plea for Abortion
An Indian Court rejected a couple's petition on Monday for an abortion of a 25-week-old-fetus with a congenital heart problem....
8/1/2008 House Passes Paycheck Fairness Act
The House of Representatives passed the Paycheck Fairness Act Thursday with a 247 to 178 vote....
7/24/2008 House Passes Grant for Processing Untested Rape Kits
The House of Representatives passed the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2008 last week, which will help process a backlog of rape kits across the country....
7/21/2008 Need for Survival Fuels Sex Work, High Birth Rate Kills Mothers in Afghanistan
Women and young girls are being pushed to commercial sex work due to high food prices and widespread unemployment in Afghanistan....
7/21/2008 South Dakota Abortion Law Takes Effect
South Dakota abortion providers are now required to recite a script telling patients that the procedure will "terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique living human being." They must then warn the woman of a supposed increased risk of suicide....
6/23/2008 36th Anniversary of Title IX
June 23rd, marks the 36th anniversary of Title IX, the revolutionary federal law that outlaws sex-discrimination in education....
6/16/2008 Cruel Facts of Afghan Redevelopment
A meeting of international donors in Paris last week revealed many disconcerting facts related to the redevelopment in Afghanistan, after the Bush Administration promised a Marshall Plan for the country....
6/13/2008 Feder Wins VA 10th District
Judy Feder won the Democratic primary for Virginias 10th district Tuesday night....
6/12/2008 Pingree Wins Maine Primary Nomination
Chellie Pingree won the Democratic nomination to fill the Congressional seat of Maine's 1st District on Tuesday....
6/12/2008 Equal Pay Act Reaches 45th Anniversary
This week marks the 45th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act....
6/6/2008 Anti-Contraceptive Extremists Protest Clinics
The anti-contraception group American Life League (ALL) plans to protest clinics across the country on Saturday, June 7th....
6/4/2008 Insurance Denied to Women With C-Section History
Women who have had a Caesarean birth face higher insurance premiums, and have even been denied insurance all together....
6/2/2008 Vatican Decrees Excommunication for Ordained Women
The Vatican last week reaffirmed its stance against allowing women to be ordained as priests....
5/21/2008 Maternal Mortality and Obstetric Fistula Addressed at Press Conference and Hill Briefing
The Congressional Democratic Women's Working Group hosted a press conference and rally followed by a Congressional briefing yesterday focused on maternal mortality around the world and the realities faced by women suffering from obstetric fistula....
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....
5/8/2008 Feminist Candidates Win Key Victories in Primaries
Feminist candidates won key victories in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries this week....
5/6/2008 Students Protest University Honoring Notorious Anti-Feminist
Students at Washington University in St Louis are organizing in protest of the University's plans to honor notorious anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly with an honorary doctorate degree at the school's commencement ceremony May 16....
4/16/2008 Study Highlights Economic and Health Disparities Faced by Women after Katrina
Women continue to face discrimination in the aftermath of Katrina, which inhibits the recovery process, a study released last Friday reports....
4/15/2008 Anti-Sexual Assault Organization Launches Online Counseling Hotline
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the US, launched an online counseling service yesterday....
4/10/2008 Jackie Speier to be Sworn In to Congress
Following an overwhelming victory in Tuesdays special election, Jackie Speier will be sworn into the US House of Representatives today....
4/9/2008 Senators Propose Bill to Improve Women Veteran's Health Care
A bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill last week that would require the Department of Veterans' Affairs (VA) to improve health care for women veterans....
4/8/2008 Military Contractor in Iraq Faces More Rape Allegations
Another woman has come forward with allegations of rape by both a fellow KBR employee and a US soldier while working for KBR in Iraq....
4/3/2008 Senate Committee Hearing on Rape as a Weapon of War
On Tuesday, United States Senator Dick Durbin chaired the first-ever Congressional hearing on the use of rape as a weapon of war....
4/2/2008 Senate Bill Targets Deceptive Advertising by Pregnancy Crisis Centers
Senator Robert Menendez introduced a bill in the Senate yesterday that would regulate the misleading advertising practices of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs)....
4/1/2008 Iraqi Women Face Increased Human Rights Violations in Post-Invasion Iraq
Iraqi women's rights are eroding instead of improving in post-invasion Iraq....
3/25/2008 Anti-Abortion Extremist Breaks Agreement to Stay Away from Mississippi Clinic
Anti-abortion extremist Roy McMillan admitted in court on Friday that he had violated a federal agreement to stay away from Mississippi's only abortion clinic....
3/10/2008 Feminists Celebrate National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers
Today, March 10th, feminists across the country celebrate the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers....
3/7/2008 Karen Bass Elected First Black Woman Speaker of California Assembly
The California State Assembly unanimously elected Karen Bass as the new Assembly Speaker last week....
3/4/2008 UN Secretary General Calls for an End to Violence against Women
The United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon launched a campaign last week during the UN's 52nd Commission on the Status of Women that seeks an to end violence against women....
2/26/2008 Massachusetts Attorney General Supports Clinic Safety Buffer Zones
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a brief in federal court last week responding to a lawsuit by anti-abortion extremists challenging the state�s clinic safety buffer zone laws....
2/15/2008 Kentucky Senate Passes Anti-abortion Bill
A bill that forces a doctor to perform an ultrasound test prior to every abortion and to show the images to each woman seeking an abortion has passed the Kentucky Senate, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader....
2/13/2008 Alleged KBR Rape Victim Testifies at Another House Hearing
Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee, testified again on Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the Green Zone KBR camp in Iraq in 2005....
2/6/2008 Bush Budget Cuts Domestic Programs
The proposed FY 2009 budget released by President Bush on Monday includes broad cuts from many vital domestic programs, including health care, nutrition and energy assistance for low-income families, violence against women programs, and social services for low-income families....
1/22/2008 Wichita Pro-Choice Community Rallies Behind Dr. Tiller
As they marked the 35th anniversary of the landmark US Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, supporters gathered today outside the Women�s Health Care Services clinic in Wichita, Kansas....
1/16/2008 Jordanian Parliament Endorses Domestic Violence Bill
The Jordanian Parliament last week endorsed a family protection bill aimed at curbing the growing domestic violence problem there....
1/14/2008 Abortion Foes Focus on States
As the 2008 elections approach, anti-abortion activists have turned their attention to states....
1/14/2008 Kentucky Bill Would Require Ultrasound for Abortion Patients
A bill recently introduced in the Kentucky state legislature would require women seeking abortions to first undergo an ultrasound....
1/10/2008 Women in Greece Defy Men-Only Rule
About 10 women defied a strict ban from the all-male Mount Athos monastic sanctuary on the Athos peninsula of Greece....
1/3/2008 Two Arrested in Albuquerque Clinic Arson
Two men were arrested last week in connection to the fire that destroyed an Albuquerque clinic in early December....
12/7/2007 Princeton Picking Up Costs of Birth Control Price Spike for Students
Starting last Saturday, Princeton University now subsidizes oral contraceptive for its students in the face of the growing birth control pricing crisis....
12/4/2007 Plea Bargain for Jena Six Youth
The LaSalle Parish District Attorney Reed Walters agreed to a plea bargain on Monday for one of the black teenagers facing trial in the Jena Six case....
11/19/2007 Boy Scouts of Philadelphia to Lose Headquarters
The city solicitor gave the Boy Scouts of Philadelphia until December 3 to renounce their policy of excluding homosexuals, or the Scouts will lose the subsidized rent of their city-owned, 79-year-old landmark headquarters....
11/2/2007 Report Finds Alarming High School Drop Out Rate
According to a report released this week by the National Women�s Law Center, an alarmingly high number of young women are dropping out of high school....
11/2/2007 Biden and Lugar Introduce International Violence Against Women Act
Senators Joseph Biden (D-DE) and Richard Lugar (R-IN), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced yesterday the International Violence Against Women Act....
10/19/2007 Women�s Health in US Deteriorating
According to a study released this week by the National Women�s Law Center (NWLC), the status of women�s health within the US is in an overall state of decline....
10/8/2007 Late-Term Abortion Provider Target of Multiple Investigations
Operation Rescue has filed a complaint with the Kansas Board of Healing Arts against Dr....
10/4/2007 EEOC Steps In to End Los Angeles Fire Department Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on Tuesday accused the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) of violating civil-rights law through a pattern of discrimination, harassment and retaliation against black and woman employees....
10/1/2007 Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Bloomberg, LP
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a pregnancy discrimination lawsuit Thursday against Bloomberg LP, the company founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 1981....
9/27/2007 Jena Six Case Will Go to Juvenile Court
Reed Walters, the prosecutor in the "Jena Six" cases announced that he will not challenge a Louisiana sate appeals court�s ruling that Mychal Bell, 17, could not be tried as an adult and that his second-degree battery conviction be set aside....
9/19/2007 Erwin Chemerinsky Re-Hired for Deanship
University of California, Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake announced on Monday that he is reinstating respected constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as the new UCI law school�s founding dean....
9/18/2007 New Illinois Planned Parenthood Clinic Opening Blocked
The new Aurora, Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic has been forced to delay its anticipated September 18 opening....
9/17/2007 Convicted Anti-Abortion Arsonist and Kidnapper Released From Prison
Anti-abortion extremist Don Benny Anderson was just released from prison to a halfway house, after serving 24 years for kidnapping Illinois clinic owner Dr Hector Zavallos and his wife Jean....
9/12/2007 Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Mench� Tum Finishes Sixth in Guatemala�s Presidential Election
Nobel Peace Laureate and human rights activist Rigoberta Mench� Tum lost her bid for Guatemala's presidency Sunday, finishing sixth in a field of 14 candidates....
9/11/2007 California Acts to Correct Ledbetter Decision
The California State Senate has passed a law to shield workers in the state from a US Supreme Court decision that severely limits employees' ability to sue for equal pay....
9/10/2007 Plan B Bill Moves in Wisconsin
After a long delay, the Compassionate Care for Rape Victims Bill is now being considered by the Wisconsin State Assembly....
9/6/2007 UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Met with Iranian Women's Rights Activists
During a recent trip to Iran, United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Louise Arbour met with women's rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi on the status of women in Iran....
9/5/2007 Niki Tsongas Wins Primary in MA-5
Niki Tsongas won the Democratic primary yesterday for her Congressional bid in Massachusetts' fifth district, where US Representative Martin Meehan (D) has announced he will be stepping down after serving in Congress for 14 years....
8/20/2007 13-Year Old Boys Face Trial for Sexual Harassment
Two 13-year old Oregon boys face criminal sexual harassment charges for allegedly spanking girls and touching their breasts....
8/20/2007 Minnesota to Cut Birth Control Costs in Half
Minnesota enacted a new law this month that will make birth control more affordable and accessible....
8/14/2007 On Social Networking Sites, Pro-Anorexia Seems Validated
While the prevalence of pro-eating disorder websites is nothing new, their existence has become more accepted, more respected, and easier to access via popular social networking sites....
8/14/2007 9 Indicted for Alleged Sex Trafficking Ring
Nine Guatemalans were indicted for allegedly sex trafficking young women and girls from Guatemala into the US, the US Department of Justice announced Thursday....
8/10/2007 Air Force Woman Could Be Convicted in Her Own Rape
A woman airman in the US Air Force who was allegedly raped by three of her male counterparts is being charged with indecent acts, according to an AP report....
8/6/2007 Dr. George Tiller Enters Not Guilty Pleas to 19 Charges
Facing 19 misdemeanor charges for consulting a doctor with whom he allegedly has legal and financial ties, Doctor George Tiller reported for processing on Friday while his attorneys submitted not guilty pleas to all counts on his behalf....
7/23/2007 UN Peacekeepers Under Investigation for Sexual Assault
After allegations that Moroccan peacekeepers have committed sexual assault in Cote d'Ivoire, the UN has announced plans to repatriate the entire contingent during its investigation....
7/23/2007 Anti-Abortion Protestors Leave Birmingham
Anti-abortion protestors left Birmingham yesterday after a week-long protest targeting the city's two women's health centers....
7/17/2007 Florida Adopts Domestic Violence Leave Act
A new law recently went into effect in Florida to protect victims of domestic violence from losing their jobs due to necessary time off to seek medical attention or counseling, or to take legal action....
7/13/2007 Nebraska Judge Declares Mistrial in Rape Case after Language Ban
District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront declared a mistrial yesterday in a Nebraska rape case in which the alleged victim would have been unable to say certain words, including "rape" and "assault"....
7/9/2007 Report Denounces University's Handling of Student's Rape and Murder
The US Department of Education has released an 18-page report confirming that Eastern Michigan University (EMU) mishandled student Laura Dickinson's rape and murder case in December 2006....
7/2/2007 Israeli President Escapes Jail Time for Rape Charges
Women's rights activists in Israel are expressing outrage at a plea bargain that will exempt President Moshe Katsav from going to prison for sexual harassment and rape....
6/29/2007 Egypt Moves to Ban Female Genital Mutilation
Egypt's health ministry announced yesterday that it would close a legal loophole allowing female genital mutilation (FGM), days after a 12-year-old girl died from the procedure....
6/21/2007 Rep. Conyers Holds Briefing with Michael Moore on Health Care Reform
House Judiciary Chair John Conyers (D-MI) and other members of Congress held a briefing and press conference yesterday on Capitol Hill, highlighting the failures of the for-profit health care system and the difficulties faced by millions of uninsured and underinsured Americans....
6/20/2007 Kopp Sentenced to Life Plus 10 in Federal Court for Abortion Provider's Murder
Anti-abortion extremist James Kopp was sentenced yesterday to a life term plus 10 years in prison by a federal judge....
6/14/2007 Bush Nominates Anti-Gay Doctor to Surgeon General Post
President Bush's recent nominee to the position of surgeon general has a history of condemning and criticizing homosexuality, making him "unworthy" of the surgeon general's post, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) asserts....
6/14/2007 Fatal Shooting Outside Afghan Girls' School
Two gunmen killed two girls and wounded six others, including a teacher, outside a girls' school in Logar Province, Afghanistan on Tuesday....
6/13/2007 Ledbetter Testifies in House Hearing; Committee Calls for Title VII Action
Lilly Ledbetter, the plaintiff in a wage discrimination case against the Goodyear Rubber and Tire Company, spoke yesterday before the House Committee on Education and Labor, highlighting the difficulties employees face when reporting incidents of discrimination in the workplace....
6/6/2007 Afghan Radio Owner and Reporter Killed
Zakia Zaki, the owner and manager of Peace Radio and a headmaster of a girls' school in Parwan province, was shot dead inside her home early this morning....
5/25/2007 Study Shows Sexual Harassment Targets Women Who Defy Gender Stereotypes
A recently published study in the Journal of Applied Psychology finds that sexual harassment targets women who do not conform to gender stereotypes....
5/25/2007 Gallup Poll Shows Majority of Americans Approve of Strengthened Hate Crimes Law
According to a Gallup poll conducted earlier this month, 68 percent of all Americans believe that federal hate crime laws should protect people from discrimination or violence on the basis of sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity....
5/18/2007 Massachusetts Legislature Considers Bill Limiting Protestors at Abortion Clinics
The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would prevent protestors from entering a 35-foot zone around abortion clinics....
5/17/2007 CT Governor Signs EC Bill for Sexual Assault Victims
Connecticut Governor M Jodi Rell (R) signed a bill yesterday ensuring that all licensed health care facilities make emergency contraception available to victims of sexual assault....
5/17/2007 TX Man Indicted for Abortion Clinic Bombing
Paul Ross Evans, who was arrested last month on charges that he attempted to bomb a women's health clinic in Austin, Texas, was indicted on Tuesday....
5/15/2007 Sunday Morning Talk Shows Lack Women and Minority Guests, Study Finds
According to a new report released by Media Matters for America, the guests on Sunday morning talk television shows -- which garner some 12 million viewers every week -- are predominately white men....
5/7/2007 Women Leaders Converge To Discuss Lack of Equity in Academia
On May 2, Harvard's president-elect, Drew Gilpin Faust, gathered four current and former women presidents of Ivy League schools to participate in a coffee-table panel on the position of women in academia....
4/30/2007 Suspect Arrested and Charged in Attempted Austin Clinic Bombing
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on three charges related to a pipe-bomb that was found near an Austin, Texas abortion clinic last week....
4/27/2007 Iran: More Feminist Activists Sentenced to Jail, Police Crackdown on Women in Public
Of the 11 women's rights activists who have been summoned by Iran's Revolutionary Court in the past week, six have now been sentenced to serve jail time....
4/26/2007 Cost of Birth Control Skyrockets for Colleges, Many Clinics
A change in the Medicaid rules under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 has increased the price of birth control pills and other prescription drugs at college health centers and many clinics serving low-income women nationwide....
4/24/2007 France's First Woman President, Just One Election Away
France moved another step closer to electing its first woman president when Socialist candidate and self-declared feminist Segolene Royal became one of two final contenders in the first round of the presidential elections on Sunday....
4/11/2007 Imus Loses 2 Advertisers; Rutgers Team Agrees to Closed Meeting
Two companies have announced that they will pull advertisements from Don Imus's morning show on MSNBC and CBS after the host made sexist and racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team last week....
4/5/2007 Women Tsunami Survivors Face Exploitation, Discrimination
Post-tsunami aid has disproportionately assisted men, leaving women survivors in continuing poverty, according to a report by the Alliance of Women Affected by the Tsunami....
4/3/2007 OPI Products Removes Hazardous Ingredient from Nail Polish
At the urging of activists and consumers with the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, OPI Products has reformulated its nail polish to remove the hazardous solvent toluene....
4/3/2007 MA Woman Will Not Face Homicide Charges after Inducing Abortion
The Essex, Massachusetts district attorney has announced that a woman who was charged two months ago with illegally inducing an abortion by taking anti-ulcer pills will not face homicide charges....
3/23/2007 Mississippi Governor Signs Abortion Trigger Law
Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour (R) signed a bill into law yesterday that will outlaw and criminalize all abortions in the event that the US Supreme Court overturns its 1973 decision in Roe v Wade....
2/26/2007 Two Women Allegedly Gang-Raped by Iraqi Security Forces
Two alleged gang rapes of Iraqi women by national security forces caused an uproar in Iraq last week....
2/21/2007 U.S. To Take in 7,000 Iraqi Refugees, Giving Women and Children Priority
In response to mounting international pressure, the United States has pledged to grant asylum to 7,000 Iraq war refugees, prioritizing the "most vulnerable," including women and children....
2/14/2007 Extremist Kopp May Be Extradited to Canada to Face Shooting Charges
Anti-abortion extremist James Kopp, who is currently imprisoned for killing an abortion provider near Buffalo, NY, may be extradited to Canada to face more charges....
2/9/2007 Hearings Held on Conditions in Mariana Islands
The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held hearings yesterday on the labor, immigration, law enforcement, and economic conditions in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands....
2/1/2007 Three Iranian Women Journalists, Activists Face Prosecution
Three women's rights activists and journalists were arrested at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Airport en route to a journalism workshop in India and now face prosecution....
1/31/2007 SD Legislature Reintroduces Revised Abortion Ban
An abortion ban, similar to the previous ban that was soundly rejected by voters in November 2006, will be introduced into the South Dakota House of Representatives today....
1/30/2007 500 Companies Pledge to Detoxify Beauty Products; Major Companies Still Refuse to Sign
More than 500 cosmetics and body care product manufacturers have signed "The Compact for Safe Cosmetics," a pledge to eliminate toxic ingredients from their products....
1/30/2007 Pro-Choice and Anti-War Congressman, Priest Dies at 86
Father Robert Drinan, a Jesuit priest and lawyer who served in the US Congress for ten years died on Sunday at the age of 86....
1/26/2007 Kopp Convicted on Federal Charges for Murdering Abortion Doctor
Anti-abortion extremist James Kopp was convicted yesterday on federal charges for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act when he shot and murdered an abortion doctor in 1998....
1/23/2007 Anniversary of Roe Met, Once Again, with Rallies of Support and Protest
Supporters and opponents of reproductive freedom participated in events across the country yesterday, marking the 34th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v Wade that legalized abortion for women in the US....
1/19/2007 Pregnant Women May Be Turned Away From Hong Kong
Women from mainland China who are seven months pregnant or more and wish to enter Hong Kong could be turned away at the border after a new measure is implemented in February....
1/10/2007 Kopp's Federal Trial Begins with Apology
James Kopp, who was convicted under New York state law for the 1998 murder of an abortion provider in Buffalo, NY, started his federal trial yesterday on charges that he violated the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act....
12/20/2006 Six Anti-Abortion Protestors Convicted for Behavior in Mississippi in July
The Jackson, Mississippi Municipal Court found six anti-abortion protestors guilty yesterday for charges brought against them during Operation Save America's week-long siege of the last remaining abortion clinic in the state this summer....
12/12/2006 Swift Pleads Guilty to AWOL Charges After Sexual Abuse
Specialist Suzanne Swift has agreed to plead guilty to charges of being away without leave after refusing an assignment to return to Iraq because she says she was sexually harassed and abused by other officers....
12/8/2006 James Kopp Loses Bid to Dismiss Federal Trial for Murder of Abortion Provider
A federal judge refused to dismiss charges against James Kopp, the convicted killer of abortion provider Barnett Slepian, MD, for violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act....
11/20/2006 Dutch Immigration Minister Proposes Burqa Ban
Dutch Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk proposed legislation on Friday that would ban the burqa, a head-to-toe garment for women to wear in public, and other full face coverings, such as ski masks and full-face helmets....
11/9/2006 Justices Consider Medical Details in Abortion Ban Hearing
The Supreme Court heard two cases yesterday regarding the federal ban on certain abortion procedures used in the second and third trimester of pregnancy....
11/6/2006 Saudi Gang Rape Victim Punished
A Saudi victim of gang rape was sentenced to 90 lashes for being alone in a car with a male friend who was not her husband prior to her rape....
10/3/2006 Iran Selects Womens Rights Film as Oscar Nominee
Iran announced its decision to submit a film that defends women's rights to compete in the foreign film category of the Oscars....
10/3/2006 Study: UK Pregnant Women Face Discrimination in the Workplace
A recent study of 1,100 pregnant women in the United Kingdom finds that pregnant women are not receiving adequate support in the workplace....
9/28/2006 CA: Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill Protecting Abortion Patients, Providers
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill designed to protect patients and employees of reproductive health clinics from anti-abortion extremists who may use violence against them....
9/20/2006 Report Finds Women Discriminated Against in Science and Technology Fields
Women face discrimination from academic institutions in science and technology fields, according to a new report released Monday from the National Academy of Sciences....
9/19/2006 Presbyterian Minister Cited for Performing Same-Sex Marriage Rites
An investigating committee of the Pittsburgh Presbytery has found Reverend Janet Edwards in violation of the Church's constitution for performing marriage rites for a same-sex couple....
9/12/2006 Members of Congress Urge Labor Department to Support Women's Bureau
More than 100 members of Congress asked the US Department of Labor to continue its support of the Women's Bureau, the only bureau dedicated exclusively to women's issues in employment....
9/11/2006 Ban on Women at Mecca Met with Resistance; Officials Reconsider
Women Muslims across the world have spoken out against recent proposals in Saudi Arabia to ban women from praying at the most sacred shrine for Muslims, the Grand Mosque in Mecca....
9/7/2006 UNFPA Releases 2006 State of the World Report
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2006 State of the World Population report yesterday in a morning briefing in Washington, DC, emphasizing the importance of women's issues and international migration....
8/18/2006 Bush Approves Pension Tax Law with Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
President Bush signed the Federal Pension Protection Act into law yesterday, which includes two provisions that will greatly benefit same-sex couples and other non-spouse beneficiaries....
8/14/2006 Barr Laboratories Intends to Resubmit EC Application
Barr Laboratories has announced that it will incorporate an 18 and older age restriction into its application for emergency contraception (EC) to be made available over-the-counter to accommodate acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbachs request that the age limit be raised from 16....
8/4/2006 Cameroonians Fight Breast Ironing
Breast ironing, a brutal practice meant to slow the development of young women's breasts in order to ward off sexual attention, is inflicted on a quarter of all girls in Cameroon, according to a recent study by GTZ, a German NGO....
7/31/2006 Study Shows Domestic Workers Endure Abuse, Cruelty Worldwide
Domestic workers worldwide face starvation, forced confinement, and regular physical and sexual abuse, concludes a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released on Thursday....
7/27/2006 Labor Unions Oppose Anti-Choice Ballot Initiative
Feminist leaders successfully convinced California unions this week to take a stand against an anti-choice measure that will be on the California ballot this November....
7/27/2006 Feminists Gather to Promote Women's Leadership
Leading women members of Congress spoke about women's leadership yesterday at an event on Capitol Hill organized by Feminist Majority Foundation interns....
7/20/2006 Possible Return of Talibans Religious Police Threatens Afghan Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his cabinet have approved the reestablishment of the Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice....
7/20/2006 Bush Vetoes Stem Cell Bill
President Bush used his veto power for the first time in his five-year presidency yesterday when he held a ceremony in the White House to veto legislation that would have allowed federal funding to be used for embryonic stem cell research....
7/18/2006 Ralph Reed, Linked to Abramoff, Faces Tough Primary Race in Georgia
Former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed faces a tough primary race today for lieutenant governor of Georgia....
7/13/2006 Louisiana Clinic Bomber Pleads Guilty
Patricia Hughes, 25, pleaded guilty yesterday to setting off a small firebomb outside a Shreveport abortion clinic....
7/12/2006 Study Finds Canadian Women Behind in Investment Industry
Canadian men outnumber women four to one in all jobs in the investment industry except support staff occupations, says a new study conducted by the Canadian non-profit group Women in Capital Markets....
7/11/2006 Pakistan to Free More than 1,000 Women
Pakistan's President signed an amendment to a controversial Islamic law on Friday that will allow 1,300 women facing charges of adultery and other minor crimes to be released from prison on bail....
7/7/2006 Saudi Arabian Women Gain Some Rights in Business
In Saudi Arabia, recent changes to business regulations will now allow women to launch and register businesses by themselves....
7/6/2006 Amnesty May Be Granted to Ugandan Responsible for Kidnapping, Sex Slavery
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced Tuesday that if peace talks are successful, he will grant amnesty to Joseph Kony, head of a Ugandan terrorist organization, despite the atrocities Kony has committed over the past 19 years....
7/5/2006 Irish Pro-Choice Group Calls for Legalized Abortion
Following recent figures that indicate 15 Irish women go to the United Kingdom for an abortion every day, Alliance for Choice has called on the Irish government to legalize abortion....
6/28/2006 New HIV/AIDS Bill Proposes Changes to PEPFAR
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) has proposed a bill that would require all HIV programs funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to address the rapid spread of infection among women and young people....
6/21/2006 Pentagon Document Classifies Homosexuality as a Mental Disorder
A Pentagon document that surfaced this week classifies homosexuality as a mental disorder, grouping it with retardation and personality disorder....
6/19/2006 Louisiana Governor Signs Abortion Ban into Law
Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) signed an extreme ban on abortion into law this weekend....
6/16/2006 Kuwaiti Women Run for Seats in Parliament for First Time
Women are running for seats in Kuwaits 50-seat parliament for the first time since the governing body was created in 1962....
6/16/2006 Eastern European Womens Economic Status Plummets
The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have released a report that examines the effects of economic transitions from state socialism to free markets on women in 18 Eastern European countries. According to the report, titled "The Story Behind the Numbers: Women and Employment in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Commonwealth of Independent States," Eastern European women have suffered because of the collapse of state socialism, with high rates of long-term unemployment....
6/14/2006 Global Summit of Women Held in Egypt
Women business, professional, and government leaders gathered to build international alliances and develop strategies to advance women's economic development throughout the world....
6/12/2006 Delegation Traveling to Guatemala to Address Rampant Femicides
A delegation led by the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, a non-profit organization, will travel to Guatemala later this summer to address violence against women....
6/2/2006 Louisiana House Approves Abortion Ban
With an 85-17 vote, the Louisiana House passed a ban on most abortions, with exceptions to save the life of the pregnant woman or prevent serious physical harm....
5/25/2006 Head of Mass. Catholic Hospital System Forced to Resign for Sexual Harassment
Robert Haddad, MD, the head of the Massachusetts Catholic hospital system Caritas, has been forced to resign after allegations surfaced that he has sexually harassed more than 14 women....
5/24/2006 House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Mifepristone
In a sometimes contentious hearing, a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Government Reform committee last week heard testimony and debated whether mifepristone (RU 486) should be removed from the market....
5/24/2006 HIV/AIDS Activists Put Focus on Feminization of Epidemic
HIV/AIDS activists and advocacy groups held a press conference yesterday to draw attention to the feminization of the global epidemic prior to a review of global AIDS policy by the United Nations at the end of the month....
5/22/2006 Iowa Man Attacks Clinic Worker
An employee of the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, Iowa was assaulted by a man last week who then attempted to break into the reproductive health clinic....
5/22/2006 Saudi Arabias King Asks Newspapers Not to Publish Images of Women
At a recent meeting with newspaper editors, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who has previously been seen as a modernizer, asked that Saudi papers reverse their recent trend of publishing pictures of women....
5/15/2006 Half of Health Professionals Receive No Training in Abortion Care
A recent study of advanced practice clinician (APC) training programs, which train nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse-midwives, found that nearly half of such programs fail to offer training in abortion procedures, options counseling, or post-abortion care....
4/24/2006 Anti-HIV Gel for Women May Be Available by 2010
Scientists attending the Microbicides 2006 Conference have announced that a gel that would prevent the transmission of HIV could be ready for use by 2010....
4/17/2006 Report Shows Continued Violence and Discrimination Against Afghan Women
A new report on the current status of Afghan women and girls issued by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) demonstrates that Afghan women and girls continue to face extreme obstacles and discrimination as they seek to exercise their rights....
4/13/2006 Francine Busby Top Vote-Getter in San Diego Special Election
Democrat Francine Busby won 44 percent of the vote to replace jailed Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R) in a special election held yesterday....
4/6/2006 GAO Report Criticizes Bush Administration's Approach to Global HIV Prevention
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has released a report that strongly criticizes the Bush Administration's focus on promoting abstinence and fidelity as the best methods of preventing HIV infection....
4/4/2006 Kuwaiti Women Vote for the First Time
Kuwaiti women vote for the first time today, going to the polls to choose a local council member in the district of Salmiya....
4/3/2006 A Second Female Presidential Candidate in Yemen
A second woman has decided to run for president of Yemen....
3/29/2006 Anti-Choice Group Challenges Pittsburgh Clinic Ordinance
An anti-abortion group known as the Alliance Defense Fund filed a lawsuit this week challenging Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's law requiring a 15-foot buffer zone around clinics....
3/21/2006 Under New Guidelines, Lesbians and Gays May Be Denied Government Jobs
Revised security clearance guidelines approved by President Bush may create obstacles for lesbians and gay men seeking security-related government jobs....
3/17/2006 Senators Block Confirmation of FDA Commissioner Over EC
In a repeat of last spring's battle over the confirmation of the Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) have announced that they will block the confirmation of Andrew von Eschenbach until the FDA rules on making the emergency contraceptive Plan B available over-the-counter....
3/15/2006 Senator Boxer Introduces Bill for Afghan Women
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Afghan Women Empowerment Act of 2006 last week, which authorizes funding for the Afghan Ministry of Women's Affairs, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC, and Afghan women-led nonprofit organizations (NGOs) to promote the rights of women and to provide services for women and girls in Afghanistan....
3/15/2006 Mexico Compensates Rape Victim for Denying Her Right to an Abortion
Nearly seven years after Paulina Ramirez became pregnant from a rape attack in her home by a heroin addict, the Mexican government has agreed to pay her reparations for forcing her to carry the pregnancy to term....
3/13/2006 Women's Groups Criticize Media's 'Mommy Wars'
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has taken aim at the media's coverage of mothers, which frequently pits mothers who work outside the home against those who do not....
3/8/2006 Mexico: Rape Victims Denied Access to Abortion
Rape victims in Mexico face hostile officials who actively prevent women from accessing legal abortion services, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW)....
3/7/2006 South Dakota Governor Signs Abortion Ban
Yesterday, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds (R) signed a statewide abortion ban into law....
3/6/2006 Wal-Mart To Carry EC But Not Require All Pharmacists to Dispense It
In a partial victory for women, Wal-Mart has announced that it will now carry emergency contraception (EC) in all of its pharmacies, complying with a February 14 ruling of the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy that forced the company to do so in that state....
3/6/2006 Parental Notification Laws Do Not Lower Abortion Rates
A recent analysis of states that enacted parental notification or consent laws has shown that the addition of these requirements did not lead to a decline in the abortion rate among teenagers....
3/2/2006 Activists Urge Tourism Boycott to Protest SD Abortion Ban
Following the passage of a disastrous abortion ban in South Dakota, the Women's Medical Fund and other abortion-rights activists are calling for pro-choice Americans to boycott all tourism in the state....
2/28/2006 Supreme Court Ruling Could Imperil Women's Health Clinics
Arlington, VA The Supreme Court today issued an 8-0 decision in two related cases (Scheidler, et al, v National Organization for Women (NOW), et al and Operation Rescue v NOW, et al), lifting a nationwide injunction protecting virtually all women's health clinics in the nation....
2/28/2006 Supreme Court Rules Against NOW, Clinics in Anti-Abortion Violence Case
The Supreme Court today issued an 8-0 decision in two related cases first brought by the National Organization for Women (NOW) and two clinics of the National Women's Health Organization on behalf of virtually all clinics and all women two decades ago....
2/27/2006 First Woman Prime Minister Poised to Govern in Jamaica
Portia Simpson Miller will soon become the first female prime minister in Jamaica after she was elected president of the governing People's National Party on Saturday....
2/23/2006 South Dakota Legislature Passes Bill Banning Nearly All Abortions
The South Dakota Senate yesterday approved (23-12) a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to perform any abortions in the state except those necessary to save the life of the woman....
2/17/2006 In Eight Years, Practically No Progress For Women Policy-Makers
In the last eight years, the number of women with policy-making posts in state government has barely budged, says a new study from the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society (CWIG)....
2/15/2006 Massachusetts Wal-Marts Must Stock Emergency Contraception
Tuesday, the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy unanimously decided to require Wal-Marts in the state to stock emergency contraception (EC), making it the second state where women can fill EC prescriptions at the retail giant....
2/14/2006 Women in Zimbabwe Protest Economic Hardships
Nearly 200 Zimbabwean women were arrested following their participation in a march against President Mugabe, economic crises in the country and human rights violations....
2/7/2006 Kansas Grants Access to Clinic Records, Protects Patient Information
In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court granted Attorney General Phill Kline permission to investigate records from abortion clinics, but patients' names and personal information will be withheld from the records he sees....
2/4/2006 Feminist Giant Betty Friedan Dies at 85
Betty Friedan, author of the groundbreaking book (The Feminine Mystique)that helped launch the contemporary women's movement, died today at the age of 85....
2/3/2006 Women Sue Wal-Mart Over Emergency Contraception
Three women in Massachusetts have sued Wal-Mart over its refusal to stock emergency contraception in its pharmacies, calling it a violation of state law that requires pharmacies carry all "commonly prescribed medications." The women, Katrina McCarty, Julia Battel, and Dr....
2/2/2006 Research Confirms that Heart Disease's Presentation and Treatment Varies by Sex
Research released as National Women's Heart Health Month begins shows that heart disease manifests differently in women than in men and requires independent study and treatment, confirming a report on women's health in the current issue of Ms magazine....
1/20/2006 Anti-HIV Gel May Empower Women in the Fight Against AIDS
The FDA has put an anti-HIV vaginal gel called VivaGel on the fast track for approval....
1/10/2006 Four Dead in Pakistan Honor Killing
A 25-year-old woman and her three younger stepsisters have been murdered in a brutal "honor killing" in Pakistan....
1/5/2006 Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Sauerbrey Despite Women's Protests
Yesterday, President Bush made a recess appointment of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, circumventing Congressional opposition to her appointment....
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....
12/22/2005 MsMagazine.com Released Today the Top Ten News Stories for Women in 2005
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12/12/2005 Woman Maintains Lead in Chilean Presidential Election
Michelle Bachelet is leading her opponents after the first round of Chile's presidential election and could become the country's first female president after a January runoff....
12/1/2005 Alito Memorandum Demonstrates Hostility to Women's Reproductive Rights
Unquestionable evidence of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's efforts to undercut women's reproductive rights surfaced yesterday in a memorandum he wrote while serving in the Reagan Justice Department....
11/30/2005 Supreme Court Hears Critical Cases to Stop Anti-Abortion Violence - Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President
Supreme Court Hears Critical Cases to Stop Anti-Abortion Violence Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President Washington, DC - After the United States Supreme Court heard arguments today in two related class action cases involving anti-abortion clinic violence and access to women's health clinics (Joseph Scheidler, et....
11/30/2005 AIDS Funding to be Subject to Global Gag Rule
The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) has charged the Bush Administration with secretly undermining the effort to fight HIV/AIDS by subjecting US AIDS funding to the Global Gag Rule....
11/8/2005 Nigerian Lawyer Awarded Human Rights Prize
Hauwa Ibrahim, Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist, is one of three recipients of the European Parliament's distinguished 2005 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought....
11/1/2005 Trade Studies Still Gender Segregated
Girls still are stuck in home econmics classes while boys take 'shop' that's the gist of a new report released by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC)....
10/31/2005 Feminist Majority Opposes Samuel Alito
Alito's Confirmation Would Drive Women's Rights Back Decades Arlington, Virginia Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal issued the following statement on the nomination of Samuel A....
10/31/2005 Progressive Groups Oppose Alito Nomination
In the hours after President Bush's nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, many progressive groups have announced their opposition to this far-right Supreme Court nominee....
10/25/2005 Rosa Parks, Civil Rights Icon, Dies at 92
Civil rights leader Rosa Parks passed away in her Detroit home on Monday evening at age 92, following a long battle with dementia....
10/20/2005 Liberia One Step Closer to First Female African President
Liberians voted last Tuesday for the first time since the 14-year civil war ravaged the country under Charles Taylor....
10/4/2005 Miers' Nomination Overshadows New Indictments for DeLay
The announcement of Harriet Miers as Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court yesterday pushed news of additional indictments of Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX) to the background....
9/30/2005 Portugal Agrees to Hold Abortion Referendum
Portugal's parliament on Wednesday voted to hold a referendum to decriminalize abortion during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy....
9/27/2005 Iraqi Women's Rights under Daily Threat
Women's rights activists in Iraq are sounding the alarm that certain freedoms, particularly freedom of dress and movement, exercised by women even under the regime of Saddam Hussein, are being degraded and threaten to disappear....
9/14/2005 Rally Planned to Oppose Roberts
MEDIA ADVISORY Leading Women's & Civil Rights Organizations to Hold Rally Opposing John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Thursday, September 15 1-2 p.m. C St....
8/26/2005 FDA Delays Decision on Emergency Contraception
Today, for the third time, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) delayed its decision on making the emergency contraceptive Plan B available over-the-counter....
8/26/2005 Feminist Majority Foundation Expresses Outrage over FDA Stall Tactics on Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception
Arlington, VA The Feminist Majority Foundation today expressed its outrage that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed for the third time its decision on the emergency contraceptive Plan B....
8/25/2005 Nigeria: Islamic Province Segregates Public Transportation by Sex
The state of Kano, in northern Nigeria, has banned women from most motorcycle taxis and has instituted segregated seating on public buses....
8/18/2005 Afghan Women Run for Office Amid Increasing Intimidation and Threats
Nearly 600 Afghan women are running for office in the country's first legislative elections since the fall of the Taliban in 2001....
8/17/2005 Nonprofit Sues US Government for Basing Grants on Opposition to Prostitution
DKT International, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent HIV/AIDS worldwide, has sued the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for its retraction of a grant when DKT refused to sign a pledge opposing sex work....
8/10/2005 John Roberts: Architect of Laissez-Faire Policy Concerning Clinic Violence?
Focus on John Roberts and Clinic Violence Washington, DC The Feminist Majority and its president, Eleanor Smeal, joined other leading womens rights groups today in bringing into focus John Roberts role in Bray v....
8/2/2005 Afghan Women Running for Office Face Obstacles
Afghan women candidates in the upcoming September 18 parliamentary elections are running despite threatening letters and phone calls demanding that they withdraw from the election....
7/19/2005 Anti-Abortion Extremist Rudolph Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole
Eric Robert Rudolph was sentenced to two life sentences without parole on Monday for the 1998 bombing of a Birmingham, Alabama women's health clinic, which killed an off-duty police officer and critically injured a nurse....
7/18/2005 Federal Court Hears Appeal in 'Nuremberg Files' Case
A three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals last week heard an appeal by anti-abortion groups in the "Nuremberg Files" case....
7/14/2005 Portuguese Women Acquitted of Illegal Abortion Charges
Two Portuguese women were acquitted Monday of illegally terminating their pregnancies, in a case that dates back to 1999....
7/13/2005 Catholic Church Pays Sexual Abuse Settlement in CA, Removes Priest in WA
In a win for victims of clergy abuse, the Archdiocese of San Francisco reached a settlement Friday in the case against Joseph Pritchard for abuse committed while he was a priest at St....
7/12/2005 Laura Bush Wants a Woman to Fill the Supreme Court Vacancy
In an interview on NBC's "Today Show," Laura Bush said that she hoped a woman would fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
7/8/2005 Anti-Abortion Extremist Sentenced to 19 Years for Fake Anthrax Mailings
Anti-abortion extremist Clayton Waagner was sentenced to 19 years in prison without parole for sending fake anthrax mailings to over women's health clinics and reproductive rights organizations at the height of the anthrax scare following September 11, 2001....
7/8/2005 Acid Attacks on Iraqi Women Increase
Several Iraqi women have been burned by acid attacks during recent weeks in Baghdad and the western province of Anbar....
7/6/2005 Senators Differ on Impact of Nuclear Option on Supreme Court Nomination
With Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's resignation, Senators on both sides have begun to discuss the potential impact of the so-called "nuclear option" and the deal that took it off the table in May....
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....
6/10/2005 Title IX Lawsuit Avoided at Assumption College
In a victory for women's collegiate athletics, Assumption College, a Catholic four-year liberal arts college in Worchester, Massachusetts, has reinstated both the men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field teams....
6/6/2005 Afghan Women Still Suffer Violence, Abuse
Women in Afghanistan still face violence and abuse both within their families and at the hands of the police or judicial system, according to a new report from Amnesty International....
6/3/2005 Bahrain Files Charges to Silence Women's Activist
Ghada Jamsheer, the head of the Women's Petition Committee (WPC) in Bahrain, faces three trials for slander this month as a result of her involvement in family law cases and her criticisms of Bahrain's sharia judges....
6/1/2005 Mississippi Clinic Wins - Judge Overturns Restrictive Law
Today, US District Judge Tom Lee threw out a Mississippi law that banned early second trimester abortions at clinics, declaring it unconstitutional....
5/27/2005 Shorter Waits for Women in New York Restrooms
The City Council of New York City passed legislation this week requiring new public venues and those undergoing renovations, such as bars, restaurants, theaters or concert halls, to create restroom equity by establishing a two-to-one ratio of women's to men's stalls....
5/26/2005 Medicaid Funding Viagra for Sex Offenders
New York Comptroller Alan Hevesi announced Sunday that 198 convicted sex offenders have received Viagra through New York state Medicaid funds since January of 2000....
5/24/2005 Clinton May Face Opposition in 2006 Senate Race
Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) may face opposition as she prepares to run for re-election in 2006....
5/11/2005 New Study Shows Barriers to Receiving Emergency Contraception
A new study found that 55 percent of Catholic hospitals and 42 percent of non-Catholic hospitals in the United States do not dispense emergency contraception in their emergency departments under any circumstances....
5/6/2005 Vaccines Show Promise in Eliminating Cervical Cancer
Early vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV) could vastly reduce the incidence of cervical cancer, and two vaccines are nearing the point of regulatory approval....
4/28/2005 Thousands of Girls Forced to Fight With Armed Groups
A new report shows that current efforts to release children from armed groups often overlook the fact that over 120,000 girls have been abducted and forced to fight with armed groups around the world....
4/26/2005 Senator Boxer Proposes Bill to Require Pharmacies to Fill All Prescriptions
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) introduced legislation to protect women's access to contraception in response to recent reports that women seeking birth control or emergency contraception (EC) have been turned away by pharmacists....
4/22/2005 US Supreme Court Lets Stand Massachusetts Abortion Clinic Buffer Law
By declining to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling, the US Supreme Court earlier this week let stand a Massachusetts law that prohibits protesters from coming within six feet of abortion clinic patients to disturb them or hand them leaflets....
4/14/2005 Title IX Critic Approved by Judiciary Committee Despite Questionable Record
The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved Thomas Griffith for a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit....
4/14/2005 Iran's Parliament Votes to Liberalize Abortion Laws
In an attempt to end the high numbers of maternal deaths due to backstreet abortions in Iran, Iran's parliament voted to liberalize its restrictive abortion laws to allow pregnancies to be terminated in the first four months if the fetus is mentally or physically handicapped....
4/11/2005 McCain Opposes So-Called
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said this weekend on CBS Face the Nation that he opposes ending the use of the filibuster on judicial nominees....
3/31/2005 Woman Challenges North Carolina Anti-Cohabitation Law
A former sheriffs dispatcher is challenging North Carolinas law against cohabitation after losing her job for living with her boyfriend out of wedlock....
3/31/2005 Kenyan Women Take Complaints of Rape by British Military to the United Nations
Several hundred Kenyan women from the Samburu and Masai tribes seeking compensation for being raped by the British military 15 years ago are taking their case to the United Nations....
3/28/2005 Muslim Woman Will Organize More Prayer Services Led By Women
Asra Nomani, the author of a book on women in Islam and former Wall Street Journal reporter, is organizing the second women-led prayer service in a week....
3/18/2005 Muslim Woman Plans to Lead Prayers, Sparking Controversy
In an attempt to bring attention to the second-class status that many Muslim women face, Amina Wadud, a leading female Islamic studies scholar and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, will lead a prayer service in Manhattan....
3/14/2005 Anti-Abortion Extremist Eric Rudolph Could Face Death Penalty if Convicted
US District Court Judge C Lynwood Smith ruled that anti-abortion extremist Eric Robert Rudolph could be tried under a federal arson law, which would allow him to face the death penalty if convicted....
3/11/2005 Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Controversial Judicial Nominee
Thomas Griffith, nominated to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, faced the Senate Judiciary Committee in a confirmation hearing on Tuesday....
3/5/2005 Report Documents Discrimination at Ivy League Universities
"The (Un)Changing Face of the Ivy League," a report conducted by a graduate student group at Yale University, found that women and minorities at Ivy League schools have made little progress breaking into the tenure track faculty ranks, and are instead becoming a larger part of the growing group of highly qualified but non tenure track faculty and staff....
3/4/2005 Amendment to Bankruptcy Bill Would Close Loophole for Anti-Choice Extremists
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is expected to propose an amendment next week to bankruptcy legislation which would bar anti-abortion extremists from escaping legal judgments by declaring bankruptcy....
2/18/2005 Bipartisan Group in Congress Introduces Stem Cell Funding Bill
A bipartisan group of 156 Senators and Representatives introduced a bill this week to expand federal funding for stem cell research....
2/18/2005 Harvard President Finally Releases Transcript of Controversial Speech
Following pressure by women's groups and Harvard faculty members, Harvard President Lawrence Summers finally released the transcript of the speech he gave at an academic conference last month during which he suggested the possibility that women have less innate ability to perform in science and mathematics than men....
2/17/2005 Polish Parliament Drops Vote to Liberalize Abortion
Poland's Parliament voted 199 to 183 to drop a measure that would have liberalized the severely restrictive abortion laws in a country that currently has a very powerful Catholic hierarchy....
2/10/2005 United Nations Official Accuses Iran of Women's Rights Abuses
A United Nations human rights investigator accused Iran of sentencing women to death based on flimsy evidence and called on the Iranian government to abolish the death penalty....
2/9/2005 Women's Organizations Speak Out Against Privatization of Social Security
The National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO) urged President Bush to listen to women's concerns about privatizing social security in a press conference held yesterday....
2/1/2005 Bill Restricting Teen Abortion a Top Senate Republican Priority
The so-called Child Custody Protection Act, legislation supported by President Bush which would criminalize the transportation of a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion, has been deemed a top ten priority by Senate Republicans....
12/20/2004 Top Two Candidates in Chile's Presidential Race Are Women
Two women are leading for the presidential nomination of Chile's ruling coalition, for the first time ever....
12/15/2004 African Condom Shortage Crisis Amidst AIDS Pandemic
Due to inadequate aid efforts by the United States and other donor countries, acute shortages of condoms have been contributing the rapid rise in HIV/AIDS cases in Africa....
12/6/2004 Christine Gregoire Only 42 Votes Away from Washington Governorship
With Christine Gregoire, the Democratic candidate for Governor in Washington, only 42 votes behind Republican candidate Dino Rossi, the state faces an unprecedented statewide hand recount of Washington's 2.9 million ballots....
12/2/2004 Federal Prosecutors Fight to Have Abortion Clinic Protections Upheld
The Assistant US Attorney General argued before the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals to have the verdict of a lower court overruled in order to protect the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
12/1/2004 On World AIDS Day, the Face of AIDS is a Woman
Many World AIDS Day observances around the world today have focused on the need to protect women and girls from HIV who are contracting the virus at an alarming rate....
11/30/2004 Abercrombie & Fitch Settles Class Action Lawsuit for $50 Million
Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch recently settled a class action discrimination lawsuit, agreeing to pay $40 million to current, former, and prospective minority and women employees, as well as consenting to implement a multifaceted strategy to diversify its workforce....
11/29/2004 Investigators Find Cases of UN Sex Abuse in Congo
Investigators sent to the Democratic Republic of Congo reported more than 150 cases of pedophilia, rape and soliciting prostitutes by United Nations officials and peacekeepers....
11/18/2004 Poland's Restrictive Abortion Laws Criticized by UN Committee
The United Nations Human Rights Committee recently criticized Poland's strict abortion laws....
11/11/2004 Spokane Diocese to Declare Bankruptcy
The Catholic diocese in Spokane, Washington will become the third in the nation to file for bankruptcy in the face of lawsuits brought by people who were sexually abused by priests....
11/8/2004 Bush to Pursue Constitutional Amendment to Ban Gay Marriage
According to Karl Rove, President Bush's top strategist, Bush intends to continue his pursuit of a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage....
11/8/2004 King Releases Nepalese Women Imprisoned for Having Abortions
Nepal's King Gyanendra granted amnesty to 12 female prisoners who were jailed for having abortions....
11/3/2004 Record Number of Women to Serve in US House
A record number of women will serve in the US House of Representatives next year, while the number of women in the Senate will remain steady at 14....
10/20/2004 Drives to Register More Women Voters Are Successful Nationwide
Women's rights organizations are reporting success in registering voters across the country and in key target states as historic drives to get out the womens vote continue in the weeks leading up to the presidential election on November 2....
10/15/2004 WI: Pharmacist Faces Hearing After Refusing to Fill Birth Control Prescription
Neil Noesen, a pharmacist in Wisconsin, faced a disciplinary hearing earlier this week for refusing to fill or transfer Amanda Phiedes prescription for birth control pills in July, 2002....
10/4/2004 House Defeats Gay Marriage Ban
The Federal Marriage Amendment was defeated in the House of Representatives last Thursday, falling 49 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass it....
10/1/2004 Women Arrested In Zimbabwe for Protesting Bill that Bans Human Rights Groups
Sixty-one Zimbabwean women were arrested in the capital for protesting a bill that will ban international human rights groups and will cut off funding for local organizations promoting human rights and democracy....
9/28/2004 Group Criticizes Islamic Law in Nigeria Citing Discriminatory Practices
Sharia (Islamic) courts in northern Nigeria impose discriminatory and harsh sentences and have failed to respect due process rights, according to a report just released by Human Rights Watch (HRW)....
9/23/2004 Pentagon Hopes to Limit Sex Trafficking with New Rule Against Solicitation
US service members convicted of soliciting a prostitute could face dishonorable discharge and up to one year in prison if a proposed change to the Uniform Code of Military Justice is made law....
9/20/2004 Conference in Kenya Urges African Government to Ban FGM
An international conference met to review progress made in the fight to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo....
9/16/2004 Turkeys Ruling Party Reverses Decision to Drop Proposal Criminalizing Adultery
Despite earlier statements that it was abandoning its plan to criminalize adultery, Turkeys Islamic dominated ruling party is now planning to move forward with its plan to criminalize adultery....
8/25/2004 Judge Delays Sentencing for Clayton Lee Waagner
US District Judge Anita Brody signed an order to delay the sentencing of self-proclaimed anti-abortion "terrorist" Clayton Lee Waagner until the US Supreme Court rules on two unrelated cases that will clarify federal sentencing guidelines....
8/25/2004 Women on Waves Sparks Renewed Debate on Abortion in Portugal
As reported earlier this week, Women on Waves set sail on Monday for to bring attention to the nation's restrictive abortion policies....
8/23/2004 Women on Waves Leaves for Portugal
Women on Waves will set sail for Portugal this afternoon to bring attention to the nation's restrictive abortion policies....
8/13/2004 Renowned Chef Julia Child Dies at Age 91
Julia Child, the face of French cuisine to many Americans, died Thursday at the age of 91....
8/12/2004 Denise Majette Makes History with US Senate Nomination
Denise Majette became the first woman and the first black candidate nominated to the US Senate in Georgia following her Democratic runoff victory Tuesday....
8/11/2004 Possibility of Women Voters in Groundbreaking Saudi Elections
Officials announced the new rules for Saudi Arabia's first municipal elections yesterday, stating that all citizens above the age of 21, except for military personnel, would be eligible to vote....
8/9/2004 Afghan Rights Activist Expects Death; Aid Agency Scales Down Operations
A leading Afghan womens rights activist, Malaly Joya, expects to be killed for her opposition against former warlords....
8/2/2004 Vatican Issues Scathing Attack on Feminism
The Vatican issued a disturbing letter this past Saturday assaulting the feminist movement....
8/2/2004 Women Can Be Convicted of Homicide for Risky Behavior during Pregnancy
After Regina McKnight delivered a stillborn baby in 2001, prosecutors speciously linked the babys death with McKnight's cocaine use and promptly convicted her of homicide a conviction that American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys are seeking to overturn....
7/30/2004 Romany Women Confront Prejudice from Inside and Outside their Community
Women of the Roma diaspora are organizing across Europe in attempts to challenge patriarchy within the culture, and bigotry from the outside world, reports The Guardian....
7/28/2004 New Report Highlights Gender Disparities in Participation in the Sciences
A recently released GAO report found that while participation in the sciences by women has increased in recent years, more needs to be done to gain full educational equality....
7/19/2004 Canadian Friar Accused of Sex Abuse Hides in California
A Dallas newspaper recently brought to light a case in which a Canadian priest accused of sexually abusing minors was moved by the Catholic Church to the United States....
7/14/2004 Morgan Stanley Settles Sex-Bias Suit with $54 Million Out of Court
Faced with charges of sex discrimination in the workplace, Morgan Stanley agreed yesterday to pay a $54 million settlement rather than stand trial....
7/12/2004 CA: Landmark Paid Leave Law Takes Effect
A groundbreaking new paid family leave law went into effect in California on July 1, making it easier for employees to spend time with new infants or to care for ailing relatives....
7/8/2004 Three Women Stand Trial for Abortion in Portugal
Three Portuguese women are standing trial for allegedly undergoing illegal abortions....
7/7/2004 Momentous Election Victory of Woman Governor in Mexico
Voters in the Mexican state of Zacatecas have chosen a woman to be governor for the first time in Mexico since the end of one-party domination....
7/6/2004 Florida Abortion Clinic Firebombed
A suspicious fire broke out a women's health clinic in Palm Beach County, Florida late Friday night....
7/1/2004 Internet Pornography Law Blocked by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a ban on the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which threatened to criminalize not only pornographic but also sex education and advice websites....
6/30/2004 Court Decision Rejects Media Monopolies
In a move protecting independent and progressive media voices, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit blocked implementation of several Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules that would have facilitated media conglomerates' consolidation....
6/11/2004 Air Force Cadet Takes Plea Deal in Rape Case
Douglas Meester, the Air Force cadet accused of rape last year, settled his case with a reprimand and a fine of $2000 on Tuesday....
6/9/2004 House Bill Eases Ban on Partisan Politics for Churches
An amendment that would reduce the penalties for churches that engage in partisan politics has been tacked on to a major corporate tax-relief bill being fast-tracked in the House of Representatives....
6/7/2004 Michigan on Verge of Banning Abortion Procedures
Michigan is on the verge of passing a ban on abortion procedures similar to the current federal law that was just declared unconstitutional by a US District Court judge in San Francisco....
6/2/2004 Herseth Wins Special Election in South Dakota
Stephanie Herseth last night won a special election to fill South Dakota's vacant US House of Representatives seat, bringing the total number of women in the House up to 63....
6/1/2004 Federal Judge Overturns Abortion Ban
A federal judge in San Francisco today declared that the abortion procedures ban passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush last year is unconstitutional....
5/14/2004 Security Is Main Concern in Afghanistan
At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing on Afghanistan on Wednesday, several witnesses asserted that security is the main concern in Afghanistan....
5/14/2004 Iraqi Female Prisoners Face Trauma Even After Release
Women's rights and human rights advocates fear that whether or not there was widespread sexual abuse of female prisoners in Iraq, the women who were imprisoned face even more problems upon release....
5/11/2004 NH Bill to Allow Access to EC Directly From Pharmacists
Last Wednesday, the New Hampshire House passed a bill that would allow women to purchase emergency contraception directly from pharmacists without a prescription....
5/7/2004 FDA Rejects Over-the-Counter Status for Emergency Contraception
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last night announced that it was rejecting over-the-counter status for emergency contraception....
4/29/2004 Statement from Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority in Response to Karen Hughes' Comparison of the Values of Pro-Choice Americans to Those of Terrorists:
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4/15/2004 Law Outlawing Homosexuality Passed in Zanzibar
Zanzibar's parliament recently passed a bill outlawing homosexuality....
4/5/2004 Maloney Introduces Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004
Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), with Representatives Tom Davis (R-VA) and Corrine Brown (D-FL) introduced the "Afghan Women Security and Freedom Act 2004." The act (HR 4117) authorizes $300 million for each of the fiscal years 2005, 2006, and 2007....
3/22/2004 Huge Shortage of Girls in China
The United Nations (UN) has reported that China will face a huge shortage of girls that will cause major problems for China's family and social stability if the trend is not changed....
3/17/2004 Over 40 Percent of Jordanian Women Suffer Abuse
According to a recent United Nations report, 42 percent of Jordanian women suffer physical abuse and continue to face discrimination in economic and political spheres....
3/12/2004 Air Force Ordered Study on Sexual Misconduct and Rape
An Air Force five-month review found that ninety-two accusations of rape by Air Force personnel were reported to military officials from 2001 to 2003 in the Pacific....
3/12/2004 Introduction
(All materials written by Women's Environment and Development Organization at www.wedo.org). by Sororro Reyes The good news about womens political empowerment is that 189 governments have promised women equal access to and full participation in power structures and decision making....
3/10/2004 USC FMLAs Organize Faces of Feminist Concert and Party
USC FMLAs Organize Faces of Feminist Concert and Party to Empower Campus on Positive Image of Feminism In an effort to promote a diverse and supportive perspective on feminism and to debunk feminist stereotypes, the USC Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is organizing a "Faces of Feminism Concert and Party." The event will include the finished display of their semester-long Faces of Feminism project, which demonstrates the diversity of support for feminism through a collage of photos of students who showed support for social, political and economic equality between women and men....
2/26/2004 SD: Bill to Ban Most Abortions Goes to Governor for Signature
A bill that would ban almost all abortions in South Dakota was passed by the state House on Wednesday....
2/23/2004 Anti-Abortion Extremist Pleads Guilty in Plot to Bomb Clinics
Anti-abortion extremist Stephen Jordi, charged with plotting to bomb abortion clinics, lesbian and gay bars, and some churches, pleaded guilty this month to one count of attempted arson....
2/4/2004 CDC Recommends Abstinence as Primary HPV Prevention Strategy
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent a report to Congress last week recommending that abstinence or monogamy should be used as the primary prevention strategy for human papillomavirus (HPV), angering women's rights and health advocates....
1/9/2004 Malaysia: Women's Work Clothing Restricted
The Islamic government in Malaysia's city of Kuala Terengganu has banned non-Muslim women from wearing mini-skirts, tight fitting dresses, and even moderately revealing clothes such as short-sleeved shirts and tight jeans to work....
1/8/2004 Iraqi Women Council Members and Officers Face Discrimination
Iraqi women continue to face discrimination in the aftermath of the US invasion of Iraq....
12/18/2003 "The March for Women's Lives" Unveiled as New Name for March on April 25, 2004
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12/16/2003 FMF Medical Director Testifies in Support of Emergency Contraception's Over-the-Counter Availability
WASHINGTON, DC- The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) joined with the nation's leading medical and women's health organizations at a public hearing today urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make Plan B emergency contraception (EC) available over-the-counter....
12/10/2003 Ms. Honors Women's Achievements Globally
Among the ten outstanding women selected as Ms Women of the Year are several who are working for women's rights and health globally....
12/9/2003 Bush Signs Harmful Medicare Drug Bill
President Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act yesterday....
12/5/2003 Clayton Lee Waagner Convicted for 2001 Anthrax Hoax
Anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Waagner was convicted on Wednesday for mailing envelopes containing fake anthrax to over 700 abortion clinics in 24 states....
12/2/2003 Man Allegedly Plotting to Bomb Abortion Clinics Indicted
A man who was arrested last month for allegedly plotting to bomb abortion clinics, lesbian and gay bars, and churches that did not condemn abortion was indicted by a grand jury last week....
12/1/2003 State Medicaid in New Mexico to Cover Abortion Pill
In August, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson rewrote state Medicaid rules to include coverage of abortion pills in cases that are deemed medically necessary....
11/25/2003 Harmful Medicare Drug Bill Passes Congress
Following the House's passage on Saturday by a vote of 220-215, the Senate cleared the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act to be sent to the White House today by a vote of 54-44....
11/21/2003 Two High School Girls Suspended for Kissing
Two high school girls at River Hills High School in Clarkesville, MD were suspended on November 5 for a kiss they claimed was an act of protest against discrimination faced by homosexual students....
11/21/2003 Medicare Drug Proposal Harmful to Older Women
The Medicare drug proposal agreement currently before a Congressional Conference Committee, if adopted by the House and Senate, would "do more harm than good to the Medicare system and midlife and older women," Dr Laurie Young, Executive Director of the Older Women's League (OWL), asserts....
11/12/2003 Florida Man Arrested for Planning to Bomb Abortion Clinics
On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested Stephen Jordi of Coconut Creek, Florida for planning to bomb "an unspecified number" of abortion clinics....
11/10/2003 Schwarzenegger Hires Private Firm to Investigate Groping Allegations
Against the protests of women's rights advocates, Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger recently hired a private investigation firm to look into allegations that he groped at least 16 women in the past three decades....
11/7/2003 Department of Justice Criticized for Hiding Findings on Diversity
The Department of Justice has recently come under harsh scrutiny from Democrats for the heavy editing of an internal report, tracking the diversity of the department, which was posted on their web site....
11/7/2003 UN Report: Girls Face Discrimination in Accessing Schooling
A report issued by UNESCO asserts that while there has been significant progress in the number of girls attending school, girls are still facing discrimination in gaining access to schooling in most developing countries....
10/31/2003 AZ High Court Refuses to Hear Case Against Napolitano
The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition by conservative lawmakers charging that Governor Janet Napolitano overstepped her gubernatorial authority when she signed an executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation for state workers....
10/21/2003 Report: Women Bear Brunt of Environmental Contamination
Findings in a new report by the Women's Foundation of California show that due to their biological makeup and roles in society women bear the brunt of contamination from environmental toxins....
10/2/2003 Idaho Planned Parenthood Pulls Out of Title X Funding for Family Planning
Planned Parenthood of Idaho recently announced that it would no longer take federal Title X funds, which provide a range of reproductive health services for women and men who are at or below the poverty level....
9/15/2003 More Single Women Buying Homes
The National Association of Realtors' 2003 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers found that the percent of single women homebuyers rose more than any other group this year....
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....
9/3/2003 Anti-Abortion Extremist to be Executed Tonight
Anti-abortion extremist Paul Hill, who in 1994 killed a Pensacola, Florida doctor and his volunteer escort, is scheduled to die tonight by lethal injection....
9/2/2003 Federal Judge Rules Part of Clinic Defense Law Unconstitutional
A federal judge recently found part of the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) unconstitutional....
9/2/2003 Afghan Woman First to Compete in International Sports Event
In August at the world track and field championships in Paris, Lima Azimi became the first Afghan woman to participate in a major international sports event, according to the International Association of Athletics Federations....
8/28/2003 Russia Increases Restrictions on Abortion
Russia increased its restrictions on abortion for the first time in nearly 50 years....
8/26/2003 Troubles Persist for Air Force, Naval Academies
As a new academic year begins, troubles continue to plague two of the nation's prestigious military academies already embroiled in sexual assault scandals....
8/25/2003 Afghanistan: US Role Expected to Increase, Girls' School Burned Down
As the Bush administration continues to consider plans to increase aid and peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan, another girls' school was burned down last week....
8/25/2003 Boston Archbishop Raises Settlement Offer to $65M
After plaintiff attorneys last week told the Archdiocese of Boston the priest sex abuse case was worth $90-$120 million, based on their review of 500-plus claims and compensations granted in similar cases, Archbishop Sean O'Malley raised his initial proposed settlement to $65 million....
8/22/2003 Kopp Accomplices Are Sentenced to Time Served, Released
Two accomplices of James Kopp, the convicted assassin of Barnett Slepian, MD, were released yesterday....
8/21/2003 Kenyan Widows Face Dangerous Tradition
A major national newspaper recently investigated a traditional requirement that widows in Kenya often face that is being blamed for helping spread HIV/AIDS....
8/20/2003 Execution of Anti-Abortion Terrorist Could Further Violence, Groups Warn
With the September 3 execution date for anti-abortion terrorist Paul Hill drawing near, the Feminist Majority Foundation and other groups working to stop anti-abortion violence have urged clinics to take extra security measures, fearing that Hill's death could trigger violent incidents....
8/19/2003 Florida State Officials Face Possible Charges in Rape Case
Several Florida State University officials face possible charges after evidence was revealed that suggests at least one official had discouraged an alleged rape victim from reporting the incident to the police....
8/15/2003 Rudolph to Pay $115M for AL Clinic Bombing
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Helen Shores Lee on Wednesday awarded Emily Lyons, the nurse who was seriously injured in the 1998 Birmingham abortion clinic bombing, and her husband Jeff, $115 million in damages....
8/11/2003 Birmingham Clinic Bombing Victim Sues Rudolph for $110M
Emily Lyons, the nurse who was seriously injured in the 1998 Birmingham abortion clinic bombing, is suing bomb suspect Eric Robert Rudolph for $110 million in damages....
8/8/2003 Women of Color Face Challenges in Business
Several recent studies reveal that women of color still face many challenges in obtaining high-level corporate jobs....
8/7/2003 FMF Interns Hold March for Choice Briefing in Los Angeles
Over 70 young activists and interns assembled at the Feminist Majority's Los Angeles offices Tuesday for a briefing on Save Women's Lives - March for Freedom of Choice, to take place April 25, 2004 in Washington, DC....
8/1/2003 O'Malley Takes Helm at Boston Archdiocese, Vatican Protests Gay Unions
Earlier this week, Bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley was installed as the new archbishop of Boston, filling the position vacated by Cardinal Bernard Law last December....
8/1/2003 More Than Two-Thirds of California Voters Support Abortion Rights
Even as Republicans make inroads in their efforts to recall California's pro-women's rights, pro-abortion rights governor, more than two-thirds of California voters continue to support abortion rights, according to findings from a Field Poll....
7/25/2003 Okinawa: Marine Pleads Guilty to Rape
The US marine arrested in June for allegedly punching and raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of rape and assault, reported Reuters....
7/24/2003 Feminist Majority Foundation Interns Hold March for Choice Briefing at Senate
Over 150 people attended a Capitol Hill briefing yesterday about the Save Women's Lives: March for Freedom of Choice planned for April 25, 2004....
7/18/2003 House Cmte Votes to Block FCC Changes; Senators Introduce Congressional Veto
With a 40-25 vote, the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would keep the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from implementing its recent decision to repeal media ownership rules and grant large corporations greater control of the media....
7/16/2003 Law Enforcement Fails to Respond to Reports of Rape and Abduction in Iraq
Widespread reports of abduction and rape of women in Iraq have been met with disinterest from Iraqi and US authorities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports in a study released today....
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....
7/14/2003 Women's Rights Groups Win Title IX Victory
Faced with overwhelming support for Title IX, the Bush administration announced Friday that there will be no changes to the landmark 1972 law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded education....
7/11/2003 TX Clinics Win Short-Term Victory Against Efforts to Limit Choice
Texas clinics received a temporary reprieve last Monday from state health officials' demand that they promise, in writing, to stop performing abortions or face the loss of all public funding....
7/10/2003 Kopp to Face Federal Trial
James Kopp, the anti-abortion extremist who in March was convicted of the intentional murder of Barnett Slepian, MD, will face federal charges for the murder as well....
7/9/2003 Wal-Mart Adds Sexual Orientation to Nondiscrimination Policy
In contrast to its history of sex discrimination, Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest private employer, last week expanded its anti-discrimination policies to protect the rights of gay and lesbian workers....
7/8/2003 Air Force Academy Cadet Faces Court-Martial
The Air Force Academy last week announced a decision by Brigadier General Johnny Weida to court-martial Douglas Meester, 20, the first cadet to be tried since the rape scandal erupted last year....
7/7/2003 Alleged Rudolph Accomplice Expects Indictment
An anti-abortion activist who in February fired a shotgun into an abortion clinic faces a possible indictment for helping anti-abortion extremist and bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph escape capture....
7/3/2003 Women on Waves Investigated for Missing Abortion Pills
As Women on Waves finishes its historic trip to Poland, Polish police are investigating the group for distributing the abortion pill mifepristone (RU 486), which is illegal in Poland....
6/27/2003 Supreme Court Lets Stand Pro-Choice Victory
In a victory for pro-choice advocates, the US Supreme Court let stand a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that WANTED-style posters and an Internet hit list are threats under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
6/24/2003 Senate Committee Votes To Overturn FCC Ruling on Media Ownership
With bipartisan support, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee voted to send a bill to the floor that would overturn the Federal Communication Commission's recent decision to repeal media ownership rules and grant large corporations greater control of the media....
6/20/2003 Afghanistan: Hearing Calls for Expansion of Peacekeeping Troops
At a House hearing held yesterday on Afghanistan's reconstruction, Representative Tom Lantos (D-CA) called upon NATO, which recently agreed to take over the 4,500 person peacekeeping force in Afghanistan (ISAF), to double the size of ISAF....
6/19/2003 Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Runs Amok
As US Catholic bishops convene today for a biannual meeting in St Louis to discuss the status of the priest sex abuse scandal, the news appears less than promising....
6/18/2003 Okinawa: Marine Arrested for Rape
Coming on the heels of the ongoing Air Force Academy scandal, a US marine accused of punching and raping a 19-year-old Japanese woman in Okinawa was arrested this week, highlighting the continuing problem of sexual violence in the military....
6/17/2003 Eating Disorders Rising Among Hispanic Women
Once thought to be a disease affecting only white females, eating disorders are breaking racial barriers, a new study finds....
6/4/2003 Bush Administration Urges Supreme Court to Reject Appeal By Anti-Abortion Extremists
The Bush administration urged the Supreme Court to deny a pending appeal by anti-abortion extremists who use "UN-WANTED" wild-west style posters and a Web site to terrorize abortion providers, the Washington Post reported....
6/3/2003 Eric Robert Rudolph to be tried for abortion clinic bombing in Alabama first
Eric Robert Rudolph will appear in court in Birmingham, AL today where he is expected to enter a plea....
6/3/2003 AZ Bishop Gets Immunity in Priest Sex Abuse Scandal
Threatened with criminal indictment for concealing pedophilic priests, Bishop Thomas O'Brien of the Diocese of Phoenix signed an agreement early last month, securing his own immunity from prosecution....
6/2/2003 FCC Approves Deregulation of Nation's Media
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines today to approve the relaxation of media ownership rules that will allow large corporations to further control our nation's media....
6/2/2003 Eric Robert Rudolph Captured in Murphy, North Carolina
Eric Robert Rudolph, suspected bomber of two abortion clinics, a gay nightclub, and Centennial Park in Atlanta during the 1996 Olympics, was captured without incident early Saturday morning in Murphy, NC....
5/30/2003 Female Cadets Blamed for Alleged Sexual Assaults at Air Force Academy
Mirroring the hostility many female cadets confronted when they reported sexual assault incidents at Colorado’s Air Force Academy, a woman appointed to a panel charged with investigating the academy’s mishandling of more than 50 sexual assault incidents has said that she questions the truthfulness of the female cadets’ allegations....
5/23/2003 NH Diocese Agrees to Multi-Million Dollar Settlement
A multi-million settlement was reached yesterday, curtailing what could have been an arduous legal battle for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester....
5/19/2003 NYC Passes Bill Protecting Domestic Workers
The New York City Council passed a bill last Wednesday increasing protections for nannies and other domestic workers in the city, the first such bill on the nation....
5/9/2003 Kopp Receives 25 Years to Life for Murder
James Kopp, the convicted murderer of a New York abortion provider, was sentenced today to the maximum allowable under the law, 25 years to life....
5/9/2003 Senate Committee Approves Kuhl; Democrats Block Estrada and Owen
In a strict party-line vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-9 yesterday to approve President Bush's nomination of Carolyn Kuhl to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for consideration by the full Senate....
5/5/2003 Dial, Boeing Sued for Sexual Harassment
Detergent maker Dial Corporation agreed last Monday to pay $10 million, settling a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by 90 previous and current female employees working at its Aurora, Illinois soap factory....
5/5/2003 Police Chiefs Wife Dies; Reports of Abuse Continue to Surface
After filing for divorce to escape more than a decade of abuse, Crystal Brame, the estranged wife of Tacoma Washington Police Chief David Brame, died Saturday after clinging to life for nearly a week....
4/29/2003 JMU Students Fight for Access to Emergency Contraception
Nearly 3,000 students demanded that James Madison University's Board of Visitors reverse their decision to stop the student health center from dispensing emergency contraception....
4/25/2003 Supreme Court Hears Nikes Sweatshop Abuse Case
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that will determine whether Nike can be sued for statements in which they denied the use of child labor and substandard wages in sweatshops in Asia....
4/24/2003 Afghanistan: "Climate of Fear" Growing
Religious fundamentalism is on the rise in Afghanistan, an international human rights group warned officials this week at the 59th session of the UN Human Rights Commission....
4/23/2003 Environmental Groups Celebrate Earth Day
Advocacy groups celebrating Earth Day yesterday raised concerns about the Bush Administration's record on the environment....
4/21/2003 Request Filed for Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception
Women's Capital Corporation, makers of the emergency contraceptive Plan B, submitted their request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today to make Plan B available over the counter....
4/21/2003 Wal-Mart Halts Gun Sales in CA Stores
Retail goliath Wal-Mart announced earlier this month it would halt gun sales in its 118 California stores, after state inspectors discovered almost 500 firearms sales violations....
4/18/2003 Scientific Grants Face Political Scrutiny
Scientists studying AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases report that their research grants face political scrutiny by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or by members of Congress....
4/17/2003 Nepal: Abortion Legal but Women Still Imprisoned
Despite the legalization of abortion in Nepal last September fifty women remain imprisoned on abortion and related offenses....
4/16/2003 Extremists Receive Plea Deal for Aiding Killer
Anti-abortion extremists Loretta Marra and Dennis Malvasi pleaded guilty yesterday to aiding James Kopp while he was wanted by the FBI for the murder of abortion provider Barnett Slepian, MD....
4/9/2003 Arkansas: Bill Requires Abortion Providers to Offer Ultrasounds
The Arkansas House passed a bill (SB 729) Monday requiring abortion providers to offer women an ultrasound image of the fetus prior to undergoing an abortion, reported Kaisernetwork....
4/8/2003 Cross Burning Decision Could "Doom" Anti-Abortion Extremists' Case
The US Supreme Court's recent ruling that outlaws cross burning when it is intended to frighten or terrorize has set a precedent that could "doom" a pending appeal by anti-abortion extremists who use "UN-WANTED" wild-west style posters and a Web site to terrorize abortion providers, the LA Times reported today....
4/8/2003 Congressional Leaders, Athletes Call for Preservation of Title IX
Members of Congress and prominent women athletes spoke out for preserving and strengthening Title IX at a hearing yesterday....
4/4/2003 Senate Calls For Independent Review of Air Force Academy Rape Scandal
After Senators from both sides of the aisle demanded that a climate of hostility toward women at the nation's Air Force Academy be addressed, the Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint an independent panel to investigate the academy's handling of close to 60 sexual assault allegations from female cadets over the past decade....
4/2/2003 State Bills Requiring Abortion Providers to Offer Ultrasounds
The Arkansas Senate last month passed a bill (SB 729) requiring abortion providers to offer women an ultrasound image of the fetus prior to undergoing an abortion, reported Kaisernetwork....
3/28/2003 Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Approved by Senate Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved by a 10-9 partly-line vote the nomination of anti-women Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
3/17/2003 Afghan Women's Radio Launched on International Women's Day
The first Afghan radio station for women, The Voice of Afghan Women, began broadcasting in Kabul to commemorate International Womens Day....
3/13/2003 Churchs Troubles Grow as Priest Sex Scandal Shows No Signs of Waning
With the priest sex abuse scandal showing little sign of waning, the Archdiocese of Boston faces a bleak financial future, church officials announced last Monday....
3/12/2003 Kopp Waives Right to Jury Trial
James Kopp, the anti-abortion extremist who confessed to the sniper-style killing of abortion provider Barnett Slepian, MD, waived his right to a jury trial yesterday, against the advice of the judge and two of his three lawyers, according to the Buffalo News....
3/7/2003 Air Force Cites 54 Cases of Rape, Sexual Assault in Academy
Air Force Secretary James Roche revealed yesterday that there have been 54 cases of alleged rape or sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, and acknowledged that number was likely to be much higher, according to the Los Angeles Times....
3/7/2003 Settlement Reached in Contraceptive Coverage Lawsuit
A federal district court in Seattle approved a settlement earlier this month in the class-action lawsuit Erickson v Bartell, filed in 2000 on behalf of employees of the Bartell drugstore chain who alleged that the exclusion of prescription contraceptives coverage in their health insurance constituted sex discrimination (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)....
3/6/2003 Afghanistan: Injustices Against Women and Girls Persist
Despite some measures of progress following the Talibans fall from power in late 2001, Afghan women and girls continue to suffer brutal acts of violence and inequality, according to a United Nations (UN) report released today....
3/4/2003 Jury Selection Begins in Kopp Trial
Jury selection began yesterday in the trial of anti-abortion extremist James Kopp, who confessed to the sniper-style killing of Dr....
3/3/2003 Rape Charges Continue to Unfold at Air Force Academy; Pentagon Criticized for Disbanding Sexual Assault Committee
With widespread reports of sexual assault against female cadets continuing to surface at a Colorado Air Force Academy, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has come under fire for disbanding a panel that addressed sexual assault throughout the military....
2/25/2003 Commissioners Plan Minority Report on Title IX
At least two members of the Bush Commission on Opportunity in Athletics reviewing Title IX plan to submit a minority report, charging that the Commissions recommendations to the Department of Education could negatively impact millions of women and girls....
2/24/2003 Afghanistan: German Peacekeepers May Leave if US War with Iraq Erupts
German Defense Minister Peter Struck told reporters Friday that civilians and German peacekeeping troops serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) might evacuate Afghanistan should a US-led war with Iraq erupt....
2/24/2003 Bush Commission Recommends Cutting Back on Women's Sports Opportunities
A draft of the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics' report on Title IX, published in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, ignores the continuing lack of participation opportunities and funding that women's and girls' athletics face in favor of recommendations that will increase males' participation in athletics....
2/21/2003 Poll, Protests Worldwide Show Strong Opposition to Iraq War
Protests held in cities all over the world, including New York City, London, Rome, Barcelona, and Madrid, demonstrated broad and widespread opposition to the potential US war against Iraq....
2/20/2003 Judge Denies Boston Archdioceses Request to Dismiss Civil Lawsuits
A Superior Court judge yesterday rejected a motion filed by the Archdiocese of Boston, seeking dismissal of 500 civil lawsuits alleging priest sex abuse....
2/20/2003 Asian Sex Trafficking Called Largest Slave Trade in History
A top UN official recently called the trafficking of women and children across Asia the largest slave trade in history....
2/19/2003 Poll, Protests Worldwide Show Strong Opposition to Iraq War
Protests held in cities all over the world, including New York City, London, Rome, Barcelona, and Madrid, demonstrated broad and widespread opposition to the potential US war against Iraq....
2/11/2003 Afghan Warlords Will Face International Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch reports that Afghan warlords who commit atrocities in the future may face prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC)....
2/6/2003 Afghan Women Demand Equal Rights
Three hundred women in Afghanistan gathered Tuesday at the Afghan Womens Broad and Comprehensive Conference in Kabul, urging equal rights for women in all spheres, reported Reuters....
1/30/2003 Report: Females Suffer Higher Rates of HIV/AIDS in Zambia Than Males
A human rights report released earlier this week reveals that girls in Zambia are five times more likely to be infected with the HIV virus than their male counterparts as a result of widespread sexual abuse....
1/27/2003 Women Forced to Quit Jobs and Marry Early in Kashmir and Jammu India
Muslim women in Jammu and Kashmir, India are required to quit government jobs by January 25, or face death for disobeying the orders issued by a pro-Pakistani militant group, reports the Press Trust of India....
1/14/2003 New Jersey Expected to Pass Bill in Support of Stem Cell Research
While far-right extremists are pushing the US Congress to approve legislation banning all types of cloning, the New Jersey legislature is expected to pass a bill in support of the therapeutic cloning needed for stem cell research....
1/13/2003 Afghanistan Joins ICC, Stability Remains Key Concern
Afghanistan today announced its decision to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), signaling the governments increased efforts to weaken the power of feuding warlords, reported the Reuters English News Service....
1/10/2003 House Reintroduces Human Cloning Ban Legislation
Compelled by Clonaids latest claims crediting itself with the first-born human clone, House representatives Dave Weldon (R-FL) and Bart Stupak (D-MI) on Wednesday reintroduced the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, calling for a total ban on reproductive as well as therapeutic human cloning....
1/6/2003 South Carolina Judge Rules Anti-Abortion License Plates Unconstitutional
A South Carolina judge ruled recently that specialty license plates sporting an anti-abortion slogan are unconstitutional because they provide a forum for anti-abortion extremists without providing a voice for abortion rights activists....
1/6/2003 Congress to Consider Anti-Abortion Legislation
Congress will reconvene tomorrow at noon after a long recess, with anti-abortion legislation and confirmation of President Bushs judicial nominees on its agenda....
1/6/2003 Deportation Stayed, African Immigrant Woman Avoids Possible Genital Mutilation
The US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay last Friday to Philomena Nwaokolo, a Nigerian immigrant living in Dallas who argued that she and her 3-year-old daughter would face the tortures of female genital mutilation (FGM) if they were deported....
1/3/2003 Women Lead Universities Squaring Off in Fiesta Bowl
For the first time, both football teams competing for Fridays college national championship represent universities led by women....
1/2/2003 DNA Evidence Links Kopp to Another Shooting
DNA evidence has been found to link James Kopp to the attempted murder of a Canadian doctor, the Buffalo News reported....
12/27/2002 Bush Administration Criticizes Stanfords Plans for Stem Cell Research
In a new effort to subvert stem cell research, Leon Kass, chair of the Presidents Council on Bioethics, sent a letter to Stanford University officials to criticize plans for the schools new Institute for Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine....
12/27/2002 Salomon Sex Discrimination Settlement: Arbitration Panel Awards Employee for First Time
A three-person arbitration panel last Thursday ordered securities firm Salomon Smith Barney to pay roughly $3.2 million in compensatory and punitive damages to a female employee, as part of a 1997 settlement in a sex-discrimination lawsuit....
12/20/2002 Supreme Court Asks for Bush Opinion in Anti-Abortion Violence Case
In a somewhat unusual move, the US Supreme Court asked the Bush administrations Solicitor-General for his opinion on a case involving anti-abortion extremists who circulated WANTED posters for abortion providers and launched a Web site called the Nuremberg Files that lists abortion providers personal information and declares them guilty of crimes against humanity....
12/20/2002 Islamic Rebels Kill Three Women in Kashmir
Three women were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir by Islamic militants for not wearing burqas, United Press International reports....
12/19/2002 Virginia Prosecutors No Longer Assigned to Some Domestic Violence Cases
As state legislatures struggle to balance their budgets in the face of a nationwide, cumulative deficit of $40 billion and the worst budget crisis since World War II, domestic violence victims in states such as Virginia are the ones paying the price....
12/18/2002 Kopp Pleads Not Guilty to Second Murder Charge
Anti-abortion extremist James Kopp pleaded not guilty to a second murder charge yesterday, after a grand jury indicted him last week for reckless or depraved murder in addition to an original charge of intentional murder....
12/16/2002 Bill Would Severely Restrict Abortion Access in Georgia
The very first bill prefiled in Georgias state legislature for the next session, HB 1, would require women to go to court in order to obtain a death warrant to receive an abortion....
12/13/2002 Cardinal Law Resigns over Mishandling of Abusive Priests
In a victory for women and for victims of priest abuse, Cardinal Bernard Law today submitted his resignation as archbishop of Boston to Pope John Paul II in Rome....
12/13/2002 Bush to Repeal Rule Providing Unemployment Pay to Parents on Family Leave
Despite his campaign promises proclaiming support for family values, Bush earlier this month announced his intention to repeal the Birth and Adoption Unemployment Compensation Rule which provides unemployment pay for workers on leave to care for a new child....
12/12/2002 Lotts Racist Remarks Prompt Calls for His Resignation
Both conservatives and liberals have called for the resignation of Trent Lott (R-MS) as incoming Senate Majority Leader following his racist remarks last week....
12/11/2002 NH Diocese Facing Criminal Indictment, First to Settle
Faced with criminal violations, carrying fines as high as $20,000, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester on Tuesday admitted it failed to protect children from pedophilic priests....
12/6/2002 Landrieu Faces Terrell for Senate in Louisiana Runoff Race
Mary Landrieu, a first-term Democratic US Senator, faces Republican challenger Suzanne Haik Terrell in tomorrows runoff race in Louisiana....
12/4/2002 Church Documents Made Public, Reveal Truly Horrible Details
Following a Superior Court order issued last week, the Boston Archdiocese on Tuesday publicly released over 2,000 of 11,000 internal documents detailing an undeniable, chronic problem with priest pedophilia over the last three decades....
12/2/2002 Kopp Trial Issued Gag Order, Lawyer Change
After James Kopp admitted to the fatal shooting of Dr Barnett Slepian in an interview with the Buffalo News, he and lawyers involved in the case have been ordered by a state court judge to refrain from publicly discussing the case before it goes to trial in Erie County Court in March....
11/21/2002 Groups Continue Push for Women Members at Augusta
Despite the media blitz last week by Augusta National chair Hootie Johnson, defending the exclusion of women from the clubs elite membership and insisting that there is a difference between racial and gender discrimination, two more groups this week joined the call for female members....
11/18/2002 Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Approved By Senate
Despite continued opposition from the Feminist Majority and other womens rights and civil rights groups, Michael McConnell, President Bushs nominee for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, was approved by the US Senate Friday in a voice vote....
11/14/2002 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Anti-Women Nominees
In an attempt by Democrats to ease relations with Republicans in the last days before control of the Senate shifts to the right, the US Senate Judiciary Committee approved two of President Bushs anti-womens rights, anti-civil rights judicial nominees today....
11/13/2002 Judiciary Committee to Consider Two Anti-Women Nominees Tomorrow
Two appellate court nominees opposed by the Feminist Majority and a wide range of womens rights and civil rights groups are scheduled to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the New York Times reported today....
11/13/2002 Woman Candidates Face Uphill Battle in Politics
Woman candidates still face considerable barriers when running for political office, concludes research presented by the White House Project and American Universitys Insititute for Womens Policy Research at a press conference in Washington today....
11/8/2002 U of WI-Milwaukee FMLA Raises Money and Awareness with Rock for Choice Concert
Educating their campus and raising awareness about the threats to abortion access and reproductive rights, the FMLA Affiliate at the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT MILWAUKEE organized the citys first Rock for Choice benefit concert with much success....
11/6/2002 Women Hold Their Numbers in 2002 Election
A record number of women ran for office in yesterdays 2002 midterm election....
10/29/2002 Bishop Admits to Promoting Sexually Abusive Priest
Bishop Thomas Daily admitted in testimony made public yesterday to promoting Paul Shanley two decades ago to head a Boston parish, despite knowing that Shanley had openly expressed his approval of sexual relations between men and boys, according to the Boston Globe....
10/24/2002 Bahraini Women Participate in Parliamentary Elections for First Time
Bahrainis are electing their Parliament today for the first time in almost 30 years....
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....
10/17/2002 Saudi Arabian Women Face Many Challenges
While sex segregation is the norm in Saudi Arabia, when it comes to the selling and purchasing of lingerie, all rules seem to vanish....
10/16/2002 LAPD Whistle Blowers Case Heard by Appeals Court
Robert Mullally, the legal researcher turned whistle-blower who brought attention to domestic violence felonies committed by Los Angeles police officers, may face time in federal prison for leaking personnel files to a local television station....
10/16/2002 Utah: Plural Wife is First Woman Charged in Polygamy Case
In the first case of its kind, a Utah woman is facing charges for aiding and abetting a polygamist relationship between her legal husband and her then 16-year-old sister....
10/8/2002 Congress, Womens Leaders Speak Out for CEDAW
Today, Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal joined key members of Congress, Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, and over 170 women's rights and major non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to voice support for US ratification of the International Womens Treaty (CEDAW). Queen Noor discussed the treatment of women throughout the world, the advancements women in Jordan have made and the obstacles they still face, and the importance of US ratification of CEDAW....
10/4/2002 More Charges of Sexual Abuse Surface Against Former Priest Geoghan
John Geoghan, a defrocked Boston priest already accused of sexually abusing 86 young boys, has been named in 17 new lawsuits filed against the Catholic Church for allegedly sexually abusing 17 boysages 8 to 15 between 1964 and 1996....
10/3/2002 US Threatens To Ban Somali Families Who Commit Female Genital Mutilation
Somali refugee families may be barred from immigrating to the US for performing female genital mutilation on their daughters....
9/30/2002 Women Gain Abortion Rights in Nepal
In a huge step forward for womens rights in Nepal, the King of Nepal recently signed a bill that officially legalizes abortion, makes sexual abuse against children a crime and allows women to inherit property from their parents....
9/26/2002 TX Court Rules for Medicaid Funds for Abortion
Last week, a Texas court of appeals ruled that denying Medicaid funding to poor women seeking abortion violates their equal rights....
9/24/2002 Boston Priest Sex Abuse Suit Settled for $10 Million
A suit involving 86 victims of sexual abuse by defrocked Boston priest John Geoghan was settled in court last week for $10 million....
9/23/2002 Two Women To Compete For Hawaiis Top Executive Spot
For only the second time in US history, two women will face off in a general election for governor....
9/23/2002 Clayton Lee Waagner Faces Terrorist Charges In Anthrax Hoax
Anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Waagner was officially charged as a domestic terrorist last week in a 79-count indictment for sending anthrax hoax letters to hundreds of clinics around the country....
9/19/2002 Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Does Little To Appease Critics In Senate Committee Hearing
Michael McConnell consistently tried to distance himself from his anti-womens rights and anti-civil rights writings during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday on his nomination to a lifetime seat on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals....
9/18/2002 Shannon OBrien Becomes Massachusetts First Woman To Win Major Party Primary In Gubernatorial Race
Shannon OBrien yesterday became the first woman to win a major party primary in the Massachusetts governors race....
9/17/2002 Feminist Majority Opposes President Bushs Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Must Vote Against McConnell WASHINGTON, DC - With a judicial record that is clearly anti-women, Michael McConnell, President Bushs nominee to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, poses an imminent danger to womens rights, Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority declared today....
9/17/2002 Progressive Groups Join Together To Voice Opposition To Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
The Feminist Majority joined several other womens rights, civil rights and progressive groups at a press conference today to voice opposition to President Bushs nomination of Michael McConnell to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals....
9/16/2002 Womens Groups Oppose Bushs Latest Right-Wing Judicial Nominee; McConnell To Have Senate Committee Hearing Wednesday
The Feminist Majority joined several abortion rights, civil rights and other progressive groups in opposing President Bushs nomination of Michael McConnell, a right-wing judicial activist, to the Tenth US Circuit Court of Appeals....
9/16/2002 Rwandas Female Minister Charged With Rape As A Crime Against Humanity
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwandas Minister of Family and Womens Affairs, is the first woman to ever be charged with rape as a crime against humanity....
9/12/2002 Sept. 10 Primaries End in Victories And A Few Losses for Women
With almost half of all open gubernatorial seats pursued by women candidates, the September 10 primaries closed with some clear gains for womens rights across the country....
9/11/2002 Problems Rampant in Florida Election; Janet Reno Trails In Gubernatorial Primary
Former US Attorney General Janet Reno was trailing her opponent Bill McBride following yesterdays Democratic primary in the race for Floridas governor....
9/11/2002 Three Arrested In New York For Forcing Russian Women Into Sexual Slavery
Three people were arrested in New York City recently and accused of bringing at least 30 Russian women into the US and forcing them to dance nude in strip clubs....
9/10/2002 Spotlight on UC San Diego: Feminist Campus.Org Featured FMLA
With only one year since chartering, the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT SAN DIEGO Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) has made a tremendous impact on the feminist and political climate on their campus. Determined to establish a permanent feminist agenda on campus, FMLA activists worked to dispel current stereotypes about feminism and to transform the public debate on issues of importance to women's lives....
9/10/2002 More Leadership Alliance Activism
The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at SACRAMENTO STATE UNIVERSITY in California continues to do their part in promoting reproductive health access in their community....
9/9/2002 PA Supreme Court Rules Domestic Violence Victims Must Testify Against Their Abusers
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that victims of domestic violence must testify against their abusers regardless of whether they intend to press charges....
9/9/2002 Thousands of Women Forced Into Sexual Slavery For US Servicemen in South Korea
Since the mid 1990s, more than 5,000 women have been trafficked into South Korea for sexual services for United States servicemen, according to a report from the International Organization for Migration....
8/23/2002 Abortion Foe Plans to Violate Womens Privacy on Television Show
Dave Leach, an anti-abortion extremist and candidate for the Iowa House of Representatives, plans to air footage of women entering and exiting a Des Moines Planned Parenthood clinic on his local cable access show "The Uncle Ed Show." "By shining a light on wickedness, Im hopeful people will be awakened," said Leach, according to TheIowaChannel.com....
8/19/2002 Federal Court Rules US Navy Must Pay for Abortion
In a ruling issued last week, US District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein ordered the US Navy to fund an abortion for a Navy spouse carrying an anencephalic fetus....
8/16/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Sentenced for Firearms and Car Theft Charges
Domestic terrorist and anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Waagner was sentenced to 19 years and seven months in prison yesterday for six federal charges of possession of illegal firearms and for stealing a car while on the run from authorities....
8/16/2002 CA Governor Denies Parole for Battered Women
California Governor Gray Davis reversed two parole recommendations earlier this month for two battered women who killed, or were involved in the killing of, their long-time abusive partners....
8/16/2002 Two WA Women Police Officers Sue Police Department for Discrimination
Arin Reining and Nina Murphy, two women police officers who worked for the Sumner, Washington Police Department, have filed a federal lawsuit against the Department, alleging that they were discriminated against because of their sex, and faced retaliation when they complained about it....
8/16/2002 Legal Updates on Two Police Family Violence Cases
Two brutal police family violence cases, one in Ohio and another in Pennsylvania, have been making headlines this month....
8/13/2002 Priest Scandal Extends Worldwide; Catholic Heartland of Ireland Reels With Revelations
After years of sexually abusing young boys while leaders of the Catholic church looked the other way, a prominent Irish priest was arraigned on 29 charges of sodomy, indecent assault and gross indecency showing that the scandal that has rocked the church in the US extends even as far as the devoutly Catholic stronghold of Ireland....
8/12/2002 Nigerian Women Protest Against ChevronTexaco and Shell
Less than one month after an agreement was reached between ChevronTexaco and Nigerian women protesting at the Escravos oil terminal in Nigerias Delta state, the multinational oil companies of ChevronTexaco and Shell continue to face opposition from native communities, who charge that they exploit environmental resources and neglect the regions widespread poverty....
8/8/2002 Bush Administration Criticized for Policy in Afghanistan
Policy experts and Bush administration officials have conceded privately that President Bushs policy in Afghanistan is high on the rhetoric of commitment and low on the level of engagement, the Washington Post reported today....
8/8/2002 Iowa Supreme Court Grants Stay for Required Disclosure of Pregnancy Tests
The Iowa Supreme Court granted a stay to Planned Parenthood this week, temporarily suspending a requirement that Planned Parenthoods Storm Lake Clinic turn over the names and addresses of all women who had a positive pregnancy test between August 15, 2001 and May 30, 2002....
8/7/2002 US Defense Contractor Held Responsible For Sex Trafficking in Bosnia
Two DynCorp employees won recent legal victories after the defense-contracting firm fired them for reporting co-workers involved in sex-slave trade in Bosnia....
8/2/2002 Ohio Deputy Convicted of Rape and Kidnapping
A Butler County, Ohio sheriff’s deputy was convicted Thursday of kidnapping and raping a 19-year-old woman....
7/29/2002 Sexual Abuse Victims Disappointed with Pope's Statement
Advocates for victims of sexually abusive priests expressed disappointment Sunday following Pope John Paul IIs address to an audience of 800,000 people at World Youth Day in Toronto....
7/29/2002 Pakistan: Police Response to Crimes Against Women Lacking
The suicide of a young woman raped at gunpoint follows a series of recent incidents in which horrific crimes against women in Pakistans Punjab province have been brought to the worlds attention....
7/22/2002 Planned Parenthood Clinic Ordered To Hand Over Medical Records
An Iowa court recently ruled that the Storm Lake Planned Parenthood clinic must turn over names and addresses of all women who have received positive pregnancy tests between August 2001 and May 2002. Judge Frank Nelson first ordered the clinic to provide these records last month as part of an ongoing police investigation to identify the mother of a newborn baby found dead at a recycling center in May....
7/16/2002 Witnesses in Kopp Murder Case To Receive Protective Order
Judge Michael DAmico ruled yesterday that witnesses in the James Kopp murder trial would receive a protective order to conceal their identities, according to the Associated Press....
7/11/2002 Church Bans Women from Priesthood
In a statement denouncing the ordination of seven women to priesthood, the Vatican yesterday urged the women to repent or face excommunication....
7/9/2002 New Editor-in-Chief for Ms. Magazine
Investigative Journalist Tracy Wood to Lead Feminist Publication LOS ANGELESTracy Wood, award-winning investigative journalist, will lead Ms....
7/1/2002 Bush Administration Threatens to Withdraw US Peacekeeping Troops if Americans Are Not Exempted from ICC
As the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its doors in The Hague today, the United States government showed its opposition by casting a vote in the UN Security Council to withdraw American peacekeepers in Bosnia....
6/25/2002 Utah Polygamist Found Guilty of Raping 13-year-old
Tom Green, a convicted Utah polygamist, was convicted yesterday of raping his 13-year-old wife, Linda Kunz, in 1986....
6/18/2002 Senate Majority Whip Calls Anti Abortion Extremists Terrorists
The Feminist Majority joins Sen....
6/14/2002 Women Instrumental in Reducing World Hunger
At the World Food Summit in Rome this week, experts emphasized the critical role of women in mitigating world hunger....
6/7/2002 Womens Rights Leader May Lose Seat in Congress
Despite adamant protests from womens rights groups such as the Feminist Majority, the New York State Legislature has approved a redistricting map that eliminates Representative Louise Slaughters (D-NY) seat in the US Congress....
6/7/2002 Feminists Win Potentially Largest Police Lawsuit in History
Leading feminist attorneys Patricia Bellasalma, Los Angeles National Organization for Women President Shelly Mandell, Jack ODonnell, and Genie Harrison were handed a major victory yesterday when a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled unanimously that Los Angeles County has demonstrated a pattern and practice of race discrimination against its 500-plus public safety officers. The class action lawsuit, spearheaded by Captains Alma Cruz, George Frank, and Victor Turner, argued that public safety officers perform duties comparable to Los Angeles sheriffs deputies: they too face danger and possible loss of life....
6/6/2002 Kopp Pleads Innocent to FACE Charges
Anti-abortion extremist James Charles Kopp was extradited from France yesterday before appearing in federal court where he pled not guilt to charges that he violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and illegally used a firearm to commit a crime....
6/6/2002 Lack of Funding Forces UN Food Agency to Suspend Some Relief in Afghanistan
A multi-million dollar funding gap for the United Nations World Food Programs work in Afghanistan has resulted in cutbacks on relief projects throughout the country....
6/4/2002 Switzerland Liberalizes Abortion Laws
Voters in Switzerland approved the decriminalization of abortion in a pivotal decision that Swiss Justice Minister Ruth Metzler called a historic victory for women. In an effort to challenge a law passed by Swiss lawmakers last year, an anti-abortion coalition brought a referendum before voters Sunday....
5/28/2002 Kopp Gives Up Extradition Appeal
A lawyer representing anti-abortion extremist James Charles Kopp announced Monday that Kopp will no longer appeal his extradition to the US from France....
5/28/2002 Priest Pleads Guilty to Date-Rape Drug Charges
A Roman Catholic priest from Illinois pled guilty this week to charges that he conspired to make and distribute gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as the “date-rape” drug....
5/24/2002 Priest Pleads Guilty to Date-Rape Drug Charges
A Roman Catholic priest from Illinois pled guilty this week to charges that he conspired to make and distribute gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), also known as the date-rape drug....
5/24/2002 Philadelphia Gets Rid of Lie-Detector Tests
A directive was issued this week by the Philadelphia Police Department that removes the passage of a lie detector test as a condition of employment....
5/17/2002 Pakistani Rape Victim Sentenced to Death by Stoning
Zafran Bibi is on death row, sentenced to death by stoning for having sex outside marriage....
5/16/2002 Ninth Circuit Rules 'Wanted' Posters, Nuremberg Files Website are Threats Under FACE
WASHINGTON, DC In a victory for pro-choice advocates, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit today ruled that WANTED-style posters and an Internet hit list are threats under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
5/2/2002 Mexico Legislature Votes to Increase Female Candidates
Mexicos legislators approved a bill Tuesday requiring that women comprise at least 30 percent of each political partys nominations....
5/1/2002 Smeal Warns of Backlash Against Women in Policing
Opening the National Center for Women and Policings (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....
4/25/2002 House Committee Votes to Continue Abstinence-Only Funding
A House Committee voted yesterday to renew $50 million in funding for abstinence-only sex education over the next 5 years....
4/19/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Convicted on Firearms Charges
Former fugitive Clayton Lee Waagner was convicted yesterday on six counts of firearms and car theft charges, adding to previous convictions on weapons, theft, and escape charges....
4/18/2002 House Passes Anti-Abortion Legislation
In a 260-161 vote, the House yesterday passed the Child Custody Protection Act (HR 476), which would make it a federal crime for an adult to transport a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion if that adult is not the minors parent....
4/17/2002 Vatican Focuses on US Pedophile Priests Despite Worldwide Abuses
The Vatican has called a summit of U.S....
3/21/2002 FBI Scales Back Search for Anti-Abortion Terrorist
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced plans to scale back its search for anti-abortion terrorist Eric Robert Rudolph, suspected in the 1998 bombing of the Birmingham New Woman All Woman abortion clinic, the 1997 bombing of an Atlanta lesbian night club, and the 1996 Olympic Park bombing....
3/19/2002 Army of God Letters Promise Continued Use of Anti-Abortion Violence
The Southeast Bomb Task Force, which includes agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), is investigating two letters claiming to be from the Army of God that expressed support for clinic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph and promised to continue using lethal force against abortion clinics and providers....
3/18/2002 Non-Prescription EC Passes Hawaii House Amid Controversy
Last week, the Hawaii House passed legislation that would enable women over the age of 18 to obtain emergency contraception (EC) from their pharmacists without a prescription....
3/15/2002 Nepal to Legalize Abortion
In a victory for Nepalese women, the Lower House of Parliament amended the Nepalese Civil Code to legalize abortion in the first trimester, in cases of rape or incest, or to protect a womans health....
3/13/2002 Boston Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Cases
The Boston Archdiocese announced yesterday that it will pay 86 people who have filed claims of sexual abuse at the hands of the defrocked Boston priest, John J....
3/11/2002 Struggle of Afghan Women Highlighted at UN International Womens Day
The United Nations marked International Womens Day last Friday by looking ahead at the future for women in Afghanistan....
3/5/2002 Ending Poverty with Living Wages
Montgomery County, Maryland will now require most companies conducting business with the county to pay their workers a living wage, more than twice the rate set by the federal minimum wage, now $5.15/hour....
3/5/2002 Priests Sex Abuse Scandal Continues
Cardinal Roger Mahony forced as many as a dozen priests suspected in cases of sex abuse in the Los Angeles Archdiocese to retire or to suspend their duties....
3/1/2002 Nepalese Push for More Liberal Abortion Laws
Six Nepalese women die each day from botched illegal abortions according to Panos, an international non-profit organization focusing on the developing world....
2/22/2002 Pedophile Priest Sentenced to State Prison
Convicted of sexually molesting a 10 year-old boy in 1991, defrocked Boston priest John Geogan was sentenced yesterday to 9-10 years in Massachusetts state prison....
2/19/2002 Guatemalan Women Suffer Discrimination from Companies with U.S Ties
Guatemalan women face continual discrimination in maquilas, clothing factories, which routinely prevent womens access to health care....
2/15/2002 Colin Powell Departs from Bush Policy for Abstinence-Only Education
In an appearance on MTV yesterday, Secretary of State Colin Powell advocated condom use as a responsible way to prevent the spread of AIDS, diverging from President George W....
2/14/2002 National Geographic Exposes Honor Killings
National Geographic yesterday premiered a documentary on its cable television channel focusing on honor killings in Pakistan....
2/12/2002 Catholic Priest Charged With Making Date Rape Drug; Boston Scandal Intensifies
Rev....
2/11/2002 Teachers Union Works to Make Schools Safer for Lesbians and Gays
The Board of Directors of the National Education Association (NEA) is developing a set of recommendations to help schools meet the needs of lesbians and gays....
2/8/2002 Abortion Clinic Bomber Confesses
During an arrest for a suspected DUI in Mississippi, Randy Maske confessed to police that he had firebombed an abortion clinic in Peoria, Illinois in 1993....
1/25/2002 Clayton Waagner Indicted
Anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Waagner was indicted yesterday on six counts of firearms and stolen vehicle charges....
1/15/2002 Cardinal Apologizes for Allowing Alleged Child Abuser to Continue as Priest
Cardinal Bernard F....
1/10/2002 Anti-Abortion Activists Suffer Court Defeat
The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower courts dismissal of a claim that anti-abortion activists have a legal right to provide sidewalk counseling outside womens reproductive health clinics....
1/8/2002 Genetic Mutations in Men or Women May Increase Risk of Pre-Eclampsia
Research detailed in this months Journal of Medical Genetics suggests that genetic mutations in men and women may contribute to the increased likelihood of developing pre-eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication that usually occurs after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy....
1/4/2002 Vermont Upholds Civil Unions
The Vermont Supreme Court rejected claims made by legislators and town clerks that the states civil union laws, which grant gay and lesbian couples the most comprehensive package of domestic partner benefits in the nation, were unconstitutional....
1/3/2002 Californians to Decide on Instant Runoff Voting
In March, San Francisco will decide whether to use instant runoff voting to elect city officers in the upcoming November 2002 elections....
12/13/2001 Ninth Circuit Re-Hears Nuremberg Files Case
The Ninth Circuit U.S....
12/6/2001 Ms. Magazine Salutes Extraordinary Women Making a Difference
Ms. magazine launched its 30th anniversary celebration today by honoring women athletes, artists, philanthropists, and activists at its Women of the Year Awards in New York City....
12/3/2001 Two White Supremacist Anti-Abortion Extremists Sentenced
Benjamin Matthew Williams and his brother James Tyler Williams were sentenced last Friday in conjunction with the 1999 arson of three synagogues and the firebombing of Choice Medical Group, a womens reproductive health clinic that performs abortions in Sacramento, California....
11/27/2001 FMLA's Are Changing the Face of Feminism
The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at SPELMAN COLLEGE in Atlanta recently hosted a Faces of Feminism panel....
11/19/2001 Afghan Girl Re-Introduces Kabul TV
With Kabul freed from Taliban rule, the local television station began broadcasting again, and 16-year old Mariam Shakebar was the first to welcome viewers back to Kabul TV....
11/16/2001 Senators Urge Inclusion of Afghan Women in Rebuilding of Afghanistan
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sam Brownback (D-KS) held a press conference at the Capitol yesterday to urge the Bush Administration and the United Nations to ensure that the women of Afghanistan play a central role in the rebuilding of Afghanistan....
11/14/2001 Feminist Iranian Filmmaker Faces Execution
Iranian filmmaker Tahmineh Milani, arrested earlier this year by Irans Revolutionary Council, faces execution if she is convicted of supporting anti-revolutionary groups outside of Iran and threatening national security through the misuse of the arts....
11/8/2001 Womens Empowerment Essential to Controlling World Population, Alleviating Poverty
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a new report finding that empowering women and enabling them to control their fertility and reproduction are key to ensuring better environmental conditions and a decrease in global poverty....
11/6/2001 Wal Martyrs
At 24, Kim Miller had high expectations when she joined Wal-Mart as a cashier in Ocala, Florida....
11/5/2001 Afghan Refugee Women Face Danger in Camps
Even after escaping the Taliban and fleeing to refugee camps in Pakistan, Afghan women are not free from danger, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative Dr....
10/25/2001 Women Senators Step Up Fight for Afghan Women
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) successfully won passage of an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill calling for the inclusion of Afghan women in the reconstruction of Afghanistan, giving women a voice in the establishment of a new Afghan government....
10/18/2001 George Washington University Galvanizes Support With Rock For Choice
Hundreds of students gathered on October 6th for a Rock For Choice concert organized by the GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance....
10/18/2001 FMF Urges Abortion Providers to Be On Highest Alert: Anthrax Threats Hit Over 170 Abortion Clinics Nationwide
More than 170 clinics from 14 states and the District of Columbia received threatening letters yesterday containing a white powder....
10/16/2001 Anthrax Threats Hit Over 170 Abortion Clinics Nationwide
FMF Urges Abortion Providers to be on Highest Alert ARLINGTON, VAOver 170 abortion clinics and doctors' offices in 14 states and the District of Columbia have received threatening letters claiming to contain anthrax....
10/16/2001 Anthrax Threats Reach Abortion Clinics Nationwide
More than 170 clinics from 14 states and the District of Columbia received threatening letters yesterday containing a white powder....
10/15/2001 CA Governor Passes Womens Rights Legislation
Governor Gray Davis of California signed into law yesterday measures to protect womens reproductive health by increasing clinic safety and accessibility to emergency contraception....
10/9/2001 Afghan Women Refugees in Continued Crisis
Acknowledging a healthcare crisis for Afghan women refugees, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has requested $4.5 million for donor countries to provide refugees with reproductive healthcare services including services intended to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)....
10/8/2001 Mexican Labor Organizers Victorious
A protest at Mexmode an assembly factory in Atlixco, Mexico that produces college sweatshirts for Nike and Reebok in January 2001 over objectionable working conditions launched an international outcry from Mexican and U.S....
10/4/2001 Pro-Choice Forces Receive Second Major Victory in Two Days Over Domestic Terrorism
Pro-choice supporters received their second victory against domestic terrorism today as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in an unusual opinion to review en banc the three-judge panel decision in Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Willamette, et al....
10/4/2001 Nuremberg Files Case Will Be Reconsidered
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed in an unusual opinion to review en banc the three-judge panel decision in Planned Parenthood of Columbia/Willamette, et al....
10/4/2001 President Gives $320 Million in Afghan Aid; Biden Calls for $1 Billion
President Bush today announced $295 million in new humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees, making his total aid package $320 million....
10/3/2001 Nomination of Scalia to Labor Dept. Challenged
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee began its hearings on the nomination of Eugene Scalia, son of ultra-conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to be Solicitor of Labor, the third-ranking official at the Department....
10/3/2001 Heroin Trafficking Finances Taliban and Terrorism
Production of heroin in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan provides the Taliban with its main source of revenue that is then diverted to terrorist networks inside of the country, including Osama bin Ladens al Qaeda network....
9/25/2001 The Tragedy Caused by Terrorists
Chief Penny E....
9/19/2001 Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Refuses to Condemn Robertson Remarks
While attempting to distance himself from long-time friend and financial supporter, televangelist Pat Robertson, the anti-choice, Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Mark Earley, refused to condemn Robertsons remarks in which Robertson supported Jerry Falwells remarks blaming the September 11th terrorist attacks on Gods wrath against feminists, abortion rights proponents, civil liberties groups, and gays and lesbians....
9/14/2001 Right Wing Blame Terrorism on Feminists, ACLU, Lesbians, Gays
Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson blame Tuesdays tragedies on Gods anger at todays secular and anti-Christian America, echoing the sentiments of the militant anti-abortion group Operation Save America (OSA)....
9/7/2001 Afghan Refugees Await Australian Judges Decision; WFP Requests Funds
The 434 refugees awaiting admission to Papua New Guinea before being resettled to New Zealand and the small island republic of Nauru will face at least another three days at sea in the Australian naval ship Manoora....
8/31/2001 Federal Judge Upholds Adoption Discrimination Against Gays and Lesbians
A federal judge upheld a Florida law banning adoption by gays and lesbians....
8/23/2001 Continued Reports of Taliban Human Rights Abuses
As the controversy swarms around the Talibans refusal to release 24 humanitarian aid workers from custody, new reports of human rights abuses are emerging from one of the countrys poorest and most remote regions....
8/23/2001 Two Marines Charged with Raping Trainees
The Marine Corps has charged two drill instructors with raping female students at the Ft....
8/15/2001 Update: Taliban Wont Allow Visits to Jailed Workers
The Taliban has denied U.S., Australian and German diplomats requests to see jailed foreign aid workers from Shelter Now International....
8/7/2001 Prisoner of Choice
Dr....
8/2/2001 Indecent Exposure?
Gil Scott-Heron said the revolution would not be televised....
7/30/2001 Breaking Down Walls
For the next anti-globalization demonstration, I'm bringing a gas mask....
7/30/2001 Administration Promotes Abstinence-Only Education
The Bush Administration continues to promote an "abstinence only" approach to reproductive and sexual health, significantly scaling back efforts to promote family planning and contraceptive use....
7/24/2001 Women Face Obstacles in Technology Education and Employment
"Balancing the Equation," a recent report by the National Council for Research on Women, reveals the deficit of women in the fields of science and engineering....
7/19/2001 Abortion Clinic Security Guard Killed in Australia
Steven Rogers, a security guard at the Fertility Control Clinic in Melbourne, Australia was shot in the face and killed by an unidentified gunman on Monday, July 16....
7/16/2001 NYC Faces Sexual and Racial Harassment Case
New York City is being sued by the U.S....
7/12/2001 ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT URGED TO CONDEMN ANTI-ABORTION TERRORISM
WASHINGTON, DCFeminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal joins Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Gloria Feldt and National Abortion Federation Executive Director Vicki Saporta in urging Attorney General John Ashcroft to be proactive and take action publicly against all anti-abortion terrorist threats. With Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue) kicking off their Lets Finish It campaign in Wichita, KS this coming weekend, and outspoken anti-abortion terrorist Clayton Lee Waagner on the loose, heavily armed and threatening the lives of clinic staff across the country, time is of the essence, said Smeal. Tiller has been the target of anti-abortion protests for the past decade, and in 1993 was shot 5 times by anti-abortion extremist Shelley Shannon....
7/10/2001 FGM Exposed
One day last year, a 20-year-old woman named Kadra walked into a mosque in the Norwegian capital of Oslo....
7/3/2001 VMI Plans to Dismiss Pregnant Cadets
The Virginia Military Institute (VMI) has adopted a resolution that will force the resignation of any female cadet who becomes pregnant and any male cadet who impregates a woman, on or off-campus....
6/29/2001 Egyptian Feminist Faces Forced Divorce
If veteran feminist, doctor, and sociologist Nawal Saadawi is tried under hisba, she and her husband of 37 years could be forcibly divorced....
6/28/2001 French Court Rules in Favor of Kopp Extradition
A French court recommended that James Charles Kopp, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, be extradited to the United States....
6/28/2001 Women Athletes Exhibit Opens
Game Face: What does a Female Athlete Look Like premiered at the Smithsonian in Washington DC yesterday, depicting women of all ages and races participating in a variety of sports at every athletic level....
6/26/2001 Ad Naseum
Bikini-clad cuties cavorting in tropical paradise: just fine....
6/22/2001 Suing Bush for His Global Gag Rule
A court hearing has not been scheduled yet in the case of the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy (CRLP) v....
6/19/2001 Activism guide
With Bush II in office, it's more crucial than ever that progressives join in and work for change....
6/13/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Double Standard for Men and Women
The U.S....
6/8/2001 California Senate Protects Abortion Clinic Access
The California Senate voted 26-12 to pass legislation on June 6 imposing state penalties on individuals who threaten or intimidate reproductive healthcare providers, staff, or patients....
6/1/2001 Taliban Adds New Restrictions on Women, Feels UN Pressure
In the face of stepped-up pressure from the United Nations (UN) for the Taliban to grant women more freedom, the Taliban has imposed a new ban restricting foreign women from driving cars in Afghanistan....
5/9/2001 US Asks France to Extradite Anti-Abortion Extremist
The United States has submitted a request to Frances Justice Ministry for the extradition of James Charles Kopp, the anti-abortion extremist charged with the 1998 assassination of obstetrician and abortion provider Barnett A....
5/2/2001 D.C. Circuit Upholds FACE Violation Decision but Limits Injunction
The D.C....
5/1/2001 Article Reveals Bush Connections to Independent Womens Forum
An article in todays Washington Post exposes what feminists have long known the connections between the George W....
4/30/2001 Leadership Alliances Rally in DC to Support Abortion Rights
Hundreds of Leadership Alliance activists from over 40 campuses nationwide rallied with the Feminist Majority Foundation during NOWs Emergency Action For Womens Lives in DC last Sunday April 22nd....
4/27/2001 Special Issue of Elle Magazine Focuses on Women in Afghanistan
The most recent issue of the French womens magazine Elle is completely devoted to covering the women of Afghanistan, the abuses they suffer under the ruling Taliban regime, and the dehumanization they endure....
4/27/2001 Detroit Police Admit Wrong Stats for Rape Arrests
Throughout the 1990s, the Detroit Police Department's rape squad looked great, consistently reporting the nation's highest arrest rates, always at least double the national average.

Women's advocates are alarmed and say the phony numbers gave them a false sense of security.

Now, the city's shame-faced police department acknowledges that the statistics were wrong and its crime data are so seriously flawed that it is unclear how many suspects really were collared....
4/26/2001 Sexual Harassment Plagues Women in the Marines
Accusations of sexual assault and harassment against 19 male officers at the Fort Leonard Wood Marine training base in Missouri surfaced recently, bringing attention to the high number of women in the military who are victims of sexual abuse by their male counterparts or superior officers....
4/23/2001 Abortion Rights Action Draws Thousands to DC
The Emergency Action for Womens Lives, hosted by the National Organization for Women, drew thousands of women, men, and children to Washington DC this weekend in support of abortion rights (see for yourself!)....
4/20/2001 Supreme Court Refuses FACE Challenge
In a clear victory for womens reproductive health clinics, the U.S....
4/18/2001 Married to the Visa - Part I
Women who cannot obtain U visas must either leave the country or stay in abusive relationships....
4/17/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Clinic Access Law
In a major victory for abortion rights, the U.S....
4/13/2001 Lawmakers File Appellate Brief Against Anti-Abortion Violence
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), along with a bipartisan group of more than 40 House and Senate members, will file a legal brief today in support of abortion providers and clinics asking the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider a ruling that he says will severely undercut the enforceability of FACE (Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act). Last month, in the case Planned Parenthood, et al....
4/6/2001 UN Blames Pakistan For Blockage Of Aid To Afghan Refugees
In a statement released by the United Nations, Pakistan has reneged on an agreement reached last month with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to allow adequate UN relief supplies to be delivered to the 70,000 Afghan refugees in the Jalozai refugee camp. One of the most desperate camps for Afghan refugees is located in the Pakistan city of Jalozai....
3/30/2001 Compromise In Bankruptcy Bill May Force Anti-Abortion Extremists to Pay Up
The abortion debate on the bankruptcy bill centers on language introduced by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) that would specifically bar perpetrators of abortion clinic-related violence from avoiding paying legal judgments by declaring bankruptcy....
3/30/2001 Divisive Ashcroft Vote Sends Strong Message
The nomination of John Ashcroft for U.S....
3/30/2001 Nationwide, Severe Violence Affects One in Five Abortion Clinics: Survey Finds Lower Violence Where Law Enforcement is Strong
A potential anti-abortion assassin escapes from prison and becomes the subject of a nationwide investigation....
3/30/2001 Ironic Feminism, Empathic Activism: Robin Morgan's Saturday's Child
A child actor, radical Leftist feminist, founder of the global womens movement, poet, writer, lesbian, and mother, Robin Morgan gives us a story we have and havent heard before in her memoir Saturdays Child....
3/30/2001 Leadership Progam Helps Women in Policing
The National Center for Women and Policings (NCWP) sixth annual conference, committed to changing the face of law enforcement, is being held April 4-8 in Palm Springs, CA....
3/29/2001 NEWS FLASH: 9th Circuit Court Protects Anti-abortion Domestic Terrorism
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 28, 2001 CONTACT: Julie Bernstein 703-522-2214; 240-601-5562 Outrage Over Court-Protected Domestic Terrorism Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal WASHINGTON, DC We are shocked and dismayed that a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously chosen to limit and weaken the protections guaranteed by Congress through the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
3/29/2001 9th Circuit Court Protects Anti-abortion Domestic Terrorism
Outrage Over Court-Protected Domestic Terrorism Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal WASHINGTON, DC We are shocked and dismayed that a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously chosen to limit and weaken the protections guaranteed by Congress through the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
3/21/2001 Feminists Protest Taliban Officials Visit to State Department
In violation of a recent United Nations Security Council sanction against the Taliban regime, which currently occupies 95 percent of Afghanistan, a senior official from the Taliban Foreign Ministry traveled to the U.S....
3/19/2001 Post Chronicles Afghan Refugee Crisis
In a front page story in this Sundays Washington Post, journalist David Finkel provides one of the first comprehensive U.S....
3/16/2001 UNHCR May Send 1.5 Million Refugees Back to Afghanistan, Despite Gender Apartheid
The new head of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees Ruund Lubbers announced possible plans to return 1.5 million refugees to Afghanistan....
3/13/2001 Anti-Abortion Extremist Pleads Guilty in Internet Case
Nicholas Morency pled guilty in U.S....
3/8/2001 Study Examines Womens Reproductive Health Risk Worldwide
A study released today by Population Action International (PAI) reported women in America face greater reproductive health risks than women in Singapore, Australia and much of Europe, while women in Africa and Afghanistan have the highest risk of reproductive health problems....
3/1/2001 Womens History Month Begins Today
March 1 marks the beginning of Womens History Month, a celebration of the accomplishments of women throughout history, and a reminder of the challenges that women worldwide still face....
2/22/2001 Dire Situation in Afghanistan Finally Reaches US National Press
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and other womens right groups have covered the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban militia took control of the country in 1996 and imposed brutal gender apartheid on the women and girls of Afghanistan....
2/6/2001 Under the Peace Tent - Part II
Long aware that their fates were inextricably linked, they took on the hard work of fighting for justice and an end to oppression, both in the Occupied Territories and within the State of Israel--because there cannot be peace in one without peace in the other.

Whatever the political outcome of the coming weeks and months, these women know that the separation between Israelis and Palestinians that Prime Minister Ehud Barak speaks of as a national goal is a dangerous oversimplification of reality....
2/5/2001 Bush Criticized for Faith-Based Plan, Global Gag Rule
At a retreat for Democratic House members this weekend, George W....
2/2/2001 9 Universities Vow to Work for Equality for Women Faculty
Presidents and Provosts from 9 universities issued a statement Monday promising the institutions would work for diversity in faculty, equal compensation and resources for women, and reformation of any policies that discriminated against women with families....
2/1/2001 DIVISIVE ASHCROFT VOTE SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT BUSH
Statement by Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal This historic vote on John Ashcroft for U.S....
1/31/2001 Young Women Lobby to Fight Ashcroft
WASHINGTON, DCStudent activists have joined an unprecedented effort by womens rights, abortion rights, civil rights, gun control, environmental and gay and lesbian rights organizations to oppose the nomination of John Ashcroft for U.S....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part II
Property rights people love her, as do defenders of so-called "state's rights." According to the Washington Post, in a 1996 speech to a conservative group in Colorado, Norton likened her struggle to preserve states from federal interference to the cause of the Confederacy, saying "We lost too much" when the South was defeated in the Civil War....
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....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part V
"The issue is Ashcroft's lack of sensitivity and concern about the rights of women and minorities, as well as his ideological rigidity, all qualities that are antithetical to the ability to serve all Americans as our Attorney General....
1/26/2001 Bushs Faith-Based Funding Violates Constitution
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has come out against President Bushs initiative to direct more federal funds to faith-based social service programs that would rally armies of compassion, and his plan to establish a White House Office of Faith-Based Action that will remove roadblocks religiously affiliated groups face when receiving federal money....
1/25/2001 Two John Ashcrofts; One 25 Year Record Against Womens Rights
WASHINGTON, DC The John Ashcroft presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee and the John Ashcroft the womens rights movement has known for over 20 years are not the same man....
1/25/2001 Sen. Reid Renews Fight for Equal Health Care Coverage for Women
Sen....
1/24/2001 Global Gag Rule Will Increase Deaths; Boxer and Lowey Propose Policy Reversal
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) yesterday announced their plan to introduce legislation reversing Bushs policy, and have already garnered the support of several pro-family planning Republican legislators....
1/23/2001 Leadership Alliances Promote Feminism and Debunk Stereotypes on Campus
Last Thursday, the UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO Leadership Alliance organized a panel discussion with a diverse set of speakers who discussed their perspectives on feminism....
1/22/2001 Bush Will Block US Funding for International Family Planning
President Bushs anti-woman, anti-abortion position is clear this morning, as he announces his decision to block US funding for international groups that provide women around the world with family planning information, counseling and abortion services....
1/17/2001 Dems Question Ashcrofts Ability to Enforce All Laws
The Senate confirmation hearing in John Ashcrofts bid for Attorney General continues today, with protestors again crowded outside the Russell Senate building, opposing the nomination of this anti-choice, anti-woman, anti-civil rights politician....
1/17/2001 Sex Bias in Citizenship Law Challenged
WASHINGTON (WOMENSENEWS—The nation's highest court was asked Tuesday, January 9, to overturn one of the last remaining federal laws that makes a distinction solely on the basis of gender: citizenship provisions for foreign-born children of American citizens....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft's Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment! 20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Womens Alliance for Peace Makes Appeal for Help for Afghanistan
The Womens Alliance for Peace and Human Rights in Afghanistan (WAPHA) has made an international appeal for help and humanitarian aid for Afghan refugees who have fled the brutal Taliban regime and the regions worst drought....
1/12/2001 Nigerian Girl Scheduled to Be Flogged Jan. 27: Take Action!
Thirteen-year-old Bariya Ibrahim Magazu was charged with having pre-marital sex and making false accusations against the three middle-aged men whom she testifies pressured her into sex....
1/10/2001 Police Family Violence Whistle Blower Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt
Robert Mullally, a former legal consultant who exposed serious family violence involving officers in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), was found in criminal contempt on Friday in federal district court in Los Angeles....
1/9/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/5/2001 Stem Cell Research in Jeopardy Under Bush Administration
Stem cell research, which could potentially provide life saving treatment for Parkinsons, Huntingtons, Alzheimers, and cancer patients, could be blocked under the new Bush administration....
1/5/2001 Long Island Officers Accused of Making Women Strip
Two Long Island women have filed complaints stating that Suffolk County police officers forced them to strip in public to avoid arrest....
1/4/2001 Follow Up: Chavezs Record on Women is Appalling
Opponents of Linda Chavezs nomination for Labor Secretary have amassed excerpts from her collection of conservative columns and statements that reveal her blatant anti-woman rights stance....
1/3/2001 Shots Fired Into Kansas Abortion Clinic
On December 31, 2000, an unknown person fired at least 25 bullets into a suburban Kansas City abortion clinic....
12/20/2000 UN Imposes Harsh Sanctions on Taliban
The United Nations Security Council has issued an arms embargo and tightened other sanctions against the Taliban, an extremist militia that now controls 95 percent of Afghanistan....
12/13/2000 Brazil Leads In Trafficking Of Women In South America
According to United Nations and the Helesnki Federation of Human Rights,some 75,000 Brazilian women have been forced and coerced into sexual trafficking and slavery in the European Union....
12/11/2000 TX Court Rules for Medicaid Funds for Abortion
Last week, a Texas court of appeals ruled that denying Medicaid funding to poor women seeking abortion violates their equal rights....
11/29/2000 Contraceptives Prohibited in Many Health Centers for Low Income Patients
According to a recent Guttmacher Report on Public Policy, 77 percent of middle and high school-based health centers cannot legally distribute contraceptives to patients....
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 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....
11/27/2000 Pakistan Refuses To Reopen Border
Pakistan refuses to reopen its border with Afghanistan, which it closed on November 10, 2000....
11/27/2000 National Young Women's Day of Action a Success!
Congratulations to all the Leadership Alliances that participated in this years National Young Womens Day of Action (NYWDA), a nationwide grassroots campaign organized for and by young women to activate a reproductive rights agenda that places reproductive and sexual freedom in the context of larger goals of racial justice, economic justice, LGBT rights, freedom from violence and quality education....
11/20/2000 Anti-Lesbian and Gay Church Targets Maine, Vermont
The inflammatory Westboro Baptist Church visited Maine this past weekend, and plans to visit Vermont and New Hampshire in the next few days, says the Boston Globe....
11/17/2000 Pakistan, Tajikistan Close Borders to Afghan Refugees
On November 10, Pakistans Interior Ministry closed its borders to Afghan refugees after a month-long influx of 30,000 people, raising the number of Afghans living in Pakistan to 2.1 million....
11/16/2000 Anti-Abortion Extremist Rudolph Indicted in Bombings
Suspected bomber Eric Robert Rudolph has been indicted by a grand jury in connection with two abortion clinic bombings....
11/16/2000 LAPD Corruption Case Returns 3 Guilty, 1 Acquitted
The Los Angeles Police Department Rampart scandal, which broke over a year ago and revealed deeply rooted corruption in the LAPD, including framing innocent people, fabricating evidence, and covering up physical abuse by police officers, has produced three convictions of LAPD officers....
11/14/2000 "W for Women" Fails
The Bush campaign failed in its efforts to mute the impact of gender gap issues such as abortion rights and gun control in the presidential campaign....
11/14/2000 Healing Voices
When women from the six Tewa-speaking pueblos of northern New Mexico decided to do something about the rape and sexual violence in their communities, they turned to their cultural roots of peace and respect for the earth....
11/10/2000 UN Security Council Passes Women, Peace And Security Resolution
On October 31, 2000, the United Nations (UN) Security Council unanimously passed a resolution on Women, Peace and Security....
11/10/2000 Pakistan Closes Border To Afghan Refugees
Pakistan authorities in the North West Frontier Province on Thursday have officially closed their borders to Afghanistan, to prevent refugees from fleeing to Pakistan....
10/31/2000 Lesbian and Gay Rights, Abortion on State Ballots
In Maine, voters have the opportunity to ratify a gay and lesbian rights measure passed by the state legislature....
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....
10/26/2000 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....
10/24/2000 US Senate Candidate George Allen Distorts Abortion Position
In a recent debate, as well as in his ad campaign, U.S....
10/19/2000 Indiana Judge Rules Medicaid Must Cover Medically Necessary Abortions
A county judge in Indiana ruled in favor of two womens health clinics that filed a suit in August of 1999 arguing that the states Medicare policies discriminated against low-income women with certain health conditions....
10/16/2000 Texas Executions Receive Little Consideration by Bush
Texas executes more people than any other state....
10/13/2000 Precedence Set Against Female Genital Mutilation In Norway
Two Gambian Islamic religious leaders, including the leader of the Muslim Council in Oslo and a Somalian are facing prosecution for aiding and abetting female genital mutilation (FGM) in Norway....
10/13/2000 Proposed Legislation In Chile Advance Reproductive Rights
A coalition of "center-left" legislators seeking to win legislation designed to improve sexual and reproductive rights, reported the Chilean Times....
10/5/2000 Lesbian and Gay Backlash Ignited In Namibia
Lesbians and gays in Namibia are outraged over a statement made by Home Affairs Minister Jerry Ekandjo urging police officers to "eliminate gays and lesbians from the face of Namibia." In the past, Minister Ekandjo compared homosexuality to murder....
9/29/2000 Judge Speaks Out in Case of Harassed Lesbian Police Officer
A federal judge criticized the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for alleged lax investigation into a harassment case brought by a lesbian police officer against her male colleagues....
9/28/2000 Girls In Britain Endangered By Female Genital Mutilation
More than 3,000 young girls may be mutilated each year in Britain according to findings released by researchers....
9/22/2000 The Plight Of Afghan Refugees
More than 2 million Afghans are living as refugees in Pakistan and Iran with the vast majority consisting of widowed women and children....
9/15/2000 Female Police Officer Speaks Out in Domestic Violence Case
Tori-Lynn Heaton, a Rhode Island police officer, will testify against Joseph Fillion, her husbanda police officer who is charged with 12 counts of domestic violence....
9/15/2000 Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Anti-Abortion Extremist
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta has handed down another defeat for anti-abortion extremists who have attempted to challenge a law meant to protect access to abortion clinics....
9/12/2000 World Health Organization Estimates 4 Million Unsafe Abortions Per Year In Latin America
The World Health Organization estimates that four million unsafe abortions are performed annually in Latin America....
9/6/2000 Anti-Abortion Extremists Attempt to Overturn Law Protecting Clinics
Two Michigan anti-abortion extremists have filed suit in a Grand Rapids court in an attempt to overturn the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE), a law passed in 1994 meant to protect clinics from anti-abortion violence....
9/1/2000 Taliban Announces Rules For United Nations Aid To Afghanistan
Taliban officials have drafted rules stating that the United Nations must base its humanitarian relief efforts in the capital city of Kabul, use the Afghan banking system for financial transactions and allow the Taliban to vet all staff....
8/29/2000 Women Integrate Bangladesh Armed Forces
Bangladesh has become the third South Asian country to integrate its armed forces by allowing women to serve as officers....
8/25/2000 Smeal and Leno Unveil Back to School Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Mavis Leno, chair of the Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan unveiled a Back to School Campaign - a new initiative to raise public awareness of the brutal treatment of women and girls under the Taliban, which has banned them from attending schools, working or leaving their homes unaccompanied by a close male relative....
8/25/2000 Man Granted Asylum on Basis of Sexual Identity
A federal appeals court granted asylum to a cross-dressing Mexican gay man who, because of his sexuality, was persecuted by his family, school officials and police....
8/18/2000 Female Genital Mutilation Continues Underground in Tanzania
Those seeking to abolish female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania confront new obstacles as communities practicing FGM begin to carry out the practice underground....
8/16/2000 Taliban Shuts Down "Widow's Bakeries"
In yet another attempt to enforce its brutal system of gender apartheid, the Taliban militia ordered the United Nations to close down bakeries run by Afghan women in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul....
8/11/2000 Women In The Middle East Fight To Boost Their Status And Human Rights
Womens rights advocates in the Middle East are fighting to end honor killings, polygamy, and repressive marriage laws....
8/7/2000 Britain Establishes Initiatives to Support Forced Marriage Victims
In an effort to end forced marriages of British nationals, the British Foreign Office and Home Office have devised a multi-faceted program that will offer support to victims of forced marriage through increased outreach and law enforcement....
8/7/2000 Gore Chooses Pro-Choice Running Mate
Vice President Al Gore has selected Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman to be his running mate, confirming that the Democratic presidential ticket will remain staunchly in favor of abortion rights....
8/7/2000 Taliban Edict Threatens Humanitarian Aid to Millions
The Taliban's edict forbidding Afghan women from working for international and national humanitarian organizations may have a devastating impact for the millions of women and children living in poverty in Afghanistan....
8/4/2000 Lifetime to Show Film about Lesbian Teen
On Monday August 7 at 9 pm EDT, the cable TV network Lifetime will air "The Truth About Jane," a film about a teenaged girl who comes out to herself and to her family as a lesbian....
8/2/2000 Two African Nations May Face Sanctions For Breaking U.N. Diamond Embargo
The United States and Britain condemned Liberia and Burkina Faso for their military assistance to a brutal rebel group in Sierra Leone, accusing the West African nations of violating a United Nations embargo....
8/2/2000 Rigoberta Menchu: On the Trail of Dictators - Part II
Although Mench's lawsuit is due in part to developments in the international legal community, the roots of her case stretch back to 1954, the year that Guatemala's progressive president Jacobo Arbenz was toppled by a U.S.- backed coup....
8/1/2000 Women Prisons Established by the Taliban
The women prisons established by the Taliban represent yet another facet of the gender apartheid imposed by the brutal regime....
8/1/2000 American Soldier Faces Sentencing For Kosovo Murder
An American soldier who confessed to murdering an 11-year-old girl while on peacekeeping operations in Kosovo will face sentencing on July 31st....
7/21/2000 Swaziland May Ban Schoolgirls From Wearing Miniskirts To Halt AIDS Spread
The miniskirts of schoolgirls and their effect on teachers are being blamed for the AIDS epidemic in Swaziland....
7/21/2000 U.N. War Crimes Court Upholds First Rape Verdict
The United Nations war crimes court upheld a landmark conviction of a Bosnian Croat paramilitary commander who failed to stop the rape and torture of a Bosnian Muslim woman....
7/17/2000 Domestic Violence Coverup in LAPD Made Public
The details of as many as 277 possible domestic violence related crimes involving Los Angeles police officers were posted on the internet on Friday....
7/11/2000 Pro-Choice Victory - Coburn Amendment Defeated
On July 10, by a close vote of 187-182, the House quickly voted down Rep....
7/11/2000 CEDAW Committee Deplores Honor Killings
Gender inequity persists in forms such as "honor killings," trafficking and sexual exploitation, and legal restrictions on property rights, reported members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the only UN human rights body that exclusively addresses women's rights....
7/11/2000 The Technological Revolution Leaves Women in Africa Behind
Women in Africa and developing nations are being left behind in the technological revolution, threatening to exacerbate gender inequities and further push women and girls into impoverishment....
7/7/2000 Federal Execution Delayed Due to Racial and Geographic Concerns
Citing the absence of clemency procedures and concerns about racial and geographic disparities in death penalty cases, President Clinton is planning to postpone what was to be the first federal execution in almost 40 years....
7/6/2000 List of Afghan Refugees Targeted for Criticizing the Taliban Grows
Afghan refugees living in Pakistan face severe consequences if they outwardly criticize the Taliban regime, which has instituted a brutal system of gender apartheid....
6/29/2000 UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan
UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan This week United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented his most recent report on the situation in Afghanistan to the U.N....
6/29/2000 Elections in Mexico Further Threaten Women's and Gay Rights
After seventy-one years of struggle for democracy in Mexico to overthrow the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), the world's longest ruling political party with a history of corruption and economic irresponsibility, feminists and lesbian and gay rights activists face an even greater threat to their equality in Sunday's upcoming elections: the possibility of the National Action Party (PAN) coming to rule....
6/28/2000 It's A Bloody Shame
Tampons are not necessary, or so Australian women are being told....
6/24/2000 Vaccine Being Tested to Eradicate Cervical Cancer
Scientists are testing a new vaccine that will aid in preventing the development of cervical cancer in women....
6/20/2000 Supreme Court Reaffirms Separation of Church and State in School Prayer Case
The Supreme Court today ruled against student-led prayers at high school football games, reaffirming earlier decisions against "officially sponsored prayer in public schools." The decision declared unconstitutional a Santa Fe public school district's policy to elect students to lead prayer before home high school football games....
6/15/2000 Courting the Women’s Vote in Mexico
Mexico's ruling party and conservative opposition candidates—locked in a virtual tie in the run up to Sunday's presidential election—are lavishing unprecedented attention on women voters.

Francisco Labastida, candidate for the ruling Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), and his opponent Vicente Fox, of the family-values oriented National Action Party (PAN), each have about 40 percent of the vote, according to recent public opinion polls....
6/12/2000 Feminist Majority Foundation Participates in Beijing +5
The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) joined hundreds of NGOs and women's rights leaders from around the world at the United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly entitled Women 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century (Beijing +5) in New York last week. FMF International Campaign Organizer, Ossai Miazad, and Afghan Refugee Giti Shams kicked off the Beijing +5 Conference during the opening Welcome Rally at the United Nations Plaza by addressing the crisis facing Afghan women and girls....
5/31/2000 N.H. Clinic Reopens After Suspicious Weekend Fire
The staff at the Concord Feminist Health Center, a nonprofit collective that provides abortions and other gynecological services to women in New Hampshire, returned to work today following a Sunday night fire that authorities are calling "highly suspicious." The fire was reported shortly after 10 p.m....
5/31/2000 High Anxiety
In May, the European Union began regulating its aviation industry to protect flight crews from cosmic radiation-the higher we fly above the earth's surface, the higher the exposure....
5/11/2000 House Passes Sex Trafficking Bill
The House approved by voice vote and sent to the Senate a bill that would increase the penalties for sex traffickers and offer more protection within the United States for victims of the sex industry....
5/9/2000 Hearing Begins on Afghans' Appeal of Asylum Denial
Thirty-eight Afghan passengers from a jet hijacked in February who were denied asylum in Britain by Home Secretary Jack Straw began their appeal yesterday....
5/8/2000 Honor Crimes Against Women in Pakistan
The Washington Post featured today the appalling plight of women in Pakistan who are mutilated or killed by husbands or family members for so-called "honor crimes," which sometimes includes seeking a divorce....
4/27/2000 Out in Africa
Lesbians and gay men in several African countries who come out of the closet may land in a prison cell....
4/21/2000 Pakistan Leader Vows to Promote Women's Rights
Gen....
4/19/2000 Women & Philanthropy Selects 2000 LEAD Award Winner
Women & Philanthropy announced Monday their selection of Katherine Acey for their Leadership for Equity and Diversity award....
4/11/2000 Human Life International Feud Reveals Anti-Choice Infighting
A conflict between founder Rev....
3/28/2000 Opinion>>> Beyond Sanctions
While the U.S....
3/14/2000 Four Convicted in Date-Rape Drug Case
Three men were convicted today of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old girl....
3/13/2000 Medical Students For Choice Honor Abortion Providers
In recognition of the National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers (NDAAP) on Friday, hundreds of Medical Students For Choice will honor abortion providers in their communities....
3/3/2000 FMLA Campus Group Camps Out to Protest Inequality
The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Iowa State University camped out on February 24 to raise awareness about worldwide inequalities....
2/17/2000 Campus Activism from Leadership Alliances Across the Nation!
Campus Activism from Leadership Alliances Across the Nation! Students have been staying busy in the wake of the recent Roe v....
2/1/2000 Congress Approves 'Date Rape' Drug Bill
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill that would significantly toughen federal laws for the possession and distribution of the 'date rape' drug....
1/27/2000 MA Supreme Court Rules Buffer Zones Constitutional
The Massachusetts Supreme Court has ruled that a 25-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics would not be a violation of First Amendment free speech rights....
1/27/2000 Jordan Parliament Rejects Harsher Punishment for 'Honor Killings'
For the second time in two months, Jordan lawmakers have rejected a draft law that would enact harsher punishment for the practice of 'honor' killings of women....
1/18/2000 U. S. Supreme Court to Hear Case of Protective 'Bubble' for Abortion Clinics
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in Hill v....
12/16/1999 Proposed Ban on Gay Marriages May Harm Children
A proposed state ban on lesbian and gay marriages in California would affect nearly 150,000 children living with lesbian and gay couples or single parents....
12/10/1999 Afghans May Face Severe Hunger
The World Food Program (WFP) stated today that millions of people in war-ravaged Afghanistan face the potential of severe food shortages this winter....
11/29/1999 Advocates For Life Ministries to Close
In a letter to his followers, Andrew Burnett, director of Advocates for Life Ministries, announced that AFLM and its publishing Life Advocate magazine was closing as of December 31, 1999....
11/23/1999 Parliament in Kuwait Rejects Women's Right to Vote
Kuwait's Parliament voted down women's right to vote and run for office 41-22 as an act of protest against the emir Sheik Jaber Al Ahmed Al Sabah who issued the decree shortly after he dissolved Parliament in May....
11/15/1999 Nigerian Women Gain Economic Prominence
Faced with desperate poverty in the predominantly Muslim country of Niger, women are now earning money for themselves in jobs outside the home, breaking with tradition....
11/15/1999 Navy Debates Submarine Duty for Women
The debate over women serving on board the U.S....
11/12/1999 Women Make Progress in Fortune 500 Companies
A census prepared by Catalyst, a women's research group, found that 3.3 percent of companies' top earners are women, a slight gain from 2.7 percent last year and 1.2 percent in 1995....
11/10/1999 House Approves New Penalties for Sex-Traffickers
The House International Relations Committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would provide new penalties for international traffickers in women and children....
11/5/1999 Moseley-Braun Gets Senate Hearing
A hearing has been scheduled for Carol Moseley-Braun before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to consider her nomination to be ambassador to New Zealand....
10/25/1999 Carol Moseley-Braun Faces Old Challenge for Ambassadorship Appointment
Former U.S....
10/22/1999 HRW Reports on Violence Against Women in Pakistan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on the status of women in Pakistan called Crime or Custom? Violence Against Women in Pakistan. The report revealed epidemic levels of violent crime against women....
10/18/1999 Dangerous Winter Looms Ahead for Afghans Displaced by Taliban
Hundreds of thousands of Afghans that have been forced to flee their homes by the Taliban militias reign of terror face a long cold winter that UN officials predict could be as much a killer as the actual fighting. In the Panjshir Valley, one of the few places in Afghanistan that the Taliban militia does not yet control, an estimated 65,000 displaced Afghans currently seek refuge....
10/7/1999 Protest Against US AIDS Drug Policy in Developing Nations
Fourteen AIDS activists were arrested Wednesday in front of Trade Representative Charlene Barshefskys office during a protest against US policies inhibiting poor countries from getting AIDS drugs....
9/23/1999 CA Corrections Officers Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Charges
Allegations of sexual misconduct at four California women's prisons have forced the resignations of five male corrections officers....
9/23/1999 Seven Boys Accused of Raping Girl, 8
Seven boys, all of whom are under the age of 14, have been accused of gang-raping an eight-year-old girl in an abandoned house in St....
9/21/1999 Abused Women Neglected by Welfare-to-Work Plan
A report released yesterday declared that victims of domestic abuse who are enrolled in Wisconsin Works, a welfare-to-work program, face "significant barriers" to escaping poverty....
9/21/1999 WAR OF ATTRITION TARGETS ABORTION CLINICS NATIONWIDE: One Fourth of Nation's Clinics Still Face Severe Violence
Washington DC -- Eleanor Smeal, national feminist leader and one of the nation's leading experts on anti-abortion terrorism, today released the results of the Feminist Majority Foundation's sixth annual National Clinic Violence Survey Report, the most comprehensive study of anti-abortion violence in the United States....
9/3/1999 Study Vitamins "Dramatically Decrease" Pre-Eclampsia
A study conducted by researchers at Guy's, King's and St....
9/2/1999 AR "Fetal Protection" Act May Soon Face First Test
The "Fetal Protection" Act was enacted in the state of Arkansas just over one month ago, on July 30th....
8/30/1999 Hillary Rodham Clinton Addresses DV Conference
Organizers of the Next Millenium Conference opened the four-day domestic violence awareness event yesterday with a videotaped address by First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, who declared, "Citizens and governments around the world will recognize that domestic violence is not a custom, it is a crime." More than 2,000 domestic violence experts, survivors, and advocates assembled for the Chicago conference, which was organized by the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services....
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....
8/17/1999 Pakistan Islamic Militants Threaten to Strike U.S.
A representative of militant Islamic groups in Pakistan threatened that the U.S....
8/13/1999 Settlement in First Male-On-Male, Class Action Sexual Harassment Suit
The U.S....
8/10/1999 Japanese Women Fight Sex Discrimination
Historically, Japanese women have been paid significantly less than their male counterparts and were expected to be subservient towards their bosses....
8/6/1999 House Committee Approves Date-Rape Drug Legislation
On Thursday, the House Commerce Committee approved legislation that would make it illegal to use, manufacture, distribute, or dispense gamma hydroxybutyrate (often called the date-rape drug)....
8/5/1999 Bosnian Serb Pleads Non-Guilty to Rape and Enslavement
On Wednesday, a Bosnian Serb pleaded not guilty to raping and enslaving Muslim women in the town of Foca during the war from 1992-1995....
7/30/1999 Breast Cancer Drug can Advance Disease
Scientists have found evidence that tamoxifen, the drug widely used to treat breast cancer, may lose its effectiveness over time and begin to behave like the hormone it is supposed to block....
7/19/1999 Statement by Eleanor Smeal, President Feminist Majority Foundation on Federal Nationwide Injunction Issued Against Anti-Abortion Extremists
Today, in Chicago, Illinois, Federal Court Judge David Coar took the bold step of issuing a nationwide injunction to protect women's health clinics from harassment, intimidation and anti-abortion violence....
7/16/1999 Statement by Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation, on Federal Nationwide Injunction Issued Against Anti-Abortion Extremists, Operation Rescue, Pro-Life Action League in NOW v. Scheidler
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, in Chicago, Illinois, Federal Court Judge David Coar took the bold step of issuing a nationwide injunction to protect women's health clinics from harassment, intimidation and anti-abortion violence....
7/12/1999 U.S. World Cup Team Champions for Women's Sports
The women's World Cup championship game, held on Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, was the most-watched soccer event ever on a U.S....
7/8/1999 Air Force Sergeants Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Two Air Force Sergeants have been charged with unprofessional relationships with female students at Brooks Air Force Base....
6/30/1999 States Debate: Viagra vs. Birth Control
Ever since insurance companies began offering coverage for the anti-impotency drug Viagra, womens groups have worked harder than ever to win insurance coverage for contraceptive devices and are winning considerable support from many state and federal lawmakers....
6/29/1999 Super Embryos Increase Chances of Late Births
Researchers have invented a new fertility method that will allow women in their late thirties and early forties a better chance of delivering a healthy baby....
6/28/1999 Abortion Clinic Target of Violence and Protest
Several days a week, the abortion clinic in El Monte, California, is targeted by anti-abortion protesters....
6/24/1999 Vaccine Being Tested to Eradicate Cervical Cancer
Scientists are testing a new vaccine that will aid in preventing the development of cervical cancer in women....
6/24/1999 The House Judiciary Committee Approves Teen Abortion Bill
The House Judiciary Committee voted 16-13 to approve legislation that curtails a woman's right to choose to have an abortion....
6/22/1999 Bankruptcy Legislation Detrimental to Single Women and Mothers
The House of Representatives recently passed a bill that increases the difficulty for individuals trying to clear their financial histories....
6/22/1999 Casualties of Rape in Kosovo
In the early 1990s, mass rapes were reported in Bosnia....
6/16/1999 Osteoporosis Drug Decreases Risk for Breast Cancer
According to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, a new drug being tested to combat osteoporosis in premenopausal women has been found to simultaneously fight breast disease....
6/11/1999 "Nuremberg Files" Creator Sues Mindspring
Anti-abortion extremist Neal Horsley, whose "The Nuremberg Files" Web site included a virtual "hit list" of targeted individuals including abortion providers, security officers who protect abortion clinics, pro-choice activists, clinic owners, clinic workers, pro-choice judges and politicians, has sued Internet service provider Mindspring for $251 million....
6/4/1999 Cyclist Protests Anti-Choice Violence With Cross-County Ride
Melissa Marin believes in abortion rights so fervently that she has agreed to bike 80 miles a day for nearly two months to raise awareness of anti-choice violence and its consequences....
6/3/1999 Woman Coach's Equal Pay Suit Rejected
Marianne Stanley filed a EEOC-backed sex discrimination lawsuit against the University of Southern California in 1996 after learning that men's basketball coach George Raveling earned at least $54,000 more than she did as coach of the women's team....
6/3/1999 Students Carve Anti-Gay Slur on Classmate's Body
Northfield Mount Hermon preparatory school students Jonathan Shapiro, 18, and Matthew Rogers, 20, are alleged to have carved the word "homo" onto the back of an unnamed classmate using a pocketknife....
6/2/1999 Teens Deny Hate Was Motive in Gay Man's Murder
Bryan Donahue, 17, and Billy Dodge, 18, has confessed to beating Steven Goedereis to death, but now deny that they killed him because he was gay....
5/28/1999 Study Probes Sex Discrimination in Pharmaceutical Industry
The Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) has conducted research on the obstacles women face while trying to advance their careers within the pharmaceutical industry....
5/25/1999 Supreme Court: Schools Liable for Sexual Harassment Among Students
The United States Supreme Court yesterday ruled that schools may be held liable for failing to protect students from the sexual harassment of another in certain circumstances, overturning several lower court rulings, which argued that Title IX did not apply to peer harassment....
5/24/1999 Justice Dept. Tackles Drug-Facilitated Rapes
In an effort to help local police officers and prosecutors crack down on rapes committed using "date rape" drugs, the Justice Department has issued an instruction video and book entitled "The Prosecution of Rohypnol and GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) Related Sexual Assaults." Attorney General Janet Reno explained that drug-facilitated rapes are "very difficult for police officers and prosecutors to investigate and bring to trials," mostly due to the fact that victims, incapacitated by drugs, cannot give details about their rape....
5/24/1999 Boys Charged With Raping Twin 6-Year-Old Girls
Five boys have been charged with repeatedly raping and sodomizing two twin six-year-old girls in and around a Kansas City day-care center....
5/18/1999 Japan Outlaws Sex With A Minor
Japan's lower house of Parliament passed a law which will make it a criminal offense for an adult to have sex with a minor....
5/14/1999 Bangladesh: Four Get Death Sentence For Acid Attack
After twenty-year-old Rinku Rani Das rejected his proposal of marriage and instead married another man, Dhrubolal Shil became enraged and wanted revenge....
5/12/1999 Shepard's Mom Makes Appeal for Hate Crimes Legislation
The mother of slain gay college student Matthew Shepard appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday in attempt to convince members to support the Hates Crimes Prevention Act, sponsored by Democratic Sen....
5/12/1999 First Woman Graduates From Citadel
On Saturday, Nancy Mace became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, a formerly all-male military college....
5/11/1999 DV Shelters Filled to Capacity
A survey conducted by Jane Doe Inc....
5/7/1999 Indonesia Women Fight Violence Via E-mail List
The Indonesian Women's Coalition for Justice and Democracy created an e-mail list to foster communication between women's rights group in Indonesia and to communicate information about the violence and human rights violations that women face there....
5/4/1999 OWL Urges Medicare Changes to Aid Women
A report issued Monday by the Older Women's League (OWL) reveals that women, who make up the majority of Medicare recipients, suffer more chronic illness, use more long-term care, and spend more of their own money on health care....
5/4/1999 Nearly 1 Million Women Elected to Indian Village Councils
As a result of a 1993 constitutional amendment that set aside 1/3 of all panchayat seats and village chiefs' positions for women, almost 1 million women have now been elected to village governing boards....
4/30/1999 Montana Gov. Signs Revised Abortion Ban
Montana Governor Marc Racicot has signed a ban on certain surgical abortion procedures in the state....
4/29/1999 India: Militia Threatens to Mutilate & Murder Women Over Dress
A fundamentalist Islamic militia group known as the Laksher-e-Toiba or "Contingents of the Pious" has threatened to mutilate and murder women who wear close-fitting clothing in the Indian state of Kashmir....
4/22/1999 Nadler Amendment Defeated
An amendment which would have required convicted violators of FACE and other abortion clinic protection laws to pay court-ordered damages was defeated yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee....
4/21/1999 Feminist Majority Foundation Supports Amendment to Enforce Clinic Protection Laws
The Feminist Majority Foundation is in full support of S.625, Senator Schumer's proposed amendment to Section 523(a) of title 11, United States Code....
4/15/1999 "The Practice" Stars Join Breast Cancer Cause
Actors Lara Flynn Boyle, Lisa Gay Hamilaton, Camryn Manheim, Marla Sokoloff and Kelli Williams of ABC-Television's "The Practice" will appear in an informational magazine insert on the topic of breast cancer....
4/9/1999 French Bill Would Give Unmarried Couples Legal Rights
The French National Assembly passed a billed which would grant legal status to unmarried couples Wednesday....
4/6/1999 Saudi Arabia: Doctor Sentenced to Life for Performing Abortions
An unidentified Lebanese doctor was sentenced to life in prison for performing abortions in Saudi Arabia, according to the al-Eqtissadiyah newspaper....
4/1/1999 Legal Progress for Rape Victims in Taiwan
Women in Taiwan embraced a legal victory for victims of rape on Tuesday....
3/25/1999 Methodist Bishop Files Complaint Over Lesbian Ceremony
Bishop Melvin Talbert has "with sorrow and regret" filed a complaint against the 69 ministers who participated in a "holy union" lesbian commitment ceremony last January in Sacramento....
3/23/1999 MIT Study Reveals Pervasive Sex Discrimination
A five-year study reveals that the female faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Science face "pervasive, if unintentional" sex discrimination....
3/18/1999 Hale Reprimanded and Fined $22,000
Retired Army Maj....
3/17/1999 "Date Rape" Drug Deaths Rising
The Drug Enforcement Administration has reported that the illegal "date-rape" and body-building drug gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) has been linked to 32 deaths and 3,500 overdoses in the U.S....
3/16/1999 Clintons Host "Millennium Evening" on Women's Rights
In a gathering held last night at the White House, President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton held a discussion with women's historians and activists on the topic of women's rights, past and present....
3/16/1999 Army General Will Face Court Martial
Retired Maj....
3/11/1999 Columbia Guerrillas Admit Murder of Three Activists
The blind-folded and bullet-ridden bodies of activists Ingrid Washinawatok, 41, Lahe'ena'e Gay, 39, and Terence Freitas, 24, were returned to the United States yesterday from the Venezuelan field where they were found last week....
3/8/1999 Anti-Abortion Protestor Tests Nuremberg Ruling
Anti-abortion protestor Teresa Van Camp is apparently trying to force a test of U.S....
2/26/1999 Judge Forbids Anti-Abortion Web Site and "Wanted" Posters
Three weeks after a federal jury ruled that creators of "The Nuremberg Files" Web site violated federal anti-racketeering laws and the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, U.S....
2/24/1999 Minister on Trial for Performing "Gay Marriage"
Rev....
2/24/1999 Billboard Features Mature, Self-Assured Model
A billboard advertisement for Bucknell University's art gallery features a picture of 67-year-old Margaret Manchot, proud-faced and dressed only in a girdle alongside the slogan "Look at you loving me." Manchot rests her hands behind her head in the picture and exudes confidence in herself, love handles, age spots and all....
2/23/1999 "The Nuremberg Files" Web Site Finds New Home
The New York Times has reported that the Nuremberg Files Web site gained a new online home this Saturday....
2/18/1999 Mother Alleges Job Discrimination
New York lawyer Joann Trezza recently filed suit against her employer, The Hartford Inc....
2/16/1999 Child Soldiers, Sex Slaves in Sierra Leone
In her article published in the New York Times this Sunday, journalist Jan Goodwin wrote of the children who are being abducted by Government and opposition forces for work as soldiers and sex slaves in Sierra Leone's civil war....
2/12/1999 Senators Acquit Clinton
The U.S....
2/12/1999 CO Senate Committee Passes Abortion Ban
A Colorado Senate committee has passed a bill that would ban nearly all abortions beyond the 19th week of pregnancy....
2/8/1999 Mindspring Pulls Nuremberg Site
Internet service provider Mindspring removed "The Nuremberg Files" Web site from the Internet on Friday after site creator Neal Horsley pledged to publish live video of women entering abortion clinics, in violation of Mindspring's "appropriate use" policies....
2/4/1999 National Women's Leaders Oppose Live Testimony At Senate Trial
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority I am proud to join today with national women's leaders and leading women members of Congress to urge the United States Senate to put an end to this spectacle of hypocrisy and travesty of justice....
2/4/1999 Lesbian and Gay Students Fight for Notre Dame Anti-Discrimination Policy
One hundred students at the University of Notre Dame began a hunger strike Wednesday night....
2/4/1999 National Women's Leaders Oppose Live Testimony at Senate Trial: Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority
Washington DC -- I am proud to join today with national women's leaders and leading women members of Congress to urge the United States Senate to put an end to this spectacle of hypocrisy and travesty of justice....
2/3/1999 Federal Jury Finds "Un-wanted" Posters And "Nuremberg Files" To Be Threats, Not Free Speech
Washington DC -- Today, in Portland Oregon, a jury handed down the precedent-setting decision in the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE ) and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) lawsuit, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette v....
2/3/1999 Taliban Uses Torture As Punishment
Under Taliban rule in Afghanistan, amputations of hands and feet are common punishment for thieves, while murderers are publically executed and women are tortured for violating Taliban rules....
2/3/1999 Federal Jury Finds "Un-wanted" Posters And "Nuremberg Files" To Be Threats, Not Free Speech
Washington DC -- Today, in Portland Oregon, a jury handed down the precedent-setting decision in the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE ) and RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act) lawsuit, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette v....
2/2/1999 Jury: Web Site in Violation of FACE
A federal jury ruled today that creators of "The Nuremberg Files" Web site violated the Freedom of Access to Clinics Act (FACE) and federal racketeering statutes and awarded the plaintiffs with damages in the tens of millions....
2/2/1999 Women Surgeons Gaining Clout
In surgery, as in most professions, women still face sex discrimination and are largely confined to the lower-paying, less-prestigious surgical specialties....
2/2/1999 Pregnancy Still Risky for Older Mothers
Years ago, pregnancies in women ages 35 and over were considered "high risk" and discouraged by doctors....
1/29/1999 Anti-Abortion Legislation in Works in AR, MD
The Arkansas House passed a bill that would ban all abortions past the 16th week of pregnancy in a near-unanimous vote yesterday....
1/27/1999 FACE Trial Goes to Jury
An eight-member jury will begin deliberations today on a 1995 suit filed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a women's clinic, and five doctors against creators of the "Nuremberg Files" Web site....
1/26/1999 Military Rapist and Murderer Enters Plea Bargain
Danial J....
1/26/1999 Studies Question Biological Basis for Sex Roles
Scientists have long hypothesized that women's biology makes them naturally monogamous and that men are naturally prone to stray and seek multiple sexual partners....
1/22/1999 Women Fight "Honor Killings" in Jordan
In countries throughout the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and Brazil, women and girls are routinely killed by family members who believe that they have violated the family's honor in some way....
1/21/1999 WAR OF ATTRITION TARGETS ABORTION CLINICS NATIONWIDE
Eleanor Smeal, national feminist leader and one of the nation's leading experts on anti-abortion terrorism, today released the results of the Feminist Majority Foundation's sixth annual National Clinic Violence Survey Report, the most comprehensive study of anti-abortion violence in the United States....
1/20/1999 FBI: Alleged Clinic Bomber May Soon Reappear
FBI Special Agent Woody Enderson announced yesterday that alleged clinic bomber Eric Robert Rudolph may soon be forced to retreat from hiding to get more food and supplies....
1/15/1999 Senegal Bans Female Circumcision
The government of Senegal officially ended the practice of female genital mutilation on Wednesday, thanks to years of struggle by women's rights activists, educators, doctors, and politicians....
1/8/1999 Suit Against Anti-Abortion Web Site Begins
A suit filed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a women's clinic, and five doctors against creators of the "Nuremberg Files" Web site began yesterday in Portland....
12/18/1998 Livingston Admits to Extra-Marital Affairs
This morning, the U.S....
12/18/1998 New Dollar Coin to Feature Sacagawea
U.S....
12/16/1998 New Online Bank for Gay and Lesbian Entrepreneurs
A new, gay-friendly bank deemed "G&L Bank" by co-founders Steven Dunlap and Keith E....
12/15/1998 Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority on the Pending Presidential Impeachment Vote
The Feminist Majority joins with our sister organizations - and indeed the majority of women in this nation - in a united call to action to help stop this impeachment spectacle that has overtaken our political system....
12/15/1998 Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority, on the Pending Presidential Impeachment Vote
Washington DC -- The Feminist Majority joins with our sister organizations - and indeed the majority of women in this nation - in a united call to action to help stop this impeachment spectacle that has overtaken our political system....
12/11/1998 86% of U.S. Counties Are Without An Abortion Provider
A large decline in the number of abortion providers, along with a rise in effective contraceptive use, has been deemed the cause for the United States' abortion rate being the lowest in two decades, according to a study published by the Alan Guttmacher Institute....
12/10/1998 Afghan Women Testify To Taliban Terrors at UN Mock Tribunal
Women who have suffered human rights violations appeared at a UN mock tribunal last night, the eve of today's 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights....
12/8/1998 Girl Falsely Accused of Staging Hate Crime Settles With School
Sixteen-year-old Lucy Weber reached a settlement with the prestigious Middlesex Prep School in Concord, Mass....
12/8/1998 Pro-Choice Ad Campaign Launched to Attract Young Women
A brand-new abortion rights ad campaign has hit the billboards, buses, and subways of New York City this month....
12/1/1998 New Warnings Issued to Taliban
Iran issued a new set of warnings to the Taliban on Sunday, demanding justice for the Iranian diplomats murdered in Afghanistan this past August....
11/30/1998 New Chairwoman to Lead EEOC
Ida L....
11/20/1998 One of Every Five U.S. Women Has Faced Rape
A government study has revealed that nearly one in five women in the United States have been raped or faced an attempted rape at least once in their lives....
11/19/1998 Catholic Leaders Create Campaign Against Abortion
American Leaders of the Catholic Church are moving to increase their political activism by starting a new lobbying campaign against abortion and encouraging pro-choice candidates to change their stances on the issue....
11/18/1998 DC Officer Faces 42 Charges in Domestic Abuse Case
A Washington DC grand jury indicted District of Columbia police officer Kenneth L....
11/13/1998 First Woman Speaker of the House a Possibility
Rep....
11/3/1998 Anti-Semitism Evident Among Anti-Abortion Extremists
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has identified a long-running association between anti-abortion extremists and anti-Semitism....
11/2/1998 Iran Forces Sex Segregation at Hospitals
Iran's parliament passed an amendment that is the first of several planned measures designed to force segregatation of men and women at the country's hospitals....
10/28/1998 Depression Increases Elderly Women's Mortality Rate
Older women who are depressed face an increased risk of death, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco....
10/27/1998 Nurse Condemns Clinic Violence In Commercial
Nurse Condemns Clinic Violence in Commercial Registered Nurse Emily Lyons was walking into the New Woman, All Women Health Care Clinic last January when a bomb exploded in her face....
10/23/1998 Lesbian Attacked Following Anti-Hate Vigil
An openly lesbian student was attacked at St....
10/21/1998 Epileptic Women Provided More Information Concerning Reproduction
Research collected over a thirty-year span has given physicians better insight into the effects epileptic drugs have on women's contraception, pregnancy, and breast feeding....
10/20/1998 UN Special Envoy Returns with Mixed Report
UN Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi held talks last week with the Taliban militia in an attempt to ease the tension between Afghanistan and Iran....
10/19/1998 Sorority Shut Down Over Cruel, Anti-Gay Action
The national board of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority has agreed to shut down its Colorado State University chapter after the group co-sponsored a vicious, anti-gay float in the school's homecoming parade....
10/14/1998 Gender Gap Emerging in Computer Science
The gender gap between girls and boys studying math and science is closing....
10/13/1998 Shots Fired at Female Afghan Journalist in Pakistan
The life of a female Afghan journalist was threatened Monday, October 5, at night in Peshawar, Pakistan when two unidentified assailants fired shots at her....
10/13/1998 Re-Election Uncertain for Boxer, Murray, Moseley-Braun
1992, the year of the woman, saw democrats Barbara Boxer, Carol Moseley-Braun, and Patty Murray elected to the Senate....
10/12/1998 US First Lady Promotes Womens Rights in Eastern Europe
Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Bulgarian business women today as part of a four-day trip to promote womens rights in Eastern Europe....
10/9/1998 Kenyan Man Found Guilty of Domestic Abuse, But Walks
Moita Ole Risa, a Kenyan man accused by his wife of physical abuse, was found guilty Thursday....
10/8/1998 Study Reveals Harsh Conditions for Women in Afghanistan
Physicians for Human Rights published a recent study on the conditions Afghanistan women have suffered under Taliban rule....
9/30/1998 Pregnancy Not A Cure For Teen Depression
Although pregnancy can temporarily stave off depression in teens, teen often become even more depressed after giving birth, one study reports....
9/30/1998 Feminist Writer Faces Arrest Warrant In Bangladesh Homecoming
Feminist writer Taslima Nasreen faces a court order for her arrest after returning to her native country of Bangladesh....
9/29/1998 Domestic Terrorism in Alabama Leaves One Dead, One Injured at Abortion Clinic
Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Demands Zero Tolerance on this War of Attrition Washington DC -- Eleanor Smeal, national feminist leader and one of the nation's leading experts on anti-abortion terrorism, decried today's bombing of the New Woman All Women Health Care Clinic in Birmingham, Alabama....
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....
9/22/1998 New NBC Show Will Feature First Gay Male Lead
NBC's Will and Grace, a new television program that will debut this fall, appears to be based on a standard sitcom scenario....
9/11/1998 Girls' Software Now Readily Available; Clinton Pledges to Increase Diversity in Scientific, Technological Workforce
After a long drought, a significant number of software developers are finally developing their products with girls in mine, although few can be deemed "feminist" in design....
9/11/1998 Zimbabwean Women Demand Equitable Land Redistribution
A group of twenty-six women's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) presented a position paper to the Zimbabwean government demanding that a new land distribution program be made more equitable for women....
9/9/1998