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10/20/2014 North Carolina Board of Elections Eliminates On-Campus Voting Sites Across the State
North Carolina will begin state-wide early voting on Thursday, and unlike the 2012 presidential election, many students across the state will have no polling place on-campus, making it more difficult for students to exercise their right to vote. The North Carolina State Board of Elections recently eliminated the only on-campus voting location for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, a campus with more than 20,000 students....
10/20/2014 Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Slams Supreme Court for Upholding Voter Suppression in Texas
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued a blistering dissent after a ruling by the US Supreme Court this weekend threatened to disqualify more than half a million Texas voters from early voting. In an unsigned order Saturday, a majority of the Supreme Court sided with a Texas law requiring voters to produce specific forms of photo identification in order to cast a ballot in the 2014 election....
10/17/2014 Student Activists Across the Country Are Fighting Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
In Tennessee, North Dakota, and Colorado - three states deciding ballot measures aimed at restricting birth control access and outlawing abortion in the upcoming election - student activists are mobilizing to get out the vote. Members of student-led Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance group Vanderbilt Feminists at Vanderbilt University have been working tirelessly to get out the word about Tennessee's Amendment 1, which would take the right of privacy for reproductive rights out of the state constitution and give local legislators the power to restrict access to abortion, even in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the woman, and outlaw many forms of birth control, such as the IUD or the pill....
10/15/2014 Enforcement of Voter Suppression Law in Texas Uncertain
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled yesterday that Texas could enforce its strict Voter ID law, despite a lower court's finding that the law was discriminatory and would likely suppress the votes of African Americans and Hispanics in Texas. Writing for the Court, Judge Edith Brown Clement described the immediate challenge to the Texas law as "not a run-of-the-mill case." She continued, "Instead, it is a voting case decided on the eve of the election....
10/14/2014 Activist Dolores Huerta Fights for Reproductive Rights in Colorado
Legendary human rights leader Dolores Huerta will be in Denver, Colorado next Friday to Get Out the Vote for the 2014 election. Huerta, a Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, will be on the educational facility the Auraria Campus to take a stand against proposed Amendment 67, a personhood initiative on the Colorado ballot this Fall aimed at restricting abortion and birth control access. If passed, Amendment 67 would extend the definition of "person" and "child" to a fertilized egg in the Colorado criminal code and Wrongful Death Act....
10/14/2014 Early Voting Has Started in Many States
In many states, the 2014 elections have already begun through early and absentee voting....
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....
10/6/2014 Religious Leaders Unite in Tennessee and Colorado to Oppose Extreme Anti-Abortion Ballot Measures
Local religious leaders have come together to denounce ballot measures in Tennessee and Colorado that, if passed, would jeopardize access to abortion in those states. At Sunday services last week, local clergy from Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God, United Pentecostal, Presbyterian and Free Will Baptist churches, as well as leaders of other faiths, spoke out against Tennessee's Amendment 1, which would allow the government to interfere with women's personal health decisions....
10/2/2014 Court Reinstates Same Day Voter Registration in North Carolina
A federal appeals court blocked North Carolina's effort to end same-day voter registration and out-of-precinct voting - methods disproportionately used by minority voters - overturning a decision by a lower court just last month. In a 2-1 decision issued yesterday, the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that these provisions of H.B....
9/30/2014 US Supreme Court Shuts Down First Week of Early Voting in Ohio
Less than 24 hours before the start of Ohio's would-be voting period, the Supreme Court blocked efforts to restore a full seven days of early voting in the state, marking a win for the Republican-controlled legislature that enacted the new voting restrictions. The Supreme Court's order offered no opinion or explanation, but Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer would have ruled differently....
9/29/2014 Hope for Afghan Women as New President is Sworn In
Ashraf Ghani, who has publicly and consistently stated his support for women's rights and women's participation in government, was sworn in as the new President of Afghanistan today at the Presidential Palace in Kabul. Over 1000 national and international guests attended the ceremony, including high-ranking officials from the United Nations and 34 countries and a delegation from the United States....
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....
9/22/2014 New President and National Unity Government Announced in Afghanistan
The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced yesterday that the Afghan people have elected Dr....
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....
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....
8/19/2014 Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence
Afghanistan celebrates 95 years of independence today. President Hamid Karzai, along with the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, attended a special ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to commemorate the recognition of Afghanistan as an independent nation by the British Empire....
8/11/2014 Federal Judge Fails to Block North Carolina Voter Suppression Law
A federal judge on Friday refused to grant civil rights groups and the US Department of Justice a preliminary injunction against a North Carolina voter suppression measure, signed into law by Republican Governor Pat McCrory last year....
8/7/2014 Florida Lawmakers Hold Special Session to Redraw Gerrymandered Maps
Florida lawmakers are in Tallahassee today for a special nine-day session to redraw the state's congressional districts after a state court ruled last month that Republicans had illegally redrawn the districts for their own benefit. Leon County, Florida Circuit Court Judge Terry Lewis found in July that state Republicans had created "a shadow redistricting process" that violated the state constitution and "made a mockery of the Legislature's transparent and open process of redistricting." He continued, "they might have successfully concealed their scheme and their actions from the public had it not been for the Plaintiffs' determined efforts to uncover it in this case." The League of Women Voters of Florida brought the lawsuit challenging the redistricting plan, arguing that state Republicans had drawn congressional districts with the purpose of favoring GOP-candidates in violation of the Fair Districts Amendments to the state constitution, specifically intended to prohibit this kind of gerrymandering....
8/6/2014 Department of Justice Sues Pennsylvania State Police For Sex Discrimination
The US Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Police last week alleging that the state police has engaged in a pattern and practice of employment discrimination against women. In its suit, the DOJ alleges that the Pennsylvania state police excluded qualified women from consideration as entry-level troopers by requiring candidates to pass a physical fitness test that did not test for physical skills necessary to perform the job. According to the DOJ complaint, the test "disproportionately screened out female applicants, resulting in a disparate impact against those applicants" under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....
7/25/2014 Women's Equality Party Launched in New York
In November, voters in New York may elect the first Women's Equality Party ticket....
7/23/2014 Campaign Against Colorado Personhood Initiative Launches
Women's rights organizations, medical groups, and religious leaders joined several activists yesterday at a rally on the steps of the Colorado state capitol to launch a campaign against a new personhood initiative on the state's November ballot. The No on 67 campaign opposes Amendment 67, otherwise known as the Brady Amendment, a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the definition of "person" and "child" in the Colorado Criminal Code and Wrongful Death act to include "unborn human beings." A similar initiative was on the ballot in 2008 and 2010, but it was defeated both times by a wide margin. If passed, the amendment would have extreme repercussions, banning abortion in all cases, emergency contraception and birth control, and possibly in-vitro fertilization....
7/8/2014 Democrats to Introduce Bill Reversing Hobby Lobby Decision
Democrats in the House and Senate are expected to introduce companion bills today to reverse the US Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v....
7/7/2014 North Carolina College Students Join Challenge to Voter ID Laws
North Carolina college students are joining the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the US Department of Justice in a challenge to restrictive state voting laws that they argue violate the 26th Amendment....
6/30/2014 Mississippi Freedom Summer Focuses On Fighting Voter Suppression
MISSISSIPPI - Two members of Feminist Majority Foundation's campus team were in Jackson, Mississippi this past week engaging with social justice groups on the subject of modern-day voter suppression. National Campus Organizer Edwith Theogene and Campus Communications Associate Taylor Kuether attended plenaries, workshops, and breakout sessions centralized around voting and labor issues as part of Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary conference at Tougaloo College....
6/17/2014 Anti-Choice Group May Challenge Law Prohibiting False Political Speech
The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that anti-choice group Susan B....
6/16/2014 High Turnout in Afghanistan's Presidential Runoff Election
Over seven million Afghans, or 58 percent of the population, successfully voted in the runoff presidential election on Saturday, despite several attacks from the Taliban at polling centers. "The participation of men and women across the country demonstrates, once again, the commitment of the Afghan people to shape the future of their country and to reject violence and intimidation," Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon said in a statement. Because none of the presidential candidates won at least 50 percent of the vote in the April election, a runoff was held between the top two contenders - Abdullah Abdullah, who won 44.9 percent of the vote in the first election, and Ashraf Ghani Amadzai, who came in second with 31.5 percent. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) will announce preliminary results for the runoff election on July 2 and expect the final results to be announced on July 22....
6/13/2014 Women of Afghanistan Push Equality on the Eve of Runoff Presidential Election
Afghan women's groups Thursday held a press conference announcing that both of the presidential front-runners had signed a six-point petition for women's rights....
6/5/2014 US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown
President Obama announced last week that 9,800 United States military troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 to help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations....
6/4/2014 Sandra Fluke's Campaign for California State Senate Advances to General Election
Women's rights activist and attorney, Sandra Fluke, finished in the top two in her run for an open state Senate seat in California's 26th district....
6/2/2014 Obama Makes His Mark on Federal Appeals Courts
The make-up of the thirteen US federal appeals courts experienced a marked change under the Obama Administration....
5/13/2014 Senator Lindsey Graham Pushes Federal 20-Week Abortion Ban
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is expected to push for a vote today on a federal ban on abortion at 20 weeks. The bill, S....
4/28/2014 Afghan Election May be Headed for Runoff
Preliminary results for Afghanistan's recent presidential election were released on Saturday, showing that former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister and World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are the top contenders. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that Abdullah Abdullah, who lost the election in 2009 to outgoing president Hamid Karzai, won 44.9 percent of the vote....
4/16/2014 Female Afghan Parliamentarian Injured in Shooting Attack
Maryam Koofi, a member of Afghanistan's Parliament, was wounded in a shooting yesterday....
4/7/2014 Millions of Afghans Vote in Historic Elections
High turnout, low levels of violence, and strong participation by women, all combined Saturday to make the closely watched Afghan presidential and provincial council elections a success. Over 7 million Afghan men and women voted in these historic elections - representing a staggering 60% voter participation rate, close to the 62% participation rate in the US presidential election in 2008 and more than the 58% participation rate in the US in 2012....
4/4/2014 Afghanistan Heads to the Polls Tomorrow
Afghanistan will hold presidential and provincial council elections tomorrow....
4/3/2014 Supreme Court Strikes Down Aggregate Campaign Contribution Caps
In a divided decision, the Supreme Court yesterday struck down campaign contribution caps, paving the way for big-money donors to contribute unlimited amounts, in the aggregate, to federal candidates and political committees. The decision in McCutcheon v....
3/21/2014 13,000 Women Will Work to Secure Polling Centers on Afghanistan's Election Day
The Afghan Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) announced this week that it has recruited 13,000 women to work on security procedures at polling centers for the upcoming April 5 presidential election day....
2/25/2014 Ohio Passes Laws Ending or Restricting Early and Absentee Voting
Last Wednesday, the state legislature passed a bill that would eliminate the Golden Week, a 6-day early voting period wherein individuals could register and cast their votes prior to Election Day....
2/24/2014 Supreme Court Declines to Hear Case to Limit Access to Women's Healthcare Centers
The United States Supreme Court announced today that it will not review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals protecting the right of Arizona Medicaid recipients to visit healthcare providers who also perform abortions. Planned Parenthood sued to prevent Arizona House Bill 2800 from taking effect....
2/20/2014 Afghan Presidential Candidates Debate Women's Rights
The second televised presidential debate in Afghanistan took place Tuesday night....
2/13/2014 Virginia Senate Passes Bill To Repeal Ultrasound Law
The Virginia Senate voted to pass a bill yesterday that would repeal a law mandating medically unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion. SB 617 tied with a 20-20 vote based on party lines....
2/4/2014 Presidential Candidates Begin Campaigns for Afghanistan's April Election
Candidates for Afghanistan's upcoming April election kicked off their presidential campaigns on Sunday. According to TOLO News, many of the 11 candidates have focused on similar, broad issues so far, including security, human rights, women's participation in government, corruption, and economic development....
1/28/2014 Democrat Wins Virginia Senate Seat After Close Recount
Virginia Del....
1/28/2014 Missouri Legislators Introduce Slew of Bills Restricting Abortion
Anti-choice Missouri legislators have wasted no time in the new year introducing extreme bills that restrict access to abortion....
1/22/2014 Pro-Choice Democratic Woman Wins Virginia Senate Seat
Pro-choice Democrat Jennifer Wexton beat out two Republicans yesterday to win a special election seat in the Virginia Senate's 33rd District. According to reports from 90 percent of the precincts last night, Wexton beat her opponents with 53 percent of the vote....
1/17/2014 Report: Burma Army Uses Rape as Weapon of War
The Women's League of Burma (WLB) released a report on Tuesday revealing the Burmese Army's continued, systematic rape of girls and women since the country's 2010 elections....
1/13/2014 Feminist Majority Endorses Heather Mizeur in Race for Maryland Governor
WASHINGTON, D.C....
12/19/2013 Pro-Choice Democrat Wins VA Attorney General Race
Pro-choice state Senator Mark Herring (D) is the new attorney general of Virginia, defeating State Senator Obenshain (R) who conceded the race - after a vote recount - yesterday. This is a huge victory for women's reproductive health and rights....
12/16/2013 Michelle Bachelet Wins Chilean Presidency
Feminist Michelle Bachelet is once again the president of Chile, winning 62 percent of the vote - the largest victory for any presidential candidate since the country resumed democratic elections in 1989. As president, Bachelet will address the profound gap between the rich and poor in Chile....
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....
11/27/2013 Karzai Signals Delay On Bilateral Security Agreement
President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has declared that he will not sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) until after Afghanistan's Presidential elections are held in April 2014....
11/22/2013 US and Afghanistan Agree on Language for Bilateral Security Agreement
The United States and Afghanistan have agreed on the final language of a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine the role of the U.S....
11/21/2013 Press Release: Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013 Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules WASHINGTON --The U.S....
11/20/2013 Albuquerque Voters Defeat Anti-Abortion Ballot Measure
Last night, voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico defeated an unprecedented ballot measure that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks and contained no exceptions for rape, incest, or the health of the woman....
11/19/2013 Albuquerque Residents Vote On 20 Week Abortion Ban Today
Residents in the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico will vote on a ballot measure today that, if passed, would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation without exceptions for the life and health of the mother or survivors of rape or incest....
11/18/2013 US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition
Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush called for increased support for Afghan women during the "Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan" symposium held in Washington, DC last week. The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014....
11/7/2013 Voters Decided on 31 Ballot Measures in 2013 Elections
Voters across the United States decided on 31 ballot measure in six states during Monday's elections. In New Jersey, voters approved by more than 60 percent, an amendment to increase the state's minimum wage to $8.25 from the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour....
11/6/2013 Feminists, Abortion Rights Win in Virginia
Feminists supported Virginia Democratic Candidates Terry McAuliffe for Governor and Dr....
10/22/2013 Anti-Choice Former Kansas AG Suspended from Law Practice
The Kansas Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of former state Attorney General Phill Kline for launching a fraudulent legal prosecution against Dr....
10/22/2013 Texas Voter ID Law Took Effect Yesterday
A restrictive voter identification law took effect in Texas yesterday - the same day that early voting for the state's November 5 elections began - despite an ongoing lawsuit by the Department of Justice to stop it....
10/14/2013 Separate Federal and State Voting Rules Threaten to Disenfranchise Voters
In June, the U.S....
10/10/2013 Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....
10/4/2013 Wendy Davis Announces Run For Texas Governor
Wendy Davis announced yesterday that she will run for Texas governor in the November 2014 elections....
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 SNAP: Pope's Comments Do Not Protect Children
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) sharply criticized Pope Francis for failing to make child sexual abuse in the church a top priority....
9/18/2013 UN Agencies Condemn Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
UN Women, the United Nations agency committed to gender equality and women's empowerment, condemned the recent intimidation and targeted killings of Afghan women government officials....
9/17/2013 New USAID Projects Aim to Empower Afghan Women
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently announced several programs aimed at empowering women and girls in Afghanistan....
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....
9/6/2013 Multi-Million Dollar Program Announced to Support Afghan Women's Political Participation
Enhancing women's political participation is at the forefront of preparation for Afghanistan's next set of presidential and provincial elections....
9/4/2013 NC Elections Board Decides on Student Voting Rights Cases
Yesterday, North Carolina's State elections board made decisions on two controversial voting rights cases that significantly affect college students....
8/30/2013 US Won't Challenge State Laws Legalizing Recreational Marijuana
The Justice Department announced Thursday that it would not interfere with state laws legalizing recreational marijuana....
8/23/2013 DOJ Files Lawsuit To Stop Texas Voter ID Law
The Department of Justice filed suit against the state of Texas Thursday for discriminating against minority voters when it passed a voter identification law....
8/20/2013 PA Voter ID Law Blocked By Federal Judge
A 2012 Pennsylvania law that requires voters to show photo ID in order to vote has once again been blocked from being enforced during an upcoming election by a state judge on Friday. Commonwealth Court Judge Bernard McGinley has barred the law from going into effect until a trial determines a final decision regarding the law's validity....
8/19/2013 Trial Set for Mississippi Anti-Abortion Law
A date has been set for the case against an anti-abortion law that could shut down the last abortion clinic in Mississippi....
8/16/2013 NC Passes Sweeping Voter Suppression Laws
On the heels of North Carolina Gov....
8/15/2013 VA Gubernatorial Candidate Announces Plan to State-Fund Religious Schools
Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli unveiled a 12 step plan to reform the commonwealth's educational system that includes changing the Virginia constitution to allow state funding to go to religious schools....
8/13/2013 NC Governor Signs Restrictive Voter ID Bill into Law
Yesterday, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed an restrictive voter ID bill into law....
8/1/2013 Two Restrictive Abortion Laws Blocked in North Dakota
A North Dakota law that would require abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles the clinic was blocked by a state judge yesterday....
7/24/2013 NC Advances Extreme Voter Suppression Legislation
A North Carolina Senate committee passed new extreme restrictionson voting right on Tuesday....
6/18/2013 Supreme Court Strikes Down Proof of Citizenship Voter Requirements
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court struck down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship before being allowed register to vote. In an opinion written [PDF] by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Court ruled that the Arizona statute violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, also known as the "Motor Voter Law") of 1993, which created a federal form that individuals can mail in to register to vote in federal elections....
6/12/2013 Women's Rights Advocate Wins Virginia Primary
Dr....
5/13/2013 NJ Governor Vetos Early Voting Bill
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) vetoed a bill on Thursday that would have created 14 days of in-person early voting in New Jersey....
5/3/2013 Colorado Legislature Passes Voter Expansion Bill
Yesterday, the Colorado state legislature approved a bill that will expand voter rights in the state....
5/2/2013 Linda Dorcena Forry Wins Boston Democratic Primary
Linda Dorcena Forry won the Democratic primary for the open Massachusetts state Senate seat....
4/23/2013 Breaking News: France Legalizes Same Sex Marriage
Today French lawmakers voted to legalize same sex marriage and adoption in the country....
4/15/2013 TX Senator Campaigns with Controversial Anti-Choice Slogan
Representative Steve Stockman of Texas (R) has released a controversial new bumper sticker and slogan for his re-election campaign: "If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted....
4/5/2013 NC Bill Creates Penalties on Youth Vote
On Tuesday, state Representative Bill Cook (R-Beaufort County) introduced a controversial "Equalizing Voter Rights" bill (SB 667) that would negatively impact North Carolina students who are registered to vote where they attend school as opposed to being registered at their parents address....
4/4/2013 French Senate to Consider Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Debate is scheduled to begin today in the French Senate on a bill that would grant same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children....
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....
4/1/2013 French Law Providing Free Contraception and Abortion Goes Into Effect
A French law that allows minors between the ages of fifteen and eighteen to receive free contraception from family planning centers and provides abortion without cost to patients went into effect this Sunday....
3/26/2013 ND Governor Signs Extreme Anti-Abortion Law to Close Only Clinic
North Dakota governor Jack Dalrymple (R-ND) just signed a series of three restrictive anti-abortion rights measures into state law....
3/18/2013 New GOP Study Shows Public Feels Republicans Are "Out of Touch"
On Monday, the Republican National Committee released the results of a new study intended to describe public opinion of the party....
2/27/2013 Supreme Court Hears Lawsuit on Voting Rights Act
Today, the justices of the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for the fifth time since the law's passage in 1965....
2/25/2013 First Woman President of South Korea Sworn In
South Korea's first female president, Park Geun-hye, was sworn in Monday....
2/13/2013 President Obama Issues State of the Union Address
In his first State of the Union message since his reelection, President Obama urged quick passage of legislation the women's movement has supported for many years....
2/8/2013 ND Personhood Bill Moves to House
The North Dakota state Senate approved an initiative on a 26 to 21 vote Thursday that, if passed by North Dakota Voters in 2014, would amend the state constitution to state that life begins at conception....
1/16/2013 Indonesia Supreme Court Candidate Jokes Rape Victims "Might Enjoy It"
On Monday, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court joked before the parliamentary selection panel that women who were raped may have enjoyed it. Muhammad Daming Sanusi made the comment when he asked whether he considered the death penalty to be a reasonable punishment for rape....
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....
12/7/2012 SC Senator to Head Heritage Foundation
South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint announced on Thursday that he will be leaving the Senate to lead the conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation at the end of the year. Jim DeMint was a vocal Tea Party Republican in the Senate who is credited by the New York Times as helping spark the Tea Party movement....
12/6/2012 Same-Sex Marriage Laws Take Effect in MD and WA
Maryland and Washington state began implementing parts of new legislation legalizing same-sex marriage today....
11/15/2012 Ohio House Committee Votes to Defund Planned Parenthood
On Wednesday, the Ohio House of Representatives' Health and Aging Committee approved a bill that would prevent Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio from receiving federal funding....
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....
11/14/2012 Pelosi Decides to Stay as House Democratic Leader
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced today that she will seek reelection as leader of the Democratic caucus....
11/13/2012 Catholic Church Continues Fight Against Women's and LGBT Rights
The Catholic church acknowledged Monday that they have no plans to revise their stance on birth control or same-sex marriage despite falling flat with voters this year....
11/12/2012 OH Judge: 'I Don't Want to See Democracy Die in the Darkness'
In Ohio, Secretary of State Jon Husted's 11th hour directive that could cause legitimate provisional ballots to be thrown out is being challenged in a federal court by voting rights advocates....
11/9/2012 Historic Gender Gap Rules: Women's Votes decisive in Presidential and Senate Races
President Barack Obama won re-election with 55% of women's votes and 45% of men's votes for a decisive and historic 10% gender gap, according to CNN exit polls....
11/8/2012 Gender Gap Decisive in Marriage Equality Ballot Measures
Women's votes, according to state exit polls, determined the historic outcome of the 2012 marriage equality ballot measures, which were approved for the first time by general election votes in three states: Maine, Maryland, and Washington state....
11/7/2012 Sweeping Victory for Marriage Equality
Yesterday, voters in Maine, Washington, and Maryland voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and voters in in Minnesota rejected a constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman....
11/7/2012 Historic Election Results
On Tuesday, November 7th 2012 the United States of America reelected President Barack Obama, while the Democrats and Republics held on to their control of the Senate and the House, respectively....
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....
10/31/2012 Supreme Court Denies Personhood Appeal in Oklahoma
The US Supreme Court refused to hear a case on Monday brought on by the anti-abortion group Personhood Oklahoma, rejecting its attempt to challenge the Oklahoma court's ruling against a proposed Personhood ballot measure in the state....
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....
10/22/2012 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....
10/17/2012 OH Early Voting Permitted
Yesterday the Supreme Court refused a request to hear an appeal that asked the High Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that allows early voting for all Ohio residents....
10/16/2012 New Study: Romney/Ryan Medicare Reform Would Raise Costs for Seniors
A new study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that nearly six in ten seniors would likely pay higher premiums for their Medicare benefits under a "premium-support" system....
10/15/2012 Catholics for Choice Poll: Majority of Catholics Not Concerned About Abortion, Gay Marriage
In a Catholics for Choice poll of 1000 self-described Catholic voters, respondents indicated that they are most concerned about jobs, public education, and healthcare-and least concerned about abortion and gay marriage....
10/8/2012 Scalia Calls Abortion, LGBTQ Rights, Death Penalty 'Easy' Cases
At a book signing in Washington, DC, last week Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia called overruling Roe v....
10/8/2012 OH Early Voting Reinstated by Appeals Court
Ohio's early voting option for all Ohio residents was reinstated by a federal appeals court Friday....
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....
10/2/2012 RNC Halts Voter Registration Because of Scandal
The Republican National Committee ended its ties with Strategic Allied Consulting, a firm hired to register voters for the 2012 election, as Florida prosecutors investigate suspected voter fraud....
10/2/2012 PA Court Blocks Enforcement of Voter ID Laws
On Tuesday, just five weeks before Election Day, a Commonwealth Court judge halted enforcement of Pennsylvania's strict new voting ID law from going into effect in the pivotal swing state until after this year's presidential election....
9/26/2012 UPDATE: Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Todd Akin in Missouri Race
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) has passed the deadline for withdrawing his campaign for the United States Senate, meaning he will officially be on the ballot in November challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)....
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....
9/24/2012 Women Running for Congress in Record Numbers
Women are running for congress in record numbers this year....
9/24/2012 Michelle Obama: Turning Out the Vote is 'March of Our Time'
Michelle Obama gave a speech at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation last Saturday night focused on getting out the vote....
9/20/2012 Aung San Suu Kyi Receives Congressional Gold Medal
Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, yesterday in ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda....
9/19/2012 PA Supreme Court Orders Voter ID Law Review
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided on Tuesday that if voting IDs will not be readily available in time for the November 2012 election, the state's new voter ID law cannot go into effect....
9/17/2012 Iowa Judge Issues Injunction Against Voter Suppression Rules
In Iowa, Judge Mary Pat Gunderson issued a temporary injunction on Friday to stay the implementation of the swing state's new voter suppression rules....
9/13/2012 Voter Suppression Laws Could Affect 1 Million Young Minority Voters, Study Says
One million young minority voters could be affected by new voter suppression laws enacted in 17 states, according to a study released by the Black Youth Project. The study [PDF], co-authored by Cathy Cohen and Jon Rogowski from the University of Chicago and Washington University in St....
9/12/2012 Breaking News: Colorado Personhood Will Not Appear on November 2012 Ballot
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced today that the Colorado Personhood Coalition has missed the Monday deadline for ballot certification for the "Personhood" Amendment to appear on the November 2012 ballot....
9/10/2012 Early Voting Victory in Ohio to be Challenged
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine will appeal a federal court decision granting early-voting in the state....
9/7/2012 President Barack Obama Accepts Democratic Nomination
President Barack Obama officially accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for re-election last night in Charlotte, North Carolina....
9/7/2012 Illinois Attorney General Questioned on Parenting and Politics
On Tuesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan was asked by reporters if she could balance her role as a mother and running for governor in 2014, despite the fact that Madigan has not confirmed she will run. Madigan shut down reporters' questions about her intentions in running as governor in the 2014 mid-term election, stating that she was at the Democratic National Convention solely to support President Barack Obama....
9/7/2012 Zach Wahl Endorses Obama Due to Same-Sex Marriage Stance
Zach Wahl, a marriage-equality advocate made famous by his speech delivered at a hearing in Iowa about being raised by a lesbian couple, endorsed President Obama last night at the Democratic National Convention because of the party's position on same-sex marriage....
9/6/2012 Sandra Fluke Tackles Contraception, Abortion, and Domestic Violence at DNC
Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown Law School student Republicans refused to allow to testify at a House Committee hearing on the religious exemption on contraception coverage and women's health, addressed the Democratic National Convention last night in Charlotte, North Carolina....
9/4/2012 MD Congressman in Tight Race Steps into Rape/Abortion Debacle
Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) entered the rape exception debate when speaking at a town hall on Thursday....
8/30/2012 RNC Platform Would Ban Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, and Potentially Reverse ADA
On Tuesday, the Republican Party approved their 2012 platform, which seeks to undo years of legislation protecting reproductive choice, marriage equality, disability rights, affirmative action, education, immigration reform, and voting rights among others. The platform takes the following positions: On abortion - "We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed....
8/29/2012 Six More Companies Ditch ALEC
Six companies have announced they are separating from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) - General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, Symantec (creators of Norton anti-virus software), Reckitt Benckiser Group (which makes Lysol), and Entergy (a Louisiana-based power company). ALEC came under scrutiny for their support of "Stand Your Ground" legislation used in the defense of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin and voter suppression legislation....
8/22/2012 Court Rules Texas Can Defund Planned Parenthood
A federal court ruled on Tuesday in favor of Texas, allowing the state to move forward in banning government funding for Planned Parenthood under the Texas Women's Health Program....
8/21/2012 Gender Gap in Election Poll Puts Obama Ahead
According to a recent poll by NBC/The Wall Street Journal, President Barack Obama has a 15 point advantage among female voters over Mitt Romney for the 2012 presidential election. The recent poll data [PDF] shows that President Obama leads by six points over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among all registered voters....
8/16/2012 OH Secretary of State Announces Uniform Early-Voting Policy
On Wednesday Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that all Ohio districts will follow a uniform early-voting policy....
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....
8/14/2012 Candy Crowley to Moderate Presidential Debate
The bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday that CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate one of three presidential debates this fall, which will be the first time in 20 years that a woman has done so....
8/13/2012 Early Voting Restrictions in Ohio's Democratic Counties
In a state known for its chaotic elections, early voting stations in Ohio's Democratic-leaning counties will soon be restricted, while it's Republican-leaning counties will see their early voting hours expanded....
8/9/2012 Sandra Fluke Hits the Campaign Trail
Yesterday Georgetown Law graduate and women's rights activist Sandra Fluke hit the campaign trail with President Barack Obama....
8/8/2012 Anti-Abortion Activist to Face Jury Trial in Harassment of Doctor
US District Judge J....
8/7/2012 Colorado Personhood Signatures Submitted
On Monday the Colorado Personhood Coalition submitted 112,121 signatures to the secretary of state, surpassing the 86,105 signatures required to get its anti-abortion initiative on the ballot in November....
7/31/2012 Women Testifying on Pennsylvania Voter ID Law
The court case against a new Pennsylvania voter ID law began last week....
7/12/2012 First Lesbian Super PAC Launched
The first lesbian Super PAC, LPAC, was launched yesterday....
7/11/2012 Feminist Majority Hosts Press Conference to Endorse Obama
The Feminist Majority held a press conference this morning with a coalition of other women's rights leaders to announce their endorsement of President Barack Obama in the upcoming election....
6/21/2012 NH Governor Vetoes Three Harmful Bills
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch (D) vetoed a bill on Monday that would have classified the death of a fetus as homicide and vetoed two other bills on Wednesday that would have imposed restrictions on voting registration....
6/20/2012 Iowa Could End Medicaid Funded Abortions
A group of 41 Republican lawmakers in Iowa filed a petition with the state's Department of Human Services this week, seeking to end government funded abortions in the state....
6/18/2012 Suu Kyi Formally Accepts Nobel Peace Prize
Twenty-one years after she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi formally accepted the award, giving her acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway on Saturday....
6/6/2012 Democrats Appear to take Control of WI Senate
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) survived a recall attempt yesterday; the recall election was prompted by Walker's attack last year on collective bargaining rights of public sector employees, specifically teachers, nurses, and social workers....
6/4/2012 New Campaign Against Sex Segregation in Public Schools
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) recently launched "Teach Kids, Not Stereotypes Campaign," which calls for the end of unlawful and ineffective sex segregated programs in public schools....
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....
5/21/2012 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....
5/15/2012 OK Judge Permanently Blocks Anti-Abortion Law
An Oklahoma Judge ruled on Friday that a proposed state law severely restricting medication abortions is unconstitutional, permanently blocking the enforcement of the bill....
5/9/2012 NC Bans Same-Sex Marriage and Domestic Partnerships
Voters in North Carolina passed a constitutional amendment last night that defines marriage as the legal union between a man and a woman....
4/30/2012 Suu Kyi will take Myanmar Oath of Office
Aung San Suu Kyi, who won a seat in Myanmar's (previously Burma) parliamentary election in the beginning of April as a member of the opposition National League for Democracy party, will take the country's oath of office....
4/18/2012 ALEC Eliminates Controversial Legislation Taskforce
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) announced on Tuesday that it would disband its task force that pushed legislation such as the Stand Your Ground laws and the voter-ID laws....
4/16/2012 Woman Declares Intention to Run For Afghan Presidency
Fawzia Koofi is the first person to announce an intention to run for the presidency in Afghanistan....
4/9/2012 Woman Turned Away from Wisconsin Polls For Lack of Voter ID
An 87- year old woman was refused the right to vote in last week's Wisconsin presidential primary due to a lack of proper identification as defined by the state's new voting regulations....
4/2/2012 Aung San Suu Kyi Wins Parliamentary Seat in Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi, of the National League for Democracy party, won a seat in Myanmar's (previously Burma) parliamentary election last weekend....
3/1/2012 HERvotes Coalition Press Conference Held Today
This morning, a coalition of 51 national women's organizations under the banner of HERvotes held a press conference at the National Press Club to announce an unprecedented effort to mobilize women voters on Health and Economic Rights - HERvotes- in 2012....
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 Senator Snowe Not Seeking Relection
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) announced that she would not be running for reelection after serving three terms....
2/23/2012 Bulletin: VA Personhood Amendment
By a vote of 24 to 14, with all Democrats and four Republicans voting yes, the Virginia Senate voted to send a "personhood" bill back to the state Senate Health and Education committee....
2/14/2012 Same-Sex Marriage Bills Prevail in WA, NJ
Yesterday Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state making Washington the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage....
1/23/2012 Women Win One Percent of Seats in Egyptian Elections
Final results of the first post-revolutionary parliament elections in Egypt confirm that women have won one percent of the parliamentary seats....
1/17/2012 Anti-Abortion Ads to Air During Super Bowl
According to the Washington Post, Randall Terry, the founder of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, will be campaigning for president in order to take advantage of a Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) Communications Act that allows candidates to run even graphic campaign ads in the 45 days prior to the primary election in the state....
11/22/2011 Virginia Delegate Introduces Personhood Amendment
On Monday, Virginia state Delegate Bob Marshall (R-Prince William County) filed a "personhood" bill, which states that life begins at conception and proposes to give constitutional rights to a fertilized egg....
11/21/2011 Morocco's Proposed Constitution Amendments Support Women's Rights
Morocco's parliamentary election, to be held on November 25, will determine if new provisions, which would greatly benefit women, will be adopted in the nation's constitution.The provisions promote women's economic, social, and cultural rights, according to Women's eNews....
11/17/2011 First Lady Michelle Obama to Chair "Women For Obama" Campaign Initiative
First Lady Michelle Obama will serve as honorary chair of the 2012 "Women for Obama" initiative, which aims to gather support from women voters for the President's bid for reelection next year....
11/15/2011 HERvotes Takes on Sexual Harassment
In its fifth blog carnival, HERvotes is taking on the need to keep the laws and public policies to end sex discrimination and sexual harassment in schools and at the workplace strong....
10/11/2011 WI Governor Recall Petitioning Begins Next Month, Faces Setbacks
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate announced Monday that petitioning in favor of a recall election for their Governor Rick Scott would begin on November 15....
10/10/2011 CA Governor Signs the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act
Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, allowing farmworkers to privately fill out state-issued ballots for union elections....
10/7/2011 Hundreds Occupy D.C.'s Freedom Plaza in Protest
On Thursday, hundreds converged on Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C....
10/6/2011 UNFPA Fights Gender- Based Sex Selection
On Wednesday, Nobuko Horibe, director of the Asia and Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) issued a statement before the International Workshop on Prenatal Sex Selection describing the UNFPA's renewed commitment to ending gender-based sex selection and discrimination against women and girls....
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....
9/26/2011 Saudi King Announces Women's Right to Vote
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced in a recent address that Saudi women will now have voting rights and permitted to nominate candidates in the municipal elections to be held in 2015....
9/15/2011
HERvotes, launched on August 25th in recognition of the anniversary of the 19th Amendment, with 21 women's organizations, has expanded to 31 organizations, adding to its numbers the YWCA USA, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, the National Conference of Puerto Rican Women, the Coalition of Labor Union Women, the Business and Professional Women's Foundation, NARAL ProChoice America, the National Association of Social Workers, SisterSong, and Advocates for Youth....
8/29/2011 GOP Groups Spend $800K in NV Special Election
Republican groups have spent approximately $800,000 on the special election in Nevada's second district, to be held on September 13, to retain Republican control of the seat formerly held by Dean Heller, who will replace former US Senator John Ensign....
8/22/2011 United Farm Workers March for Fair Treatment of Farm Workers Act
Beginning tomorrow morning, hundreds of farmworkers, organized by the United Farm Workers, will embark on a 167 mile pilgrimage from the Central Valley to Sacramento, CA to urge Governor Jerry Brown (D) to sign the Fair Treatment for Farm Workers Act, which would allow farmworkers to privately fill out state-issued ballots for union elections....
8/17/2011 Democrats Win Two Final WI Recall Elections
Yesterday, two Democratic Senators Bob Wirch and Jim Holperin defeated their Republican opponents in the final two Wisconsin recall elections....
8/10/2011 Wisconsin Democrats Win 2 Senate Seats
Democratic Senators Jennifer Shilling and Jessica King won two of the contested seats in strongly Republican districts....
8/9/2011 WI Senate Recall Elections Today
Today six recall elections are being held for seats in the Wisconsin Senate, with five Democratic challengers running....
8/8/2011 China Pledges to Ban Sex-Selective Abortion
According to the Outline for the Development of Chinese Children (2011-2020), released today, China will strengthen its efforts to end sex-selective abortions as a means to close the country's gender gap....
7/29/2011 FAA Shutdown Leaves Thousands Without Work
As a result of Congress' failure to reauthorize the funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) budget, the FAA has been shut down since last Friday, leaving approximately 4,000 FAA employees furloughed and 70,000 likely to lose their jobs as a result of all construction jobs at airports coming to a stop....
7/22/2011 Democrat Wins First Wisconsin Recall Vote
Democrat Dave Hansen won in the first of nine recall elections in Wisconsin this week, easily defending his seat in the state Senate from a Republican challenger....
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....
7/15/2011 Democrats beat "Fake Democrats" in Wisconsin Primaries
On Tuesday, Democrats won all six of their primaries in Wisconsin's recall elections after facing an unusual challenge from party-switching Republicans....
7/13/2011 Democrat Janice Hahn wins in CA's 36th District
In a special election yesterday for California's 36th Congressional district, Democrat Janice Hahn defeated Republican Craig Huey by 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent....
7/5/2011 First Woman to Become Thailand's Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra was elected as Thailand's first woman prime minister on Sunday....
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....
6/24/2011 NC Governor Vetoes Voter ID Bill
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue (D) on Thursday vetoed a bill to require ID at the polls, saying it would put too much of a burden on voters....
6/15/2011 Report Examines Gender-Based Sex Selection
The UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, WHO, and OHCHR issued a statement examining causes and consequences of gender-based sex selection....
6/2/2011 Statement by Eleanor Smeal, Publisher of Ms. and President of the Feminist Majority: Jill Abramson Reaches the Pinnacle of the New York Times
The selection of Jill Abramson, an accomplished feminist, as executive editor of The New York Times, which is not only the most influential newspaper in the United States, but also the premier online news platform, smashes a barrier to women's achievement in print and digital media. This is all the more important because it comes at a time when women's rights are under attack in Congress and state legislatures....
6/2/2011 Jill Abramson Reaches the Pinnacle of the New York Times
Statement by Eleanor Smeal, Publisher of Ms....
5/25/2011 Christine Lagarde Announces Candidacy for IMF Head
French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde officially announced her candidacy for the director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) late Tuesday at a special press conference in Paris....
5/25/2011 Democrat Kathy Hochul Wins Seat in NY 26th District
Yesterday Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin in a special election in the 26th Congressional district of New York....
5/13/2011 Ensign Charged, Coburn Named Collaborator
Following a 22 month investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Vice Chair Johnny Isakson (R-GA), released a report yesterday, supported unanimously by the bipartisan committee of three Democrats and three Republicans, that former Nevada Senator John Ensign violated Senate rules, broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and engaged in sex discrimination....
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 Representative Wasserman Schultz Appointed to DNC Chair
President Obama named Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) to replace former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D) as the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the 2012 election cycle....
2/17/2011 Wichita Dr. Seeking to Provide Abortion Blocked
Following a lawsuit filed by Foliage Development Inc., Dr....
1/31/2011 Anti-Abortion Forces Increase in the States
The fight against abortion has been heating up in the states since the 2010 elections....
1/21/2011 Republicans Move to Restrict Abortion
Reproductive Rights groups, including the Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the National Abortion Rights League, will oppose the No Tax-Payer Funding for Abortion bill (HR 3), introduced yesterday by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ), Congressional Pro-Life Caucus Co-Chair with the support of House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA)....
1/19/2011 US Supreme Court Denies Same-Sex Marriage Appeal in DC
Yesterday the US Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by Bishop Harry Jackson, the National Organization for Marriage, and the Alliance Defense Fund challenging the District of Columbia's law allowing same-sex couples to marry....
1/12/2011 Same-Sex Marriage Likely in MD
A committee realignment will likely ensure that the marriage bill will finally move to the Senate floor for a vote....
1/10/2011 Sheriff Decries Consequences of Inflammatory "Vitriol" After Tucson Shooting
Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords is fighting for her life in a Tucson hospital after having been shot in the head by a gunman while she conducted a "Congress on Your Corner" event in front of a market. Although she was listed in very critical condition after surgery, Dr....
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....
11/18/2010 President Meets with Women Leaders
President Obama met with women leaders in the White House immediately after all Republican senators voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act from moving to the Senate floor for a vote....
11/17/2010 Paycheck Fairness Act Cloture Vote in Senate Today
The Paycheck Fairness Act cloture vote to end the Republican filibuster is this morning in the US Senate....
11/17/2010 Republicans Vote in Block to Stop Paycheck Fairness Act
On a vote of 58-41, with one Senator not voting, the Paycheck Fairness Act was blocked from coming to the Senate floor for an up or down vote this morning....
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....
11/5/2010 Election 2010: Conservative Democrats Trounced; Progressive Democrats Barely Unseated
The conservative Blue Dog Democratic caucus suffered massive losses - 48 percent of the Blue Dogs or 26 of its 54 public members, including two of its four co-chairs were defeated....
11/3/2010 Colorado Personhood Ballot Initiative Overwhelmingly Defeated
In a strong victory for reproductive rights, the Colorado ballot initiative Amendment 62 was defeated by an overwhelming margin of 2-to-1 on Tuesday night....
11/1/2010 Brazil Elects First Woman to its Presidency
On Sunday, Dilma Rousseff of the Worker's Party defeated Jose Serra of the Social Democratic Party by a wide margin and became Brazil's first woman president....
11/1/2010 Gender Gaps in Polling in Key Races
As we close the midterm election season, public opinion polling in close races shows significant gender gaps--"the measurable difference in the way women and men vote for (or favor) candidates and in the way they view political issues" (see Eleanor Smeal, Why and How Women Will Elect the Next President). For example, the L.A....
10/28/2010 Mississippi Personhood Amendment to Appear on Fall 2011 Ballot
On Tuesday, Hinds County Judge Malcolm Harrison ruled against the ACLU and Planned Parenthood in a case that sought to remove a "Personhood Amendment," an anti-abortion initiative, from ballots next year in Mississippi....
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....
10/19/2010 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....
10/8/2010 Jailed Iranian Human Rights Lawyer on Hunger Strike
Prominent jailed Iranian human rights lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, confirmed in a short telephone conversation with her husband, that she is on the twelfth day of a hunger strike....
10/5/2010 Drive for National Women's Museum Stalled
Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have placed a hold on a bill that would allow for the purchase of federal land for a National Women's History Museum....
10/4/2010 One Nation Working Together Rally Draws Tens of Thousands
Last Saturday, over 175,000 people gathered in Washington, DC, for the "One Nation Working Together" rally, a progressive event endorsed by over 400 groups....
9/29/2010 Iranian Chief of Staff Speaks on Women's Rights
Former Vice President and current chief of staff to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaie has called for instituting more rights for women in Iran....
9/28/2010 CO Sued Over Voter Guide Personhood Language
Supporters of a Colorado ballot initiative that could ban abortion statewide filed a lawsuit last week alleging that the state's legislative guide is providing voters with biased and incorrect information about the initiative....
9/21/2010 Vote Fails to Break Filibuster on Bill That Would Repeal DADT
Senate Republicans blocked a cloture vote of a defense spending bill that includes an amendment that would repeal the military's so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy today, preventing the bill from going to the Senate floor for debate....
9/21/2010 Solis and Ledbetter Push Paycheck Fairness Act
US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Lilly Ledbetter are working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act and held a webcast on the subject today....
9/20/2010 Violence Punctuates Afghan Elections
News reports indicate that at least 15 people died during election-related violence in Afghanistan on Saturday, where parliamentary elections were held....
9/17/2010 Afghan Parliamentary Elections to be Held Saturday
Saturday, Afghanistan will hold their second parliamentary elections since the Taliban lost power....
9/15/2010 Maloney and Kuster Win Big
Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, won big in her primary last night with over 80% of the vote....
9/13/2010 Iranian Activist and Journalist Released From Prison
Iranian women's rights activist and journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari was released from the notorious Evin Prison yesterday on approximately $500,000 bail....
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....
8/30/2010 Campaign Workers for Afghan Woman Candidate Murdered
The bodies of five campaign workers who had been working for a woman parliament candidate in Afghanistan's Herat province were found over the weekend....
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....
7/30/2010 Coalition Launches Campaign to Strengthen Social Security
A campaign to protect and strengthen Social Security was announced at a press conference yesterday by a coalition of over 100 groups....
7/30/2010 Senate Votes to Permanently Repeal Global Gag Rule
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted in favor of an amendment to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule yesterday....
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....
7/9/2010 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....
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....
6/15/2010 Boy Scouts and the City of Philadelphia in Court Over Anti-Gay Policy
A trial to settle a tense dispute between the City of Philadelphia and the local Boy Scouts council began on Tuesday....
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....
6/4/2010 Parental Notification Initiative to Appear on the Alaska Ballot
On Wednesday, the Alaska State Supreme Court ruled that a parental notification initiative will appear on the Alaska primary ballot in August....
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....
5/19/2010 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....
5/5/2010 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....
5/5/2010 Ahmadinejad Defends Iranian Seat on UN Commission on the Status of Women
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Iran's election to the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women yesterday as feminists worldwide remain outraged by the country's appointment to the council....
5/3/2010 Victory Against Georgia Anti-Choice Bill
A Georgia bill that sought to criminalize abortions on the basis of race died in the state House's Rules Committee on the final day of the legislative session Friday....
4/29/2010 Outrage Erupts Over Failed Iranian Bid for UN Commission on Status of Women
Feminists worldwide are outraged over an attempt by Iran to gain a seat on the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)....
4/19/2010 Arkansas Judge Strikes Adoption Ban
An Arkansas court struck down a law Friday that bans unmarried people who live with a partner of either sex from adopting or foster parenting in the state....
4/12/2010 CREW Files Congressional Ethics Complaints on C Street House Residents
Earlier this month, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Senate Ethics Committee and the House Office of Congressional Ethics against members of Congress who reside or have resided at the C Street house that is the home of the so-called "Family"....
4/9/2010 Stupak Retires; Pro-Choice Forces Move to Win District
With pressure from feminists and pro-choice activists, teabaggers, and Republicans, Bart Stupak (D-MI) announced today he will not seek re-election....
4/6/2010 NV Supreme Court to Hear Personhood Initiative Challenge
The Nevada state Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that seeks to overturn a lower court ruling and place a so-called "personhood" amendment on the fall ballot....
4/5/2010 Personhood Initiative to be on Ballot in MS
The Mississippi Secretary of State announced late last week that a so-called "personhood" initiative will be on the state ballot in the fall elections....
3/30/2010 GA Anti-Choice Bill Approved by State Senate
A Georgia bill that seeks to criminalize abortions on the basis of race was approved by the state Senate late last week on a 33 to 14 vote....
3/29/2010 CO Personhood Initiative Will Be on November Ballot
A so-called "personhood" ballot initiative, Amendment 62, will again be on the Colorado ballot in the November elections....
3/22/2010 CO Personhood Initiative May be on Fall Ballot
Personhood Colorado submitted approximately 45,000 more signatures to the Colorado Secretary of State in support of their proposed ballot initiative last week....
3/11/2010 Stupak Gains Primary Challenger
Connie Saltonstall, a Charlevoix County, Michigan, Commissioner announced yesterday that she will challenge Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) in the Democratic primary....
3/5/2010 CO Personhood Initiative Petition Drive Falling Short
The Colorado Secretary of State announced Wednesday that the petition drive to put "personhood" on the state ballot has not gathered enough signatures....
2/24/2010 Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Afghan Women and Girls
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Robert Casey (D-PA) held a joint subcommittee hearing yesterday of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Afghan Women and Girls: Building the Future of Afghanistan....
2/19/2010 Supreme Court to Hear Washington State Referendum Case
The Supreme Court announced this week that they will hear arguments on April 28 on the question of whether the identities of those who have signed ballot measure petitions can be disclosed by the state....
2/18/2010 Signatures Submitted for New CO Personhood Initiative
Signatures were submitted Friday in support of a new so-called "personhood" ballot initiative in Colorado....
2/17/2010 Signatures Submitted for New CO Personhood Initiative
Signatures were submitted Friday in support of a new so-called "personhood" ballot initiative in Colorado....
2/17/2010 UT State Senate Proposes Affirmative Action Ban
The Utah state Senate proposed a ban on affirmative action Friday....
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....
2/8/2010 Laura Chinchilla Elected First Woman President of Costa Rica
In a landmark victory on Sunday, Laura Chinchilla was elected as the first woman president of Costa Rica....
2/5/2010 Lawsuit filed to Force 'Personhood' Vote in MS
The group currently leading a "personhood" ballot measure petition drive in Mississippi filed a lawsuit in federal court this week seeking clarification of a law that could derail their efforts to fulfill the state petition requirements....
2/1/2010 Clinton Endorses Liberian President Sirleaf's Re-election Bid
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her support of Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's re-election bid late last week....
1/25/2010 HI State Senate Votes for Civil Unions
The Hawaii state Senate voted on Friday in favor of legalizing civil unions in the state....
1/20/2010 Coakley Loses Senate Race to Brown
Republican state Senator Scott Brown won the election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat yesterday over Democratic nominee state Attorney General Martha Coakley....
1/19/2010 Signatures Submitted in Support of Alaska Parental Notification Initiative
Sponsors of a proposed Alaska ballot initiative seeking a law that would require parental notification before a minor can obtain an abortion submitted signatures to qualify the measure for the ballot late last week....
1/15/2010 DC Judge Rules Against Gay Marriage Referendum
A Washington, DC, Superior Court judge ruled yesterday that a referendum on same-sex marriage would violate the city's Human Rights Act....
1/14/2010 Supreme Court Blocks Airing of Proposition 8 Trial
The Supreme Court issued an unsigned 5 to 4 opinion yesterday barring broadcasting of the Proposition 8 trial....
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....
1/13/2010 Clinton Urges Release of Mourning Mothers in Iran
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released a statement yesterday urging the release of several dozen Iranian women activists who have been imprisoned since the weekend....
1/11/2010 Historic Proposition 8 Trial Begins Today
Proceedings are underway in the historic trial that will decide whether California's Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state, is constitutional....
1/8/2010 Nevada Judge Rejects Personhood Initiative Petition
A Nevada judge ruled that a "personhood" amendment petition can not be circulated because it is too vague and violates a state law that limits the ballot measure questions to one subject....
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....
1/5/2010 First Transgender Appointee Named
Amanda Simpson, the first known openly transgender presidential appointee in the United States, started work today at the US Department of Commerce....
12/11/2009 Domestic Violence Confidentiality Program Introduced in OH
Ohio state representative Kathleen Chandler introduced a bill this week that would establish a program to protect the confidentiality of domestic violence victims....
12/9/2009 Coakley Wins Senate Primary for Kennedy Seat
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic US Senate primary for the special election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat yesterday....
12/7/2009 France Considering Gender-Based Business Quotas
A bill introduced in the French parliament last week would require all companies on the Paris Stock Exchange to ensure that 50 percent of their board members are women by 2015....
12/3/2009 NY State Senate Kills Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The New York state Senate voted 38 to 24 Wednesday to kill a bill that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state....
11/30/2009 Legal Challenge of Alaska Personhood Initiative Filed
A lawsuit was filed last week that challenges a so-called "personhood initiative" petition in Alaska....
11/23/2009 Anti-Choice Groups Oppose Nevada Personhood Initiative
Four anti-choice groups released a statement last week opposing a personhood initiative petition that is currently gathering signatures in Nevada....
11/19/2009 Suit Filed in Attempt to Force DC Definition of Marriage Vote
Bishop Harry Jackson filed a lawsuit against the Washington, DC Board of Elections and Ethics Wednesday, in an attempt to force a ballot initiative on same-sex marriage in the District....
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....
11/5/2009 Washington State Likely to Approve Domestic Partner Law
Washington's Referendum 71, a measure approving the expansion of benefits provided under the state's domestic partnership law, is projected to pass once all votes from Tuesday's election are counted....
11/5/2009 Kalamazoo, Michigan Upholds LGBTQ Rights
Voters in Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed an ordinance that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity this Election Day with nearly 62 percent voting in favor of the measure....
11/4/2009 Election Results 2009--Wake Up Call for Social Progressives and Feminists
In both the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races, social issues took a back seat to economic issues....
11/4/2009 Same Sex Marriage Suffers Defeat in Maine
Maine voters approved overturning legislation that would have legalized same-sex marriage in the state yesterday....
10/29/2009 German Lutheran Church Elects First Woman Leader
The German Lutheran Church elected Margot Kaessmann to be Chairperson, the church's highest position, Wednesday....
10/28/2009 Proposed Colorado Initiative to Define Eggs as People
A new ballot measure campaign in Colorado seeks to legally define eggs, not just embryos, as people....
10/27/2009 Michigan Anti-abortion Personhood Initiative Introduced
Michigan congressmen Jim Slezak (D-50) and Paul Scott (R-51) have introduced a "personhood amendment" that could virtually outlaw abortion in the state if approved by voters....
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....
10/22/2009 Anti-Abortion Personhood Initiative Filed in Nevada
Conservative group Personhood Nevada, led by Richard Ziser, has filed a ballot initiative with the secretary of state's office that would outlaw abortion....
10/16/2009 CA Judge Rejects Petition to Dismiss Constitutional Challenge to Proposition 8
US District Judge Vaughn Walker rejected a petition Wednesday that sought the dismissal of a pending constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state....
10/14/2009 California Parental Notification Ballot Initiative Filed
A proposed ballot initiative seeking a California constitutional amendment requiring parental notification and a 48-hour waiting period before a minor can obtain an abortion was filed yesterday at the California Attorney General's Office....
10/14/2009 Kuwaiti Lawmaker Intends to Overturn Sharia Mandates in Election Law
Rula Dashti, a female Kuwaiti lawmaker, proposed an amendment on Sunday to overturn an election law that requires women in parliament to follow sharia law....
10/5/2009 Images of Rape Spark Outrage in Guinea
Political demonstrations in Guinea have led to the circulation of cell phone snapshots depicting rape against Guinean women....
9/25/2009 Ballot Language in Personhood Initiative Approved
The Florida Secretary of State's office approved ballot language this week for a so-called personhood initiative proposed by Personhood Florida and the American Life League....
9/24/2009 Wisconsin Anti-Choice Protestors Target Contraception
The anti-choice campaign 40 Days for Life began its series of nationwide protests yesterday, with demonstrations scheduled to take place in more than 200 cities in 45 states and 5 Canadian provinces....
9/14/2009 Petition Circulating for Florida "Personhood" Initiative
A campaign was launched Friday in Florida to put a constitutional amendment on the state's 2010 ballot that would legally define fertilized embryos as people....
9/9/2009 Sotomayor to Hear, Kagan to Argue First Supreme Court Case
Justice Sonia Sotomayor will hear her first case as a Supreme Court Justice today after a formal investiture ceremony yesterday in which she was officially sworn into office for the third time....
9/9/2009 Montana Anti-Abortion Petition Approved
Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock approved a proposed ballot measure that aims to constitutionally define fertilized eggs as people in the state....
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....
9/4/2009 Iran Confirms First Woman Minister
The Iranian Parliament approved President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's nominee for Health Minister,Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, yesterday....
9/4/2009 Washington State Certifies Domestic Partner Benefits Measure
A ballot measure that proposes to overturn a Washington state law that guarantees domestic partner benefits for unmarried couples was certified this week despite suspicions that some collected signatures are fraudulent. The law was signed Governor Chris Gregoire in May and was originally scheduled to take effect in July....
9/2/2009 DC Definition of Marriage Petition Filed
Opponents of same-sex marriage filed a petition in Washington, DC yesterday requesting a ballot initiative that would define marriage as only between men and women....
8/31/2009 Women Were Unable to Vote in Some Parts of Afghanistan
Reports indicate that many women were unable to vote in some parts of Afghanistan and that women's voting cards were used to stuff ballot boxes in the country's presidential election earlier this month....
8/31/2009 Record Number of Women Elected in Japan
Japan elected a record 54 women to parliamentary seats in the country's elections this weekend....
8/28/2009 Feminist Majority Foundation Defends Targeted Nebraska Abortion Provider
The Feminist Majority Foundation joined pro-choice supporters nationwide in announcing their full support of Dr....
8/25/2009 Colorado Egg-As-Person Initiative Revived
A new campaign to legally define embryos as people began yesterday in Colorado....
8/24/2009 Women's Fingers Cut Off in Afghan Election Violence
The Taliban allegedly cut off the fingers of at least two Afghan women that voted in last week's presidential election....
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....
8/20/2009 Proposition 8 Trial Date Set
A federal judge scheduled a January 2010 trial date yesterday in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the November 2008 ballot initiative that overturned the right of same-sex marriage in the state....
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....
8/17/2009 Ahmadinejad to Appoint Women to Iranian Cabinet
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced yesterday that he will appoint at least three women to his cabinet....
8/14/2009 Revised Shia Law Published Days Before Afghanistan Elections
The controversial Shia family law, with some revisions, that restricts the rights of Shia women in Afghanistan was published in the country's official Gazette on July 27th, making the law's provisions official....
8/12/2009 Nobel Laureates Push for Release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar
Fourteen Nobel Laureates released a letter yesterday urging the United Nations Security Council to take action to support fellow Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar....
8/11/2009 Reports of Rape in Iran Jails Surface
Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi announced Sunday that he has received reports of jailers raping prisoners during the government crackdown on protesters after June's disputed presidential election....
7/31/2009 Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Travels to UK
Shirin Ebadi, one of Iran's leading human rights defenders, is in London on Amnesty International's invitation....
7/24/2009 United for Iran Organizes July 25 Global Day of Action
The organization United for Iran, a coalition of individuals and human rights groups, has planned a Global Day of Action on July 25 to highlight international support for the people of Iran amid the nation's continuing political unrest....
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....
7/20/2009 Bulgaria Elects First Female Speaker
The 41st Bulgarian Parliament elected their first female speaker, Tsetska Tsacheva last week....
7/16/2009 Judy Chu Wins Special Election
Judy Chu won the special election for California's 32nd Congressional District Tuesday and was sworn in today as the first Chinese-American woman in Congress....
7/7/2009 DC To Begin Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages
The District of Columbia officially began recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states this morning....
7/1/2009 Marriage Referendum Denied in DC's Superior Court
The DC Superior Court rejected a proposed referendum yesterday that aimed to overturn recent legislation in the District that would recognize marriages of same-sex couples performed in other jurisdictions....
6/26/2009 Iranian Nobel Laureate Urges European Union to Condemn Post-Election Violence
Iranian Nobel laureate and human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi met with European Union Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering on Wednesday and urged him to respond to the post-election violence that continues in Iran....
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....
6/22/2009 Iranian Human Rights Leader Calls for New Elections
Iranian human rights leader Shirin Ebadi is calling for the Iranian government to void the presidential election results and hold a new vote overseen by international watchdogs....
6/17/2009 DC Board of Elections Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Recognition Referendum
The Washington, DC Board of Elections and Ethics rejected a proposed referendum Monday that would have allowed voters to decide whether the District will recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state....
6/17/2009 Egypt Approves Quota for Women in Parliament
The Egyptian parliament passed a law Sunday adding 64 seats reserved for women to the lower house of the legislature....
6/11/2009 Women to Play Major Role in Iran Election
Women's rights have emerged as an important issue in Iran's presidential race to be held Friday....
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....
6/2/2009 Indian Parliament to have First Woman Speaker
Indian parliamentarian Meira Kumar is expected to become India's first female Speaker on Wednesday....
5/27/2009 Proposition 8 to be Challenged in Federal Court, Ballot Initiatives Planned
A federal lawsuit that challenges Proposition 8 was filed in a US District Court and calls for an injunction against the proposition....
5/20/2009 Judy Chu Wins Primary for Solis' Seat
Judy Chu won the primary race for California's 32nd Congressional district yesterday....
5/20/2009 Washington Governor Signs Domestic Partnership Law, Referendum Campaign Begins
Washington Governor Chris Gregoire signed legislation that expands the rights and responsibilities of domestic partners under Washington state law Monday....
5/19/2009 Anti-Choice Tennessee Bill Passes in House
A proposed constitutional amendment to the Tennessee state constitution that would void a 2000 state Supreme Court decision on abortion restrictions was approved by the state House in a 76 to 22 vote yesterday....
5/18/2009 Kuwaiti Women Win Parliament Seats
Kuwait elected its first women lawmakers to seats in Parliament Saturday....
5/18/2009 Lithuania Elects First Woman President
Dalia Grybauskaite was elected to be Lithuania's first woman president yesterday in an overwhelming victory....
5/5/2009 Potential Voting Fraud Concern for Afghan Women
As Afghanistan approaches their August presidential election, the potential for voter fraud that infringes on women's rights is gaining visibility....
4/27/2009 Iceland Retains First Woman, Gay Prime Minister
Iceland formally elected Johanna Sigurdardottir, who is both the first woman and openly gay Prime Minister in the nation's history in general elections Saturday....
4/27/2009 California Attorney General Says Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Unconstitutional
California Attorney General Jerry Brown said in a letter to the California state Supreme Court that Proposition 209, an amendment to the California constitution passed in 1996 that prohibits affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting, is unconstitutional....
4/24/2009 Singaporean Women's Group Overtaken by New Members
A 25-year-old women's rights organization in Singapore, the Association of Women And Research (AWARE), is in turmoil after being overtaken by new leadership....
4/20/2009 New York Poll Finds Voters Favorable to Same-Sex Marriage
A new Siena College Research Institute poll released today found that the majority of New York residents support the legalization of same-sex marriage in the state....
4/14/2009 Controversial Afghan Law will not be Implemented, Ambassador Says
Afghan Ambassador to the US Said Jawad said this past weekend that a new Shia family law that would severely restrict women's rights signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month will not go into effect. The Ambassador told Bloomberg that "it will not become the law because it contradicts some important principles of the Afghan constitution." Karzai, according to news sources, signed the bill to court the Hazara vote in the upcoming presidential election. According to Jawad, Karzai signed the law without being aware of all of its provisions and has sent the likely unconstitutional law to be reviewed by the Afghan Ministry of Justice and the Afghan Supreme Court....
4/10/2009 Anti-Choice Tennessee Bill Remanded to State Finance Committee
A proposed constitutional amendment to the Tennessee state constitution was sent to the state House Budget Subcommittee yesterday instead of being scheduled for a floor vote in the House....
4/8/2009 Afghanistan will Review New Shia Law that Restricts Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced this weekend that the Afghan government, specifically the minister of justice, will review a new Shia family law he signed sometime last month that would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....
4/2/2009 US Plans to Run for UN Human Rights Council
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice announced this week that the US is seeking a seat on the UN Human Rights Council....
4/1/2009 Afghan Women's Rights may be Severely Restricted by New Law
A new Shia family law signed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai sometime last month, but not yet published, would severely restrict women's rights in Afghanistan....
3/27/2009 Dr. Tiller Vindicated!
A Wichita jury has just ruled that Dr....
3/25/2009 Colorado Legislature Passes Birth Control Protection Act
the Colorado state legislature passed a birth control protection bill this week in a primarily party-line vote....
3/17/2009 Former Representative Marilyn Musgrave to Lead Anti-Choice PAC Campaign
Former US Representative Marilyn Musgrave will be the new program director of a campaign that will target pro-choice congressional incumbents in the 2010 election cycle....
3/16/2009 Tiller Trial Jury Selection Begins Today
Jury selection in the criminal trial of Dr George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, begins today....
3/5/2009 California Supreme Court Hears Proposition 8 Case
Californias Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case that considers the constitutionality of the Proposition 8, which eliminated same sex marriage in the state in the 2008 elections....
2/26/2009 Tiller Case to Move Forward in Kansas Court
A motion by Dr George Tiller's lawyers to dismiss the criminal case against him was denied yesterday by Sedgwick County District Judge Clark Owens....
2/6/2009 Date Set for Proposition 8 Hearings
Californias Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear arguments on March 5 of this year in a case that considers the constitutionality of the Proposition 8, which eliminated same sex marriage in the state when it was approved by voters in the 2008 elections....
2/3/2009 Iraq Elections Included 4,000 Women Candidates
In Iraq's provincial elections held Saturday, 4,000 women were candidates and, as a result of an electoral quota system, women are guaranteed to win at least one third of the open seats. In a recent International Crisis Group report (see PDF) the quota system in place is described as requiring parties "to give every third seat to a female candidate on their list, although the share of seats that will ultimately be filled by women in each council will depend on the distribution of votes among parties." Candidate Nibras al-Mamuri told CNN that "although a woman's role in the Arab world is mainly that of a mother and child bearer, I want to prove that women are just as capable as men when it comes to challenging arenas.I've entered a battlefield where women have to prove they are competent....
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....
12/18/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure Petition Circulating in Missouri
A petition to amend the Missouri consitution to ban affirmative action was approved for circulation by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan last week....
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 New York Governor Rejects All-Male Candidate List for Judicial Appointment
New York Governor David Paterson has refused to accept a state commission's list of recommended candidates for chief judge of the state Court of Appeals because the list does not include a single woman....
11/26/2008 Emily's List Executive Director Named White House Communications Director
Ellen Moran, Executive Director of Emily's List since 2005, was named as the next White House Communications Director by President-Elect Barack Obama Saturday....
11/26/2008 Florida's Gay Adoption Ban Ruled Unconstitutional by Circuit Court
A circuit court judge ruled Tuesday that a law banning gay and lesbian people from adopting children in Florida is unconstitutional....
11/20/2008 Gender Gap Played Key Role in Begich Victory
A wide gender gap played a key role in Anchorage mayor Mark Begich's victory over Republican incumbent Ted Stevens, who has served six terms in the Senate....
11/14/2008 Increasing Attention on Sex Selection in India
Sex selection practices are gaining increased visibility and criticism in India, where the sex ratio has declined significantly....
11/12/2008 Anti-Choice Groups Plan Protest at Tiller Hearings
Operation Rescue announced Tuesday their plan to respond to a week-long hearing in the case against Dr....
11/11/2008 Dr. Sima Samar Wins 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award
Dr Sima Samar's selection as the winner of the 2008 Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award (ADRHA) was announced Monday by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy Chairman Wang Jin-pyng....
11/10/2008 2008 Election Analysis: Gender Gap Delivers
Women's votes delivered the electoral votes of New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, and Indiana to Barack Obama and elected several Democratic U.S....
11/7/2008 Michigan Votes Yes to Expanding Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Michigan voted 'yes' on Tuesday to an amendment that will expand research and loosen restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research....
11/6/2008 Youth Voters' Impact is Clear
Preliminary analyses indicate that young voters turned out in high numbers on Tuesday....
11/4/2008 Votes of Women and Young People Will Be Key
As voters go to the polls today one thing is certain: The votes of women and young people will be key in choosing the next president. According to the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University, the gender gapwhich measures the difference between women's and men's support for a candidate or views on an issuewill be evident nationally as well as in the battleground states....
11/3/2008 Sen. Vitter Quickly Raised Legal Fees for D.C. Madam Case
Louisiana's Republican Sen....
11/3/2008 Feminist Campus Groups Gear Up for Election Day
With only a day to go until the election, feminist campus groups in California, Colorado and South Dakota are stepping up their campaigns to remind fellow students about several significant initiatives on the ballot in their respective states....
11/3/2008 Election protection offered by several groups
In an effort to combat either organized or accidental voter suppression in tomorrow's election, nonpartisan voter protection organizations such as the Election Protection coalition have launched nationwide projects aimed at ensuring all voters arrive informed and prepared for any problems they might encounter at the polls....
10/30/2008 Despite Setback, Livni Still in Running to Become Israeli Prime Minister
Although Tzipi Livni announced on Sunday that efforts to form a new government in Israel had failed, new polls published Tuesday show that her Kadima party should triumph over its chief rival Likud in forthcoming elections, thus allowing Livni to become only the second woman prime minister of the country. Currently the foreign minister, Livni became leader of the ruling Kadima party a month ago, but needed to put together a coalition with other parties in order to govern....
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....
10/9/2008 Planned Parenthood Sued for Allegedly Ignoring Statutory Rape
Parents of a young woman who was 14 years old when she received an abortion in 2004 are suing Planned Parenthood for allegedly ignoring evidence of statutory rape....
10/8/2008 Colorado Voter Registration Errors Impact Thousands
As voter registration in Colorado closed on Monday, state officials noted that thousands of the new Colorado voter registration forms were completed incorrectly....
10/8/2008 Costly CA Same-Sex Marriage Battle Intensifies
Recent polls of California voters show a shift toward voting 'Yes' on Proposition 8, which seeks to ban same-sex marriage by constitutionally defining marriage as between one man and one woman....
9/29/2008 New Poll Indicates Narrow Support for Parental Notification Initiative in CA
A new Field Poll (see PDF)released last Friday shows that a narrow majority of California voters favor the states latest parental notification initiative....
9/19/2008 NY Times/CBS News Poll Shows Strong Support for Abortion Rights
In a new New York Times and CBS News poll of 1,113 people, respondents indicated strong support for legal abortion rights....
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....
9/11/2008 Michigan State Election Rules Aim to Disenfranchise Voters
The Macomb County, Michigan Republican Party Chair plans to use a list of foreclosed homes to prevent certain voters from casting ballots on November 4....
9/4/2008 One of Two Colorado Affirmative Action Measures Disqualified
The measure that would have preserved affirmative action programs in Colorado will not be on the November ballot....
9/2/2008 Arizona Affirmative Action Ban will not be on November Ballot
An anti-affirmative action ballot measure in Arizona will not be on the November ballot....
8/29/2008 Disqualification of Arizona Affirmative Action Ban Challenged
A last-minute lawsuit filed Wednesday in Arizona seeks to put a decertified affirmative action ban back on the ballot....
8/27/2008 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....
8/25/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure Disqualified in Arizona
The anti-affirmative action ballot measure scheduled to be on the November ballot in Arizona has been disqualified....
8/25/2008 New Special Assistant to US Commission on Civil Rights has Questionable Civil Rights Record
Hans A von Spakovsky is a new special assistant to the US Commission on Civil Rights....
8/22/2008 FEC Allows Disgraced Senator to Use Some Campaign Funds for Legal Fees
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) decided Thursday that Senator David Vitter (R-LA) will be able to use campaign funds to pay part of his more than $200,000 in legal and public relations fees stemming from his alleged involvement with the DC Madam scandal....
8/21/2008 Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Dies, Strong Feminist Supporter
Congresswoman Tubbs Jones, a strong feminist and friend of the Feminist Majority has died of a brain aneurysm....
8/15/2008 Report Released on Affirmative Action in Public Discourse
A new report analyzes the impact media has in framing the current affirmative action debates and generally concludes that media portrayals are often biased and misinformed....
8/13/2008 Joan Fitz-Gerald Loses Congressional Democratic Primary in Colorado
Joan Fitz-Gerald lost her bid to Jared Polis for the 2nd district Congressional seat in the Colorado Democratic primary last night....
8/13/2008 Campaign Launched against South Dakota Ban
A coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and NARAL held a press conference in Washington DC Tuesday....
8/7/2008 Anti-Abortion District Attorney Loses Kansas Republican Primary
Johnson County, Kansas District Attorney Phill Kline lost his seat in the Republican primary to Steve Howe, another anti-abortion candidate....
8/4/2008 First Afghan Woman Elected to CEDAW
Zohra Rasekh has been elected to the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
7/30/2008 Anti-Affirmative Action Measures on November Ballots in AZ, CO, and NE
Anti-affirmative action measures will be on the state-wide ballots in Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska this November....
7/17/2008 Gay Marriage Initiative Challenge Rejected in CA
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously refused to hear a challenge of a ballot initiative that would amend the state's constitution to ban same-sex marriage if passed by voters in November....
7/11/2008 Anti-Abortion Measures on November Ballots in CA, CO, and SD
Anti-abortion measures will be on the state-wide November ballots in California, Colorado, and South Dakota....
7/10/2008 Disgraced Senator Appeals FEC to use Campaign Funds for Legal Fees
Senator David Vitter (R-LA), has appealed to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) for authorization to use campaign funds to pay over $200,000 in legal and public relations fees stemming from his alleged involvement with the DC Madam scandal....
7/8/2008 Anti-Gay Marriage Ballot Measures will be on AZ, CA, FL Ballots
Ballot initiatives to define marriage as between one man and one woman will be on the ballot in Arizona, California, and Florida in November....
7/2/2008 Massachusetts State Senator Arrested for Sexually Harassing Four Women
A grand jury indicted Massachusetts State Senator James Marzilli on Tuesday for allegedly sexually harassing four women in June....
6/26/2008 Poll Finds Reproductive Rights Key Issue for Women Voters
A recent poll by NARAL suggests that reproductive rights are a key issue for women voters this election season....
6/18/2008 Donna Edwards Wins Special Election
Donna Edwards, who won Tuesday's special election, will immediately be sworn in to represent Maryland's 4th Congressional district....
6/17/2008 Same-Sex Couples Marry in California
Same-sex couples were legally married in California on Monday, as the state's Supreme Court ruling overturning California's ban on gay marriage took effect....
6/13/2008 Sexist Campaign Coverage Continues
Sexist coverage of the election did not end when Senate Hillary Clinton (D-NY) suspended her campaign....
6/13/2008 Feder Wins VA 10th District
Judy Feder won the Democratic primary for Virginias 10th district Tuesday night....
6/12/2008 Equal Pay Act Reaches 45th Anniversary
This week marks the 45th Anniversary of the Equal Pay Act....
6/5/2008 CA Supreme Court Refuses to Stay Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
The California Supreme Court denied a request on Wednesday to stay their decision allowing same-sex marriage until the November election, according to the Associated Press....
6/5/2008 Zimbabwean Activists Arrested, Facing Possible Torture
Amnesty International has voiced concerns that a group of Zimbabwean activists, mostly women, who were recently arrested during a peaceful protest march could be facing torture and harsh treatment in prison. A statement released by Amnesty International reports that the group Women Of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA), was arrested on May 28th following a march to the Zambian embassy to deliver a petition protesting the upsurge in violence following the March elections....
6/4/2008 The Legacy of Hillary's Run So Far
As the Democratic Presidential primaries end, Senator Hillary Clinton's (D-NY) historic presidential run has established a strong legacy for women in politics....
6/3/2008 California Officials Certify Parental Notification Ballot Initiative
A parental notification ballot measure was certified last week for the California state ballot in November....
5/28/2008 College Dean Appointed Interim Ohio State Attorney General
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed Nancy Rogers to serve as attorney general until elections in November....
5/21/2008 Congressman Vito Fossella Announces Retirement Amid Scandal
Embroiled in scandal, Congressman Vito Fossella (NY-13) became the 27th Republican to retire from Congress rather than run for re-election in November....
5/16/2008 Overturning of Gay Marriage Ban May Profoundly Impact November Elections
The California Supreme Court decision overturning state law banning gay marriage may have a profound impact on the states and nations November elections....
5/8/2008 Feminist Candidates Win Key Victories in Primaries
Feminist candidates won key victories in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries this week....
4/28/2008 South Dakota Abortion Ban Petition Certified
South Dakota Secretary of State Chris Nelson certified last week that a petition for an abortion ban ballot initiative has enough signatures to be placed on the statewide November ballot....
4/24/2008 Republicans Filibuster Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act
The Senate Republican leadership orchestrated a filibuster of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act last night, preventing this critical bill from going to the floor of the senate for an up-or-down vote....
4/23/2008 Gender Gap Decisive for Clinton in Pennsylvania
Women voters in Pennsylvania turned out in huge numbers for Senator Hillary Clinton on Tuesday....
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....
4/10/2008 High Quotas in Nepal Elections Promising for Women
Women took advantage of gender quotas to run in the historic election of Nepal's first Constituent Assembly today....
4/7/2008 LAPD SWAT Admissions Tests Changed to Include Women
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has changed the admissions process for its Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, making membership in the elite team more accessible to women....
4/3/2008 Anti-Abortion Group Files Petition Signatures for Ballot Initiative
An anti-abortion group filed enough signatures on Monday to include the anti-abortion ban on the November 2008 South Dakota state ballot....
3/24/2008 Anti-Abortion Congressional Leader Retires
Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-NY), former chair of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (RCCC) and a staunch opponent of reproductive rights, announced last week that he will not seek re-election in 2008....
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....
2/19/2008 Women Avoid Polls in Pakistan
On Monday, many Pakistani women were forced to stay home and away from polls due to the threat of terrorist violence....
2/13/2008 Donna Edwards Wins in Stunning Upset
Donna Edwards defeated Rep Albert Wynn in a stunning upset last night in the Democratic primary for Marylands 4th Congressional district....
2/11/2008 Rep. Tom Lantos, D-CA, Dies at 80
Congressman Tom Lantos, D-CA, died today at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in Maryland, surrounded by his wife, two daughters, and many of his 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren....
1/28/2008 Sexual Violence in Kenya Continues to Escalate
Sexual violence continues to rise amidst post-election clashes in Kenya....
1/18/2008 Sexual Violence in Kenya Increasing Amidst Post-Election Chaos
Health workers in Kenya are reporting an increase in sexual violence amidst the chaos following the country�s presidential elections....
1/14/2008 Abortion Foes Focus on States
As the 2008 elections approach, anti-abortion activists have turned their attention to states....
1/11/2008 Affirmative Action Opponents Praise Judge's Ruling on Ballot Language
Backers of an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative in Missouri praised a decision Monday to rewrite the summary language that will appear on the ballot if the measure qualifies for the November election....
12/18/2007 House Approves Increase in Title X Funding
The House approved a $515.7 billion domestic spending bill on Monday that will greatly increase Title X funding....
12/3/2007 Group Seeks Anti-Choice Ballot Initiative in Missouri
The Elliot Group, an anti-abortion group based out of Springfield, Illinois, is seeking to add a ballot initiative to the Missouri 2008 election that could greatly reduce access to abortion in the state....
11/16/2007 Colorado Supreme Court Allows 2008 Anti-Abortion Ballot Initiative
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 7-0 this week to allow a proposed ballot initiative for the November 2008 election that would define a fertilized egg as a person....
11/12/2007 Record Number of Women Elected to New Jersey Statehouse
New Jersey voters have elected a record 34 women lawmakers to the 120-member state legislature....
11/7/2007 Pro-Choice Election Victories in Virginia
Pro-choice candidates were successful in yesterdays election, taking control of Virginias State Senate away from anti-choice legislators and making gains in the State House, as well....
11/6/2007 Anti-Abortion Extremists Threaten to Sue Denver
Anti-abortion extremist groups have threatened to sue the city of Denver because they have not yet been given permits to demonstrate during the August 2008 Democratic National Convention....
10/30/2007 Economic Policies Feed Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner�s Popularity
Argentine President-elect Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner�s impressive victory in the recent election can be largely attributed to her and her husband�s, current President Nestor Kirchner, economic policies....
10/29/2007 Fernandez de Kirchner First Woman Elected President of Argentina
Argentine first lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner made history this weekend as the first female elected President of Argentina....
10/17/2007 Nancy Tsongas Wins House Seat in MA
Nancy Tsongas will be the first woman to represent the state of Massachusetts in Congress since 1983 and the first woman to represent Massachusetts� fifth district since 1960....
9/21/2007 Turkish Prime Minister Plans to Lift Head Scarf Ban in Universities
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared his intention Wednesday to change the country�s constitution to allow women wearing Muslim head scarves in public universities....
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....
9/5/2007 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....
8/27/2007 Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns
After months of calls by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress for his resignation, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced this morning that he was stepping down, effective September 17....
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....
7/27/2007 Impeachment Round-Up: Protestors Arrested, Sheehan Announces Candidacy
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan drew national attention to the impeachment movement this week when she and a group of protestors were arrested on Capitol Hill and Sheehan announced her intention to run for Congress on an independent ticket....
7/23/2007 India Elects First Woman President
In a landslide election, India elected lawyer and politician Pratibha Patil to serve as the country's first woman president....
7/18/2007 All-Night Session Fails to Break Republican Filibuster; Rally has Tremendous Turnout
Senate Democrats, in an effort to expose the Republican filibuster on the Iraq war, held an all-night session and rally last night....
7/12/2007 Environmentalist and Feminist Lady Bird Johnson Dies at 94
Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, a supporter of women's rights and a passionate environmentalist, died last night of respiratory failure at the age of 94....
7/12/2007 Feminist Hypocrisy Watch: Sen. Vitter Exposed as Patron of Escort Service and Brothel
Louisiana Senator David Vitter (R) has admitted to patronizing a high-end DC escort service and has been implicated as a patron of a New Orleans high-priced brothel....
6/29/2007 19 New Charges Filed Against Dr. George Tiller
Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison (D) filed 19 charges yesterday against one of the few providers of later term abortions in the US....
6/27/2007 Member of CA State Assembly Laura Richardson Wins Congressional Primary
California State Assembly member Laura Richardson, a pro-choice Democrat, won her party's primary yesterday for the special election to fill the seat of the late Representative Juanita Millender-McDonald, who died away suddenly in April....
6/26/2007 Kansas Moves to Ban Late-Term Abortions
Kansas State Representative Arlen Siegfried (R), the chairman of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee, announced that he will fight for a bill banning all abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy....
6/26/2007 Supreme Court Issues 4 Reactionary Rulings
Following two devastating Supreme Court decisions for women's rights in Gonzales v Carhart and Ledbetter v Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, the Supreme Court has issued four more reactionary rulings....
6/25/2007 Feminist and Education Equity Pioneer Joy Simonson Dies
Joy Simonson died on June 24, 2007 after many accomplishments on behalf of Title IX and the women's rights movement....
6/18/2007 New Report Dispels Myth of Conservative America
A new report published by the Campaign for America's Future and Media Matters for America finds that, although Americans commonly believe that the majority of the country is conservative, Americans are actually progressive in their views and voting trends....
6/15/2007 MA Upholds State Constitution's Right to Same-Sex Marriage
Legislators defeated a proposed amendment 151 to 45 to change the Massachusetts constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman....
6/12/2007 Women Voters Make the Difference in Clinton's Support
New polls show that Senator Hillary Clinton's (NY) solid lead in the polls for the Democratic candidate for president is a result of women voters....
5/7/2007 Bush Issues Pre-Emptive Threat to Veto Pro-Choice Laws
In a letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), President Bush made clear his intent to veto any legislation that would improve access to abortion or support stem cell research....
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....
4/23/2007 Juanita Millender-McDonald, Feminist and Civil Rights Advocate, Dies
Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, who had just become the first African-American woman chair of the powerful House Administration Committee, died of colon cancer....
4/18/2007 BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Upholds Federal Abortion Procedure Ban Without Health Exception
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold the federal Partial Birth Abortion Act, a ban on an abortion procedure that the Republican controlled Congress passed in 2003....
4/18/2007 Supreme Court Ruling in Abortion Ban Case Disastrous for Women's Health and Safety
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority In upholding the Bush Administration's abortion ban in Gonzales v....
3/29/2007 Clinton Receives NOW PAC Endorsement
The National Organization for Women's Political Action Committee (NOW PAC) announced their endorsement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) for US president yesterday....
2/27/2007 Nigeria Considers Ban on Homosexuality
The Nigerian House of Representatives held public hearings last week on a bill that would criminalize all expressions and forms of homosexuality in Nigeria....
2/15/2007 Case Closed: KS Supreme Court Dismisses Charges against Dr. Tiller
The Kansas Supreme Court has granted Attorney General Paul Morrison's (D) request that charges against George Tiller, one of the country's few providers of late-term abortion, be dropped....
2/13/2007 Harriett Woods Remembered
Feminists were saddened by the death of Harriett Woods, 79, from leukemia....
2/12/2007 Harvard Elects Woman President
Drew Gilpin Faust, a current Harvard dean and history professor, has been named the first woman president of Harvard University....
2/5/2007 Kuwait: Women's Rights Bill Approved by Panel
A Kuwaiti parliamentary panel has approved draft legislation that would expand women's rights....
2/5/2007 Legislatures in SD, UT, WY Consider Abortion-Related Bills
State legislatures in South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming are considering recently introduced measures that would affect state abortion policies....
2/2/2007 Abortion Ban Moves Through Mississippi Senate
An abortion ban has been introduced in the Mississippi State Senate....
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 SD Anti-Abortion Legislators Redraft Abortion Ban
South Dakota legislators announced Monday that they will reintroduce a new version of their previous abortion ban that was rejected by voters in the November elections....
1/29/2007 DC: Thousands Gather for Iraq War Protest
Peace activists gathered from across the country in Washington, DC on Saturday to protest the war in Iraq and the President's new plan to send more American troops....
1/19/2007 NARAL Releases Latest State-by-State Report on Reproductive Rights
NARAL Pro-Choice America released today its 16th annual report tracking reproductive choice-related legislation at the state and national levels....
1/12/2007 Harvard Considers Two Women for Next President
Harvard University is considering two women in its "short list" of fewer than 10 candidates for its next president, the Boston Globe reports....
1/4/2007 New Roles for Women Leaders Worldwide
In the past month, women across the world have been moving into new and groundbreaking political leadership positions....
12/20/2006 Scotland Proposes Easier Access to IVF for Single and Lesbian Mothers
Single women and lesbians in Scotland may soon find it easier to have children using donor sperm....
12/11/2006 Election Results In for Kilroy and Carter
Mary Jo Kilroy (D), a candidate for the US House seat in Ohio's 13th district, and Karen Carter (D), who took part in a run-off election this weekend for the US House seat in Louisiana's 2nd district, both lost their close races....
12/4/2006 French Bill Encourages Women in Politics
The French cabinet approved a proposal last week that promotes equal representation for women and men in regional and national politics....
11/30/2006 Recount Ordered for Kilroy in OH-15
Outgoing Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell has ordered a recount in the state�s 15th district after Representative Deborah Pryce (R) was named the winner in a close race against challenger Mary Jo Kilroy (D)....
11/21/2006 Christine Jennings Challenges FL Election Decision
The Florida Elections Canvassing Commission named Vern Buchanan (R) the winner in a close race against Christine Jennings (D) for the Congressional seat left open by Katherine Harris (R) in Floridas 13th district....
11/17/2006 Woman Enters Frances Race for President
Segolene Royal, 53, won Frances Socialist Party nomination last night by an overwhelming majority of 61 percent....
11/17/2006 Ms. Magazine, Redbook, Lifetime Television and the Women Donors Network Release In-Depth Election Gender Analysis
Womens media leaders came together this afternoon in a joint press conference to announce their in-depth analysis of the critical role women voters and leaders played in the 2006 midterm elections....
11/16/2006 Women Leaders Speak on Peace and Stability
A panel discussion in Washington, DC yesterday highlighted the peace-building efforts of four women from various developing countries....
11/15/2006 LGBT and Women's Groups "Map Our Rights" After Midterm Elections
On Friday, three major advocacy groups released their joint project to educate people about the status of sexual and reproductive rights throughout the US following last weeks midterm elections....
11/14/2006 Womens Organizations Offer Post-Election Analysis
Leaders from several womens rights organizations gathered yesterday for a nationally televised press conference on the role that womens organizations and voters played in the historic midterm election last week....
11/13/2006 Nov. 13, 2006: Women Lead the Way in 2006 Election
Washington, DC Women voters led the way in the 2006 midterm elections....
11/10/2006 Progressives Set To Be Largest Democratic Congressional Caucus
US Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), have announced that they expect at least seven new members of Congress to join the CPC and that the CPC will be the largest sub-group of the Democratic party in the 110th Congress....
11/9/2006 Gender Gap Key in Democratic Victories
The women's vote was key in Democratic victories on Tuesday....
11/9/2006 Michigan Votes to Ban Affirmative Action
Michigan voters approved a state-wide ban on affirmative action in public education, public employment, and state contracts on Tuesday....
11/7/2006 Feminist Majority Tracks Election Wins for Women
The Feminist Majority is tracking 2006 election results online tonight....
11/7/2006 UPDATED 11:31 PM EST Latest News on 2006 State Ballot Measures
Check back here throughout the night to get the latest news on state ballot measures in the 2006 election....
11/7/2006 Democrats Win Governors' Races
CNN has projected several gubernatorial wins for Democrats....
11/7/2006 Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline Loses Race
Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline has lost his reelection campaign by a margin of nearly 20 percent to Democrat Paul Morrison....
11/6/2006 SD Abortion Ban Lobby Received $750,000 in Questionable Funds
On the eve of Tuesdays election, news has broken that Vote Yes for Life, the group trying to pass a sweeping abortion ban in South Dakota, may have received an illegal donation of $750,000 -- the largest single amount received by either side of the South Dakota abortion ban debate....
11/6/2006 Kansas Abortion Provider Requests Investigation of TV Remarks
Abortion provider George Tiller plans to ask the Kansas Supreme Court today to investigate if Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline and FOX TV Host Bill OReilly violated patients privacy during an interview on Foxs "The OReilly Factor." OReilly reported that a "source inside" one of the two abortion clinics under investigation by Kline said that Tiller provided late-term abortions to depressed women....
11/2/2006 New Polls Show Importance of Women, Young Voters
The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) and Harvard University's Institute of Politics (IOP) have both released reports citing the importance of the women's and youth votes, respectively, this election....
11/2/2006 Kansas Attorney General Receives Redacted Abortion Records
Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline (R) announced on Tuesday that he had succeeded in his two-year quest to obtain abortion records from two clinics, though the records have been stripped of names and other identifying information....
10/27/2006 Nicaragua Outlaws All Abortion
The Nicaraguan legislature voted yesterday to outlaw all abortions, making it the third country in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw abortion without exception....
10/26/2006 US District Judge Rules Florida Exit Polling Ban Unconstitutional
US District Judge Paul Huck ruled on Tuesday that a 2005 Florida law that banned exit polling from occurring within 100 feet of a polling place is unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment's free speech and freedom of the press protections....
10/25/2006 Supreme Court Makes Arizona Voter ID Law a Reality this November
The US Supreme Court on Friday overturned an injunction issued by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stop an Arizona voter identification law from being enforced in the upcoming elections....
10/24/2006 Record Number of Women Running in State Elections
A record number of women are running for state legislative seats this year, with 10 percent more women candidates running than in 2004....
10/19/2006 Woman Becomes First Parliament Member in Bahrain
Lateefa al-Geeod has become the first woman elected to parliament in the Gulf kingdom of Bahrain this week, a country in which women only won the right to vote in 2001....
10/18/2006 South Dakota Anti-Abortion Group Uses Misleading TV Ad
The South Dakota anti-abortion group Vote Yes for Life has launched a misleading television advertisement to gather support for Referred Law 6, a bill on South Dakota's November ballot that will affirm the states current abortion ban....
10/13/2006 CODEPINK's 'Give Peace a Vote' Campaign Gains Momentum
The women's peace group CODEPINK has received a huge response to its online campaign to create an anti-war voting bloc....
10/11/2006 Afghan Women Demand Greater Protection from Government
Four Afghan women's groups came together to demand greater protection from violence against women in a demonstration on Thursday....
10/5/2006 Review of Federally Funded Abstinence-Only Education Finds Misleading Messages
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the US (SIECUS) released its fourth annual review yesterday of a selection of federally funded abstinence-only education programs....
10/3/2006 Frist: Taliban Should Be Incorporated into Afghan Government
US Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) made comments yesterday about the Talibans extensive presence in Afghanistan, the unlikelihood that the war against the Taliban could be won militarily, and the need to incorporate "people who call themselves the Taliban" into the Afghan government....
10/2/2006 Senate Kills Teen Endangerment Act, Again
Democratic leadership in the Senate blocked the Teen Endangerment Act, officially known as the Child Interstate Abortion Act, late Friday night when Republicans were unable to obtain the 60 votes required to move to a vote....
9/27/2006 House Once Again Passes Legislation Endangering the Health of Teens
Only weeks before the midterm election, the US House of Representatives passed the controversial Teen Endangerment Act yesterday in a 264 to 153 vote....
9/25/2006 Maryland: Donna Edwards Concedes Primary
Donna Edwards conceded defeat yesterday to Representative Albert Wynn in the race for the Democratic nomination for Maryland's fourth Congressional seat....
9/21/2006 Women for Peace Call for an End to the War
The National Organization for Women (NOW) and CodePink held Women for Peace Day yesterday, drawing attention to the strong presence of women in the peace movement....
9/21/2006 Muslim Group Names Woman as President
The Islamic Society of North American (ISNA) recently announced that Ingrid Mattson had been elected as its first female president, just days before the group's annual convention....
9/20/2006 House Considers Restrictive Voting Rights Bill
The US House of Representatives is expected to vote sometime this week on a bill that could effectively disenfranchise registered and eligible voters across the country....
9/15/2006 Operation Rescue West Loses Tax-Exempt Status
The Internal Revenue Service has revoked Operation Rescue Wests tax-exempt status after Catholics for a Free Choice submitted a complaint to the IRS, accusing the anti-abortion group of violating electoral regulations for nonprofits....
9/14/2006 2006 Voter Suppression Strategy Predictions
In a conference held yesterday in Washington, DC, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law released its predictions for new voter suppression strategies that may be used by government officials for the 2006 elections....
9/14/2006 Former Texas Governor and Feminist Leader Ann Richards Dies
Former Texas Governor and feminist leader Ann Richards died Wednesday after a six-month long struggle with esophageal cancer....
9/13/2006 Minimum Wage an Issue for Workers and Politicians Alike
On Monday, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley vetoed legislation that would have required "big-box" retailers like Wal-Mart to pay at least $10 an hour, a contentious action that forced him to defend his veto in a news conference on Tuesday while angry protestors gathered outside....
9/8/2006 Kathy Castor Wins Democratic Primary in Florida District
Kathy Castor, a county commissioner and daughter of noted politician Betty Castor, won the Democratic nomination in Florida for the open 11th Congressional District seat....
8/23/2006 Study Shows Decline in Herpes Infections
The percentage of Americans infected with herpes is on the decline, reported a study released on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association....
8/17/2006 Dina Titus Wins Nevada Gubernatorial Primary
State senator Dina Titus won Nevada's Democratic primary for governor on Wednesday against conservative Democrat James Gibson....
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....
7/25/2006 Ms Magazine Launches Women's Petition
Ms magazine launched a ground-breaking petition last week intended to change the public debate about abortion....
7/13/2006 Massachusetts Postpones Vote on Gay Marriage Ban
Massachusetts lawmakers decided yesterday to postpone a vote on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage....
6/30/2006 No Women Elected to New Parliament in Kuwait
In spite of political gains for women in 2005, Kuwaiti voters failed to elect any women to parliament in yesterday's election, though 27 of 250 candidates were women....
6/22/2006 House Republicans Hold Up Reauthorization of Voting Rights Act
House Republicans have forced the House leadership to table the vote to reauthorize the 1965 Voting Rights Act (VRA), which protects the voting rights of racial minorities, particularly in states with histories of discrimination....
6/15/2006 Mexican Presidential Candidate Makes Commitment to End Violence Against Women
Patricia Mercado, a feminist candidate in this year's Mexican presidential election and a founding member of the Social-Democratic Alternative and Farmer party, has made news with her firm pro-feminist and pro-LGBT rights platform....
6/9/2006 Bahraini Government Appoints First Woman Judge
Tuesday marked a significant day in the history of the Gulf region as the first woman was appointed judge in Bahrain's government....
6/6/2006 Senate Debates Gay Marriage Ban
The US Senate is debating a constitutional amendment this week to prohibit gay and lesbian marriage, and the House is expected to consider the ban later this summer....
6/2/2006 US Pushes for Human Rights Resolution on Burma in UN Security Council
The United States has asked the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution criticizing the ruling Burmese military junta for its continued violations of human rights, including the house arrest of pro-democracy leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi....
5/31/2006 Afghan Parliament Rejects Conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice
Afghanistan's parliament rejected with a vote of 117 to 77 President Hamid Karzai's reappointment of an extreme conservative for chief justice of the Supreme Court....
5/30/2006 Taliban Militants Kill Three Women Aid Workers, Girls School Attacked
Taliban militants killed three women working for Action Aid, a German-funded non-governmental organization, in the Jowzjan province today....
5/9/2006 Female Legislator in Afghanistan Attacked by Colleagues
Malalai Joya was physically and verbally attacked by her colleagues in Afghanistan's parliament yesterday after she said that some of her fellow lawmakers were warlords and shouldn't be allowed to sit in parliament....
5/5/2006 UK Has First Female Foreign Secretary
The United Kingdom's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has appointed Margaret Beckett to replace Jack Straw as Foreign Secretary....
5/4/2006 Betty Sutton Wins Ohio Primary
Betty Sutton, a pro-choice, Democratic Ohio State Representative, won her primary election and will now be the Democratic Party candidate for the US House of Representatives from Ohio's 13th Congressional District....
5/3/2006 Congress Reaches Agreement on Voting Rights Act
On Tuesday, federal lawmakers announced that they had reached a bipartisan agreement regarding the renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which protects the voting rights of racial minorities particularly in states with histories of discrimination....
4/25/2006 New Cabinet in Afghanistan Includes No Women
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's new cabinet currently includes no women....
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....
4/4/2006 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....
3/28/2006 Abortion Ban Killed in Mississippi
Late last night the proposed Mississippi abortion ban was killed when the Republican Chair of the Senate's Public Health and Welfare committee, Alan Nunnelee, refused to sign the House bill....
3/23/2006 China Will Continue One-Child Policy Despite Criticism
The National Population and Family Planning Commission of China has announced its intention to continue its one-child per family policy despite allegations of abuse, while stepping up efforts to prevent sex-selection abortions....
2/28/2006 President's Approval Ratings at All-Time Low
A CBS poll released yesterday indicates that President George Bush now has the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, and approval ratings for Vice-President Dick Cheney and Congress are also remarkably low....
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 Afghan Legislator Calls for Enforcement of Chaperones for Women
Afghan women would be forbidden to travel without a male chaperone if a male member of the Afghan parliament has his way....
2/23/2006 Single Women Would Vote Solidly Democratic
Unmarried women hold solidly progressive views and would vote overwhelmingly for Democratic candidates if they voted regularly, according to a new poll released this week by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner....
1/31/2006 Alito Confirmed (58-42), Closest Vote Since Clarence Thomas
Samuel Alito was confirmed to the Supreme Court by a 58-42 vote in the Senate today, the closest vote on a Supreme Court nominee since Clarence Thomas (52-48)....
1/30/2006 Finland's First Female President Elected to Second Term
Finland President Tarja Halonen, a political leftist, won reelection over the conservative Sauli Niinisto by a small margin in a runoff vote held Sunday....
1/25/2006 Michigan Anti-Civil Rights Initiative Language Approved
The Michigan Board of Canvassers on Friday approved language for an anti-affirmative action ballot initiative to be placed on the ballot this November....
1/19/2006 First Woman President of Chile Committed to Women's Rights
Michelle Bachelet was elected the first woman president of Chile this Sunday, beating out right-wing opponent Sebastian Pinera by a handy 7 percent....
1/18/2006 Africa's First Elected Woman Leader Sworn In as President of Liberia
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was sworn in as the president of Liberia on Monday, making her the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa....
1/6/2006 Yemen Has First Woman Presidential Candidate
At an Arab women's conference, Sumayah Ali Raja, chair of the Yemen-French Forum, announced she will run in Yemen's 2006 presidential election....
1/5/2006 Another Unqualified Crony" Appointment Bypasses Congress
ANOTHER UNQUALIFIED CRONY APPOINTMENT BYPASSES CONGRESS INTERNATIONAL POPULATION AND REFUGEE PROGRAMS JEOPARDIZED New York and Washington, DC, January 5, 2006 - Exercising his prerogative to act without Senate confirmation when Congress is not in session, President Bush has appointed Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees, Population, and Migration to serve until the end of 2006....
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....
12/7/2005 First Women Elected in Saudi Arabia
Lama Al-Sulaiman and Nashwa Taher have become the first Saudi women to be elected, winning seats on the board of the Jiddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry....
11/28/2005 Saudi Women Vote in First Election with Female Candidates
Seventeen women ran as candidates in the election for the board of directors of the Jiddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, making it the first time women have been on a ballot in Saudi Arabia....
11/16/2005 CA: Governor Abandons Fight with Nurses
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) has dropped his attempts to undermine legislation requiring a five-to-one patient/nurse ratio in California hospitals....
11/14/2005 Maine: Voters Uphold Gay-Rights Law
Following last week's election, Maine became the last state in New England to extend discrimination protection to gays and lesbians....
11/11/2005 First Woman Elected President of an African Country
With 97 percent of votes counted, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has been elected president of Liberia, the first woman elected to head any African nation....
11/10/2005 New Record Set for Women's Political Representation in New Jersey
Wins by women candidates in Tuesdays election have set a new record for womens representation in New Jersey....
11/9/2005 Parental Notification, Redistricting Ballot Measures Fail in California
In an impressive victory for women's health advocates, voters in California defeated a ballot measure (proposition 73) that would have required doctors to notify the parents of young women under the age of 18 before performing an abortion....
11/7/2005 2005 Elections in NJ and VA: No Progress for Women in Government
A report from the Center for American Women and Politics shows that the 2005 statewide and legislative elections in New Jersey and Virginia are unlikely to result in any significant increase in women in government....
11/2/2005 MI: Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Will be on 2006 Ballot
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the Board of State Canvassers should approve petitions that would put an initiative to end affirmative action on the November 2006 ballot....
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....
10/17/2005 EMILY's List Turns 20
EMILY's List celebrated its 20th anniversary today with a Gala in Washington, DC, commemorating two decades of campaigning for pro-choice Democratic women....
10/12/2005 Angela Merkel Named First Woman Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel will replace Gerhard Schroeder as chancellor of Germany, becoming the first woman and first East German to hold the office....
10/10/2005 Liberia Could Elect First Woman President
Liberia could elect its first female president on Tuesday....
10/7/2005 Women's Rights Activists Among Winners in Afghan Election
On the fourth anniversary of the US bombing of Afghanistan to topple the Taliban, Afghanistan has begun releasing the first results from its parliamentary election on September 18....
10/5/2005 IN: Bill Would Exclude Gays and Singles from Assisted-Reproduction
A bill currently in Indiana would exclude lesbian and gay couples and single individuals from the use of assisted reproductive technology, including intrauterine insemination, egg or embryo donation and in vitro fertilization....
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....
9/28/2005 BREAKING NEWS: DeLay Indicted by Texas Grand Jury
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was indicted today on one count of criminal conspiracy by a grand jury in Texas for violating the state's election code....
9/26/2005 Sheri O'Dell, Feminist Leader, Dies at 62
Sheri O'Dell, former action vice president for the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1987-1990) under both Eleanor Smeal and Molly Yard, died Sunday morning after a battle with lung cancer....
9/20/2005 SPECIAL REPORT: Brave Afghan Women Vote, Run for Office Amidst Violence
Media reports on the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan on Sunday were varied and scant....
9/16/2005 Afghans to Vote Sunday
The citizens of Afghanistan will vote on Sunday for a national assembly and members of 34 provincial councils....
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....
8/10/2005 Afghan Woman Executed by Taliban
An unidentified Afghan woman was killed in her home in the southern district of Zabul by Taliban militants yesterday....
8/9/2005 Thousands March in Support of 1965 Voting Rights Act
On Saturday, thousands of people marched through the streets of Atlanta to memorialize the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and to push for its reauthorization....
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....
7/25/2005 Judge Throws Out Schwarzenegger's Redistricting Proposition
Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian has ruled that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's redistricting measure, Proposition 77, must be removed from the November 7 special election ballot in California....
7/13/2005 Feminist Columnist Judy Mann Dies
Judy Mann, longtime feminist columnist at the Washington Post, died of breast cancer Friday at the age of 61....
6/24/2005 Public Broadcasting Funds Restored, Right-Wing President Named to CPB
The US House of Representatives voted 284-140 yesterday to reject a proposed $100 million cut to federal funding for public television and radio stations, with 80 Republicans voting against the cut....
6/13/2005 Iranian Women Protest Sex Discrimination
Approximately 250 women gathered in front of Tehran University yesterday and 200 others gathered nearby to protest sex discrimination imposed on them through Islamic or sharia law....
6/13/2005 First Woman Minister Appointed to Cabinet in Kuwait
Kuwait named its first woman cabinet minister yesterday, the latest in a series of advancements for women's rights in Kuwait....
6/10/2005 KS: State Senator Who Opposes Women's Suffrage Runs for Secretary of State
A Kansas state senator who has been quoted as saying she does not support the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote is running for Secretary of State....
6/9/2005 Judge Affirms Election of Washington State Democratic Governor
Washington state Superior Court judge John Bridges ruled against the state Republican Party, upholding Governor Christine Gregoire's (D) win in November of 2004....
6/7/2005 Two Women Appointed to Office in Kuwait
Further advancing women's political involvement in Kuwait, two women have been appointed to the sixteen-member Municipal Council, which focuses on civil planning and social services....
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....
5/17/2005 Kuwaiti Women Gain Right to Vote, Run for Office
On Monday, the Kuwaiti Parliament approved an amendment to its election laws giving women the right to vote and run for office....
5/10/2005 Record High of 19 Women Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences, chartered by Congress as an advisor to the federal government on science and technology issues, elected a record high of 19 women (26 percent) out of the 72 new inductees for 2005....
5/4/2005 Kuwait's Parliament Fails to Give Women Political Rights
In a blow to women's rights, the Kuwaiti parliament has failed to pass legislation that would have given women the right to vote and run for office in municipal elections....
4/29/2005 Iraq's Newly Appointed Cabinet Includes Six Women
Iraq's National Assembly has approved a list of 36 new cabinet members that includes six women....
4/27/2005 Female Iraqi Parliamentarian Killed
A female Iraqi member of parliament was shot and killed at her home in eastern Baghdad today by armed gunmen in an attempt to destabilize the reconstruction process....
4/21/2005 Kuwait May Allow Women the Right to Vote and Run for Office
In a move that would be a major step towards granting Kuwaiti women political rights, Kuwaiti parliamentarians gave initial approval to a law that would allow women the right to vote and run for office for the first time in Kuwaiti history....
4/14/2005 Eric Robert Rudolph Pleads Guilty to Bombings: Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation
Arlington, VA The Department of Justice on Friday announced that Eric Robert Rudolph was pleading guilty to all four of the bombings he is accused of committing, including the bombings of abortion clinics in Atlanta and Birmingham....
4/12/2005 Eric Robert Rudolph to Plead Guilty to Bombings
The Department of Justice on Friday announced that Eric Robert Rudolph was pleading guilty to all four of the bombings he is accused of committing, including the bombings of abortion clinics in Atlanta and Birmingham....
3/23/2005 Dept. of Education Weakens Title IX Compliance Standards for College Athletics
Late last Friday afternoon, the Department of Education released a letter weakening the requirements of Part Three of the three-part test by which colleges and universities measure their compliance with Title IX, the 1972 federal law prohibiting sex discrimination at institutions receiving federal financial assistance for education programs and activities....
3/23/2005 Kofi Annan Calls For Sustained International Support for Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan stressed the need for international assistance for Afghanistan to continue far beyond the parliamentary elections scheduled to take place this September....
3/18/2005 Afghan Parliamentary Elections Delayed Until September; Bomb Blast Kills Five
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced that the parliamentary elections that were scheduled to take place in May will be postponed until September, citing technical problems for the delay....
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 Doris Matsui Wins Race to Fill Late Husband's Congressional Seat
Doris Matsui was sworn into the House of Representatives on Thursday after winning a race to fill the seat of her husband, former Representative Robert Matsui (D-CA), who died in January....
3/11/2005 Boxer Introduces Amendment Urging Saudi Arabia to Allow Women to Vote
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed an amendment offered by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) last week urging Saudi Arabia to allow women to vote and run for office....
2/28/2005 Afghanistan's Parliamentary Elections Delayed
The first post-Taliban parliamentary elections that were scheduled to take place in Afghanistan have been postponed due to security and logistical concerns....
2/28/2005 Specter Voices Opposition to
In a press conference on Thursday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced that he is not in support of proposed rule changes to limit the power of the Democratic minority in blocking radically conservative judicial nominees....
2/18/2005 Democratic Senators Offer Bill to Reform Election Procedures
Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and John Kerry (D-MA), aligned with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-MA) and Representative Sheila Tubbs Jones (D-OH), introduced a voting reform bill yesterday in an attempt to make sure that every American is able to vote and that every vote is counted....
2/15/2005 Karzai to Appoint First Female Governor in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will appoint a female provincial governor for the first time in Afghanistan's history....
2/9/2005 Saudi Women Kept From Voting in Tomorrow's Landmark Local Elections
Women are being left out of Saudi Arabia's first municipal elections in 40 years that are taking place tomorrow to elect half of the seats on local councils....
2/7/2005 NY: Supreme Court Ruling Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage; NYC to Appeal
In a victory for lesbian and gay rights activists, a New York State Supreme Court ruled on Friday that same-sex couples cannot be denied a marriage license, as the state constitution guarantees that all citizens must be receive equal treatment, including equal access to marriage....
1/31/2005 Iraqi Women's Rights Dependent on Election Results
Iraqi women's rights leaders fear that Sunday's elections could result in the installation of religious extremists that could put women's lives at risk....
1/24/2005 Ex-Priest's Trial for Child Rape Begins
The trial against Paul Shanley, a 73-year-old defrocked Catholic priest facing three counts of child rape and two counts of indecent assault and battery on a child, begins tomorrow....
1/19/2005 Iraqi Female Candidates Targeted for Violence
Women in Iraq are putting their lives at risk as candidates for political office in the upcoming elections....
1/14/2005 Arab Women Demand More Seats at the Table
More than seventy women from twenty-one Arab countries met in Yemen in December at the first Democratic Forum for Arab Women arguing that "political empowerment of women is a necessary step towards political reform in the Arab states," reports Reuters....
1/13/2005 Gregoire Sworn in - Washington State Makes History
Christine Gregoire was sworn in Wednesday as Governor of Washington state....
1/13/2005 Doris Matsui to Seek Late Husbands House Seat
Doris Matsui announced yesterday that she will seek the California congressional seat held for 26 years by her late husband Rep....
1/13/2005 Kennedy Tells Democrats Not to Be Republican Clones
Senator Edward M....
1/11/2005 Afghanistan's New Cabinet Includes Three Women
President Hamid Karzai recently announced twenty-seven ministers that will serve in his new Cabinet, including three women....
1/10/2005 Democratic Leader Pushes Voting Paper Trail
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Voting Integrity and Verification Act of 2004 (VIVA) will be reintroduced in the new Congress....
1/7/2005 Abortion Opponent to Serve as Bush's Domestic Policy Advisor
President Bush announced that he has appointed Claude Allen, who served as an aide to former Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, to be his new domestic policy advisor....
1/6/2005 Senator Boxer Joins Representatives in Challenging Ohio Election Results
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has joined with Representative John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Representative Stephanie Tubb-Jones (D-OH), and other Democratic members of the US House in challenging the Ohio presidential election results....
1/5/2005 Members of Congress to Challenge the Ohio Presidential Results
Several members of Congress, including Representative John Conyers (D-MI), Ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, plan to challenge the Ohio presidential election results tomorrow during a joint session of Congress to certify the results of the presidential election, and there is a possibility that a Senator will join them....
1/3/2005 Bush Renominates Blocked Judicial Nominees
The White House has announced that President Bush intends to renominate 20 of his most controversial picks for the federal courts, including those who were blocked by Democratic filibusters....
12/22/2004 Democrats Claim Victory for Christine Gregoire in Washington Recount
Democrats in Washington state have declared victory for Christine Gregoire for Governor, after preliminary results in the hand recount of votes put Gregoire eight votes ahead of Republican Dino Rossi....
12/9/2004 Egyptian Feminist Makes Presidential Bid
A 73-year-old doctor, Nawal Saadawi, announced her plans to run for the presidency in Egypt....
12/8/2004 Members of Congress and National Leaders Analyze Ohio Election
At the first Congressional forum today on election irregularities in Ohio, members of Congress, national leaders, lawyers, and citizens of Ohio testified to the problems that plagued the pivotal state in the 2004 presidential election....
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....
12/3/2004 House Arrest Extended for Burmese Pro-Democracy Leader Suu Kyi
Burma's military junta extended the house arrest of pro-democracy leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi for one more year....
11/23/2004 Female Hostages Released In Afghanistan and Iraq
Three United Nations election workers, two women and a man, were freed unharmed this morning after being abducted from a United Nations vehicle last month in Afghanistan....
11/22/2004 Councilwoman's Write-In Challenge to San Diego Mayor Heads for Court
San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye (D), a write-in candidate for mayor, is only 2,205 votes behind incumbent Mayor Dick Murphy (R)....
11/22/2004 Specter Promises to Support Bush's Judicial Nominees; Earns GOP Endorsement
Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA) earned the endorsement of his Republican colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee to be the committee's chair last Thursday after he released a formal statement saying he would support all of President Bush's judicial nominees, guaranteeing them prompt hearings and floor action....
11/16/2004 First Female Sheriff Elected in Dallas, Texas
Lupe Valdez, a Democratic, Latina, openly gay woman, won the election for sheriff in Dallas County, Texas....
11/9/2004 Gender Gap Alive and Well
At a National Press Club conference today, feminist leaders Eleanor Smeal, Kim Gandy, and Martha Burk, together with pollster Celinda Lake, released an independent national election poll which showed the importance of the gender gap....
11/5/2004 Anti-Choice Leaders Plan to Restrict Abortion Further in Bushs Second Term
Anti-abortion advocates responding to the results of the presidential election announced that with President Bush's win and the Republican Party's increased control of the US Congress, they have hopes that the administration will successfully pursue an anti-choice agenda....
11/4/2004 New Senate Judiciary Chair Warns Bush
Expected incoming chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter (R-PA) cautioned President Bush not to make any far-right nominations to the US Supreme Court, especially those who would overturn Roe v Wade....
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....
11/3/2004 Massive Voting Turnout Among Young People
More than 20 million young people ages 18-29 voted on November 2, which represents some 4.6 million more voters than in the 2000 election....
11/2/2004 Record Number of Women Run for US House of Representatives
A record 142 women (15 more than the previous record in 2002) are running in Congressional elections today for the US House of Representatives, according to the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University....
11/1/2004 Experts Clarify the Gender Gap
Experts on women and voting are working to correct misinformation in the media about the gender gap....
10/29/2004 Catholic Group Challenges Tax-Exempt Status of Archdiocese
Catholics for a Free Choice filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Tuesday challenging the tax-exempt status of the Archdiocese of St....
10/28/2004 Three Election Workers Abducted in Afghanistan
Three election workers, believed to be two women and a man, were abducted from a United Nations vehicle today in Kabul....
10/27/2004 Supreme Court and Abortion
Chief Justice William Rehnquist's illness underscores the importance of the presidential election in shaping the US Supreme Court....
10/26/2004 Kerry and Bush Target Women Voters on Campaign Trail
In the past week, both presidential candidates spoke to voters in battleground states on topics they believe hold particular importance to women voters....
10/25/2004 Suicide Bomber Kills Afghan Girl and American Woman in Afghanistan
A suicide bomber killed an Afghan girl and an American woman and wounded five others in Kabul, Afghanistan yesterday....
10/25/2004 Harvard Study Finds Record Political Engagement Among College Students
A study of college undergraduates conducted by Harvard University's Institute of Politics found that students plan to vote in record numbers on November 2....
10/22/2004 Feminist Leader, Actor Urge Students to Get Out Her Vote
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Amy Brenneman, star of television's "Judging Amy," urged students at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee to register and vote on November 2....
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....
10/20/2004 US Mission to UN Panel on Maternal Health Includes Anti-Family Planning Advocates
The United States' Permanent Mission to the United Nations stacked a panel discussion on strategies to combat maternal mortality with anti-womens rights and anti-family planning advocates....
10/19/2004 Women's Rights Leader Eleanor Smeal and TV Star Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) Urge UWM Women Students to Register and VOTE as if Their Lives Depend On It
Media Advisory For Immediate Release October 13, 2004 What: Rally marking Wisconsin voter registration deadline in Get Out Her Vote campaign targeting young women sponsored by the UWM College Feminists, Womens Center, Womens Studies Department and Vox in alliance with the Feminist Majority Foundation. Who: Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation and Amy Brenneman, star of televisions JUDGING AMY When: Noon to 1 pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Where: University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Spaights Plaza Why: Young women aged 18-24 are the least registered and voting among women in the country....
10/14/2004 Civil Rights Commission Releases Negative Evaluation of Bush Administration
Amy Baumann The United States Commission on Civil Rights issued a report last week evaluating the accomplishments and setbacks in civil rights progress....
10/13/2004 Gender Action Plan for Women and Policing to be Launched in Northern Ireland
Margaret Moore, director of the National Center for Women and Policing (NCWP), will be a guest speaker for the Police Service of Northern Ireland next week at the launch of the Gender Action Plan for women and policing in Belfast, Ireland....
10/12/2004 Women Officially Banned from Voting, Running for Office in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabias Interior Minister, Prince Nayef, announced in an interview on Monday that women will not be able to participate as either voters or candidates in the first nationwide vote held in the monarchy....
10/12/2004 Catholic Bishops Urge Voters to Support Anti-Abortion Candidates in November
Several high-ranking leaders in the Catholic Church have recently said that the obligation to vote for a candidate who opposes abortion rights is a priority over all other issues in the upcoming presidential election....
10/6/2004 Thirty States Could Ban Abortion if Roe v Wade is Overturned
The Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has released a report analyzing what could happen state by state if the Supreme Court reversed its 1973 decision guaranteeing women the right to an abortion....
10/5/2004 States Report Record Numbers of New Voter Registrations
Several states across the country have reported dramatic increases in new registered voters as the presidential election in November draws closer....
10/5/2004 Leading Human Rights Group Urges US to Enact Afghan Women's Bill
After conducting over one hundred extensive interviews with Afghan women, a leading human rights group has concluded that threats against women by warlords and the Taliban are undermining womens participation in Afghanistans upcoming presidential elections....
10/4/2004 Women, Violence, and the Elections in Afghanistan
As he did in Thursday nights debate, President Bush repeatedly refers to the number of people registering to vote in Afghanistan for the October 9 Afghan presidential election....
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....
9/30/2004 State Battleground Polls Still Show Large Gender Gap
Experts on women and voting issued statements on Wednesday, refuting the medias recent insistence that the gender gapthe difference in the way women and men votehas narrowed....
9/29/2004 It's the Women, Stupid!
New Issue of Ms....
9/28/2004 Representatives Question Security on Eve of Elections in Afghanistan
Members of the House International Relations Committee examined the deteriorating security situation in Afghanistan during a hearing on US security policy in Afghanistan last Thursday....
9/23/2004 Pelosi Could Be First Female Speaker of the House
More than 200 people, including representatives from Feminist Majority, gathered in front of the Capitol building yesterday as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democratic members of the House unveiled their vision for what they would do if they take control of the House....
9/17/2004 Landslide Victories for Women in WI and WA Primaries
Gwen Moore, a candidate for the US Congress from Wisconsin, and Christine Gregoire, running for Governor of Washington, secured significant victories in recent primary elections....
9/15/2004 Study: Federal Judges Appointed by Bush Are Most Conservative
A study conducted by three political scientists has shown that federal judges appointed by President Bush are the most conservative on civil rights and civil liberties....
9/14/2004 Study: Universities Fail to Aid Voter Registration Nationwide
A study released by Harvard University on Monday has found that more than one-third of college and universities do not comply with a federal law that requires them to assist students in registering to vote....
9/9/2004 Feminist Majority Foundation Joins University of Arizona Students in Demanding Election Officials Correct Misstatements
Erroneous and Misleading Information Suppressing Student Voting Tucson, Arizona Leading a campus-wide coalition of student groups, the University of Arizona Network of Feminist Student Activists today demanded that the Pima County Registrars Office and the Secretary of State correct erroneous statements made by the County Registrars spokesperson on Fox News that out-of-state students who dont plan on staying in Arizona after graduation were not eligible to register and vote....
9/9/2004 Afghan Chief Justice Attacks Male Candidate for Remarks on Women's Rights
The Chief Justice of the Afghan Supreme Court has demanded that candidate Latif Pedram be expelled from the presidential race for questioning marital laws....
9/7/2004 Candidates Begin Campaigning for Afghanistan's Presidential Elections
Despite threats from the Taliban to disrupt the upcoming elections in Afghanistan, campaigns for the first post-Taliban elections began today....
9/3/2004 Voter Registration in Afghanistan Flawed
While reports show that there are over 10 million people registered to vote in Afghanistan's October presidential elections, it has become evident that the election registration process is Afghanistan is seriously flawed....
9/1/2004 Republican Party Openly Woos Women at RNC
Last night at the Republican National Convention, Laura Bush, in an obvious appeal to women voters, stated that the Taliban has been removed from Afghanistan, allowing girls to go to school, and women to work....
8/31/2004 Taliban Commits Deadly Attacks in Afghanistan
The American Security Company, Dyncorps Inc., suffered a deadly attack in Kabul by a car bomb killing ten people, including three Americans....
8/26/2004 Poll: Majority of Women Do Not Feel Understood by Bush or Kerry
A survey conducted by Lifetime Television in July found that fewer than 10 percent of women feel that either President Bush or Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry understands them well....
8/26/2004 UN Warns of Increased Taliban Attacks and Calls for More Support
The United Nations mission to Afghanistan has warned that the Taliban and other extremist groups will likely increase their attacks before Afghanistan's presidential elections are to take place this October....
8/16/2004 Afghan Woman Runs for President Despite Death Threats
Massouda Jalal, an Afghan woman who is one of the 18 candidates for President in Afghanistan, is determined to defeat President Karzai in the first post-Taliban elections that are scheduled to take place in October....
8/12/2004 Deployment of Extra Peacekeeping Troops to Afghanistan Still Unclear
Earlier this week, the French and German-led military unit, Eurocorps, took command of NATO peacekeeping forces (ISAF) in Kabul....
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....
8/10/2004 Both Parties in Michigan Offer Abortion Rights Supporters for US House Seat
Michigan's primary election last Tuesday decided the nominees for the only vacant US House seat this election cycle....
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....
8/4/2004 Two Aid Workers Killed in Afghanistan
In another deadly attack against civilians, two Afghans working for a German aid agency were killed in southeastern Afghanistan....
8/4/2004 Bush Activates Right-Wing Base
In a speech to the conservative Knights of Columbus in Dallas yesterday, President Bush emphasized his opposition to issues such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage....
8/4/2004 Pro-Choice Women Take National, State Nominations in Missouri Primary
Missourians gave the green light to five pro-choice women running for state and national posts in Tuesday's primary....
8/3/2004 Governor Breaks Promise and Alters Abortion Policy in Alaska
Governor Frank Murkowski (R) of Alaska broke an election-year promise made in 2002 when he signed a bill into law affecting abortion policy last week....
8/2/2004 Report: Afghanistan Could Implode With Terrible Consequences
A recent British Parliamentary Committee on Foreign Affairs report asserts that the improvement of security in Afghanistan is one of the highest priorities in the world....
7/30/2004 Secretary of Health Thompson Unsupportive of Emergency Contraception
In a letter to US Representative Robert Aderholt (R-AL), US Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson stated that Alabama family planning clinics are not required to provide emergency contraception....
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 At Least Two Killed at Polling Centers in Afghanistan, Aid Group Leaves
At least two people were killed, including a member of the Afghan election coordinating body, by an explosion at a polling center in Ghazni, Afghanistan....
7/22/2004 Interns Urge Young People to Get Out Her Vote
Interns at the Feminist Majority Foundation held a briefing on Capitol Hill yesterday urging college students to register and mobilize young women to vote in November as part of FMF's Get Out Her Vote Campaign....
7/15/2004 Senate Votes to Block Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
In a vote that fell far short of the three-fifths majority needed, the Senate overwhelmingly blocked attempts to move forward on the anti-gay Federal Marriage Amendment to the Constitution that would define marriage as between a man and a woman....
7/15/2004 Slim-Fast Drops Whoopi Goldberg After Anti-Bush Jokes
Slim-Fast announced yesterday that it was dropping feminist comedian Whoopi Goldberg from its advertisements after she made jokes about President Bush at a fundraiser for John Kerry last week....
7/9/2004 Senate Poised to Vote on Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment
A Senate vote next week could amend the Constitution to limit marriage and marriage rights to heterosexual couples....
7/8/2004 Afghan Elections Postponed; Female Election Worker Killed
The first post-Taliban elections that were scheduled to take place in September have been delayed due to slow voter registration and insecurity created by Taliban-like militia and so-called warlords....
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....
6/28/2004 Afghan Women Killed For Registering Women to Vote
Two Afghan women were killed and 13 more were wounded by a bomb that exploded on a bus filled with female election workers....
6/21/2004 Two UN Elections Offices Attacked in Afghanistan
A United Nations Election Office located near Kabul, Afghanistan was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades early this morning....
6/18/2004 Majority of Catholics Oppose Denying Communion to Pro-Choice Politicians
Two recent surveys found that the vast majority of Catholics believe that bishops should not use the sacraments as a political tool....
6/17/2004 Security Situation Continues to Worsen in Afghanistan
Four Afghan civilians, including two children, were killed by a roadside bomb aimed at the international peacekeeping force (ISAF) in Afghanistan this week....
6/14/2004 Appeals Court Finds Anti-Affirmative Action Petition Valid
In a blow to affirmative action supporters, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that petitions for a ballot initiative to end affirmative action in the state are valid....
6/11/2004 Chinese Workers Latest Fatalities in Taliban Crusade to Derail Elections in Afghanistan
Yesterday, gunmen killed an Afghan guard and 11 Chinese road workers as they slept in the Kunduz province in northern Afghanistan....
6/11/2004 Pope Praises Bush on Anti-Abortion Efforts, HIV/AIDS
In a meeting at the Vatican last week, Pope John Paul II praised President Bush for his leadership against abortion rights in the United States....
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....
6/4/2004 Aid Workers Killed and Women Threatened in Afghanistan
Five humanitarian aid workers were killed a few months before the first elections in Afghanistan are to take place....
6/3/2004 Representatives Raise Concerns About Lack of Security in Afghanistan
At yesterday's House International Relations Committee hearing on US policy in Afghanistan, several Representatives pressed for more security and reconstruction funding in Afghanistan....
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....
5/20/2004 Kerry Would Consider Appointing Anti-Abortion Judges
In an interview on Wednesday, Senator John Kerry (D-MA), the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said that he would consider nominating anti-abortion judges to "some" federal courts....
5/19/2004 Senate Democrats, White House Reach Deal on Judicial Nominees
Senate Democrats and the White House announced a deal on Tuesday that will allow 25 federal court nominees to receive votes in the full Senate....
5/18/2004 Kuwaiti Women Move Closer to Gaining the Right to Vote
Kuwait's Council of Ministers approved a bill this weekend allowing women the right to vote and to run for parliamentary election....
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....
5/12/2004 New Iraqi Electoral Commission Does Not Set Aside Seats for Women
On April 21 the Iraqi Governing Council agreed to establish an Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq....
5/7/2004 Afghanistan's Disarmament in Serious Jeopardy
The United Nations has warned that Afghanistan's disarmament program is in "serious jeopardy." According to UN News, the top UN official in Afghanistan warned that the disarmament program is in danger because of obstruction by militiamen in the country....
5/6/2004 Media Analysts Find Biased Coverage of March for Women's Lives
The media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) found media coverage of the March for Women's Lives was light despite record numbers of attendees....
5/5/2004 FL: Legislature Seeks Parental Notification Constitutional Amendment
The Republican-controlled Florida legislature on Friday garnered the three-fifths majority necessary to place a proposed constitutional amendment restricting abortion access for young women on the ballot this November....
4/6/2004 More Afghan Women Registering to Vote; Registration Remains Low
A United Nations spokesperson has reported that the number of women registering for Afghanistan's upcoming elections has increased in the last two weeks....
4/1/2004 Donor Countries Pledge Insufficient Funds for Afghanistan
The United Nations and the Afghan government recently warned that Afghanistan needs $27 billion over the next seven years to avoid going back to a state of chaos and lawlessness....
3/29/2004 Two Anti-Affirmative Action Measures Dealt Blows
Anti-affirmative action measures in Colorado and Michigan were dealt blows in the past several days....
3/29/2004 Afghanistan's Elections Postponed Because of Security Concerns
The first post-Taliban elections in Afghanistan, which were scheduled to take place in June, have been postponed until September....
3/25/2004 Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority President, Decries Senate Move
Defeat of Feinstein Amendment Shows Disdain for Women Arlington, VA Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, today condemned the action by the United States Senate to further erode womens rights by passing H.R....
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....
2/27/2004 Security Concerns May Delay Afghan Elections, US May Arm Militias
Elections in Afghanistan that were planned for June may be postponed due to increased security threats....
2/25/2004 Leadership Choices:Win a Seat at the Table
Gender affects public opinion, decision-making, voting behavior, and political involvement at all levels national, local and on campuses....
1/21/2004 Bush Plans $1.5 Billion Initiative on Marriage
The White House announced a plan last week to spend $1.5 billion over the next five years to help poor families have "healthy marriages." This money will be spent on training couples to develop interpersonal skills that should sustain "healthy marriages." Women's groups have expressed concerns about government promotion of marriage....
1/16/2004 Security Imperils Voter Registration, Women Make Up 22% of Voters
The number of women registering to vote in Afghanistan's upcoming elections has increased....
1/13/2004 Court Rules No Guardian For Fetus
A Florida Appeals Court ruled on Friday that the state could not appoint a guardian for a mentally disabled rape victim's fetus....
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 UN Envoy, NATO Commander Condemn Inaction on Afghan Peace Troop Expansion
Both UN special envoy to Afghanistan Lakhdar Brahimi and NATO Chief George Robertson have warned that the consequences to Afghanistan's future will be disastrous if the international community does not immediately provide the resources and personnel to expand international peacekeeping forces throughout the country. The UN Security Council, NATO, and even the United States - which had been the primary obstacle to peace troop expansion - finally agreed a few months ago to support the expansion of international peacekeeping forces beyond Kabul....
12/17/2003 Woman Delegate Protests Selection of Committee Chairmen
Protesting the selection of male commanders as committee chairs at the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan, a female delegate argued on the floor of the Loya Jirga that these mujahadeen fighters brought war to Afghanistan and should be tried in international courts....
12/5/2003 Afghanistan Prepares to Debate Constitution; Women's Rights Lacking
This week, delegates from all of Afghanistan's 32 provinces are voting to select the 500 members of the loya jirga (general assembly) that will debate the country's draft constitution....
11/18/2003 UN Aid Worker Slain in Afghanistan; Women Candidates Threatened
A United Nations aid worker was killed on Sunday in Ghazni by two men whom authorities believe are Taliban rebels....
11/17/2003 Louisiana Elects First Woman Governor
Louisiana voters elected their first woman governor in the state's history on Saturday....
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....
10/31/2003 New Afghan Constitution Threatened By Violence and Intimidation
A major human rights group, Human Rights Watch (HRW), sent an open letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai urging him to take action to end the recent attacks and intimidation associated with the election process for the upcoming loya jirga (general assembly)....
10/30/2003 UNFPA Urges End to Female Infanticide in India
Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, the head of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), urges the end of sex-selective abortion and infanticide in India....
10/27/2003 Group Urges Priority for Women's and Human Rights in Afghan Constitution
A leading human rights organization is urging that Afghanistan's new constitution include support for women's and human rights....
10/24/2003 Rwanda Tops Sweden With Highest Proportion of Female Members of Parliament
After elections held earlier this month, Rwanda achieved the highest proportion of female parliamentarians in the world....
10/7/2003 GOP Proposes Only Additional $400 Million for Afghanistan
House Republicans called for a $1.7 billion cut in President Bush's emergency supplemental request for the reconstruction funding for Iraq and only a $400 million increase in reconstruction aid for Afghanistan....
10/6/2003 CA Recall Vote is Tomorrow, Support for Schwarzenegger Declines
As Californians brace themselves for the governor recall election tomorrow, support for Republican front-runner Arnold Schwarzenegger is dropping, following a weekend plagued with new allegations of sexual harassment, the Associated Press reports....
10/2/2003 House Arrest Continues for Suu Kyi in Burma
The United Nations special envoy Razali Ismail failed to persuade Burma's military junta to release detained pro-democracy leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi....
10/1/2003 Congresswoman Raises Concerns About Plight of Afghan Women
At yesterday's House Appropriations Committee hearing on the Emergency Supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY) raised her concerns about the plight of women in Afghanistan....
9/30/2003 Philly Boy Scouts Policy Conflicts with Fair Practices Ordinance
Philadelphia's Cradle of Liberty Boy Scouts Council entered talks last week with city officials, concerned that the organization's anti-gay position violates the city's Fair Practices ordinance that forbids discrimination based on sexual orientation....
9/26/2003 Senator Raises Concerns That US Not Spending Enough In Afghanistan
At yesterday's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the $87 billion supplemental for Iraq and Afghanistan, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) raised concerns about the $20 billion for Iraq's reconstruction compared to the $800 million for Afghanistan's....
9/22/2003 Moseley Braun Formally Announces Presidential Candidacy
Carol Moseley Braun will formally announce her candidacy for US President today in Washington, DC, South Carolina, and her home state of Illinois....
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....
9/10/2003 Bush Requests Minimal Additional Funding for Afghan Reconstruction
While the Bush administration has requested an additional $66 billion to support its continuing military efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq, it has asked for only an additional $300 million for its reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, including roads, schools, health clinics, and local, small-scale projects....
9/4/2003 Estrada Drops Out of Judicial Nomination
After more than two years in political limbo, judicial nominee Miguel Estrada is ending his bid for appellate court judgeship....
8/26/2003 Bush Administration's Rhetoric Does Not Match Reality on Global Women's Rights Issues
Lack of Funding, Security Result in "F" Grade on Afghanistan Inaction Causes "Incomplete" Grade on CEDAW Ratification
WASHINGTON, D.C....
8/21/2003 Civil Rights March Marks 40th Anniversary of Famed King Speech
The civil rights march planned for Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr's famous "I Have a Dream" speech....
8/20/2003 Afghanistan: Security and Rule of Law Failing Due to Lack of Funds
Amnesty International issued a report last week on the failure of donor countries in supporting efforts to reestablish the rule of law in Afghanistan....
8/15/2003 Over 50 People Killed in Afghanistan; UN Envoy Urges the ISAF Expansion
Afghanistan this week has experienced its most violent 24-hour period in nearly a year....
8/1/2003 UN: Security in Afghanistan Unstable
In a report released yesterday, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the security situation in Afghanistan unstable....
7/30/2003 Dixie Chicks Get Ready to Rock the Vote
Music artists the Dixie Chicks last week announced the launch of their new partnership with the non-partisan organization Rock the Vote....
7/29/2003 Report: Afghan Warlords Threaten 2004 Elections
A new report issued by a leading human rights organizations warns that continuing instability and control of Afghanistan by warlords could threaten political participation, particularly by women....
7/28/2003 Senate Votes Expected This Week on Pryor, Owen
As the Senate wraps up business in the last week before its traditional month-long summer recess, the Senate Republican leadership has voiced plans to bring several contentious judicial nominations to the floor for a vote....
7/24/2003 Kuwaiti Women Still Have No Say in Parliamentary Elections
The Kuwaiti Journalist Association held a mock parliamentary election for the women of Kuwait in early July, timed to coincide with the country's real parliamentary elections....
7/23/2003 Congress Passes Bill Banning Burmese Imports
In a move intended to convince the military junta ruling Burma to release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, both the Senate and the House last week overwhelmingly passed bills to ban Burmese imports for the next three years....
7/21/2003 Senate Committee Approves Funding Earmarks for Afghan Women
The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved an $18.2 billion FY 2004 Foreign Operations package, which included $600 million for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in Afghanistan....
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....
7/10/2003 Judiciary Committee Postpones Vote on Far-Right Extremist Nominee
In a move demonstrating discord over his nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote scheduled for today on the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals....
7/3/2003 O'Mally Named Boston Archbishop
Pope John Paul II this week appointed Florida bishop Sean Patrick O'Malley as the new archbishop of Boston, filling the position vacated by Cardinal Bernard Law last December....
6/18/2003 NGOs Urge Greater Security in Afghanistan
The Feminist Majority, along with along with 78 other humanitarian, human rights, and conflict prevention organizations, called upon NATO to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan....
6/13/2003 Burmese Democratic Leader Uninjured After Attack
A United Nations envoy reports that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leading pro-democracy leader in Burma, is without injuries after she and her traveling convoy were violently attacked on May 30....
6/10/2003 Sima Samar Wins Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
Dr Sima Samar, the chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC), will be presented with the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award on June 11 in Washington, DC....
6/9/2003 Burma's Pro-Democracy Leader Suu Kyi Attacked, Arrested
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the leading pro-democracy leader in Burma, and her political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), were violently attacked on May 30 while her convoy was touring a town about 25 miles from the capital....
6/9/2003 New Air Force Academy Policy Nixes Victim Confidentiality
Altering its position held earlier this spring, the US Air Force Academy this weekend unveiled a new sexual assault policy that rejects the confidentiality of victims reporting assault....
6/5/2003 Afghanistan: Threats Against Citizens for Political Views Rise
A recent rise in threats against Afghan citizens for expressing their views on the country's draft constitution is a cause for concern, according to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the United Nations....
6/2/2003 Boy Scouts' Homophobic National Policy Still Draws Fire
Following two years of talks between area Boy Scout leaders and community gay and lesbian rights advocates, board members of the Boy Scouts Cradle of Liberty Council in Philadelphia voted unanimously last month to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination policy....
5/30/2003 Karzai Calls for an Extra $15 Billion for Afghanistan's Reconstruction
Hamid Karzai, the interim President of Afghanistan, called for an extra $15 billion from the West for his country's reconstruction....
5/23/2003 Afghanistan: Voter Registration to Begin by September
Afghanistan plans to begin voter registration for the 2004 elections this September....
5/19/2003 UC Regents Oppose Measure to Halt Racial Data Collection
The University of California (UC) regents last Thursday voted 15 to 3 (1 abstention), opposing a measurepushed by one of its ownto end racial data collection by most state and local agencies....
5/16/2003 Germany Calls for ISAF Expansion in Afghanistan
During a visit to Germany by Secretary of State Colin Powell, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder called for the expansion of international peacekeeping forces beyond Kabul....
5/7/2003 Security in Afghanistan "Unstable and Insufficient"
At United Nations Security Council briefing yesterday, Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi called the security situation in Afghanistan "unstable and insufficient." Brahimi called for the expansion of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) outside of Kabul to the rest of Afghanistan in order to support the development of a new constitution, voter registration, and the 2004 elections....
4/29/2003 Bush Stacking Federal Courts
WASHINGTON, DC The Feminist Majority stands together with a broad coalition of womens rights, civil rights, disability rights, labor and environmental groups today to urge the Senate to block President Bush from stacking the courts with right-wing judges....
4/16/2003 Finland Is First in Europe With Female PM and President
With the appointment yesterday of a female prime minister, Finland became the first European country to have women heading both the prime ministry and presidency....
4/14/2003 Afghanistan: Country Struggles as Reconstruction Efforts Begin in Iraq
While the United States Office for the Reconstruction of Iraq sent teams to Iraq to establish offices in various parts of the country this week, Afghanistan continues to struggle for resources and security to make possible the rebuilding of its government and its country....
4/10/2003 Harvard Law Appoints First Female Dean
Harvard University announced last Thursday that Elena Kagan would become the next Dean of Harvard Law School (HLS), making her the first female dean at the 186-year-old school....
4/7/2003 Phone Company Fundraises for Anti-Abortion Groups
Anti-abortion groups are tapping into telecommunications for new sources of funding, reported the Associated Press....
3/24/2003 Feminist Majority Foundation Announces 2003 Campus Program Award Winners
Congratulations to this year's outstanding winners of the FMF Campus Program Awards....
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....
2/13/2003 Jordanian Elections Laws Amended to Reserve Seats for Women
Jordans King Abdullah has ratified an amended law that creates six new parliamentary seats for women, the Jordan Times reports....
2/6/2003 Women Losing Ground in State Legislatures
Despite the record six women governors elected in 2002, the number of women in state legislatures has declined in the past several years....
2/5/2003 Opposition to Estrada Mounts
With a full Senate vote on President Bushs nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals possible today, efforts to block the vote with a filibuster have heightened to a fever pitch....
2/4/2003 Afghanistan: Criticism Builds as Possible War with Iraq Looms
UN officials are growing increasingly concerned that a war with Iraq could have severe consequences on humanitarian efforts elsewhere, particularly in Afghanistan, Angola, and the Ivory Coast, reported the BBC....
1/24/2003 Presidential AIDS Council Appointee Declines Position
The Bush administrations selection of right wing, homophobic, religious extremist Jerry Thacker to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA) stirred intense controversy Thursday, prompting Thacker to ultimately decline the appointment, reported the Washington Post....
1/23/2003 Abortion Rights Threatened by Likely Supreme Court Vacancy
Rumors continue to grow that at least one Supreme Court justice will retire in May....
1/16/2003 Women Take Majority in Washingtons Supreme Court
With the election of Justice Mary Fairhurst, women now have a 5-4 majority in Washington states Supreme Court for the first time in the states history....
1/10/2003 Anti-Abortion Activist, Public Education Opponent Runs for School Board
Matthew Trewhella, co-founder of the Milwaukee-based anti-abortion group Missionaries to the Pre-Born, announced earlier this week that he will run for a seat on the School Board in the district of Richfield in Wisconsin....
1/8/2003 Bush Brings Back Anti-Women Judicial Nominees
President Bush renamed several anti-women judicial nominees yesterday including Charles Pickering and Priscilla Owen both nominated to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and both rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee last year....
1/7/2003 Administration Continues Infusing Science with Ideology
In its continued efforts to infuse science and medicine with conservative ideology, the Bush administration last Friday appointed 11 members to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretarys Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP)....
1/6/2003 Iranian Women Join Police Force
Four hundred fully trained female officers recently joined the police force in Tehran, Iran....
1/3/2003 Senate Gains Additional Woman Senator
The total number of women US Senators rose to 14 in December, a new record, when Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) appointed his daughter, Lisa Murkowski, to finish his term after being elected governor of Alaska....
1/2/2003 Iran Ends Stoning of Women for Adultery
Iran has ended its practice of imposing the harsh sentence of stoning as a form of capital punishment for women....
12/17/2002 Bush to Stack DC Appeals Court with Far-Right Judges
In a continued effort to stack the court with far right extremists, the Bush administration plans to fill two seats on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that have been vacant for years....
12/16/2002 Republican Senator Joins Call for Lotts Resignation
The second-highest ranked Republican Senator has joined the growing cry for Trent Lotts resignation (R-MS) as incoming Senate Majority Leader following his racist remarks last week....
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....
12/12/2002 Honor Killings on the Rise in Pakistan
Honor killings in Pakistan have risen 25 percent since last year, according to Pakistans Human Rights Commission (HRC)....
12/9/2002 Senate Split 51-48 for Republicans after Landrieu Wins Seat in Louisiana
First-term Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu beat her Republican opponent, Suzanne Haik Terrell, by 52 to 48 percent in Louisianas runoff election on Saturday....
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....
12/5/2002 Campus Program Continues to Grow!
Big feminist welcome to the new FMLA at the UNIVERSITY OF TWIN CITIES-MINNESOTA! The newest chartered FMLA is off to a great start, making a name for themselves by mobilizing voters during the past elections in October and now, gathering strategies for the Emergency Contraception Over-the-Counter (ECOTC) campaign. The soon to be chartered Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at DUKE UNIVERSITY has had a highly successful recruitment campaign this quarter, with recruitment activities reaching approximately 1,000 students....
12/2/2002 Irans Clerics Broaden Women's Right to Divorce
Irans Guardian Council, a hard-line conservative force in Iran, approved a bill yesterday broadening womens divorce rightsa right that has been severely limited since the 1979 Islamic Revolution....
12/2/2002 Bonn Summit Convenes Despite Unstable Conditions in Afghanistan
Amidst continued fighting between warring factions in western Afghanistan, Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Monday underscored his nations struggle to achieve self-sufficiency and broader security, appealing for increased international assistance to strengthen security throughout the country....
11/26/2002 FEC Allows Candidates for Office to Receive Salary
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted yesterday to allow candidates running for office to be paid a salary from campaign funds while campaigning....
11/22/2002 Afghan Security Advisor, New York Times Call for Troop Expansion
Afghan National Security Advisor Zalmai Rassoul visited Washington this week to meet with high-ranking officials to urge the Bush Administration to follow through on its promise to rebuild Afghanistan even with a foreign policy shift toward war in Iraq....
11/19/2002 Anti-abortion Groups Campaign Contribution Case Accepted by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments yesterday in FEC versus Beaumont, a case brought by North Carolina Right to Life challenging the federal law that prohibits corporate contributions....
11/18/2002 School Vouchers Again on Horizon in States
A new campaign has been launched by the libertarian law firm Institute for Justice (IJ) to use state courts to overturn laws barring public funds to be used for religious schools in the form of vouchers....
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 Pelosi Elected First Woman to Lead Either Party in Congress
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today became the highest-ranking woman in Congress when she was elected as the House Minority Leader, the first woman and the first Californian to lead either party....
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....
11/12/2002 Republicans Gain Control of Most Legislatures
This months elections not only resulted in a Republican-controlled Congress beginning on November 22, but also that Republicans gained control of the most state legislatures and now hold the majority of statehouse seats nationwide for the first time since 1954 the Christian Science Monitor reported today....
11/7/2002 Gephardt to Step Down, Pelosi to Vie for Top House Democratic Position
As the Democratic Party starts to rebuild from the losses sustained in Tuesdays election, House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MS) is expected to announce today that he will step down as the partys leader in the US House of Representatives....
11/7/2002 FBIs Highest-Ranking Woman to Oversee Priest Sex Abuse Policy
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) later today is expected to announce its selection of Kathleen McChesneythe FBIs highest-ranking womanas Director of its Office of Child and Youth Protection....
11/6/2002 Women Hold Their Numbers in 2002 Election
A record number of women ran for office in yesterdays 2002 midterm election....
10/31/2002 Bush Proposes Short Deadlines for Judicial Confirmations
President George Bush announced a proposal yesterday to speed up the judicial confirmation process in his most recent attempt to pressure the Senate into rubber-stamping his judicial nominations to the federal courts....
10/31/2002 Arab Womens Summit to Meet in Jordan
The Womens Arab Summit this weekend in Amman, Jordan, will launch the Arab Womens Organization under the patronage of the Arab League....
10/29/2002 Funding for Uterine Fibroid Research on Hold in Congress
A bill to allocate $10 million for research into treatment of uterine fibroids, a common affliction among women, particularly women of color, is not likely to move through Congress until after the November elections and possibly not until January, Womens E-News reports....
10/28/2002 FMLAs Mobilize for Abortion Access During National Young Women's Day of Action
Last Thursday, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances and feminists across the country participated in the National Young Womens Day of Action (NYWDA), a call to action for feminists to unite around issues of reproductive and sexual freedom, racial and economic justice, and on violence against women. The FMLA at PORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE-SYLVANIA Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance and the Sylvania Women's Resource Center organized an art exhibit in recognition of National Young Women's Day of Action and invited local pro-choice and feminist organizations to table with information on the wide range of issues affecting women at stake during the elections. The UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance had a pay equity bake sale for the national day of action, raising awareness about economic discrimination and the wage gap against women....
10/28/2002 Home Stretch for FMF's Get Out Her Vote Campaign: FMLAs Continue to Mobilize Voters
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5th....
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 Beyond Voter Registration: New Get Out Her Vote Ideas, Resources, and Materials Online
Did you know? Kennedy defeated Nixon by just one voter per precinct in 1960? Only 4% of the US Congress is comprised of women of color? Only 21% of US citizens 18-24 years old voted in the last non-presidential election? Every day elected officials make critical decisions about young womens lives, FMF President Eleanor Smeal notes, Voter education and empowerment will give young women a stronger voice in our political future. Help increase awareness about the importance of voting....
10/17/2002 FMLAs Continue to Actively Mobilize Young Feminists in GOHV Campaign
The Get Out Her Vote campaign is in full swing as FMLAs and affiliates across the country have registered thousands of new voters during the last several weeks....
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....
10/16/2002 New LAPD Chief Embraces Consent Decree as Template for Reform
William Bratton, newly appointed Chief to the LAPD, has warned internal LAPD staff that he will not tolerate those who don’t back his vision for change in the Department....
10/14/2002 Fundamentalist Religious Forces in Pakistan Fare Well in Elections
Opponents of Pakistans President Pervez Musharraf, including Islamic fundamentalists and secular groups, fared well in the national elections last week....
10/10/2002 Indian Supreme Court Takes Action Against Ultrasound Use for Sex Selection
The Indian Supreme Court issued an order on Monday demanding that all governing bodies in Indian states and territories prevent unregistered clinics from advertising prenatal ultrasound testing and fetal sex selection services, according to Kaiser Daily Reproductive Health Report....
10/2/2002 Get Out Her Vote Campaign in Full Swing: Leadership Alliances Mobilize, Educate, and Register Voters
For many states, voter registration deadlines are nearing and Leadership lliances have been very active in the FMF Get Out Her Vote (GOHV) Campaign. The UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSINEAU CLAIRE affiliate will have members officially deputized to register voters on their campus and will have a GOHV planning session tonight....
10/1/2002 Breast Cancer Group Rallies Support For Research Funding
In an event scheduled for tomorrow at the US Capitol, the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) will ask Congress to approve the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act before lawmakers return home for the November elections....
9/30/2002 US Representative Patsy Mink Will Be Remembered as a Feminist Champion and Benefactor for Women
US Representative Patsy Mink (D-HI), co-author of Title IX and a devoted advocate for women, the poor and disenfranchised, died Saturday in Honolulu, Hawaii....
9/27/2002 Religious, Charitable Groups Granted Exemption for Campaign Finance
The Federal Election Commission voted (4-2) yesterday to exempt religious and charitable groups from provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that prohibit the use of soft money to finance radio and television ads....
9/26/2002 Criticism Mounts Against Bush on War in Iraq
Countering President George Bushs claims that Congress is close to endorsing a war against Iraq, leading Democrats and womens rights proponents are criticizing Bush for rushing into war without exhausting diplomatic means, and without fully assessing Iraqs threat to the United States....
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....
9/18/2002 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 Bush Bypasses Congress With Faith-Based Funding
Despite the lack of authorization from Congress, five Cabinet agencies are working to implement regulations that will allow religious groups to receive taxpayer money through President Bushs faith-based initiative....
9/13/2002 Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Again Balk At Bankruptcy Bill
A bill that is bad for consumers and good for big business is once again being held up by abortion politics, the Washington Post reported today....
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....
9/10/2002 Controversial Bill Supported By Christian Right Given Bypass To House Floor
Under pressure from the Religious Right, the leadership of the US House of Representatives will bring a controversial bill, which gives churches and other religious organizations the right to engage in electioneering, to the House floor by sidestepping the traditional committee process....
9/10/2002 Get Out Her Vote Campaign Now Online
The next Congress will make decisions on issues that have a profound effect on womens lives, including abortion rights, international family planning, judicial nominations, womens economic rights, and environmental justice....
9/6/2002 Miami Referendum Threatens Gay Rights; Christian Coalition Leader Arrested
Conservative Christian groups who are against gay rights in Miami-Dade County have placed a referendum on Tuesdays ballot that would repeal an ordinance protecting lesbians and gay men from discrimination in such areas as housing and employment....
8/29/2002 Irans Parliament Votes to Grant Women Equal Right to Divorce; Iranian Government May Legalize Brothels
Irans parliament recently approved a bill granting women the right to seek a divorce in court a right women have not had since the 1979 Islamic Revolution....
8/22/2002 Democratic Feminist Candidate Defeated in Georgia Primary
As Israel-Palestinian tensions increasingly filter into US politics, US Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) was defeated by a virtual unknown in Georgias primary election Tuesday primarily because of her criticism of pro-Israel policies....
8/22/2002 NAACP Hosts Legislative Mobilization Conference in DC in September
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be holding a National Legislative Mobilization Conference on September 8-10, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Washington DC....
8/22/2002 Upcoming Campus Campaigns: Stay Tuned
The FMFs Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances are preparing for an exciting year of education and activism on a range of feminist and pro-choice issues on campus....
8/14/2002 FMF Interns Host Successful Pro-Choice Education Briefing
On July 26 and 27, over 40 interns from progressive organizations throughout DC gathered for a Pro-Choice Briefing and Legislative Action Day organized by FMF interns....
8/9/2002 Bush Administration Blocks Corporate Responsibility Overseas
With the State Department urging a US court to dismiss a lawsuit against Exxon Mobil Corporation for its operations in Indonesia, the Bush administration is making its second bid this year to restrict international corporate responsibility for human rights violations abroad, the New York Times reported today....
8/6/2002 Female Candidates Could Make This the Year of the Woman Governor
The year of the woman governor could begin today as two states hold primary elections in which women are front-runners for the governor spot....
7/30/2002 Historic Vote: Women's Treaty Passes Committee
With the steadfast leadership of Sen....
7/30/2002 Womens Rights Treaty Approved by Senate Committee
UN Treaty to Move to Senate Floor for First Time in US History WASHINGTON, DC In a 12-7 bipartisan vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved US ratification of the United Nations treaty that sets a global standard for womens rights. "Today we are celebrating a victory for women," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority....
6/26/2002 Republican National Committee Targets Abortion Rights Groups
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has issued subpoenas for a number of labor, womens rights, civic and environmental groups, demanding fundraising records, documents detailing political strategies, and internal communications, the Washington Post reported today....
6/24/2002 Afghanistan President Names New Womens Affairs Minister
Mahboba Hoqooqmal was appointed as the Minister of Women Affairs in Afghanistan today....
6/20/2002 Afghan President Chooses Cabinet
Afghan President Hamid Karzai announced picks for 14 of his cabinet posts yesterday, only one of which was a woman....
6/13/2002 Womens Rights Treaty Has Historic Hearing Before the US Senate
CEDAW Could Help Trigger the Gender Gap
WASHINGTON, DC After 23 years of advocacy by womens rights organizations and just in time for the November elections, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a hearing to discuss the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
6/13/2002 Afghanistan: Karzai Elected as Next Head of State
In secret ballot elections held late Thursday, Afghanistans national assemblythe loya jirgaselected current interim leader Hamid Karzai as the next head of state, serving until the 2004 elections....
6/10/2002 Women Will Be 13 Percent of Loya Jirga Delegates
When the loya jirga opens on June 11, some 200 women will participate as delegates....
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....
5/7/2002 Women Consider Running for Governor in Twenty-Two States
Women are considering a run in 61 percent of gubernatorial races in the country. As of April 23, the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University (CAWP) identified 25 women who were considering running for governor in 22 states, including Lt....
5/6/2002 Aung San Suu Kyi Released From House Arrest Under Burmese Military
Nobel Lauriat and democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi was released unconditionally from house arrest today by the Burmese military regime....
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....
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....
4/23/2002 French Presidential Candidate Would Represent A Step Back for Women
Protestors are decrying the politics of right-wing French presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen who is challenging president Jacques Chirac to become Frances new leader....
4/9/2002 Women Participate in Bahrain Elections for First Time
Thirty-four women are registered as candidates in the May municipal elections in Bahrain, the first time women will appear on the ballot....
4/1/2002 Women Will Be At Least 11% of Afghan Loya Jirga
The commission appointed by Afghan Interim Chairman, Hamid Karzai, to faciliate the assembly of the loya jirga, announced plans today to set aside 160 seats for women -- 11% -- at the national gathering to determine the next stage of the Afghan transition government....
3/29/2002 Bush Announces Continued Push for Conservative Judges
While raising money for the Republican Party and various Republican candidates for Senate seats, President Bush announced his resolve to push for conservative judges to the federal courts....
2/21/2002 National Religious Broadcasters President Resigns Amid Controversy
Wayne Pederson resigned as president of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) after being pressured by NRB leaders who voted to fire him in January....
2/19/2002 House to Consider Church Endorsements of Political Candidates
The U.S....
2/7/2002 Ecuador and Portugal Ratify the ICC
Ecuador and Portugal became the 51st and 52nd countries to ratify the International Criminal Court (ICC) this week, joining the international community in its commitment to prosecuting the most heinous crimes against humanity....
2/5/2002 Biden Calls for U.S. Peacekeeping Force in Afghanistan
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to urge the Bush Administration to deploy peacekeeping troops into Afghanistan to ensure the success of the new government....
2/5/2002 Women Gubernatorial Candidates Line Up for 2002 Elections
According to the Center for American Women in Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Rutgers University, as of February 2, 2002, 30 women from 21 states are considering running in gubernatorial elections this year, many from states with open seats, where there is no incumbent, presenting a better chance of a win....
1/23/2002 Abortion Rights Supporters Call for Vigilance in Protecting Roe
Hundreds of abortion rights supporters gathered in front of the U.S....
1/15/2002 Cardinal Apologizes for Allowing Alleged Child Abuser to Continue as Priest
Cardinal Bernard F....
1/4/2002 Women Candidates Emerge for Election 2002
As the 2002 elections draw near, women throughout the nation are beginning to line up to run for seats in the Senate and House....
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....
12/11/2001 Gender Gap May Be Decisive in 2002 Elections
In Missouri and North Carolina, pollsters and analysts are already beginning to see a gender gap that may prove favorable to women candidates in the November 2002 elections....
11/7/2001 Pro-Choice Candidates Emerge Victorious
On Tuesday, both New Jersey and Virginia elected pro-choice governors to lead their states....
11/5/2001 5 Cities to Vote on Gay Rights
On Tuesday, voters will determine the extent of gay rights in five U.S....
11/2/2001 Pro-Choice Candidates Ahead in 2001 Elections
Pro-Choice Virginia gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner (D), according to a recent Washington Post poll, enjoys a 10-point lead over his staunchly anti-choice opponent, Mark Earley (R)....
11/1/2001 Protect Voting Rights With People For the American Way
The People for the American Way (PFAW) recently launched Election Protection, a non-partisan campaign to help inform Americans of their voting rights and helps to protect voters' rights at the polls....
10/26/2001 Pulling a Fast One
It is called the unborn Victims of Violence Act (UVVA), but is it really an antiabortion bill in disguise? Proponents of the act, which at press time had passed the House but had yet to hit the Senate floor, say it would protect pregnant women by levying additional penalties for any federal crime that injures or kills a woman's fetus....
10/11/2001 Election of Pelosi as Democratic Whip Womens Rights Victory
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10/10/2001 Pelosi Wins House Democratic Whip Election Makes History
In a 118-95 vote, House Democrats elected Rep....
9/5/2001 Another Anti-Abortion Leglislator to Retire
Staunch anti-abortion Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX) announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election next year, joining anti-abortion Senators Jesse Helms (R-NC) and Strom Thurmond (R-SC) who have also announced plans to retire at the end of their terms....
7/30/2001 No Justice, No Peace
On May 9, George W....
7/26/2001 "Bandit Queen" Assassinated in New Delhi
Phoolan Devi, the outlaw-turned-lawmaker portrayed in the movie "Bandit Queen," was assassinated yesterday outside her New Delhi home....
7/20/2001 Plans Appeal to Women Voters, Despite Anti-Woman Positions
The Republican National Committee, which has long performed poorly among women voters, has vowed to put money, muscle and womanpower into recruiting women to their party....
7/13/2001 Frankel Announces Candidacy for Florida Governor
Florida House Democratic Leader Lois Frankel announced her candidacy for the 2002 governors race yesterday, joining a growing list of challengers to Jeb Bush....
6/27/2001 Support for LGBT Rights Increases Dramatically
According to a new analysis of 2000 National Election Survey data, support for gay and lesbian nondiscrimination laws has substantially increased among people of all political ideologies....
6/12/2001 Having It All
In our December 1999/January 2000 issue, we reported that the French legislature—under pressure from feminists and lagging far behind most members of the European Union when it comes to female representation in Parliament—was scheduled to vote on a gender parity law....
5/18/2001 Senate Panel Splits on Right-Wing Solicitor General
The Senate Judiciary Committee split along party lines yesterday on the nomination of Right-Wing lawyer Theodore B....
5/15/2001 Lead Attorney in Kopp Investigation Forced to Resign
According to a WomensEnews.org story by Cynthia L....
5/14/2001 Pregnant Governor Faces Sex Discrimination
Last week, the Massachusetts Governors Council, an eight-member panel who meets regularly with Governor Jane Swift (R), voted 5-3 to bring before the state Supreme Court the question of the legitimacy and constitutionality of Swift maintaining her role as governor while hospitalized for complications with her pregnancy....
5/9/2001 Bush Nominates First 11 Federal Judges
In an effort ensure confirmation of his first batch of federal appeals court nominees, President Bush announced a diverse list of candidates that includes two men originally nominated by former President Clinton, two African Americans, three women and one Latino....
4/6/2001 The Media Crowns George II
The day after George W....
4/4/2001 French Parity Law Doubles Number of Women Elected
As a direct result of a new French law requiring 50% of candidates on municipal election ballots to be women, the number of women municipal officeholders more than doubled from 22% in 1995 to 47.5% in 2001....
3/30/2001 Save Roe Campaign Launched
With the installation of an anti-abortion president, women's rights and reproductive rights groups are gearing up for what could be the most important fight for women's rights in several decades....
3/30/2001 Bush Administration Begins Attack on RU 486
Before President George W....
3/19/2001 Women Congressmembers Lead Democratic Campaign Committees
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) are the first women to lead the Senate and House campaign committees for the Democratic party....
3/13/2001 WatchDog Days
Though we just inaugurated the new president, it feels as if we just threw away our barf bags after his less-than-glorious election....
3/5/2001 How a Gag Gift Became a National Campaign
What began as a proposal for a presidential gag gift has snowballed into a campaign that raised more than half a million dollars for family planning group Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In her January 26 column for the Los Angeles Times, writer Patt Morrison decried George W....
2/16/2001 Open Mike - Part I
"When you challenge power, you expect consequences," says radio journalist Amy Goodman, summing up her Election-Day interview with Bill Clinton....
2/16/2001 Open Mike
"When you challenge power, you expect consequences," says radio journalist Amy Goodman, summing up her Election-Day interview with Bill Clinton....
2/15/2001 Bush Nominates Ultra Conservative for Solicitor General
Theodore Olson, the ultra-conservative lawyer who represented President Bush in Bush v....
2/7/2001 GOP Bill Would Restrict RU 486
Pro-choice groups and women members of Congress condemned the introduction of a bill sponsored by Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark) and Representative David Vitter (R-LA) that would restrict access to mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486)....
2/6/2001 Parity Law in France Requires Gender Equality in Elections
Lawmakers in France passed a bill last year that will require an equal number of women and men candidates on nearly all election ballots....
2/5/2001 Abortion, Womens Groups Shaped Key Races
A report released today reveals that pro-choice, womens rights, and environmental groups helped shape the outcome of some Congressional elections with their strong get-out-the-vote efforts....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part I
"A good executive is one that understands how to recruit people and how to delegate." So declared George W....
1/16/2001 Civil Rights Commission Examines FL Voter Complaints
A US Commission on Civil Rights held a hearing last week in Florida to try to determine if the obstacles black and physically impaired voters encountered at the polls on November 7 were intentional....
1/11/2001 NAACP Launches Lawsuit Against FL Voting Officials
The NAACP and other civil rights groups have filed a class action lawsuit against Florida voting officials on behalf of black residents who were not allowed to vote in the November 7 presidential election....
1/8/2001 Congressional Black Caucus Protests FL Electoral Votes
During a joint session of Congress in which electoral votes were officially tallied, ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus submitted their opposition to the 25 electoral votes from the state of Florida cast for George W....
1/4/2001 Hillary Clinton Sworn in as NY Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton made history Wednesday as the first woman Senator from New York and the only First Lady ever to win public office....
1/3/2001 Bush Picks Right Wing Ideologue To Head Labor Dept.
Linda Chavez, President-elect George W....
12/22/2000 Ashcroft Named Attorney General: Worst Possible Choice for Womens Rights
Defeated Missouri Republican Senator John Ashcroft was nominated today by G.W....
12/15/2000 Editorial Statement by Eleanor Smeal on the 2000 Presidential Election
The U.S....
12/12/2000 Blacks Voted 9 to 1 Against Bush
Despite George W....
12/7/2000 Aung San Suu Kyi Receives U.S. Medal of Freedom
Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy who won the 1990 free elections in Burma (Myanmar), was honored by U.S President Bill Clinton with the highest civilian award, the Medal of Freedom....
12/5/2000 Seminole County Case Could Reveal Fraud
The case against Seminole County Election Supervisor Sandra Goard was strengthened this week as depositions brought witnesses in to bolster the defenses case....
12/5/2000 Bumper Sticker and Ad Use Sexist Slogan to Attack Gore
RepublicanPac.com, a Virginia-based right-wing group whose self-proclaimed purpose is to support and defend the platform of [Ronald] Reagan Republicanism pro-life/pro-family [i.e....
12/4/2000 Recount Affirms Cantwells Senate Win
A state-mandated machine recount in Washington States senate race affirmed pro-choice Maria Cantwells (D) win over anti-choice incumbent Senator Slade Gorton (R)....
12/4/2000 US Olympic Committee to Be Led by Woman
Sandra Baldwin was elected 22nd president of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) this weekend, making her the first woman ever to hold the position....
11/30/2000 NOW and NAACP Take Action Regarding Womens, Blacks Vote
The NAACP will file a lawsuit against Florida and several counties, alleging irregularities in the presidential election, and possible racial profiling....
11/27/2000 US Supreme Court Will Hear Redistricting Case
The U.S....
11/22/2000 2000 Election—Women Gaining Slowly, Against The Odds
"Wouldn't that be the ultimate irony if a few votes determined the rights of women?"

These words came from Eleanor Smeal the day after Election Day, at the beginning of the long drawn-out recount drama that has mesmerized the nation....
11/16/2000 Womens Status Varies Greatly State-by-State
Today, the Institute for Womens Policy Research (IWPR) released a study on the status of women in the United States, a state-by-state analysis of womens political and economic status and statewide policies affecting women....
11/13/2000 Gender Gap Important Regardless of Age, Race, Marital Status, Party, Education
Women voters favored Gore in all major demographic categories with an overall 12-point gender gap (54 percent of women and 42 percent of men voted for Gore)....
11/10/2000 Gender Gap Shaped Election 2000
The gender gap - the difference between the voting patterns of men and women - proved crucial in presidential, Congressional, and statewide races....
11/10/2000 Abortion Ranked As Third Most Important Issue for Voters
A poll released yesterday by the Health Insurance Association of America shows that abortion ranked third with voters as a key issue in their selection of a presidential candidate....
11/9/2000 Gender Gap Shaped Election 2000
The gender gap the difference between the voting patterns of men and women proved crucial in presidential, Congressional, and statewide races....
11/9/2000 Strong Support for Gun Control, Abortion: Religious Attendance Rare for Large Portion of Voters
Exit polling results reveal that the electorate is far less religious and far more supportive of gun control laws and abortion rights than the political consultants of both parties would have us believe....
11/9/2000 Women make gains in California
A record number of women candidates won their Congressional races in California, increasing women's representation to 31% of the 52-seat California Congressional delegation....
11/8/2000 Gender Gap Decisive in Election 2000
The gender gap - the difference between the voting patterns of men and women - proved decisive in presidential, Congressional, and statewide races....
11/8/2000 Women, Gender Gap Crucial to Democratic Gains in Congress
Women will gain three or four seats in the US Senate with the wins of Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Mel Carnahan (D-MO), who will be replaced by his wife Jean, and with Maria Cantwell (D-OR) in a race still too close to call....
11/7/2000 Tune in Tonight to Womens Election Watch 2000
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11/6/2000 Feminist Leader Huerta Urges Voter Turnout
From her hospital bed, Feminist Majority Foundation Board Member and United Farm Workers (UFW) co-founder Dolores Huerta urged feminists and labor rights activists to vote in tomorrows presidential election....
11/6/2000 Jane Fonda Donates to Pro-Choice Campaign
Actress and activist Jane Fonda personally donated $11.7 million dollars to Pro Choice Vote, an election campaign to educate voters on what is at stake for abortion rights this November....
11/3/2000 Women Leaders Push for Appointments
On October 31, the National Council of Womens Organizations and the National Womens Political Caucus hosted a press conference to announce the Womens Appointment Project, an effort to identify, recruit, train, and support women seeking elected and appointed office. The Project sought responses from the two major party candidates in the presidential election....
11/1/2000 Get Out *Her* Vote Campaign In Full Swing On Over 300 College Campuses!
Launched in mid-October to increase widespread participation among young women on college campuses in the upcoming elections, FMF's non-partisan Get Out HER Vote campaign is in full swing! FMF campus organizers have traveled to over 50 campuses in 6 states recruiting teams of Get Out HER Vote Deputies....
11/1/2000 More Election Activism On Campuses!
The Mills College Leadership Alliance is co-organizing their campus Suffrage Shuttle to take women voters to the polls....
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....
10/30/2000 Pro-Choice Groups Battle the Nader Effect
With Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George W....
10/30/2000 US Congress Passes Anti-Taliban Resolution
The US Congress passed a resolution late last week criticizing the human rights abuses of the Taliban, and calling for the reconvening of a Grand Assembly of Afghan leaders, a representative government for Afghanistan, and democratic elections....
10/30/2000 Pro-Choice Women Candidates Lead State Races
Abortion is an important issue not only in the presidential race this year but in statewide elections as well, with pro-choice candidates facing anti-choice opponents in California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas....
10/27/2000 Gore Gaining Among Swing Voters
A poll sponsored by the Associated Press and conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press show that, among the 25 percent of registered voters who are undecided on a candidate, Democratic candidate Al Gore is taking the lead....
10/27/2000 Global Gag Rule On International Family Planning Removed
In a major step forward, U.S....
10/26/2000 Is a Vote for Nader a Vote for Bush?
Supporters of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader and left-wing Democrats are conducting a last-minute campaign in various swing states, fearing that Nader could tip the election in favor of Republican candidate George W....
10/23/2000 Get Out Her Vote Campaign Hits Campuses Nationwide
Feminist Majority Foundation's Choices Campus Program Ignites Women's Vote WASHINGTON, D.C....
10/23/2000 Congress To Vote on International Family Planning Aid
Negotiations on the $14.9 billion foreign aid bill could come to a close this week with a compromise on family planning funding....
10/23/2000 With Anti-Gay Hate Crimes on the Rise, GOP Position Under Scrutiny
The FBIs Uniform Crime Report for 1999 showed that, as overall serious crime continued to decline over the past year, hate crimes based on sexual orientation increased 4.5 percent between 1998 and 1999....
10/17/2000 Pro-Choice Advocate Dies in Plane Crash
The pro-choice community mourns the loss of ally Governor Mel Carnahan (D-MO), who died in a plane crash on his way to a campaign rally on Monday night....
10/17/2000 Womens Groups Urge Focus on Women, Minorities in Last Debate
In the last of the 2000 presidential debates, feminist leaders are urging the Commission on Presidential Debates to give womens issues a greater voice....
10/16/2000 Tight Races Could Give Democrats Control of Senate
The 2000 elections could produce a Democratically controlled Senate, and possibly by the narrowest margin....
10/12/2000 Presidential Debate Reveals Clear Human Rights Difference
The first 41 minutes of last nights presidential debate, dominated by discussion of foreign policy, revealed that Republican candidate George W....
10/12/2000 More Successful Campus Voter Registration Drives!
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10/10/2000 Feminist Groups Protest Lack of Women Moderators in Debates
Over 100 womens groups, collectively represented by the National Council of Womens Organizations (NCWO), and comprised of over 6 million women launched a formal protest of the exclusion of women as moderators in the presidential and vice-presidential debates....
10/9/2000 No Belles - Part I
It's that time of year again, when headlines with the luminous word "Nobel" float over beaming photos of the newest laureates....
10/6/2000 Cheney Masks Anti-Abortion and Anti-Gay Position; Gender Gap Builds for Gore
In last nights debate, Republican vice presidential nominee Richard Cheney masked the Republican Party Platform on abortion and gay and lesbian rights....
10/5/2000 Anti-abortion Forces Attempt Legislating Challenges to RU 486
Congressional opponents to the FDA approved abortion pill, Mifeprex, also known as RU 486, are threatening to introduce bills that would heavily restrict the availability of the pill....
10/4/2000 Once Again, Bush Tries to Mask Abortion Position
In the presidential debates last night held in Boston, MA, Republican nominee George W....
10/2/2000 Bush to Christian Coalition: Will Value..the Life of the Unborn
Republican presidential nominee George W....
9/25/2000 Leadership Alliances Mobilize Voters on Campus!
As students return to school for the Fall Semester, Leadership Alliances nationwide are mobilizing voters on campus with non-partisan voter registration drives! The University of North Texas Leadership Alliance and the Northeastern Illinois University Leadership Alliance had members deputized by the state election commission to legally register voters on-site....
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....
9/14/2000 Abortion and RU 486 hangs in Balance of Election 2000
In addition to the possible appointment of several U.S....
9/14/2000 Seniors Encouraged to Vote to Protect Social Security
With the presidential election only 56 days away, organizers with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) are hitting the pavement and getting senior citizens registered to vote....
9/11/2000 Gender Gap in VA Senate Race: Women Favor Dem. on Abortion, Gun Control
A recent Washington Post poll suggests that the gender gap will prove key in the Virginia Senate election this year, with 49 percent of women favoring Democratic candidate Charles Robb and 37 percent favoring Republican George Allen....
9/8/2000 Massive Gender Gap Gives Gore Edge
Two recent polls reveal that, while the presidential race remains close, Vice President Al Gore is edging closer to victory with a large gender gap that shows women overwhelmingly favoring the Democrat....
8/22/2000 Republicans Block Women and Minority Candidates from Federal Bench
President Clinton kept his promise when he vowed to put more women and minorities on the Federal bench-48 percent of Clinton's federal judge picks have been women or minorities (compared to 28 percent by George Bush and 14% by Ronald Reagan)....
8/22/2000 Women In Southern Africa Score Political Power
The 1997 gender equality mandate for Southern Africa, better known as the Declaration on Gender and Development, spearheaded a movement in which women can embark on the decision-making process with equal footing....
8/21/2000 Who Me, Vote? - Part I
If history has a healthy sense of the absurd, then at its bar Bill Clinton will be crowned with a tiny laurel for service to the cause of free love and phone sex....
8/16/2000 Abortion Rights Leader Addresses Democratic National Convention
National Abortion Rights and Action League (NARAL) President Kate Michelman addressed the Democratic National Convention last night, urging voters who are pro-choice to vote for Al Gore and Joe Lieberman because they will protect a woman's right to reproductive and abortion services....
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The opening of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles this week highlighted women officeholders and candidates and touched on issues of importance to women such as reproductive choice, health care and education....
8/14/2000 Mexican Legislators Deny Access To Abortion In Rape Case
President-elect Vicente Fox, of the Roman Catholic Church-supported National Action Party (PAN), is forced to make clear his position on abortion due to the recent case of Paulina del Carmen....
8/11/2000 Women In Brazil Visible In Local Elections, But Absent In National Politics
In three of Brazils state capitals women are running against women for the seat of mayor, a refreshing indicator that womens participation in local politics is flourishing....
8/10/2000 Women Outnumber Men Online
For the first time in the U.S., women make up the majority of the online population, says a survey by Media Metrix....
8/4/2000 Reaction to Bush Speech and Convention: Gender Gap Still Persists
MSNBC's post-speech poll conducted last night showed 47% of voters favoring George W....
8/3/2000 Evolution Prevails in Kansas Vote
Kansas voters want human evolution back on the state science standards....
8/3/2000 Somali Women Celebrate Parliamentary Quota Victory
Somali women, who have long been excluded from their countrys political scene, are celebrating a major gain in their movement to increase womens representation in the nations highest levels of decision-making....
8/2/2000 Rich Republicans Bankroll Bush Candidacy
The New York Times today released an expose that revealing that more than two-thirds of the Republican Party's soft-money has been contributed by an elite group of fewer than 800 wealthy individuals and businesses....
8/1/2000 Republican Party Ignores Women's Protests
Women led three major protest marches over the past two days, voicing their frustration with the Republican Party and its anti-woman platform....
7/26/2000 Gender Gap on Gun Control Could Help Gore
A recent poll conducted by Handgun Control, Inc....
7/25/2000 Bush Selects Ultra-Conservative Cheney as Running Mate
Early this morning, Richard Cheney accepted George W....
7/21/2000 Priests for Life Further Blur Line Between Church and State
The anti-abortion group Priests for Life printed a full-page ad in the New York Times today, urging lawmakers, voters, and those running for public office to vote strictly along anti-abortion lines....
7/19/2000 Vice Presidential Nomination May Hinge on Abortion
With the razor-thin Supreme Court decision in Stenberg v....
7/19/2000 "Priests for Life" Supports Anti-Abortion Extremists
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7/18/2000 Feminist Majority Foundation & Institute for Democracy Studies CAlls Attention to Priest for Life's Support of Violent Wing of Anti-Abortion Movement
Washington DC - As Priests for Life launches their anti-abortion electoral media campaign today, Feminist Majority Foundation and Institute for Democracy Studies together call attention to Fr....
7/14/2000 Vancouver RU 486 Doctor Receives Death Threat
The day after Dr....
7/14/2000 Women in Ghana Protest Serial Murders
On July 10th hundreds of women demonstrated in front of the police headquarters in Accra, Ghana, demanding resolution to the serial murders of 25 women....
7/14/2000 Gore Pledges Support for Affirmative Action to NAACP
At the 91st annual NAACP national convention this past week, both presidential candidates addressed the crowd in part to enlist support for the upcoming election....
7/13/2000 New Laws in Britain Would Increase Number of Women And Black MPs
If Britain's Labor Party succeeds in passing new laws that mandate quotas, every political party will be legally required to select women and black members of Parliament (MPs) in parliamentary seats....
7/12/2000 Parliament Quota for Women in Bangladesh Is Denounced as Tokenism
Women's groups in Bangladesh are criticizing the government's move to renew a constitutional law that gives women only a tenth of the seats in the 330-member national parliament....
7/6/2000 Women Are Casualties of World's Early Indifference Towards AIDS Epidemic in Africa
According to a Washington Post report, global organizations and national governments ignored the warnings of an imminent AIDS plague in Africa....
7/6/2000 Women's Vote Places Child-Care at Center: Presidential Candidates Must Address Issue to Win
Analysts predict that the growing concern of women, particularly those under the age of 50, over the crisis in the quality, affordability, and supply of early child-care in the U.S., will make the subject a serious campaign issue in the upcoming presidential election....
7/5/2000 Women in Kuwait Are Denied Voting Rights By Highest Court
On July 4th, the Constitutional Court of Kuwait refused to grant Kuwaiti women the right to vote and hold political office based on claims of procedural flaws....
7/5/2000 Women to the Rescue

For two hot days last February, Zimbabwean Georgina Muziti sat inside a voting tent and slept on the floor next to the ballot box at night....
7/1/2000 Building a Campus-Wide Feminist Movement: Feminist Majority Leadership Institute 2000 a Success
On July 6, 2000, forty-three young women representing forty-one college campuses nation-wide, gathered at the 4th annual Feminist Majority Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia to learn pro-choice organizing strategies....
6/30/2000 Poor Economic Status Inhibits Women Contesting Political Office Across Globe
Women globally struggle to achieve their political aspirations due to obstacles such as poor economic status and patriarchal stereotypes....
6/30/2000 Women's Vote Key in Mexico's Elections
The outcome of the Mexican presidential elections this weekend may depend on women's vote, but little from the candidates' supposedly woman-oriented dialogue will advance women's rights....
6/30/2000 Abortion Issue and Presidential Politics Heat Up
With a razor-thin Supreme Court decision declaring abortion bans unconstitutional, women and feminists in the U.S....
6/29/2000 Abortion Issue Catapulted To Higher Profile In The Presidential Campaign
Abortion Issue Catapulted To Higher Profile In The Presidential Campaign The razor thin (5-4) Supreme Court decision in Carhart vs....
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 British Women Frustrated With Sexist Politics
Although Margaret Thatcher served as the first female Prime Minister of Britain, present day MP conservative women believe they are treated unfairly due to their sex....
6/28/2000 It's A Bloody Shame
Tampons are not necessary, or so Australian women are being told....
6/27/2000 Women's Political Independence In Kuwait May Be Reached On July 4th
The Constitutional Court of Kuwait will decide on July 4th if Article I of the 1962 election law, which denies political rights to women, violates several articles of the constitution that guarantee equal rights to men and women....
6/26/2000 Zimbabwe Women Fear Electoral Extinction
Women constitute over half of the country's population, but only 55 of the 566 candidates contesting 120 political seats are female in this year's elections....
6/26/2000 Lawsuit Challenges Kuwait Denial of Women's Suffrage
Women's rights advocates in Kuwait may potentially experience a historic advancement in gender equality....
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....
6/14/2000 Women Sponsor Multi-Media Presidential Campaign Event
Last night Oxygen Network hosted the very first "Oxygen Women's Forum" - a 90-minute special with Vice-President Al Gore....
5/25/2000 Gender Gap on Gun Control Issues Could Affect Presidential Election
A recent Gallup Poll reveals a significant difference among American men's and women's positions on gun control legislation. While the majority of those polled said they favor making current gun control legislation more strict, 72 percent of women support tighter stance on gun restrictions, compared with 52 percent of men....
5/25/2000 Daughter of Japan's Late Prime Minister Seeks Office
Yuko Obuchi, daughter of Keizo Obuchi who died while in office earlier this month, plans to run for her father's office in the upcoming elections....
5/25/2000 Signaling Change
For the first time, indigenous women in central Bolivia are demanding their rightsand getting them....
5/15/2000 Hundreds of Thousands of Moms Rally Demanding Common Sense Gun Laws
Organizers estimate that over 700,000 mothers, fathers and children gathered on the National Mall yesterday to spark activism to demand that Congress enact stricter, common-sense, gun control legislation....
5/1/2000 Hundreds of Thousands Gather for Millennium March on Washington
An estimated 800,000 people gathered Sunday on the National Mall for the Millennium March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights and Supporters, which was the fourth march for lesbian and gay rights in the last 21 years....
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....
4/17/2000 Jerry Falwell Launches Voter Drive
Televangelist Jerry Falwell announced Friday that he is launching a voter registration drive to register 10 million voters through churches in an effort to raise enthusiasm among the religious right....
3/28/2000 Still Kuwaiting
In the August/September 1999 issue of Ms., we reported that Sheik Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the emir of Kuwait, had moved to give women the right to vote and run for political office, pending the approval of the Kuwaiti National Assembly....
3/24/2000 Woman in the Top of the VMI Class
One of the women who broke the gender barrier at VMI in 1997, Erin Nicole Claunch, will become one of two batallion commanders, taking command of half the cadet corps during her senior year....
3/6/2000 Kuwaiti Women Go To Court Seeking Right To Vote
Women's rights activist Nadi al-Sharrah and five other women filed suit at the Kuwaiti Administrative Court in hopes of obtaining an annulment of a clause in Kuwait's election law that has denied them the right to vote....
2/11/2000 Abortion Key Issue in Presidential Campaigns
Abortion is a key election issue for both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates....
2/8/2000 CA Won't Appeal Ban on Excluding Lesbian and Gay Jurors
The state of California will not appeal the precedent-setting court ruling prohibiting the removal of jurors based on their sexual orientation....
2/4/2000 First Woman Elected President in Finland
Social Democrat Tarja Halonen became the first female president of Finland in a run-off election on Sunday....
2/4/2000 First Women Elected Governor in Japan
A former senior official of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry from Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi's party, Fusae Ota, became the first woman to win a governorship in Japan....
2/3/2000 CA Court Rules Jurors Cannot Be Excluded Based on Sexual Orientation
In a unanimous decision, California state appeals court ruled Tuesday that lesbians and gay men cannot be excluded from participation on juries based on their sexual orientation....
1/26/2000 Japanese Women Resisting Sexual Harassment
Women in Japan are teaching their daughters that they do not have to endure sexual harassment....
12/21/1999 Osaka Governor Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Charges
Governor Knock Yokoyama submitted a letter of resignation to the vice governor of Osaka from his hospital bed on Tuesday in response to charges he sexually harassed a university student....
12/17/1999 PEP Resumes Abortion Rights TV Campaign
At the end of December, the Pro-Choice Public Education Project, a nationwide consortium of abortion rights groups, will begin broadcasting 30-second commercials aimed at female viewers 16 to 25 years old....
12/8/1999 French May Require Equal Numbers of Women Candidates
The French Cabinet adopted draft legislation intended to increase women's participation in public life by asking political parties to put equal numbers of women and men on candidate rosters for local, regional and European elections and penalizing parties that do not comply by cutting government funds....
12/6/1999 Rose Bird Dies at 63
Rose Bird, the first woman to serve on California's Supreme Court, has died of breast cancer at the age of 63....
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....
11/11/1999 Anti-Abortion Politics Hold Up UN Dues
Anti-abortion forces are holding up the payment of nearly $1 billion the United States owes the United Nations....
11/8/1999 Carol Moseley-Braun Closer to Confirmation
Moving a step closer to confirmation as the new U.S....
10/25/1999 New Study Shows Unfair Media Coverage of Female Candidates
A study released today by the Womens Leadership Fund shows that newspaper stories on female candidates are more likely to include personal and family information such as age, marital status, appearance and hair color than equivalent stories on male candidates....
10/25/1999 U.S. Senator John Chafee Dies at 77
Longtime moderate Republican and pro-choice voice in the U.S....
10/4/1999 Supreme Court to Hear Critical Feminist Cases
The Supreme Court starts a new term today, set to hear several cases that will affect millions of women throughout the United States....
9/21/1999 More Women Taking Leadership Roles in Arab States
This week Khadijah bint Hassan al-Lawati became the first woman ambassador named in the Arab Muslim country of Oman....
9/14/1999 National Right to Life Committee Designs New Litmus Test
The National Right to Life Committee has made opposing campaign finance reform a top priority....
9/13/1999 Late Term Tops Veto Session In Missouri
Missouri legislators are heading back to the capital this week for their ten day veto session....
9/2/1999 Panamas First Woman President Sworn In
Mireya Moscoso was sworn in as President of Panama Wednesday, making her not only the first woman to hold the office, but also the first president slated to lead Panama as a completely sovereign nation....
8/24/1999 RAWA Urges UN to Restore Peace in Afghanistan
The Pakistan-based Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan issued a statement Monday urging the U.N....
8/3/1999 Christian Coalition Questions Stability
For more than 10 years, the Christian Coalition has been the leading right wing religious organization....
7/6/1999 With Women's Suffrage, Change Awaits Kuwait
On Saturday, a liberal parliament was elected in Kuwait that ensures the passage of a measure to allow women to vote and participate in politics....
6/30/1999 Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Ban in Carhart v. Stenberg
The United States Supreme Court in a razor thin 5-4 vote this morning struck down the Nebraska abortion ban....
5/17/1999 Kuwaiti Women Win Suffrage, Right to Serve in Parliament
Kuwaiti women on Sunday won the right to vote and to run for Parliament....
4/26/1999 Record Number of Women Elected in Japanese Local Elections
Women were elected to a record number of posts in Japan's local elections, held Sunday....
4/19/1999 RAWA Pledges Continued Fight for Afghan Women's Rights
The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has issued a declaration in which the group criticizes U.N.-brokered peace talks between the Taliban and Northern Alliance and makes recommendations on how other nations and the U.N....
3/22/1999 Taliban, Opposition Ignore Women's Rights Issues in Peace Agreement
Just under two weeks ago, a U.N.-brokered agreement between the repressive Taliban regime and its northern opponents promised a forthcoming cease fire and efforts to form a joint government....
3/18/1999 Italy: European Commissioner Emma Bonino to Seek Presidency
European Commissioner Emma Bonino may soon become Italy's first woman president....
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....
3/15/1999 Taliban, Northern Opposition Agree to Form Coalition Government
The United Nations Special Mission to Afghanistan reported Sunday that Afghanistan's Taliban regime and its northern opponents have brokered an agreement to cease fighting and to create a common government....
3/11/1999 Swiss Parliament Elects Second Woman to Cabinet
For the first time in history, two women will serve as ministers in the Swiss cabinet....
1/25/1999 Mexican Feminists Organize Around 2000 Election
More than 200 women from 26 Mexican states gathered together this weekend at the first National Assembly of the Feminists' Political Group....
1/7/1999 Anti-Impeachment Group Collects $10 Million in Pledges
MoveOn.org, a grassroots campaign founded in September '98 by software developers Joan and Wes Blades to encourage Congress to "censure and move on," rather than to hold an impeachment trial against President Clinton, solicited $10 million in pledges as part of its "We Will Remember" campaign....
1/4/1999 Dole Quits Red Cross, May Seek Presidency
Elizabeth Dole will announce today that she will resign from her position as head of the American Red Cross and may seek the presidency in 2000....
12/21/1998 Fearing He Lacked Votes, Livingston Resigns
Rep....
12/21/1998 Clinton Admin. Considers Legal Challenges to Impeachment
The Washington Post reported today that the Clinton Administration is considering legal challenges to impeachment....
12/17/1998 Civil Rights Activists Lead Rally in Support of President Clinton
The Reverend Jesse Jackson, President and Founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, civil rights activist John Boyd and a coalition of labor unions, black clergy, civic and women's rights organizations including the Feminist Majority participated in a rally and press conference in support of President Clinton today....
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 Swiss Elect First Woman President
Switzerland elected its first female and first Jewish president by parliament on Wednesday....
12/4/1998 Supporters Form Campaign to Persuade Elizabeth Dole to Run for President
Despite statements of disinterest in running for president in the year 2000 election, Elizabeth Dole has gained a large number of supporters hopeful for her candidacy....
12/3/1998 Women Leaders: Strengthen and Protect Social Security
The National Council of Women's Organizations, a group comprised of women leaders from over 100 organizations, asked President Clinton and Congress to strengthen and preserve important protections for women under the Social Security system at a press conference held Wednesday ....
12/3/1998 Infamous Doctor Seeks to Head Arkansas Health Department
A doctor in Arkansas who lost his bid for the U.S....
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....
11/6/1998 Election 98: End of Impeachment?
After the Democratic party's success in Tuesday's election, House Republicans met Wednesday to discuss concluding impeachment proceedings against President Clinton....
11/5/1998 Gay Rights, Affirmative Action Suffer in Election Ballot Measures; Women See Both Gains and Losses
Abortion, women's rights, affirmative action, and gay rights ballot measures were present voted on in this week's election....
11/4/1998 Gender Gap Decisive, Abortion Key Factor in Elections Nationwide
Statement by Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority The women's vote decisively delivered historic wins for Democrats in key House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races....
11/4/1998 Baldwin Becomes First Openly Gay Non-Incumbent Elected to Congressional Seat
Tammy Baldwin of Madison, Wisconsin became the first openly gay non-incumbant to be elected to Congress, the first out lesbian woman to enter Congress, and the first woman to represent the state of Wisconsin in Congress....
11/3/1998 Women Making a Mark in Lebanese Politics
The numbers of women candidates in Lebanon's last election may have been small, but the number of women who won an election was relatively high....
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....
10/8/1998 Pro-Choice Organizations Expose Anti-Choice Candidates
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) have launched a campaign to educate the public about anti-choice candidates this election season....
10/8/1998 Pro-Choice Organizations Expose Anti-Choice Candidates
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) have launched a campaign to educate the public about anti-choice candidates this election season....
10/5/1998 Florida and Iowa to Vote on Equal Rights Measures
In the states of Iowa and Florida, equal rights measures will appear on November's election ballots....
10/2/1998 Witchcraft Killings on the Rise in South Africa
A conference has been organized in South Africa to determine the best approach to stopping the rise in witchcraft killings there....
10/2/1998 Women Politicians Make Strides in Latin America
The democracies of Latin America are ruled by a greater number of high-profile women leaders than ever before....
10/1/1998 Christian Coalition Finds Allies in AFL-CIO, ACLU
The AFL-CIO and the American Civil Liberties Union have come to the defense of the Christian Coalition, arguing that the government lawsuit brought against the organization is a threat to its freedom of speech....
9/24/1998 Women Leaders Take Action To Stop Impeachment, Warn What's at Stake for Women and Who's on Third to Succeed
(cont from part 1) Not only are we standing united, we are urging action....
9/24/1998 Women Leaders Take Action to Stop Impeachment, Warn What's at Stake for Women and Who's on Third to Succeed
Washington DC -- A wide array of leaders of the women's movement have joined together today to make a united statement about the possible impeachment of President Clinton by the Congress and about what is at stake for women in this country....
9/10/1998 Sex-Selection Technique Under Fire
The Genetics & IVF Institute in Fairfax, VA has pioneered a technique that allows prospective parents to choose the sex of their child....
9/4/1998 Gender Gap Decisive, Abortion Key Factor in Elections Nationwide
Washington DC -- The women's vote decisively delivered historic wins for Democrats in key House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races....
8/26/1998 Anti-Choice, Fundamentalist Christians Seek House Seats
Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry leads a group of anti-choice, anti-government, anti-tax fundamentalist Christians who are seeking election to the U.S....
8/24/1998 Unocal Suspends Afghan Pipeline Project, But Makes No Promises on Women
California-based oil company Unocal announced last Friday that it has revised its position regarding a proposed gas pipeline that would run from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and could earn the repressive Taliban regime in excess of $100 million annually....
8/10/1998 Clinton and Others Honor Bosnian Women War Heroes
First Lady Hillary Clinton, Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei joined with nearly 200 women from the former Yugoslavia to champion women's rights and honor women war victims in post-war Bosnia....
8/6/1998 Washington to See All Female Race for Senate
The nation could see its third all female race for the United States Senate if Republican Linda Smith, known for her tough stance on campaign donations, sweeps the Sept....
8/4/1998 Fate of RU 486 in Germany Hangs On Social Democrats Election
Social Democratic law maker, Marlisse Dobberthien, is urging Exelgyn, the French firm which now holds worldwide RU 486 patent rights, to make the medical method of early abortion available in Germany. Exelgyn CEO Edouard Sakiz hopes to soon expand the market of the drug, which is currently widely available in France, Great Britain, and Sweden....
7/23/1998 House Overrides Abortion Ban Veto
The House voted today on a measure that limited surgical abortion procedures, winning the necessary two-thirds majority in the House,296-232, to overide President Clintons October veto....
7/22/1998 Republicans Reluctant to Proclaim Gay Discrimination
House GOP leaders are reluctant to discuss an amendment proposed by Rep....
5/7/1998 Collegiate Anti-Affirmative Action Amendment Defeated in House
An amendment offered by Rep....
5/1/1998 Lesbian Democrats Run for Congress
Four lesbian Democrats are running for House seats this year, according to an article in the Congressional Quarterly....
4/28/1998 More Women Elected to Congress Than Ever Before
More women are moving into the U.S....
4/27/1998 Gore Demands Equality for Women
U.S....
3/27/1998 Right-Wing, GOP Animosity Increases
Tension is forming between formerly-allied right-wing Christian fundamentalists and the Republican Party....
3/17/1998 Cohen Refuses to Segregate Training
Defense Secretary William Cohen declined a recommendation to segregate men and women during military training and instead called for the Navy, Air Force and Army to institute corrective measures intended to decrease the mistreatment of women....
3/11/1998 Democrat Lois Capps Wins House Seat
Democrat Lois Capps was elected to the House of Representatives in a bid for her late husbands seat against Republican Tom Bordonaro....
2/24/1998 .S. Supreme Court Ignores Anti-Abortion Group Appeal
The U.S....
2/20/1998 British Elections Will Focus on Single Issues
The European Court of Human Rights ruled in favor of allowing British campaign groups to spend unrestricted sums on leafleting and broadcasting before an election....
2/19/1998 Maryland Governor Vows to Veto Abortion Ban
Maryland state senators are gearing up to vote on a bill that would ban D&X abortions....
2/19/1998 Houston Mayor Prohibits Gay Discrimination
Houston Mayor Lee Brown signed an executive order prohibiting city service and employment workers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation....
2/11/1998 Gay and Lesbian Rights Attacked in Maine, Philadelphia
A Maine law prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians was struck down in a vote of 51.9 to 48.1 percent....
2/5/1998 Army Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Misconduct Charges
Sgt....
1/20/1998 British Women to Serve in Combat
Army chiefs in England have decided to allow women to serve on the front lines in combat....
1/19/1998 Republican National Committee Defeats "Litmus-Test" Resolution
The Republican National Committee defeated a resolution that would have denied party funds to candidates who do not oppose partial-birth abortion....
1/15/1998 California Gay and Lesbian Domestic-Partner Benefits Bill Shot Down
A lesbian and gay rights bill that would require California employers to provide equal pay and benefits to workers with spouses or domestic partners was shot down by a state senate committee in a 4-2 vote....
1/5/1998 Ferraro Announces She Will Seek U.S. Senate Seat
Democrat Geraldine Ferraro, former vice-presidential candidate and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" program, announced at a press conference today that she has quit her "Crossfire" job and will seek Republican Alfonse D'Amato's U.S....
10/29/1997 "Gender Canyon" Faces GOP, Says Poll
Republicans recently surveyed middle-aged voters and discovered that "the gender gap is a significant electoral problem," said pollster Linda DiVall....
10/23/1997 Activist Mother Runs for Argentinian Gov't
Graciela Fernandez Meijide, a 66-year-old mother whose son was kidnapped by death squads in 1976, has announced that she will run for president of Argentina in 1999 if she wins Sunday's congressional elections for the Alliance party....
10/21/1997 Women Leaders Decreasing Worldwide
Last month, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hosted a party for foreign ministers with only one requirement -- they must be women....
10/17/1997 Women Increase Voice in Oman Elections
Over 5,000 women electors voted in yesterday's elections for Oman's next consultative council....
10/16/1997 California Governor Vetoes Gay Rights Bill, Des Moines Considers Similar Measure
For the second time, California Gov....
10/16/1997 Women Support Whitman
Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman is enjoying strong support from women for the upcoming election....
10/14/1997 GOP Targets Three Female Senators
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have been targeted by Republicans as the most vulnerable women senators for next year's re-election campaigns....
10/14/1997 GOP Targets Three Female Senators
Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Carol Moseley-Braun (D-Ill.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have been targeted by Republicans as the most vulnerable women senators for next year's re-election campaigns....
10/13/1997 Clinton Explains Veto of D&X Abortions
Calling the House bill that would ban late-term abortions "consistent with neither the Constitution nor sound public policy," President Clinton explained why he vetoed the bill for the second time....
10/13/1997 Clinton Explains Veto of D&X Abortions
Calling the House bill that would ban late-term abortions "consistent with neither the Constitution nor sound public policy," President Clinton explained why he vetoed the bill for the second time....
10/9/1997 McKinney to be Court-Martialed
The Army says it will court-martial Sgt....
10/9/1997 McKinney to be Court-Martialed
The Army says it will court-martial Sgt....
10/8/1997 Vote on D&X Abortions Expected
Final passage of a measure outlawing certain late-term D&X abortions is expected to pass in the House today....
10/8/1997 Britain's Labour Party Attacks Sexist MPs
A Labour party spokesman said that Labour officials are listening to recordings of all parliament debates since last May's elections, and are drawing up a list of Conservative party members who make sexist and snide remarks to the women....
10/8/1997 Vote on D&X Abortions Expected
Final passage of a measure outlawing certain late-term D&X abortions is expected to pass in the House today....
10/8/1997 Britain's Labour Party Attacks Sexist MPs
A Labour party spokesman said that Labour officials are listening to recordings of all parliament debates since last May's elections, and are drawing up a list of Conservative party members who make sexist and snide remarks to the women....
10/2/1997 Landrieu Exonerated in Election Investigation
By a 16-0 vote, a Senate comittee yesterday found no grounds to overturn Sen....
10/2/1997 Landrieu Exonerated in Election Investigation
By a 16-0 vote, a Senate comittee yesterday found no grounds to overturn Sen....
9/19/1997 Lesbian and Gay Rights Law Delayed in Maine
One day before it was scheduled to take effect, conservatives presented a petition for a referendum on the law that would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal....
9/10/1997 Women Make Superior Bosses, International Survey Says
An international survey of 1,332 employees and managers in Australia, the United States, Canada and New Zealand found that women managers were thought to work harder than men, to better encourage innovation and change, and to give superior positive feedback to their employees....
9/2/1997 Janet Jagan May Become Guyana's First Female Head of State
Janet Jagan, widow of Guyanese President Cheddi Jagan, accepted the People's Progressive Party's presidential nomination on Sunday, August 31st....
8/25/1997 Reaction to U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling on Prop 209
Washington DC -- "The 9th Circuit's decision not to reconsider the April ruling by one of it panels which upheld Proposition 209 is a tragic reversal of America's promise of equal job and educational opportunitites for women and for racial minorities....
8/22/1997 Circuit Court Upholds California Affirmative Action Ban
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed its earlier ruling that California's controversial Proposition 209 is constitutional, the court announced on Thursday, August 22....
8/13/1997 Woman Named Vice-President of Environmental Protection in Iran
In Iran, Masssoumeh Ebtekar, 36, was appointed vice-president in charge of protecting the environment, and director of the Iranian organization for the Protection of the Environment....
8/5/1997 Chilean Feminists Work to Change Divorce Law
A bill legalizing divorce may soon be debated in the Chile legislature....
7/30/1997 Two Women Seek Irish Presidency
Two women candidates seek a nomination to run for the October 30th election to succeed Irish President Mary Robinson....
7/21/1997 Illinois Governor Restricts D&X Abortion Procedure
Illinois governor Jim Edgar used his amendatory veto powers last week to give unmarried biological fathers legal status to bring criminal complaints against doctors who perform D&X abortions....
7/16/1997 Former President of D.C. League of Women Voters Dies at 82
Janeth Ravner Rosenblaum, the former president of the Washington, D.C....
7/8/1997 Ferraro Hints She May Join New York Senate Race
Former Congresswoman and Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro said on July 7th that, "If it [the New York Senate race] were today, I'd probably say 'Yeah, I'm going to go'." Ferraro further commented that she would make a firm decision by December of 1997 regarding the 1998 Senate race....
7/7/1997 Ireland Re-elected as NOW President
National Organization for Women activists from across the country have re-elected President Patricia Ireland at the organization's annual conference....
6/25/1997 Polish Government Rejects Bid for Abortion Referendum
In a blow to pro-choice advocates in Poland and internationally, the Polish parliament has rejected a bid to call for referendum on whether or not to allow abortion for social reasons....
6/24/1997 Clintons Campaign for Female Senators
President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton spent Monday raising funds for California Senator Barbara Boxer and Washington Senator Patty Murray....
6/23/1997 Women Win 63 Seats in France's Parliament
France's traditional term for a politician, "homme politique", which translates to political man, no longer describes the members of the National Assembly....
6/11/1997 Randy Tate Named as Christian Coalition Director
Former U.S....
6/4/1997 New French Cabinet Could Be One-Third Female
Newly-appointed French Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is expected to include seven women in his list of 17 ministers....
6/3/1997 Southern Women Politicians Meet in Kentucky for Three-Day Conference
Hundreds of Southern women politicians met in Lexington, Kentucky for a three-day conference to discuss women constituents and women in politics....
6/2/1997 Ex-Communists in Poland Seek Abortion Referendum
The head of Poland's ex-communist party has proposed a nationwide referendum on abortion, to be held at the same time as the country's parliamentary elections this year....
3/21/1997 Complaint Filed Against University of California for Admissions Bias
Civil Rights Lawyers filed a formal complaint with the U.S....
2/14/1997 Smeal Addresses National Press Club on Growing Gender Gap
During a National Press Club speech on February 13, Feminist Majority president Eleanor Smeal warned the Republican Party that if it continued to lead its efforts to dismantle affirmative action and repeal abortion rights, the gender gap will turn into a gender gulf....
2/13/1997 Mississippi Governor Denounces Same-Sex Marriages
Mississippi Gov....
2/6/1997 U.S. Ambassador to France Pamela Harriman Dies at 76
Pamela Harriman, Ambassador to France, Democratic fund-raiser, political socialite and the ex-daughter-in-law of Winston Churchill, died on February 5th in Paris due to complications resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage....
1/29/1997 Ukraine Women form Women's Party
According to Allan Komrova, director of the Institute of Human Problems, a new group called the Women of Ukraine will soon enter into the politics of the country....
12/16/1996 Women Lobby for Political Seat in Pakistan
Pakistanian women and human rights activists have asked political parties to field at least thirty percent women for the upcoming February 3rd general election....
12/9/1996 British Lord Seeks Women's Equal Rights to Throne
British Lord Jeffrey Archer has asked permission from the House of Lords to introduce a parliamentary bill allowing women equality in the royal succession line....
5/15/1996 Gingrich's Sister Criticizes Speaker's Attack on Gays and Lesbians
Candice Gingrich urged her brother Speaker Newt Gingrich to "stop this Congressional gay-bashing" on the eve of a House hearing on an anti-same-sex marriage bill....
5/9/1996 Congress Attacks Same-Sex Marriage
Republicans introduced bills to the House and Senate Wednesday (5-8) to define marriage as "only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife." The measure would allow states to refuse to recognize the legality of same-sex marriages performed in other states, but it would not ban gay marriage in any state....
5/8/1996 Same-Sex Marriage Outlawed in Alaska; Republicans Draft Bill in Congress
Alaskan Gov....
5/1/1996 Georgia Plans to Dismantle Black Majority Districts
A plan to reduce the number of state legislative districts in Georgia with black majorities has been approved by a federal court....
4/26/1996 Lesbian and Gay Activism Expected in 1996 Conventions
Activists are planning a high level of Lesbian and Gay activity at the Republican Convention in San Diego this August....
4/23/1996 Poll Shows Women Favor Democrats
According to the most recent New York Times/CBS News Poll, womens votes are crucial to the re-election of President Clinton....
4/22/1996 Poll Shows Women Favor Democrats
According to the most recent New York Times/CBS News Poll, womens votes are crucial to the re-election of President Clinton....
4/20/1996 Online Voter Registration Registration Drive Geared to Young
The first online voter registration effort has been launched by MCI and Rock The Vote....
3/29/1996 Motor Voter" Registers One Million Each Month
According to HumanSERVE, the NAACP and the League of Women Voters, about 11 million people have registered to vote or have updated voting records under the "motor voter" law that went into effect on January 1,1995....
3/25/1996 Dole Throws Support Behind Anti-Affirmative Action Initiative
Having supported the deceptively title "California Civil Rights Initiative" to ban affirmative action programs for months, presidential candidate Bob Dole announced his position publicly for the first time....
3/15/1996 Womens Groups, Legislators Announce "Contract with Women of the USA"
To fight back punitive anti-woman policies, the Womens Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) and the Center for Women Policy Studies (CWPS) announced their "Contract with Women of the USA" on March 7, the eve on International Womens Day....
3/14/1996 Coalition of Women's Group to Get Out the Vote
Women's Vote '96, a coalition of 110 women's organizations, announced Wednesday (3-13) that it will spend more than $6 million targeting 10 states to improve voter turnout among women....
3/13/1996 Press Conference Held on RU 486
On Wednesday morning (3-13), longtime reproductive rights champion Lawrence Lader held a press conference in New York regarding the French abortion pill, RU 486....
3/11/1996 Russian Politicians Courting Women's Votes
On International Women's Day (3-8), a traditionally important national holiday in Russia, Russian politicians wooed women's votes for the upcoming presidential election....
3/7/1996 Virginia Finally Implements Motor-Voter Registration
On Wednesday, Virginia became one of the last states to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, which facilitates voter registration by enlisting motor vehicle offices and posting mail-in voter applications at numerous public places....
3/4/1996 Buchanans Supporters Want to Ban Abortion
According to a new CNN-TIME Election Monitor, a clear majority of Pat Buchanans supporters want the Republican platform to include a call for a constitutional amendment to ban abortion....
2/9/1996 Clinton Vows Not to Order More B-2 Bombers
On Thursday, President Clinton ordered the military to not order any more B-2 "stealth" bombers because they are too costly and not needed for the nation's security....
2/7/1996 Expo '96 Reinvigorates Feminist Movement
Over 3,200 feminists converged on the Sheraton Washington Hotel February 2-4, for the first ever national feminist exposition....
12/1/1995 Women's Campaign to Defeat "CCRI" Launched
Campaign Exposes "No Women Need Apply Clause

Los Angeles -- More than 70 national and state womens and civil rights organizations joined an array of prominent women in business, law, medicine, labor, education, sports and entertainment to launch the Women Wont Go Back Campaign to defeat the so-called California Civil Rights Initiative. Campaign Co-Chairs Lorraine Sheinberg, Peg Yorkin, Chair of the Feminist Majority, and Prema Mathai-Davis, National Executive Director of the YWCA of the USA, announced today the formation of a statewide and national campaign to save affirmative action, and expose an extreme and hidden section of the CCRI which will expressly permit discrimination against women and girls.

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

9/7/1995 Feminists Strategize to Achieve Gender Balance in Politics
Beatrice Bakojja, Member of Parliament from Uganda, expressed that Uganda has very few women in politics at all levels of government....
8/30/1995 House Republicans Raising Large Contributions
According to the Federal Election Commission, members of both parties in the House raised a combined $43.8 million in the first six months of this year....


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