Young Women Gather in DC for Successful Leadership Conference
The Feminist Majority Foundation's Choices Campus Program hosted over 375 students at the National Young Women's Leadership Conference: From Campus to Congress on March 24 and 25. Held at the University of the District of Colombia in Washington DC, the conference provided participants from some 35 states with valuable information regarding leadership, running for office, and influencing the political system. From Campus to Congress also included several interactive workshops on coalition building, fundraising, domestic issues, and policies that affect women.
Influential speakers, including FMF President Eleanor Smeal, United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, National Congress of Black Women President Dr. E. Fay Williams, and National Organization for Women President Kim Gandy, spoke to the audience on domestic issues on Saturday. Speakers on global issues included Dr. Sima Samar, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission and UN special envoy to Darfur, Afghan Youth Soccer League Founder Awista Ayub, NOW Executive Vice-President Olga Vives, and Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington President and CEO Jatrice Martel Gaiter. funny picturesfunny imagesfunny photosfunny animal picturesfunny dog picturesfunny cat picturesfunny gifs
US Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) delivered the keynote address, stressing the importance of involving young people, especially young women, in the political system. Dr. Sima Simar echoed Representative Woolsey's sentiments and added that the decisions young people make in the United States effect the lives of women around the world.
In addition to the scheduled speakers and panel discussions, participants were also given time to network and interact. This opportunity to share information and express opinions on a variety of different topics allowed the participants to gain insight and new perspective on current feminist issues.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .