The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) rules, which required stations to hire minorities and women at levels similar to their composition in the surrounding communities.
The case was brought to the Court by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, which appealed a FCC ruling that it did not attempt to hire enough minorities. The court claimed that the rules violated the equal protection clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In 1997, 40.8 percent of FCC employees working for television and radio broadcasters were women, an increase from 23.3 percent in 1971. Last year, broadcast employees included 19.9 percent minorities, an increase from 9.1 in 1971, the FCC said.
FCC officials were outraged and disappointed that the court would eradicate all of its EEO rules. "Our nation is diminished today," said FCC chairman William Kennard. "The unfortunate reality in our nation today is that race and gender still matter."
Feminist News Stories on Affirmative Action
Media Resources: Washington Post and Nando.net- April 15, 1998
7/2/2015 National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta - Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum.
Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades. . . .
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .