MI Judge Orders Measure to End Discrimination against Girls’ Sports
U.S. District Judge Richard A. Enslen ordered the Michigan High School Athletic Association to re-schedule the girls’ athletic season to be compatible with the boys’ athletic season, which mirrors the seasons used by colleges and universities. Two women sued the Association in 1998 claiming that the original scheduling of girls sports, which did not follow that of colleges and universities, was detrimental to female athletes as it limited not only news coverage of the games but also the ability of girls to play for college recruiters that follow the university schedule. The women asserted that the scheduling policy violated the rights under the fourteenth amendment, Michigan civil rights laws, and Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination against girls and women in federally funded education programs, including athletics.
Media Resources: Associated Press, 12/17/01; Feminist Majority Foundation
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. . . .
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This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .