To commemorate Women’s History Month this March, Feminist Majority Foundtation is presenting an entire month of special programming with our sister sites, www.FeministCampus.org and www.MsMagazine.com, with speakers, contests, and actions. Feminist leaders and stellar women like LA Sparks Guard Tamecka Dixon, labor and feminist activist Dolores Huerta, and FMF’s own Eleanor Smeal as well as women leaders from Brazil, India, and Uganda will be in our FeministCampus.org chat room to discuss the successes and challenges facing women in different parts of the world.
FMF kicked off our celebration on March 5th with two live chats on global feminist issues. Our first guest was Minnijean Brown-Trickey, a woman who has spent her life fighting for the rights of minority groups and the dispossessed, specializing in the plight of Canada’s native communities. Brown-Trickey was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior in the Clinton administration and is currently working on her autobiography, tentatively entitled, Mixed Blessing: Living Black in North America. In her chat, Brown-Trickey spoke about the importance of working towards peace while spreading the message of non-violence, especially among young people. Our second guest was Mavis Nicholson Leno, the Chair of Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan. Since 1997, Leno has been the United States' most outspoken critic of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women. In the chat, Leno discussed the major challenges still facing Afghan women and pointed out that individuals must still work to put “constant pressure our government to continue its current pledge to help rebuild the infrastructure of Afghanistan and guarantee the ongoing participation of women as equals in that society.”
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .