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.”
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. . . .