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.”
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .