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.”
2/27/2015 This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault - A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).
Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act. . . .
2/26/2015 If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums - Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault. . . .