Patsy Mink Among Inductees to Women's Hall of Fame
The National Women's Hall of Fame will induct 12 women in a ceremony at Seneca Falls, New York tomorrow. Among these women is Patsy Mink, the first Asian-American Congresswoman in the history of the US and a champion of women and girls, who passed away last year. Mink was co-author of Title IX, the landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination against women and girls in federally funded education. "Patsy Mink was a champion - a true friend of the women's, civil rights and social justice movements," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. "I can close my eyes and hear her booming voice, her clear vision. She has left an indelible mark on the women's movement. The millions of young women who have benefited from Title IX will have better lives because of her vision and inspiration. This is her true memorial."
Another champion of Title IX will also be inducted this year: Donna de Varona, a swimmer who won two gold medals at the Olympics, set 18 world records, and became an advocate for women and girls in athletics as the first president of the Women's Sports Foundation. De Varona was also one of the few supporters of Title IX placed on a commission to study its impact, where she, along with Julie Foudy, a member of the US soccer team, fought to protect Title IX.
Other women to be inducted tomorrow include Sacagawea, Shoshone guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition; Dorothea Lange, a pioneer in documentary photography; Stephanie Kwolek, a scientist who discovered the fiber that led to the development of Kevlar; and Sheila Widnall, the first woman appointed Secretary of the Air Force, in 1993.
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. . . .