At the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) where women comprise just six percent of 1,324 cadets, the school's first women's soccer team (and first women's sports team) is standing strong. Facing obstacles like a 15 percent drop out rate among female first-year cadets, ten of the 11 players have pledged to continue riding out a rough year. "We all miss home," the players told Coach Julie Davis, according to The Washington Post. "We're all scared, but we're not running away."
The team members are aiming to raise VMI's representation of women closer to 10 percent, towards compliance with Title IX regulations. In 1996, the Supreme Court—- ordering that women be admitted to the institution—- established 10 percent women's enrollment as "a sufficient 'critical mass' to provide the female cadets with a positive educational experience," reported the Post.
Media Resources: Washington Post 10/22/03; VMI 6/1996; Feminist Daily New Wire
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
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. . . .