The Women's Research & Resources Center at Spelman College, the first of its kind at a historically black college, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1981, the Center has frequently opened its doors to national women’s conferences and has developed new scholarship in black feminist thought.
To honor the anniversary, a series of events this weekend will bring together scholars and activists from around the globe — South Africa, West Africa, the Caribbean, Canada, and the US — to share the experiences that sparked their feminism. The events will include a symposium celebrating the legacy of lesbian poet and feminist Audre Lorde, the premiere of the science fiction short film "Her," and appearances by bell hooks, Paula Giddings and Leslie Feinberg.
Feminists at Spelman recently made the news when members of the campus' Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance (FMLA) organized a march and speak-out last month to address inadequate responses to allegations of on-campus rape.
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .
1/22/2015 BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban - After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
House Republicans are now pushing HR 7, a bill promoted as a ban on federal funding of abortion that would actually prevent women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care. . . .
1/22/2015 House Cancels Abortion Ban After GOP Congresswomen Drop Support - House Republicans cancelled plans to vote on a 20-week ban on abortion after Republican Congresswomen removed their names publicly as co-sponsors of the bill.
The vote on the unconstitutional 20-week ban had originally been scheduled for today, the anniversary of Roe v. . . .