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.
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. . . .