Hollaback App Helps Victims Tell the Mayor About Street Harassment

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For New York women tired of being cat-called and harassed in the street, there may be  a new solution. Speaker of the New York City Council (and mayoral candidate) Christine Quinn has partnered with Hollaback!, an anti-street harassment group, to create a smartphone app that would allow women to report incidents of street harassment directly […]

Labor Day Reminder: Gender Discrimination Hurts Women AND the Economy

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Thanks to recent Supreme Court cases, proving gender-based harassment and discrimination is a lot harder. Maybe the decisions wouldn’t be so distressing if gender discrimination in the workplace had suddenly disappeared. But as two new studies show, it remains pervasive and widespread. A poll by the Center for American Progress and Elle Magazine found that more […]

A More Feminist March On Washington

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Over the weekend and throughout this week, thousands have ventured to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. The original 250,000-strong March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, which took place on August 28, 1963, is most famous for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, […]

10 Action Ideas for Women’s Equality Day

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While today may seem like an ordinary day, it’s not. It’s National Women’s Equality Day! The holiday, which began in 1971 at the urging of Rep. Bella Abzug, formally recognizes the passage of the 19th Amendment and women finally winning the vote. According to the joint resolution of Congress that created National Women’s Equality Day: […]

Extremists Disrupt Abortion Rights AND Communities

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In the new issue of Ms.magazine, we describe the tactics that anti-abortion extremists such as Operation Rescue have been using in an attempt to shut down the South Wind Women’s Center—the full-service women’s health clinic in Wichita, Ks., that replaced the one that Dr. George Tiller ran before his murder by anti-abortion extremist, Scott Roeder. Now, […]

U.S. Retailers Promise Action on Bangladesh Factories – Will It Help?

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Nearly four months after the Rana Plaza factory collapse, one of the deadliest industrial accidents in history, American retailers (whose clothing is produced in Bangladesh factories) are finally announcing that they will take steps to prevent such accidents from happening again. United under the umbrella of Alliance for Bangladesh Workers’ Safety, the retailers said they […]

And The Emmy Goes To … Women Directors

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Women will make up half of all nominees for directing television at this year’s Emmys, making it the first time that women have reached parity with men for directing nods. Three women have been nominated for directing comedy shows and two for dramas, making up five of the 10 nominations for directing television shows (there […]

Women More Likely to Be Denied Flex Time

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Want to leave work a little early on Friday in order to go on a family vacation? Well, if you are a woman, especially a single woman without children, getting flextime at work may be very difficult. Two new studies conducted by a Yale researcher have found that women are less likely than men to […]

NEWSFLASH: Ohio Considering New Abortion Ban

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Taking inspiration from Texas and North Dakota, conservative Republican legislators in Ohio are planning on reintroducing a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected—effectively making abortion illegal after six weeks. This is not the first attempt by the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, to destroy a woman’s right to choose; in […]

Bipartisan Effort to Protect Women Impregnated By Rape

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If a bill currently in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law, women who conceive as a result of rape will not have to worry about their rapists trying to seek child custody. Last week, Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.) and Tom Marino (R-Penn.) introduced the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act, which encourages states to […]