Affirmative Action Survives Texas Court Challenge

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Affirmative action survived a federal appellate court challenge in Texas on Tuesday. In a 2-1 split, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the University of Texas at Austin can consider race in its admissions process. Writing for the three-judge panel, Judge Patrick Higginbotham wrote, “We find force in the argument that race here […]

Finally, Better Protections for Pregnant Workers

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in more than 30 years. The new guidelines mirror the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and classify discrimination against pregnant employees as a form of sex discrimination. The EEOC guidelines make it clear that an employer cannot discriminate against a worker […]

“We Ask Justice, We Ask Equality” — Susan B. Anthony’s 4th of July speech, 1876

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After a week of frustrating, even devastating Supreme Court decisions in regards to women’s rights, it’s both instructive to realize that the suffragists of the 19th century had even more problems than we do today in terms of achieving equality and justice. Couldn’t these words of the famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony–”The judiciary above the […]

SCOTUS DECISION: Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Choosing Birth Control

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In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. today in a major blow to reproductive rights for women across the nation. Said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, which has been centrally involved in securing contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, Today’s decision […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules 5-4 Against Birth Control Coverage

In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the combined case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell that, as The Washington Post reports, ” The federal government can’t force owners of closely held for-profit companies to provide birth control coverage to female employees if they […]

Happy Birthday, Equal Pay Act!

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Even those with the most basic idea of feminism—even those who insist they are not feminists—still subscribe to the notion that women should receive equal pay for equal work. Back on June 10, 1963, that notion became law, as President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act, which prohibited employers from paying employees of […]

Chatting with Chimamanda in New Issue of Ms.!

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“Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” This succinct, unapologetic definition of feminism that Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave in a TED talk became a feminist shot heard ‘round the world, and was even sampled in one of Beyoncé’s latest tracks. Ms. has avidly followed Adichie’s […]

NEWSFLASH: Fast-Food Workers to Strike Worldwide!

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At a press conference outside a Manhattan McDonald’s this morning, the group Fast Food Forward announced that workers around the globe will undertake a one-day strike on May 15 to push for higher pay and workers’ rights. The 15th is a perfectly symbolic day to strike, as the strikers’ pay goal is $15 an hour. […]

Why We Can’t Support Hotels Owned by the Sultan of Brunei

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Much of Hollywood’s money goes to the Beverly Hills Hotel as it’s a popular spot for conferences, galas, award ceremonies and fundraisers. However, the tony hotel is part of the Dorchester Collection, a hotel group owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, dictator of the Southeast Asian nation, Brunei. It has recently come to light that the […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Says “No” to Kansas Abortion-Rights Foe

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It couldn’t have happened to a more deserving fellow. Phill Kline, the former attorney general of Kansas, won’t be getting back his license to practice law for at least three years, thanks to a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court upheld, without comment, the decision made last fall by the Kansas Supreme Court […]