Are You in a Jane Austen Mood Today?

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Our dear British novelist Jane Austen would have turned 238 today, had she not died at the untimely age of 41 due to (pick your retrospective diagnosis) Addison’s disease, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, bovine tuberculosis or Brill-Zinsser disease. We’ve celebrated the unforgettable Jane a number of times on the Ms. Blog. When you’re not busy reading one […]

Nelson Mandela and Women’s Rights

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South Africa’s monumental leader in the struggle against apartheid, Nelson Mandela, died today at age 95. Not only did he fight against the oppression of black Africans, but he supported the rights of women. Under his one-term presidency in the 1990s, South Africa signed and ratified the CEDAW treaty—something the U.S. has yet to do. […]

Are the Dec. 5 Fast-Food Strikes Happening in YOUR Town?

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On Thursday, December 5, fast-food workers in more than 200 cities will strike and protest for higher wages. Is your city one of them? If so, show some local solidarity! Fast-food workers are planning to rally or strike in the following cities; locations may be subject to change: Arizona: Rallies: Phoenix, Tucson Arkansas: Rallies: Little […]

On World AIDS Day, A Reminder About Women and Children in the Epidemic

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Yesterday marked the 25th annual World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. “We remember the friends and loved ones we have lost, stand with the estimated 35 million people living with HIV/AIDS, and renew our commitment to preventing the spread of this virus at home […]

Why the U.S. Is Investing in Afghan Girls’ Education

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At Georgetown University today, Secretary of State John Kerry, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and former First Lady Laura Bush all gave support to “Advancing Afghan Women.” Here are some of Kerry’s remarks: … We all know that creating opportunities for women is not just the right thing to do. It’s also a strategic […]

NEWFLASH: Supremes Won’t Overturn Oklahoma Ultrasound Decision

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A state may make laws restricting women’s access to abortion, but that doesn’t mean they’ll stick—at least not in Oklahoma in recent weeks. The state has once again been told “you can’t do that.” This time, it was HB2780 [pdf] that was turned down for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Oklahoma Supreme Court […]

NEWSFLASH: A New Beginning for ENDA?

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UPDATE!! After 19 years of trying, the U.S. Senate has finally passed the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) by a vote of 64-32. All Democratic Senators voted for it, joined by 10 Republicans. It now goes to the House, where it faces much more stubborn Republican opposition. In a groundbreaking vote yesterday, 61 U.S. Senators–including 7 […]

NEWSFLASH: 15 Down, 35 to Go!

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Illinois is just Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature away from becoming the 15th state in the U.S. (plus Washington, D.C.) to legalize same-sex marriage. The state’s General Assembly passed the marriage equality bill today, and Quinn has already promised to sign it. Opposition to the bill came mainly from religious groups, including the Catholic church, white […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Dismisses Oklahoma Abortion Case

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Without much explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court took a major abortion case off of its docket yesterday, providing relief for abortion rights supporters concerned about how the conservative court may have decided the case. Cline v. Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice was a “plea by the state of Oklahoma to revive a law that restricts […]

NEWSFLASH: 12 Texas Abortion Clinics Close as Appeals Court Upholds TRAP Law

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After a federal district court blocked implementation of Texas’ abortion restrictions earlier this week, a three-judge 5th Circuit Court of Appeals panel granted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s request yesterday to reinstate restrictions on abortion providers. Abortion rights advocates will now request an en banc hearing of the full Court of Appeals or will appeal […]