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

Afghan Girl

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


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?


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!

Illinois marriage

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

Supreme Court

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


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 […]

NEWSFLASH: Hundreds March in Ohio: “We Won’t Go Back!”


As state legislators returned from their summer recess and prepared to debate even more anti-woman bills, hundreds of demonstrators from more than 50 women’s, labor and other groups marched on the Ohio state capitol in Columbus. Angered by draconian attacks on women’s health care, they vowed to defeat the politicians supporting such legislation. Said Eleanor […]

40 Years of 9 to 5


But you don’t look 40! And the issues you’re advocating for aren’t much older than yesterday. I mean, aren’t we still seeking fair wages, better-paying jobs, paid sick leave and the end to all forms of sex and gender-identity discrimination in our workplaces? When the 40-year-old organization 9to5—subtitled “Winning Justice for Working Women”—celebrates its “ruby” […]

The Latest on Fighting Priest Abuse: Join Us at Ms. Sept. 25


After Pope Francis made headlines last week for saying in an interview that the Catholic Church should not spend all its time speaking out on “moral” issues such as gay marriage, abortion and contraception, many cheered him for signalling a more liberal papacy. But the group SNAP—Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests—was not impressed. […]

NEWSFLASH: Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Bill Into Law


Today, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) signed a strict anti-abortion bill into law that will jeopardize 37 of the state’s 42 clinics. Abortion rights organizations have vowed to challenge the law. Both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood Action Fund are currently evaluating their legal options. Similar laws and provisions have been ruled unconstitutional by state […]