This Bill Could Change the Lives of Rape Survivors in California

At the start of the 2016 legislative session, California state Sen. Connie Leyva (D-Chino) introduced important bipartisan legislation called the Justice for Victims Act. If passed, this bill would abolish the current California statute of limitations in sexual assault cases, which prohibits any legal action for most incidents that occurred more than 10 years prior. (In […]

‘Her Tools Were Soaked in Urine’: Inside the Ugly World of Workplace Sex Discrimination

The interview below is part of the Ms. Blog’s “Telling Her Story” series for Women’s History Month. Check back throughout March for more profiles of women doing great things in their communities. “I think they should be as famous as Anita Hill,” says Gillian Thomas of the women she profiles in her new book, Because of Sex: […]

After Justice Scalia’s Death, What Happens for Women?

No justice in recent decades has had a worse record on women’s issues than Antonin Scalia, who died this weekend in Texas at age 79 of apparent natural causes. Replacing him offers an opportunity to move the law in a progressive direction that must not be squandered. Most obviously, Justice Scalia repeatedly and emphatically urged […]

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law

The Supreme Court announced today that it will review a Texas anti-abortion law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion. “Today, my heart is filled with hope,” said Amy Hagstrom Miller, founder and president of Whole Woman’s Health, […]

Houston Voters Reject Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

A non-discrimination measure endorsed by President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton failed to garner support from voters in Houston yesterday, winning just 39 percent approval from the city’s electorate. Dubbed Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) by supporters, Prop 1 would have extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBT individuals—protections not yet enshrined in federal law—”in city employment, city services, […]

Lady Gaga Takes On Campus Rape in New Music Video

What do Lady Gaga, President Obama, and the head of Harvard University have in common? They’re all speaking out to stop sexual assault—and not a moment too soon. The headlines call attention to the problem on college campuses: “Survey: More than 1 in 5 female undergrads at top schools suffer sexual attacks.” It’s important to […]

Women’s Health Is in the Hands of the Supreme Court

OK, I admit it. I’ve become obsessed with SCOTUS Blog. During the last week, I’ve spent hours at my computer, watching lawyers live blog as the Supreme Court announced its decisions. I’m a passionate women’s health activist, and this is not where I wanted to be spending my time. No complaints about SCOTUS Blog itself. […]

Oppression vs. Discrimination: How the Law Failed Ellen Pao

When is a gender discrimination lawsuit not about gender discrimination? Always. Gender discrimination cases are proxies for challenges to existing social norms that support unearned privilege. A claim of gender discrimination is a charge that there is bias, both conscious and unconscious, that perpetuates the status quo. Ellen Pao’s suit against the venture capital firm Kleiner, […]

What the Supreme Court Didn’t Decide This Week

The most important thing to know about the Supreme Court’s decision on June 1 in Elonis v. United States is that it does not resolve the question of when the First Amendment allows people to be punished for speech threatening others. Facebook and other social media have made it much more common for people to make […]

Marriage Equality Forecast: Victory Is Near!

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the broad question of whether marriage is a constitutionally protected right for same-sex couples, a nationwide victory may be less than two months away. There were no surprises in last week’s hearings. Opponents of marriage equality had nothing new to say. They made the same unconvincing claims that […]