“The Four Justices” Puts Women Trailblazers on Display

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On Monday a portrait of the four women Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America was revealed. The  life-sized likenesses of Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in D. C. A closeup photo of the portrait can be seen […]

Anti-Sodomy Laws: Still Unacceptable

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Recently, the Supreme Court threw out Virginia’s attempts to reinstate a state law criminalizing anal and oral sex, putting a spotlight on similar legislation across the United States that targets homosexuality. Although the Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional 10 years ago, citing rights to privacy and equal protection, at least two states–Kansas and Oklahoma–specifically […]

Fed Up With North Carolina

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At age 21, No. Carolina native Rosanell Eaton was one of the first black women to vote in the 1940s. Reciting the preamble of the U.S. Constitution three separate times, Eaton overcame the obstacles of the literacy test and years of discrimination to cast her ballot. At 92 years old, Eaton is again fighting for her […]

The Judge Is A Feminist — What’s Wrong with That?

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In some very exciting news, President Obama recently nominated Nina Pillard, a Georgetown law professor who argued two major cases involving women’s rights before the Supreme Court, to the to U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In much less exciting news, conservative groups such as the Family Research Council are already […]

“Shame! Shame! Shame”

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Yesterday, near midnight, the Texas Senate passed H.B. 2, the draconian anti-abortion bill that has brought national attention to War on Women state legislatures and made a feminist folk hero of filibustering State Sen. Wendy Davis. Certain to be signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the bill outlaws abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, requires […]

Equal Marriage: It’s a Feminist Celebration!

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Along with millions of other feminists, Ms. magazine and the Feminist Majority Foundation are celebrating the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions today that declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and let stand a lower court decision that California’s Proposition 8 is also unconstitutional. The second decision opens the door for same-sex marriages to resume […]

California Gets Closer to Transgender Equity

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Transgender students in California could soon enjoy more rights and protections. A bill was approved Thursday in the California Assembly that would allow transgender students to participate in sex-segregated school programs and activities. This means that athletic teams that are all girls or all boys will be open to students who identify with either gender. […]

The Arc Bends Towards Marriage Equality

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UPDATE: The Minnesota state Senate voted 37-30 today to approve same-sex marriage in the state. The governor’s office said he will sign the bill into law tomorrow. As marriage equality is gradually–and, lately, rapidly!–being embraced state by state (let alone being considered by the highest court in the land), a statement that Martin Luther King […]

What Scalia Says About Gay People

As we wait for the Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality to come down in June, commentators have been dissecting the oral arguments and making predictions about the possible outcomes. But there’s one SCOTUS judge who leaves no doubt about how he will rule: Justice Antonin Scalia will undoubtedly vote against gay rights. He disapproves […]

The Supremes and Same-Sex Marriage: Day 2

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Lawyer, author and long-time feminist activist Brenda Feigen was at the Supreme Court yesterday and today to watch and hear the Proposition 8 and DOMA case arguments. Here’s her report on the DOMA hearing: As I got close to the U.S. Supreme Court on my way to the DOMA hearing today, I was greeted with […]