The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Just Challenged the Gender Pay Gap in a Big Way

Five members of the U.S. national women’s soccer team filed a complaint today with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) accusing the U.S. Soccer Federation, the sport’s national governing body, of wage discrimination. The players—Carli Llloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo—filed on behalf of the whole team, citing pay and bonus figures from 2013 onward […]

Congresswomen Reignite the Fight for the Equal Rights Amendment

Several U.S. Congresswomen, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), kicked off Women’s History Month last week with a special House session dedicated to renewing Congressional interest in passing the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and underscoring the importance of its ratification by states nationwide. Taking advantage of a congressional practice that allows members to speak on any topic […]

The Fight to Protect Reproductive Health Care Has Begun

Thousands of reproductive-rights advocates gathered outside of the Supreme Court today as the eight justices heard oral arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the biggest abortion-related case to go before the court since 1992. The case centers around two provisions of Texas’ omnibus 2013 anti-abortion bill, HB2: one that requires abortion clinics to meet the […]

NEWSFLASH: U.S. Military Generals Push for Women’s Inclusion in the Draft

Just one month since all military jobs, including combat roles, were opened to women, top U.S. military officials are pushing for women’s inclusion in the draft. Two Republican lawmakers, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), have also introduced a bill to this effect, though they say it’s intended to provoke consideration in Congress of […]

Planned Parenthood Sues Anti-Abortion Extremists for Phony Videos

Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that it had filed a federal lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), an anti-abortion organization that orchestrated a widely discredited video campaign this past summer alleging that Planned Parenthood sells fetal tissue for profit. “This lawsuit exposes the elaborate, illegal conspiracy designed to block women’s access to safe and legal […]

The Last 5 Years Have Been Terrible for Abortion Rights

Of all the abortion restrictions enacted in the nearly 43 years since Roe v. Wade, 27 percent have become law in the last five years, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. That’s the largest number of restrictions enacted in any five-year period since the Supreme Court decided Roe. While states cannot legally deny […]

NEWSFLASH: Planned Parenthood Shooting Suspect Says He’s a “Warrior for the Babies”

After an armed, hours-long standoff with police outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo. late last month month, Robert L. Dear was arrested; later, during talks with law enforcement, he spoke of “baby parts.” Now, the suspected shooter has declared his own guilt in court and seems to have made clear his motivation for […]

Amazon Announces Big Benefits for New Parents

Corporate giant Amazon unveiled an updated parental paid leave policy Monday, extending benefits to over 200,000 employees. According to the company’s revised policy, full-time workers who have been with the company at least one year will receive six weeks of paid parental leave, regardless of gender or whether they are birth or adoptive parents. That means birth […]

NEWSFLASH: Trial of Police Officer Accused of Assaulting 13 Black Women Begins

The trial of former Oklahoma City Police Officer Daniel Holtzclaw begins today. Holtzclaw faces a total of 36 charges, six for first-degree rape. All of Holtzclaw’s alleged victims are African American women. In pre-trial hearings, prosectors argued that Holtzclaw targeted vulnerable women—including sex workers, those with addictions and women with active warrants—in his crimes, knowing they’d fear […]

NEWSFLASH: LGBT Californians Make Legal Strides

Wednesday Oct. 7 marked a big day for LGBT Californians. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law four bills that protect same-sex families, LGBT students and more. Each of the four bills targets a different flaw in existing law: AB 959, authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D), requires certain state health and social service agencies to collect sexual […]