Gay in the Workplace? EEOC Says Your Job is Safe

On Thursday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars employment discrimination based on sexual orientation—a move that will hugely advance the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual workers in all 50 states. Until now, many states still legally allowed businesses to fire workers because of their sexual orientation. At […]

Trans People May Soon Serve Openly in Military

By early next year, transgender individuals will likely be allowed to serve openly in the military, Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Monday. The Pentagon is putting together a working group that will conduct a six-month investigation to ensure that lifting the ban on openly transgender service members will not impact the military’s effectiveness. If the investigation is successful, […]

Oregon Pharmacists Can Now Prescribe Birth Control

Women in Oregon will soon be able to receive birth control prescriptions from pharmacists, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Kate Brown this week. Under the new rule, birth control can be obtained without the added burden of scheduling a doctor’s visit. The bill passed the state’s house in a 50-10 bipartisan vote. To get birth […]

New Study Shows Black Communities Want Clinic Access

Since January, 51 state-level abortion restrictions have been enacted, which brings the total to 282 since 2010. As reproductive health services continue to be cut, especially in the South, low-income women and women of color will be disproportionately affected. According to a survey conducted by In Our Own Voice—a newly formed coalition that seeks to amplify […]

NEWSFLASH: Bill Cosby’s Latest Admission Is a “Game-Changer”

The Bill Cosby sexual-assault scandal took an eye-opening turn this week when it was revealed that Cosby once admitted to acquiring quaaludes, a popular ’70s recreational drug, with the intent of giving the pills to young women he hoped to have sex with. In a 2005 court deposition obtained by the Associated Press, Cosby replied “yes” when asked if […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Obamacare

Millions of Americans woke up on Thursday morning to discover that a key provision of the Affordable Care Act had been upheld by the Supreme Court in a 6-3 decision. Plaintiffs in the King vs. Burwell case had challenged the constitutionality of federal insurance subsidies written into the president’s health care law. By ruling in favor of the Department […]

NEWSFLASH: Feminist Majority Joins Protest Against the TPP

Earlier today, protesters gathered in front of the Los Angeles office of  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) to protest legislation to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a sweeping trade deal that would endanger women’s rights and workers’ rights. The Senate will take a final vote on the legislation tomorrow. Although the Senate approved fast-tracking the TPP […]

NEWSFLASH: Loretta Lynch Sworn In as Attorney General

Loretta Lynch was sworn in as the 83rd attorney general of the United States Wednesday in an official ceremony conducted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. She is the first African American woman to hold the position. Confirmed in April nearly six months after her nomination on November 8, Lynch “hit the ground running from day one,” […]

NEWSFLASH: Texas Anti-Choice Law Targets Teens

A new law signed this week by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) prohibits any woman who doesn’t have valid “proof of identity or age” from obtaining an abortion. Under HB 3994, physicians are expected to assume any pregnant woman is a minor if she can’t provide I.D. The I.D. requirement effects society’s most vulnerable women, including […]

NEWSFLASH: Trans-Pacific Partnership Hits Roadblock

Today, the House helped to slow down Fast Track legislation for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, a sweeping trade deal that threatens women’s rights, human rights and women workers. But the fight’s not over. In a narrow 219-211 vote, the House passed Trade Promotion Authority, also known as Fast Track legislation. But, in order […]