NEWSFLASH: Senate Dems Block Trade Deal With Anti-Human Rights Brunei

brunei042015

In a 52-45 vote, the Senate Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), blocked fast-track legislation that would have paved the way for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), despite President Obama’s goal of moving the deal forward. The free-trade deal could potentially take away jobs from U.S. workers and put the U.S. into a problematic economic relationship […]

NEWSFLASH: Campus Sexual Assault Complaints Are on the Rise

TakeRapeSeriously

Reports of sexual violence on college campuses are on the rise, according to new data compiled by the Department of Education. In a letter to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) released by her office Tuesday, the Department’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), which oversees the enforcement of Title IX, details a surge in Title IX-related sexual […]

NEWSFLASH: Ohio Pro-Choice Activists Protest Anti-Abortion Bills

IMG_3097

On the front steps of the Ohio Statehouse yesterday, around 150 feminists, community activists and reproductive rights advocates mounted a pro-choice protest organized by local chapters of the National Council of Jewish Women and Planned Parenthood. Chanting “Don’t step on our rights,” the group laid out more than 1000 pairs of heels, flats, boots, sneakers […]

NEWSFLASH: Mary Washington Students Bring Title IX Case

Screen shot 2015-05-07 at 10.45.54 AM

On Thursday morning, University of Mary Washington (UMW) campus group Feminists United—an affiliate of the Feminist Majority Foundation (publisher of Ms.)—and individual students filed a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education against UMW. The complaint charges university administrators with “systemic failure to protect students from a sexually hostile school environment, from sex-based […]

NEWSFLASH: Activists Stage #BlackWomenMatter Marches

CDO-gJLVEAAxoSN

Baltimore Chief Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby charged six officers today in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American man who died last month from a spinal cord injury while in police custody. But while justice may be served in Gray’s case, activists are raising awareness about another group who experience police brutality but rarely […]

NEWSFLASH: New Legislation Would Protect Military Whistleblowers

shutterstock_160009073

On Thursday, Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) along with Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would protect military whistleblowers who come forward with allegations of sexual assault and other wrongdoing. The Legal Justice for Servicemembers Act is similar to a bill drafted by Boxer in the 80s, the […]

NEWSFLASH: First-Ever Woman Sentenced for Feticide

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 5.33.31 PM

This week, 33-year-old Purvi Patel became the first woman in the United States to be convicted and sentenced on a feticide charge. Patel was arrested in the summer of 2013 after she sought medical attention at an Indiana hospital for heavy vaginal bleeding. After a doctor found an umbilical cord, she told staff she had […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Protects Pregnant Workers

shutterstock_33596542

If a business already accommodates workers who have temporary disabilities, they can’t refuse to accommodate a pregnant employee. And they can’t use cost as an excuse. That’s essentially what the U.S. Supreme Court decided Wednesday, with a 6-3 vote, in the case of Young v. UPS. The facts of the case follow, as presented by […]

NEWSFLASH: Gym Classes Opened to Saudi Girls

2914401907_52938f80cb_z

For the first time, schools in Saudi Arabia will offer gym classes to girls. As the country’s obesity rate for women and young people climbs, many welcome the change. “I think it’s a big deal because this is a way of acknowledging publicly that women need to get the same treatment or care that males […]

NEWSFLASH: Biden Announces Millions to End Rape Kit Backlog

image1

Vice President Joe Biden joined Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland Monday to announce that $41 million in funding from the federal budget will be used to test backlogged rape kits sitting in storage around the country. There are approximately 400,000 untested rape kits gathering dust in U.S. crime labs. (That’s considered a conservative estimate since police […]