Iraqi Human Rights Activist Executed

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As a feminist, I often think about how my voice is policed by others. My opinions are strong and can result in stereotypical name calling: man-hater, bitch, angry feminist, ugly, etc. But those are just words—in places such as Iraq, being a strong and opinionated woman can be fatal. A week ago in Mosul, human rights […]

Rutgers to Endow Chair in Gloria Steinem’s Name

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On Monday, Rutgers University announced that it is endowing a chair in the name of Gloria Steinem—American feminist icon and co-founder of Ms. The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies will not only honor Steinem’s legacy as a women’s rights activist and journalist, but will honor her work in media by […]

NEWSFLASH: Missouri Enacts 72-Hour Abortion Waiting Period

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Legislators in Missouri enacted a law Wednesday requiring women seeking abortions to wait 72 hours before undergoing the procedure; there are no exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. The bill passed the House and Senate earlier this year but was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) in July. Using a rare tactic, the Republican-controlled House voted […]

NEWSFLASH: Rising Chorus Calls for NFL to Take Action on Domestic Violence

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A bipartisan group of 16 women senators on Thursday, led by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), joined a growing chorus of voices calling for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to institute a zero-tolerance policy for domestic violence. Goodell has been targeted by feminists and others for failing to act appropriately when NFL players face assault charges. Earlier […]

NEWSFLASH: Hundreds of Striking Fast-Food Workers Arrested

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Nearly 500 fast-food workers were arrested Thursday in strikes around the country. Thousands of cashiers and cooks in 150 U.S. cities walked off their jobs at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and other fast-food chains demanding a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights. The Fight for 15 campaign started back in November of 2012 and since […]

NEWSFLASH: Federal Judge Blocks Alabama Anti-Abortion Law

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U.S. District Court Judge Myron Thompson ruled on Monday that a recently passed law requiring abortion providers to obtain staff privileges at local hospitals places an unconstitutional, undue burden on women seeking an abortion. Thompson’s decision will block enforcement of the law until he determines whether to issue a permanent injunction. The new law would […]

NEWSFLASH: Virginia’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban Struck Down

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In a 2-to-1 vote, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond upheld a ruling that said Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. This is the first decision of its kind in a Southern state and follows in the steps of similar rulings by federal appeals courts in Oklahoma and Utah. Said […]

NEWSFLASH: Nationwide Survey Finds Colleges are Failing Sexual Assault Survivors

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Hundreds of colleges and universities across the nation are in violation of federal law by not responding adequately to allegations of on-campus sexual assault, a new report has found. The report, commissioned by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), draws on survey responses from over 300 public and private schools. Most startlingly, it found that over 40 percent […]

NEWSFLASH: Supreme Court Rules 5-4 Against Birth Control Coverage

In a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Samuel Alito, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in the combined case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Burwell that, as The Washington Post reports, ” The federal government can’t force owners of closely held for-profit companies to provide birth control coverage to female employees if they […]

NEWSFLASH: Worldwide Protest Against Sultan of Brunei on Friday

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The Sultan of Brunei announced his plan this past May to impose a hateful and deadly Taliban-like penal code that includes the stoning to death of gay men and lesbians and the public flogging of women who have abortions. These clear violations of human rights have resulted in a massive international backlash, including a protest […]