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


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

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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


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


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

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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


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


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


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 […]

NEWSFLASH: DOJ Finds Rampant Racial Bias Among Ferguson Police


While the Department of Justice has chosen not to bring criminal charges against Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson—who fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown last year—the DOJ has found evidence of rampant racial bias on that city’s police force. The DOJ spent the last six months investigating Ferguson’s police department, examining arrest and ticketing records […]

Activists Stay the Course Against Trade Deal


Activists opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade deal currently being negotiated by the U.S. and 10 other Pacific Rim nations, gathered in a park across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel Wednesday to call on Congress to stop the fast-track of the deal. While the TPP has been criticized for many reasons, the […]