NEWSFLASH: DOD Releases Weak Sexual Assault Reform Measures

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Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel officially released seven measures Thursday, aimed at preventing sexual assault in the military. The measures have been anticipated amidst the growing pressure on the Department of Defense to take action on what Hagel himself has described as a “scourge” to be stamped out. The measures follow a set of initiatives […]

Gloria Steinem To Be Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

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President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that writer and feminist activist Gloria Steinem, cofounder of Ms. magazine, will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States, later this year. She joins nearly 600 distinguished people who have won the award since it was established in 1963. According to the […]

NEWSFLASH: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: N.C. Gov. Signs Anti-Abortion Bill

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Politicians should never make promises they can’t keep. Yes, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, I’m speaking to you—as a North Carolinian born and bred, let me officially say on behalf of my home state: Shame, shame, shame! On July 12, Gov. McCrory announced that he would sign the omnibus anti-abortion bill S. B. 353 if […]

NEWSFLASH: In England and Wales, Another Win for Marriage Equality

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A trek through the House of Commons, the House of Lords and sealed with a royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II made it official Wednesday: Passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill has officially brought marriage equality to England and Wales. They join the other 16 countries that have now legalized marriage equality. The […]

NEWSFLASH: Janet Napolitano Nominated to Head University of California

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She was governor of Arizona for six years, and since 2009 has been secretary of Homeland Security in President Obama’s cabinet: Now she’s been chosen to become the first woman president in the history of the University of California. Said Sherry Lansing, the UC regent who led the search committee to replace Mark G. Yudof, […]

NEWSFLASH: N.C. Governor Supports Bill That Threatens To Close All But One Abortion Provider

According to a statement released on Friday, NC Gov. Pat McCrory (R) says that he does not intend to veto S. B. 353–the newest version of an anti-abortion bill that threatens to close nearly all of the state’s clinics that provide abortions. He writes, If I get the House-passed bill (SB 353), I’ll sign it. The recent […]

NEWSFLASH: Rhode Island Supports Paid Family Leave

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At last, some good news: The Rhode Island House voted 53-18 on Tuesday evening to require paid leave for employees who need to care for a sick child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, grandparent, in-law or to bond with a new child. The state Senate had already passed the bill, but due to technical changes made […]

NEWSFLASH: North Carolina Adds a Sour Note to Freedom’s Ring

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While July 4th weekend and the exuberant celebrations of America and freedom that come with it, is rapidly approaching, North Carolina has become the third state in the past week to try to severely limit women’s reproductive freedom. On Wednesday, the North Carolina state senate committee passed a bill that would restrict abortions by making […]

NEWSFLASH: Oh No, Ohio

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UPDATED. Ohio Gov. John Kasich vetoed 22 line items in the state budget he signed last night. But, despite strong protests, he did not not veto abortion restrictions that were stuck into the budget bill, leaving the state with some of the most repressive anti-abortion policies in the nation. The budget also strips $2 million […]

NEWSFLASH: Delaware Protects Transgender Rights

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Delaware Gov. Jack Martell signed a bill on Wednesday that includes gender identity and expression in the state’s hate crime and nondiscrimination laws. The Gender Identity Non-Discrimination Act would outlaw discrimination based on gender identity in employment, housing, insurance and public assistance. Said Markell, Kindness, decency, and fairness are the values that Delawareans live by […]