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 […]

Philly Workers Finally Get Paid Sick Days


Yesterday Philadelphia became the 20th location in the U.S. to enact a law guaranteeing that workers can earn paid sick days (in this case, one hour for every 40 worked). It’s the third time the Philadelphia City Council has passed such a measure, but the first time the mayor has signed it. This third time […]

Marissa Alexander Is a Free Woman!


Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who spent the last three years behind bars for firing a warning shot at her abusive husband, has finally been released from prison. She will spend the next two years under house arrest with a GPS monitor on her ankle. This brings a bittersweet end to an embroilment that started […]

Top 5 Feminist Moments in the State of the Union


Expectations were high for President Obama’s sixth State of the Union address, and he did not disappoint. He managed to tackle a myriad of issues that impact women and families, from reproductive rights to fair pay, highlighting them as a national priority. To much applause, Obama also gave much-needed attention to just how integral working […]

NEWSFLASH: Sen. Barbara Boxer Won’t Run for Reelection


One of the most stalwart supporters of women’s rights in the U.S. Senate has announced in an interview with her grandson that she will retire from office at the end of her term in 2016. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) is currently 74 and has served in the Senate since 1993. For the 10 years before […]

Surprise, Surprise: Increased Contraceptive Use Leads to Fewer Unintended Pregnancies

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Who would have guessed? Increased use of contraceptives is accompanied by a decline in abortions and unintended pregnancies, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers found that women who use birth control methods consistently and correctly make up only 5 percent of unplanned pregnancies.  Other key findings from the report: The use of long-acting, reversible […]

NEWSFLASH: U.S. Workers Strike in 160 Cities


Fast-food workers are holding strikes in 160 cities today, calling for a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize. For the first time, these workers are joined by airport baggage handlers, skycaps, wheelchair attendants and aircraft cleaners. In a series of protests starting in November 2012, the “fight for 15” has spread across the […]

NEWSFLASH: Chicago Approves Minimum Wage Hike


It can only go up from here. On Tuesday, in an effort to pull working families out of poverty, Chicago’s City Council approved a minimum wage hike, increasing the hourly wage of some 410,000 workers (one-third of the city’s workforce) from $8.25 to $13 incrementally over the next five years. The bill, proposed by Chicago Mayor […]