Marissa Alexander Is a Free Woman!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

NEWSFLASH: Pregnant Workers’ Rights Hit the Supreme Court

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On Dec. 3, the Supreme Court of the United States began hearing oral arguments in Peggy Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., a case that will affect pregnant workers across the nation. While a decision is not expected until June 2015—and the current Supreme Court has gained a conservative reputation—even opposing groups, such as pro-choice and anti-choice organizations, have […]

NEWSFLASH: Football’s Ray Rice Reinstated by NFL

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Running back Ray Rice, who knocked out his fiancée with a punch in an elevator in February, has been reinstated by the National Football League after a judge accepted his appeal of an indefinite suspension by the league. Rice’s contract was terminated by his team, the Baltimore Ravens, so even though he’s again eligible to […]

NEWSFLASH: Boycott of Beverly Hills Hotel Continues

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The glamorous “Night Before” the Oscars fundraiser, held every year for more than a decade at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will be hosted this year—in an act of protest—on the 20th Century Fox lot. In April, it was revealed that the Sultan of Brunei—who owns the Beverly Hills Hotel along with other properties in his […]

NEWSFLASH: Marissa Alexander Eligible for Release in January

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It looks like Marissa Alexander, the Florida mother of three whose criminal case has made national headlines, will not have to go to trial after taking a plea deal. She plead guilty to three counts of aggravated assault with a weapon and was given a three-year sentence, but since she has already served 1,030 days, […]