Contraceptive Access Further Weakened by Wheaton Decision

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In the flurry of media coverage surrounding the recent Hobby Lobby decision and its curtailment of women’s rights, the dissent of Ruth Bader Ginsburg—now known throughout the Internet as Notorious R.B.G.—became ubiquitous. Full of blistering one-liners, her assertion that the Court had “ventured into a minefield” were the mots de jour, as many wondered what […]

Can California Lead Charge Against Campus Rape?

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The University of California prides itself on being one of the best public university systems in the country. It boasts that its 10 schools attract the “best and brightest,” and that its students consistently expand the horizons of research. Two of its undergraduate campuses are ranked among the top 25, six among the top 50 and […]

“We Ask Justice, We Ask Equality” — Susan B. Anthony’s 4th of July speech, 1876

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After a week of frustrating, even devastating Supreme Court decisions in regards to women’s rights, it’s both instructive to realize that the suffragists of the 19th century had even more problems than we do today in terms of achieving equality and justice. Couldn’t these words of the famed suffragist Susan B. Anthony–”The judiciary above the […]

Don’t Let SCOTUS Have the Last Word on Voting Rights

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In the Freedom Summer of 1964, several hundred students from across the United States traveled to Mississippi to register black voters in the face of discriminatory voting laws. This year’s 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer calls for a renewed focus on the obstacles U.S. citizens still face in securing the right to vote. Perhaps […]

What Was Achieved at the White House Summit on Working Families?

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The White House convened a summit this week, co-sponsored by the White House Council on Women and Girls, the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, to address the concerns of working families in the United States. Besides casting a national spotlight on families in the workforce, the immediate result of the summit included […]

The World Cup Women’s Bandwagon — Only for Sex Kittens

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Like millions of viewers around the world, I’ve spent my last few weekends glued to the TV, basking in the glow of riveting World Cup 2014 matches. I was one of many who called out sick from life between June 12 and July 13—sick with World Cup fever. For hardcore soccer fans, scheduling meals and […]

Will Peace Corps Volunteers Finally Receive Abortion Coverage?

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The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a proposal to allow federal health care to cover abortions for Peace Corps volunteers in certain situations. The proposal is included in the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which next moves to a full-Senate vote. The proposal mirrors the language of the Peace Corps Equity Act, a stand-alone bill […]

Children, Families Protest at Capitol for Immigrant Rights

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The Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) has issued a directive to President Obama and House Republicans: We want immigration reform now. In their Stop Separating Families campaign, the immigrant-rights coalition is giving legislators until June 28 to pass immigration reform legislation that halts the deportation of immigrant families. According to FIRM, June 28 “will mark […]

Street Harassment USA

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Hey, baby! Oh mami, come over here. Smile for me, sweetheart! Chances are, most of us have heard some variation of these catcalls. In fact, 65 percent of women and 25 percent of men in the U.S. have encountered street harassment, according to a recent study. Of the women surveyed, 57 percent experienced verbal harassment […]

Melinda Gates, and Why We MUST Talk About Abortion

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Reprinted from RH Reality Check. Read the original here. While they don’t bother putting her name on the Forbes list, by virtue of marriage Melinda Gates is the richest woman in the world. She proudly considers herself an advocate for family planning and women’s health. “I am focused on one thing,” she wrote in a recent blog […]