Finally, Better Protections for Pregnant Workers

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its pregnancy discrimination guidelines this week for the first time in more than 30 years. The new guidelines mirror the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and classify discrimination against pregnant employees as a form of sex discrimination. The EEOC guidelines make it clear that an employer cannot discriminate against a worker […]

NEWSFLASH: Senate to Vote on Bill to Reverse Hobby Lobby

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UPDATE: Minutes ago, the Senate voted 56-43 to reject the Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act of 2014, also known as the “Not My Boss’ Business Act.” It fell four votes short of the required 60 needed to pass the legislation. The Senate will vote today on a bill intended to reverse the Supreme Court’s […]

“It’s Everyone’s Job to Prevent Sexual Violence”

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There was no one scandal that prompted Nowmee Shehab, 22, to become heavily engaged in efforts at Emory University to create a supportive environment for survivors of sexual assault. She readily acknowledges that she doesn’t have a single, all-encompassing answer to the question of why she first got involved. Elizabeth Neyman, 21, will be a […]

Students Challenge North Carolina Voter ID Laws

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For years, civil rights organizations have successfully argued to overturn voter ID laws on the grounds that they disproportionately disenfranchise poor and minority voters. But this week, college students are having their say as well. Lawyers for seven North Carolina college students joined the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Department of Justice to […]

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 […]