Michigan Women Now Need Rape Insurance

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The Michigan state legislature recently passed a law banning health insurance markets from offering coverage for abortions. Instead, women seeking the procedure will be required to purchase a separate insurance rider for abortion procedures. Under the new restrictions, which will take effect three months after the legislature adjourns for the year, women would have to […]

Good Election News for Feminists in Virginia

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Virginia feminists faced a clear choice in statewide elections yesterday. The Tea Party-backed Republican ticket opposed abortion—even in cases of rape and incest—along with gun-control measures and marriage equality. What was it in favor of? Restricting birth control! On the other hand, the Democratic ticket—endorsed by the Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the […]

Nixon’s Secret Feminists?

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This week, the Presidential Library of Richard M. Nixon released the remaining 340 hours of tape recordings from the famous hidden office recorder, along with thousands of pages of documents. Among a select group of memos is one from Lucy Winchester, the White House social secretary, to Nixon’s staff assistant Barbara Franklin, who was in charge of […]

Shame on Huma-Shaming

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New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has once again found himself in the spotlight for sending sexts and explicit photos to women, under the alias “Carlos Danger.” Post-revelations, however, the media tired of discussing the former Congressman and instead moved to the women involved, passing judgment and moralizing about them in sensational linkbait stories. Just  the tip of the […]

Perfect Bedfellows: Anti-Abortion Lobby Joins NRA To Block Judicial Nominee

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There’s hardly a better snapshot of the modern-day conservative movement than the fight over the appointment of Caitlin Halligan. And it’s ugly. Anti-choicers joined with anti-gun reform advocates to defeat the nomination of Halligan just last week by threatening a filibuster. President Obama originally nominated Halligan, general counsel for the Manhattan district attorney’s office and […]

The Feminist Factor: More than Half of 2012 Women Voters Identify As Feminists

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A newly released voter poll finds that feminists, not just women in general, were key to the 2012 election results. Fully 55 percent of women voters self-identified as feminists–an increase of 9 percent since the last presidential election in 2008. And if those polled were given a follow-up question that included a definition of feminism, the […]

Obama Pushes to Diversify the Judiciary

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In effort to transform the court system to resemble the society it governs, President Obama is pushing to name more women and minorities to the federal judiciary bench. Unfortunately, his efforts to diversify the judiciary system face Republican resistance. After receiving criticism that he didn’t make a significant enough effort to fill vacancies in the […]

How the Sequester Will Hurt Women And Children

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Huge U.S. budget cuts (to the tune of $85 billion for 2013) will take effect on Friday unless Congress acts quickly to prevent sequestration. These impending cuts are the result of the Budget Control Act, a 2011 piece of legislation which stipulated that if a bill to reduce the national deficit is not produced, across-the-board […]

State of the Union: Takeaways for Women’s Issues

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On Tuesday, President Barack Obama gave his fourth State of the Union address, laying out a vision for his second term. While the address focused primarily on the recovering economy, gun violence, voting reform, education and climate change, President Obama had some strong words on women’s issues. For one thing, Obama urged the House to […]

Obama’s Address: We Loved When He Honored “Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall”

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We liked what we heard from the 44th president of the United States on the occasion of his second inaugural–especially about protecting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security; recognizing and acting on climate change; paying women equitably; resolving global disputes peacefully; guaranteeing every citizen security and dignity; welcoming immigrants; and more. We’ve boldfaced some of our […]