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3/5/2015
Supreme Court Hears Crucial Affordable Care Act Case
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in King v.

3/4/2015
Obama Administration Announces Global Initiative for Girls' Education
The Obama Administration announced yesterday expanded efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and complete school through an initiative called Let Girls Learn. According to a White House press release, the new effort will build on investments the US already has made in global primary school education and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education.

3/3/2015
Nebraska Could Become the Next State With Marriage Equality
US District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled Monday morning that Nebraska's same-same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

3/2/2015
Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign
Journalist Masih Alinejad was awarded the Women's Rights Award at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy last week for her activism supporting Iranian women who choose not to cover their heads in a hijab. Alinejad's Facebook page, "My Stealthy Freedom," has gained international attention and more than 700,000 followers by posting pictures of Iranian women without the hijab.

2/27/2015
This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault
A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act.

2/27/2015
Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits
The city of Houston, Texas has finally begun testing decades-old rape kits - and in just one week, those have led to hundreds of leads. Houston is one of the first of the major cities nation-wide to clear their backlog of over 6,000 untested rape kit s- some of which were more than thirty years old.

2/26/2015
If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums
Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA). The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault.

2/26/2015
President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall
President Obama attended an immigration town hall at Florida International University yesterday to discuss immigration policy.

2/25/2015
Obama Just Vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, But The Fight Isn't Over
President Obama used his executive powers to veto the highly contentious Keystone XL pipeline construction proposal yesterday.

2/25/2015
Malawis Parliament Voted Unanimously to End Child Marriage
The Malawian Parliament voted unanimously last week to ban child marriage, an important move for a country with one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. The legislation raises the minimum legal age of marriage to 18.

2/24/2015
FMLA Update Will Expand Protections for Thousands of Same Sex Couples
The US Labor Department updated the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) this week to update the meaning of "spouse" to include same-sex partners who reside in another state. The FMLA update means employees in legal, same-sex marriages can take family medical leave to take care of their spouse even if they live in another state.

2/23/2015
Princeton Women Were Once Barred From These Clubs - Now, They Run Them
Princeton University's eating clubs are important social events for many students - and despite a history of sexist behavior and barring women, Princeton women have recently been in the spotlight for securing leadership roles in them. Currently, four of these clubs are headed by women, which is the highest total since 2002.

2/23/2015
Tennessee and Chicago Move Forward with Plans for Free Community College
Many Americans had not heard of the proposal to make 2 years of community college free until President Obama's State of the Union address.

2/19/2015
Kate Brown Just Became America's First-Ever Openly Bisexual Governor
Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday morning as Oregon's 38th governor, making her the first openly bisexual governor in the US. Brown is replacing John Kitzhaber, also a Democrat, who announced his resignation last Friday.

2/19/2015
Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Bruneian Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel
Activists gathered across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday to call on Congress to exclude Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The crowd included organizers from the Feminist Majority Foundation, FMF board member Mavis Leno, as well as leadership from organizations such as 1 Billion Rising, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Unite Here who organized the rally.



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