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7/31/2015
Mexican Court Sentences Five Men to 697 Years on Prison for Femicide
Last week, a Mexican court made a unanimous decision to convict five men of eleven femicides, or gender-driven killing.

7/30/2015
Boy Scouts of America Lifts Ban on Gay Troop Leaders
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have voted to repeal its national ban on gay and lesbian adult staff and volunteers this week. "The resolution will allow chartered organizations to select adult leaders without regard to sexual orientation," a Boy Scouts of America statement read. Just 15 years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that the BSA had the right to discriminate against gay volunteers and staff in a 5-4 decision.

7/29/2015
An Extreme Abortion Ban is Now Law in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed an extreme 20 week abortion ban into law last week. The law, which bans abortions performed past 20 weeks, has no exception whatsoever for rape, incest, or fatal fetal anomalies.

7/29/2015
Jen Welter Just Made NFL History
Jen Welter was hired as a coach for the Arizona Cardinals this week, becoming the first woman ever to be a National Football League coach.

7/27/2015
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Blocked Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood
An attempt in the Senate to defund Planned Parenthood by Mike Lee (R-UT) was blocked this weekend by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Lee tried to attach the elimination of federal funds for Planned Parenthood to a vote for highway legislation, a move which was rejected by McConnell as out of order. Republican legislators have redoubled their efforts to block funding for Planned Parenthood since the release of two heavily edited clandestine videos of different PPFA employees taken without their knowledge.

7/27/2015
"After Tiller" Was Nominated For An Emmy
Documentary film After Tiller was nominated for two Emmy Awards: Best Documentary, and Outstanding Coverage of a Current News Story. The Point of View (POV) documentary follows the aftermath of the murder of Dr.

7/24/2015
Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence
In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents. Following a number of high profile police killings in Cleveland of African Americans, and an eight-month investigation by the US Attorney's office of the Northern District of Ohio, the City of Cleveland has now entered into a Consent Decree that requires numerous reforms in how the city oversees and investigates police operations, including training in use of force. "Among the most important reforms mandated by the consent decree - and the most easily overlooked - are the changes the Cleveland Division of Police must make in its recruitment and hiring practices, said Spillar.

7/24/2015
Federal Court Strikes Down Nation's Strictest Abortion Ban
A federal court upheld this week that North Dakota's strict abortion ban law is unconstitutional, blocking it permanently. The North Dakota law is one of the strictest in the nation.

7/23/2015
FMF Executive Director Will Speak on Gender in Policing and Defusing Police Violence
Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will speak at the City Club of Cleveland at 12 PM EST tomorrow, July 24, on how adding equal numbers of women to police departments nationwide is critical to reducing incidents of police violence and enhancing the ability of police to improve relations with the communities they serve.

7/23/2015
70 Organizations Are Urging the President to Fund Abortion Care Abroad
The Feminist Majority and over 70 other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) released a letter to President Obama yesterday that calls on him to reinterpret the Helms Amendment and meet with the people running women's health programs in Africa on an upcoming trip to the continent. Currently, the Helms Amendment is wrongly interpreted as an all-out ban on abortion funding.

7/23/2015
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules LGBT Employees Are Protected from Job Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects the LGBT community from workplace discrimination.

7/22/2015
Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest
Texas officials today released dashboard camera video footage showing Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia physically threatening Sandra Bland, a 28-year old African-American woman who died in police custody last week. In the video, Encinia is heard telling Bland, who had been stopped for a traffic violation, to get out of her vehicle.

7/21/2015
Wisconsin Workers Just Lost Their Days Off
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed off on a new budget last week that ended the state's law banning seven-day work weeks.

7/21/2015
Viola Davis and Taraji Henson Make Emmy History
This past weekend, two African American women were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the same year for the first time in Emmy history.

7/20/2015
Feminists Fought Back Against Anti-Abortion Extremists in Alabama Last Week
Last week, the anti-abortion extremist group Operation Save America (OSA) organized its annual national event of increased harassment and protesting outside targeted clinics in Alabama.



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