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9/29/2014 Advocates and Legislators Say NFL Corrections Go Wide But Not Deep Enough
Women's rights activists and anti-violence advocates are continuing to put pressure on the National Football League (NFL), calling for a more inclusive and robust institutional response to domestic violence and sexual assault as well as an independent investigation into the League. This summer, NFL executive leadership came under fire after the League failed to take action when video evidence of Ravens' running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee surfaced....
9/23/2014 Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Says Controversial Nominee Lacks Support
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9/18/2014 The NFL Missed an Opportunity for Diversity in Forming Its Violence Against Women Advisory Board
National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Monday the appointment of a four-person advisory board tasked with leading the organization's reforms in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault....
9/8/2014 White House Names Megan Smith as Chief Technology Officer
President Barack Obama last week named Megan Smith, former Google Vice President and out lesbian, to the highest ranking tech job in the White House. Smith will serve as the new Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Assistant to the President....
9/2/2014 Federal Courts Block TRAP Laws in Texas and Louisiana
The Labor Day weekend marked two major victories in the battle for reproductive justice in Texas and Louisiana. On Friday, U.S....
8/20/2014 Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat. Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St....
8/20/2014 Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat. Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St....
6/19/2014 US Labor Secretary Speaks Out In Support of Paid Family Leave
US Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said in an interview Wednesday that paid family leave is one of the most critical issue facing working families today. "So many people don't have the luxury of taking an hour away from the workplace to attend indispensable family commitments," Perez said on HuffPo Live Wednesday....
6/2/2014 Obama Makes His Mark on Federal Appeals Courts
The make-up of the thirteen US federal appeals courts experienced a marked change under the Obama Administration....
5/15/2014 Missouri Legislature Passes 72-Hour Waiting Period Bill
The Missouri House voted last night, in the middle of an ongoing 3-day protest on the steps of the state capitol, to approve a measure that will triple Missouri's waiting period for an abortion procedure from 24 hours to 72 hours....
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division
The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice. Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Adegbile is a voting rights expert....
1/14/2014 Marissa Alexander Remains Free on Bail
Marissa Alexander, the African-American Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing a "warning shot" at her abusive husband, will not return to jail for violating bail, a judge ruled Friday. Alexander is currently awaiting retrial for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon....
12/12/2013 Senate Confirms Two Women To DC Circuit Court
The US Senate confirmed Patricia Millett and Nina Pillard to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit this week, making this the first time the court has had five active female judges.The court is the second most important in the US because of its jurisdiction over most federal agencies. The Senate confirmed Patricia Millett by a 56-38 vote on Tuesday....
11/27/2013 Latinas in Texas Face Human Rights Violations for Restricted Reproductive Rights
The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Rights released a report last week documenting the impact of state funding cuts to family planning services on Texas women, particularly women living in the southern Rio Grande Valley [see PDF]....
11/21/2013 Press Release: Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2013 Feminist Majority Applauds Change in Senate Filibuster Rules WASHINGTON --The U.S....
11/13/2013 Anti-Abortion Extremists Urge Volunteers to Kidnap Women
A Facebook group called on anti-abortion extremists in Texas to kidnap women who are headed to abortion clinics. Cicada Collective, a pro-choice group that provides a legitimate volunteer shuttle service for women going to abortion clinics, shared with their listserv an email address for folks interested in volunteering to operate the shuttles....
11/5/2013 Texas Abortion Providers File Emergency Application with US Supreme Court
Texas abortion providers filed an emergency application with the U.S....
10/29/2013 Judge Rules Part of Texas Abortion Law Unconstitutional
Just one day before restrictive abortion laws in Texas were to take effect, a federal district court struck down a provision of the law that would require abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges and ruled that restrictions on medication abortion could not be enforced in certain circumstances....
9/20/2013 Conservative Group Releases Creepy Anti- Obamacare Ads
Generation Opportunity, a conservative organization that's funded by billionaire extremists David and Charles Koch, has launched a series of advertisements to convince young people to "opt out" of Affordable Care Act enrollment....
9/18/2013 UN Agencies Condemn Violence Against Women in Afghanistan
UN Women, the United Nations agency committed to gender equality and women's empowerment, condemned the recent intimidation and targeted killings of Afghan women government officials....
7/29/2013 Bananas Thrown at First Black Italian Minister
At a political rally on Friday, an unknown person threw bananas at Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first black minister....
7/17/2013 Bipartisan Filibuster Compromise Hails Promising End to Senate Gridlock
A compromise Tuesday between Senate Democrats and Republicans will, at least temporarily, reduce the gridlock of executive appointments....
7/3/2013 North Carolina Passes Harsh Last Minute Anti-Abortion Amendment
On Wednesday morning, during the last minute discussion of an anti-Sharia bill, the North Carolina state Senate gave final approval to an amendment restricting abortion access in a vote of 29 to 12. Tuesday evening, North Carolina state Senators covertly added an amendment that would severely limit women's access to abortion services to a bill originally intended to outlaw Islamic Sharia Law throughout the family court system....
6/5/2013 Women Senators Form Bipartisan Front on Military Sexual Assault
Yesterday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the epidemic of sexual assault in the military demonstrated the role of the record number of women in the Senate....
4/26/2013 Jenny Yang Confirmed for EEOC
Late last night, Congress approved the nomination of Jenny Yang as a commissioner to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission....
4/2/2013 MS Governor Pulls Board of Health Nomination of Anti-Abortion Activist
Governor Phil Bryant (R) of Mississippi has rescinded his nomination of anti-abortion activist Terri Herring to the Mississippi Board of Health after media outlets questioned the legality of the nomination. Governor Bryant announced his nomination of Terri Herring to the state's Board of Health last Wednesday....
3/29/2013 Pro-Life America Network Director Nominated to MS Board of Health
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) announced that he has nominated Terri Herring to the state's Board of Health Wednesday....
3/4/2013 Obama Quickens Judicial Appointments, Expands Diversity
President Obama has increased his number of judicial appointments in an attempt to diversify the federal judiciary....
2/15/2013 MS Bill to Regulate Abortion Passes the Senate
Senate Bill 2795, also known as the "Women's Health Defense Act," [PDF] passed in the Mississippi Senate yesterday on a 39 to 12 vote....
2/6/2013 Mississippi Senate Bill Threatens Abortion by Pill
On Tuesday, a Mississippi state Senate committee approved a bill that could threaten the use of medical abortion in the state....
1/14/2013 Planned Parenthood TX Denied Inclusion in Women's Health Program
A Texas judge denied Planned Parenthood's request to be included in the state's new women's health program on Friday....
1/11/2013 Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and Feminist Majority, Statement on the Departure of Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis
The Feminist Majority Foundation and Feminist Majority salute Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, the first Latina to head a major federal agency, for her outstanding accomplishments in fighting for women workers and all workers....
1/11/2013 NBC's "Parenthood" Shows Teenage Pregnancy, Abortion Decision
In an episode aired on Thursday night, NBC's prime-time television show "Parenthood" highlighted the decision of two characters who decide to terminate an unwanted pregnancy....
9/12/2012 Obama Appoints Record Number of Women Judges to Federal Bench
On Monday, President Obama set the record for most women judges appointed to the federal bench in one term when Stephanie Rose was confirmed on a 89 to 1 Senate vote as a new U.S....
8/3/2012 Obama Nominates First Asian-American Lesbian Federal Judge
Today, President Obama nominated Pamela Ki Mai Chen to serve on a New York district court -- upon confirmation, Chen would be the first Asian-American lesbian federal judge in US history....
7/18/2012 VA Governor Appoints Anti-Choice Doctor to Board of Health
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell appointed anti-choice obstetrician Dr....
6/29/2012 SD to Enforce Anti-Abortion Law
A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that starting July 1, South Dakota can enforce part of a stringent anti-abortion law which will require a doctor, before performing an abortion, to determine if a woman has been coerced into the abortion or if she is at risk of psychological disorders....
4/12/2012 Female Justices Honor Justice O'Connor
The four women who have served on the United States Supreme Court came together on Wednesday to honor the 30th anniversary of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's appointment to the bench....
4/6/2012 Obama Forum on Women and the Economy
This morning, President Barack Obama, in addressing some 300 women leaders, activists, business leaders and entrepreneurs and academics at a White House Forum on Women and the Economy, emphasized the gains for women under his Administration, including increasing judicial appointments, preventive health care coverage, removal of sex discrimination in insurance pricing and saving teacher jobs....
1/5/2012 President Obama Announces Four Recess Appointments
Yesterday President Obama announced that he will make recess appointments to fill four vacant administration positions....
12/14/2011 Senators Write to Sebelius Asking for Scientific Basis of Plan B Decision
Yesterday Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and 14 other US Senators issued a letter calling on Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to indicate the medical and scientific basis that led her to overrule the FDA's decision to lift the age limit for emergency contraception and her refusal to permit the over-the-counter sale of the Plan B....
12/7/2011 Senate Republicans Filibuster Obama's Appellate Court Nominee
Yesterday in a vote of 54 to 45, almost entirely along party lines, Senate Republicans filibustered Caitlin Joan Halligan, one of President Obama's nominees for the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia....
10/20/2011 OK Judge Blocks Abortion Law
On Wednesday, District Court Judge Daniel Owens ruled to temporarily block a new abortion law in Oklahoma that seeks to restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs by doctors....
10/14/2011 Alison Nathan Confirmed to Serve on US District Court
Yesterday the US Senate confirmed Alison Nathan to serve on the U.S....
9/12/2011 MS Supreme Court Allows Personhood Amendment to Appear on Ballot
On Thursday, the Mississippi Supreme Court voted seven to two to permit Measure 26, the Personhood Amendment, to be listed on the state ballot in November....
8/19/2011 White House Fights Back on Judicial Nominations
The White House, with an unprecedented number of blocked judicial appointments, has released a new blog post, which reveals that the Republican blocking maneuvers are costing the government $1.4 billion detaining prisoners awaiting trial alone....
8/8/2011 VA Aims to Improve Care for Women Veterans
In an effort to better address the medical needs of the thousands of women veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) started a "mini residency program" to refresh doctors and nurse practitioners, many of whom are more accustomed to treating male veterans, on women's healthcare....
8/5/2011 First Woman Police Chief Appointed in Newark, NJ
On Wednesday, Sheila Coley was appointed by the Newark City Council of New Jersey as the first woman police chief in the department's 175-year history....
7/22/2011 Somalia's Minister for Women and Family Affairs Abducted by Rebels
Asha Osman Aqiil, Somalia's new minister for women and family affairs, was abducted by Islamist rebels late Wednesday night, the day after her appointment was announced....
3/14/2011 Same-Sex Marriage Bill Stalled in Maryland
On Friday, the Maryland House of Delegates referred the state's same sex marriage bill back to committee....
2/22/2011 DC Council Proposes Bill to Increase Birth Control Access
DC Council Member David Catania (I- At Large), chair of the city's Committee on Health, introduced a bill that would allow women to obtain birth control pills from their pharmacist without first visiting a doctor....
11/23/2010 Dr. Osotimehin Appointed Executive Director of UNPFA
Late last week, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon appointed Dr....
10/14/2010 All Nine Suspects in NYC Hate Crimes Case in Police Custody
The nine suspects accused of hate crimes against three men in New York City are currently in police custody, with the last suspect, 22-year-old Ruddy Vargas-Perez, arrested earlier this week....
9/13/2010 Ms. Scholar Named President of Shaw University
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8/10/2010 Female Malaysian Islamic Court Judges Have Equal Power of Male Counterparts
Malaysia's first two women Islamic court judges will have the same power as male judges, the Malaysian government has confirmed....
8/9/2010 Justice Kagan Sworn In
Honorable Elena Kagan became the 112th United States Supreme Court Justice when she was sworn in on Saturday. Kagan took two oaths, according to AFP: one in a private ceremony with Chief Justice John Roberts and her family, and a second in a public ceremony. Kagan is the fourth female justice to ever serve on the United State's highest court....
8/5/2010 US Senate Confirms Kagan to Supreme Court
The United States Senate has confirmed the Honorable Elena Kagan as the 112th United States Supreme Court Justice, making her the fourth woman in US history to serve on the High Court....
7/30/2010 Obama Signs Bill to Combat Crime on American Indian Reservations
President Obama passed a bill yesterday that expands the authority of tribal law enforcement agencies and strengthens communication between federal, state, and tribal law enforcement bodies....
7/8/2010 Malaysia's Islamic Courts Appoint First Women Judges
Malaysia's Islamic courts appointed their first two women judges today....
6/28/2010 Kagan Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin
The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin today....
6/4/2010 South Carolina Republicans Back Down From Abortion Restrictions to Pass Budget
The South Carolina legislature approved a nearly $5 billion state budget yesterday that includes a provision allowing the state health insurance plan to cover abortions in cases of rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger....
5/18/2010 Novartis Loses Sex Discrimination Case
Novartis Pharmaceuticals lost a class action sex discrimination suit yesterday in New York District Court....
5/10/2010 Elena Kagan Nominated to Supreme Court
President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court this morning....
5/5/2010 Ahmadinejad Defends Iranian Seat on UN Commission on the Status of Women
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended Iran's election to the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women yesterday as feminists worldwide remain outraged by the country's appointment to the council....
4/12/2010 Dawn Johnsen Withdraws DOJ Nomination
Dawn Johnsen withdrew her nomination to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) within the Department of Justice on Friday....
4/9/2010 Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Announces Retirement
Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the high court today....
3/17/2010 Egypt Rules in Favor of Appointing Women Judges to State Council
Egypt's Constitutional Court ruled to allow the appointment of women judges to the State Council Monday....
1/5/2010 First Transgender Appointee Named
Amanda Simpson, the first known openly transgender presidential appointee in the United States, started work today at the US Department of Commerce....
9/3/2009 Sawyer Will be Second Woman Solo Evening News Anchor
ABC News announced yesterday that Diane Sawyer will succeed Charles Gibson as anchor of the evening broadcast "World News" in January....
8/25/2009 South Africa Stands Behind Athlete Targeted for Gender Testing
South Africa is defending Caster Semenya, who won the gold medal in the women's 800 meter race at the World Championships held in Berlin last week and is being gender tested by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAC)....
7/14/2009 Obama Appoints Regina Benjamin as Surgeon General
President Obama announced yesterday his appointment of Regina Benjamin, MD to the position of surgeon general....
7/13/2009 Law Protecting Clinic Buffer Zone Upheld
The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Massachusetts law on Friday, allowing a 35-foot safety buffer zone between protestors and abortion clinic entrances....
6/29/2009 White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Appointed
Vice President Joe Biden announced the appointment of Lynn Rosenthal as the first ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women Friday....
6/9/2009 Saudi Arabian Woman Cabinet Minister Must Have Permission to Appear on Television
Noura al-Faiz, Saudi Arabia's first woman cabinet minister, told a newspaper that she will not appear on television unless she has permission to do so....
5/4/2009 First Woman, Gay British Poet Laureate Appointed
Britain appointed Carol Ann Duffy as the nation's poet laureate Friday and is the first woman and openly gay person to serve in the post....
4/24/2009 Wisconsin State Senate Reappoints Pro-Choice Hospital Board Members
Three pro-choice appointments were approved for the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board and the state Medical Examining Board by the Wisconsin state Senate yesterday despite opposition from Republicans and anti-choice activists....
4/6/2009 First US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Confirmed
Melanne Verveer was confirmed by the Senate Friday as the United State's first Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues....
2/17/2009 Saudi Arabia Names First Woman Minister
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia named Norah Al-Fayez to be the new Deputy Minister for Women's Education and replaced a number of high-ranking government officials last week....
2/5/2009 Arizona State University Settlement Reforms Harassment and Assault Policies
A settlement of $850,000 from a 2004 rape case has resulted in reform of sexual harassment and misconduct response policies at Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University....
2/2/2009 Iceland's First Woman, Gay Prime Minister Sworn In
Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland's new interim prime minister and the first woman or openly gay person in this position, was officially appointed yesterday by Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson....
1/21/2009 Clinton Confirmation Delayed
The Senate delayed a planned vote on the nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) for Secretary of State yesterday due to objections from Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)....
1/16/2009 Clinton Nomination Approved by Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Senator Hillary Clinton's nomination for Secretary of State was approved yesterday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a 16 to 1 vote....
1/15/2009 John Berry to be Highest-Ranking Openly Gay Appointee
President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for Director of the Office of Personnel Management, John Berry, will be the highest-ranking openly gay official in US history upon confirmation....
1/9/2009 Ghana Elects First Woman Speaker of Parliament
Ghana's retired Supreme Court Justice Joyce Bamford-Addo became the first woman elected Speaker of Ghana's Parliament on Wednesday....
12/17/2008 Feminists Concerned About Appointments of Women and Recovery Package
Only three vacancies remain in President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet, and women have been appointed to only four of the filled positions, which is less than even President Clinton's appointees in 1992 and equal to President Bush's appointees in 2000....
12/5/2008 Feminist Majority PAC and NOW PAC Endorse Carolyn Maloney for NY Senate Seat
The Feminist Majority Political Action Committee and the National Organization for Women (NOW) Political Action Committee announced their endorsement of New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for appointment to the U.S....
9/9/2008 Democratic, Republican Parties Differ Drastically on Abortion
Abortion is poised to be a major issue in this year's presidential race and the Democratic and Republican parties have approved platforms that outline opposing positions....
9/5/2008 Republican Party Platform Reviewed
The official Republican Party Platform adopted this week has the potential to threaten women's rights domestically and abroad....
7/29/2008 Judge Rules Against Tiller in Abortion Law Decision
Sedgwick County District judge, Clark Owens, found criminal allegations against George Tiller to be constitutional based on a 1998 state law....
5/29/2008 Illinois Health Group Launches Program to Reduce Racial Disparities in Maternal Health
Health group Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (IMCHC) will launch a campaign this fall to reduce racial disparities in maternal health....
5/28/2008 College Dean Appointed Interim Ohio State Attorney General
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland appointed Nancy Rogers to serve as attorney general until elections in November....
5/23/2008 Bush Appointee Susan Orr Resigns
Susan Orr, President Bush's controversial appointee to head the Office of Population Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), resigned this week after less than a year in the position....
4/3/2008 Senate Committee Hearing on Rape as a Weapon of War
On Tuesday, United States Senator Dick Durbin chaired the first-ever Congressional hearing on the use of rape as a weapon of war....
2/29/2008 First Women to Conduct Marriages in Egypt
This week Amal Soliman became Egypt's first woman able to perform Muslim marriages....
2/26/2008 Massachusetts Attorney General Supports Clinic Safety Buffer Zones
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a brief in federal court last week responding to a lawsuit by anti-abortion extremists challenging the state�s clinic safety buffer zone laws....
1/23/2008 Lethal Consequences of Global Gag Rule in Kenya
The Global Gag Rule prohibits family planning programs receiving US federal funds from speaking about or counseling on abortion....
10/22/2007 Congress Members Decry Bush Nomination
Seven members of the House and 19 senators have urged Health and Human Services secretary Mike Leavitt to withdraw the appointment of birth control opponent Susan Orr to head the HHS office that funds family planning clinics....
10/18/2007 Bush Appoints Another Contraceptive Foe to Head Family Planning Office
Once again, President George Bush has appointed an opponent of women�s reproductive rights to head the Office of Population Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Susan Orr, who has a Ph.D....
9/24/2007 Judge Denies Injunction to Allow Aurora Planned Parenthood to Open
A federal judge on Thursday denied Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area�s request for an injunction that would have allowed its new clinic in Aurora, Illinois to open as scheduled....
7/27/2007 Impeachment Round-Up: Protestors Arrested, Sheehan Announces Candidacy
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan drew national attention to the impeachment movement this week when she and a group of protestors were arrested on Capitol Hill and Sheehan announced her intention to run for Congress on an independent ticket....
7/18/2007 The Maldives Appoints First Women Judges
The president of the Maldives, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, has appointed the country's first two women judges, and a third is expected to join them this week....
7/16/2007 Portugal: Legalized Abortion Goes into Effect Over Weekend
Portugal's law to legalize abortion within the first ten weeks of pregnancy went into effect on Sunday....
6/25/2007 Feminist and Education Equity Pioneer Joy Simonson Dies
Joy Simonson died on June 24, 2007 after many accomplishments on behalf of Title IX and the women's rights movement....
5/7/2007 Women Leaders Converge To Discuss Lack of Equity in Academia
On May 2, Harvard's president-elect, Drew Gilpin Faust, gathered four current and former women presidents of Ivy League schools to participate in a coffee-table panel on the position of women in academia....
4/23/2007 Finland's New Government Puts Women in Majority
Finland made history on Tuesday when 12 of its 20 cabinet positions went to women, making Finland the world's first female-dominated government....
4/18/2007 Supreme Court Ruling in Abortion Ban Case Disastrous for Women's Health and Safety
Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority In upholding the Bush Administration's abortion ban in Gonzales v....
4/11/2007 Imus Loses 2 Advertisers; Rutgers Team Agrees to Closed Meeting
Two companies have announced that they will pull advertisements from Don Imus's morning show on MSNBC and CBS after the host made sexist and racist comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team last week....
3/30/2007 Keroack Resigns From Title X Post Following Legal Problems
Eric Keroack, who was appointed assistant secretary of the Health and Human Services Department by President Bush last November, announced yesterday that he will resign from his position....
2/1/2007 Trials on HIV Microbicide Gels Halted
Two full-scale trials on topical microbicides that were designed to prevent HIV infection during sexual intercourse have been stopped, due to safety reasons....
1/22/2007 Today Marks 34th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
On this day in 1973, the US Supreme Court handed down the decision that gave women the right to a legal abortion....
1/12/2007 Harvard Considers Two Women for Next President
Harvard University is considering two women in its "short list" of fewer than 10 candidates for its next president, the Boston Globe reports....
1/2/2007 Members of Congress Call for Removal of Keroack
A group of 110 members of Congress, including three Republicans, sent a letter to President Bush at the end of December calling for the removal of Eric Keroack from his position as assistant secretary of the Office of Population Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)....
11/29/2006 HHS Defends Keroack Appointment Despite Opposition
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is defending the appointment of Eric Keroack to the post of Deputy Assistant Secretary even though 21 members of Congress and many women�s rights groups have written to HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt opposing the decision....
11/21/2006 DC Mayor-Elect Names Woman as New Police Chief
Washington, DC Mayor-Elect Adrian Fenty has asked Cathy Lanier to head the DC Metropolitan Police Department (DCMPD) police force, making her the first permanent female chief....
11/17/2006 Birth Control Opponent Appointed to Chief of Federal Family Planning Department
Anti-choice, anti-birth control advocate Eric Keroack was appointed chief of family-planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by President Bush yesterday....
11/10/2006 WHO Names Woman Physician as Director-General
The World Health Organization (WHO) appointed Margaret Chan, a doctor from China, to the Director-general position on Wednesday....
8/2/2006 Survey Finds FDA Lacks Independence from Outside Pressures
A survey conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that scientists at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) feel that their work is subject to outside pressures, both political and commercial, and that these pressures influence agency conclusions for the public....
5/31/2006 Afghan Parliament Rejects Conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice
Afghanistan's parliament rejected with a vote of 117 to 77 President Hamid Karzai's reappointment of an extreme conservative for chief justice of the Supreme Court....
5/5/2006 UK Has First Female Foreign Secretary
The United Kingdom's Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has appointed Margaret Beckett to replace Jack Straw as Foreign Secretary....
4/25/2006 New Cabinet in Afghanistan Includes No Women
Afghan President Hamid Karzai's new cabinet currently includes no women....
4/5/2006 Katie Couric Makes History
Katie Couric will leave the Today Show after 15 successful years - more than ten of them as number one in the ratings - to become the sole anchor and managing editor of what will become "The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric"....
3/14/2006 New Jersey Teacher to Become Liberia's First Female Chief of Police
Beatrice Munah Sieh, a 48-year-old native of Liberia, will soon become the African country's first female police chief under newly elected President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female head of state....
3/9/2006 Women's Groups Criticize UN's Commitment to Gender Equality
In an open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the UN's member states, women from more than 50 countries and dozens of NGOs expressed their disappointment that the United Nations has not placed more of an emphasis on women's equality....
1/9/2006 A Serious Juncture on the March for Women's Equality
Washington, DC -- With the confirmation hearings for Samuel Alito beginning on Capitol Hill today, generations of progress on women's rights is at stake....
1/9/2006 Alito Hearings Begin; Women Lawyers Rate Alito 'Not Qualified'
As the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito begin, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) gave Alito a "not qualified" rating....
1/5/2006 Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Sauerbrey Despite Women's Protests
Yesterday, President Bush made a recess appointment of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, circumventing Congressional opposition to her appointment....
1/5/2006 Another Unqualified Crony" Appointment Bypasses Congress
ANOTHER UNQUALIFIED CRONY APPOINTMENT BYPASSES CONGRESS INTERNATIONAL POPULATION AND REFUGEE PROGRAMS JEOPARDIZED New York and Washington, DC, January 5, 2006 - Exercising his prerogative to act without Senate confirmation when Congress is not in session, President Bush has appointed Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Refugees, Population, and Migration to serve until the end of 2006....
1/4/2006 Students from 35 States Come to Washington, DC to Stop Alito
Students from 35 States Come to Washington, DC to Stop Alito Feminist Majority Foundation Announces Freedom Winter '06 WASHINGTON, DC - Today the Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint national campaign to block the confirmation of Samuel Alito because of the serious threat he poses to the future of women's rights and civil rights....
1/4/2006 Womens Rights Groups Announce Joint Campaign to Block Alito
The Feminist Majority Foundation, with the National Organization for Women and the National Congress of Black Women, today announced Freedom Winter '06, part of a joint campaign to stop the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito....
12/1/2005 Alito Memorandum Demonstrates Hostility to Women's Reproductive Rights
Unquestionable evidence of Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito's efforts to undercut women's reproductive rights surfaced yesterday in a memorandum he wrote while serving in the Reagan Justice Department....
11/21/2005 FDA Appoints New Head of Office of Women's Health
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced its appointment of Kathleen Uhl, MD, to serve as director of the Office of Women's Health....
11/2/2005 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Delays Vote on Bush Nominee Sauerbrey
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has delayed its vote on the nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration at the request of Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and after ten women's rights and health organizations announced their opposition....
10/28/2005 Americans Still Want Woman Nominee to Supreme Court
A poll conducted after Harriet Miers announced her withdrawal from consideration as a Supreme Court nominee found that 59 percent of Americans still feel it is important for a woman to fill Sandra Day OConnors seat on the Supreme Court....
10/27/2005 Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Withdrawal of Harriet Miers
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority October 27, 2005 The withdrawal of Harriet Miers illustrates how much is at stake in the appointment and confirmation of the Supreme Court Justice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor, the decisive vote on issues of grave concern to American people, especially women. The public, on all sides of the political spectrum, was demanding more information on her judicial philosophy and her performance within the White House....
10/27/2005 Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Withdrawal of Harriet Miers
Statement of Eleanor Smeal President, Feminist Majority The withdrawal of Harriet Miers illustrates how much is at stake in the appointment and confirmation of the Supreme Court Justice to replace Sandra Day OConnor, the decisive vote on issues of grave concern to American people, especially women. The public, on all sides of the political spectrum, was demanding more information on her judicial philosophy and her performance within the White House....
10/26/2005 Senators on Foreign Relations Committee Press Nominee Sauerbrey on Her Record
Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing yesterday to consider Ellen Sauerbrey, President Bush's nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration....
10/19/2005 Miers' 1989 Questionnaire on Abortion Reveals Extreme Anti-Abortion View
A 1989 Texans for Life questionnaire released yesterday made clear that Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers is extremely opposed to abortion....
10/18/2005 Evidence of Miers' Anti-Choice Stance Grows
On a 1989 questionnaire, Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers supported an extreme proposed US Constitutional ban on abortions, and she continues to avoid taking a stand on the issue of privacy in the Constitution....
10/5/2005 Miers Widely Reported to be Opposed to Abortion
Friends and colleagues of Harriet Miers, President Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, are widely quoted in the press today confirming that Miers is opposed to abortion....
10/3/2005 Harriet Miers Nominated to Fill Justice OConnor's Supreme Court Seat
President Bush today nominated White House Counsel Harriet Miers to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by Sandra Day O'Connor....
9/21/2005 FDA Does Damage Control, Naming New Head of Women's Health
Women's groups reported in shock last week that Norris Alderson, PhD, a specialist in veterinary medicine, had been appointed to replace Susan Wood as acting director of the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health....
9/14/2005 Roberts Ducks Questions on Reproductive Rights
On the first full day of questioning by Senators, John Roberts avoided answering questions about whether he would uphold a woman's right to choose abortion as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court....
8/29/2005 Iraq Constitution 'Big Disappointment' for Women
Iraq's draft constitution was finalized on Sunday and will be sent to voters for a nationwide referendum to be held in six weeks....
8/1/2005 Bush Installs Bolton as UN Ambassador in Recess Appointment
President Bush appointed John Bolton as the US Ambassador to the United Nations today, bypassing the Senate....
7/29/2005 Inaccuracy Confirmed in Bolton's Answers to the Senate
During his confirmation process, John Bolton, Bush's nominee to be the United States ambassador to the United Nations, inaccurately stated in a questionnaire that he had not been interviewed as part of any administrative investigation within the last five years....
7/29/2005 Women Senators: Roberts Must Disclose View on Abortion, Launch Website
Seven Democratic women Senators announced at a press conference yesterday that they will insist Supreme Court justice nominee John Roberts respond to questions about his position on abortion....
7/21/2005 First Woman Conductor Appointed to Major American Orchestra
In an important advancement for women conductors and musicians, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra appointed Marin Alsop to the post of music director this week....
7/5/2005 Women Still Underrepresented on the Federal Bench
When Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed as the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981, there were only 48 women among the 700 active federal judges (6 percent)....
6/24/2005 Public Broadcasting Funds Restored, Right-Wing President Named to CPB
The US House of Representatives voted 284-140 yesterday to reject a proposed $100 million cut to federal funding for public television and radio stations, with 80 Republicans voting against the cut....
6/24/2005 First Female Deputy President Appointed in South Africa
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has just been appointed by South African President Thabo Mbeki to be South Africa's first female deputy president, the highest political position held by a woman in the country's history....
6/21/2005 Kuwait's First Woman Minister Sworn in Amidst Protest and Praise
Kuwait's first woman cabinet minister, Massouma al-Mubarak, officially took office on Monday despite protests from conservative and Islamic Members of Parliament (MPs)....
6/13/2005 First Woman Minister Appointed to Cabinet in Kuwait
Kuwait named its first woman cabinet minister yesterday, the latest in a series of advancements for women's rights in Kuwait....
6/7/2005 Two Women Appointed to Office in Kuwait
Further advancing women's political involvement in Kuwait, two women have been appointed to the sixteen-member Municipal Council, which focuses on civil planning and social services....
6/6/2005 Afghan Women Still Suffer Violence, Abuse
Women in Afghanistan still face violence and abuse both within their families and at the hands of the police or judicial system, according to a new report from Amnesty International....
5/12/2005 Evangelical Doctor May Have Influenced Decision on Emergency Contraception
A controversial Bush appointment to an important Food and Drug Administration advisory panel may have inordinately influenced the FDA's decision on over-the-counter status for emergency contraception (EC)....
4/26/2005 Nigerian President Approves First Female Supreme Court Judge
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed the appointment of the first female justice of the Supreme Court, Justice Aloma Mukhtar....
4/25/2005 Republicans Reach to the Far-Right for Support on Nuclear Option
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) appeared on "Justice Sunday: Stopping the Filibuster Against People of Faith," an evangelical broadcast to fundamentalist churches across the nation on Sunday to garner support for a rule change in the Senate that would eliminate the use of filibusters against judicial nominees....
4/21/2005 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Right-Wing Judicial Nominees
The Senate Judiciary Committee today on identical party-line votes approved two extreme right-wing Bush nominees to the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, sending them to the full Senate....
4/11/2005 McCain Opposes So-Called
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said this weekend on CBS Face the Nation that he opposes ending the use of the filibuster on judicial nominees....
4/6/2005 Reid, Progressive Leaders Rally at Supreme Court
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and womens rights, civil rights, and other progressive leaders and activists rallied at the Supreme Court today to protest the so-called "nuclear option." The "nuclear option" would change the rules of the Senate to prevent filibusters on judicial nominees - including Supreme Court nominees - by requiring only a simple 51-vote majority to close debate and move to a vote on the judges....
3/11/2005 Doris Matsui Wins Race to Fill Late Husband's Congressional Seat
Doris Matsui was sworn into the House of Representatives on Thursday after winning a race to fill the seat of her husband, former Representative Robert Matsui (D-CA), who died in January....
3/11/2005 Senate Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Controversial Judicial Nominee
Thomas Griffith, nominated to a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, faced the Senate Judiciary Committee in a confirmation hearing on Tuesday....
3/9/2005 First Woman Appointed Governor in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's first female provincial governor was appointed by President Hamid Karzai last week....
2/24/2005 Supreme Court Refuses to Reconsider Abortion Rights Decision
On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from Norma McCorvey, also known as Jane Roe, to overturn the landmark case she won in 1973 that legalized abortion....
2/24/2005 Top UN Refugee Official Charged For Sexual Harassment
A top United Nations official resigned his post after a report detailing a pattern of sexual harassment against his female employees was released by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services....
2/15/2005 Karzai to Appoint First Female Governor in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai will appoint a female provincial governor for the first time in Afghanistan's history....
1/11/2005 Cause of Olympia Abortion Clinic Fire Deemed Arson
An early Sunday morning fire at the Eastside Women's Health Clinic in Olympia, Washington was intentionally set according to local police and federal investigators from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)....
1/7/2005 Abortion Opponent to Serve as Bush's Domestic Policy Advisor
President Bush announced that he has appointed Claude Allen, who served as an aide to former Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, to be his new domestic policy advisor....
12/21/2004 Republicans Pick Anti-Abortion Senators for Senate Judiciary Committee
The Republican leadership has selected Senator-elect Tom Coburn (R-OK), an advocate of the death penalty for doctors who perform abortions, and Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), another strong opponent of abortion rights, to sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee....
12/9/2004 Pickering to Step Down from Appeals Court
A controversial judge appointed to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals announced that he would step down from the bench when Congress adjourns....
10/27/2004 Supreme Court and Abortion
Chief Justice William Rehnquist's illness underscores the importance of the presidential election in shaping the US Supreme Court....
10/22/2004 Feminist Leader, Actor Urge Students to Get Out Her Vote
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, and Amy Brenneman, star of television's "Judging Amy," urged students at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee to register and vote on November 2....
8/2/2004 Women Can Be Convicted of Homicide for Risky Behavior during Pregnancy
After Regina McKnight delivered a stillborn baby in 2001, prosecutors speciously linked the babys death with McKnight's cocaine use and promptly convicted her of homicide a conviction that American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys are seeking to overturn....
7/28/2004 Democratic Party Falls Short of Representing Women at Convention in Boston
Women politicians have been noticeably underrepresented this week at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, with opportunities to speak or fulfill ceremonial duties given mostly to men....
7/23/2004 US Withdrawal of UNFPA Funding Constrains Programs in Uzbekistan
A United Nations Population Fund official expressed her disappointment regarding the Bush Administration's withdrawal of another $34 million for the UNFPA last week....
7/9/2004 Global Health Crisis for Women: Spread of HIV at Alarming Rate
The United Nations has issued a report warning that there is a global health crisis among women as a result of the significant rise of HIV/AIDS infections....
7/2/2004 Senate to Vote on Extreme Anti-Choice Judicial Nominee
The Senate has scheduled a vote for Tuesday on the confirmation of James Leon Holmes to the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas....
6/25/2004 Far-Right Nominee Confirmed Bringing Total to 197
Yesterday, the Senate voted 70-27 to confirm far-right Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes to the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals bringing the total number of federal judicial nominees confirmed during Bush's term to 197....
6/22/2004 Court Rules in Favor of AZ Abortion Clinics on Privacy Rights Issue
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that legislation requiring Arizona abortion clinics to release uncensored patient files and to submit to searches without a warrant is an unconstitutional violation of privacy....
6/15/2004 Man Sued for Fake Abortion Referral Service
The Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on Monday accusing a Louisiana man named William Graham of falsely advertising his business as a referral service for women seeking abortions....
5/24/2004 FL: First African-American Woman Confirmed on Federal Bench
In a first for Florida, an African-American woman has been confirmed to serve on a federal district court....
5/19/2004 Senate Democrats, White House Reach Deal on Judicial Nominees
Senate Democrats and the White House announced a deal on Tuesday that will allow 25 federal court nominees to receive votes in the full Senate....
5/6/2004 Media Analysts Find Biased Coverage of March for Women's Lives
The media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) found media coverage of the March for Women's Lives was light despite record numbers of attendees....
2/23/2004 Bush Makes Second Recess Appointment of Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
For the second time this year, President Bush bypassed the Senate by appointing a filibustered judicial nominee while Congress was in recess....
1/22/2004 Asian Woman Nominated for San Francisco Interim Police Chief
Yesterday, the San Francisco Police Commission voted unanimously to nominate Assistant Police Chief Heather Fong as the city's Interim Police Chief....
1/20/2004 Bush Makes Recess Appointment of Filibustered Judge
Bypassing the constitutionally required review of the Senate, President Bush on Friday installed embattled right-wing judge Charles Pickering to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as a recess appointment....
1/5/2004 Afghan Women Win Victories in New Constitution
However, Rights Still At Risk From Extremist Judicial Interpretations and Lack of Security Women Loya Jirga delegates and women's rights and human rights advocates won several important concessions in the new Afghan constitution adopted on January 4 following a three-week constitutional assembly in Kabul. The new constitution contains explicit recognition of equal rights for women and men, which was lacking in the draft proposed before the Loya Jirga....
12/18/2003 Afghan Woman Loya Jirga Delegate Under UN Protection
Facing threats after she spoke out the appointment of mujahideen commanders to committee chair positions at Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, Malalai Joya, a delegate from Farah Province, was placed under United Nations' protection....
11/14/2003 Feminist Majority Supports Filibusters of Anti-Women Nominees
WASHINGTON, D.C....
11/14/2003 Women's Rights Leaders Support Current Judicial Filibusters
Women's rights leaders joined women Senators and Senator Tom Daschle (D-ND) today at a press conference at the Capitol supporting current filibusters against anti-women nominees....
11/13/2003 Iraqi Women Leaders Call For More Participation, Increased Security
Iraqi women leaders from Iraq's Governing Council, the Baghdad City Advisory Council and women-led Iraqi organizations called for an increased role for women in the rebuilding of a democracy in Iraq and in its reconstruction....
11/7/2003 Senate Committee Approves Right-Wing Judicial Nominee
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to approve the nomination of Janice Rogers Brown to the DC Circuit....
8/19/2003 Groups Granted Motion in Mentally Disabled FL Rape Case
In what is becoming an increasingly moot point for the severely disabled, pregnant 22-year-old woman who was raped while in state custody and due to give birth later this month, Florida's 5th District Court of Appeals last week granted an emergency motion, giving abortion-rights and civil rights groups "friends of the court" status in an appeal involving Jennifer Wixtrom, who seeks guardianship of the woman's fetus and the state Department of Children and Families (DCF)....
7/25/2003 Report Released on Boston Priest Sex Scandal
The Massachusetts Attorney General's report on the extensive 16-month investigation of the embattled Archdiocese of Boston was released to the public yesterday....
7/21/2003 Boston Church Officials to Escape Criminal Charges
Concluding an extensive 16-month investigation of the embattled Archdiocese of Boston, the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly revealed this week that criminal charges would not be filed against Cardinal Bernard Law and other church officials for failing to protect children from sexually abusive priests....
7/21/2003 Senate Committee Approves Funding Earmarks for Afghan Women
The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved an $18.2 billion FY 2004 Foreign Operations package, which included $600 million for humanitarian and reconstruction assistance in Afghanistan....
7/14/2003 Three Women Named to Iraq's Governing Council
A 25-member "governing council" made up of Iraqis that will share power with US occupation leaders was announced this weekend....
7/10/2003 Judiciary Committee Postpones Vote on Far-Right Extremist Nominee
In a move demonstrating discord over his nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a vote scheduled for today on the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals....
7/9/2003 Senate Committee to Vote on Pryor Tomorrow
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow morning on the nomination of far-right extremist William Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals....
7/7/2003 Peru's President Appoints a Woman Prime Minister
Alejandro Toledo, Peru's president, appointed a female prime minister for the first time in Peru's history....
7/2/2003 Texas Legislature Pushes Conservative, Anti-Choice Agenda
In the final days of the Texas legislative session, Governor Rick Perry and the Republican-controlled legislature have restricted Texan women's reproductive freedom by signing into law two new bills that seek to limit access to abortion....
7/1/2003 Sex Assault Expert Appointed to Air Force Academy Panel
The Pentagon on Thursday appointed a sexual assault expert to a panel investigating the recent rape scandal at the Air Force Academy....
6/26/2003 Veteran Woman Police Officer Claims Gender Discrimination
A 25-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police and the first woman to be promoted to major in the state has filed a suit claiming she was the victim of sex discrimination....
6/18/2003 Senate Cmte. May Vote Tomorrow on Pryor
The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on President Bush's nomination of Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor to the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit....
6/9/2003 New Air Force Academy Policy Nixes Victim Confidentiality
Altering its position held earlier this spring, the US Air Force Academy this weekend unveiled a new sexual assault policy that rejects the confidentiality of victims reporting assault....
6/3/2003 AZ Bishop Gets Immunity in Priest Sex Abuse Scandal
Threatened with criminal indictment for concealing pedophilic priests, Bishop Thomas O'Brien of the Diocese of Phoenix signed an agreement early last month, securing his own immunity from prosecution....
5/15/2003 First Woman Minister Appointed in Qatar
The first female minister in Qatar, Sheikha Ahmad Al-Mahmoud, took office last week as the Minister of Education....
5/1/2003 Feminist Majority Supports Owen Filibuster
WASHINGTON, DC The Feminist Majority commends Senate Democrats for holding strong on a filibuster against Priscilla Owen, President Bushs judicial nominee to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
4/30/2003 Senate Confirms Jeffrey Sutton Amid Outcry from Rights Groups
By a vote of 52-41, the Senate confirmed the nomination Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday....
4/29/2003 JMU Students Fight for Access to Emergency Contraception
Nearly 3,000 students demanded that James Madison University's Board of Visitors reverse their decision to stop the student health center from dispensing emergency contraception....
4/16/2003 Finland Is First in Europe With Female PM and President
With the appointment yesterday of a female prime minister, Finland became the first European country to have women heading both the prime ministry and presidency....
4/10/2003 Harvard Law Appoints First Female Dean
Harvard University announced last Thursday that Elena Kagan would become the next Dean of Harvard Law School (HLS), making her the first female dean at the 186-year-old school....
4/2/2003 Democrats Maintain Estrada Filibuster, Senate Passes Tymkovich
Senate Democrats defeated the fourth cloture vote today with a vote of 55-44, maintaining a two-month filibuster against Miguel Estrada....
3/28/2003 Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Approved by Senate Committee
The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved by a 10-9 partly-line vote the nomination of anti-women Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
3/27/2003 Ms. Magazine Grows, Names New Editor
One year after Ms....
3/18/2003 Democrats Block Estrada Cloture Votes, Senate Confirms Bybee
In their continued efforts to stack the federal courts with conservative judges, Republicans held a third cloture vote today on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered to be the second most influential court in the nation....
3/6/2003 Democrats Win Vote Against Bushs Court Stacking Plan
Democrats defeated a motion by Senate Republicans to end the filibuster against Miguel Estrada today by amassing 44 votes to continue the debate....
3/5/2003 Senate Republicans File for Cloture to End Estrada Filibuster
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) filed for cloture yesterday afternoon to cut off debate on the nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
2/11/2003 Debate on Estrada Continues; Action Possible Today
With action anticipated sometime today, debate heated up on the floor of the US Senate over President Bushs nomination of Miguel Estrada to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals....
1/24/2003 Presidential AIDS Council Appointee Declines Position
The Bush administrations selection of right wing, homophobic, religious extremist Jerry Thacker to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS (PACHA) stirred intense controversy Thursday, prompting Thacker to ultimately decline the appointment, reported the Washington Post....
1/14/2003 Bush Administrations Affront to Science and Health Receives Wide Criticism
The Bush Administration has received widespread criticism in the last few months for its series of attacks on science and health both in the United States and abroad....
1/9/2003 Democrats Vow To Filibuster Anti-Women Judicial Nominee
Led by Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), Democrats vowed to filibuster President Bushs renomination of anti-women, anti-civil rights Judge Charles Pickering to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit....
1/7/2003 Administration Continues Infusing Science with Ideology
In its continued efforts to infuse science and medicine with conservative ideology, the Bush administration last Friday appointed 11 members to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretarys Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP)....
1/5/2003 Democrats Uphold Filibuster Against Owen
With a vote of 52-44, Senate Democrats upheld a filibuster today on President Bush's nomination of Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and launched the latest fight against Bush's campaign to pack the courts with right wing judges....
11/27/2002 Cardinal Law Finally Meets with Catholic Lay Group
Nearly a year after its inception last January, Catholic lay group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) finally won a meeting with Cardinal Bernard Law on Tuesday....
11/26/2002 HIV/AIDS Panel: For Bush, Ideology Trumps Medicine and Science
Conservative ideologues will likely replace seven of the eight Clinton-appointed panelists on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) when their terms end this January, according to the Washington Blade....
11/20/2002 Another Anti-Abortion Judicial Nominee Approved by Senate
Despite continued opposition from the Feminist Majority and other womens rights and civil rights groups, Dennis Shedd, President Bushs nominee for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed 55 to 44 by the US Senate yesterday....
11/14/2002 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Anti-Women Nominees
In an attempt by Democrats to ease relations with Republicans in the last days before control of the Senate shifts to the right, the US Senate Judiciary Committee approved two of President Bushs anti-womens rights, anti-civil rights judicial nominees today....
11/13/2002 Judiciary Committee to Consider Two Anti-Women Nominees Tomorrow
Two appellate court nominees opposed by the Feminist Majority and a wide range of womens rights and civil rights groups are scheduled to be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the New York Times reported today....
10/31/2002 Bush Proposes Short Deadlines for Judicial Confirmations
President George Bush announced a proposal yesterday to speed up the judicial confirmation process in his most recent attempt to pressure the Senate into rubber-stamping his judicial nominations to the federal courts....
10/23/2002 House Democrats Criticize HHS for Right-Wing Agenda
A group of 12 House Democrats sent a letter on Monday to Tommy Thompson, Health and Human Services Secretary, expressing their concern that the Bush Administration is putting its ideology over the findings of science, according to the Washington Post....
10/17/2002 Womens Groups and Members of Congress Hold News Conference Opposing FDA Nominee
The Feminist Majority Foundation joined six groups and several members of Congress, including Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) at a press conference yesterday opposing the administrations pending appointment of David Hager to the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee....
10/17/2002 Tight Senate Races Hold Key to Balance of Power
With the current Senate at only a one-vote majority for the Democratic Party, the mid-term elections on November 5 are seen as crucial by both liberals and conservatives alike....
10/14/2002 Sexual Abuse Groups Prohibited from Meeting on Church Grounds
In continued efforts to quell the sex-abuse controversy, the Archdiocese of Boston now prohibits new chapters of the Catholic lay group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) from meeting on church property....
10/7/2002 Bush Administration Considers Anti-Abortion Nominee for Crucial FDA Post
The Bush Administration plans to appoint a heavily religious and anti-choice doctor to head the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee, according to Time magazine....
10/1/2002 Womens Rights, Civil Rights, Workers Rights Groups Oppose Latest Far-Right Judicial Nominee
The Feminist Majority joined several civil rights, womens rights and workers rights groups in a press conference today denouncing President Bushs nomination of Judge Dennis Shedd to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals....
9/5/2002 Ashcroft Appoints VAWA Opponent to Violence Against Women Committee
Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Nancy Pfotenhauer, president and CEO of the notoriously conservative International Womens Forum (IWF), to the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women....
8/23/2002 NY Police Department Improves Under Monitor’s Supervision
According to a federal monitor, the previously problematic Wallkill, New York Police Department has benefited from the guidance of federal supervision and has significantly improved its community relations....
8/23/2002 Shocking Promotion for PA State Police Captain
In a shocking and ironic move, the Pennsylvania State Police has promoted Captain Thomas LaCrosse to the position of Commander of their “Early Intervention Program” which works to identify problematic state police personnel, and to intervene in order to prevent criminal activity or abuse of power....
8/19/2002 Religious Extremist Appointed to Head Already Troubled Child Welfare Agency in Florida
Governor Jeb Bush of Florida appointed Jerry Regier, founder of the anti-abortion, anti-women Family Research Council, as head of the states Department of Children and Families, according to the New York Times....
8/1/2002 Senate Confirms Bush Nominee to US Appeals Court
After a partisan battle, the Senate confirmed the judicial appointment of D....
7/29/2002 Sexual Abuse Victims Disappointed with Pope's Statement
Advocates for victims of sexually abusive priests expressed disappointment Sunday following Pope John Paul IIs address to an audience of 800,000 people at World Youth Day in Toronto....
7/25/2002 Pope Refuses To Visit With Sexual Abuse Victims
Pope Refuses To Visit With Sexual Abuse Victims Pope John Paul II rejected a request to meet with survivors of sexual abuse by priests during his current tour of Canada for the Roman Catholic Churchs World Youth Day....
7/12/2002 South Korea Welcomes First Woman Prime Minister
South Korean President Kim Dae-jung appointed the countrys first woman prime minister Thursday in a reorganization said to be an attempt to revive the governments image....
6/27/2002 Womens Affairs Minister Appointed in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai officially appointed Habiba Sorabi as minister for womens affairs today, replacing Dr....
6/24/2002 Afghanistan President Names New Womens Affairs Minister
Mahboba Hoqooqmal was appointed as the Minister of Women Affairs in Afghanistan today....
6/18/2002 Afghan Legislature Will Include Minimum of 15 Seats for Women
Afghanistans new legislature will include at least 15 seats reserved for women, according to a proposed plan by newly-elected President Hamid Karzai....
6/17/2002 Recent Spate of Violence Could Push Aid Organizations out of Afghanistan
Reports of violence in northern Afghanistan, including the gang rape of a female international aid worker, have raised further concerns about security in the war-torn nation with several international groups threatening to leave the country....
6/17/2002 US Conservative Groups Join Forces with Repressive Islamic Regimes
Conservative US Christian organizations have joined forces with the most unlikely of allies fundamentalist Islamic governments....
6/17/2002 US Bishops Approve Sex Abuse Policy
Of the 252 bishops at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in Dallas, 239 nixed a zero tolerance policy Friday and opted instead to adopt a policy that merely removes abusive priests from ministry....
6/11/2002 Afghan Women Delegates Call for More Women in Cabinet
Several women delegates to the loya jirga addressed both male and female delegates Monday to demand womens rights in Afghanistan....
6/10/2002 Women Will Be 13 Percent of Loya Jirga Delegates
When the loya jirga opens on June 11, some 200 women will participate as delegates....
5/23/2002 Veteran Woman Officer Named as Chief of the Metro Transit Police
Polly Hanson, a 21-year veteran of Metro Transit Police in Washington, D.C., broke a glass ceiling for women today with the announcement that she will become her department’s first woman chief on July 1st....
5/1/2002 Mother Jones Profiles Unsolved Murders of Women in Juarez
In the May/June issue of Mother Jones, Evelyn Nieves takes an in depth look at the murdered women of Juarez, Mexico and the womens rights groups that are pressuring the Mexican government to find the killer(s) responsible for the deaths of nearly 270 women in this border city, across from El Paso, Texas, since 1993....
4/23/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Convicted of Murder
Cheers from the court gallery erupted when a Supreme Court jury in Melbourne, Australia convicted anti-abortion extremist Peter Knight of murder on Tuesday....
4/16/2002 Suspect in Anti-Abortion Murder May Have Planned More Killings
Peter James Knight, charged with the July murder of a security guard at Fertility Control Clinic in East Melbourne, Australia, may have intended to use more deadly force in his campaign to use violence to end abortion....
4/1/2002 Bush Names Affirmative Action Opponent to Civil Rights Post
Fearing a possible defeat for his nominee in committee, President Bush used his power to make appointments during Congressional recesses to name Gerald A....
3/29/2002 Bush Announces Continued Push for Conservative Judges
While raising money for the Republican Party and various Republican candidates for Senate seats, President Bush announced his resolve to push for conservative judges to the federal courts....
3/20/2002 Bush Administration to Seek More Reactionary Judges
Senior Advisor to the President Karl Rove gave a speech in front of the conservative Family Research Council last week strongly suggesting the presidents intention to send more reactionary judicial nominees to the Senate for confirmation to the federal courts....
3/19/2002 British Company to Distribute EC Free
Women under 20-years old in western England will be able to obtain emergency contraception (EC) for free at Tesco, a British supermarket chain....
3/19/2002 UN Human Rights Official to Step Down in September
Mary Robinson announced that she will not seek another term as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and will instead vacate the office when her appointment ends in September....
1/23/2002 Abortion Rights Supporters Call for Vigilance in Protecting Roe
Hundreds of abortion rights supporters gathered in front of the U.S....
1/22/2002 One Million Voices Campaign Begins
One Million Voices, a week of reproductive rights activism to raise awareness of the threat to legal abortion in the United States, begins today in states across the nation....
12/18/2001 President Could Appoint Ultra-Conservative Nominees
Officials in the Bush Administration confided to the Associated Press that President Bush may act to appoint Eugene Scalia and Otto Reich to their respective posts in the Department of Labor and the State Department during Congress recess....
11/15/2001 Catholic Bishops Revive Effort to Overturn Abortion Rights
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (UCCB) released its second revision of the Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, first adopted in 1975, only two years after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v....
9/4/2001 Anti-Abortion Groups Launch Campaign Aimed at U.S. Supreme Court
A coalition of 26 anti-abortion groups announced plans today to launch a $2 million campaign to pressure President Bush and the U.S....
8/15/2001 Update: MA Gov. Back from Maternity Leave
Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift returned from maternity leave this week....
8/9/2001 Dems Say Ashcroft Hypocritical on Judicial Nominations
While Attorney General John Ashcroft has accused Democrats of foot-dragging on Bush's judicial nominations, Democrats maintain that Republicans blocked judicial appointments under Clinton and even questioned the need to appoint more judges....
7/30/2001 No Justice, No Peace
On May 9, George W....
7/9/2001 Nominations of Women, People of Color, Decreasing Under Bush Presidency
Recent studies by Knight Ridder and the Brookings Institution show the percentage of women nominated to high level positions decreasing sharply in recent months....
7/2/2001 NOW Elects New National Officers
The National Organization for Women (NOW) elected new national officers during its weekend conference in Philadelphia....
5/25/2001 Olson Vote Proves Dems Have the Votes to Sustain Filibuster
Senator James Jeffords party switch to become Independent overshadowed the Senate vote on Ted Olson, who was confirmed as U.S....
5/18/2001 ...now what?
One thing that George W....
5/14/2001 Albright Honored as Democratic Woman of the Year
Last weekend, the Womans National Democratic Club awarded former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with the Democratic Woman of the Year Award....
5/1/2001 ...now what?
One thing that George W....
4/16/2001 First Woman, Black Peace Corps Director Dies
Carolyn Payton, the first woman and black director of the Peace Corps volunteer agency, died in her home last weekend at the age of 75....
4/13/2001 ...now what?
One thing that George W....
4/9/2001 Women Senators Fight for Democratic Role in Judicial Appointments
Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) took on Representative Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) and White House counsel Alberto Gonzales this week in a fight over control of the judicial appointment process in Washington state....
3/30/2001 Save Roe Campaign Launched
With the installation of an anti-abortion president, women's rights and reproductive rights groups are gearing up for what could be the most important fight for women's rights in several decades....
3/30/2001 Divisive Ashcroft Vote Sends Strong Message
The nomination of John Ashcroft for U.S....
3/22/2001 Leadership Alliances Come Together for FMF Mid-Atlantic Region Training
On a campus where the Student Health Center does not provide birth control, the MERCER UNIVERSITY Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance is making quite an impact with students! Leadership Alliance activists have distributed 500 condoms on campus and in the process have educated their peers about the lack of access to contraception on campus....
3/16/2001 Rock For Choice Concert to Save Roe v. Wade
Etheridge, McLachlan and Other Top Women in Music Unite to Send Message WE WONT GO BACK! What: First ever all-women Rock for Choice Show to benefit the Feminist Majoritys Campaign to Save Roe v....
3/5/2001 How a Gag Gift Became a National Campaign
What began as a proposal for a presidential gag gift has snowballed into a campaign that raised more than half a million dollars for family planning group Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In her January 26 column for the Los Angeles Times, writer Patt Morrison decried George W....
3/5/2001 Leadership Alliances Nationwide Celebrate Women's History Month
Leadership Alliances nationwide are planning major events to celebrate the achievements of feminists and the womens movement....
2/2/2001 Major Gender Gap in Aschroft Vote
The vote to confirm Ashcroft's appointment as Attorney General revealed a significant gender gap within the Senate, with the majority of men in the Senate supporting Ashcroft and the overwhelming majority of women in the Senate opposing him....
2/1/2001 Democrats Voice Strong Opposition to Ashcroft
In over 15 hours of debate, many Democratic senators have announced their firm opposition Senator John Ashcrofts nomination for the position of Attorney General, citing his record of anti-woman, anti-abortion, anti-civil rights, and anti-lesbian and gay stances....
2/1/2001 DIVISIVE ASHCROFT VOTE SENDS STRONG MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT BUSH
Statement by Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal This historic vote on John Ashcroft for U.S....
1/31/2001 Medical Abortion Vulnerable to Fast-Track Removal from Market
By insisting on heavy regulation of the distribution of Mifeprex, the medical abortion pill, the FDA may have made it more vulnerable to anti-abortion forces....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part I
"A good executive is one that understands how to recruit people and how to delegate." So declared George W....
1/31/2001 Bush's Picks: A Cabinet that looks like Radical Right America - Part IV
Although union officials are not as opposed to Bush II's second labor secretary nominee as they were to Linda Chavez, Chao merits scrutiny from progressives....
1/30/2001 Leahy, Clinton To Vote Against Ashcroft
Ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-VT) heightened pressure on Senate Democrats yesterday when he officially announced that he will vote against the confirmation of John Ashcroft for U.S....
1/26/2001 Hormels Statement Reveals Another Ashcroft Contradiction
On Thursday, James C....
1/25/2001 Ashcroft Accused of Anti-Gay Bias in Hiring Practices
During a 1985 interview for a top position in the Missouri State Cabinet, Sen....
1/25/2001 George W. Bush: Making Women
After a campaign where he barely mentioned the word abortion, President George W....
1/24/2001 Dems Postpone Ashcroft Vote
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) used his power as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone the vote on John Ashcrofts nomination as Attorney General for at least a week....
1/24/2001 Feinstein Issues Dramatic Statement Opposing Ashcroft
At the senate judiciary committee meeting today, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) made a dramatic and well-documented statement outlining her reasons for opposing the appointment of John Aschcroft as U.S....
1/23/2001 Day 3: Bush Continues Attack on Women; Stop Ashcroft Campaign Gathers Steam
Anti-abortion protestors celebrated the presidency of George W....
1/17/2001 Affirmative Action Case Highlights Importance of Federal Judicial Apppointments
Yesterday, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit struck down a federal affirmative action measure designed to increase job opportunities for women and minorities in the broadcasting industry....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Over Six Million Womens Voices Blast Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
WASHINGTON, DC A strong coalition of 120 womens rights groups unite in opposition to John Aschcrofts and Tommy Thompsons nominations....
1/16/2001 Six Million Womens Voices Blast Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
A strong coalition of 120 womens rights groups unite in opposition to John Aschcrofts and Tommy Thompsons nominations....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft's Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment! 20-Year Anti-Womens Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-womens rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Democrats Focus on Womens Rights, Civil Rights in Opening Day of Ashcroft Hearing
The first session of the Senate confirmation hearing for John Ashcrofts nomination to the position of attorney general began Tuesday morning with Democratic leaders coming out strong against Ashcrofts anti-choice, anti-civil rights, and anti-woman record....
1/12/2001 National Womens Groups Oppose Ashcroft, Thompson Nominations
A non-partisan network of over 120 organizations representing more than six million women announce their opposition to the nominations of John Ashcroft as Attorney General and Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
1/12/2001 National Women's Groups Fight Ashcroft and Thompson Nominations
MEDIA ADVISORY Non-Partisan Network of Over 120 Organizations Representing More Than Six Million Women Join to Fight Anti-Woman Nominations WHO:
Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Patricia Ireland, President, National Organization for Women Martha Burk, Chair, National Council of Women's Organizations Sheila Coates, President, Black Women United for Action Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, Executive Director, Black Leadership Forum Vicki Saporta, Executive Director, National Abortion Federation Sammie Moshenberg, Director, National Council of Jewish Women Kathy Rodgers, Executive Director, NOW LDEF Members of the National Council of Women's Organizations (NCWO)
WHAT:
PRESS CONFERENCE announcing opposition to the nominations of both John Ashcroft as Attorney General and Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
1/11/2001 Sen. Boxer is First to Voice Opposition to Ashcroft
Sen....
1/10/2001 FMF and Leadership Alliances Oppose Bush's Anti-Choice Cabinet Nominations
George W....
1/9/2001 Two Womans Rights Activists Die
Beatrice S....
1/5/2001 GOP Fails to Appoint Any Woman as House Committee Chair
Breaking from the traditional seniority-based system of appointment, House Republicans yesterday selected a slate of committee chairs that did not include even one woman....
1/3/2001 Bush Picks Right Wing Ideologue To Head Labor Dept.
Linda Chavez, President-elect George W....
1/2/2001 Civil Rights, Womens Rights Groups Will Fight Ashcrofts Confirmation
Civil, womens, and abortion rights groups are gearing up to oppose the nomination of former Senator John Ashcroft (R-MO) for US Attorney General because of his anti-woman, anti-choice positions on abortion and gun control....
12/22/2000 Ashcroft Named Attorney General: Worst Possible Choice for Womens Rights
Defeated Missouri Republican Senator John Ashcroft was nominated today by G.W....
12/21/2000 Bush Cabinet Grows; Number of Women Appointees Shrinks
Despite much talk of inclusiveness and diversity for the George W....
12/21/2000 Bush Cabinet Grows; Number of Women Appointees Shrinks
WASHINGTON, DC -- Recent appointments to the George W....
12/15/2000 Conservatives See Bush Presidency As Opportunity
Despite George W....
11/3/2000 Women Leaders Push for Appointments
On October 31, the National Council of Womens Organizations and the National Womens Political Caucus hosted a press conference to announce the Womens Appointment Project, an effort to identify, recruit, train, and support women seeking elected and appointed office. The Project sought responses from the two major party candidates in the presidential election....
10/26/2000 Is a Vote for Nader a Vote for Bush?
Supporters of Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader and left-wing Democrats are conducting a last-minute campaign in various swing states, fearing that Nader could tip the election in favor of Republican candidate George W....
10/25/2000 Clinton Stresses Elections Importance for Supreme Court
Abortion and affirmative action are just two of many progressive issues that could be debated by the US Supreme Court in the next four to eight years....
10/23/2000 Get Out Her Vote Campaign Hits Campuses Nationwide
Feminist Majority Foundation's Choices Campus Program Ignites Women's Vote WASHINGTON, D.C....
10/9/2000 Abortion Rights a Defining Issue in Clinton-Lazio Race
During the second New York Senatorial debate between Hillary Clinton and Rick Lazio, Clinton made clear her position on abortion rights and stressed the importance of a Congress, a President, and a Supreme Court that also supported this freedom....
9/19/2000 Women Athletes Claim Half of USs Olympic Medals
US women are racking up the medals in the 2000 Olympics....
9/14/2000 Abortion and RU 486 hangs in Balance of Election 2000
In addition to the possible appointment of several U.S....
8/28/2000 Woman Heads DC Police District
On Aug....
8/25/2000 Women Sweep High-Level Constitutional Posts In New Zealand
The recent appointment of former high court judge Dame Silvia Cartwright as governor general of New Zealand marks a significant victory for women, as all of the country's top constitutional posts are now held by females....
8/22/2000 Republicans Block Women and Minority Candidates from Federal Bench
President Clinton kept his promise when he vowed to put more women and minorities on the Federal bench-48 percent of Clinton's federal judge picks have been women or minorities (compared to 28 percent by George Bush and 14% by Ronald Reagan)....
8/1/2000 Republican Party Ignores Women's Protests
Women led three major protest marches over the past two days, voicing their frustration with the Republican Party and its anti-woman platform....
7/28/2000 Cheney's Record Gives Lie to Bush Campaign's "Compassionate Conservativism"
On a host of national television news talk shows this week, Republican Vice Presidential hopeful Dick Cheney attempted to justify his Congressional voting record, which proved him to be anti-gun control, anti-abortion rights, anti-education spending, and anti-ERA....
7/26/2000 Lynne Cheney: As Conservative as the VP Hopeful
Lynne Cheney has her own conservative record to back feminists' concerns about a possible Bush-Cheney White House....
7/25/2000 Poll Shows Voters Like Gore on Issues
A NY Times/CBS News Poll shows that, despite recent suggestions that voters see no distinction between Vice President Al Gore and Texas Governor George Bush, Americans recognize "pronounced differences" on how the candidates would approach certain important issues, including health care, the environment and abortion....
7/24/2000 First Black Female Judge to Serve on 9th Circuit Court
Just two days after the Congressional Black Caucus charged the Republican-controlled Senate with exhibiting racist and sexist tendencies in holding up President Clinton's minority and female judicial appointments, senators approved the first black female judge for the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals....
7/21/2000 Taliban Refuses to Lift Ban on Women Aid Workers
Despite efforts on the part of the United Nations to demand gender equity, the Taliban continues to refuse to lift a ban on women working for aid organizations even though foreign aid officials say that projects in health, education and the provision of food largely depend on women workers....
7/20/2000 Senate Demonstrates Pattern of Sexism and Racism
The Congressional Black Caucus has charged the Republican-controlled US Senate of demonstrating racist and sexist tendencies in confirming judicial appointments....
6/29/2000 Abortion Issue Catapulted To Higher Profile In The Presidential Campaign
Abortion Issue Catapulted To Higher Profile In The Presidential Campaign The razor thin (5-4) Supreme Court decision in Carhart vs....
6/12/2000 Feminists Disappointed with Lack of Progress at UN Conference
While pleased that the United Nations Beijing Plus Five Conference in New York ended with 180 nations reaching consensus on a document that reaffirmed the platform approved at the 1995 Fourth World Conference, feminist organizations, including the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), and Feminist Majority Foundation, expressed their disappointment with the failure to implement a stronger statement....
5/18/2000 Taiwanese Women in Political Power Facing Obstacles
Despite the efforts of Taiwan's newly-elected president, who has filled one quarter of the top posts in his cabinet with eight women, Annette Lu, Taiwan's newly elected Vice President, has met opposition from male politicians who expect her to remain "voiceless" in her position....
2/4/2000 Women Still Face Some Obstacles to Getting 'Morning After' Pills
One in ten women do not get the "morning after" pills they need to take within 72 hours after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy even when they call the emergency contraception hotline....
1/21/2000 Bush Reveals Opposition to Mifepristone
At an Iowa news conference, Republican presidential candidate George W....
12/28/1999 Bahrain appoints first female ambassador
Bahrain recently announced the appointment of the countrys first female ambassador....
12/10/1999 Carol Mosely-Braun Sworn in as Ambassador
Former Senator Carol Mosely-Braun was sworn in as U.S....
11/5/1999 Moseley-Braun Gets Senate Hearing
A hearing has been scheduled for Carol Moseley-Braun before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to consider her nomination to be ambassador to New Zealand....
11/4/1999 Canada's Prime Minister Appoints First Female Chief Justice
Beverley McLachlin, who has served on Canada's Supreme Court for the last decade, has been named the Chief Justice of Canada's highest court....
10/25/1999 Carol Moseley-Braun Faces Old Challenge for Ambassadorship Appointment
Former U.S....
10/20/1999 Women Win Top Spots in South Africa Police Service
For the first time in South Africas history, two women have been appointed to the rank of divisional commissioner in the countrys police service, the largest in the world....
10/19/1999 Model Speaks Out on Bulimia
Model Magali Amadei and director of the American Anorexia Bulimia Association, Claire Mysko, spoke out on CBS News This Morning about the continuing problem of anorexia and bulimia in American women....
10/14/1999 MA Names First Female Chief Justice
Justice Margaret Marshall was confirmed Wednesday as the new chief justice of Massachusetts highest court, the nations oldest appellate court....
9/21/1999 More Women Taking Leadership Roles in Arab States
This week Khadijah bint Hassan al-Lawati became the first woman ambassador named in the Arab Muslim country of Oman....
9/3/1999 Scottish Women Receive Samples of Emergency Contraceptives
Nearly 85,000 Scottish women received free emergency contraceptive kits this week as part of a Lothian Health Board initiative to reduce abortions....
8/24/1999 Afghan Women Forced Into Prostitution
The Herald Magazine recently published an article contending that "scores" of Afghan women have turned to prostitution in order to support themselves....
8/20/1999 Wisconsin Abortion Clinics Face New Mandate
A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld Wisconsin's so-called "heartbeat rule," which requires abortion clinics to offer their patients an opportunity to view an ultrasound image of the fetus or to hear the fetal heartbeat before obtaining an abortion....
6/30/1999 Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Ban in Carhart v. Stenberg
The United States Supreme Court in a razor thin 5-4 vote this morning struck down the Nebraska abortion ban....
6/7/1999 Clinton Appoints 1st Openly-Gay Ambassador
President has appointed James Hormel to serve as an envoy to Luxembourg by using a presidential power that allows him to make appointments when Congress is not in session....
6/2/1999 First Woman Chief Justice in SC
South Carolina's legislature elected a woman as Chief Justice of its Supreme Court for the first time today....
4/27/1999 Sudan: First Woman Ambassador Appointed
Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has appointed Zeinab Mahmoud Abdel-Kerim to serve as the country's first woman ambassador....
4/13/1999 Vatican Opposes Distribution of Emergency Contraception to Albanians
Senior Vatican official Monsignor Elio Sgreccia wrote in Italy's Avvenire newspaper today that the Roman Catholic Church considers emergency contraceptive pills an "abortion technique" and opposes their distribution to ethnic Albanian women who have raped at a Serbian army camp....
3/12/1999 Bills Threaten Abortion Rights in Texas
Three Republican-sponsored bills restricting abortion rights passed in a Texas State Senate committee Wednesday, and will be brought before the full Senate....
1/12/1999 Flynt Strikes Again
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, who last year offered $1 million for proof that members of Congress have engaged in adulterous sexual affairs, has revealed the sexual indiscretions of yet another victim....
12/21/1998 Clinton Admin. Considers Legal Challenges to Impeachment
The Washington Post reported today that the Clinton Administration is considering legal challenges to impeachment....
11/4/1998 Lesbians Given Joint Custody
Superior Court Judge Vincent Grasso on Monday ruled that an estranged lesbian couple must share custody of their two-year-old son....
9/29/1998 Steinem Wants Clinton Censured, Not Impeached
Gloria Steinem stated in an interview this past weekend that she does not want Clinton to resign, but she does want him censured for lying about his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinski....
9/24/1998 Senate Blocks Action on So-Called "Child Custody Protection Act," Rejects Minimum Wage Increase
Republican sponsors of the so-called "Child Custody Protection Act" failed to garner the necessary 60 votes necessary to force a vote on passage of the legislation....
8/20/1998 Presbyterian Church: Church Elders Positions Reserved for Heterosexuals
The highest court of the Presbyterian Church ruled that Ray Whetstone, a gay man who was ordained as a Church elder in 1996, may continue to serve in that role until his three-year term expires in December....
8/4/1998 First Woman President to Head ABC
In a milestone for women in the communications industry, Patricia Fili-Krushel, former executive for Lifetime Television and HBO, has been named as the first woman to lead a major television network, ABC....
7/20/1998 Egyptian Woman Denied Judgeship, Still Fighting
Although her superiors admit that she is qualified to be a judge in Egypt's judiciary, Fatima Lashin is still not permitted to serve on the bench after ten years of struggle, debate and publicity. "I belong to a country where my greatest grandmothers used to be queens and priests 5,000 years ago....
7/1/1998 Pope Reasserts Ban on Women in the Priesthood
Pope John Paul II rebuked pleas from a growing number of liberal Catholics in a statement released Tuesday which changes the church's cannon law to include a ban against discussing issues that include the ordination of women and euthanasia....
4/20/1998 U.S. Women Start Businesses at Record Rate
Almost twice as many U.S....
2/4/1998 Conservative Rep. Supports Surgeon General Nomination
Conservative Rep....
1/19/1998 Albright, Angelou Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and poet Maya Angelou will be inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame....
8/4/1997 Janet Travell, First Woman White House Physician, Dies At 95
On August 1, 1997, Janet Travell passed away at the age of 95....
7/10/1997 Kentucky College Appoints Its First Female President
Jacqueline Addington has been appointed president of Owensboro, Kentucky Community College....
4/30/1997 Feminist Majority Foundation and National Center For Women & Policing Call for Citizens' Commission to Oversee Independent Investigation of Gender Bias In LAPD
Department Plagued by Reports of Sexual Harassment and Threats Against Women Officers and Wifebeating Cover-up Los Angeles -- At a press conference today the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Center for Women & Policing, joined by City Council members Jackie Goldberg and Rita Walters, called for an independent investigation of gender bias within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD)....
3/6/1997 Bettina Hollings First Woman to Head New Zealand Network
Bettina Hollings will become New Zealand's first female to head a major network when she assumes the reign of General Manager of CanWest Global Communications Corp.'s second network....
2/27/1997 Groups Urge Confirmation Hearing for Herman
Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, together with other national women's leaders launched a campaign for the confirmation of Alexis Herman, nominee for U.S....
2/26/1997 Groups Urge Confirmation Hearing for Herman
Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, together with other national women's leaders launched a campaign for the confirmation of Alexis Herman, nominee for U.S....
2/26/1997 Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Urges Fast-Track Confirmation for ALEXIS HERMAN
WASHINGTON, D.C....
1/13/1997 Judge Appoints Lawyer for Inmate's Fetus
Jailed on drug charges, a pregnant New Jersey woman is scheduled to be temporarily released so that she may have an abortion....
12/20/1996 Clinton Appoints Alexis Herman to Secretary of Labor
Clinton has appointed his close aide, Alexis Herman, to become the Secretary of the Department of Labor....
12/19/1996 Clinton to Appoint Janet Yellen Council of Economic Advisors Chair
President Clinton has offered the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, the panel which advises the President on economic issues to Brown (B.S.) and Yale (Ph.D.) University Graduate Janet Yellen....
12/19/1996 Woolf and Bloomsbury Group Biographer, Quentin Bell, Dies at 86
Viriginia Woolf's nephew and biographer Quentin Bell died on December 15th in England....
12/10/1996 Columbia University Student Allegedly Sexually Tortured Three Women
A Columbia University student charged with assault, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment last week has also allegedly attacked at least two other women....
12/6/1996 Clinton Names Albright First Female Secretary of State
President Clinton named U.N....
12/4/1996 Women's Groups Press for Equality in Cabinet
Women's groups are pushing the Clinton administration to diversify the Clinton cabinet and appoint women to key spots including one of several vacancies in national security positions....
6/27/1996 Congresswomen Call for Monitor on Mitsubishi
Rep....
4/1/1996 Polsby Loses Discrimination Case Against NIH
On Friday (3-29), U.S....
10/18/1995 European Court of Justice Strikes Down Affirmative Action Law
The European Court of Justice handed down a landmark sex discrimination ruling yesterday, finding an affirmative action law illegal The German law encouraged state agencies in Bremen to promote women over men, when both had equal qualifications....
9/11/1995 Commitment to Implementing Platform for Action
As of September 11, 1995, 109 governments have addressed the official meeting at the Fourth World Conference about the commitments they will take home with them....


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