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8/28/2014 New Report Urges US Military to Allow Transgender Personnel to Serve Openly
A recent report concluded that the US military has the resources it needs to allow transgender personnel to serve openly....
8/18/2014 ACLU Sues After St. Louis County Police Deny Open Records Request in Ferguson
After a full week of standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed two lawsuits against the local police department. Thursday, the ACLU of Missouri sued St....
8/15/2014 National Moment Of Silence Draws Massive Crowd in Nation's Capital
In an overwhelming display of solidarity and outpouring of grief, hundreds of students, activists, parents, allies, and members of the press gathered at the center of Malcolm X Park in Washington, DC as part of the National Moment of Silence (NMOS) for Michael Brown and all victims of police brutality that took place across the country last night. NMOS14 was coordinated by online and community activist Feminista Jones in collaboration with individual community leaders following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri....
8/7/2014 US-Africa Leaders Summit Closes With Funding Commitments and Focus on Women
After three days of unprecedented meetings between the US and leaders from nearly 50 African countries, the US Africa Leaders Summit ended Wednesday....
8/1/2014 A Call for Action to Reduce Gun Deaths Among Victims of Domestic Violence
Over 250 people gathered inside the Dirksen Senate building on Wednesday to support legislation aimed at decreasing intimate partner homicide through gun violence. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) chaired the standing-room only Senate Judiciary Committee hearing - which required an overflow room – and was joined by Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen....
7/29/2014 Supporters March for Marissa Alexander in Jacksonville
Hundreds of supporters from all over the United States marched to the Duval County Courthouse in Jacksonville, FL yesterday to demand that all charges against Marissa Alexander be dropped....
7/25/2014 Women's Equality Party Launched in New York
In November, voters in New York may elect the first Women's Equality Party ticket....
7/24/2014 Feminist Leaders and Activists Rally for the Equal Rights Amendment
This morning, Congresswomen Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) led a solid crowd of Equal Rights Amendment activists and supporters just beyond the steps of the U.S....
7/23/2014 UConn to Pay Over $1.2 Million in Sexual Assault Settlement
The University of Connecticut (UConn) will pay $1.28 million in settlement fees for a sexual assault lawsuit brought against the university by five sexual assault survivors. The federal lawsuit was brought by five women after four of the women had filed complaints with the Department of Education (ED) alleging that UConn had mishandled rape cases and failed to take action on reports of harassment, in violation of Title IX....
6/19/2014 American Apparel CEO Dov Charney Fired Following Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Following sexual misconduct allegations, American Apparel's founder and Chief Operating Officer Dov Charney has been fired. The company's executive board voted Wednesday to remove Charney from the position....
6/17/2014 Anti-Choice Group May Challenge Law Prohibiting False Political Speech
The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that anti-choice group Susan B....
6/13/2014 Women of Afghanistan Push Equality on the Eve of Runoff Presidential Election
Afghan women's groups Thursday held a press conference announcing that both of the presidential front-runners had signed a six-point petition for women's rights....
6/5/2014 US Support of Afghanistan Will Continue Even As Troops Drawdown
President Obama announced last week that 9,800 United States military troops will remain in Afghanistan through the end of 2015 to help train and advise Afghan security forces, as well as assist in counter-terrorism operations....
5/16/2014 ACLU Calls for Investigation of Single-Sex Program in Florida Schools
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a complaint this week with the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR) against the Hillsborough County Public School district in Florida....
5/14/2014 Advocates Push NYPD for More Reform Following Recent Condom Seizure Policy Revision
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced changes Monday to their policy of using condoms as evidence of sex work, but advocates maintain that practice should be put to rest rather than modified....
5/7/2014 Veterans Groups File Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against Military Sexual Trauma Survivors
The Service Women's Action Network (SWAN) and Vietnam Veterans of America filed a federal lawsuit last week alleging that the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) discriminates against survivors of military sexual trauma (MST) in granting disability claims. The lawsuit alleges that the VA makes military sexual trauma survivors who are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) go through more procedural hurdles than other veterans to receive disability benefits. For example, a veteran suffering from PTSD from combat must submit only a statement to receive benefits, while veterans who are MST survivors must submit additional evidence like court documents and prove that their PTSD was caused by their military service....
5/2/2014 Nigerians Demand More Rescue Efforts for 200 Kidnapped Girls
Nigerians are demanding that their government do more to bring home the roughly 200 girls who were kidnapped more than two weeks ago on April 14 by the militant insurgency group Boko Haram. Protesters took to the streets of Abuja and Lagos this week to criticize the Nigerian government's handling of the mass kidnapping....
4/28/2014 Afghan Election May be Headed for Runoff
Preliminary results for Afghanistan's recent presidential election were released on Saturday, showing that former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister and World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai are the top contenders. The Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that Abdullah Abdullah, who lost the election in 2009 to outgoing president Hamid Karzai, won 44.9 percent of the vote....
4/4/2014 Afghanistan Heads to the Polls Tomorrow
Afghanistan will hold presidential and provincial council elections tomorrow....
4/4/2014 Senate To Vote on Equal Pay Legislation
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced that the Senate will vote on equal pay legislation as soon as next week....
3/10/2014 Feminist Majority Endorses Maura Healey for Attorney General of Massachusetts
The Feminist Majority is proud to announce today its endorsement of Maura Healey for Massachusetts Attorney General....
3/4/2014 Marissa Alexander Now Faces Up To 60 Years in Prison
Marissa Alexander, the Florida woman who was imprisoned for firing warning shots against her abusive husband, will face up to 60 years of prison during her re-trial in July. Alexander was initially sentenced to 20 years for firing warning shots during an altercation with Rico Gray, her estranged and formerly abusive husband....
3/4/2014 Students File Two Federal Complaints Against UC Berkeley for Mishandling Campus Sexual Assault Cases
Thirty-one current and former students filed a federal Title IX complaint against the University of California at Berkeley last week, alleging that the university had discouraged reporting of campus sexual assault, failed to inform victims of their rights, and had mishandled sexual assault cases being heard through the school's disciplinary process....
2/20/2014 Afghan Presidential Candidates Debate Women's Rights
The second televised presidential debate in Afghanistan took place Tuesday night....
1/22/2014 Pro-Choice Democratic Woman Wins Virginia Senate Seat
Pro-choice Democrat Jennifer Wexton beat out two Republicans yesterday to win a special election seat in the Virginia Senate's 33rd District. According to reports from 90 percent of the precincts last night, Wexton beat her opponents with 53 percent of the vote....
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat
Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election. "Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House....
12/6/2013 Press Advisory: Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates Nelson Mandela's Legacy
WASHINGTON -- Feminist Majority Foundation today remembers the legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life-long commitment to peace and equality. "Mandela remains an inspiration for all those fighting for liberty, equality and freedom, including feminist activists," said FMF President Eleanor Smeal....
11/20/2013 Feminist Majority Foundation Celebrates Gloria Steinem's Presidential Medal of Freedom
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 20, 2013 WASHINGTON -- Feminist Majority Foundation today applauded and celebrated Ms....
11/18/2013 US Leaders Speak Out on Role of Women in Afghanistan's Transition
Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former First Lady Laura Bush called for increased support for Afghan women during the "Advancing Afghan Women: Promoting Peace and Progress in Afghanistan" symposium held in Washington, DC last week. The US leaders asserted that women must be a strong part of Afghanistan's upcoming political, security, and economic transitions as Afghanistan holds new elections and the US withdraws its troops in 2014....
11/13/2013 US Supreme Court Rejects Case to Reinstate Required Ultrasounds for Abortions
The Supreme Court decided yesterday not to take up an Oklahoma case to reinstate required ultrasounds to women before being able to proceed with their abortions....
10/22/2013 Anti-Choice Former Kansas AG Suspended from Law Practice
The Kansas Supreme Court has indefinitely suspended the law license of former state Attorney General Phill Kline for launching a fraudulent legal prosecution against Dr....
10/11/2013 Unpaid Intern Not Protected From Sexual Harassment
A New York federal court ruled that a woman cannot sue the broadcasting company where she interned for sexual harassment because she was unpaid....
10/11/2013 UMD Mandates Sexual Assault Education for University Community
The University of Maryland, College Park Senate voted 70-1 yesterday to approve a sexual misconduct policy that includes mandated sexual assault education for every member of the university community....
10/10/2013 Registration to Run in Afghanistan Elections Closed This Week
Registration wrapped up on October 6 for both the Afghanistan presidential and provincial council elections....
9/24/2013 Pakistan Frees Taliban Military Commander
Pakistan freed Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, former Taliban military commander and second in command to Taliban leader Mullah Omar....
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....
9/16/2013 Rape Survivor Settles Lawsuit with Wesleyan and Fraternity
A former Wesleyan University student who was sexually assaulted in 2010 at a fraternity house, nicknamed by students the "rape factory," has settled a $10 million lawsuit against the university and the fraternity chapter....
9/5/2013 More Texas Planned Parenthood Clinics Close
Planned Parenthood closed two rural Texas clinics last week....
8/29/2013 Victim Blaming Judge Gives Rapist 30 Day Sentence
Montana District judge G....
8/28/2013 US Commemorates 50th Anniversary of MLK Speech, March for Jobs and Freedom
Today the US will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, during which Martin Luther King, Jr....
8/12/2013 Tensions Rise on Gay Rights In Russia, Show Legislative Trend
Tensions continue between Russia and the United States in light of an anti-gay law that could jeopardize athletes during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. American Olympic athletes have pledged that they will still attend the Olympics despite calls for a boycott from activists....
8/7/2013 14-Year-Old Victim Blamed in Court for Sexual Assault While in Juvenile Detention
Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana is arguing that a 14 year old girl in juvenile detention shares responsibility for her sexual assault by a 40 year old prison guard. Angelo Vickers, a former Terrebonne Parish Detention Center guard, is currently serving a 7 year sentence for child molestation, for which he plead guilty to in 2009....
8/1/2013 Arkansas School District to Arm Teachers
A group of more than 20 volunteer teachers and staff in the small school district of Clarksville, Arkansas will be trained to carry a firearm for this coming school year....
8/1/2013 Judge Rules Church Can Protect Funds From Abuse Settlements
Federal Judge Rudolph T Randa issued a ruling this Wednesday that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee can legally prevent $57 million from going to settlements in the church's ongoing sexual abuse scandals by transferring the funds into a trust fund designed for the upkeep and maintenance of Milwaukee Catholic cemeteries....
7/24/2013 Teva Pharmaceuticals Gets Exclusive Rights to OTC Emergency Contraception
The US Food and Drug Administration has given Teva Pharmaceuticals, the makers of brand name emergency contraception pill Plan B One-Step, exclusive rights to sell their product on store shelves without age restrictions for three years....
7/22/2013 Review of "Stand Your Ground" Laws Receives Bipartisan Support
Leaders of both political parties have spoken up in favor of reforms to the "Stand Your Ground" laws that have been associated with the high profile case of the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Originally Zimmerman was not charged for the incident by Florida police, citing the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law ....
7/15/2013 UN Women Appoints South African Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as Executive Director
Last week, the UN Women, the UN body charged with advancing gender equality, announced that Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa would take the position of Executive Director. The announcement came on Wednesday from the office of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon....
7/1/2013 Texas Second Special Session Begins
Texas Lawmakers return for a second special session today to discuss an anti-abortion bill after last week's fight to save the majority of clinics in the state. Last Wednesday, Democratic Senator Wendy Davis (Fort Worth) stood for 12 hours in a filibuster to kill bill Senate Bill 5....
6/27/2013 Dorothy Jonas, Feminist Majority Foundation Board Member, Feminist Champion, Remembered
One of the founding board members of the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1987, longtime feminist activist Dorothy Jonas died on June 22 (1921 - 2013)....
6/4/2013 Congressional Hearing on Military Sexual Assault Begins Today
Top Pentagon leaders will face scrutiny from members of Congress today as the first hearing on military sexual assault begins today....
5/30/2013 Canadian Abortion Provider, Henry Morgentaler, Dies at 90
Henry Morgentaler, a lynchpin figure in the history of legal abortion in Canada, passed away on Tuesday from a heart attack....
5/29/2013 Italy Passes European VAW Treaty
On Tuesday, Italy's lower house of parliament unanimously approved a European treaty to end violence against women while the country mourned a 15-year-old victim of intimate partner violence. The lower house of parliament ratified the Council of Europe's Istanbul convention, which would create and reinforce legal measures to prevent and prosecute gender-based violence....
5/23/2013 West Point Sergeant Accused of Filming Female Cadets
A sergeant first class with the US Military Academy at West Point is facing charges of secretly filming female cadets with hidden cameras and without consent....
5/17/2013 House and Senate Committees Each Approve Separate Farm Bills Taking Substantial Cuts from Food Stamps Program
The House and Senate Agricultural Committees this week each passed separate versions of HR 1947, a farm program reauthorization bill....
5/13/2013 Cervical Cancer Vaccines will Be Available for $4.50 in Poor Nations
Pharmaceutical companies Merck and GlaxoSmithKline will provide cervical cancer vaccines for as little $4.50 a dose in poor countries to fight high rates of deaths from cervical cancer....
5/2/2013 Feminists Critical of Decision to Appeal Plan B Ruling
Late Wednesday night, the Obama Administration filed an appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal judge's decision that emergency contraception must be made available over the counter with no age restrictions....
5/2/2013 Feminists Critical of Decision to Appeal Plan B Ruling
123Late Wednesday night, the Obama Administration filed an appeal in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals challenging a federal judge's decision that emergency contraception must be made available over the counter with no age restrictions....
4/26/2013 DOJ Issues Guidelines for Medical Examinations of Sexual Assault Victims
New national guidelines on forensic medical examination in sexual assault cases were released by the Department of Justice this Wednesday....
4/24/2013 Eden Foods Suing Obama Administration, Facing Boycott
Eden Foods, a popular supplier of organic food items, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration over contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act....
4/4/2013 Florida House Committee Advances Anti-Abortion Bill
The Florida House Judiciary Committee narrowly passed a bill that could threatened abortion access to women of color in the state on Wednesday. HB 845 would ban abortion for sex-selection or race-selection purposes....
4/1/2013 NJ to Consider Ban on "Reparative Therapy"
A bill that would ban so-called "reparative therapy"- therapy intended to "convert" gay men and women to be heterosexual- is headed to the New Jersey Senate floor....
3/27/2013 US Supreme Court Hears DOMA Case
Today, the United States Supreme Court is set to hear the second case on the topic of same sex marriage presented this week....
3/19/2013 Hillary Clinton Officially Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage
On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially announced her support for same-sex marriage rights....
3/15/2013 McCaskill Responds to Military Sexual Assault Hearings
During a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, Senators criticized the military's handling of sexual assault cases, and called for serious reforms of the Uniform Code of Military Justice....
3/15/2013 Senator Reverses Position on Same-Sex Marriage
Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) announced on Thursday that he has changed his position on same-sex marriage and will now support marriage equality....
2/1/2013 Catholic Cardinal Relieved from Public Duties following Cover Up Release
Retired Cardinal Roger M....
1/30/2013 Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings to Begin on Gun Control
The first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing concerning gun control since President Obama announced his commitment to reducing gun violence begins today....
1/23/2013 Cuccinelli Equates Fighting Birth Control Mandate to Civil Rights Struggle
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli likened his fight against birth control coverage without copays to the civil rights struggles led by Martin Luther King, Jr....
1/9/2013 NYC Teacher Allegedly Fired for Being Trans Sues School
A teacher who alleges that he* was fired from a school where he had worked for over 30 years has filed charges against the Catholic New York City school for damages. Mark Krolikowski was terminated from St....
1/8/2013 Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly Launch Anti-Gun PAC
In an op-ed in USA Today, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly announced that they have launched a Political Action Committee to challenge the dominance of gun-rights lobbyists in Washington, DC, on the two year anniversary of the shooting in Tuscon, Arizona, that left six dead and severely wounded the Congresswoman....
1/3/2013 Wilmington 10 Receive Full Pardon from NC Governor
On the last day of her term, outgoing North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue (D) granted a full pardon for ten activists who were convicted of firebombing a grocery store in 1972 as part of a civil rights protest....
12/21/2012 NRA Calls For Armed Police Officers in Every School
Today the National Rifle Association held its first press conference since the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT in Washington, DC....
12/17/2012 Huckabee Blames
In his segment on Fox News on Saturday, former Governor Mike Huckabee blamed the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on America's systematic rejection of religion as evidenced by "tax-funded abortion pills." Huckabee back-tracked on comments he made Friday when he linked a lack of religion in schools to the massacre earlier that day....
12/13/2012 Women's Rights in Question in New Egyptian Constitution
Women's rights activists are protesting the draft constitution proposed by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi that will be voted on by the general public on December 15th, 2012....
12/7/2012 MS State Senator Alice Harden Dies at 64
Mississippi Democratic State Senator Alice Harden passed away yesterday at the age of 64....
11/19/2012 Walmart Tries to Block Worker's Rights Protesters
Last Thursday, Wal-Mart filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board to block Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart) protesters from picketing outside of stores on Black Friday....
11/12/2012 Gaddafi's Former PM On Trial for Mass Rape
Former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi appeared in court today to face charges including ordering a mass rape and corruption during the war that overthrew Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi....
11/9/2012 Arizona Shooter Sentenced to Life in Prison without Parole
Jared Loughner, who attempted to assassinate then Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords, killed six, and wounded thirteen in Tucson, Arizona, in January 2011 was sentenced to seven consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole yesterday....
10/23/2012 Akin Compares McCaskill to a Dog
Missouri Senate candidate and current Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) recently compared his opponent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to a dog in remarks he made at a campaign fundraiser....
10/19/2012 VA Health Commissioner Resigns Over TRAP Laws
Virginia Health Commissioner Dr....
10/17/2012 Feminist Majority Endorses Tim Kaine for Senate
The Feminist Majority attended a forum discussion yesterday with a coalition of women's rights leaders to announce their endorsement of former Virginia governor Tim Kaine for United States Senator....
10/9/2012 Breaking News: Sandusky Receives 30-60 Yr Sentence
This morning, Jerry Sandusky was sentenced by a Pennsylvania court to "no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years with credit for time served"....
9/28/2012 Todd Akin Admits Arrest for Blocking Abortion Clinic Entrance
Yesterday, Right Wing Watch released a video from early in Todd Akin's Senate campaign in which Akin admits to having been arrested for blocking the entrance to an abortion clinic....
9/26/2012 UPDATE: Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Todd Akin in Missouri Race
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) has passed the deadline for withdrawing his campaign for the United States Senate, meaning he will officially be on the ballot in November challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)....
9/25/2012 Todd Akin Will Run in Missouri Senate Race
Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) has passed the deadline for withdrawing his campaign for the United States Senate, meaning he will officially be on the ballot in November challenging incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)....
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....
9/11/2012 Study Shows No Negatives from Repealing DADT
The first academic study since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" found that troops have suffered no negative side effects. The study included interviews with anti-repeal advocates, 13 generals and admirals who were against the repeal, and 60 active duty soldiers from every branch of the military of all sexual orientations....
9/4/2012 Egypt Lifts Ban on Veiled Women TV Anchors
For the first time since the 1960's, a woman wearing a traditional Muslim headscarf known as a hijab, presented the news on an Egyptian state TV channel....
8/27/2012 Former Florida Governor Endorses Obama
Charlie Crist, the former Florida Republican governor, announced his support for President Barack Obama in an editorial in the Tampa Bay Times Sunday on the eve of the Republican National Convention in Tampa....
8/24/2012 Claire McCaskill Leading in Polls over Todd Akin
Incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) is leading by 10 points over challenger Congressman Todd Akin, according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday....
8/22/2012 Women Leaders to Speak at DNC
Today the Democratic National Convention Committee announced an additional slate of speakers with a focus on women leaders....
8/20/2012 Women Rally on Capitol Against War on Women
Hundreds of women converged on the U.S....
8/6/2012 Kansas Judges Move Forward in Two Abortion Cases Last Week
On Thursday, Kansas District Judge Stephen Tatum dismissed 26 misdemeanor charges against the Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood Overland Park clinic....
7/23/2012 Emails Show Racist Motivation in Arizona's SB1070
The ACLU of Arizona released thousands of emails last week that they argue prove that SB1070, Arizona's harmful anti-immigrant law, was racially motivated....
7/6/2012 Forced Abortion in China Sparks Controversy
Feng Jianmei of China's Shaanxi Province was forced by local officials to abort her second pregnancy this June after violating China's strict one-child policy....
6/26/2012 KS Doctor Loses License
A Kansas doctor's medical license was revoked on Friday over allegations that she did not provide adequate mental health exams on patients she referred to the late Dr....
6/25/2012 Priest Convicted in Abuse Case
Monsignor William Lynn was convicted of endangering children on Friday in the landmark case against him in Philadelphia, in which he was charged with child endangerment and conspiracy for allegedly failing to act in response to cases of priest sex abuse of children....
6/8/2012 Ex-Ensign Aide Pleads Guilty
An aide to former Senator John Ensign (R-NV) pled guilty to a misdemeanor violation yesterday, four years after he resigned from his job over a scandal that later forced Ensign to resign from the Senate....
6/7/2012 Nearly 2,000 Women File Walmart Sex Discrimination Claims
Nearly 2,000 current and former Walmart employees filed claims of discrimination on the basis of gender with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)....
5/21/2012 Open Letter to Obama, Karzai Urges Women's Inclusion in Afghanistan Talks
Amnesty International issued an open letter to President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai at their "Shadow Summit" Saturday urging both leaders to safeguard women's rights....
5/21/2012 Shadow Afghan Summit Focuses on Women's Voices
The Shadow Summit hosted by Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) brought women's voices to the NATO Summit....
5/18/2012 Women's Leaders to Speak at Shadow Summit
Amnesty International is staging a "Shadow Summit" this Sunday, May 20, in Chicago to emphasize to NATO Summit leaders that Afghan women's and girls' needs must be front and center in all planning....
4/26/2012 Abuse Victim Testifies at Catholic Priest Trial
A former altar boy testified on Wednesday that he was sexually abused by a Philadelphia priest....
3/27/2012 Former IMF Chief Charged with Aggravated Pimping
Yesterday Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who formerly served as the chief of the International Monetary Fund, was charged by French officials with "aggravated pimping" for his alleged involvement with prostitution rings in Paris and Washington DC in 2010 and 2011....
3/7/2012 Kaptur Defeats Kucinich; Jean Schmidt Loses
Yesterday US Representative Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) lost in his primary to Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), the longest serving woman representative in the US House....
3/6/2012 Rape in the Military Lawsuit Filed in Federal Court Today
A press conference was held at the National Press Conference today to announce a new lawsuit being filed in the US District Court in Washington, DC on behalf of eight current and former members of the Navy and Marine Corps....
3/6/2012 Special Event on CEDAW and Women's Rights Held Yesterday
Yesterday, the World Bank, the Nordic Trust Fund, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, and the United Nations Foundation held an event on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in anticipation of International Women's Day on March 8....
2/28/2012 Girls Learn International Delegates at UN Commission on Status of Women
A delegation of 20 high school and middle school student leaders of Girls Learn International chapters from across the country, together with 25 parents, teachers, GLI Board members and staff are participating in six full days of workshops, panels and presentations in and around the U.N....
2/21/2012 Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against TX Wal-Mart
Late last week, attorneys filed a complaint in US District Court, Northern District of Dallas, on behalf of approximately 50,000 current and former women employees of Wal-Mart, alleging that the corporation discriminated on the basis of sex....
1/10/2012 Cecilia Munoz Appointed as Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council
President Obama announced today that he will appoint Cecilia Munoz to serve as the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council....
1/4/2012 Romney Narrowly Wins in Iowa Caucus
Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts, defeated former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by eight votes in the Iowa caucus, which had low voter turnout....
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....
12/7/2011 HHS Secretary Sebelius Overrules FDA on Plan B
Today Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius overruled the FDA's decision to lift the age limit for emergency contraception and permitting the over-the-counter sale of the "morning after pill." Sebelius indicated that she did "not believe enough data were presented to support the application to make Plan B One-Step available over the counter for all girls of reproductive age." Margaret Hamburg, FDA administrator, stated, "there is adequate and reasonable, well-supported, and science-based evidence that Plan B One-Step is safe and effective and should be approved for nonprescription use for all females of child-bearing potential....
11/17/2011 Speier Introduces Bill to Eliminate Rape in the Military
Yesterday Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) introduced legislation to strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault in the military....
11/15/2011 HERvotes Takes on Sexual Harassment
In its fifth blog carnival, HERvotes is taking on the need to keep the laws and public policies to end sex discrimination and sexual harassment in schools and at the workplace strong....
11/15/2011 The Citadel Faces Child Abuse Allegations
Amidst news of the Penn State abuse scandal, the Citadel, a South Carolina military academy, has released details of an alumnus and former camp counselor at the school who faces charges of criminal sexual conduct with a child....
11/14/2011 Felony Charges Against Kansas City Planned Parenthood Dropped
Last week, District Judge Stephen Tatum dismissed 23 felony charges against a Kansas City-area Planned Parenthood and 26 misdemeanor charges in a case alleging that the clinic had falsified records and failed to maintain accurate records....
11/11/2011 Cain Regrets Calling House Democratic Leader "Princess Nancy"
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11/10/2011 Penn State President and Head Coach Fired
The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees has fired football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier following a scandal involving former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a span of 15 years....
11/10/2011 Israel's Former President Sentenced for Rape
Israel's Supreme Court's three-judge panel ruled unanimously to reject former President Moshe Katsav's appeal of his rape charges....
11/8/2011 Penn State Officials Charged in Sex Abuse Scandal
Two officials from Pennsylvania State University have been charged with failing to report suspected child abuse by the university's former football coach and committing perjury in their grand jury testimony....
11/4/2011 Cain Accuser May Be Released from Confidentiality Agreement
The National Restaurant Association will decide today whether to release a former employee from a confidentiality agreement in her sexual harassment complaint against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment from a confidentiality agreement....
11/1/2011 Herman Cain Accused of Past Sexual Harassment
Past allegations of sexual harassment by Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain have resurfaced, with Cain being accused of having demonstrated suggestive sexual behavior towards at least two former employees during his tenure as CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s....
10/28/2011 Wal-Mart Employees File New Sex Discrimination Lawsuit
On Thursday, current and former employees of Wal- Mart's California stores filed a lawsuit against the corporation on grounds of sex discrimination....
10/17/2011 LGBT Rights Advocate Paula Ettelbrick Dies
Former legal director of Lambda Legal and executive director of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission Paula Ettelbrick died at the age of 56 of peritoneal cancer earlier this month....
10/17/2011 Hundreds Rally to Fight Abortion Law
Abortion rights supporters tell Governor McDonnell to reject politically motivated regulations on Virginia's women's health centers The Virginia Coalition to Protect Women's Health rallied with hundreds of supporters in Richmond on Saturday, October 15 to demand that lawmakers stop the war on women's reproductive health and rights....
9/29/2011 Hillary Clinton Calls for Ratification of CEDAW
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a meeting with Catherine Ashton, the top diplomat for the European Union and Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women and the former president of Chile, signed a document in support of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)....
9/27/2011 Africa's First Woman Nobel Prize Winner Dies
Africa's first woman Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, died at age 71 of cancer on Sunday....
9/20/2011 DADT Repealed Today
The official repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) will go into effect today....
9/19/2011 First African American Congresswoman on Stamp
Fifteen years following her death, Barbara Jordan, the first African-American women from the South serve as a Congresswoman, will be featured on the US postage stamp....
9/15/2011 Feminist Activists Protest Clinic Regulations in Richmond
Speak Out for Women, sponsored by the Virginia Coalition for Women's Health, attracted hundreds yesterday in Richmond to protest draft regulations for the state's abortion providers....
8/30/2011 Poll Reveals 50% of Americans Don't Understand ACA
A poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation that only about 50 percent of uninsured, non-elderly Americans understand the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the tax credits for people with low and middle incomes....
8/29/2011 GOP Groups Spend $800K in NV Special Election
Republican groups have spent approximately $800,000 on the special election in Nevada's second district, to be held on September 13, to retain Republican control of the seat formerly held by Dean Heller, who will replace former US Senator John Ensign....
8/23/2011 Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Booz Allen
The law firm of Katz, Marshall & Banks filed a lawsuit on behalf of Dr....
8/22/2011 Elizabeth Warren Considers Run for Senate
Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard law professor and former administration official for the Obama Administration, is considering running for a Republican Scott Brown's seat in the US Senate in Massachusetts....
7/25/2011 Obama to End "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Era
President Obama announced that the US ban on gays serving openly in the military will be lifted on September 20, bringing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy to an end....
7/11/2011 Remembering Betty Ford, Champion of Women's Rights
I will never forget the day in 1981 that I asked Betty Ford to be an honorary co-chair with Alan Alda of the Equal Rights Amendment Countdown Campaign....
7/11/2011 UN Women Lacks Necessary Funding
Six months after the creation of UN Women (UNW), a special agency for women started by the United Nations, the agency lacks the voluntary funding necessary to complete its 2011-2013 Strategic Plan, to assist countries in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment. Initially, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had set a 500 million dollar target as an annual budget for UNW, but the agency has only received around 80 million dollars....
7/5/2011 First Woman to Become Thailand's Prime Minister
Yingluck Shinawatra was elected as Thailand's first woman prime minister on Sunday....
6/27/2011 Former Rwandan Minister of Women and Families Convicted of Genocide
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, former Rwandan minister for women and family affairs, is the first woman to be convicted of genocide by the United Nations Chamber of the Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)....
6/20/2011 Supreme Court: Wal-Mart Too Big to Sue
In a critical five to four vote, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the five justice majority, the Supreme Court made it much harder for the victims of discrimination to take class action cases against large employers....
6/20/2011 Supreme Court: Wal-Mart-Too Big to Sue
In a critical five to four vote, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the five justice majority, the Supreme Court made it much harder for the victims of discrimination to take class action cases against large employers....
6/8/2011 AstraZeneca Pays $250,000 in Sex Discrimination Settlement
AstraZeneca, one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, will pay $250,000 in a sex discrimination settlement filed by the US Department of Labor....
6/3/2011 Kathryn Ruemmler Named for White House Counsel
Yesterday, White House officials announced that current Principal Deputy Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler will replace White House Counsel Bob Bauer, who announced that he will be returning to private practice....
6/2/2011 Yale Faces Possible Fines for Failure to Report Sex Crimes
Yale University may be fined or experience funding cuts for failing to include a complete list of sex crimes that occurred at the university in its annual report to the government....
5/30/2011 Bill Allowing Military to Cover Abortions for Rape Victims Introduced
Last week, Representative Susan Davis introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have allowed military health care plans to cover abortion services for service women who had been raped....
5/25/2011 Democrat Kathy Hochul Wins Seat in NY 26th District
Yesterday Democrat Kathy Hochul defeated Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin in a special election in the 26th Congressional district of New York....
5/19/2011 Yale Fraternity Suspended for Harassment
On Tuesday, Yale University Dean Mary Miller announced that the university's chapter of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity will be suspended after its pledged chanted "no means yes, yes means anal" at an initiation event last fall....
5/19/2011 Senator Coburn Implicated in Covering up Ensign Affair
The report of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics which found that former Nevada Senator John Ensign violated Senate ethics, rules and federal law, also revealed that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) was involved in the cover-up of Ensign's affair....
5/16/2011 Slaughter Introduces Provisions Against Rape in the Military
Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, introduced provisions to the National Defense Authorization to address the issue of sexual assault in the military late last week....
5/16/2011 IMF Head Charged with Sexual Assault
On Sunday, Port Authority police detectives pulled International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Dominique Strauss-Kahn off of an Air France flight in John F....
5/13/2011 Ensign Charged, Coburn Named Collaborator
Following a 22 month investigation, the Senate Select Committee on Ethics, chaired by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Vice Chair Johnny Isakson (R-GA), released a report yesterday, supported unanimously by the bipartisan committee of three Democrats and three Republicans, that former Nevada Senator John Ensign violated Senate rules, broke federal law, made false statements to the Federal Election Commission, and engaged in sex discrimination....
4/12/2011 Congresswoman Speier Condemns Rape in the Military
Following the Pentagon's March 17 release of its latest sexual assault statistics, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) delivered a speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives decrying rape in the military....
4/6/2011 Representative Wasserman Schultz Appointed to DNC Chair
President Obama named Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) to replace former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (D) as the chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) for the 2012 election cycle....
3/31/2011 Anti-Union Bill Passes OH Legislature
Yesterday, a bill restricting the collective bargaining rights of unions passed in the Ohio House by a vote of 53 to 44 and the Ohio Senate by a vote of 17 to 16, with six Republican senators voting against the bill....
3/29/2011 US Supreme Court Hears Wal-Mart Class Action Sex-Discrimination Case
Today the US Supreme Court will hear Wal-Mart v....
3/28/2011 Former Surgeon General for Comprehensive Sex Education
During a Women's History Month program at the U.S....
3/23/2011 Gender Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Bayer
On Monday six current and former employees of Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals filed a $100 million lawsuit in a New Jersey federal court, alleging that Bayer AG had discriminated against its women employees....
3/9/2011 Suspension of Philadelphia Priests in Sex Abuse Scandal
Cardinal Justin Rigali, the archbishop of Philadelphia, announced yesterday that he will suspend 21 priests accused of sexually abusing minors....
2/15/2011 Case Announced Against Sexual Assault in the Military
A press conference was held this morning to announce a lawsuit filed by attorney Susan Burke in the Eastern Virginia federal court against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates for failing to prevent, investigate, and prosecute the sexual assault and rape of the 17 plaintiffs....
2/2/2011 Anti-Abortion Rights Groups Seeks to Discredit Planned Parenthood
Live Action, an anti-abortion rights group, is distributing an edited undercover video that appears to show an employee at a Planned Parenthood clinic in New Jersey advising paid actors posing as a pimp and a prostitute on where they can obtain abortion services for girls under the age of 14 and illegal immigrants....
2/2/2011 Special Counsel Appointed to Investigate Senator Ensign
The Senate Ethics Committee announced yesterday that it will appoint a special counsel to investigate Senator John Ensign (R-NV), who allegedly used his political power to hide his affair with the wife of a top former political aide....
1/27/2011 No Link Between Abortion and Mental Illness
Researchers from the National Center for Register-Based Research, in Denmark, released a study that found no evidence to support the claim that abortion predisposes women to psychological or mental health problems....
1/5/2011 UN Women Agency Launched
January 1 marked the first working day of UN Women, a UN agency created to promote gender equality and advance the rights of women....
1/3/2011 First Woman President Sworn Into Office in Brazil
On January 1, Dilma Rousseff was sworn into office and became Brazil's first woman president....
12/16/2010 DADT Stand-Alone Bill Passed in House
Yesterday, the stand-alone measure to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT), introduced by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA), passed in the House by a vote of 250 to 175....
12/10/2010 DADT Blocked in Senate, Introduced As Stand-Alone Bill
The National Defense Authorization bill failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to overcome the Republican filibuster yesterday....
12/7/2010 Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in Wal-Mart Gender Discrimination Case
On Monday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Wal-Mart's appeal of an April decision by the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals allowing the lawsuit to receive class-action status....
12/1/2010 Pentagon Study Finds DADT Repeal Poses Minimal Risk
US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen released the Pentagon study on Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) yesterday....
11/19/2010 CEDAW Hearing Standing Room Only- Sandra Day O'Connor for CEDAW
Over 250 people stood in line to enter the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law Hearing on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
11/12/2010 Leaked Pentagon Report Smoothes Way to DADT Repeal
A draft of the Pentagon report, leaked yesterday, reveals that a repeal of the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy would not be detrimental to the military....
11/10/2010 Iranian Woman's Dry Hunger Strike- Nine Days Today
After ending her one-month hunger strike in protest against the conditions of her imprisonment and the mishandling of her case on October 26, Nasrin Sotoudeh, human rights attorney, went on a dry (no water and no food) hunger strike this time after meeting with the Tehran General Attorney in Tehran's Evin Prison on October 31....
11/8/2010 Gates Urges Repeal of DADT
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates urged Congress to repeal the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy before the newly elected members take office next year....
11/2/2010 Overturn of DADT Stayed Indefinitely by Federal Appeals Court
On Monday, a federal appeals court three judge panel ruled two to one that the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy will stand indefinitely until the Department of Justice's (DOJ) appeals process concludes....
11/1/2010 Brazil Elects First Woman to its Presidency
On Sunday, Dilma Rousseff of the Worker's Party defeated Jose Serra of the Social Democratic Party by a wide margin and became Brazil's first woman president....
10/20/2010 Military Recruiters Accept Openly Gay Applicants
On Friday, the Pentagon informed military recruiters that they may now accept openly gay and lesbian candidates for recruitment....
10/18/2010 Justice Department Appeals Ban on DADT Enforcement
On Thursday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an appeal of the October 12 order that bans the US military from enforcing the so-called "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy....
10/13/2010 Federal Judge Orders Ban on DADT
Yesterday, US District Court Judge Virginia Phillips issued an order that bans the Department of Defense and the US military from enforcing their so-called "don't ask don't tell" policy, which bars gays from openly serving in the military....
10/13/2010 OH Congressional Candidate Iott Involved in Nazi Re-enactments
Congressional candidate Rich Iott, a Republican running in Ohio's ninth district, has recently faced criticism after photographs surfaced of him dressed in a Nazi uniform sometime in the mid-2000s....
9/29/2010 Iranian Chief of Staff Speaks on Women's Rights
Former Vice President and current chief of staff to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaie has called for instituting more rights for women in Iran....
9/27/2010 TX Restricts Informed Consent Laws for Abortion Clinics
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott ruled on Friday that Texas abortion facilities may no longer use prerecorded phone messages to inform women about the risks of abortion prior to the procedure, a practice that formerly complied with state law....
9/21/2010 Vote Fails to Break Filibuster on Bill That Would Repeal DADT
Senate Republicans blocked a cloture vote of a defense spending bill that includes an amendment that would repeal the military's so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy today, preventing the bill from going to the Senate floor for debate....
9/20/2010 Increase in Women and Minorities Discharged Due to "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
According to a new study released by the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law Friday, the proportion of women and minorities discharged from the United States military as a result of its so-called "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy has increased since 1997....
9/20/2010 Violence Punctuates Afghan Elections
News reports indicate that at least 15 people died during election-related violence in Afghanistan on Saturday, where parliamentary elections were held....
9/14/2010 American Women Must Not Be Fooled: Smeal Calls for National Reform in Rape Reporting and Investigating
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified today before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs at its hearing "Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases" and will call for national reform in the reporting and investigating of rape crimes....
9/14/2010 Smeal Testified at Rape Hearings
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, testified today before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs at its hearing "Rape in the United States: The Chronic Failure to Report and Investigate Rape Cases" and called for national reform in the reporting and investigating of rape crimes....
9/14/2010 Bachelet to Lead UN Women
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced today that former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet will be the first head of the new UN agency, UN Women....
9/13/2010 Iranian Activist and Journalist Released From Prison
Iranian women's rights activist and journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari was released from the notorious Evin Prison yesterday on approximately $500,000 bail....
9/13/2010 Smeal to Testify at Rape Hearings
Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will testify tomorrow, September 14, 2010 at 2:15 p.m....
9/10/2010 District Court Rules Don't Ask, Don't Tell Unconstitutional
US District Court Judge Virginia Phillips ruled yesterday that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) is unconstitutional on the basis that it violates both the first and fifth amendment rights of lesbian and gay service members....
9/2/2010 Boxer and Fiorina Debate in CA
Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D) faced Republican challenger Carly Fiorina in a debate yesterday where they addressed many feminist issues. Regarding abortion, Boxer said, "If my opponent's views prevailed, women and doctors would be criminals, they would go to jail....
8/26/2010 Former RNC Chair Comes Out
Ken Mehlman, the campaign manager for George W....
8/26/2010 Wal-Mart Appeals Class-Action Sex Discrimination Suit
Wal-Mart has appealed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals's ruling that a class action gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart can move forward to trial....
8/23/2010 Karzai Promises Not to Sacrifice Women's Rights
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said Sunday that he will not sacrifice women's rights in any peace deal with the Taliban. In an interview, President Karzai discussed plans to negotiate peace with members of the Taliban who are willing to break ties with terrorist groups like al-Qaida, according to the Associated Press....
8/18/2010 KS Official Admonished for Abortion Investigation Misconduct
The Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys has administered an informal admonition of former Deputy Attorney General Eric Rucker because of allegations of misconduct in an abortion investigation....
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 First Woman to Head US Intelligence Agency
Letitia Long will become Director of the National Geospatial Intellingence Agency (NGA) today, making her the first woman to head one of the government's 16 major intelligence agencies....
8/6/2010 Obama Presents Presidential Citizens Awards
President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Citizens Award, the second highest civilian award in the US, to thirteen people yesterday....
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....
7/23/2010 Judge Rules Quinnipiac Violated Title IX
District Judge Stefan Underhill ruled yesterday that the competitive cheerleading at Quinnipiac does not qualify as varsity sport for purposes of Title IX....
7/22/2010 Bus Driver Fired for Refusing Transportation to Planned Parenthood Sues
A bus driver in Central Texas has sued his former employer, charging that he was discriminated against for his religious beliefs after he was fired for refusing to drive a woman to Planned Parenthood....
7/13/2010 Church of England Takes First Steps Toward Female Bishops
The Church of England's ruling body has announced that women bishops should be allowed, despite protests from traditionalists within the Church....
7/13/2010 Michigan Court of Appeals Overturns Same-Sex Custody Ruling
The Michigan Court of Appeals overturned a ruling from a lower court last week that would have given same-sex and unmarried partners the right to seek joint custody....
7/12/2010 UK Moves to Give Anonymity to Rape Defendants
United Kingdom Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt, has announced that the British government plans to bring forward legislation that would grant anonymity to those accused of rape until they are charged....
7/9/2010 Vitter Dismisses Controversy Surrounding Aide's Violent Attack
Senator David Vitter (R-LA) offered his first remarks on Tuesday regarding the controversy surrounding his former aid, Brent Furer, who was convicted of attacking and threatening to kill his girlfriend with a knife in 2008....
7/8/2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Survey Distributed
The Pentagon began sending 400,000 surveys to members of the armed forces yesterday to gauge their opinions on the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT)....
7/7/2010 Unanimous Vote Creates "UN Women"
The UN voted unanimously Friday to create a new office on women to be called the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), which will begin operating officially in January 2011....
7/2/2010 Iceland's Prime Minister is First Married Gay World Leader
This week, Iceland's Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardotti married her longtime partner Jonina Leosdottir, making her the first head of government in the world to marry a same-sex partner....
6/28/2010 Kagan Senate Confirmation Hearings Begin
The Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan begin today....
6/25/2010 Julia Gillard is Australia's First Woman Prime Minister
Julia Gillard became Australia's first woman prime minister yesterday, after former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd abruptly stepped down from his position....
6/24/2010 HI Civil Union Bill Still Waiting on Governor's Signature
Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle placed a bill that would legalize civil unions in Hawaii on a potential veto list she released Monday....
6/23/2010 Marshall Wins Democratic Nomination for North Carolina Senate Seat
Elaine Marshall defeated opponent Cal Cunningham last night to win the Democratic Senate nomination for North Carolina....
6/23/2010 38th Anniversary of Title IX Brings New Enforcement Bills in Congress
Today marks the 38th anniversary of Title IX, a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in all levels of education....
6/11/2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Still Affects Service Members
The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a non-profit organization dedicated to ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT), issued a statement on Wednesday warning gays and lesbians in the military to continue to respect DADT as the law, despite the fact that Congress is reportedly working on legislation that would repeal the policy....
6/9/2010 Lincoln, Fiorina Win in Key Primaries
Incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) and California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina won their respective primary races Tuesday....
6/9/2010 Florida Governor Indicates Plans to Veto Anti-Choice Bill
Florida Governor Charlie Crist (I) suggested yesterday that he plans to veto a bill that would require women in their first-trimester of pregnancy to undergo and pay for an ultrasound before getting an abortion in the state....
5/28/2010 House and Senate Committee Vote to Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell
The House of Representatives voted 234 to 194 Thursday to add an amendment to a defense spending bill that would repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT)....
5/25/2010 Deal Reached on Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal
Sponsors of a bill to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) have reached a deal with the White House to add an amendment to their bill that will require completion of a military review of the policy before a repeal can be enacted....
5/19/2010 Pro-Choice Sestak Ousts Specter
Representative Joe Sestak (D-PA) won the Pennsylvania Democratic primary for US Senate yesterday and ousted incumbent Arlen Specter (D-PA), who has held the seat for nearly 30 years, all but the past year as a Republican....
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....
5/10/2010 Feminist Candidate Drops Out of Race for Stupak Seat
Connie Saltonstall (D), a candidate for Representative Bart Stupak's (D-MI) seat in Congress, announced today that she is withdrawing from the Democratic primary for the seat....
5/6/2010 Feminist Global Heroes Honored
On May 4, at a dinner event in Los Angeles, the Feminist Majority Foundation gave its sixth annual Eleanor Roosevelt awards to three women and one man who have distinguished themselves in service of global women's rights. The awardees were novelist/activist Khaled Hosseini, feminist and labor organizer Dolores Huerta, formerly imprisoned Iranian graduate student activist Esha Momeni and Ms....
5/5/2010 Marshall Will Face Runoff in NC, Brunner Loses OH Primary
Two women Secretaries of State, both feminists, put in strong performances in the first Democratic primaries of the election season for US Senate....
5/3/2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal to be Delayed
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a letter to Congress asking that they not move forward with a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) until the Pentagon completes a review of the policy....
4/30/2010 Women Will Serve on US Navy Submarines
The United States Navy announced yesterday that women are no longer banned from military submarines....
4/27/2010 Court of Appeals Approves Class-Action Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Against Walmart
San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6 to 5 Monday in a ruling that means a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against Walmart Stores, Inc., can move forward to trial....
4/20/2010 Dorothy Height Remembered for Her Many Contributions to the Women's Movement
The feminist movement mourns the loss of Dorothy Height, a dear friend and champion of civil rights and women's rights, who died today at age 98....
4/20/2010 Dorothy Height Remembered for Her Many Contributions to the Women's Movement
The feminist movement mourns the loss of Dorothy Height, a dear friend and champion of civil rights and women's rights. "I had the privilege of working with Dorothy Height for over 3 decades," said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
4/19/2010 EEOC Finds Texas Factory Discriminated Against Black Workers
Lawyers for eight black workers who are suing Turner Industries Group, LLC, a large Louisiana based industrial construction company, released a letter from the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states there is "reasonable cause" to believe that discrimination charges against the company are true....
4/16/2010 Kansas Governor Vetoes Abortion Regulation Bill
Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson (D) vetoed a bill Thursday that would have altered the definition of a viable fetus and require medical documentation for a late-term abortion....
4/14/2010 Hoyer Indicates House of Representatives May Move on ENDA, DADT
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said yesterday that the House will likely consider legislation to establish the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) sometime this year....
4/13/2010 First Woman Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller Dies
Wilma Mankiller, 64, former Principle Chief of the Cherokee Nation, passed away last week at her home near Tahlequah, Oklahoma, after losing her battle with pancreatic cancer....
4/12/2010 CREW Files Congressional Ethics Complaints on C Street House Residents
Earlier this month, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed complaints with the Senate Ethics Committee and the House Office of Congressional Ethics against members of Congress who reside or have resided at the C Street house that is the home of the so-called "Family"....
4/8/2010 US Department of Labor Debuts Campaign to Stop Wage Theft
US Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Hilda Solis announced the "We Can Help" campaign last week....
3/31/2010 Gender Discrimination Suit Filed Against Bank of America and Merrill Lynch
Three women filed a gender discrimination lawsuit yesterday in federal court against Bank of America and Merrill Lynch, which recently merged....
3/25/2010 Pentagon Issues New Guidelines for Don't Ask, Don't Tell
The Pentagon announced today that it will relax enforcement of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" until Congress acts to repeal the policy....
3/16/2010 New Trial Denied in Fresno, CA, Fire Department Discrimination Suit
A federal judge denied the city of Fresno, California's motion for a new trial Monday in a sex discrimination suit where former fire department trainee Michelle Maher won a $2.5 million settlement....
3/10/2010 World War II Women Aviators to Receive Congressional Medals
The first women to fly US military aircraft will be awarded with Congressional Gold Medals today on Capitol Hill....
3/4/2010 Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Bill Introduced
US Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was supported by a group of leading Democratic Senators Wednesday as he introduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell." The legislation will be discussed as part of the Annual Defense Authorization Bill by the Senate Armed Services Committee in May, according to the Washington Post. Top US military leaders announced they would conduct a year-long review of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in February, at which time Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered a 45-day review period....
3/4/2010 Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Abortion Law Unconstitutional
Yesterday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld the February ruling of a state District Court that an anti-choice state law not yet enacted is unconstitutional....
2/24/2010 US Navy to Allow Women On Submarines
The United States Navy plans to allow women on submarines for the first time, military officials announced yesterday....
2/23/2010 Bill to Repeal Abortion Introduced in FL
A bill that would ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, without exception for rape or incest, was introduced late last week in the Florida state House....
2/22/2010 Court Rules Anti-Choice Law Unconstitutional in OK
An Oklahoma County District Judge Daniel Owens ruled Friday that an anti-choice state law not yet enacted is unconstitutional, thus blocking enforcement of the law....
2/12/2010 Polls Indicate Support for Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Several polls released released this week indicate wide public support for repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 75 percent of respondents support letting lesbians and gays serve openly in the military....
2/9/2010 Court Renews Title IX Suit Against UC Davis
A panel of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals judges reinstated a Title IX lawsuit yesterday against the University of California, Davis....
2/3/2010 Military Leaders Call for Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal in Senate Hearing
Top US military leaders announced a year-long review of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" during a Senate armed services committee hearing yesterday....
2/1/2010 Clinton Endorses Liberian President Sirleaf's Re-election Bid
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced her support of Liberian president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's re-election bid late last week....
1/28/2010 Some Feminist Issues Addressed in State of the Union Address
President Barack Obama mentioned several feminist issues in his second State of the Union address last night....
1/21/2010 Haitian Women's Rights Leaders Killed in Haiti Quake
Three leading members of the Haitian women's movement were killed in the rubble of last week's earthquake....
1/7/2010 Several Key Kennedys Endorse Coakley in Advance of Election
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic nominee to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, today won the endorsement of key members of the Kennedy family....
1/7/2010 EMILY's List President Ellen Malcolm Announces Retirement
EMILY's List founder and president Ellen Malcolm announced yesterday that she will step down as the president of the organization....
1/6/2010 Roeder Trial to Commence Next Week
The trial of Scott Roeder, who has confessed to allegedly murdering George Tiller, MD, in May 2009, will begin on Monday....
1/5/2010 US and South Korea End HIV Travel Ban
As of January 1st the HIV travel bans instituted in the United States and South Korea were lifted....
1/4/2010 Congressman Griffith's Staff Resigns Over Party Change
The majority of Congressman Parker Griffith's (R-TN) staff announced their resignations today after Griffith switched from the Democratic to the Republican party. According to MSNBC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a press release that stated, "Nearly every staff member of Representative Parker Griffith's office tendered their resignation this morning in response to his recent decision to change party membership....
12/18/2009 Judge to Rule on Oklahoma Abortion Reporting Law
An Oklahoma judge will rule today on a state law requiring online publication of detailed records for women undergoing abortions performed in the state....
12/10/2009 Justice Sotomayor Makes History with First Opinion
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor became the first to use the term "undocumented immigrant" in a Supreme Court decision when her first opinion from the high court was released Tuesday....
12/9/2009 Anti-Gay Ugandan Bill Would Violate Human Rights
Ugandan legislators announced today that proposed legislation that would have imposed life imprisonment as the minimum sentence for being gay and would have allowed for the death penalty is being altered to remove both punishments, but still would introduce imprisonment and potentially counseling to reverse offenders' sexual orientation....
11/30/2009 Legal Challenge of Alaska Personhood Initiative Filed
A lawsuit was filed last week that challenges a so-called "personhood initiative" petition in Alaska....
11/17/2009 Leading Gay Newspapers Shut Down
Several of the most prominent gay newspapers in the country were suddenly shut down Monday when their parent company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, forcing liquidation....
11/16/2009 Fresno, CA Fire Department Loses Sex Discrimination Suit
A federal court jury ruled in favor of Michelle Maher, a former Fresno Fire Department recruit, who alleged she was forced out of the department's training due to her gender....
11/11/2009 AMA Votes to Oppose "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
The American Medical Association (AMA) voted yesterday in favor of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and proclaimed that existing bans on gay marriage negatively affect the health of the LGBTQ community....
11/6/2009 Pakistan Passes Stronger Sexual Harassment Penalties
Pakistan's National Assembly passed a law increasing the penalty for sexual harassment yesterday....
11/5/2009 Carly Fiorina to Challenge Senator Barbara Boxer
Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard and a former spokeswoman for John McCain's 2008 campaign, officially announced that she will run against Senator Barbara Boxer, a fearless, dedicated champion for women's rights, in the 2010 election....
11/4/2009 Election Results 2009--Wake Up Call for Social Progressives and Feminists
In both the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races, social issues took a back seat to economic issues....
11/2/2009 Obama Ends HIV Travel Ban
President Obama announced the end of a twenty-two year HIV travel ban on visitors and immigrants entering the United States at a ceremony Friday and also reauthorized the Ryan White CARE Act....
10/29/2009 Swiss Fund to Support Firms with Female Directors
Swiss investment company Naissance Capital has announced it will launch a fund to invest in firms with women board members and to encourage other firms to increase gender diversity among company leadership....
10/21/2009 Enforcement of Anti-Choice Oklahoma Law Delayed
Enforcement of an anti-choice Oklahoma law set to take effect on November 1st has been delayed by a temporary restraining order granted Monday....
10/21/2009 Women in Kuwait Can Now Get Passports Without Spousal Permission
Kuwait's constitutional court ruled today that married women have the right to obtain a passport without spousal permission on the grounds that the requirement violates the principal of equal rights for women and men....
10/14/2009 Woman Fired for Being Transgender
A Georgia transgender woman filed a lawsuit late in September because she was fired from her job as a legislative editor for the Georgia General Assembly because she announced her intent to transition from male to female....
10/9/2009 Women Targeted by "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
Department of Defense data obtained by the Palm Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara shows that proportionately more women were discharged from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in 2008 than men....
10/8/2009 Egyptian Cleric's Plan to Ban Veils Sparks Controversy
The head of Egypt's top educational institution is facing criticism from fellow Islamic leaders after he declared his intention to bar women wearing face veils from attending class....
10/7/2009 New Oklahoma Law Mandates Publication of Abortion Info
A new Oklahoma law set to take effect on November 1, will require doctors to report extensive information about each abortion performed in the state, which will then be published on government websites....
10/6/2009 Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Inmate Shackled While Giving Birth
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that a former Arkansas inmate, Shawanna Nelson, who was shackled during labor has the right to sue the corrections officer present during her labor....
10/5/2009 Images of Rape Spark Outrage in Guinea
Political demonstrations in Guinea have led to the circulation of cell phone snapshots depicting rape against Guinean women....
10/1/2009 Ethics Complaint Filed Against Senator Vitter
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a bar complaint against Senator David Vitter (R-LA) with the Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel today....
9/18/2009 Military Contractor Wins Right to Sue for Rape
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled this week that former military contractor Jamie Leigh Jones' 2005 federal lawsuit filed against the Halliburton Corporation and its affiliated subsidiaries can be tried in court rather than undergoing binding arbitration....
9/11/2009 US Contractors in Afghanistan Accused of Sex Trafficking
Contractors hired to guard the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan have been accused of sex trafficking....
9/8/2009 Berlin Conference Issues Call to Action
The NGO Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Development held in Berlin last week issued a Berlin Call to Action urging immediate and international action to improve women's health and access to resources....
8/27/2009 California Senate Seeks Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
The California State Senate passed a resolution this week calling on the US Congress to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which bans gay and lesbian individuals from serving in the military....
8/26/2009 Women's Equality Day Celebrated
Today marks Women's Equality Day in the United States, commemorating the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote....
8/26/2009 Randall Terry Ejected from Town Hall Meeting
Randall Terry, the founder of the militant anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, was ejected from a town hall meeting held by Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) and former governor Howard Dean (D-VT) on Tuesday night....
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)....
8/14/2009 Esha Momeni Returns to US
Iranian authorities allowed Esha Momeni, an American graduate student and feminist activist who was imprisoned and then detained by the Iranian government, to return to the US yesterday....
8/11/2009 Reports of Rape in Iran Jails Surface
Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi announced Sunday that he has received reports of jailers raping prisoners during the government crackdown on protesters after June's disputed presidential election....
8/7/2009 Judge Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed for Supreme Court
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, was confirmed yesterday by a 68-31 vote in the Senate....
8/4/2009 First Female Filipino President Dies
Corazon Aquino, the first female president of the Philippines, died on Saturday from colon cancer....
8/3/2009 Pioneering Activists to Recieve Presidential Medal of Freedom
The White House announced last week that President Barack Obama will award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a number of pioneering feminists and civil rights leaders....
7/29/2009 Judiciary Committee Confirms Sotomayor
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-6 yesterday to approve Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the US Supreme Court....
7/28/2009 Senator Gillibrand Announces "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Hearing
Senator Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) announced yesterday that a Senate hearing on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on homosexuals in the military will be held in the fall....
7/20/2009 Former Police Officer Walks to Fight Sex Bias
Former police officer Debra Hartley will arrive in Washington, DC today after walking 225 miles from Effort, Pennsylvania in a mission to raise awareness on sex bias that impacts women in law enforcement....
7/16/2009 Judy Chu Wins Special Election
Judy Chu won the special election for California's 32nd Congressional District Tuesday and was sworn in today as the first Chinese-American woman in Congress....
7/15/2009 Former President Carter Leaves Baptist Church
Former President Jimmy Carter issued a statement Sunday announcing he is severing all ties with the Southern Baptist Church due to their treatment of women....
7/14/2009 Sotomayor Hearings Commence
Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings for the United States Supreme Court began yesterday....
7/7/2009 DC To Begin Recognizing Out-of-State Same-Sex Marriages
The District of Columbia officially began recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states this morning....
7/7/2009 Alabama School District Ends Single-Sex Classes
School officials in Lawrence County, Alabama, have agreed to end single-sex classes....
7/2/2009 DOJ Will Not Appeal Transgender Discrimination Decision
The Department of Justice chose not to appeal a decision in which a US District Judge ruled that the Library of Congress violated the Civil Rights Act in the case of Diane Schroer, a transgender woman, whose job offer from the Library of Congress was rescinded when she announced she was transitioning....
7/1/2009 El Paso Planned Parenthood Closing
The Planned Parenthood in El Paso, Texas, is closing after 72 years due to financial difficulties....
6/22/2009 NOW Elects New Leadership
The National Organization for Women (NOW) elected Terry O'Neill to be its next President in a tight race this past weekend at their national conference in Indianapolis, Indiana....
6/16/2009 2009 Human Trafficking Report Issued by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the ninth annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report today....
6/16/2009 NAACP Seeks Class Action Status for Race Discrimination Suit Against Eli Lilly
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is seeking class action status for a 2006 federal lawsuit that accuses drug manufacturer Eli Lilly of discrimination against African-American employees....
6/15/2009 VA Prison Allegedly Segregated Women on Basis of Sexual Orientation
Virginia's largest women's correctional facility allegedly segregated inmates on the basis of actual or assumed sexual orientation over the past year....
6/15/2009 Title IX Lawsuit Likely Against Florida High School Athletic Association
The Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) may face a Title IX lawsuit in response to its plan to save school districts money by reducing the number of scheduled games....
6/10/2009 Pro-Choice Candidates Nominated in Virginia
Virginia's Democratic primary election yesterday resulted in the nomination of two pro-choice candidates, Creigh Deeds for governor and Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor....
6/9/2009 LGBT Studies Chair to be Endowed at Harvard
Harvard University announced the formation of the first endowed and named chair of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) studies in the nation last week....
6/8/2009 Supreme Court Will not Hear Don't Ask, Don't Tell Case
The Supreme Court announced today that they will not hear a case that challenges the constitutionality of the federal government's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy....
6/3/2009 Polls Show Public Support for Sotomayor
Several recent polls suggest that the public supports Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee....
6/3/2009 Harriet's List Founded in Missouri
Harriet's List, a new Political Action Committee geared toward supporting progressive women candidates in Missouri, was launched yesterday at a press conference in University City, Missouri....
6/2/2009 Indian Parliament to have First Woman Speaker
Indian parliamentarian Meira Kumar is expected to become India's first female Speaker on Wednesday....
5/28/2009 Britain Reviewing Ban on Women in Face-to-Face Combat
The British Ministry of Defense announced this week that they will review a policy barring women from serving in military positions that could require them to kill an enemy in close combat....
5/27/2009 Arizona Doctor Wins Settlement in Discrimination Case
A settlement has been reached in a discrimination case filed by an Arizona doctor who alleged he had been fired as a result of his pro-choice position....
5/26/2009 Sonia Sotomayor Named Supreme Court Nominee
President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the US Supreme Court this morning....
5/20/2009 Judy Chu Wins Primary for Solis' Seat
Judy Chu won the primary race for California's 32nd Congressional district yesterday....
5/18/2009 Kuwaiti Women Win Parliament Seats
Kuwait elected its first women lawmakers to seats in Parliament Saturday....
5/18/2009 Lithuania Elects First Woman President
Dalia Grybauskaite was elected to be Lithuania's first woman president yesterday in an overwhelming victory....
5/14/2009 Women Dominate Supreme Court Nominee Short List
White House sources have confirmed a six-person short list of potential Supreme Court nominees being considered by President Obama to replace retiring Justice David Souter....
5/6/2009 DC Council Votes to Recognize Same Sex Marriages Performed in Other States
The Washington, DC Council voted in a 12 to 1 vote yesterday to recognize same sex marriages performed in other states....
4/29/2009 Sojourner Truth Bust Unveiled in DC
Michelle Obama unveiled a bust of Sojourner Truth, known for her abolitionist and women's rights work, at the US Capitol yesterday....
4/27/2009 Iceland Retains First Woman, Gay Prime Minister
Iceland formally elected Johanna Sigurdardottir, who is both the first woman and openly gay Prime Minister in the nation's history in general elections Saturday....
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....
4/20/2009 Trailblazing Feminist Elizabeth Chittick Dies
Elizabeth Chittick, the former president of the National Woman's Party, passed away last week at 100 years old....
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....
3/26/2009 Tiller Testifies in his Own Defense
Doctor George Tiller testified in his own defense yesterday in his criminal trial....
3/24/2009 Vermont Senate Overwhelmingly Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill
The Vermont Senate voted 26 to 4 yesterday in favor of a bill that would allow same-sex marriage in the state....
3/23/2009 Same-Sex Marriage Bill Unanimously Approved by Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee
The Vermont Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill Friday that would allow same-sex marriage in the state....
3/20/2009 First Woman Solicitor General Confirmed
Elena Kagan was confirmed as Solicitor General yesterday and, once sworn in, will be the first woman to hold the post....
3/17/2009 Former Representative Marilyn Musgrave to Lead Anti-Choice PAC Campaign
Former US Representative Marilyn Musgrave will be the new program director of a campaign that will target pro-choice congressional incumbents in the 2010 election cycle....
3/17/2009 Vermont Considers Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Legislative hearings on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Vermont began this week....
3/16/2009 Tiller Trial Jury Selection Begins Today
Jury selection in the criminal trial of Dr George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, begins today....
3/16/2009 Margaret Hamburg Chosen for FDA Commissioner Post
President Obama announced Saturday Dr Margaret Hamburg, New York City's former health commissioner, as his choice for Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration....
3/13/2009 New Republican Chairman Under Fire About Abortion Remarks
Michael Steele, the new Chairman of the National Republican Committee, is now drawing criticism from anti-choice forces and members of his own party after he called abortion an "individual choice" in an interview with GQ magazine. In the interview, Steele said "The choice issue cuts two ways....
3/5/2009 Christiana Thorpe Speaks on Women as the Future of Sierra Leone
Young girls who survived Sierra Leone's civil war in the 1990s are the people who will develop the nation in the future, according to Christiana Thorpe, the founding chair and former CEO of Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) in Sierra Leone....
3/4/2009 Girls Return to School in Pakistan's Swat Valley
A deal has been struck between the provincial government and local officials and militants in a northern part of Pakistan known as the Swat Valley that will allow girls to return to school there....
3/2/2009 Professor Wins Pay Discrimination Case in Texas
A professor who filed a pay discrimination suit against the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) was awarded back pay and damages by a jury....
2/24/2009 Breaking News: Hilda Solis Confirmed as Secretary of Labor
Just moments ago, the US Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Labor....
2/18/2009 Sexual Exploitation the Most Common Form of Human Trafficking, Report Finds
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has published findings showing that sexual exploitation and forced labor are the most common forms of human trafficking in the world....
2/13/2009 Hilda Solis Confirmation as Early as Today
President-elect Barack Obama's Labor Secretary nominee Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA) may be confirmed as early as today....
2/12/2009 New Anti-Choice Legislation Introduced in Arizona
Arizona state legislators introduced a bill this week that would allow pharmacists to refuse to honor prescriptions for emergency contraceptives due to moral objections....
2/9/2009 Council for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Established by President Obama
President Obama announced late last week that he plans to maintain and expand President Bush's Office on Faith Based Initiatives....
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....
1/23/2009 Arizona State House Committee Approves Late Term Abortion Ban Bill
Republican legislators in the Arizona state House Health and Human Services Committee this week approved a bill that would criminalize late term abortion except in cases where a woman's life is endangered....
1/12/2009 Hilda Solis Sails Through Confirmation Hearing
The confirmation hearing for President-elect Barack Obama's Labor Secretary nominee Representative Hilda Solis (D-CA), a leader and fighter for women and people of color, ran smoothly Friday....
1/6/2009 Women Appointed to Key Department of Justice Positions
President-elect Barack Obama announced his intention yesterday to appoint Elena Kagan to be Solicitor General and Dawn Johnson to be the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel within the Department of Justice....
12/19/2008 Strong Feminist Chosen for Labor Secretary
Hilda Solis, a leader and fighter for civil rights for women and people of color, has been chosen by President-elect Barack Obama to be his Secretary of Labor....
12/8/2008 Kansas State Supreme Court Opinion Issued Friday in Relation to Ongoing Tiller Case
The Kansas State Supreme Court issued a ruling Friday in a lawsuit related to former Attorney General Phill Kline's conduct in an ongoing case with Dr....
11/24/2008 Hearings Show Tiller May Have Been Trapped
Pre-trial hearings took place last week in the case against abortion provider Dr....
11/20/2008 Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance Honors Those Lost to Violence
Today is the tenth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which honors those of the transgender community lost to violence....
10/31/2008 Women paying more than men for health insurance
New evidence has emerged today that women pay much more than men of the same age for individual insurance policies providing identical coverage....
10/21/2008 Kansas Attorney General Claims Case Against Tiller Should Not Be Thrown Out
Kansas Attorney General Steve Six said in a statement last week that the mishandling of abortion provider Dr....
10/1/2008 Title IX Lawsuits Regarding Athletic Coaches Abound
Unequal treatment of athletic coaches under Title IX is becoming a frequent basis for lawsuits across the country....
10/1/2008 Mechanic Sues Harley Davidson Dealership Over Gender Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit yesterday against a San Francisco-based Harley Davidson dealership alleging gender discrimination against a former employee....
9/22/2008 Judge Rules Transgender Discrimination Violates Civil Rights Act
A federal judge ruled Friday that Diane Schroer, a transgender woman, was discriminated against when she was not hired as a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress' Congressional Research Service....
9/18/2008 Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Becomes New Leader of Israel's Governing Party
Tzipi Livni won the election in Israel to replace Prime Minister Elmud Olmert Thursday as head of the Kadima Party....
9/18/2008 Dr. Tiller Files to Dismiss Charges
Kansas abortion provider Dr George Tiller's attorneys filed papers Monday that seek to dismiss the criminal charges against him by the Kansas Attorney General....
9/17/2008 Department of Education Finds California College Violated Title IX
The United States Department of Education has found that San Diego's Mesa College violated Title IX legislation based on an October 2007 complaint....
9/11/2008 Michigan State Election Rules Aim to Disenfranchise Voters
The Macomb County, Michigan Republican Party Chair plans to use a list of foreclosed homes to prevent certain voters from casting ballots on November 4....
9/9/2008 Sexist Comments Continue Against Sarah Palin & Hilary Clinton
Donny Deutsch recently made sexist comments about Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin and former Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton. Deutsch appeared on CNBC's Squawk the Street (Watch the video here) and made several misogynistic comments including praising Palin for earning respect through her ability to make men "want to mate with her" and calling Senator Clinton's loss in the Democratic Primaries a direct result of the fact that she "didn't put a skirt on." Deutsch also said that "if you were gonna sell a new concept, a Woman in Power, to the American people, if it was a cereal, was a product, what ingredients would you put in? Hillary Clinton never figured it out....
9/4/2008 Two Florida Religious Freedom Ballot Measures Disqualified
Proposed amendments to the Florida state constitution were disqualified Wednesday after a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court....
8/13/2008 Joan Fitz-Gerald Loses Congressional Democratic Primary in Colorado
Joan Fitz-Gerald lost her bid to Jared Polis for the 2nd district Congressional seat in the Colorado Democratic primary last night....
8/8/2008 Abortion Stance Theorized to be Anthrax Suspect's Motive
Bruce Ivins, the biodefense researcher accused by the Department of Justice of being solely responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks, may have been motivated by personal anti-abortion politics....
8/7/2008 Anti-Abortion District Attorney Loses Kansas Republican Primary
Johnson County, Kansas District Attorney Phill Kline lost his seat in the Republican primary to Steve Howe, another anti-abortion candidate....
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....
7/15/2008 Ventura Will Not Run for Senate in Minnesota
Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota, announced Monday on "Larry King Live" that he will not run against incumbent Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) and Democratic challenger Al Franken....
7/14/2008 Cynthia McKinney will be Green Party Presidential Candidate
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was nominated by the Green Party to be its presidential candidate at the party's convention in Chicago on Saturday....
7/8/2008 Abortion Rights Leader Awarded Highest Canadian Recognition
Henry Morgentaler, the former leader of Canada's fight to legalize abortion, is receiving the highest civilian recognition in the nation, the Order of Canada....
6/24/2008 New Support for Birth Control in the Philippines
Former Filipino President Joseph Estrada is now touring the country promoting contraceptives and family planning, despite longstanding opposition from the influential Catholic Church....
6/13/2008 Feder Wins VA 10th District
Judy Feder won the Democratic primary for Virginia’s 10th district Tuesday night....
6/6/2008 Report Indicates Possible Decline in Teen Condom Use, Rise in Teen Sex
A massive study conducted by Centers for Disease Control was released Wednesday, offering new insight into the national youth’s sexual behavior....
5/30/2008 Journalists Reveal Top-Down Pressure to Support the War
As a result of former White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan’s charges that the Bush Administration’s intentionally deceived US citizens leading up to the war in Iraq, journalists are speaking out about the top-down pressure they experienced to promote the war. Jessica Yellin, a CNN journalist, admitted this week to being pressured by corporate executives at her previous network to support the Iraq War....
5/13/2008 KBR Rape Case to Go to Court
A judge ruled on Friday that an alleged Halliburton/KBR rape case can go to court, rather than closed arbitration....
5/8/2008 Feminist Candidates Win Key Victories in Primaries
Feminist candidates won key victories in the Indiana and North Carolina primaries this week....
5/1/2008 Ms. Magazine Forum Raises Awareness on International Family Planning
Ms Magazine held a forum at the National Press Club on Wednesday to raise awareness for the effort to increase funding for international family planning to $1 billion in the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act....
4/25/2008 Feminist Candidates Gear Up to Win Primaries
Feminist candidates Jill Long Thompson of Indiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina are gearing up for the primaries on May 6....
4/21/2008 Illinois House Approves GPS Tracking for Stalkers
Last week the Illinois House of Representatives unanimously approved legislation giving judges the power to order GPS tracking for violators of protection orders....
4/11/2008 Senate Votes to End Harmful Guest Worker Program
The Senate voted 91-4 yesterday to apply federal immigration laws to the US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and phase out the islands' exploitative "guest worker" program....
4/8/2008 Military Contractor in Iraq Faces More Rape Allegations
Another woman has come forward with allegations of rape by both a fellow KBR employee and a US soldier while working for KBR in Iraq....
4/1/2008 Kansas Health Department Refuses to Turn Over Records to Abortion Foe
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment refused to turn over abortion records subpoenaed by anti-abortion extremist Johnson County District Attorney Phill Kline....
3/26/2008 Domestic Violence Survivor Brings Case to International Tribunal
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic filed an addendum brief with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) this week in the landmark case of a domestic violence survivor....
3/24/2008 Anti-Abortion Congressional Leader Retires
Congressman Tom Reynolds (R-NY), former chair of the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee (RCCC) and a staunch opponent of reproductive rights, announced last week that he will not seek re-election in 2008....
3/6/2008 Missouri House Restricts Use of Mifepristone
Missouri House of Representatives introduced an amendment on a drug monitoring bill on Tuesday that would classify mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486, as a Schedule I controlled substance....
2/28/2008 New Studies on Antidepressants' Effectiveness
Two studies just released on antidepressants show that they are no more beneficial to patients suffering from depression than placebos except for patients who have severe depression....
2/13/2008 Alleged KBR Rape Victim Testifies at Another House Hearing
Jamie Leigh Jones, a former KBR employee, testified again on Tuesday at a Congressional hearing that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the Green Zone KBR camp in Iraq in 2005....
2/4/2008 Tiller Takes Patient Information Fight to KS Supreme Court
Attorneys for Dr George Tiller appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court Friday over an order from the grand jury to turn over patient medical records....
2/4/2008 Major Report Reveals Afghanistan Faltering
The Afghan Study Group (ASG), composed of a bipartisan group of leading scholars and experts on Afghanistan, released a report yesterday stating that "the mission to stabilize Afghanistan is faltering"....
2/1/2008 Sexual Harassment Suit Filed Against Hofstra University
Lauren Summa, a Hofstra University graduate student and the former athletic manager of university’s football team, has filed a lawsuit alleging that she was repeatedly sexually harassed by players on team bus trips in 2006....
1/15/2008 UM Hospital Nurses Practitioners, PAs Sue for Pay Discrimination
A group of 30 female nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the University of Michigan Health System are suing the university for wage discrimination....
1/15/2008 Pentagon Refuses to Investigate KBR Gang-Rape Allegations
Department of Defense Inspector General Claude Kicklighter has refused to investigate the allegations of gang-rape made by former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones....
1/7/2008 Women Only Political Party Formed In India
The first all-women political party, the United Women Front, has formed in India....
12/20/2007 Hearing on Alleged Halliburton/KBR Gang Rape Cover Up
Alleged rape victim Jamie Leigh Jones testified before the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terror, and Homeland Security on Wednesday....
12/18/2007 Veteran Feminist Hilda Mason Dies at 91
Veteran feminist and civil rights activist Hilda H M Mason died Sunday at the age of 91....
12/12/2007 Halliburton/KBR Cover Up Alleged Gang Rape
A Texas woman filed a federal lawsuit in May against Halliburton and its former subsidiary KBR, stating that she was drugged and gang-raped by a group of her co-workers in the KBR camp in the Green Zone in Iraq in 2005....
12/10/2007 Former Fresno State Coach Wins $19 Million in Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit
Former Fresno State women’s basketball coach Stacy Johnson-Klein was awarded $19 million last week in a sex discrimination lawsuit against the school....
12/4/2007 Pharmacist Sues After Being Fired for Refusing to Dispense EC
A Detroit pharmacist is suing his former employer, Target, alleging that he was fired for refusing to dispense emergency contraceptives....
11/13/2007 Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Extremist to Remove Threats to Clinic Staff from Website
A federal judge last week ordered anti-abortion extremist John Dunkle to remove message from his website that threatened clinic physicians and staff....
11/1/2007 Pioneer Feminist Journalist Dies; Paid Sistership in Her Honor
Mal Johnson, who was the first woman reporter hired by Cox Radio and Television New, died over the past weekend....
10/31/2007 National Partnership for Women & Families Becomes Publisher
Debra Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women & Families, just announced, as of November 5, the National Partnership will become the publisher of the Daily Women's Health Policy Report, currently published the Kaiser Family Foundation....
10/26/2007 Pelosi House Makes History
The Pelosi House of Representatives made history this week as it conducted its 1,000th roll call vote of the year....
10/26/2007 Abortion Foes Threaten Planned Parenthood Federal Funding
Anti-abortion groups are urging Congress to suspend Planned Parenthood’s federal funding....
10/25/2007 Global Gag Rule Hearings Scheduled
A Congressional hearing on the Global Gag Rule has been rescheduled for October 31....
10/19/2007 Former Kansas Attorney General Renews Attack on Planned Parenthood
Phill Kline, the former Kansas attorney general and extreme abortion-rights foe, has used his new position as Johnson County district attorney to levy more than 100 charges against Comprehensive Health of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri....
10/18/2007 Feminist Majority Weighs in on Mukasey Hearings
The Feminist Majority joined National Organization for Women, The National Women’s Law Center, and other women’s rights and reproductive health groups in urging lawmakers to question Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey on key issues....
10/17/2007 Nancy Tsongas Wins House Seat in MA
Nancy Tsongas will be the first woman to represent the state of Massachusetts in Congress since 1983 and the first woman to represent Massachusetts’ fifth district since 1960....
10/16/2007 Church To Sell Convents to Pay Off Sex Abuse Settlement
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is evicting nuns from their convents in order to sell the buildings to help pay off a $660 million settlement with victims of pedophile priests....
10/10/2007 CODEPINK Activists Refused Entry to Canada
CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin and fellow peace activist Ann Wright, a retired colonel and former US diplomat, were recently turned back when trying to enter Canada at Niagara Falls....
10/9/2007 International Tribunal to Consider US Domestic Violence Case
An international human rights tribunal has accepted a petition by a US mother of three small girls who were murdered by her estranged husband after local police refused to act....
10/9/2007 Three More Women Claim Discrimination by Madison Square Garden
After being ordered to pay millions in punitive damages to a former executive last week for sex discrimination (including sexual harassment by New York Knick’s coach Isiah Thomas), Madison Square Garden (MSG) is again facing charges of discrimination and sexual harassment. Diane Henson and an unnamed co-worker who worked as security supervisors at MSG are set to file a lawsuit claiming that they were denied promotions because they were African American women, according to the New York Post....
10/3/2007 New York Knicks Coach Found Guilty of Sexual Harassment
A federal jury found New York Knicks coach Isiah Thomas guilty of sexual harassment Tuesday and ordered Madison Square Garden (MSG), the team’s owner, to pay millions in punitive damages to former executive Anucha Browne Sanders....
9/20/2007 Israeli Women Should Be Allowed to Serve in All Combat Roles, Commission Will Recommend
A commission appointed by the Israeli army is set to recommend that previously all-male areas of the country’s defense forces be opened to women soldiers....
9/20/2007 Court Dismisses Appeal on Mandated Reporting of Underage Sex
A federal appeals court ended former Kansas Attorney General Phil Kline’s quest to require health care providers and counselors to report all adolescent sexual activity, even kissing....
9/17/2007 Liberal Scholar's Dean Contract Revoked
Widespread controversy arose last week as the University of California at Irvine's new law school revoked its offer of the Dean position to respected liberal constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky....
9/7/2007 Feminists Well-Represented Among Forbes' Most Powerful Women
In its annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women, Forbes Magazine included several feminists and friends of the women's movement, demonstrating the power women can hold when they believe in equality....
9/5/2007 Niki Tsongas Wins Primary in MA-5
Niki Tsongas won the Democratic primary yesterday for her Congressional bid in Massachusetts' fifth district, where US Representative Martin Meehan (D) has announced he will be stepping down after serving in Congress for 14 years....
8/31/2007 Emails Confirm Political Pressure on Former Surgeon General
Emails released by Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) yesterday confirm claims by former Surgeon General Richard Carmona that he was subject to political pressure and interference by the Bush administration during his tenure in the position....
8/30/2007 New Report Shows Hope, Dire Conditions in Afghanistan
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and the United Nations Refugee Agency released a report today assessing the status of economic and social rights in Afghanistan....
8/27/2007 Embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Resigns
After months of calls by both Democrats and Republicans in Congress for his resignation, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced this morning that he was stepping down, effective September 17....
8/22/2007 New Judge Assigned in Tiller Case
District Judge Clark V Owens was appointed yesterday to preside over a case involving later term abortion provider George Tiller after the previous judge drew attention for his anti-abortion views....
8/14/2007 Tiller's Case Reassigned to Anti-Abortion Judge
After anti-abortion groups raised complaints that a judge handling an abortion provider's case would not be impartial, the case has been reassigned to a former anti-abortion Kansas state legislator....
8/9/2007 Court Rules in Favor of Pharmacist Who Withheld Plan B
A US District Judge in Illinois last week ruled in favor of a pharmacist who refused to dispense emergency contraception (EC or Plan B) to a patient for personal and moral reasons....
8/6/2007 Dr. George Tiller Enters Not Guilty Pleas to 19 Charges
Facing 19 misdemeanor charges for consulting a doctor with whom he allegedly has legal and financial ties, Doctor George Tiller reported for processing on Friday while his attorneys submitted not guilty pleas to all counts on his behalf....
7/27/2007 Feminist Leaders Speak on Women's Health
Leading women members of Congress spoke about the politics of women's health yesterday at an event on Capitol Hill organized by the Feminist Majority Foundation and Ms Magazine....
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....
7/26/2007 Former Employees Ask Senators to Block EEOC Nominee
Former employees who worked under David Palmer at the Department of Justice have sent a letter to ranking senators, asking that they oppose President Bush's recent re-nomination of Palmer to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, McClatchy Newspapers reports....
7/26/2007 House Committee Approves Contempt of Congress Citations
The House Judiciary Committee voted yesterday to send contempt of Congress citations to the House floor for White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, both of whom failed to appear before Congress to testify about the firings of several US attorneys....
7/25/2007 Berkeley Sex-Bias Suit Settled in Coach's Favor
A former University of California, Berkeley athletic director and swim coach will be rehired with back pay after settling a 2004 lawsuit in which she alleged that she was improperly dismissed in retaliation for accusing the university of sex discrimination....
7/19/2007 Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Discuss Women's Rights, Health
Three Democratic presidential candidates Senator Hillary Clinton (NY), Senator Barack Obama (IL), and former Senator John Edwards (NC), represented by his wife Elizabeth Edwards, shared their positions yesterday on current reproductive health care issues....
7/17/2007 Update: Anti-Abortion Protestors Target Birmingham and Wichita
Anti-abortion protestors have gathered in both Birmingham, Alabama and Wichita, Kansas to target women's health and abortion clinics....
7/13/2007 Anti-Abortion Activists Descend on Birmingham and Wichita
Birmingham, Alabama and Wichita, Kansas are the targets of protests by anti-abortion groups this weekend....
7/12/2007 Environmentalist and Feminist Lady Bird Johnson Dies at 94
Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, a supporter of women's rights and a passionate environmentalist, died last night of respiratory failure at the age of 94....
7/12/2007 Paycheck Fairness Act Moves in the US House
The US House Education and Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protection held its second hearing yesterday on the Paycheck Fairness Act (HR 1338)....
7/12/2007 Feminist Hypocrisy Watch: Sen. Vitter Exposed as Patron of Escort Service and Brothel
Louisiana Senator David Vitter (R) has admitted to patronizing a high-end DC escort service and has been implicated as a patron of a New Orleans high-priced brothel....
7/10/2007 Live Earth Organizers Seek to Build Movement to Stop Global Warming
On Saturday, the Live Earth concerts rocked seven continents for 24 hours to raise awareness about global warming and inspire individuals around the world to join the movement to stop global warming....
6/26/2007 Kansas Moves to Ban Late-Term Abortions
Kansas State Representative Arlen Siegfried (R), the chairman of the Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee, announced that he will fight for a bill banning all abortions after the 21st week of pregnancy....
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....
6/22/2007 House Approves Bill Giving Birth Control to Foreign Organizations
The House voted yesterday to approve a measure that would reverse a ban on donating contraceptives to foreign organizations that perform or promote abortion....
6/19/2007 Former President Clinton Promotes Small Change to Make Big Difference for Women
Former President Bill Clinton addressed a packed audience at a luncheon for the National Partnership for Women and Families last week, highlighting how small policy changes in the US could radically affect women's lives....
6/18/2007 Colombia to Pass Law Giving Rights to Same-Sex Couples
With backing from President Alvaro Uribe, a Colombian bill giving same-sex couples rights to health insurance, inheritance, and social security that recently passed by a 62-43 vote in Congress is likely to become law....
6/12/2007 Women Voters Make the Difference in Clinton's Support
New polls show that Senator Hillary Clinton's (NY) solid lead in the polls for the Democratic candidate for president is a result of women voters....
6/5/2007 Hundreds of Feminists of Color Gather to Talk About Sex
SisterSong, an Atlanta-based reproductive justice collective, hosted its 2007 National Conference, called "Let's Talk about Sex," last weekend in Chicago....
5/22/2007 Women's Rights Activist Suspended from Afghan Parliament
Women's rights activist and lawmaker Malalai Joya, a 29-year-old from the Farah province, was suspended from the Afghan Parliament yesterday after she described the Parliament as a barn full of animals....
5/16/2007 Women's and Children's Rights Advocate, Police Commander Gwen Elliott Dies
Gwen Elliott, a champion of women's and children's rights, died from brain cancer at her home on Monday....
5/8/2007 Two Women Appeal Rape Case Against the University of Colorado
Two women who allege they were sexually assaulted by University of Colorado (CU) football players in 2001 are asking the federal Court of Appeals to revive their lawsuit against the school for fostering a climate conducive to sexual assault by men athletes....
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....
5/3/2007 World Bank Approves Family Planning Policy Without Changes
The World Bank approved a new policy on Health, Nutrition, and Population that preserves language on family planning....
5/1/2007 Bush's Chief for USAID, HIV Prevention Resigns Over Sex Scandal
Randall Tobias, Director of US Foreign Assistance and Adminstrator of the Agency for International Development (USAID), has resigned after admitting that he had used a DC escort service....
4/27/2007 Morgan Stanley Settles $46 Million Sex Bias Class-Action Lawsuit
Morgan Stanley settled a sex bias class-action lawsuit for $46 million on Tuesday....
4/25/2007 Family Planning Advocates Delay Proposed World Bank Policy Changes on Reproductive Health
The World Bank Board of Directors opted to defer a decision on changing its Strategy for Health, Nutrition, and Population after representatives from several European countries voiced objections to the proposals....
4/23/2007 Juanita Millender-McDonald, Feminist and Civil Rights Advocate, Dies
Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, who had just become the first African-American woman chair of the powerful House Administration Committee, died of colon cancer....
4/17/2007 World Bank Deletes References to Family Planning
World Bank Managing Director Juan Jose Daboub deleted all references to family planning last week from a loan program for Madagascar, an island nation off the southeastern coast of Africa....
4/5/2007 NM Governor Changes Position, Will Veto HPV Vaccine Bil
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) announced Tuesday that he has reversed his former position and now intends to veto a bill that requires girls entering the sixth grade to receive the HPV vaccine....
4/2/2007 Mexico City Lawmakers Begin Hearings on Abortion Bill
Hearings on a bill that would legalize abortion for women in Mexico City during the first three months of pregnancy began on Wednesday....
3/30/2007 Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Try to Reopen Tiller Case
Kansas anti-abortion lawmakers introduced a resolution on Monday designed to compel recently elected Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison (D) to file charges against George Tiller, the late-term abortion provider who was repeatedly targeted by former KS Attorney General Phill Kline (R)....
3/26/2007 Penn State Women's Basketball Coach Resigns after Discrimination Lawsuits
Penn State women's basketball coach, Rene Portland, who had been accused of discriminating against lesbian players on her team, resigned Wednesday after 27 years coaching the Lady Lions....
3/23/2007 DC: Young Women to Learn About Leadership from Campus to Congress
The Feminist Majority Foundation's National Young Women's Leadership Conference: From Campus to Congress will start tomorrow, kicking off an exciting weekend of plenary sessions, workshops, and guest speakers....
3/16/2007 Former UCLA Prof. Receives $4 million in Sex Discrimination Case
A former employee of the University of California - Los Angeles has been awarded over $4 million after winning a sex discrimination case against the Regents of the University of California....
3/16/2007 EC Now Required in Colorado Emergency Rooms
Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill Thursday that will require hospital emergency rooms to provide information about emergency contraception (EC) to victims of sexual assault....
3/6/2007 Claim Filed Against US for International Human Rights Violation
A landmark case was heard by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Friday, in which a domestic violence victim is filing an individual complaint against the US for international human rights violations....
2/26/2007 Woman Colonel Urges Troops to Refuse Orders if US Attacks Iran
Adding to the chorus of women leaders demanding that President Bush retreat from the possibility of war against Iran, retired Army Reserves Colonel and former high-ranking diplomat Mary Ann Wright asked military personnel to refuse potentially imminent orders to attack Iran....
2/23/2007 Finally! Equal Pay for Equal Play at Wimbledon
Thirty-nine years after the famed Wimbledon tennis tournament first became a professional event, women singles players will finally receive prize money equal to that of their male counterparts. When Billie Jean King was the "ladies" singles champion at the famed British venue in 1968, she received 750 British pounds, while men's champion Rod Layer won 2,000....
2/22/2007 Egyptian Feminist’s Book is Recalled and Destroyed for ‘Offending Religion’
All copies of Egyptian feminist writer, activist and medical doctor Nawal Al Saadawi's latest book, God Resigns in the Summit Meeting, were removed from circulation and destroyed last week by her publisher Mahmoud Madbouli, according to German news service Deutsche Press Agenter....
2/20/2007 As Latest Corruption Scandals Break, Women-Led Watchdog Group Releases Report on Bush Administration
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is investigating a former Justice Department official’s joint purchase of a vacation home with an oil and gas company lobbyist, reports the Associated Press....
2/15/2007 Case Closed: KS Supreme Court Dismisses Charges against Dr. Tiller
The Kansas Supreme Court has granted Attorney General Paul Morrison's (D) request that charges against George Tiller, one of the country's few providers of late-term abortion, be dropped....
2/12/2007 Harvard Elects Woman President
Drew Gilpin Faust, a current Harvard dean and history professor, has been named the first woman president of Harvard University....
2/9/2007 Hearings Held on Conditions in Mariana Islands
The US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources held hearings yesterday on the labor, immigration, law enforcement, and economic conditions in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands....
2/7/2007 Settlement Reached in Penn State Basketball Homophobia Case
Jen Harris, a former basketball player for Pennsylvania State University, has reached an "amicable" settlement of a discrimination lawsuit filed against the university, its athletic director, and its women's basketball coach, Rene Portland....
2/7/2007 Court Rules: Wal-Mart to Face Gender Bias Trial
A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that a class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart, the world's largest private employer, will go to trial....
2/6/2007 High-Profile Hairdresser Faces Two Sexual Harassment Lawsuits
Andre Chreky, hair stylist to the Washington DC elite and longtime hairdresser to first lady Laura Bush, is facing sexual harassment charges for the second time in four months....
1/24/2007 California Title IX Case Settled for $725,000
Former University of California-Davis wrestling coach Michael Burch will receive a $725,000 settlement from UC-Davis after alleging that the university failed to renew his contract in retaliation for speaking out after the women's wrestling team was cut....
1/23/2007 Israeli President Faces Rape Charges
Israeli Attorney General Meni Mazuz announced this morning that he intends to charge Israeli President Moshe Katsav for rape, sexual harassment, and the abuse of power....
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....
1/11/2007 Tiller Did Not Break Reporting Laws, District Attorney Finds
Sedgwick County District Attorney Nola Foulston has cleared George Tiller of allegations by former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline that Tiller broke state laws requiring him to report suspicions of underage sex....
1/10/2007 Controversial Bush Judicial Nominees Withdrawn
Less than two months after re-nominating four controversial Court of Appeals nominees during the lame duck session, President Bush did not include these men in his first list of judicial nominees to the new Congress....
1/9/2007 ACLU Challenges Gender Discrimination on California Marriage Forms
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU/SC) is suing California over an antiquated marriage law that makes it easier for women to assume their husbands' last names than for a man to assume his wife's....
1/8/2007 Ohio: Outgoing Governor Signed Anti-Abortion Bill into Law
Before leaving his office as Ohio Governor, Bob Taft (R) last Thursday signed House Bill 239, which officially declares the state's preference for childbirth over abortion and prohibits the use of public funding to subsidize abortion for poor women....
12/11/2006 Election Results In for Kilroy and Carter
Mary Jo Kilroy (D), a candidate for the US House seat in Ohio's 13th district, and Karen Carter (D), who took part in a run-off election this weekend for the US House seat in Louisiana's 2nd district, both lost their close races....
12/1/2006 Clinton Announces Plan for Children with HIV/AIDS
Former President Bill Clinton announced yesterday that his charitable foundation has successfully negotiated a deal with two Indian drug companies that will dramatically reduce the cost of treating children with HIV/AIDS....
11/28/2006 AAUW Celebrates 125 Years
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), one of the oldest national women�s rights organizations, celebrates its 125th anniversary today....
11/27/2006 John Hopkins Calls for Gender Parity, Better Work-Life Balance for Faculty
Johns Hopkins University has endorsed recommendations outlined in the 2006 Report of the University Committee on the Status of Women at the Johns Hopkins University that include the prioritization of gender parity, women�s concerns, and work-life balance for faculty....
11/20/2006 FDA Approves Silicone Breast Implants After 14-Year Ban
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ended a 14-year ban of silicone gel-filled breast implants on Friday, even as it acknowledged side effects including "the hardening of the area around the implant, breast pain, change in nipple sensation, implant rupture, and the need for additional surgery"....
11/10/2006 Progressives Set To Be Largest Democratic Congressional Caucus
US Representatives Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), the co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), have announced that they expect at least seven new members of Congress to join the CPC and that the CPC will be the largest sub-group of the Democratic party in the 110th Congress....
11/9/2006 EC Available OTC Soon; CRR to Subpoena EC White House Documents
The Reproductive Health Technologies Project announced on Monday that emergency contraception (EC) will be available behind pharmacy counters without a prescription for women 18 years and older as early as this week....
11/8/2006 Rep. Nancy Pelosi Set to Become First Woman Speaker of the House
With Democrats winning a majority of the seats in the House yesterday, House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will become the first woman and self-declared feminist Speaker of the House in history....
11/7/2006 Democrats Win Governors' Races
CNN has projected several gubernatorial wins for Democrats....
10/25/2006 Senators Feinstein, Snowe Request Full Investigation of Breast Implants by FDA
Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) sent a joint letter last week to Andrew von Eschenbach, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling for a full investigation of the silicone breast implant maker Mentor....
10/24/2006 Maryland Restores Medicaid Coverage for Immigrant Women and Children
Maryland will reinstate a $7 million Medicaid program for immigrant pregnant women and children after a court ruled that it was unacceptable to cut them from the Medicaid program....
10/24/2006 Record Number of Women Running in State Elections
A record number of women are running for state legislative seats this year, with 10 percent more women candidates running than in 2004....
10/20/2006 FDA Urged to Investigate Hidden Information About Silicone Breast Implants
Consumer activist organization Public Citizen called for a Food and Drug Administration investigation of silicone gel breast implants maker Mentor Corporation after a former employee reported that Mentor was aware of dangerous side effects of the implants, but hid them from the FDA....
10/19/2006 Foley Names Childhood Abuser
According to his lawyers, former Representative Mark Foley (R-FL) has reported the name of the Catholic priest who allegedly abused him as a teenager to prosecutors....
10/17/2006 Former FDA Head to Plead Guilty on Stock Charges
Lester Crawford, the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will plead guilty today to making a false statement and falsely denying a conflict of interest regarding his stock holdings....
10/13/2006 CODEPINK's 'Give Peace a Vote' Campaign Gains Momentum
The women's peace group CODEPINK has received a huge response to its online campaign to create an anti-war voting bloc....
10/6/2006 Supreme Court to Consider Abortion Procedures Ban in November
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear several contentious cases during its current term, including two cases considering the constitutionality of the so-called "partial-birth" abortion ban passed by Congress and signed by President Bush in November of 2003....
10/2/2006 Foley Scandal Grows
The impact of the widely reported scandal involving former Representative Mark Foley continues to grow....
9/22/2006 New Legislation Demands Scientific Fairness for Women
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a new bill, the FDA Scientific Fairness for Women Act, in the House yesterday....
9/19/2006 Women's Rights Groups Advocate Woman as UN Secretary-General
As the United Nations general session opens today, presided over for the first time by a woman, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, women's groups such as the National Organization for Women and Equality Now are arguing that the UN must select a woman as its next Secretary-General....
9/15/2006 Global Protest Calls for UN Intervention in Darfur
In a global "Day for Darfur" on Sunday, September 17, activists in thirty-seven countries will speak out to demand intervention in the escalating humanitarian crisis in western Sudan....
9/14/2006 Former Texas Governor and Feminist Leader Ann Richards Dies
Former Texas Governor and feminist leader Ann Richards died Wednesday after a six-month long struggle with esophageal cancer....
9/1/2006 Bush to Resubmit Extreme Right-Wing Nominees to Federal Bench
President Bush has announced that he will re-nominate five of his most contentious nominees to serve on federal appellate courts when the Senate reconvenes next week....
8/28/2006 Significant Increase in Misconduct by Military Recruiters
In a recent investigative study, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported a significant increase of inappropriate conduct by military recruiters....
8/24/2006 One-Fifth of Citadel Women Have Been Sexually Assaulted
According to an internal investigative survey, the Citadel found that nearly 20 percent of its current female cadets reported being sexually assaulted since enrolling in the military college....
8/23/2006 Israeli Police Investigate Sex Harassment Allegations Against President
Israeli President Moshe Katsav is being investigated after two former female employees accused him of forcing sex on them....
8/3/2006 Pakistan to Consider Amending Rape Laws
The Pakistani parliament will consider and likely approve a bill that would ease overly strict restrictions applied under Islamic law that make it nearly impossible to prove a woman has been raped....
8/2/2006 Fox News Pays Settlement in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
Fox News Network, a unit of Rupert Murdoch's media empire, has settled a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on the behalf of four former employees....
7/24/2006 NOW Celebrates 40th Anniversary
Hundreds of feminists gathered in Albany, New York this past weekend to celebrate the National Organization for Women's 40th anniversary....
7/20/2006 Christian Coalition Leader Loses Big in Primary for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia
Former Christian Coalition Leader and chairman of the Georgia Republican Party Ralph Reed lost the primary for the Lieutenant Governor of Georgia yesterday....
7/18/2006 Ralph Reed, Linked to Abramoff, Faces Tough Primary Race in Georgia
Former Christian Coalition Executive Director Ralph Reed faces a tough primary race today for lieutenant governor of Georgia....
7/17/2006 Pro-Choice Supporters Rally in Mississippi
Pro-choice forces held a rally on Saturday in Mississippi to counter a week of planned protests by the anti-abortion group Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue)....
7/11/2006 Pakistan to Free More than 1,000 Women
Pakistan's President signed an amendment to a controversial Islamic law on Friday that will allow 1,300 women facing charges of adultery and other minor crimes to be released from prison on bail....
7/5/2006 American Ex-Solider Accused of Rape, Murder in Iraq
A former US soldier was accused on Monday of raping and murdering a young Iraqi woman and killing her three family members in their home....
6/14/2006 Former FDA Head Deposed on Plan B
This week, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) released the deposition of former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Lester Crawford, which was made on May 24....
6/9/2006 Bahraini Government Appoints First Woman Judge
Tuesday marked a significant day in the history of the Gulf region as the first woman was appointed judge in Bahrain's government....
6/1/2006 US Military in Iraq Kill Two Women Headed to Maternity Hospital
A pregnant woman and her cousin were killed by gunfire from US forces in Iraq as they sped through an observation post to meet the waiting father-to-be at the hospital....
5/25/2006 More Evidence of Improper Involvement in FDA's EC Decisions
Court transcripts released today indicate that the most recent Commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) were unusually involved in decisions regarding the over-the-counter application for the emergency contraceptive Plan B....
5/24/2006 House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Mifepristone
In a sometimes contentious hearing, a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives Government Reform committee last week heard testimony and debated whether mifepristone (RU 486) should be removed from the market....
5/19/2006 Senators Urge Frist to Schedule Vote on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
A press conference was held on Tuesday to encourage Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) to schedule a long-delayed vote on embryonic stem cell research....
5/10/2006 New Augusta National Chair Continues Discrimination Against Women
Billy Payne, new chair of Augusta National Golf Club, has stated that he will uphold the all-male club's practice of denying membership to women....
5/9/2006 OB-GYN Claims Hospital Fired Him for Supporting Abortion Training
J Christopher Carey, MD, former director of an OB-GYN residency program, has filed suit against his Phoenix, Arizona hospital, claiming he was fired because of his public support of providing abortion training to OB-GYN residents....
5/8/2006 Report Finds Widespread Sexual Exploitation of Girls in War Torn Liberia
The United Kingdom's branch of Save the Children, a non-governmental organization (NGO), has released a report outlining the widespread sexual exploitation of Liberian girls, who are often forced to have sex in order to have access to basic necessities....
5/4/2006 Betty Sutton Wins Ohio Primary
Betty Sutton, a pro-choice, Democratic Ohio State Representative, won her primary election and will now be the Democratic Party candidate for the US House of Representatives from Ohio's 13th Congressional District....
4/27/2006 Penn State's Discriminatory Coach Reprimanded
Pennsylvania State University has reprimanded women's basketball coach Rene Portland for her discrimination against former player Jennifer Harris....
4/13/2006 Francine Busby Top Vote-Getter in San Diego Special Election
Democrat Francine Busby won 44 percent of the vote to replace jailed Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham (R) in a special election held yesterday....
4/10/2006 ExxonMobil Shareholders Teed Off Over Masters Sponsorship
A group of ExxonMobil shareholders has filed a resolution charging Exxon with discrimination for sponsoring the annual Masters golf tournament....
3/29/2006 Pro-Choice Voices Missing From New York Times Op-Eds
A new study has revealed that the voices of anti-choice men dominate The New York Times' op-eds about abortion....
3/22/2006 Acting Commissioner von Eschenbach Denies Political Influence at the FDA
Andrew von Eschenbach, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and nominee to the permanent position, denied any undue influence from the Bush administration....
3/20/2006 Chechnya's New Prime Minister Mandates Headscarves for Women
On his fourth day in office as Chechnya's prime minister, Ramzan Kadyrov banned women from appearing without headscarves in official institutions....
3/16/2006 Liberian President Addresses Congress in Historic Joint Session
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first democratically elected woman head of state in Africa, became the eighth woman and fifth African head of state to speak in front of both houses of Congress on Wednesday....
3/16/2006 Former Justice O’Connor Warns of Beginnings of Dictatorship in US
At a speech at Georgetown University, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor warned that the current levels of interference with and attacks on the nation's independent judiciary are the first steps towards dictatorship....
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....
3/8/2006 FDA Office of Women's Health Publishes Progress Report, Ignores Plan B
The Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health (OWH) released a progress report yesterday on its first decade of work....
2/22/2006 Harvard's Summers to Resign
Harvard University President Lawrence Summers, who outraged faculty and women around the country with his remarks on women and the sciences, has announced that he will resign at the end of this academic year....
2/22/2006 FDA Controversy Over Plan B Continues
In the past week, there have been several developments related to the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) delay in making a decision about over-the-counter status for the emergency contraceptive Plan B....
2/10/2006 Ms Magazine Associate Publisher Named Young Woman of Achievement
Ms Magazine Associate Publisher Alicia Daly was honored with a "Young Woman of Achievement" Award by the Women's Information Network (WIN) at their 13th annual awards event on Wednesday evening....
2/4/2006 Feminist Giant Betty Friedan Dies at 85
Betty Friedan, author of the groundbreaking book (The Feminine Mystique)that helped launch the contemporary women's movement, died today at the age of 85....
2/3/2006 Women Sue Wal-Mart Over Emergency Contraception
Three women in Massachusetts have sued Wal-Mart over its refusal to stock emergency contraception in its pharmacies, calling it a violation of state law that requires pharmacies carry all "commonly prescribed medications." The women, Katrina McCarty, Julia Battel, and Dr....
1/25/2006 PA: Anti-Choice Democratic Senate Candidate Casey Supports Alito
Robert Casey, an anti-choice Democrat who is challenging Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) in November, has outraged women's rights supporters by announcing his support for confirming Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court....
1/12/2006 Planned Parenthood Chooses New President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has announced that Cecile Richards will be its next president....
1/11/2006 Kennedy Calls for a Subpoena Into CAP Records
Senator Kennedy (D-MA) is calling for the Senate Judiciary Committee to issue a subpoena into the Concerned Alumni of Princeton (CAP) Library of Congress records because Senator Kennedy said Alito's response to questions on CAP do not add up....
1/6/2006 Senators Troubled by Alito Record on Executive Power, Commerce Clause, Women's Rights
With Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Samuel Alito set to begin on Monday January 9, leading Senators on the committee held press events yesterday....
1/5/2006 International Peacekeeping Troops to Increase in Afghanistan
For several years, feminists have urged that the number of international peacekeeping (ISAF) troops in Afghanistan be increased and that they be deployed throughout the nation....
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....
12/9/2005 Best Buy Charged with Race and Sex Discrimination
On Thursday, six current and former employees of electronics retailer Best Buy filed a complaint alleging that the chain discriminated against women and minorities in hiring, pay, and promotions in violation of state and federal laws....
12/7/2005 Whistleblower Alleges Defects in Silicone Implants
A former employee of Mentor Corporation, manufacturer of silicone breast implants, came forward this week alleging that the company corrected leakage defects in doctors' samples, but not in implants intended for use in women's bodies....
11/15/2005 Congressional Report Calls FDA Review of Plan B 'Unusual'
In a report issued yesterday, the independent Government Accountability Office (GAO) questioned the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) handling of the application for over-the-counter use for emergency contraception Plan B....
11/9/2005 Parental Notification, Redistricting Ballot Measures Fail in California
In an impressive victory for women's health advocates, voters in California defeated a ballot measure (proposition 73) that would have required doctors to notify the parents of young women under the age of 18 before performing an abortion....
11/9/2005 Fox News Faces Sex-Discrimination Suit
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a sex-discrimination suit on Monday against Fox News, on behalf of former employee Kim Weiler....
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....
11/2/2005 MI: Anti-Affirmative Action Measure Will be on 2006 Ballot
The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that the Board of State Canvassers should approve petitions that would put an initiative to end affirmative action on the November 2006 ballot....
10/26/2005 HHS to Investigate Crawford's Resignation from FDA
The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General on Monday confirmed that his office is investigating the sudden resignation of former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford....
10/20/2005 Liberia One Step Closer to First Female African President
Liberians voted last Tuesday for the first time since the 14-year civil war ravaged the country under Charles Taylor....
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 Women’s Rights Coalition Demands Withdrawal of Bush's Nomination of Sauerbrey
The Feminist Majority Foundation, along with nine other women's rights and health organizations has called for the withdrawal of President Bush's nomination of Ellen Sauerbrey to be Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration....
10/12/2005 Angela Merkel Named First Woman Chancellor of Germany
Angela Merkel will replace Gerhard Schroeder as chancellor of Germany, becoming the first woman and first East German to hold the office....
10/10/2005 Liberia Could Elect First Woman President
Liberia could elect its first female president on Tuesday....
9/28/2005 BREAKING NEWS: DeLay Indicted by Texas Grand Jury
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) was indicted today on one count of criminal conspiracy by a grand jury in Texas for violating the state's election code....
9/26/2005 Sheri O'Dell, Feminist Leader, Dies at 62
Sheri O'Dell, former action vice president for the National Organization for Women (NOW) (1987-1990) under both Eleanor Smeal and Molly Yard, died Sunday morning after a battle with lung cancer....
9/21/2005 Feminist Leader Molly Yard Dies
Molly Yard, an indefatigable advocate for women's rights, passed away last night in her sleep in Pittsburgh at the age of 93....
9/20/2005 SPECIAL REPORT: Brave Afghan Women Vote, Run for Office Amidst Violence
Media reports on the parliamentary elections in Afghanistan on Sunday were varied and scant....
9/20/2005 Massachusetts Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban
In a victory for same-sex marriage, the Massachusetts legislature rejected a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage but legalize civil unions last week....
8/25/2005 Bargaining Away Iraqi Women's Rights
A meeting to finalize the Iraq constitution, scheduled for tonight, has been canceled, delaying the adoption of the new constitution yet again....
8/24/2005 Pat Robertson Encourages US Assassination of Venezuelan President
Televangelist Pat Robertson, on an episode of his show "The 700 Club," said that the United States should assassinate Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected president of Venezuela....
8/23/2005 Morgan Stanley Settlement of $40 Million Goes to 67 Women
The $54 million settlement of a sex discrimination case against Morgan Stanley last year includes $40 million that will go to 67 current and former female employees who filed successful claims....
8/22/2005 Newly Released Memos Confirm Roberts' Hostility to Women’s Rights
Papers released on Thursday by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library show that John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, was hostile to measures designed to protect and expand women's rights....
8/18/2005 PA Police Reinstate Woman Whistleblower
The Pennsylvania State Police has announced that Cynthia Transue, who was removed from her position as deputy commissioner in June, has a new position as deputy for special projects....
8/9/2005 Bush Administration Urges Supreme Court to Uphold NH Parental Notification Law
Despite the lack of an exception to protect a young woman's health, the Bush administration advised the Supreme Court yesterday to rule in favor of a New Hampshire law requiring physicians to notify at least one of a minor's parents 48 hours before performing an abortion....
8/1/2005 Ohio Newspaper Finds Authorities Complicit in Priest Sex Abuse Cover-Up
A major newspaper in Ohio conducted a three-month investigation into the priest sex abuse cover-up in Ohio, finding that in many cases police and other authorities were complicit....
7/27/2005 A More Right-Wing Roberts Being Revealed Daily
The White House released some of the papers of John Roberts, Bush's nominee to the Supreme Court, but refused to release papers from when Roberts was deputy solicitor general under the George Bush, Sr from 1989 to 1993....
7/14/2005 Doctors Demand Supreme Court Justice Who Will Protect Legal Abortion
Fourteen doctors who provided or helped women access abortion before it was legalized in the US issued a joint statement this week calling for a pro-choice justice to replace former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
7/7/2005 Female Firefighters Sue Fairfax County, Virginia
Five female firefighters in conjunction with the Fairfax County Women Firefighters' Association filed a lawsuit against Fairfax County, in the US District Court of Alexandria, VA, charging the fire department with a pattern of discrimination in its promotion, hiring, and housing dealings....
7/5/2005 Women Leaders Rally for Abortion Rights
Feminist leaders and activists rallied in Tennessee over the weekend declaring a state of emergency for women's rights with the resignation of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor....
7/1/2005 Spain Legalizes Gay Marriage, California Court Upholds Domestic Partner Benefits Law
Spain's Parliament approved a bill this week legalizing same-sex marriage....
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....
6/21/2005 Public Broadcasting Could Lose Half its Government Funding
The US House of Representatives will vote as early as tomorrow on legislation that would cut federal funding to public broadcasting by 46 percent....
6/20/2005 Controversial Judicial Nominee to Get Senate Vote
Fourteen years after first being nominated to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, controversial US District Court Judge Terrence Boyle will face a vote on the Senate floor....
6/3/2005 Bahrain Files Charges to Silence Women's Activist
Ghada Jamsheer, the head of the Women's Petition Committee (WPC) in Bahrain, faces three trials for slander this month as a result of her involvement in family law cases and her criticisms of Bahrain's sharia judges....
6/1/2005 Sima Samar Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Brown University
Sima Samar, former Ms Magazine Woman of the Year and long-time champion of women's rights in Afghanistan, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters during Brown University's 237th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday....
4/13/2005 Cardinal Involved in Priest Abuse Scandal Eulogizes Pope
Several American Cardinals chose to avoid a special service in honor of Pope John Paul II on Monday conducted by Cardinal Bernard Law, the controversial former archbishop of Boston....
4/11/2005 Feminist Scholar Andrea Dworkin Dies at 58
Andrea Dworkin, a feminist icon and scholar, died on Saturday at the age of 58....
4/6/2005 Boxer Amendment to End Global Gag Rule Passes in the Senate
Led by Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), a champion for women's rights, the Senate passed an amendment to a foreign aid bill on Tuesday to overturn the Global Gag Rule....
3/31/2005 Woman Challenges North Carolina Anti-Cohabitation Law
A former sheriff’s dispatcher is challenging North Carolina’s law against cohabitation after losing her job for living with her boyfriend out of wedlock....
3/28/2005 Muslim Woman Will Organize More Prayer Services Led By Women
Asra Nomani, the author of a book on women in Islam and former Wall Street Journal reporter, is organizing the second women-led prayer service in a week....
3/21/2005 Funeral Held for Feminist, LGBT Activist
A funeral was held today for Wanda Alston, a prominent feminist activist and director of DC Mayor Anthony Williams' new Office of LGBT Affairs....
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....
3/10/2005 Russia: Governmental Support of Women's Equality Weakened in Past Decade
Over 200 women's organizations have sent a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin calling for him to create and fund a national committee on gender equality, which is increasingly necessary as women's status continues to decline in the country....
3/9/2005 First Woman Appointed Governor in Afghanistan
Afghanistan's first female provincial governor was appointed by President Hamid Karzai last week....
3/8/2005 Victory for CA Nurses Against Schwarzenegger Injunction
On Friday Judge Judy Hersher of the Sacramento County Superior Court in California ruled that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) illegally delayed the enforcement of a law that would have required hospitals to maintain a one-to-five ratio of nurses to patients....
3/3/2005 Feminist Activists Increasingly Targeted By Extremists in Iraq
Prominent women's rights activists are increasingly being killed by Islamic extremists in Iraq....
2/24/2005 Report Finds Iraqi Women No Better Off
Iraqi women are no better off now than they were under the rule of former dictator Saddam Hussein according to a report released on Monday by Amnesty International....
2/17/2005 Federal Agency Requests Removal of Gay References from Suicide Conference
Oregon mental health experts are protesting a federal agency's efforts to delete references to gay, lesbian, and transgender people from the title of a suicide prevention program....
2/17/2005 Waco's First African-American Mayor Dies
Mae Jackson, the first popularly elected African-American mayor of Waco, Texas, died suddenly on Friday at the age of 63 after being admitted to the hospital for chest pains and flu-like symptoms....
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....
2/15/2005 Gloria Steinem Receives Award in Missouri
Activist and writer Gloria Steinem was honored on Thursday by the University of Missouri School of Journalism....
2/4/2005 New Pay Equity Project Poised to Launch
A new feminist project led by former Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Murphy (D-MA) aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women is collecting women's stories of workplace discrimination as it prepares to launch....
1/28/2005 Civil Rights Documentary "Eyes on the Prize" Unable to Renew Licenses
The Emmy-award winning civil rights documentary series "Eyes on the Prize," used often over the past 18 years in classrooms and to commemorate Black History Month, is no longer available on video or DVD, and cannot be shown on television due to expired rights to footage used in the series....
1/25/2005 Ashcroft Opts Out of Aiding Guatemalan Asylum Seeker
US Attorney General John Ashcroft will neither grant nor deny asylum to a Guatemalan woman who fled her country after ten years of abuse at the hands of her husband, including being raped, whipped with electrical cords, and threatened with death....
1/21/2005 British Education Minister a Member of Opus Dei
Ruth Kelly, who was recently appointed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to serve as Education Secretary, has been linked to the far-right religious sect Opus Dei....
1/11/2005 Afghanistan's New Cabinet Includes Three Women
President Hamid Karzai recently announced twenty-seven ministers that will serve in his new Cabinet, including three women....
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....
1/5/2005 Pentagon Issues New Policies to Prevent Sexual Assault in the Military
Following sexual assault scandals in Iraq and at the Air Force Academy, the Pentagon has issued new policies to prevent these types of crimes from occurring, to investigate cases more thoroughly, and to treat victims with more consideration....
12/20/2004 Top Two Candidates in Chile's Presidential Race Are Women
Two women are leading for the presidential nomination of Chile's ruling coalition, for the first time ever....
12/16/2004 Pentagon Report Blames Air Force Academy Leadership for Sex Abuse
Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Schmitz released a report last week on his investigation into the Air Force Academy's sexual assault scandal that found a succession of commanders responsible for the lack of attention paid to the rampant occurrences of rape and sexual abuse....
12/15/2004 HHS Secretary Nominee Opposes Abortion Rights
President Bush on Monday nominated Republican Mike Leavitt to replace Tommy Thompson as Secretary of Health and Human Services....
12/14/2004 Bush’s New Cabinet Would Include Four Women
President Bush's new Cabinet will include at least four women, if his nominees are approved by the US Senate....
12/2/2004 NARAL Announces New Leader
Nancy Keenan, a former Montana state officeholder, has assumed her new role of President of NARAL Pro-Choice America....
12/2/2004 Federal Prosecutors Fight to Have Abortion Clinic Protections Upheld
The Assistant US Attorney General argued before the Fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals to have the verdict of a lower court overruled in order to protect the federal Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE)....
11/30/2004 Abercrombie & Fitch Settles Class Action Lawsuit for $50 Million
Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch recently settled a class action discrimination lawsuit, agreeing to pay $40 million to current, former, and prospective minority and women employees, as well as consenting to implement a multifaceted strategy to diversify its workforce....
11/16/2004 First Female Sheriff Elected in Dallas, Texas
Lupe Valdez, a Democratic, Latina, openly gay woman, won the election for sheriff in Dallas County, Texas....
11/15/2004 Foreign Women Raped In Ivory Coast
Several dozen foreign women were raped in the Ivory Coast over the past week as a result of recent anti-French riots....
10/27/2004 Georgia Supreme Court Strikes Down Hate Crimes Law
The state Supreme Court in Georgia on Monday overturned a 2000 law allowing for enhanced penalties for hate crimes....
10/20/2004 Skirts Now Optional for Women in the US Navy
Women serving in the United States Navy are no longer required to wear skirts as part of their uniform, due to changes to the Navy’s uniform dress code issued earlier this month....
10/20/2004 US Mission to UN Panel on Maternal Health Includes Anti-Family Planning Advocates
The United States' Permanent Mission to the United Nations stacked a panel discussion on strategies to combat maternal mortality with anti-women’s rights and anti-family planning advocates....
10/19/2004 Women's Rights Leader Eleanor Smeal and TV Star Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy) Urge UWM Women Students to Register and VOTE as if Their Lives Depend On It
Media Advisory For Immediate Release October 13, 2004 What: Rally marking Wisconsin voter registration deadline in Get Out Her Vote campaign targeting young women sponsored by the UWM College Feminists, Women’s Center, Women’s Studies Department and Vox in alliance with the Feminist Majority Foundation. Who: Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation and Amy Brenneman, star of television’s JUDGING AMY When: Noon to 1 pm, Wednesday, October 20, 2004 Where: University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Spaights Plaza Why: Young women aged 18-24 are the least registered and voting among women in the country....
10/15/2004 Margaret Sloan-Hunter, Former Editor of Ms Magazine, Dies at 57
Margaret Sloan-Hunter, a feminist leader and civil rights advocate, died September 23 at the age of 57 in Oakland, California after suffering from a long illness....
10/15/2004 Eighty-Five World Leaders Support Cairo Plan, Bush Refuses
Over 250 global leaders have endorsed a statement that reaffirms the plan of action created ten years ago at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo....
10/11/2004 Kenyan and Austrian Women Win Nobel Prize
Wangari Maathai, Kenya's Deputy Environmental Minister and a former head of the National Council of Women of Kenya, became the first African woman to win the Nobel Prize last Friday for her work on issues such as education, nutrition, and women's rights....
10/5/2004 State Department Funds Anti-Women's Rights Group To Train Iraqi Women
Secretary of State Colin Powell announced that the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), was one of the recipients awarded part of a $10 million grant to train Iraqi women in the skills of democratic public life....
9/29/2004 Catholic Bishop Not Prosecuted for Child Rapes
Though charged by a grand jury with raping and sexually abusing two boys, former Catholic Bishop Thomas Dupre will not be prosecuted due to the statute of limitations....
9/22/2004 Iranian Parliament Rejects Women's Rights Reforms
Iran’s new parliament, elected last February, is working to place more restrictions on women rather than expand reforms carried out under President Mohammad Khatami....
9/20/2004 Challenge to Reopen Roe v Wade Fails
The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a bid last week to reopen the landmark case that legalized abortion in 1973....
9/20/2004 Conference in Kenya Urges African Government to Ban FGM
An international conference met to review progress made in the fight to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) since the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo....
9/1/2004 FL: Betty Castor Wins Democratic Nomination for Open Senate Seat
Betty Castor captured the democratic nomination yesterday for the seat of retiring US Senator Bob Graham (D) in Florida with 57 percent of the vote....
8/19/2004 Female Employees Sue Costco for Gender Bias
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed against Costco Wholesale Corporation for bias against female employees on Tuesday....
8/19/2004 Feminist Leader, Writer Dies at 82
Mim Kelber, a feminist leader, writer, and social activist, died of heart failure at her home in New York City on Friday....
8/13/2004 Twenty Years Later, International Women Still Burdened by Global Gag Rule
This week marks the 20th anniversary of a harmful US foreign policy that bars family planning programs in countries that receive US federal aid from using separate, private monies for abortion counseling, services, and referrals....
8/11/2004 Zambian Women Lack Access to Subsidized AIDS Drugs
Zambia's Minister of Health, Brian Chituwo, recently announced that subsidized AIDS drugs will be available for 12,000 people at local public and private hospitals....
8/9/2004 Afghan Rights Activist Expects Death; Aid Agency Scales Down Operations
A leading Afghan women’s rights activist, Malaly Joya, expects to be killed for her opposition against former warlords....
8/4/2004 Pro-Choice Women Take National, State Nominations in Missouri Primary
Missourians gave the green light to five pro-choice women running for state and national posts in Tuesday's primary....
7/7/2004 Momentous Election Victory of Woman Governor in Mexico
Voters in the Mexican state of Zacatecas have chosen a woman to be governor for the first time in Mexico since the end of one-party domination....
6/29/2004 Young Married Women Are Fast-Growing AIDS Demographic
HIV/AIDS infection rates are increasing at an alarming rate for young women in Asia, the United Nations announced this past Thursday....
6/25/2004 Catholic Bishops Issue Policy on Pro-Choice Politicians
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops drafted and approved with a vote of 183-6 a statement that Catholic politicians are obligated to speak out against legalized abortion....
6/23/2004 Women Win Class-Action Status in Suit Against Wal-Mart
A federal judge in San Francisco yesterday granted class-action status to a lawsuit against Wal-Mart filed by six current and former Wal-Mart employees who accuse the retail giant of systemic sex discrimination....
6/21/2004 Catholics Priests Accused of Sex Abuse Hide Abroad
Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children are hiding from authorities abroad, often with the assistance of church officials, according to an extensive newspaper investigation....
6/16/2004 Supreme Court Rules on Sexual Harassment Liability
The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 8-1 that workers are allowed to sue their former employers after leaving their jobs due to intolerable sexual harassment....
6/14/2004 Supreme Court to Hear Title IX Case
The US Supreme Court agreed today to hear a case involving a former girls' basketball coach who was allegedly fired after he complained that his team received less money and were forced to use worse facilities than comparable boys' teams....
6/4/2004 Army Report Finds Increase in Sexual Assault
An internal Army report released yesterday acknowledged the alarming increase in numbers of rapes and sexual assaults within its ranks and indicated that these crimes may have been facilitated by faults and oversights within the system....
6/2/2004 Herseth Wins Special Election in South Dakota
Stephanie Herseth last night won a special election to fill South Dakota's vacant US House of Representatives seat, bringing the total number of women in the House up to 63....
5/24/2004 Afghan Woman Leader Receives Prestigious US Award
A prominent Afghan woman leader is one of the recipients of this year's Profile in Courage Awards from the Kennedy Library Foundation, which will be presented at a ceremony in Boston, MA tonight....
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....
4/28/2004 Ban on Female Singers Lifted in Afghanistan
After pressure from reformists in Afghan President Hamid Karzai's party, the ban on women performers on television and radio that was imposed last Friday was lifted....
4/25/2004 FEMINIST MAJORITY LEADS MASSIVE CAMPUS AND CLINIC DELEGATION
Women's Rights and Women’s Lives Are Non-Negotiable FM Staff Key to March Success Arlington, VA –The Feminist Majority and its sister organization Feminist Majority Foundation, one of the seven core organizers of today's historic March for Women's Lives in Washington DC, led one of the event's largest delegations and provided key organizing expertise to the March....
4/22/2004 Female Performers Banned From Television and Radio in Afghanistan
Female performers in an Afghan province have been banned from performing on television and radio....
4/20/2004 CAMPUSES NATIONWIDE ORGANIZING FOR HISTORIC MARCH FOR WOMEN’S LIVES AS PART OF FEMINIST MAJORITY’S CAMPAIGN
Arlington, VA – Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, today announced that the organization's Feminist Campus Campaign (www.feministcampus.org), the world's largest pro-choice campus network, has organized campuses from coast to coast to send delegations to the historic March for Women's Lives in Washington, DC on Sunday, April 25, 2004....
3/25/2004 Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority President, Decries Senate Move
Defeat of Feinstein Amendment Shows Disdain for Women Arlington, VA – Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, today condemned the action by the United States Senate to further erode women’s rights by passing H.R....
3/23/2004 WA: First Woman Captain on State Patrol Sues Department
The first woman to become a captain in Washington's State Patrol has filed a lawsuit against the department alleging sexual harassment and gender discrimination....
2/25/2004 History of CEDAW
The U.S....
1/14/2004 Female Singer Aired on Afghanistan's Public Television
For the first time in over a decade, a video with footage of a famous Afghan female singer was broadcast on public television....
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....
12/16/2003 Women Delegates Protest Loya Jirga Voting Process, One Woman Elected
Women delegates at Afghanistan's Loya Jirga, grand council, are protesting that their male colleagues are trying to shut them out of leadership positions and that the men treat the women like second-class citizens....
12/12/2003 MN: Health Dept. Criticizes Website Linking Abortion, Breast Cancer
Minnesota Health Department officials are questioning a statement posted on the department's website to comply with a new law asserting that having an abortion increases a woman's risk of breast cancer....
12/11/2003 IL: Group Pushes to Clear Rape Kit Backlog
A group of women in Chicago has banded together to address a mounting backlog of untested rape kits at the Illinois State Police Crime Lab....
12/10/2003 Ms. Honors Women's Achievements Globally
Among the ten outstanding women selected as Ms Women of the Year are several who are working for women's rights and health globally....
11/19/2003 Braun Hires Feminist Leader Ireland to Run Campaign
Carol Moseley Braun announced on Monday that she has hired former National Organization for Women (NOW) president Patricia Ireland as her campaign chair....
10/29/2003 Poll: Moseley Braun in Center of Democratic Presidential Hopefuls
A recent Zogby poll finds Carol Moseley Braun tied for fifth with Representative Richard Gephardt (MO) with 5 percent of the vote....
10/20/2003 Ireland Fired as YWCA CEO Under Possible Pressure from Right-Wing Groups
Feminist leader Patricia Ireland was removed as CEO of the YWCA on Thursday....
10/6/2003 Abstinence-Only Advocate to Head Global AIDS Initiative
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of former Eli Lilly CEO Randall Thomas to head the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator in the State Department....
10/3/2003 Former UN Official Asserts Trafficking Rampant In Post-Conflict Societies
A former United Nations official came to Washington, DC this week to raise awareness about violence against women and trafficking of women and girls worldwide....
9/30/2003 Indiana Supreme Court Expands Medicaid Coverage for Abortions
Last week, Indiana's Supreme Court expanded Medicaid coverage to include abortions for low-income women when the pregnancy poses a serious risk to the woman's health....
9/24/2003 Investigative Panel Blasts Air Force Academy
A civilian panel appointed by Congress to investigate the sexual assault scandal at the US Air Force Academy released its findings Monday, charging that the institution's commanders repeatedly failed to take responsibility and adequately respond to the problem....
9/22/2003 Moseley Braun Formally Announces Presidential Candidacy
Carol Moseley Braun will formally announce her candidacy for US President today in Washington, DC, South Carolina, and her home state of Illinois....
9/15/2003 NY Times Editorial Trivializes NOW/NWPC Endorsement
A New York Times Sunday editorial trivialized the National Organization for Women and the National Women's Political Caucus for endorsing Carol Moseley Braun for President....
9/11/2003 Minnesota Women to Sue Wal-Mart
Four Minnesota women will seek class-action status on Friday for their lawsuit against retail giant Wal-Mart for its labor practices....
9/3/2003 Air Force Academy Report Confirms Sexual Assault Is Widespread Problem
A Department of Defense report of initial findings released on August 21 confirmed the claims of former cadets that sexual assault is a widespread problem at the Air Force Academy....
8/27/2003 HPV Language In AIDS Bill Could Discourage Condom Use
The Alan Guttmacher Institute (AGI) issued a report earlier this month accusing the Bush Administration of distorting data on the link between condoms and HPV to try to promote its abstinence-only agenda and to discourage condom use....
8/26/2003 Major Women's Groups Endorse Carol Moseley Braun for President
Today, on Women's Equality Day, the National Organization for Women's Political Action Committee (NOW) and the National Women's Political Caucus announced their endorsements of former Ambassador and Senator Carol Moseley Braun for President of the United States....
8/25/2003 Boston Archbishop Raises Settlement Offer to $65M
After plaintiff attorneys last week told the Archdiocese of Boston the priest sex abuse case was worth $90-$120 million, based on their review of 500-plus claims and compensations granted in similar cases, Archbishop Sean O'Malley raised his initial proposed settlement to $65 million....
8/22/2003 Kopp Accomplices Are Sentenced to Time Served, Released
Two accomplices of James Kopp, the convicted assassin of Barnett Slepian, MD, were released yesterday....
8/19/2003 Florida State Officials Face Possible Charges in Rape Case
Several Florida State University officials face possible charges after evidence was revealed that suggests at least one official had discouraged an alleged rape victim from reporting the incident to the police....
8/14/2003 Wal-Mart Attempts to Boost Image
Embroiled in litigation alleging gender discrimination and workplace abuses, Wal-Mart has turned to public relations consultants to revamp its embattled reputation, the New York Times reported....
8/8/2003 Liberals Form PAC to Oust Bush
A coalition of women's rights, labor, and environmental groups have joined forces to defeat President Bush in 2004....
8/8/2003 Afghanistan: Troubles Persist, NATO to Assume Control of ISAF
As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) readies to take control of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Monday, Afghanistan continues to struggle amidst growing attacks on aid workers and law enforcement officers in its provinces....
7/28/2003 Study Finds Greater Support for Gay Marriage
A new study found that opposition to gay marriage has declined since 1996, from 65 percent to 53 percent....
7/23/2003 PA State Police Struggles Amidst Allegations of Sexual Misconduct
The ordered release of internal documents dating from 1995 to 2001 at the Pennsylvania State Police Department earlier this month revealed several reported incidents of sexual indiscretions committed by state troopers....
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....
7/7/2003 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....
7/1/2003 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....
6/30/2003 MoveOn.org PAC Primary Finds Dean at Top
An Internet Democratic presidential primary with over 300,000 online voters ended with former Vermont governor Howard Dean garnering 44 percent of the vote....
6/27/2003 State Universities Wrestle With Implications of Affirmative Action Decision
Following Monday's Supreme Court decisions on the University of Michigan's affirmative action policies, other states with large public university systems are wrestling with the implications of the rulings....
6/24/2003 Rape Case Highlights Inadequacy of Yale Sex Assault Policy
A federal judge dismissed on April 30 charges of breach of contract, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress made by a former student who claims she was raped while at Yale, but her charges of defamation and inadequate protection from harassment will go to trial....
6/20/2003 Women on Waves in Poland
FMF Provides Security Training to Mobile Abortion Clinic WASHINGTON, DC-- Women on Waves arrives today in Poland, where access to abortion is extremely restricted, to provide abortion and reproductive health services to women on a specially equipped ship....
6/19/2003 Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Runs Amok
As US Catholic bishops convene today for a biannual meeting in St Louis to discuss the status of the priest sex abuse scandal, the news appears less than promising....
6/16/2003 Air Force Academy Leadership Failed to Act on Sexual Assaults
An investigation by the Denver Post found that Air Force Academy brass and board members failed to act aggressively to protect female cadets from a pattern of sexual assault over the past 20 years....
6/12/2003 KY Archdiocese: $25M Sex Abuse Settlement Largest from Church Coffers
After five days of intense negotiation, the Archdiocese of Louisville yesterday announced a $25 million settlement to 243 victims of sexual abuse by 34 priests and other church employees....
5/27/2003 Pregnant Student Athlete Files Title IX Suit Claiming Discrimination
After Tara Brady, a basketball star at Connecticut's Sacred Heart University, became pregnant and decided to carry her pregnancy to term - her scholarship was revoked and her coach told her she would be a "distraction" and should leave the school, according to FindLaw.com columnist Joanna Grossman....
5/19/2003 UC Regents Oppose Measure to Halt Racial Data Collection
The University of California (UC) regents last Thursday voted 15 to 3 (1 abstention), opposing a measure—pushed by one of its own—to end racial data collection by most state and local agencies....
5/12/2003 Poll Shows Boston-Area Catholics Remain Critical of Church
In an attempt to regain lost credibility, the Archdiocese of Boston last week announced it would publicly disclose-via media, print, and online-details of its fiscal 2003 and 2004 budgets....
5/7/2003 Wal-Mart Still a Merchant of Shame
Seven women last Monday filed for class-action status in their lawsuit against their employer, the world's largest retailer Wal-Mart....
5/2/2003 House Passes $15 Billion for AIDS, Focus on Abstinence
The House of Representatives yesterday passed a bill authorizing $15 billion over the next five years to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean, with a last-minute amendment requiring a third of the money to go towards abstinence and monogamy programs....
5/1/2003 Progress Slow for Women, Minorities in Journalism
Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism inducted five women journalists to its Hall of Achievement on Monday....
4/30/2003 Democrats Filibuster Right-Wing Judicial Nominee Owen
Amid what Republicans have coined "Judges Week" to declare their intent to push through a number of Bush's far-right judicial nominees, Democrats yesterday began a filibuster of the nomination of Priscilla Owen to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals....
4/25/2003 Harvard Panel Recommends New Sexual Assault Policy
A report issued last week by a Harvard panel urged the college to change its current controversial sexual assault policies to include more education and a more efficient review process....
4/24/2003 ERA Advocate Martha Griffiths Dies at 91
Former Congresswoman Martha Griffiths, leading co-sponsor of the sex discrimination language in the 1964 Civil Rights Act and a leader in the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment, died on Tuesday at 91....
4/21/2003 Wal-Mart Halts Gun Sales in CA Stores
Retail goliath Wal-Mart announced earlier this month it would halt gun sales in its 118 California stores, after state inspectors discovered almost 500 firearms sales violations....
4/16/2003 Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty To Abusing Women Drivers
A former Long Island, New York police officer pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of four women after forcing them to strip or undress when he pulled them over for traffic violations....
4/14/2003 Manager Fired for Refusing to Fire "Unattractive" Woman, Suit Charges
A former L'Oreal regional sales manager has filed a suit against the company alleging she was fired after a male executive told her to dismiss a salesperson because she was unattractive, according to the Associated Press....
4/8/2003 Congressional Leaders, Athletes Call for Preservation of Title IX
Members of Congress and prominent women athletes spoke out for preserving and strengthening Title IX at a hearing yesterday....
4/7/2003 African Leaders Speak Out Against Unsafe Abortion
The first-ever regional meeting in Africa to address unsafe abortion and access to abortion-related care was held last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia....
4/4/2003 Afghanistan: Constitution in the Works, Fighting Persists
An eight-member committee created last October to write a new constitution for Afghanistan submitted a draft last week to President Hamid Karzai, reported the Associated Press....
4/3/2003 Catholic Church’s Internal Rifts Compound as One Diocese Sues Another
The San Bernardino diocese filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the Boston archdiocese, alleging "misrepresentations and suppression of information" as well as "active misconduct and negligence" in recommending the 1990 transfer of Reverend Paul Shanley despite his history of pedophilia, reported the Los Angeles Times....
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....
3/31/2003 Hearing, Vote Scheduled for Right-Wing Judicial Nominees
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on Carolyn Kuhl, a Bush nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, whose record is anti-women’s rights....
3/28/2003 Iraq War Prompts Third Resignation by US Diplomat
US diplomat Mary Wright, deputy chief of mission at the US Embassy in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, submitted her letter of resignation last week, marking the third time a veteran US Foreign Service official has stepped down in protest of the Bush administration's policy on Iraq....
3/27/2003 Ms. Magazine Grows, Names New Editor
One year after Ms....
3/19/2003 Elizabeth Smart Case Raises Issue of Polygamy
The return of fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted from her home last year, has raised questions not only about her nine months in captivity but about the role that religious fundamentalism and polygamy played in her abduction. Smart was taken from her home at knifepoint on June 5, 2002 and found nine months later with a homeless man named Brian Mitchell, who also goes by the name Emmanuel....
3/19/2003 Afghan Human Rights Office Opens in Herat; Gender Advocacy, Security Needed
The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, led by former women's affairs minister Dr Sima Samar, opened its Herat office today—the first beyond Kabul....
3/17/2003 Air Force Proposes Separating Cadets by Gender to End Sexual Assault
As investigation continues into reports of at least 56 sexual assaults at the United States Air Force Academy over the past 10 years, military officials are proposing changes that include housing male and female cadets in separate dormitories and training Air Force nurses and investigators to deal with sexual assault....
3/14/2003 University of Michigan Gains More Support for Affirmative Action Program
The United States Supreme Court received 64 briefs in February from over 300 organizations and various groups backing the affirmative action practices at the University of Michigan, according to the New York Times....
3/13/2003 Church’s Troubles Grow as Priest Sex Scandal Shows No Signs of Waning
With the priest sex abuse scandal showing little sign of waning, the Archdiocese of Boston faces a bleak financial future, church officials announced last Monday....
3/12/2003 Kopp Waives Right to Jury Trial
James Kopp, the anti-abortion extremist who confessed to the sniper-style killing of abortion provider Barnett Slepian, MD, waived his right to a jury trial yesterday, against the advice of the judge and two of his three lawyers, according to the Buffalo News....
3/11/2003 Security, Education Top Priorities for Afghan Women
Women participating in a videoconference today from Kabul, Afghanistan, listed security and education as the top two priorities for Afghan women, even as several local officials and a translator were killed in explosions in Kabul and Kandahar....
3/10/2003 Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Another Anti-Woman Nominee
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved another one of President Bush’s far-right, anti-woman judicial nominees late last week....
3/7/2003 Air Force Cites 54 Cases of Rape, Sexual Assault in Academy
Air Force Secretary James Roche revealed yesterday that there have been 54 cases of alleged rape or sexual assault at the Air Force Academy, and acknowledged that number was likely to be much higher, according to the Los Angeles Times....
3/7/2003 Settlement Reached in Contraceptive Coverage Lawsuit
A federal district court in Seattle approved a settlement earlier this month in the class-action lawsuit Erickson v Bartell, filed in 2000 on behalf of employees of the Bartell drugstore chain who alleged that the exclusion of prescription contraceptives coverage in their health insurance constituted sex discrimination (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964)....
3/6/2003 Afghanistan: Injustices Against Women and Girls Persist
Despite some measures of progress following the Taliban’s fall from power in late 2001, Afghan women and girls continue to suffer brutal acts of violence and inequality, according to a United Nations (UN) report released today....
3/5/2003 Feminist Majority Opposes Nomination of Jeffrey Sutton to the Sixth Circuit
WASHINGTON, DC – The Feminist Majority urges the U.S....
3/5/2003 United Nations Holds 47th Session of Commission on the Status of Women
The United Nations is currently holding the 47th session of its Commission on the Status of Women in New York City....
3/5/2003 Feminist Majority Opposes Sutton, Bush’s Latest Far-Right Judicial Nominee
The Coalition for a Fair and Independent Judiciary, a group comprised of the Feminist Majority and a number of civil rights, women’s rights, and human rights organizations, held a press conference today to express opposition to the nomination of Jeffrey Sutton, President Bush’s latest far-right judicial nominee, to the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit....
3/4/2003 Women Subjected to Forced Sterilizations in Slovakia
A new report reveals that Romani women in Eastern Slovakia have been subjected to undergo approximately 110 forced sterilizations in government healthcare facilities....
3/3/2003 San Francisco Chief & Other Male Top Command Indicted in Felony Cover-up; Assaulting Officer Had History of Excessive Force
Last Thursday, San Francisco police chief, Earl Sanders, and nine other officers, were indicted after a grand jury investigation into a cover-up of a November 20, 2002 brawl involving three off-duty officers, one of who is the son of the assistant chief....
2/24/2003 Afghanistan: German Peacekeepers May Leave if US War with Iraq Erupts
German Defense Minister Peter Struck told reporters Friday that civilians and German peacekeeping troops serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) might evacuate Afghanistan should a US-led war with Iraq erupt....
2/21/2003 Air Force Academy Probed for Mishandling Rape Charges
Following an investigative news piece by Denver’s 7NEWS last week, the Pentagon has launched an investigation of the Air Force Academy for allegedly punishing women cadets who reported sexual assaults by fellow students, according to the Washington Post....
2/13/2003 Carol Moseley-Braun to Run for President
Former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) announced yesterday her plans to file papers on Tuesday for a presidential exploratory committee, according to the Chicago Tribune....
2/12/2003 Former Domino’s President Presents Plans for New Catholic University
Former Domino’s Pizza founder and right-wing philanthropist Tom Monaghan announced that he will spend $200 million to build a new Roman Catholic university in Florida....
2/11/2003 Afghan Warlords Will Face International Criminal Court
Human Rights Watch reports that Afghan warlords who commit atrocities in the future may face prosecution by the new International Criminal Court (ICC)....
2/7/2003 Senators, Celebrities, Athletes Oppose Gutting of Title IX
Celebrities, women athletes, and politicians spoke out in support of Title IX on National Girls and Women in Sports Day on Wednesday....
2/6/2003 Women Losing Ground in State Legislatures
Despite the record six women governors elected in 2002, the number of women in state legislatures has declined in the past several years....
2/4/2003 Students Commemorate 30th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade In DC and On Campuses
Hundreds of students from across the country traveled to Washington D.C....
2/4/2003 Breaking News: Commission Undercuts Title IX, Women's Groups Protest
The Commission for Educational Opportunities – appointed by President Bush to “review” Title IX – voted to allow interest surveys be used as a tool in enforcing Title IX and to redefine proportionality to allow more discrimination....
2/4/2003 Center for Reproductive Rights Free Newsletter
The Center for Reproductive Rights (formerly the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy), invites you to stay up-to-date on the reproductive rights legal front with the Center's free monthly electronic newsletter, Reproductive Freedom News....
1/31/2003 Pope Rejects Excommunicated Women’s Appeal
The Vatican on Monday rejected an appeal filed last fall by seven women—ordained and then excommunicated as Catholic priests....
1/30/2003 BREAKING NEWS: Commission Undercuts Title IX, Women’s Groups Protest
The Commission for Educational Opportunities – appointed by President Bush to “review” Title IX – voted today to allow interest surveys be used as a tool in enforcing Title IX and to redefine proportionality to allow more discrimination....
1/23/2003 Students Gather in DC to Support Abortion Rights
Pro-choice student leaders from around the country attended a speak-out on abortion rights this morning in Washington, DC, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Roe v....
1/22/2003 Presidential Hopefuls Express Support for Abortion Rights
An abortion rights dinner commemorating the 30th anniversary of Roe v Wade drew all six declared Democratic presidential hopefuls, who spoke to a crowd of nearly 1,500 last night about the importance of saving women’s reproductive rights....
1/15/2003 Abortion Rights Dinner Draws Presidential Hopefuls
All of the Democrats who have declared their intention to run for President in 2004 say they will attend a fund-raising dinner to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Roe v....
1/14/2003 Bush Administration’s 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....
1/14/2003 Survey Exposes Magnitude of Catholic Priest Sex Scandal
A New York Times survey examining the US Catholic priest sex abuse scandal in the last 60 years further quantified the appalling magnitude of the problem—over 4,200 claims have been made against more than 1,200 priests, the newspaper reported....
1/10/2003 War In Iraq Could Increase Violence In Afghanistan
The commander of the international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan issued a warning today that a U.S.-led war in Iraq could mean increased terrorism in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post....
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 Bush’s renomination of anti-women, anti-civil rights Judge Charles Pickering to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit....
1/8/2003 Bush Brings Back Anti-Women Judicial Nominees
President Bush renamed several anti-women judicial nominees yesterday including Charles Pickering and Priscilla Owen – both nominated to the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and both rejected by the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee last year....
1/7/2003 War in Iraq Could Increase Violence in Afghanistan
The commander of the international peacekeeping forces in Afghanistan issued a warning today that a US-led war in Iraq could mean increased terrorism in Afghanistan, according to the Washington Post....
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) Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP)....
1/3/2003 Women Lead Universities Squaring Off in Fiesta Bowl
For the first time, both football teams competing for Friday’s college national championship represent universities led by women....
12/30/2002 Sima Samar, Nancy Pelosi Named to ABC News' Top Five
Doctor Sima Samar last week was named to ABC News' 2002 Top Five "Beating the Odds" List, commending her fight for womens' rights in Afghanistan....
12/26/2002 Frist Elected as Senate Majority Leader
Republicans on Monday unanimously elected Senator Bill Frist (TN) as US Senate Majority Leader....
12/23/2002 Feminist Majority Calls for the Resignation of Ballenger from House Republican Leadership
Representative Cass Ballenger (R-NC), a senior Republican, told the Charlotte Observer that he had “segregationist feelings” toward a former colleague in Congress, Rep....
12/20/2002 Update: Victory in Albuquerque Gender-Bias Disciplinary Suit
Sheryl Paloni, the Albuquerque police officer who filed a discrimination complaint alleging unfair discipline earlier this year, has received a favorable ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission....
12/17/2002 Bush to Stack DC Appeals Court with Far-Right Judges
In a continued effort to stack the court with far right extremists, the Bush administration plans to fill two seats on the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit that have been vacant for years....
12/16/2002 Republican Senator Joins Call for Lott’s Resignation
The second-highest ranked Republican Senator has joined the growing cry for Trent Lott’s resignation (R-MS) as incoming Senate Majority Leader following his racist remarks last week....
12/16/2002 Vatican Approves Revised Sex Abuse Policy
The Vatican today approved the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ revised policy on sexual abuse of minors committed by priests, according to the Associated Press....
12/13/2002 Bush to Repeal Rule Providing Unemployment Pay to Parents on Family Leave
Despite his campaign promises proclaiming support for “family values,” Bush earlier this month announced his intention to repeal the Birth and Adoption Unemployment Compensation Rule which provides unemployment pay for workers on leave to care for a new child....
12/12/2002 Lott’s Racist Remarks Prompt Calls for His Resignation
Both conservatives and liberals have called for the resignation of Trent Lott (R-MS) as incoming Senate Majority Leader following his racist remarks last week....
12/12/2002 Bush Officially Enacts Discriminatory Faith-Based Initiative
President Bush made his faith-based initiative official today by signing an executive order that directs federal agencies to allow religious charities to compete for social-service grants and contracts....
12/10/2002 Bush Nominee for Treasury Secretary to Quit Augusta
Shortly after President Bush made public his nomination of John Snow for Secretary of the Treasury on Monday, Snow announced his plans to quit Augusta National Golf Club....
12/10/2002 Dow Jones to Cover Contraceptives Under Settlement
Under terms of a settlement reached last Wednesday, Dow Jones & Co., which publishes the Wall Street Journal, will now cover all employee prescription contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as “related medical services”....
12/5/2002 WHO, Others Mark International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women
After releasing a study in October that for the first time called violence against women a global health problem, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a campaign to prevent violence against women through public education....
12/5/2002 George Washington FMLA Hosts Panel Discussion on Feminism and Race
It was standing room only last month, during the GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY FMLA discussion on the future of feminist activism and race, culture, class, and age....
12/4/2002 Church Documents Made Public, Reveal “Truly Horrible” Details
Following a Superior Court order issued last week, the Boston Archdiocese on Tuesday publicly released over 2,000 of 11,000 internal documents detailing an undeniable, chronic problem with priest pedophilia over the last three decades....
12/3/2002 Former Head of CBS Quits Augusta over Exclusionary Membership Policy
Thomas Wyman, a former CEO of CBS, last week quit his 25-year membership in Augusta National Golf Club to protest its male-only membership policy....
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....
11/21/2002 Groups Continue Push for Women Members at Augusta
Despite the media blitz last week by Augusta National chair Hootie Johnson, defending the exclusion of women from the club’s elite membership and insisting that there is a “difference” between racial and gender discrimination, two more groups this week joined the call for female members....
11/20/2002 Another Anti-Abortion Judicial Nominee Approved by Senate
Despite continued opposition from the Feminist Majority and other women’s rights and civil rights groups, Dennis Shedd, President Bush’s nominee for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, was confirmed 55 to 44 by the US Senate yesterday....
11/18/2002 Anti-Women Judicial Nominee Approved By Senate
Despite continued opposition from the Feminist Majority and other women’s rights and civil rights groups, Michael McConnell, President Bush’s nominee for the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, was approved by the US Senate Friday in a voice vote....
11/14/2002 Pelosi Elected First Woman to Lead Either Party in Congress
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today became the highest-ranking woman in Congress when she was elected as the House Minority Leader, the first woman and the first Californian to lead either party....
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 Bush’s anti-women’s rights, anti-civil rights judicial nominees today....
11/14/2002 One Year After Taliban, Afghanistan Still Struggling
Despite some improvements in the quality of life in Afghanistan one year after the Taliban fell, especially for women, there are still many challenges facing the war-torn country....
11/12/2002 Interviews Reveal Position on Women at Augusta National Unchanged
In a media blitz, including a commentary and interviews with key newspapers, Augusta National chair Hootie Johnson staunchly defended and reasserted his position refusing to admit women into the club’s elite membership. Despite statements made by prominent club members, including Kenneth I....
11/4/2002 Afghan Female Judge Dismissed for Meeting Without Headscarf
Afghan officials acknowledged Saturday that a female judge was dismissed last month, because she appeared without a headscarf at a meeting with President Bush and the First Lady, according to Reuters....
11/1/2002 Security in Afghanistan Increasingly Threatened
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan yesterday echoed statements by Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai and US Army General Tommy Franks, saying that the “most serious challenge facing Afghanistan and Afghans today remains the lack of security,” according to Inter Press Service News....
10/31/2002 Democrats Poised to Control Majority of Governor Positions
Across the country Republicans are facing strong challenges in gubernatorial races, many of them from women....
10/31/2002 Ex-First Lady of Ohio was Among Catholic Women Ordained as Priests
Last week, the ex-wife of former Ohio Governor Richard Celeste admitted she was among the seven women ordained and then excommunicated as Catholic priests....
10/30/2002 Four More Girls’ Schools Attacked in Afghanistan
Four girls’ schools in Afghanistan were attacked this weekend—two were hit by rockets and two were set on fire, Reuters reports....
10/30/2002 PGA Tour Urged to “Dissociate” from Masters over Augusta’s Membership Policy
Martha Burk, Chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), yesterday urged commissioner Tim Finchem to “dissociate” the PGA Tour from the Masters because of Augusta National’s continued refusal to admit women into its membership....
10/30/2002 Bush Attempts to Define Embryo as Person
The Bush Administration is attempting to restrict women’s reproductive rights and embryonic stem cell research by offering protections to embryos in research programs, according to the Los Angeles Times....
10/25/2002 Sniper Held on Violation of Federal Domestic Violence Law
Suspected sniper John Allen Muhammad is currently being held on violation of the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, also known as the Lautenberg Law, which was passed in 1996 due in large part to the efforts of the feminist movement....
10/20/2002 Civilian Oversight Group Uncovers Problems in Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office
The cutting-edge civilian oversight group formed in 2001 to oversee the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released information last week disclosing over 800 claims of uninvestigated wrongdoing by deputies during the last decade....
10/18/2002 Women’s Group Targets PGA Sponsors to Pressure Sexist Club
The National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) is spearheading efforts to open up the male-only Augusta National Golf Club to women, most recently planning to target sponsors of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to encourage Augusta National to change its membership policy, Associated Press reports....
10/17/2002 Eighth Attack on Girls’ School in Afghanistan
A school for girls in Kandahar, Afghanistan, was recently hit by an explosion that injured one teacher, the Associated Press reports....
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....
10/15/2002 NOW to Lead Press Conference Against Radically Religious Nominee to Crucial FDA Post
The Feminist Majority will join the National Organization for Women, several members of the US Congress, and other concerned groups at 2 p.m....
10/11/2002 Former Fayetteville, MO Female Police Chief Dies
Debra Webb-Allingham, formerly Debra Moss, died on October 3rd of a heart attack at the age of 48....
10/9/2002 Vote on Right-Wing Judicial Candidate Delayed
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed its vote on the nomination of Dennis Shedd to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals....
10/9/2002 “Worth the Wait” Sex-Ed Program Touts Physicians’ Support
Despite the fact that 93% of US parents want their high school aged children educated about both abstinence and contraception, an institutional shift towards abstinence-only education is growing dangerously apparent....
10/8/2002 Anti-Gay Referendum Defeated in Miami-Dade
Residents of Miami-Dade County in Florida narrowly struck down a referendum in mid-September that would have repealed ordinances that protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the areas of housing, employment, finances, and more....
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....
10/7/2002 Report Calls Violence Against Women a Global Public Health Problem
The World Health Organization (WHO) published a report last week that acknowledges for the first time the public health implications of physical and sexual domestic violence....
10/4/2002 Two Girls’ Schools Burned Down in Afghanistan
Following the distribution of pamphlets around mosques near the capital of Sar-i-Pul province in Afghanistan warning women against removing their burqas, two girls’ schools were burned down recently, including their supply of books and blackboards....
10/4/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Faces Additional Cybersquatting Charges
Anti-abortion extremist William Purdy is once again facing charges of cybersquatting....
10/3/2002 US Threatens To Ban Somali Families Who Commit Female Genital Mutilation
Somali refugee families may be barred from immigrating to the US for performing female genital mutilation on their daughters....
10/2/2002 Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances Mobilize Support for Reproductive Rights
The INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT BLOOMINGTON Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance hosted a successful and well-attended first general interest meeting, with 70 students in attendance....
10/2/2002 Feminist Majority Foundation Leads Effort to Share Impact of the Law on Women's Lives
Two senior members of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campus Program Team mobilized dozens of students in the Chicago area to attend President Bush’s Commission on Equal Opportunity in Athletics’ second set of hearings, which took place earlier last month....
10/1/2002 EU Compromises Stance on US Immunity from the ICC
The European Union (EU) agreed yesterday to allow its 15 member nations to form bilateral immunity agreements with the United States to exempt US military personnel from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
9/30/2002 HHS Urged to Scrutinize Federal Funding for Groups Opposing Abstinence-Only Education
One month after the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched an inquiry into AIDS groups demonstrating against HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson during his July speech at the international AIDS conference in Spain, some members of Congress are again attempting to squelch dissidence, this time requesting that HHS investigate the use of federal funding by groups protesting abstinence-only education....
9/27/2002 Religious, Charitable Groups Granted Exemption for Campaign Finance
The Federal Election Commission voted (4-2) yesterday to exempt religious and charitable groups from provisions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill that prohibit the use of “soft money” to finance radio and television ads....
9/26/2002 Criticism Mounts Against Bush on War in Iraq
Countering President George Bush’s claims that Congress is close to endorsing a war against Iraq, leading Democrats and women’s rights proponents are criticizing Bush for rushing into war without exhausting diplomatic means, and without fully assessing Iraq’s threat to the United States....
9/23/2002 Two Women To Compete For Hawaii’s Top Executive Spot
For only the second time in US history, two women will face off in a general election for governor....
9/19/2002 Bush’s Politics Dictate Make-up of Scientific Committees
Several Health and Human Services (HHS) committees are in the process of being restructured or eliminated to fall more in line with President Bush’s views, according to the Washington Post....
9/18/2002 Shannon O’Brien Becomes Massachusetts’ First Woman To Win Major Party Primary In Gubernatorial Race
Shannon O’Brien yesterday became the first woman to win a major party primary in the Massachusetts governor’s race....
9/17/2002 Retired LAPD Deputy Chief Implicated in Son’s Drug Ring
Deputy Chief Maurice Moore, recently retired from the Los Angeles Police Department, has been implicated by an internal LAPD investigation in aiding his son’s multi-million dollar cocaine ring by helping to store, transport and launder hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit profits....
9/17/2002 Students Mobilize In Support Of Title IX
Feminist Majority Foundation Leads Effort To Share Impact Of Law In Women’s Lives CHICAGO – Two senior members of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Campus Program Team mobilized dozens of students in the Chicago area to attend President Bush’s Commission on Equal Opportunity in Athletics’ second set of hearings, taking place here today and tomorrow....
9/16/2002 Rwanda’s Female Minister Charged With Rape As A Crime Against Humanity
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, Rwanda’s Minister of Family and Women’s Affairs, is the first woman to ever be charged with rape as a crime against humanity....
9/12/2002 Sept. 10 Primaries End in Victories And A Few Losses for Women
With almost half of all open gubernatorial seats pursued by women candidates, the September 10 primaries closed with some clear gains for women’s rights across the country....
9/11/2002 Problems Rampant in Florida Election; Janet Reno Trails In Gubernatorial Primary
Former US Attorney General Janet Reno was trailing her opponent Bill McBride following yesterday’s Democratic primary in the race for Florida’s governor....
9/11/2002 Three Arrested In New York For Forcing Russian Women Into Sexual Slavery
Three people were arrested in New York City recently and accused of bringing at least 30 Russian women into the US and forcing them to dance nude in strip clubs....
9/6/2002 Miami Referendum Threatens Gay Rights; Christian Coalition Leader Arrested
Conservative Christian groups who are against gay rights in Miami-Dade County have placed a referendum on Tuesday’s ballot that would repeal an ordinance protecting lesbians and gay men from discrimination in such areas as housing and employment....
9/5/2002 Presidential Assassination Attempt And Car Bomb Explosion Mark Day of Violence in Afghanistan
In what is being called the most violent day in Afghanistan since the Taliban was ousted, a car bomb explosion in Kabul today that killed at least 15 was followed by an assassination attempt on President Hamid Karzai in Kandahar in which three were killed and the governor of Kandahar was injured....
8/30/2002 Fort Bragg Killings Prompt Mental Health Screening for Returning Soldiers
After the killings of four women this summer in Fort Bragg, North Carolina allegedly by their enlisted husbands, three of whom had recently returned from Afghanistan, the US military announced yesterday it will screen soldiers heading home for signs of mental health problems....
8/28/2002 Title IX Hearings Begin in Atlanta
The Bush administration’s Commission on Opportunity in Athletics held its first hearing on Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education, in Atlanta yesterday....
8/27/2002 Philadelphia Judge Stands Tough Against Domestic Violence
A Philadelphia judge took a stand against domestic violence recently when he sentenced a man to 11-22 years in prison for the all too common crime of assaulting his wife....
8/27/2002 Sexually Abusive Priests Claim Slander; Several Are Dismissed From Ministry
As charges of abuse by Catholic priests increase in number, some priests are filing civil suits against their accusers for slander....
8/26/2002 Bush Threatens NATO in Latest Attempt To Undermine ICC
In President Bush’s latest attempt to strong arm US allies into supporting demands for American immunity from the International Criminal Court (ICC), the administration is threatening to use the US role in NATO against the European Union should they refuse to exempt American personnel from the newly created court, the New York Times reported today....
8/26/2002 Earth Summit Convenes to Strategize on Sustainable Development; Bush Conspicuously Absent
The World Summit on Sustainable Development (also known as the Earth Summit) began today in Johannesburg, South Africa—with more than 100 world leaders convening to hammer out plans to battle such global environmental and economic problems as over-consumption, depletion of natural resources, global warming and poverty....
8/22/2002 Democratic Feminist Candidate Defeated in Georgia Primary
As Israel-Palestinian tensions increasingly filter into US politics, US Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) was defeated by a virtual unknown in Georgia’s primary election Tuesday – primarily because of her criticism of pro-Israel policies....
8/22/2002 Women Demand Church’s Attention for Sexual Abuse of Nuns by Priests
Despite worldwide focus on the notorious child sexual abuse scandal, the Catholic Church is continuing its routine of secrecy, denial, and feigned alacrity in regards to the little-publicized issue of nun sexual abuse by priests....
8/21/2002 Bush Commission To Begin Hearings on Future of Title IX
President Bush’s Commission on Equal Opportunity in Athletics, a 15-member panel in created June to reevaluate Title IX, will begin public hearings around the country next week – with the first meeting scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia....
8/16/2002 Couple Charged With Aiding James Kopp Could Get Reduced Sentences
Dennis Malvasi and Loretta Marra, two anti abortion extremists charged with helping James Kopp while he was on the run from a murder charge for a Buffalo doctor, are scheduled to plead guilty to charges next week....
8/16/2002 Two WA Women Police Officers Sue Police Department for Discrimination
Arin Reining and Nina Murphy, two women police officers who worked for the Sumner, Washington Police Department, have filed a federal lawsuit against the Department, alleging that they were discriminated against because of their sex, and faced retaliation when they complained about it....
8/16/2002 Sexual Harassment Allegations Believed to Have Caused Chief’s Resignation
Chief Gary Eisenhower of the Cosmopolis Police Department in Washington State has resigned, citing his declining health....
8/16/2002 Legal Updates on Two Police Family Violence Cases
Two brutal police family violence cases, one in Ohio and another in Pennsylvania, have been making headlines this month....
8/13/2002 Afghan Girls Still Face Obstacles in Education
Girls in southern Afghanistan, a former stronghold of the extremist Taliban, are facing stiff opposition to returning to school, according to the Boston Globe....
8/12/2002 Bush Continues Attack on ICC
In yet another attempt to undermine the power of the first international court created solely to protect victims of genocide and other crimes, the Bush administration has threatened to withdraw military aid to countries that will not guarantee US immunity in the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
8/7/2002 Bush Seeks Nations’ Pledges For US Immunity in ICC
The Bush administration is asking other nations to promise that they will not press charges against American peacekeepers and other personnel through the new International Criminal Court (ICC)....
8/5/2002 Pennsylvania Judge Overturns Decision to Deny Abortion
Citing a woman’s legal right to an abortion protected under Roe vs Wade, a Pennsylvania judge reversed a decision today that had barred a woman from obtaining a legal abortion....
8/1/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Denied Appeal on Order to Shut Down Websites
Anti-abortion extremist, William Purdy, was denied an “emergency request” to maintain anti-abortion Web sites with names similar to those of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Washington Post, McDonalds and other well-known entities....
7/31/2002 Commission Asks Bishops for Progress Report on Sex Abuse Policy
A National Review Board consisting of 12 prominent lay Roman Catholics and led by Oklahoma Governor Frank A Keating (R), asked all US dioceses to provide full reports detailing their progress since adopting the sexual abuse policy approved at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in June. The policy requires bishops to remove from ministry any priest who has sexually abused a child and to report the incident to proper authorities....
7/30/2002 Women’s Rights Treaty Approved by Senate Committee
UN Treaty to Move to Senate Floor for First Time in US History WASHINGTON, DC — In a 12-7 bipartisan vote, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved US ratification of the United Nations treaty that sets a global standard for women’s rights. "Today we are celebrating a victory for women," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority....
7/23/2002 ChevronTexaco To Suspend Oil Exports in Nigerian Delta
ChevronTexaco announced yesterday it would suspend oil production in the Nigerian Delta due to a fire caused by lightning and an ongoing peaceful protest in which hundreds of Nigerian women have taken over several Delta flowstations....
7/12/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Accused of “Cybersquatting”
Over the past week, anti-abortion extremist William Purdy has bought 30 Internet domain names that are slight variations of organizations he considers to be pro-choice, according to the Chicago Sun-Times....
7/11/2002 Bush Backs Down from Demand for ICC Immunity
In light of severe criticism from some of its closest European allies, the Bush administration agreed yesterday to drop its demand for US troops serving in United Nations peacekeeping missions to be declared immune from prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
7/2/2002 Anti-Women Broadcasting Official Refuses to Give Up Post
In defiance of the new Afghan government, Abdul Hafiz Mansoor, president of Kabul TV and radio, refused to leave his post after he was ordered to do so by Information Minister Sayed Makhdoom Raheen....
7/1/2002 Bush Administration Threatens to Withdraw US Peacekeeping Troops if Americans Are Not Exempted from ICC
As the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened its doors in The Hague today, the United States government showed its opposition by casting a vote in the UN Security Council to withdraw American peacekeepers in Bosnia....
6/28/2002 Bush Appoints Title IX Panel in Latest Attempt to Weaken Law
The Bush administration announced yesterday the creation of a 15-member panel to reevaluate Title IX....
6/26/2002 Oregon County to Settle Lawsuits Tied to Deputy’s Child Sex Abuse
Washington County, Oregon has agreed to pay over $60,000 in two lawsuits that alleged that the county did not do enough to stop a former sheriff’s deputy from sexually abusing two young girls....
6/24/2002 Afghanistan President Names New Women’s Affairs Minister
Mahboba Hoqooqmal was appointed as the Minister of Women Affairs in Afghanistan today....
6/20/2002 Legislation to Ban Abortion Procedure Introduced in House
Abortion rights opponents in the House proposed a bill yesterday that would ban the so-called “partial birth” abortion....
6/19/2002 Russian Women Call for End to Sex Trafficking
A coalition of Russian women’s groups appealed to President Vladimir Putin to establish a task force to combat trafficking in humans....
6/14/2002 LAPD Begins Search for New Chief
The Los Angeles Police Department has officially begun its search for a new chief....
6/13/2002 Women’s Rights Treaty Has Historic Hearing Before the US Senate
CEDAW Could Help Trigger the Gender Gap
WASHINGTON, DC— After 23 years of advocacy by women’s rights organizations and just in time for the November elections, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has scheduled a hearing to discuss the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)....
6/12/2002 Woman To Run for Afghan Presidency
Afghanistan’s first loya jirga in nearly a quarter century will hold a vote tomorrow to select the nation’s leader for the next 18 months....
6/10/2002 Growing Need for Contraceptives Funding in Developing Nations
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report in the latest issue of Population Reports, “Family Planning Logistics: Strengthening the Supply Chain,” warning that declining contraceptive funding in developing countries could result in more unwanted pregnancies and higher cases of sexually transmitted diseases....
6/10/2002 North Korean Prisons Accused of Forced Abortions and Infanticide
Despite repeated denials by North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency, criticism continues to mount amidst accusations that North Korean prisons are conducting forced abortions and infanticide....
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....
6/6/2002 Kopp Pleads Innocent to FACE Charges
Anti-abortion extremist James Charles Kopp was extradited from France yesterday before appearing in federal court where he pled not guilt to charges that he violated the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE) and illegally used a firearm to commit a crime....
6/5/2002 OH Jail Must Revise Abortion Policy
Inmates in need of abortion services at the Cuyahoga County Jail in Ohio will now receive transportation to clinics that can perform the procedure....
6/4/2002 Miami Police Department’s Practices to be Examined by Department of Justice
After a series of cases of excessive force, unjustified shootings, and evidence planting, the U.S....
5/28/2002 Kopp Gives Up Extradition Appeal
A lawyer representing anti-abortion extremist James Charles Kopp announced Monday that Kopp will no longer appeal his extradition to the US from France....
5/28/2002 US Continues Fight to Exempt Troops from the ICC
As the July 1 deadline for the International Criminal Court (ICC) war crime proceedings quickly approaches, the Bush administration continues to insist that US troops and other US officials be exempted from the tribunal’s jurisdiction....
5/24/2002 International Commission Finds Sudanese Government Abetting Slavery
An international commission led by former US Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Penn Kemble released a report on Wednesday confirming the Sudanese government’s continued abetment of slavery, despite formal denial of the practice and ratification of numerous international treaties outlawing it....
5/16/2002 A Call for Justice in East Timor
Over 125 women representing 14 countries and 22 US states joined with the East Timor Action Network (ETAN) to urge the United Nations Security Council to establish an international tribunal for East Timor....
5/6/2002 Aung San Suu Kyi Released From House Arrest Under Burmese Military
Nobel Lauriat and democratic icon Aung San Suu Kyi was released unconditionally from house arrest today by the Burmese military regime....
5/3/2002 State Dept to Assess UNFPA in China
The State Department announced yesterday that it will send a 3-person delegation to China later this month to assess the United Nations Family Planning Association (UNFPA) activities there....
4/22/2002 Motive for Vatican Meeting on Child Sex Abuse Questioned
Cardinals from across the United States are set to meet at the Vatican this week to discuss pedophilia in the Roman Catholic Church....
4/19/2002 Anti-Abortion Extremist Convicted on Firearms Charges
Former fugitive Clayton Lee Waagner was convicted yesterday on six counts of firearms and car theft charges, adding to previous convictions on weapons, theft, and escape charges....
4/16/2002 Anti-Women’s Rights Pamphlets in Afghanistan Threaten Reprisals
Anti-women’s rights, handwritten pamphlets have been found in Kandahar, a former Taliban stronghold....
4/4/2002 Kopp Accomplices to Stand Trial
The anti-abortion extremists who allegedly provided money, shelter, and support to former fugitive James Charles Kopp will now stand trial July 30 for obstruction of justice....
4/4/2002 Lawsuit Launched Against the Vatican for Sex-Abuse Scandal
Two men, who claim to have been sexually abused by priests as teenagers, have filed lawsuits in Florida and Oregon that accuse the Vatican of conspiring with church dioceses and religious orders to protect sex offenders and pedophiles operating within the church....
3/25/2002 Lawsuit Names All US Catholic Bishops in Organized Abuse Scandal
Amidst a widening sexual abuse scandal, a former seminarian in Hannibal, Missouri is suing the entire US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), originally intended to be used in cases involving organized crime rings....
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....
3/15/2002 FDA Issues Warning on Potentially Dangerous OB/GYN Devices
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a national and international alert yesterday warning consumers that obstetrics and gynecological surgical devices manufactured by A&A of Alpharetta, Georgia were incorrectly labeled sterile....
3/14/2002 Florida Bishop Resigns After Admitting Sexual Abuse
Bishop Anthony J....
3/12/2002 Flip Benham Blames Lack of Religion for Violence Against U.S.
Addressing students at Yale University on International Women’s Day, Flip Benham, National Director of Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue), claimed that American’s lack of religion was to blame for the attacks against the U.S....
3/5/2002 Priests Sex Abuse Scandal Continues
Cardinal Roger Mahony forced as many as a dozen priests suspected in cases of sex abuse in the Los Angeles Archdiocese to retire or to suspend their duties....
3/1/2002 Pentagon Expires Women’s Advisory Committee Charter
The Pentagon has not renewed the charter for the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) and will instead rewrite the charter for the decades old committee according to the Washington Times....
2/27/2002 USAID Provides for Reconstruction of Afghan Women’s Ministry Building
The U.S....
2/20/2002 Cases of Priest Pedophilia Continue to Surface
The Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire last week released the names of 14 priests suspected of sexually abusing children over the span of two decades to local prosecutors....
2/15/2002 First Woman Named Chief of U.S. Park Police
Teresa C....
2/12/2002 Catholic Priest Charged With Making Date Rape Drug; Boston Scandal Intensifies
Rev....
2/7/2002 Nancy Pelosi Sworn in as Democratic Whip
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was sworn in yesterday as House Democratic Whip....
2/5/2002 Biden Calls for U.S. Peacekeeping Force in Afghanistan
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, continued to urge the Bush Administration to deploy peacekeeping troops into Afghanistan to ensure the success of the new government....
1/29/2002 One Million Voices Connects Grassroots Activists for Roe Anniversary
Last week, hundreds of pro-choice activists across the United States spoke out in support of safe, legal, accessible abortion with One Million Voices, a week of events commemorating the anniversary of Roe v....
1/28/2002 Nigerian Woman Sentenced to Death by Stoning Changes Defense
Sufiyatu Huseini, the Nigerian woman sentenced to death by stoning for alleged adultery, is now being helped by a local women’s rights group (financed by the Ford and MacArthur Foundations) who have hired lawyers to defend Huseini....
1/25/2002 Clayton Waagner Indicted
Anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Waagner was indicted yesterday on six counts of firearms and stolen vehicle charges....
1/24/2002 Former Catholic Priest Convicted of Pedophilia
John J....
1/23/2002 Demon Lover - Part I
Look closely at her. She crosses a city street, juggling her briefcase and her sack of groceries....
1/17/2002 Clinical Trials Begin on Mifepristone as Cancer Treatment
The University of Texas M.D....
1/15/2002 Cardinal Apologizes for Allowing Alleged Child Abuser to Continue as Priest
Cardinal Bernard F....
1/2/2002 Sneak Attack
Things start to become militarized when their legitimacy depends on their associations with military goals....
12/19/2001 Casualty of War - Part I
Two weeks before the U.S....
12/19/2001 Casualty of War - Part II
He makes the decisions ....
12/18/2001 Waagner Pleads Innocent to Escape Charge
Anti-abortion extremist Clayton Lee Waagner pleaded innocent yesterday to charges that he escaped from Dewitt County Jail in Illinois on February 22....
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....
12/17/2001 Women's Health and Abortion Rights Activism
The ILLINOIS WESLEYAN Leadership Alliance hosted an AIDS Awareness Week, to commemorate International AIDS Awareness Day on December 1st....
12/13/2001 Afghan Women Bring Brussels Proclamation to the U.S.
Six delegates from the Afghan Women’s Summit, held in Brussels December 4-5, will meet with members of the U.S....
12/12/2001 Casualty of War
Two weeks before the U.S....
12/11/2001 Gender Gap May Be Decisive in 2002 Elections
In Missouri and North Carolina, pollsters and analysts are already beginning to see a gender gap that may prove favorable to women candidates in the November 2002 elections....
12/10/2001 Congresswoman Slaughter Condemns Anthrax Threats
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-NY) introduced a resolution yesterday condemning the rounds of anthrax threats sent to abortion providers in October and November of this year....
11/26/2001 Afghan Women to Attend Bonn Talks
The Feminist Majority has received reports indicating that five women will attend the United Nations sponsored meeting of Afghan factions in Bonn, Germany tomorrow to discuss the political future of Afghanistan....
11/21/2001 Women to be Included in Planning New Afghan Government
Afghan delegations representing the Northern Alliance, former king Zahir Shah, the Peshawar Convention, and the Cyprus group, will meet next week in Berlin to discuss the future of Afghanistan, including the development of a new broad-based representative government....
11/20/2001 Afghan Girls Return to School
Now that the Taliban have retreated from the area, new students, many of them girls, began to arrive at a formerly clandestine school in a Kabul suburb....
11/7/2001 Pro-Choice Candidates Emerge Victorious
On Tuesday, both New Jersey and Virginia elected pro-choice governors to lead their states....
11/6/2001 Wal Martyrs
At 24, Kim Miller had high expectations when she joined Wal-Mart as a cashier in Ocala, Florida....
11/2/2001 Pro-Choice Candidates Ahead in 2001 Elections
Pro-Choice Virginia gubernatorial candidate Mark Warner (D), according to a recent Washington Post poll, enjoys a 10-point lead over his staunchly anti-choice opponent, Mark Earley (R)....
11/1/2001 Prescribe Choice Campaign in Full Swing, New Materials Available Online
Earlier this month, new Prescribe Choice Campaign resources and materials were mailed to our network of Leadership Alliance activists and Choices affiliates....
10/29/2001 Women Remain at High Risk for Intimate Partner Violence
Domestic violence and intimate partner violence remain an epidemic in the United States....
10/25/2001 Anti-Abortion Priest Convicted; Tries to Escape to Afghanistan
Reverend Norman U....
10/22/2001 Kopp Accomplice Loses Appeal for Bail
The Second Court of Appeals denied the release on bail of Lorretta C....
10/19/2001 Former Afghan King Supports Taliban Role in New Government
Afghanistan's former king Mohammed Zahir Shah has agreed that moderate factions of the Taliban should play a decision-making role in the re-formation of Afghan government....
10/17/2001 Pakistan: Taliban Should Have Role in Afghan Reconstruction
Claiming that, “One knows for sure there are many moderate elements within the Taliban communities,” Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, during Secretary of State Colin Powell’s visit to Pakistan yesterday, suggested that so-called moderate factions of the Taliban should play a role in the formation of a new Afghan government....
10/16/2001 Anthrax Threats Hit Over 170 Abortion Clinics Nationwide
FMF Urges Abortion Providers to be on Highest Alert ARLINGTON, VA—Over 170 abortion clinics and doctors' offices in 14 states and the District of Columbia have received threatening letters claiming to contain anthrax....
10/15/2001 Anti-Abortion Extremist James Kopp Loses Extradition Appeal
James Charles Kopp, charged with the 1998 sniper-style assassination of Dr....
10/12/2001 Abortion Under Attack: Dispatches From the Front
In the U.S., George W....
10/11/2001 Fate of Post-Taliban Afghanistan Uncertain
After negotiations with U.S....
10/10/2001 Women’s Groups File Amicus Brief in Gender Discrimination Case
Led by the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Center for Women & Policing, and the Women’s Law Project of Philadelphia, nine women’s rights and women’s law enforcement organizations filed an amicus brief supporting the five women plaintiffs challenging Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) requirement that applicants must run 1.5 miles in 12 minutes; a requirement that disproportionately screens out a large number of qualified women applicants. “At first, women were told we simply couldn’t be police officers,” said Penny Harrington, Director of the National Center of Women & Policing and former Chief of Police of Portland Oregon, describing the history of discriminatory hiring tests used by law enforcement agencies....
10/9/2001 Abortion Under Attack: Holding the Line
The park was silent as operation Save America (OSA) conducted its "Memorial Service for the Unborn." Twenty-eight children (to mark the 28 years since Roe v....
10/5/2001 Many Vie for Control over Post-Taliban Afghanistan; Women’s Lives Hang in the Balance
Already in the media, debate has begun about what and who would constitute a post-Taliban Afghan government....
10/5/2001 “Comfort Women” Have No Legal Recourse
U.S....
10/1/2001 A Court For Human Rights
"The women of Rio Negro, some of them pregnant, were dragged from their homes, and along with their children, were raped, tortured, and killed....
9/27/2001 Hear the Voices of Women - Part II
SPAIN: "Thousands of people in the heart of Western civilization (New York) have had to die in order for the international community to react and consider putting an end to (terrorists/fundamentalist leaders.) The West never cared when the Taliban attacked Afghan women's rights, when they assaulted them, when they killed them....
9/24/2001 Suits Seek Gender Equality in Sports in NCAA, High Schools
Women students and their parents are bringing suits against the Michigan High School Athletics Association (MHSAA) and the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) to gain compliance with Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs....
9/17/2001 Picture This
Tension is mounting in this country between local governments that are taking their cues from the “faith-based” feds, and a take-no-prisoners arts community that refuses to sacrifice its creativity on the altar of theocracy....
9/13/2001 Operation Save America Claims Attacks on America “Rebuke” for U.S. Pro-Choice Policy
In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on our nation, the Christian extremist group Operation Save America (OSA), a militant anti-abortion group formerly known as Operation Rescue National, released a statement September 11 claiming that the attacks were retribution from God....
9/10/2001 Abortion Rights Advocate Dies at 71
Dr....
9/6/2001 NARAL and Boston Globe Endorse Pro-Choice Candidate in Mass. Congressional Race
As Boston’s 9th Congressional district gears up for a special Democratic primary on September 11th, progressive groups and newspapers have come out in support of 9-year Massachusetts state Senator, Cheryl Jacques....
9/5/2001 FMF Launches the Prescribe Choice Campaign
Currently, Yale University is the only college health center that offers mifepristone (formerly, RU-486), and many young women are still unable to obtain emergency contraception (EC) on campus....
8/22/2001 Women and Girls Forced into Sexual Slavery in Europe
In a growing cross-border trade, young women and girls living in poverty in the former Soviet bloc, Asia, and sub-Saharan African are being lured into an underground network of sex slavery by false promises of legitimate jobs or marriage....
8/14/2001 Lesbian Files Appeal Against Employer in Washington State
Mary Jo Davis, a former employee of a state-funded hospital in Washington State claims her constitutional rights were violated by her former employer, Pullman Memorial Hospital in Spokane, and the head of the department, Dr....
8/14/2001 Hotel Macedonia - Part I
Three young women sit at a table sipping coffee in a bright, airy room with windows that expose a glorious spring day in the Macedonian capital of Skopje....
7/30/2001 No Justice, No Peace
On May 9, George W....
7/25/2001 Anti-abortion Extremist Banned from Florida Clinic
John Burt, anti-abortion extremist and director of Our Father’s House, a home for unwed mothers, was convicted Tuesday of violating Pensacola’s noise ordinance during a demonstration outside the Community Healthcare Center....
7/25/2001 Teen Birth Rates Declining, Condom Use Increasing
The National Center for Health Statistics reports that the birth rate for women 15-19 years old, which has declined steadily for the past nine years, hit a record low last year of 48.7 births per 1,000 teen women....
7/18/2001 Remembering Breakthrough Journalist and Businesswoman Katherine Graham
Katherine Graham, 84, a prominent journalist and businesswoman, died yesterday morning from severe head injuries in Boise, Idaho....
7/17/2001 Judge Grants Anti-Abortion Group Right to March in Wichita
Yesterday a judge overruled the city of Wichita by granting anti-abortion extremist group Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue) the right to parade for one hour twice daily during their demonstrations this week outside of Dr....
7/17/2001 Fire Destroys Abortion Clinic
The Delta Women’s Clinic, which was the target of anti-abortion arsonists in 1985, was destroyed in a fire Sunday....
7/13/2001 Ashcroft Orders U.S. Marshal Protection for Dr. Tiller
Reversing his previous position, Attorney General John Ashcroft ordered the U.S....
7/12/2001 ATTORNEY GENERAL ASHCROFT URGED TO CONDEMN ANTI-ABORTION TERRORISM
WASHINGTON, DC—Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal joins Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Gloria Feldt and National Abortion Federation Executive Director Vicki Saporta in urging Attorney General John Ashcroft to be proactive and take action publicly against all anti-abortion terrorist threats. “With Operation Save America (formerly Operation Rescue) kicking off their ‘Let’s Finish It’ campaign in Wichita, KS this coming weekend, and outspoken anti-abortion terrorist Clayton Lee Waagner on the loose, heavily armed and threatening the lives of clinic staff across the country, time is of the essence,” said Smeal. Tiller has been the target of anti-abortion protests for the past decade, and in 1993 was shot 5 times by anti-abortion extremist Shelley Shannon....
6/27/2001 Affirmative Action Opponent Nominated for Education Civil Rights Post
Affirmative action opponent Gerald A....
6/27/2001 Brock Admits to Lying About Anita Hill
Former right-wing author David Brock now says that he knowingly published false, derogatory allegations against Anita Hill and that he was used by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to discredit Hill....
6/21/2001 Experts Question Accuracy of New Rape Statistics
The U.S....
6/20/2001 Sex Discrimination Case Filed Against Wal-Mart
In what could be the largest sex discrimination case ever filed against a private U.S....
6/18/2001 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Names New Inductees
Officials at the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame recently named 10 coaches, former players and contributors to its third class of inductees....
6/13/2001 3 Women MPs Elected in N. Ireland
Three women won historic seats in Northern Ireland’s House of Commons this week....
6/11/2001 Lorri Jean Named New NGLTF Exec Director
Lorri L....
6/4/2001 State Courts in MO and AL Limit Abortion Funding and Access
Two recent state Supreme Court decisions limit abortion funding and access for women in the U.S....
5/30/2001 New Leadership Chosen for Key Senate Committees
Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) has announced that he will not seek his former position as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee when Democrats gain control of the Senate and its committees next week....
5/16/2001 First Class of Women Cadets Graduates from VA Military Institute
Thirteen women will graduate in the class of 2001 from the formerly all-male Virginia Military Institute (VMI) after four years of grueling physical and mental challenges and not-always-equal treatment from their classmates....
5/15/2001 Helms Attempts to Stop Ratification of International Criminal Court
In July 1998, 120 countries, excluding the United States, voted to adopt the Rome Statute establishing the International Criminal Court (ICC)....
5/14/2001 Albright Honored as Democratic Woman of the Year
Last weekend, the Woman’s National Democratic Club awarded former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright with the Democratic Woman of the Year Award....
5/9/2001 Bush Nominates First 11 Federal Judges
In an effort ensure confirmation of his first batch of federal appeals court nominees, President Bush announced a diverse list of candidates that includes two men originally nominated by former President Clinton, two African Americans, three women and one Latino....
5/8/2001 Storming the Desert
After thundering thousands of miles across the North African desert, Jutta Kleinschmidt became the first woman to win the grueling Paris-Dakar endurance rally for off-road vehicles....
5/7/2001 Harvard Students and Workers Unite in Living Wage Protests
More than 30 students have occupied an administrative building at Harvard University for the past 20 days as part of the Progressive Student Labor Movement’s (PSLM) campaign for a living wage for university workers....
5/3/2001 Catholic Church Policy Forces Filipino Women into Unsafe Abortions
Women in the Philippines are trapped in an unbearable dilemma: the Catholic Church, whose influence over the country is strong, prohibits all forms of contraception, but extreme poverty prohibits large families....
5/1/2001 Article Reveals Bush Connections to Independent Women’s Forum
An article in today’s Washington Post exposes what feminists have long known – the connections between the George W....
4/25/2001 U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide Discrimination Damages
On Monday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case that will significantly affect the amount of money victims of employment discrimination may receive....
4/24/2001 Bush’s First Judicial Nominees to Include Federalist Society Members
As women’s and abortion rights groups heighten their vigilance surrounding Supreme Court nominations, President George W....
4/20/2001 What News Looks Like When Women Matter: Profiles of Rita Henley Jensen and Victoria Graham of Women's Enews - Part I
Real news on issues that matter to women is hard to find on the Internet, much less in a newspaper or on network news....
4/9/2001 Republican, Anti-Abortion Gay Man to Head Expanded White House AIDS Office
Despite February’s political faux pas by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, the White House AIDS office will remain open and the Bush Administration has restructured the office to include staff from the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), focusing the mission of the office on the international AIDS crisis, particularly in Africa....
4/6/2001 Florynce Rae Kennedy
"If you found a cause for the downtrodden or somebody abused someplace, by God, Flo Kennedy would be there," said former New York City Mayor David Dinkins on learning that longtime feminist and civil rights activist Florynce Kennedy had died....
4/5/2001 “Dr” Laura Show Cancelled
The Dr....
3/30/2001 Feminists Outraged at Elimination of White House Women’s Outreach Office
President Bush’s most recent attack on women’s rights was done quietly....
3/30/2001 V-Day 2001: To End Violence Against Women
A sold-out crowd in Madison Square Garden of 18,000 gathered to witness V-DAY 2001: Take Back the Garden, the smashing success of an especially courageous, innovative and funny performance of the Vagina Monologues....
3/30/2001 Leadership Progam Helps Women in Policing
The National Center for Women and Policing’s (NCWP) sixth annual conference, committed to changing the face of law enforcement, is being held April 4-8 in Palm Springs, CA....
3/27/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS – Part IV
Exploited Nuns Go Unheard A young Islamic woman converts to Christianity, alienating her family and effectively banishing herself from the community she has grown up in....
3/27/2001 Top Women in Law Enforcement and Leading Reformer Advocates Meet to Tackle Police Brutality, Family Violence and Gender Balance
What: The 6th annual National Center for Women & Policing (NCWP) conference: Redesigning Law Enforcement....
3/23/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS – Part III
Priests Impregnate Nuns, Some Advise Abortion Reports from 23 countries, mostly concentrated in Africa, reveal the widespread sexual exploitation of nuns by priests, many of whom are targeting nuns for sex because they see nuns as “safe” from HIV and AIDS....
3/22/2001 Senators Boxer and Reid Introduce Effort to Overturn Global Gag Rule
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) announced Tuesday that they and five other Senators will be challenging the Mexico City Policy, reinstated by President Bush on February 15....
3/22/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS – Part II
Sexual Exploitation of Nuns by Priests Widespread The scandal surrounding priests, rape, and AIDS, according to news accounts, includes abuses of power and financial explotation....
3/22/2001 More Leadership Alliance Activism
The newly forming SAN JOSE STATE UNIVERSITY Leadership Alliance organized their first general interest meeting this week....
3/21/2001 Special Series: Priests, Rape, and AIDS – Part I
HIV Leads Priests Away from Prostitutes, Toward Nuns, Young Girls According to several reports by senior nuns, and in one case by a priest, the sexual abuse of nuns by priests, including rape, is a serious problem in the Catholic Church, especially in Africa and the developing nations where the AIDS epidemic has hit hardest....
3/20/2001 Bush Dumps Clinton’s Judicial Nominees, ABA May be Next
In preparation to stack all levels of the courts with right-wing justices, President Bush officially withdrew 62 executive and judicial nominations made by former President Clinton during his last days in office....
3/20/2001 After the Massacre
As former Chinese Premier Li Peng was being wined and dined in New York City at the United Nations Millennium Conference in August, a lawsuit was being filed against him downtown....
3/19/2001 TX Ruling Threatens Lesbian, Gay Rights
In a dangerous attack on the right to privacy, the 14th Court of Appeals voted 7-2 to uphold Texas’ sodomy law, which makes oral or anal sex between same-sex partners – but not opposite-sex partners – a crime....
3/13/2001 WatchDog Days
Though we just inaugurated the new president, it feels as if we just threw away our barf bags after his less-than-glorious election....
3/9/2001 Riveted


Her picture was everywhere: black hair secured by a bandana that matched the color of her red lips, a sky-blue jumpsuit, and flexed and bulging biceps....
3/9/2001 International Women’s Day Events Highlight Women’s Role in Peace
Several International Women’s Day events highlighted women’s role in the peace-making process worldwide, and focused on the fact that women and their children often constitute the majority of the victims of war and conflict....
3/5/2001 State Dept. Senior Coordinator of Women’s Issues Could be Abolished
Under a directive from President George W....
2/23/2001 UN Court Issues 1st Ruling on Rape as War Crime
In the first war crimes case focused solely on rape and sexual slavery, the U.N....
2/22/2001 80 Nobel Laureates Support Stem Cell Research
Eighty US Nobel laureates have signed a letter to President Bush urging him not to block federal funding for research on stem cells from human embryo cells, citing the research possibilities and the cells’ potential to cure debilitating ailments like diabetes, AIDS, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Lou Gherig’s disease....
2/15/2001 Bankruptcy Reform Act Could Include Abortion Clinic Violence Language
The Republican sponsored Bankruptcy Reform Act may reach the floors of the House and Senate as early as next week....
2/12/2001 Two Women Ski Antarctic Land Mass
Ann Bancroft, 45, and Liv Aresen, 47, are the first women to ski unaided across Antarctica....
2/9/2001 U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Looks to US for Support
United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Mary Robinson met with Secretary of State Colin Powell and national security advisor Condoleezza Rice this week in an effort to generate US support for a world conference on racism to be held this summer....
2/7/2001 Professor Mary Daly Settles Suit with Boston College
One day before going to trial, professor Mary Daly agreed to settle her lawsuit against her former employer of 25 years, Boston College....
2/7/2001 GOP Bill Would Restrict RU 486
Pro-choice groups and women members of Congress condemned the introduction of a bill sponsored by Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark) and Representative David Vitter (R-LA) that would restrict access to mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486)....
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 II
Property rights people love her, as do defenders of so-called "state's rights." According to the Washington Post, in a 1996 speech to a conservative group in Colorado, Norton likened her struggle to preserve states from federal interference to the cause of the Confederacy, saying "We lost too much" when the South was defeated in the Civil War....
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....
1/26/2001 Bush’s Faith-Based Funding Violates Constitution
Americans United for Separation of Church and State has come out against President Bush’s initiative to direct more federal funds to “faith-based” social service programs that would rally “armies of compassion,” and his plan to establish a White House Office of Faith-Based Action that will remove roadblocks religiously affiliated groups face when receiving federal money....
1/24/2001 Global “Gag Rule” Will Increase Deaths; Boxer and Lowey Propose Policy Reversal
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) yesterday announced their plan to introduce legislation reversing Bush’s policy, and have already garnered the support of several pro-family planning Republican legislators....
1/23/2001 Leadership Alliances Across the Country Kick Off One Million Voices
From California to New York, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances and pro-choice community activists are gearing up for One Million Voices, the Feminist Majority Foundation’s week of reproductive rights activism to commemorate the 29th anniversary of Roe vs....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Women’s Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC – John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-women’s rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/16/2001 Ashcroft's Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment! 20-Year Anti-Women’s Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-women’s rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/10/2001 Police Family Violence Whistle Blower Found Guilty of Criminal Contempt
Robert Mullally, a former legal consultant who exposed serious family violence involving officers in the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), was found in criminal contempt on Friday in federal district court in Los Angeles....
1/10/2001 Chavez Withdraws; Possible Labor Appointees Include Right-Wingers
Linda Chavez, Bush’s anti-affirmative action, anti-pay equity, anti-minimum wage, and anti-gay and lesbian rights choice for Labor Secretary, withdrew from the running late yesterday afternoon....
1/9/2001 Ashcroft: Ideology Trumps Legal Judgment
20-Year Anti-Women’s Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft WASHINGTON, DC – John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-women’s rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 20-Year Anti-Women’s Rights Record Disqualifies Ashcroft
John Ashcroft is a totally anti-choice, anti-women’s rights nomination for Attorney General....
1/9/2001 Two Woman’s Rights Activists Die
Beatrice S....
1/3/2001 Shots Fired Into Kansas Abortion Clinic
On December 31, 2000, an unknown person fired at least 25 bullets into a suburban Kansas City abortion clinic....
1/2/2001 Civil Rights, Women’s Rights Groups Will Fight Ashcroft’s Confirmation
Civil, women’s, 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 Blacks, Women Contest Democratic Party Leadership
African-American and women leaders in the Democratic party are voicing their concerns about the party’s inattention to these key populations in party strategy and leadership nomination....
12/22/2000 Clothing Store Settles in Racial Discrimination Case
The Children’s Place, a clothing retail chain that has 365 stores in 40 states, settled today in a racial discrimination case brought by a former employee who complained that her supervisors instructed her to treat black customers with suspicion....
12/21/2000 Bush Cabinet Grows; Number of Women Appointees Shrinks
Despite much talk of inclusiveness and diversity for the George W....
12/20/2000 Possible Coats Nomination Alarms Women’s, Lesbian/Gay Rights Groups
Women’s and lesbian/gay rights groups are opposing the possible nomination of former senator Daniel Coats (R-IN) as Secretary of Defense in George W....
12/11/2000 Historic “Comfort Women’s” Trial Underway In Tokyo
For the first time in history, claims of forced servitude and rape made by more than 200,000 women during World War II in Japan are heard before a symbolic court lead by Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, former president of International War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia....
12/4/2000 Trafficking Of Women & Girls Enormous Global Problem
Estimates indicate that at least 50,000 women are brought into the United States for sexual exploitation alone and internationally, over 700,000 women and girls are forced into sexual slavery....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part I
Until March 2000, Tammy Johnson was a community organizer in Milwaukee, the national center of the school voucher movement, where she saw what she calls the “devastating” impact of vouchers.

“The demand for better facilities, more qualified teachers, and relevant curriculum fell on deaf ears at the school board, which spent millions on vouchers,” Johnson said....
11/28/2000 The Right's Stealth Tactics - Part II
Today, he heads up the American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), a national group that works on similar efforts in other states.

Many of today’s new-right legal activists met up in the Reagan and Bush administrations: Bill Bennett, Linda Chavez, and IJ’s Clint Bolick, to name but three....
11/27/2000 East Coast Conference
Last summer, at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminist Leadership Institute, several key students leaders from universities nationwide participated in an intensive 4-day leadership and reproductive rights conference in Washington D.C....
11/22/2000 2000 Election—Women Gaining Slowly, Against The Odds
"Wouldn't that be the ultimate irony if a few votes determined the rights of women?"

These words came from Eleanor Smeal the day after Election Day, at the beginning of the long drawn-out recount drama that has mesmerized the nation....
11/20/2000 Shalala Appointed President of University of Miami
Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala accepted the presidency of the University of Miami this past weekend....
11/14/2000 "W for Women" Fails
The Bush campaign failed in its efforts to mute the impact of gender gap issues such as abortion rights and gun control in the presidential campaign....
11/9/2000 Women make gains in California
A record number of women candidates won their Congressional races in California, increasing women's representation to 31% of the 52-seat California Congressional delegation....
11/1/2000 Afghan Situation Deteriorating as Nations Consider Armed Conflict
Violence and bombing continue in Afghanistan as the terrorist regime the Taliban struggles with the Northern Alliance under Ahmed Shah Massoud for control of the country....
10/30/2000 Pro-Choice Women Candidates Lead State Races
Abortion is an important issue not only in the presidential race this year but in statewide elections as well, with pro-choice candidates facing anti-choice opponents in California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia, New York, Washington, Montana, Colorado, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas....
10/26/2000 The Baby Abandonment Myth - Part II
Regardless of who is supporting these bills, one important question remains unanswered: is there a need for this legislation at all? Or is this just another case of politicians scoring easy "we-care-about-children" points? No one is really certain that baby abandonment is a statistically significant problem....
10/24/2000 US Senate Candidate George Allen Distorts Abortion Position
In a recent debate, as well as in his ad campaign, U.S....
10/23/2000 Carter Leaves Southern Baptists over Women’s Rights
Former President Jimmy Carter announced this weekend that he is ending his association with the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)....
10/16/2000 In Stitches
Six years ago, emergency workers counseling refugee women in the former Yugoslavia sent out a red alert....
10/13/2000 Lesbian Police Officer Gets Settlement in Harassment Case
Former New York City Police Department (NYPD) Officer Elizabeth Bryant received $20,000 in a settlement with the City after testifying that she was discriminated against for being a lesbian....
10/4/2000 Republican Politics Hold Up Bonnie Campbell’s Judicial Nomination
Violence Against Women Office Director and former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell was nominated for a seat on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals 216 days ago....
10/4/2000 Anti-Choice Sheriff Loses Election
Sheriff John McDougall lost a Republican primary runoff in Fort Myers, Florida on October 3 after receiving criticism for his vehement anti-abortion stance....
9/28/2000 Victory Won in Campaign to Bring RU-486 to US
FDA Approval Marks Victory of Science Over Anti-abortion Politics WASHINGTON, D.C....
9/28/2000 Feminist Majority Foundation Declares Victory in 12-Year Campaign to Bring RU 486 to the United States
FDA Approval Marks Victory of Science Over Anti-abortion Politics WASHINGTON, D.C....
9/19/2000 Whirlwind Women
Two summers ago, while teaching disabled women in Uganda how to build their own wheelchairs, Jenny Kern witnessed firsthand the need for her labor....
9/18/2000 Weekend Olympic Highlights: American Women Set World Record
American women have earned medals in swimming, shooting, and weightlifting at the Sydney Olympics to date....
9/18/2000 Gender Differences in Police Brutality Lawsuits: Men Cost More
Gender Balance in Law Enforcement Urged With police abuse cases grabbing headlines nationwide, a new study released by the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Center for Women & Policing documents huge gender differences in the cost of police brutality and misconduct as a result of civil liability lawsuits....
9/8/2000 Tokyo Police Face Criminal Charges For Ignoring Stalking Victims Pleas
Shiori Ino, a 21-year old college student, was stabbed to death inside of a Tokyo shopping mall stark daylight by men hired by her former boyfriend....
9/1/2000 Fears Of Asian Sex Trade Increase In Case Of Kidnapped British Woman
A former British Airways fight attendant, Lucie Blackman, disappeared in Tokyo on July 1 and now is believed to been forced into sexual slavery....
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 Singapore Offers Financial Incentives For Maternity Leave
In an effort to increase fertility and replenish the country's population, the Singaporean government is offering substantial incentives to women to bear more children....
8/15/2000 Rape = Genocide
A federal jury ordered former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to pay $745 million to Bosnian Moslem women who were raped and tortured under his orders....
8/15/2000 Upcoming FDA Decision On Mifepristone Mired In Anti-Abortion Politics
As the Food and Drug Administration's September 30 deadline to approve mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486, the French abortion pill) looms large, abortion rights advocates are fearful that anti-abortion politics will cause the FDA to further delay approving the drug, or so severely restrict its use that women and their doctors will be reluctant to use it as an alternative to surgical abortion....
8/14/2000 Women Win $745 Million In Lawsuit Against Bosnian War Criminal
Survivors of rape and torture won $745 million in a verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic....
8/3/2000 Bosnian Woman Faints During Testimony Against Serb War Criminal
A Bosnian Muslim woman testifying in a civil lawsuit against the former leader of the Bosnian Serbs fainted in a federal court as she described her rape and torture during the Balkans conflict in 1992....
8/2/2000 Rigoberta Menchú: On the Trail of Dictators
Eight years ago a little-known quiché Mayan activist from Guatemala won the Nobel Peace Prize....
8/2/2000 Rigoberta Menchu: On the Trail of Dictators - Part I
Eight years ago a little-known quiché Mayan activist from Guatemala won the Nobel Peace Prize....
8/1/2000 Youth Philanthropy: A Gateway to College Activism
Ever get tired of hearing young people referred to as apathetic? As college activists involved in Feminist Majority Leadership Alliances, we are shattering the misconception of a jaded and complacent generation....
8/1/2000 Senate Passes Act to Protect Sex Trafficking Victims
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 passed the Senate last week with a unanimous vote, and all signs point to its passage in the House as well....
7/28/2000 Dangerous Prospects for Afghan Asylum Seekers in Britain
The Immigration Appeals Centre in London has denied the asylum appeal of four of the 31 Afghan asylum seekers who were on board the hijacked Afghan aircraft that arrived at Stansted airport in Essex on February 7 of this year....
7/28/2000 Dangerous Prospects for Afghan Asylum Seekers in Britain
The Immigration Appeals Centre in London has denied the asylum appeal of four of the 31 Afghan asylum seekers who were on board the hijacked Afghan aircraft that arrived at Stansted airport in Essex on February 7 of this year....
7/25/2000 Women in Eastern Europe Caught in Sex Trade
Tens of thousands of young Eastern European women are being lured into the sex trade by criminals who are making enormous profits....
7/25/2000 Bush Selects Ultra-Conservative Cheney as Running Mate
Early this morning, Richard Cheney accepted George W....
6/30/2000 Afghan Intellectuals Threatened in Pakistan
Amnesty International has reported that Pakistan has recently deported former Kabul University Professor Mohammad Rahim Elham in violation of an agreement between Pakistani government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for joint assessment of Afghan refugee claims prior to deportation....
6/29/2000 Coburn Amendment Threatens Mifepristone (RU486) Research
The Coburn Amendment to the Agricultural Appropriations Bill, which would limit the FDA's ability to continue research on mifepristone (formerly known as RU486), is expected to be introduced this week....
6/23/2000 Clinton TV Ads Criticize Lazio's Real Position on Abortion
Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York senatorial campaign unleashed two new television spots that attacked her opponent Rep....
6/20/2000 Nextel Faces Discrimination Suit
In what could be the first major class-action discrimination suit for the telecommunications industry, 302 current and former employees of Nextel Communications Inc....
6/15/2000 Coca-Cola Moves to Settle Racial Discrimination Suit
The Coca-Cola Co....
6/15/2000 Courting the Women’s Vote in Mexico
Mexico's ruling party and conservative opposition candidates—locked in a virtual tie in the run up to Sunday's presidential election—are lavishing unprecedented attention on women voters.

Francisco Labastida, candidate for the ruling Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI), and his opponent Vicente Fox, of the family-values oriented National Action Party (PAN), each have about 40 percent of the vote, according to recent public opinion polls....
6/13/2000 The Haider House Rules
First Austria's new, ultraright-wing government took aim at immigrants; then it moved on to women....
6/12/2000 Elite Prep School Welcomes Gay and Lesbian Faculty
Trustees at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, the nation's oldest preparatory school, voted last week to welcome gay and lesbian couples as dormitory advisors in the family-like atmosphere of the dorms, where faculty members live alongside students, acting as role models, academic advisors, and emotional supporters....
6/6/2000 UN Women's Rights Activists Voice Concern About the Vatican
In its first attempt to estimate the extent of sex slave trade in England, the British government released a report Sunday stating that hundreds of women, most from the former Yugoslavia, are being forced into prostitution in Britain....
6/6/2000 British Government Releases Report on Sex
In its first attempt to estimate the extent of sex slave trade in England, the British government released a report Sunday stating that hundreds of women, most from the former Yugoslavia, are being forced into prostitution in Britain....
5/30/2000 Gender Biases Prompt Men to Avoid Parental Leave
Despite the passage of the 1993 federal Family and Medical Leave Act, few fathers are taking advantage of the mandated 12 or fewer weeks of unpaid parental leave offered by companies with more than 50 employees. While economics contributes to some of these cases, especially given the still-existing wage gap between men and women, fear plays a large part in fathers' reluctance to trade work for full-time childcare....
5/22/2000 Louisiana Statute Aims to Ban Abortion
The Fifth Circuit U.S....
5/17/2000 House to Consider This Week Two Amendments Affecting Choice
This week, the U.S....
4/28/2000 Anti-Abortion Group in Texas Shuts Down
Texans United For Life has closed amid allegations that its president, Bill Price, misappropriated the group's funds for personal use....
4/27/2000 Out in Africa
Lesbians and gay men in several African countries who come out of the closet may land in a prison cell....
4/20/2000 Arab Women's Groups Demand Better Conditions for Women
More than 3,000 international organizations joined forces in Beirut this week in an effort to end violence against women and promote redistribution of the world's resources....
4/11/2000 Human Life International Feud Reveals Anti-Choice Infighting
A conflict between founder Rev....
4/7/2000 Fundraising: Letter-Writing Campaign to Support Victims of Marital Rape
Brandeis to host Letter-Writing Campaign to Support Victims of Marital Rape The Brandeis University Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance will hold a coffeehouse next Friday to kick off a letter writing campaign against Article 93 in Costa Rica....
4/6/2000 Lesbian Ex-Partner Gets Visitation Rights
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled today that a lesbian who helped raise her former partner's twins has rights equivalent to a parent's and is therefore entitled to visitation now that the couple is no longer together....
4/4/2000 MIFEPRISTONE GLOBAL SUMMIT AT FEMINIST EXPO 2000 CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE FDA APPROVAL AND EXPANDED RESEARCH ON MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH
BALTIMORE, MD - Supporters of mifepristone (formerly known at RU 486) are stepping up efforts for its release and distribution to US women....
4/1/2000 Mifepristone Global Summit at Feminist Expo 2000 Calls for Immediate FDA Approval and Expanded Research on Medical Breakthrough
Physicians, Patient Describe Benefits of Drug for Treatment of Meningioma (brain tumors) and Other Cancers and Diseases BALTIMORE, MD - Supporters of mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) are stepping up efforts for its release and distribution to US women....
3/28/2000 Opinion>>> Beyond Sanctions
While the U.S....
3/21/2000 Eric Rudolph Task Force Vacating Command Post
The former textile mill that has served as the command post during the hunt for suspected serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph will be dismantled after more than two years of operation....
3/15/2000 Diocese of Santa Rosa Agrees to Settle Sexual Misconduct Suit
The Diocese of Santa Rosa, CA has tentatively agreed not only to pay $1.6 million to settle a sexual misconduct lawsuit against a former priest but also to issue a written apology to the four former parishioners....
3/8/2000 Woman Wins Millions in Sex-Bias Case
A federal jury awarded $5.5 million to Victoria Morton, a former Unisys Corp....
2/16/2000 Afghans Seeking Asylum in Britain Meet Obstacles
Nearly 70 Afghans are seeking asylum in Britain following last week's hijacking of an Ariana Boeing 727....
2/14/2000 Afghans Seeking Asylum in Britain Meet Obstacles
Nearly 70 Afghans are seeking asylum in Britain following last week's hijacking of an Ariana Boeing 727....
2/4/2000 First Woman Elected President in Finland
Social Democrat Tarja Halonen became the first female president of Finland in a run-off election on Sunday....
2/4/2000 First Women Elected Governor in Japan
A former senior official of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry from Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi's party, Fusae Ota, became the first woman to win a governorship in Japan....
2/2/2000 Senate Passes Bankruptcy Amendment
The U.S....
1/18/2000 Global Forum Advocates Leadership by Women
A three-day conference entitled Global Forum of Women Political Leaders began on Monday in the Philippines....
1/13/2000 Britain Lifts Ban on Lesbians and Gay Men in Military
In accordance with European Union court rulings, Britain ended its ban on lesbians and gay men in the military and introduced a new sexual conduct code that does not distinguish between heterosexual and homosexual behavior by military personnel....
1/7/2000 Women Leave Welfare, Lose Health Insurance
A recent study of women and children leaving welfare rolls reveals that obtaining a job can mean losing health insurance....
1/5/2000 Catholic Hospital Merger Leaves California City without Reproductive Health Options
With hospital mergers on the rise, women will suffer the loss of services from abortion to tubal ligation to birth control....
12/17/1999 Leading Female Peacemakers Form Coalition
"Women Waging Peace," organized by Swanee Hunt, a former U.S....
12/10/1999 Carol Mosely-Braun Sworn in as Ambassador
Former Senator Carol Mosely-Braun was sworn in as U.S....
12/9/1999 Jury Finds Conspiracy in Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
A Shelby County Circuit Court Jury in Memphis, Tenn., decided yesterday that civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr....
11/17/1999 Reno Addresses Women Justice Chiefs
U.S....
11/17/1999 Female Cadet Settles Suit with Citadel
Jeanie Mentavlos settled her sexual harassment lawsuit yesterday filed against the Citadel, a staff member, and two former cadets for up to $135,000 according to her lawyer, Dick Harpootlian....
11/16/1999 EEOC Finds Evidence of Sex Discrimination at CBS
In a report issued October 29, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found evidence of sexual discrimination against female technicians by CBS Inc....
11/12/1999 Senate Confirms Carol Moseley-Braun
Former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun won overwhelming confirmation as the new U.S....
11/9/1999 Senate Endorses Moseley-Braun
In a vote of 17 - 1 on Monday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee overwhelmingly approved the nomination of former Senator Carol Moseley-Braun as the U.S....
11/8/1999 Carol Moseley-Braun Closer to Confirmation
Moving a step closer to confirmation as the new U.S....
10/25/1999 Carol Moseley-Braun Faces Old Challenge for Ambassadorship Appointment
Former U.S....
10/25/1999 U.S. Senator John Chafee Dies at 77
Longtime moderate Republican and pro-choice voice in the U.S....
10/19/1999 High-Profile Case Highlights Problem of Rape in Mexico
A high-profile case involving the conviction of 15 former policemen on charges of kidnapping and rape in Mexico City has focused public attention on the lack of protection for rape victims in Mexico....
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 nation’s oldest appellate court....
10/11/1999 Margaret ‘The Tiger’ MacGregor Wins First Female-Male Boxing Bout
Margaret “The Tiger” MacGregor readily defeated male opponent Loi “The Earthman” Chow at Mercer Arena Saturday night in boxing’s first sanctioned mixed-gender match....
10/7/1999 Former UPS Employee Settles Sexual Harassment Suit
Former UPS Logistics president and CEO Ray Thurston agreed to pay a settlement to Diane Latone for making "sexually offensive, intimidating and hostile comments" about Latone’s two daughters....
9/30/1999 Gary Bauer Denies Extra-Marital Affair Rumors
Gary Bauer, a long-time leader of the religious right and GOP presidential hopeful, called a press conference Wednesday to address concerns that he was engaging in “inappropriate” behavior with a deputy campaign manager....
9/28/1999 Republican Pro-Choice Coalition Created in Massachusetts
The Republican Pro-Choice Coalition has recently become a chapter in Massachusetts....
9/23/1999 Women in Eastern Europe Face Poverty, Abuse, Barriers to Reproductive Health
Wednesday, Unicef reported on conditions for women in Eastern Europe, after an extensive study of 27 countries in the former Soviet Union....
9/17/1999 Argentina: President Menem's Ex-Wife Tells All on Abortion
Zulema Yoma, the former first lady, told a Buenos Aires newspaper that she had an abortion 20 years ago and was supported by her husband, President Carlos Saúl Menem....
8/30/1999 UN Panel: WWII "Comfort Women" Due Compensation
The United Nations Subcommission on Human Rights ruled Thursday that international law mandates the Japanese government to take responsibility for crimes committed by its soldiers during WWII....
8/25/1999 UK Clinic Closes Due to Threats, Harassment
The Times of London recently reported that "The ugly and militant tactics of American anti-abortionism have arrived in the United Kingdom," and especially in Northern Island, the only part of the British Isles that is not bound by the 1967 Abortion Act....
8/24/1999 NASA Engineer Sues for Sex Discrimination
Islamic aerospace engineer Shazahd Khaligh has filed suit against her employer, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JSL) and her former supervisor, Fred Hadaegh....
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....
8/23/1999 Income Falls Among Poorest Female-Headed Households
A new study conducted by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that income levels of the poorest 20% of female-headed households fell an average of $580 dollars per family from 1995 to 1997, despite widespread economic growth....
8/20/1999 Nolan Named Chief White House Counsel
President Clinton yesterday appointed former deputy attorney general and White House counsel Beth Nolan to serve as chief White House counsel....
8/19/1999 More Women Police File Sex Discrimination Suits
The Christian Science Monitor reported yesterday that women in criminal justice positions are suing for sexual harassment in increasing numbers....
8/13/1999 Settlement in First Male-On-Male, Class Action Sexual Harassment Suit
The U.S....
8/13/1999 Maryland County Settles Sexual Harassment Suit
A former Montgomery County, Maryland prosecutor will receive a $320,000 settlement to resolve a sexual discrimination lawsuit filed against Robert L....
8/11/1999 Republicans Seek Gay Vote
Republican presidential nominees Gov....
8/5/1999 Court Prohibits Boy Scouts From Ousting Gay Leader
On Wednesday, the New Jersey State Supreme Court ruled that the Boy Scouts were prohibited from excluding any individuals from joining their organization on the basis of their sexuality....
8/5/1999 Bosnian Serb Pleads Non-Guilty to Rape and Enslavement
On Wednesday, a Bosnian Serb pleaded not guilty to raping and enslaving Muslim women in the town of Foca during the war from 1992-1995....
8/4/1999 President-elect of Indonesia Faces Gender Discrimination
In June, Megawati Sukarnoputri became Indonesia's first female president-elect....
8/3/1999 Christian Coalition Questions Stability
For more than 10 years, the Christian Coalition has been the leading right wing religious organization....
7/29/1999 Carnival Cruise Lines Revises Sexual Assault Figures
A lawyer representing Carnival Cruise Lines announced yesterday that more incidents of sexual assault and sexual misconduct have occurred on the company's ships than was previously reported....
7/21/1999 Woman Breaks the Glass Ceiling of the Corporate Elite
On Monday, Carleton S....
7/16/1999 Carnival Cruise Line Investigates Sexual Assaults
According to the New York Times, the world's largest cruise line, Carnival, has admitted that its crew members were accused of sexual assault 62 separate times within the past 5 years....
7/15/1999 Father Attempts to Kill Daughter Over Divorce
A Egyptian man locked his 22-year-old daughter in a small, windowless room for 108 days after her 80-year-old husband divorced her....
7/13/1999 Afghanistan Foundation Urges Clinton to Further Isolate the Taliban
The Afghanistan Foundation, founded by former Congressman Don Ritter (R-PA) has implored President Clinton to take a stronger stance against the Taliban....
7/12/1999 Former Taiwanese Sex Slaves Seek Compensation
Nine Taiwanese women who were used as sex slaves during WWII are suing the Japanese government for damages and are also seeking an apology....
7/8/1999 Female President Elected in Latvia
The first woman president elected in post-communist Eastern Europe was sworn in as Latvia’s head of state....
7/6/1999 Mifepristone Approved in Europe
EXELGYN Laboratories announced that the drug mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486) has been approved for distribution in eight European countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Greece, and the Netherlands....
6/28/1999 Evidence of Rape in Kosovo
In various provinces in Kosovo, evidence of sexual assault and torture by the Serbian army during the war has been identified....
6/23/1999 Women's Wrestling Federation Formed
A new women's wrestling federation was formed on Tuesday that plans to offer "role models for little girls and a more dignified way to bodyslam villains." David McClane founded Women of Wrestling, WOW, in an effort to dignify and promote athleticism among female wrestlers....
6/16/1999 University of California Pays Up in Fertility Clinic Lawsuits
To settle the fertility clinic lawsuits at the University of California Irvine campus, the university is paying upwards of $20 million to its former clients....
6/11/1999 Former D.C. Jail Inmate Files Civil Suit
Former D.C....
6/4/1999 Clinton Appoints Women's Progress Commemoration Leaders
President Clinton yesterday announced the names of several distinguished women whom he will appoint to lead the Women's Progress Commemoration Commission....
5/20/1999 Canadian Supreme Court Gives Legal Recognition to Lesbian and Gay Couples
In a tremendous victory for lesbian and gay rights, the Canadian Supreme Court today ruled that the Canadian province of Ontario must rewrite its laws to include same-sex couples, arguing that its current definition of "spouse" as a person of the opposite sex is unconstitutional....
5/18/1999 UK: Gay and Lesbian Soldiers Challenge Military Ban
The UK armed forces' ban on gay and lesbian service personnel will be challenged today in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg....
5/13/1999 Financial Crisis Leads South Korean Women to Workforce
More and more South Korean women are obtaining paid jobs outside of the home due to financial difficulties brought by widespread economic turmoil in the region....
5/12/1999 First Woman Graduates From Citadel
On Saturday, Nancy Mace became the first woman to graduate from The Citadel, a formerly all-male military college....
5/12/1999 Nepal: Organization Battles Sex Trafficking
Maiti Nepal is a non-governmental organization that works to protect Nepali from sex traffickers and aids women who have been forced into sex work....
5/6/1999 Women Skiiers to Make History Crossing Antarctica
Polar explorers Ann Bancroft and Liv Arneson dream of becoming the first all-women team to ski across Antarctica....
4/26/1999 Protest Ends, Operation Rescue Adopts New Name
Operation Rescue's week-long "Operation Save America" protests in Western New York ended yesterday....
4/22/1999 Catholic Law School Gains More Right-Wing Support
Former Domino's Pizza mogul Tom Monaghan's Ave Maria School of Law is continuing to gain more support from ultra-conservative, right-wing forces....
4/22/1999 More Baby Girls Abandoned in China
Peng Peiyun, the former Chinese Minister of Family Planning and current vice chairwoman of the national Legislature, said the number of female babies who are being abandoned in China is increasing at an alarming rate....
4/21/1999 Feminist Majority Foundation Supports Amendment to Enforce Clinic Protection Laws
The Feminist Majority Foundation is in full support of S.625, Senator Schumer's proposed amendment to Section 523(a) of title 11, United States Code....
4/21/1999 Radcliffe to Merge With Harvard
Radcliffe College has announced that it will fully merge with Harvard University and transform its undergraduate program for women into the "Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study" -- a coed center for research and graduate-level studies on women, gender and society....
4/16/1999 Western New York Clinics, Abortion Providers Granted Larger Buffer Zones
A federal court has issued a restraining order requiring protestors to keep their distance from abortion clinics and doctor's offices in the Western district of New York....
4/14/1999 Pakistan's Bhutto Decries "Conspiracy Against Women"
In response to the recent murder of Samia Imran, Pakistani former prime minister Benazir Bhutto has written a letter to the U.N....
4/12/1999 NASA Considers All-Women Space Shuttle Crew
In what some deem progress and others deem a media gimmick, NASA is considering an all-women space shuttle crew....
4/9/1999 Hooters' Employee Not Bound to Dispute Arbitration Agreement
The 4th U.S....
4/8/1999 Former Domino's President to Create Catholic Law School
Former Domino's Pizza president and billionaire Tom Monaghan has announced that he will spend $50 million to build a Catholic law school in Ann Arbor, Michigan....
4/8/1999 Purported Male Deputies Reveal Hostility in Online Forum
Self-described male deputies expressed disdain for their female colleagues in an online forum hosted by Digital Cities....
4/7/1999 Young Smokers Suffer Genetic Damage
New research published today in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that individuals who smoke as children or young adults often suffer irreparable genetic damage in the lungs that causes increased risk for lung cancer throughout their lives....
3/29/1999 U.S. Supreme Court Lets Stay Anti-Affirmative Action Ruling
The U.S....
3/22/1999 FL: Abused Spouses, Children Have Right to Self-Defense
In an important ruling for domestic violence victims and their advocates, Florida's Supreme Court has ruled that abused spouses and children attacked in their own homes may "meet force with force," even if they have not tried to flee their attackers....
3/18/1999 Lesbian Custody Case Returns to Courtroom
Last year, District judge Frank Plaut of Colorado's Jefferson County awarded two former lesbian partners joint custody of their daughter and ordered that the girl should remain in Colorado....
3/11/1999 Today Sponge to Return to U.S. Market
In 1995, financial constraints forced Whitehall-Robins Healthcare to stop manufacturing the Today Sponge, to the great dismay of the women who had depended on the contraceptive device....
3/11/1999 14-Year-Old Girl Youngest Winner of Science Prize
Fourteen-year-old Natalia Toro became the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search....
3/8/1999 Appeals Court Deems VAWA Act Unconstitutional
The 4th U.S....
3/5/1999 Statement of Eleanor Smeal on the Death of Former Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun
Women of the nation are indebted to former Supreme Court Justice Harry A....
3/4/1999 Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation, on the Death of Former Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun
Washington DC -- Women of the nation are indebted to former Supreme Court Justice Harry A....
3/2/1999 Over 900 Bias Claims Filed in Merrill Lynch Settlement
More than 900 current or former female employees of Merrill Lynch have filed claims of discrimination against the financial services company....
2/26/1999 Labor Shortage Prompts Contractors to Hire More Women
Widespread unemployment and a booming U.S....
2/25/1999 NCAA Evades Liability for Sex-Bias
The U.S....
2/22/1999 Taliban Targets Refugees in Pakistan
Many prominent anti-Taliban Afghan nationals who fled their homes to live in Pakistan have been harassed, threatened, beaten, and even murdered....
2/17/1999 Training, Networking for Web Women
DC Web Women, formerly known as DC Webgrrls, has separated from its association with Webgrrls International and adopted a non-profit structure to better meet the needs of its membership, which has grown from 21 to almost 1,500 member since the group first met....
2/9/1999 New Protection for Domestic Violence Survivors
Starting on July 1 of this year, the state of California will begin offering free post office boxes to qualifying women, men and children who are survivors of domestic violence....
2/9/1999 International Conference for Women's Leadership
The ATHENA Foundation will host an international conference entitled "Leaders in Action: The ATHENA Model" this April 29-May 1 at the West William Penn in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania....
2/9/1999 Playwright Bars Gender-Bending Performance
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet granted and then later refused dramatic license for his "Goldberg Street" plays and monologues after he learned that female actors from the QuintEssential theater troupe would perform roles that had been written for men....
2/1/1999 Clinton Announces New Equal Pay Initiative
President Clinton has announced a new equal pay initiative that would provide the Labor Department and the Equal Opportunity Commission with a total of $14 million to identify wage discrimination, educate employers and workers about women's right to equal pay, and to recruit more women for higher-paid work....
1/29/1999 Former News Anchor Wins $8.3M for Sex, Age Discrimination
Former news anchor Janet Peckinpaugh was awarded $8.3 million in a lawsuit that alleged discrimination based on sex and age....
1/28/1999 Fifth-Graders Help Free Slaves in Sudan
After learning about the United States history of slavery, Barbara Vogel's fifth-grade class was horrified to learn that the practice of slavery is not confined to the past....
1/27/1999 Kenya: School Allows Young Girls to Delay Marriage
Priscilla Nankurrai has made it her mission to save young girls from being forced into early marriages against their will....
1/26/1999 Military Rapist and Murderer Enters Plea Bargain
Danial J....
1/25/1999 DNA Evidence Found in Slepian Investigation
DNA from a strand of hair found near the home of murdered obstetrician-gynecologist and abortion provider Dr....
1/21/1999 NCAA Seeks Protection From Sex Discrimination Suits
The NCAA asked the U.S....
1/20/1999 College to Pay $12.6 Million in Sex Discrimination Suit
Former chemistry professor Leslie Crane was awarded $12.6 million in a sex discrimination case filed against Hartford's Trinity College....
1/20/1999 Museum Documents Japanese Military's Sexual Slavery
The Historical Museum of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery opened this past August near Seoul, South Korea....
1/19/1999 English Tribunal Condemns Discriminatory Work Schedules
Nurses Christine Clunie and Alison Hale lost their jobs when their employer, Wiltshire Healthcare NHS Trust, forced them to work rotating shifts, making it impossible for the women to arrange care for their children....
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....
1/12/1999 U.S. Supreme Court Stays "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy
The U.S....
1/8/1999 EEOC Finds Evidence of Sexual Harassment at Ford Plants
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has substantiated complaints of sexual harassment made by six women in a class-action lawsuit against Ford Motor Co....
1/6/1999 Mining Company Settles Sexual Harassment Suit
The former owners of an Eveleth, MN iron ore mining company represented by Fireman's Fund Insurance Co....
1/6/1999 Moseley-Braun to Hold Education Post
Former senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL) was appointed to a post with the Education Department on Tuesday....
1/4/1999 German Government Legalizes Distribution of RU-486
Newly-elected German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder last week took steps to allow the sale of mifepristone, a safe, non-surgical method of early abortion formerly known as RU-486....
1/4/1999 Dole Quits Red Cross, May Seek Presidency
Elizabeth Dole will announce today that she will resign from her position as head of the American Red Cross and may seek the presidency in 2000....
12/23/1998 President Names Pena to Fitness Council
President Clinton announced Monday that he will appoint Ellen Hart Pena to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports....
12/22/1998 First Woman Conductor Quits Vienna Boys Choir
Agnes Grossmann has quit her position as the first female conductor of the Vienna Boys Choir, citing intolerable resistance to change on the part of the all-male administrators....
12/18/1998 Girl Sues McDonald's for Sexual Harassment
Seventeen-year-old Ineshia Teate has sued McDonald's Corporation and her former supervisor Jose Rivas for sexual harassment....
12/17/1998 Insurance Company Pays $200,000 Settlement in Pay Equity Case
Two hundred women employees of Highmark, Inc., (formerly Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Western Pennsylvania) alleged that female employees were unjustly paid less than their male counterparts and won a $200,000 settlement from the insurance company....
12/16/1998 Women Leaders Lobby Livingston, Gephardt
Following yesterday's press conference, national women leaders traveled to Capitol Hill for impromptu meetings with incoming House Speaker Robert Livingston and Democratic minority leader Richard Gephardt....
12/15/1998 Celebrities Hail Anti-Impeachment Message
Celebrities including Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, women's rights activist Gloria Steinem, actor Alec Baldwin, Nobel Peace laureate Elie Wiesel, Caroline Schlossberg Kennedy, novelist Mary Bordon, and others spoke at an anti-impeachment rally organized by Americans Against Impeachment and held Monday at New York University Law School....
12/14/1998 Philanthropists, Investors, City of San Francisco Form "Women's Technology Cluster"
Former Silicon Valley executive Catherine Muther, private investors, corporations, and the City of San Francisco will join forces to create the "Women's Technology Cluster," an incubator of sorts for women starting technology companies....
12/11/1998 Ms. Foundation Announces Top 10 Women of 1998
The Ms....
12/8/1998 Top Women Executives Lose Jobs and Ranking After Bank Merger
Since the merger of Bank America Corp....
12/7/1998 Higher Education: Administrators Lower Standards to Admit More Men
The percentage of women in higher education has exceeded the number of men for more than a decade, and the disparity is growing....
12/4/1998 Supporters Form Campaign to Persuade Elizabeth Dole to Run for President
Despite statements of disinterest in running for president in the year 2000 election, Elizabeth Dole has gained a large number of supporters hopeful for her candidacy....
12/1/1998 Chechen Government Plans to Recognize the Taliban
Chechnya, one of the former Soviet republics, has prepared to formally recognize the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan....
11/30/1998 New Chairwoman to Lead EEOC
Ida L....
11/25/1998 Funeral Held for Russia's Leading Woman Politician
Russian democratic reform leader Galina Starovoitova was buried today at the honorable Alexander Nevsky monastery in St....
11/24/1998 Successful Women in Television Create New Women's Cable Channel
The launch of a brand new cable channel for women was announced today....
11/23/1998 Charged in Paternity Suit, Man Sues Girlfriend for Getting Pregnant
Peter Wallis, charged in a paternity suit by former girlfriend Kelli Rae Smith this summer, is suing his ex-girlfriend for getting pregnant....
11/20/1998 One of Every Five U.S. Women Has Faced Rape
A government study has revealed that nearly one in five women in the United States have been raped or faced an attempted rape at least once in their lives....
11/18/1998 Ex-Nike Factory Employee Speaks Out Against Company's Injustice
U.S....
11/17/1998 Former Female Gang Leader Now Counsels Young Women
The number of violent acts committed by girls has been on a steady rise in the United States for the past decade....
11/3/1998 Former Afghan President's Brother-In-Law Murdered in Pakistan
Mohammed Hashim Bakhtiari, the brother-in-law of former Afghan president Najibullah, was shot down after returning home on Monday in Peshawar, Pakistan....
11/3/1998 Glenn's Sexist Remarks Remembered by NASA Women
Bernice Steadman did not share the same enthusiasm for John Glenn's recent voyage into space as did most of the U.S....
10/29/1998 Gay, Lesbian Church Files Suit Against TV Station
The largest gay and lesbian church in the U.S....
10/28/1998 Hundreds of Former Patients, Friends and Family Attend Slain Doctor's Funeral
The funeral for Dr....
10/28/1998 Henney Gets Final Confirmation to Head FDA
The Senate made a final decision to confirm Dr....
10/23/1998 Taliban Refuse to Release bin Laden
Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering met recently with the chief representative of Afghanistan's Taliban militia, Abdul Hakeem Mujahid, to demand the expulsion of Saudi millionaire, Osama bin Laden....
10/20/1998 Chinese Women Have Little Hope for Re-Employment After Lay-Offs
Chinese women over 35 are finding themselves being laid-off frequently and re-hired seldomly, more so than any other group in China....
10/15/1998 Mourners, Legislators Demand Passage of Hate Crimes Bill
Thousands of mourners gathered on the west steps of the nation's Capitol Wednesday to remember the life and death of Matthew Shepard, and to demand that Congress pass stalled federal hate crimes legislation immediately....
10/13/1998 Shots Fired at Female Afghan Journalist in Pakistan
The life of a female Afghan journalist was threatened Monday, October 5, at night in Peshawar, Pakistan when two unidentified assailants fired shots at her....
10/9/1998 Senator Blocks Henney Nomination to the FDA
Action on Jane Henney's nomination as head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been delayed by Senate majority Whip Don Nickles, R-Okla....
10/2/1998 House Drops Anti-RU 486 Amendment
The U.S....
10/2/1998 Women Politicians Make Strides in Latin America
The democracies of Latin America are ruled by a greater number of high-profile women leaders than ever before....
10/1/1998 Christian Coalition Finds Allies in AFL-CIO, ACLU
The AFL-CIO and the American Civil Liberties Union have come to the defense of the Christian Coalition, arguing that the government lawsuit brought against the organization is a threat to its freedom of speech....
9/30/1998 Physicians, Nurse Practitioners Would Make Mifepristone Accessible If Approved
Mifepristone, formerly known as RU-486 or "the French abortion pill," has been on the market in France, England, and Sweden for most of the last decade....
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....
9/25/1998 Christian Coalition Conference Focuses on Clinton Scandal
Attendance totaled 3,500 at this year's annual Christian Coalition Conference, which began Monday....
9/24/1998 Henney Nomination to FDA Approved
The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee approved Dr....
9/23/1998 NJ Lesbian Denied Joint Custody of Partner's Biological Child
A New Jersey Superior Court Judge Philip B....
9/16/1998 Female Priest Ordained in Ireland
Sixty-seven year old Frances Meigh was ordained a priest in the Irish Republic Monday....
9/16/1998 Prominent Business Women Seek Gender Equity in Business School
A group of other elite, prominent business women called the "Committee of 200" has ordered Harvard to increase the representation of women in its world-renown "case studies," long used in classroom instruction, and has donated a large sum of money to ensure completion of the task....
9/16/1998 Former Vatican Ambassador Defeated in MA Congressional Race
Voters in the overwhelmingly pro-choice Eighth Congressional District in Massachusetts in Tuesday's Democratic primary rejected the candidacy of Ray Flynn, former U.S....
9/10/1998 Environmental, Human Rights, Women's and Pro-Democracy Groups Petition Attorney General of California to Revoke Unocal's Charter (part 2)
(cont from part 1) commented Spillar....
9/9/1998 NOW Endorses Clapprood for Congress in MA
In the hotly-contested race for Congress in Massachusetts 8th district, the National Organization for Women has endorsed former state representative and talk show host Marjorie Clapprood....
9/9/1998 Affirmative Action Brings Long-Term Benefits, Study Says
A 20-year study of tens of thousands of student records indicates that affirmative action programs are largely responsible for the supporting the black middle class and for teaching white students the importance of integration....
9/9/1998 Affirmative Action Brings Long-Term Benefits, Study Says
A 20-year study of tens of thousands of student records indicates that affirmative action programs are largely responsible for the supporting the black middle class and for teaching white students the importance of integration....
9/4/1998 United Nations Judges: Rape A "Genocidal" Crime
For the first time, a United Nations tribunal has declared that rape is a "genocidal" crime and that sexual violence is not only limited to physical acts....
9/2/1998 Senate Holds Hearing on FDA Nominee Jane Henney
If approved by the Senate, doctor and cancer researcher Jane E....
8/26/1998 Anti-Choice, Fundamentalist Christians Seek House Seats
Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry leads a group of anti-choice, anti-government, anti-tax fundamentalist Christians who are seeking election to the U.S....
8/24/1998 Unocal Suspends Afghan Pipeline Project, But Makes No Promises on Women
California-based oil company Unocal announced last Friday that it has revised its position regarding a proposed gas pipeline that would run from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and could earn the repressive Taliban regime in excess of $100 million annually....
8/21/1998 Taliban Says bin Laden Alive
Afghanistan's fundamentalist, repressive Taliban regime claims that U.S....
8/18/1998 NJ Asst Attorney General Awarded $350,000 in Sexual Harassment Suit
Barbara Davis, Assistant Attorney General in the state of New Jersey, was awarded $300,000 in back wages and $50,000 for emotional distress in a sexual harassment suit she filed against her supervisor, Richard T....
8/17/1998 Right Wing Militia Group Joins FBI Search for Clinic Bombing Fugitive
Forty volunteers from a right-wing militia group led by James "Bo" Gritz began searching the western North Carolina mountains for Eric Robert Rudolph this weekend....
8/14/1998 FBI Scales Back Hunt Birmingham Clinic Bombing Suspect
The FBI is scaling down intensive, month-long search for clinic bombing suspect Eric Robert Rudolph instead shift its resources to the investigation of recent embassy bombings in East Africa, officials said on Thursday....
8/13/1998 Japanese Paper Denies Forced Prostitution in Japan During WWII
Groups of Filipino women, pointing to the testimonies of over 169 women who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II, actively denounced a Japanese newspaper on Wednesday that questioned whether the war -time atrocities actually took place....
8/12/1998 Taliban Again Seeks UN Recognition, Pipeline Project
Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban regime seized control of the northern city of Pul-e-Kumri today, one of the last remaining opposition military strongholds in the country....
8/10/1998 Clinton and Others Honor Bosnian Women War Heroes
First Lady Hillary Clinton, Glenn Close and Marisa Tomei joined with nearly 200 women from the former Yugoslavia to champion women's rights and honor women war victims in post-war Bosnia....
8/5/1998 New Regulation Grants Medicaid Benefits to Two-Parent Families on Welfare
President Clinton has issued a federal regulation eliminating the former rule that adults in two-parent families, who work over one-hundred hours a week, cannot receive Medicaid benefits regardless of their level of income....
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....
8/4/1998 New Jersey NOW Protests Tyson Hearing
NOW members protested a Trenton, New Jersey hearing where Mike Tyson sought to renew his boxing license. The New Jersey Athletic Control Board met to discuss Tyson’s boxing license after Nevada regulators revoked it after Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield in a June 28, 1997 title bout in Las Vegas....
7/30/1998 Canadian Women Receive Retribution for Pay Inequality
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decided that public servants in female-dominated job categories deserve compensation for years of unequal pay. In a 14-year legal battle involving 200,000 present and former female civil servants, the complainants argued that female-dominated occupations in civil service, from hospital workers to secretaries, were paid less than comparable jobs held by men. The tribunal held that the workers were entitled to retroactive payment in an amount to be negotiated....
7/28/1998 Experts Say Women in Developing Countries Need Access to Abortion Pill
A panel of 42 women’s health and population issues experts concluded that women in developing countries need better access to mifepristone ( formerly know as RU-486 or the French abortion pill), and that “this technology was ready for use in resource-poor environments,” according to July 24th issue of Science ....
7/28/1998 Utah Governor Forced to Question Lack of Polygamy Prosecution
Utah Governor Mike Leavitt met with Utah’s attorney general to discuss why the state, which has outlawed polygamy rarely prosecutes polygamists. Leavitt was condemned by alleged victims of polygamy for tacit approval of the practice after he implied that the Mormon practice of plural marriage might be protected under the First Amendment ....
7/28/1998 Utah Governor Forced to Question Lack of Polygamy Prosecution
Utah Governor Mike Leavitt met with Utah’s attorney general to discuss why the state, which has outlawed polygamy rarely prosecutes polygamists. Leavitt was condemned by alleged victims of polygamy for tacit approval of the practice after he implied that the Mormon practice of plural marriage might be protected under the First Amendment ....
7/20/1998 Military Penalty May Be Reduced After Major General Investigated
Officials at the Pentagon are submitting a proposal that would lower the maximum punishment for adultery....
7/16/1998 House Passes Bill Making it a Crime to Help Minors Receive Abortions
In a blow to the young women’s reproductive rights, the House passed a bill yesterday that makes it illegal to transport a minor across state lines to attain an abortion procedure....
7/15/1998 American Women Enthusiastic About Mifepristone
A newly released study in the July/August issue of the Archives of Family Medicine reports that all women (96%) who have undergone an early medical abortion with mifepristone (formerly called RU 486) in the Population Council's U.S....
7/14/1998 New Report Shows American Women Enthusiastic About Mifepristone Use
EXTREMIST ATTEMPT TO BLOCK FDA APPROVAL IS MEDICAL McCARTHYISM, SAYS FEMINIST MAJORITY ARLINGTON, VA -- The Feminist Majority applauded a new report published in the July/August issue of Archives of Family Medicine which finds that almost all women who have undergone an early medical abortion with mifepristone (formerly called RU 486) in the Population Council's U.S....
7/9/1998 General's Retirement Granted While Under Sex Harassment Investigation
The U.S....
7/7/1998 Opposition-issued Visas Deemed Invalid by Taliban
The Taliban in Afghanistan announced that all visas that are not approved by the Taliban militia are invalid in the two-thirds of the nation where the fundamentalist government rules....
7/2/1998 National Women’s Hall of Fame to Honor New Inductees
The 25th annual National Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for July 10-12, a date that marks the 150 year anniversary of the first women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York....
5/27/1998 March, Teach-In Spotlight Child Labor Abuse
More than 100 countries and 1,000 organizations joined together this past January to raise awareness of child labor abuse in a "Global March Against Child Labor." The march began in the Philippines and has since traveled across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the United States....
5/15/1998 U of Texas To Appeal Repeal of Affirmative Action Programs
The University Texas Board of Regents voted unanimously to appeal a previous ruling that banned affirmative action programs at the school....
5/12/1998 Army General Denies Retaliation Against Accuser; McKinney Gets Full Retirement Pay
Brig....
5/12/1998 Citadel, Former Cadet Settle Sexual Harassment Case
The Citadel paid former cadet Kim Messer $15,000 for a sexual harassment case in which the Citadel was not named as a defendant in order to discourage future lawsuits....
5/11/1998 Qatar Hosts Its First Major Women's Sporting Event
Conservative Gulf emirate Qatar held a major sporting event in which women were allowed as both spectators and athletes for the first time last Thursday....
5/11/1998 "Women's Studies" Renamed at Yale
Yale University's former women's studies program has been renamed "women's and gender studies" and divided its undergraduate major into three areas of concentration -women's studies, lesbian, gay, and bisexual studies, and gender studies....
5/8/1998 Divorcées Forbidden to Use, Donate Frozen Embryos
The New York Court of Appeals ruled that a Long Island woman cannot use eggs fertilized by her former husband without his permission....
5/1/1998 Lesbian Democrats Run for Congress
Four lesbian Democrats are running for House seats this year, according to an article in the Congressional Quarterly....
4/30/1998 Data Showing Safety and Efficacy of Abortion Pill Mounts
Clinical trials confirmed the efficacy and safety of mifepristone (formerly known as RU486) in the U.S., according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine....
4/29/1998 Evidence for Safety and Efficacy of Mifepristone Mounts
American Women Demand Access to Medical Breakthrough, Smeal Says Arlington, VA -- Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal hailed the release of U.S....
4/27/1998 Japan Ordered to Pay South Korean “Comfort Women”
A Japanese court ordered Japan to pay $2,300 each to three South Korean women who were forced to work in brothels catering to Japanese World War II soldiers....
4/21/1998 Zimbabwean Women Protest Against Increasing Sexual Assaults
Women's groups in Zimbabwe protested an increase in violence against women who are deemed "indecent" due to their dress....
4/20/1998 Linda McCartney Loses Battle With Breast Cancer
Linda McCartney, wife of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, died Friday morning after a three year battle with breast cancer....
3/31/1998 Former U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug Dies
Bella S....
3/31/1998 U.N. Threatens to Leave Afghanistan
U.N....
3/30/1998 Arkansas Murders Not Gender-Neutral
Women’s groups across the country are demanding that the Arkansas murders of four girls and a woman and the attempted murder of 10 girls and a boy be investigated as a hate crime against women and girls....
3/27/1998 Right-Wing, GOP Animosity Increases
Tension is forming between formerly-allied right-wing Christian fundamentalists and the Republican Party....
3/27/1998 First Women’s College Hockey Championship
Last Sunday marked the first ever American Women’s College Hockey Alliance championship....
3/25/1998 Testimony Continues in NOW vs. Scheidler
Testimony in NOW vs....
3/18/1998 Taliban’s Atrocities Obstruct U.N. Aid Program
Daniela Owen, director of the World Food Programme (WFP) sub-office in Herat, near the Afghanistan border, says that the Taliban’s decree forbidding most women from working outside their homes is obstructing WFP work....
3/17/1998 Women Face Increased Risk of Intimate Violence
Women’s chances of being murdered by “intimates,” including current or former spouses or boyfriends, have risen since 1976, according to a Justice Department report, “Violence by Inmates.” The report said, “Intimate violence predominantly affects women as victims .......
3/16/1998 Sgt. Maj. McKinney Found Not Guilty of Sexual Misconduct
Sgt....
3/16/1998 U.S. Supreme Court Hiring Practices Reflects “Old-Boys Club”
A survey issued by USA Today found that women totaled only one-fourth of law clerks hired by the U.S....
3/11/1998 Military Rebuts Sex Segregation
Army, Navy and Air Force officials are rejecting a suggestion by an advisory panel of academics and retired military officers to separate men and women in basic training....
3/10/1998 Welfare “Reform” Backfires
According to a report issued by USA Today, 20 percent of welfare recipients forced to take low-paying jobs are back on welfare within three to six months....
3/9/1998 International Women’s Day Focus on Afghanistan, Algeria
Women around the globe marked International Women’s Day by calling attention to human rights abuses against women in Afghanistan and Algeria....
3/4/1998 Activists Urge U.N. to Address Violence Against Women
Women’s rights activists met at the U.N....
3/2/1998 Petworth Investigators Accused of Lying, Endangering Women
A taskforce of FBI agents and Distict of Columbia police officers investigating a series of murders of women in the Petworth area of D.C....
2/27/1998 McKinney Claims Alibi in Sexual Misconduct Trial
Lawyers for Sgt....
2/25/1998 Military Judge Rejects Defense Pleas to Drop Charges
Military Judge Col....
2/25/1998 Freedom Prize Awarded to Imprisoned Female Journalist
The United Nation’s Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) awarded its $25,000 World Press Freedom Prize to Nigerian journalist Christina Anyanwu....
2/24/1998 Prosecutors Rest in McKinney Case
Prosecutors have rested their case after 10 days of testimony from 27 witnesses charging former Sgt....
2/19/1998 Houston Mayor Prohibits Gay Discrimination
Houston Mayor Lee Brown signed an executive order prohibiting city service and employment workers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation....
2/17/1998 Jury Awards $80.7 Million to UPS Employee
A Polk County jury awarded $80.7 million to Linda Channon, a 22-year-old former United Parcel Service worker....
2/17/1998 Filipino “Comfort Women” Seek Meeting with Japanese Royalty
Filipino women who were forced into sexual slavery during World War II are seeking a meeting with Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko in hopes of sharing their stories....
2/12/1998 Divorced Women Face IRS Assaults
“The American tax system mistreats divorced women,” said Elizabeth Cockrell before a Senate Finance Committee hearing, designed to aid in the examination of current IRS procedures and laws....
2/10/1998 First of Fifty Testifies in Army Sex Trial
Former Staff Sgt....
2/6/1998 Pharmaceutical Company Settles Sexual Harassment Suit
The pharmaceutical company Astra USA, Inc....
2/5/1998 Human Rights Study Reports Worldwide Oppression of Women
The U.S....
2/5/1998 Army Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Misconduct Charges
Sgt....
2/4/1998 Army Sexual Misconduct Trial Suspended
The court-martial trial of Sgt....
1/28/1998 World Health Organization Nominates First Woman Director General
Former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland has been nominated director general of the World Health Organization....
1/21/1998 Woman Appointed to New United Nations Position
United Nations chief Kofi Annan appointed Louise Frechette as the new U.N....
1/16/1998 Dissension Reigns over Abortion Resolution in RNC
House Speaker Newt Gingrich opposes of the proposed “litmus test” resolution, which Republicans will vote on in the annual meeting of the Republican National Committee....
1/13/1998 U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Gay and Lesbian Rights
The U.S....
1/12/1998 Former U.S. Surgeon General Honored for Commitment to Women’s Health Issues
Dr....
1/7/1998 Judge Refuses Dismissal of Sexual Misconduct Case Against Army Officer
Military judge Col....
1/5/1998 Ferraro Announces She Will Seek U.S. Senate Seat
Democrat Geraldine Ferraro, former vice-presidential candidate and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" program, announced at a press conference today that she has quit her "Crossfire" job and will seek Republican Alfonse D'Amato's U.S....
11/21/1997 Statement of Chief Penny Harrington,Director of National Center for Women & Policing,In Support of Bill Lann Lee for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights
Washington DC -- My name is Chief Penny Harrington, and I direct the National Center for Women & Policing, a Division of the Feminist Majority Foundation....
10/24/1997 New Yorker Exec Sues for Pregnancy Discrimination
Diane Silberstein, a former publisher and senior vice president for the New Yorker magazine filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that her boss fired her because she was pregnant....
10/22/1997 Women Journalists Recognized
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) honored three women with Courage in Journalism awards last night....
10/22/1997 Lesbian Coach Sues School for Illegal Firing
Wendy Weaver, a coach and teacher at Spanish Fork High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, is suing Nebo School District for firing her because she is a lesbian....
10/21/1997 Women Leaders Decreasing Worldwide
Last month, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright hosted a party for foreign ministers with only one requirement -- they must be women....
10/20/1997 Russia's Women Suffer Setbacks
Russia's interior ministry recently reported that the numbers of reported rapes are dropping, yet rape crisis centers say that the number of calls they receive has been consistent....
10/20/1997 Abortion Doctor Murderer Says He Was Framed by Anti-Abortion Extremists
Michael Griffin, who is on death row for the 1993 murder of Dr....
10/20/1997 Female VMI Cadets Recruit For Next Class
The Virginia Military Institute's first class of women will actively recruit more females for next year's class, talking to them personally and becoming a part of a marketing campaign to attract more women to the formerly all-male school, say admissions officers....
9/25/1997 Norway's Brundtland Seeks WHO Position
In her bid for director general of the World Health Organization, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland has hit the campaign trail....
9/23/1997 Study Claims Chinese Workers Abused at Nike Plants, Nike Cuts Ties with Indonesian Companies
Global Exchange released a study last week charging that workers at Nike and Reebok plants earned as little at 10 cents an hour and worked 17 hours a day under enforced silence....
9/23/1997 Martin Subpoenaed in Mitsubishi Sexual Harassment Case
Former U.S....
9/22/1997 Promise Keepers Continue to Inflame
In the face of the Promise Keepers' growing visibility, suspicion is deepening among feminists and religious scholars, both about the organization's ties to the political agenda of the Religious Right, and their fundamentalist rhetoric that calls for members to "take back the nation for Jesus" and who hold that abortion and homosexuality are sins....
9/19/1997 Citadel Woman Sues for Harassment
Former Citadel cadet Kim Messer is suing six male cadets, saying they assaulted and sexually harassed her and denied her food and sleep....
9/19/1997 Lesbian and Gay Rights Law Delayed in Maine
One day before it was scheduled to take effect, conservatives presented a petition for a referendum on the law that would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal....
9/18/1997 Ireland Nominates Four Women for President
Ireland's largest political party, Fianna Fail, chose Mary AcAleese rather than former Prime Minister Albert Reynolds for their presidental candidate, resulting in an all-woman race....
9/15/1997 Many Clergy Keep Distance from Promise Keepers
As the date of the Promise Keeper's rally at the Mall in Washington, D.C....
9/12/1997 British Woman Wins Rape Suit Against Husband
A 40-year-old mother of five, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has made British legal history by suing and winning damages from her ex-husband for rape....
9/11/1997 Aberdeen Commander Reprimanded for Sexual Misconduct
The Army has reprimanded the former commander of the Aberdeen training base in Maryland for sexual harassment and misconduct that occured while he was there....
9/9/1997 Former Citadel Cadet Sues for Sexual Harassment
Former Citadel Cadet Jeanie Mentavlos on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations by The Citadel, the Citadel's governing board, the officer who oversaw the barracks where she was assigned, and five male cadets....
9/9/1997 Auto Parts Maker Charged in Sex Bias Lawsuit
Former sales representative Lorrie Beno has charged Magna International Inc....
9/3/1997 Abortion Dispute May Obstruct Administration's Plan
An anticipated abortion dispute in Congress, led by Republican Rep....
9/3/1997 Dallas Diocese Asks Vatican to Nullify Priest's Ordination
Roman Catholic officials in Dallas asked the Vatican to nullify the ordination of Father Rudolph Kos on grounds that Kos lied to them about his background and sexual orientation....
9/3/1997 Dallas Diocese Asks Vatican to Nullify Priest's Ordination
Roman Catholic officials in Dallas asked the Vatican to nullify the ordination of Father Rudolph Kos on grounds that Kos lied to them about his background and sexual orientation....
8/27/1997 Women's Advocate Lucy S. Howorth Dies
Lucy S....
8/27/1997 Victims of Violence Often Know Their Attackers
A new U.S....
8/12/1997 Former Federal Employee Wins Sexual Harassment Case
A federal district court jury in Georgia awarded Vickie D....
8/11/1997 Former Drill Sergeant Acquitted of Sexual Misconduct Charges
A panel consisting of six men and one woman cleared Sgt....
8/8/1997 Female Employees Win in Sexual Harassment Case
Current and former female employees of the Marin Municipal Water District in San Francisco won $635,000 from their employer in a sexual harassment case....
8/8/1997 Packwood Returns
The disgraced former Oregon Senator Bob Packwood has returned to work in Washington as a lobbyist on tax reform, the tobacco industry, and the balanced budget amendment....
8/5/1997 Chilean Feminists Work to Change Divorce Law
A bill legalizing divorce may soon be debated in the Chile legislature....
7/31/1997 Army Delays Release of Sexual Harassment Reports
The Army has delayed the release of two reports on sexual harassment which it had previously scheduled to make public on July 31....
7/31/1997 Woman Excluded from Mir Mission Because of Height
Hours after a news conference publicizing Wendy Lawrence as the next astronaut to stay on the Mir space station, NASA announced on July 31 that it dropped her from the mission....
7/30/1997 Two Women Seek Irish Presidency
Two women candidates seek a nomination to run for the October 30th election to succeed Irish President Mary Robinson....
7/29/1997 Employee Sues Revenue Authority for Sexual Harassment
Former human resources director of the Montgomery County Revenue Authority Geralyn Buell has filed a federal sexual harassment lawsuit against the authority's board members and its executive director, Anthony M....
7/25/1997 Former Supreme Court Justice William Brennan Dies
William Brennan, the former Supreme Court Justice who ardently fought for civil rights and individual freedoms, died July 24 in an Arlington, Virginia nursing home....
7/22/1997 Taleban Imposes New Restrictions on Women in Afghanistan
The Taleban, an Islamic fundamentalist regime in Afghanistan, has imposed even greater restrictions on women....
7/22/1997 Lilith Fair Proves Music and Business Success
The Lilith Fair, a female music festival on tour in the United States this summer, is the brainchild of musician Sarah McLachlan....
7/18/1997 Executive Awarded $26.6 Million for Firing Over ‘Seinfeld’ Episode
A former Miller Brewing executive who sued the company for firing him has been awarded $26.6 million by a jury in Milwaukee, Wisconsin....
7/16/1997 Former President of D.C. League of Women Voters Dies at 82
Janeth Ravner Rosenblaum, the former president of the Washington, D.C....
7/15/1997 Breast Cancer World Conference Features Mastectomy Debate
The first world conference on breast cancer has featured an important debate over whether or not women with a breast cancer related gene should have mastectomies....
7/14/1997 Hillary Rodham Clinton Speaks Out for Women's Rights
During an address to the "Vital Voices: Women in Democracy" forum held in Vienna, United States First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton urged female leaders in former communist countries to work hard for women's rights....
7/13/1997 Promise Keepers Holds No Promise for Women
Washington, DC - Today, the Feminist Majority Foundation, joining other national women's rights, religious, lesbian/gay/bisexual, and domestic violence organizations, condemned the hidden agenda of the all-male, religious right organization, the Promise Keepers....
7/8/1997 Ferraro Hints She May Join New York Senate Race
Former Congresswoman and Vice Presidential nominee Geraldine Ferraro said on July 7th that, "If it [the New York Senate race] were today, I'd probably say 'Yeah, I'm going to go'." Ferraro further commented that she would make a firm decision by December of 1997 regarding the 1998 Senate race....
7/2/1997 Abortion Rights Group Advances Mifepristone in the U.S
Abortion Rights Mobilization (ARM), a small New York-based abortion rights group, plans to offer mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) free to 10,000 women as part of an effort to make the drug available to American women....
7/2/1997 Women Attend VMI's Summer Program
Eighteen women changed a 158-year old tradition on Monday, June 30, by attending the Virginia Military Institute's previously all-male summer transition program....
7/1/1997 Athletes Who Sexually Assaulted Retarded Girl Jailed
Three former high school athletes, convicted four years ago of sexually assaulting a retarded girl, were finally put in jail on June 30th....
6/30/1997 Cohen Forms Panel to Study Mixed-Gender Training
At a news conference Friday, June 26, Defense Secretary William Cohen discussed a panel he has created to study the "viability" and "desirability" of mixed-gender training and make sure women trainees receive fair treatment....
6/27/1997 U.S. State Department Denounces Egyptian Ruling Allowing Genital Mutilation
The United States State Department has formally denounced a recent Egyptian court ruling which overturned a ban on female genital mutilation....
6/27/1997 Statue of Suffragettes Rededicated After Move to Capitol Rotunda
A 13-ton marble statue of suffragists Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B....
6/26/1997 Federal Judge Likely to Delay Enforcement of Parental-Notice Law
U.S....
6/20/1997 Women’s National Basketball Association Debuts on NBC Days Before Title IX Anniversary
On June 21, Saturday afternoon, when viewers tune in to NBC, they will witness the Women’s National Basketball Association’s first game....
6/17/1997 Flinn Signs Book Deal
Former First Lt....
6/13/1997 Promise Keepers Hold No Promise for Women
On June 13th, the Feminist Majority Foundation, joining other national women's rights, religious, lesbian/gay/bisexual, and domestic violence organizations, condemned the hidden agenda of the all-male, religious right organization, the Promise Keepers....
6/11/1997 Mifepristone Introduction in US Possibly Delayed
A dispute between the European company which agreed to manufacture mifepristone (formerly known as RU-486) and the Population Council, the U.S....
6/11/1997 Randy Tate Named as Christian Coalition Director
Former U.S....
6/4/1997 New French Cabinet Could Be One-Third Female
Newly-appointed French Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is expected to include seven women in his list of 17 ministers....
6/3/1997 Southern Women Politicians Meet in Kentucky for Three-Day Conference
Hundreds of Southern women politicians met in Lexington, Kentucky for a three-day conference to discuss women constituents and women in politics....
6/3/1997 Women’s Army Corp Members Angry at Army’s Plan to Destroy Women’s Museum
The Women Army Corps was started in 1942 as an auxiliary to the all-male Army and was disbanded 19 years ago to integrate women in the military....
4/8/1997 Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Transfer of Mifepristone (RU 486) Patent Rights to Dr. Edouard Sakiz, Former Roussel Uclaf CEO
Anti-Abortion Boycott Backfires The transfer of mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486) patent rights from Roussel Uclaf and Hoechst AG to Dr....
3/31/1997 Domestic Violence Leading Cause of Murder of Women
The first study of its kind, conducted by the New York City Department of Health, has found that domestic violence is the leading cause of death among murdered New York City women....
3/31/1997 Supreme Court Tells Appeals Court to Reconsider Ruling in Sexual Harassment Case
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a federal appeals court should reconsider its ruling striking down a criminal conviction of a judge accused of assaulting five women....
3/28/1997 Kentucky State Senator Seeks to Exclude Lesbian and Gay Couples from Domestic Violence Law
Kentucky State Senator Tim Philpot advocates an amendment to the Kentucky domestic violence law which would exclude lesbian and gay couples from its protection....
3/24/1997 Former Miss USA Sues Sultan who Allegedly Kept her in Captivity
Former Miss USA Shannon Marketic has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the Sultan of Brunei Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and his brother, Prince Jaji Jefri Bolkiah held her against her will and tried to turn her into their "sexual toy." Marketic is also suing Kaliber Talent Consultants who sent her to the Sultan's palace promising that the engagement would be modeling and a promotion, while aware that she was being sent to work as a "prostitute" for the Sultan and his friends....
3/21/1997 Two Male Cadets Say They Reported Hazing At Citadel
On CBS' "60 Minutes," to air Sunday, March 23, two male cadets at South Carolina's the Citadel military college said that they reported incidents of hazing suffered by former cadet Jeanie Mentavlos to their tactical officer and that they were told to keep quiet about the abuses....
3/12/1997 Non-Invasive Alternative to Hysterectomy Presented
For women with uterine fibroids, non-cancerous growths that cause pain and bleeding, there has not been an alternative treatment to the surgical removal of the uterus, a hysterectomy....
3/7/1997 Complications from Breast Implants Often Require Additional Surgery
A study by the Mayo Clinic has found that nearly one in four women who get breast implants may suffer from complications that require additional surgery....
3/7/1997 Citadel Hazing Hearing Results to be Announced
The results of the Citadel's disciplinary hearings for 11 male cadets accused of hazing will be announced on Monday, March 10, the South Carolina military college said....
3/5/1997 Abortion Pill" Closer to U.S. Use
On March 4th, The Population Council announced that plans to use a company called Advances for Choice to market mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486)....
3/3/1997 Former McCall’s Editor Lerone Hershey Dies at 78
The former editor of McCall’s and Ladies’ Home Journal magazines died on February 27th due to complications resulting from Parkison’s disease at age 78....
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....
2/19/1997 Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Bias Ex-worker Law
The Supreme Court upheld a federal law that makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against workers or former workers who filed anti-discrimination complaints against the employer in Robinson v....
2/18/1997 American Embassy in London Seeks Immunity Against Case of Sexual Harassment
The American Embassy in London has claimed state immunity in an effort to block a sexual harassment judgment....
2/14/1997 Ferraro Contemplates New York Senate Run
Geraldine Ferraro, former Democratic Congresswoman and the first female Vice-Presidential nominee, has mailed a letter to potential supporters asking them to wait until 1998 to back a Senate candidate....
2/13/1997 Settlement Clears Way for Sale of Mifepristone
The Population Council has announced it has settled litigation regarding control of the abortion pill mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486)....
2/12/1997 ABC News Producer, Eleanor Prescott, Dies at 50
The former executive producer of “Lifetime Magazine,” a woman’s news program, and ABC’s 20/20, died on February 11 at age 50....
2/5/1997 Jury Finds Simpson Liable
In the 1997 Civil Trial of O.J....
2/5/1997 EEOC Judge Recommends Army Pay $300,000 to Sexually Harassed Employee
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission administrative judge Ann Holler has recommended that the Army pay $300,000 in damages plus medical and legal costs to a former employee of Fort Bliss who alleges that an Army Colonel harassed her....
1/29/1997 Diocese Nearly Bankrupt from Cost of Sex-Abuse Cases
One-hundred sixty-five clergy sex-abuse cases have nearly bankrupt the Diocese of Santa Fe since Archbishop Michael Sheehan took over the diocese three years ago and removed 20 priests....
1/29/1997 Fifth Soldier Accused of Sex Crime at Aberdeen
The Army announced on January 28 that a fifth soldier, Sgt....
1/27/1997 Laws Covering Parental Custody Often Shut Out Lesbian Mothers
For years lesbian and gay rights advocates have fought for courts to award once married homosexuals legal recognition of parenting rights....
1/23/1997 Albright Unanimously Confirmed by Senate
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State on January 22 after the Senate voted 99 to 0 to confirm her to the cabinet....
1/23/1997 Albright Unanimously Confirmed by Senate
Madeleine Albright became the first female Secretary of State on January 22 after the Senate voted 99 to 0 to confirm her to the cabinet....
1/22/1997 Military Sex Scandal Widens
The Army announced January 21 that it has charged a fourth instructor at Maryland’s Aberdeen Proving Ground with sexual misconduct....
1/22/1997 Former Hooters Waitress Sues for Sexual Harassment
Phillips quit after the slapping incident at the bar, and her lawyers are seeking class-action status on behalf of some 1,000 “Hooters Girls.” The lawsuit states, “Hooters put its female employees at risk of sexual harassment through its uniforms it required them to wear and the marketing of its restaurants.” Phillips said she was aware that her job required her to wear shorts and a t-shirt, “but in return,” Phillips stated, “Hooters agreed to protect me from sexual harassment....
1/15/1997 Citadel Alumni Call for Action on Hazing of Women Cadets
Hampton Walker, president of the 18,000-member Association of Citadel Men, has demanded the Citadel uncover the truth about the parties responsible for the hazing of two women cadets who have decided to leave the formerly all-male military college and transfer to the University of South Carolina....
1/14/1997 Citadel President Addresses Cadets About Hazing Incidents
Clifton Poole, interim president for the Citadel, spoke to the 1,700-member Corps of Cadets at the South Carolina military college on January 13 after two of the four female first-year cadets announced they would not be returning to the formerly all-male school....
1/13/1997 Evelyn Davis, Founder of New York Coalition of 100 Black Women Dies at 75
Evelyn Davis who founded the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women and was a former vice-president of the Children's Television Workshop, died of cancer on January 9, 1997....
1/10/1997 Virginia State Senator Claims Men in Military Training Can't Keep themselves from Sexually Harassing Women
Warren E....
1/8/1997 UC Berkeley Settles Sex Bias Case for $113,000
Maribeth Graybill, a former art history professor at the University of California at Berkeley, has received a settlement of $113,000 after being denied tenure, allegedly because of her gender....
12/23/1996 Three College Basketball Players Taped Alleged Gang-Rape
After watching a videotape made by three former college basketball players accusing of recording their gang-rape of a female student, a judge has decided the men will stand trial....
12/13/1996 Former Fannie Mae Employee Awarded Millions in Sexual Harassment Case
A jury has awarded Elizabeth Martini, a former employee of the Federal National Mortgage Association (known as Fannie Mae) $6.9 million in compensatory and punitive damages for suffering sexual and verbal harassment at her job....
12/4/1996 Women Demand Fair Compensation For Hazardous Breast Implants
Dow Corning, once a leading manufacturer of silicone breast implants, is now under intense scrutiny from women concerning a settlement award issued December 2, offering breast implant recipients compensation for related medical problems associated with the implant procedure....
12/2/1996 Proposition 209 On Hold -- Affirmative Action Continues in California
Implementation of Proposition 209, the amendment to the California constitution that prohibits affirmative action in public employment, education, and contracting, has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge....
9/18/1996 Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Giant Step Forward on Mifepristone FDA Approval
Today's announcement that the Food and Drug Administration has found mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486) "approvable" for early medical abortion represents a hard-won victory for the U.S....
6/27/1996 Pharmaceutical Company Fires CEO for Sexual Harassment
Lars Bildman, Chief Executive of the Astra USA, has been fired following a suspension and an investigation of allegations of sexual harassment and embezzlement....
6/26/1996 Virginia Judge Blocks Welfare Regulation on Identifying Fathers
Suspending a new Virginia law which requires mothers seeking welfare benefits to identify the fathers of their children, a federal judge in Charlottesville ruled against allowing the state to cut off the benefits of two women challenging the law....
5/31/1996 Gender Biases Prompt Men to Avoid Parental Leave
Despite the passage of the 1993 federal Family and Medical Leave Act, few fathers are taking advantage of the mandated 12 or fewer weeks of unpaid parental leave offered by companies with more than 50 employees....
5/28/1996 Sex Discrimination Lawsuit Filed Against Smith Barney
Financial services company Smith Barney is being sued by three women on claims of sex discrimination....
5/14/1996 Frank Criticizes Republican Assault on Same-Sex Marriage Issue
Representative Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has called Sen....
5/14/1996 Mitsubishi Hires Former Labor Secretary to Lead Harassment Investigation
Officials at Mitsubishi Motor Corporation announced Tuesday (5-14) that they have hired former Labor Secretary Lynn Martin to investigate claims of sexual harassment at the company's Normal, Ill....
5/7/1996 Mitsubishi May Talk With EEOC
Mitsubishi Motor, the company charged with pervasive sexual harassment at its Normal, Ill....
4/29/1996 Women’s Party Gain Seats in California Student Government
Candidates from a coalition of the women’s party and other liberal parties won six of 20 senate seats in the Associated Students of the University of California....
4/29/1996 Women’s Party Gain Seats in California Student Government
Candidates from a coalition of the women’s party and other liberal parties won six of 20 senate seats in the Associated Students of the University of California....
4/26/1996 Football Draft Pick Dropped For His Sex Offense Record
Christian Peter, a former University of Nebraska football star who has recently been recruited by the New England Patriots, a professional football team, has been dropped from the fifth round draft pick....
4/23/1996 Women Face Tough Fight for Superintendent Jobs
Although almost 75 percent of elementary and secondary teachers are women and the number of women qualified to be public school superintendents is increasing, women still make up only 10 percent of all superintendents nationwide....
4/22/1996 Women Face Tough Fight for Superintendent Jobs
Although almost 75 percent of elementary and secondary teachers are women and the number of women qualified to be public school superintendents is increasing, women still make up only 10 percent of all superintendents nationwide....
4/20/1996 Owner of Professional Football Team Charged with Sexual Assault
Ken Behring, owner of the professional football team the Seattle Seahawks, is being sued by a former employee for general and punitive damages on charges of sexual assault and battery....
4/18/1996 Woman Wins Sexual Harassment Case Against City, Mayor
Concord City Manager Rita Hardin won her sexual harassment suit against Concord and its former mayor, Byron Campbell....
4/14/1996 Lead Detective In Rape Case Charged With Sex Offenses
Former Detective George W....
4/11/1996 Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Upheld By Appeals Court
On Friday (4-5), the 4th U.S....
4/10/1996 Pharmacist Convicted in Planned Assault
A jury in Contra Costa County convicted a man Tuesday (4-9) of assaulting a woman in her home despite his claims that the attack was part of a kinky sex scheme....
4/2/1996 D.C Prosecutor Team to Combat Domestic Violence
Calling domestic violence the "number one health threat to women" who live in the District of Columbia, U.S....
3/27/1996 Woman Sues GOP for Lewd Behavior
Former GOP fund-raiser Deborah Henson has launched $21.5 million lawsuit against the Republican National Committee amid allegations supported by colleagues that the environment at the RNC headquarters is hostile to women, people of color, and homosexuals....
3/26/1996 Barroom Rape Case Gets First Acquittal
Jurors in the New York state Supreme Court deliberated for four hours before finding Mark Hartle, 29, not guilty of first-degree rape and first-degree sexual abuse....
3/19/1996 University of California to Probe its Admissions Preferences for Friends of VIPs
After an admission last week that well-connected status plays a role in who gets accepted into the University of California system, officials said yesterday (3-18) that a campus fund-raising officer plays an important role in reviewing applications from such candidates at UC Berkeley....
3/18/1996 Anti-Gay Oregonian Runs for U.S. Senate
Chair of the Oregon Citizens Alliance Lon Mabon made a surprising move last week to file GOP primary candidacy papers for a U.S....
3/18/1996 Anti-Gay Oregonian Runs for U.S. Senate
Chair of the Oregon Citizens Alliance Lon Mabon made a surprising move last week to file GOP primary candidacy papers for a U.S....
3/15/1996 Political Assault on Poor Women Continues
Several developments in the world of welfare reform surfaced Thursday (3-15)....
3/14/1996 "Good Ol' Boys Roundup" of Law Enforcement Officials Offensive to Women, Minorities
The Justice Department released a 314-page report Wednesday (3-13) following an eight-month investigation of a gathering of federal, state, and local law enforcement officials in Tennessee....
3/13/1996 Sex Discrimination Suit Ordered to Proceed
Attorneys involved in the sex discrimination lawsuit brought against Publix Supermarkets announced Wednesday that a federal judge in Tampa ordered the case to proceed as a class action....
3/13/1996 Sex Discrimination Suit Ordered to Proceed
Attorneys involved in the sex discrimination lawsuit brought against Publix Supermarkets announced Wednesday that a federal judge in Tampa ordered the case to proceed as a class action....
3/13/1996 Navy Asks Senate to Promote Tailhook Offenders
On Tuesday (3-12), top Navy officials asked the Senate Armed Services Committee to reverse itself and allow them to promote a pilot involved in the 1991 Tailhook sexual harassment scandal....
3/6/1996 Conservatives Take Action to Prevent Same-Sex Marriages
Last Thursday, a northern California group called the Freedom To Marry Task Force presented 1,600 letters opposing an anti-gay bill to California Assemblywoman Sheila James Keuhl of Santa Monica, who opposes the bill....
3/5/1996 Sex Ed Program Not Considered "Indecent" by Supreme Court
In an appeal Monday, the Supreme Court said that a 90-minute sex education and AIDS education program held at a school assembly did not violate religious freedom or parents’ right to raise their children as they saw fit....
3/1/1996 Witnesses for Defense Describe Salvi’s Church Outburst
The defense called former New Hampshire state Sen....
2/24/1996 Louisiana NAACP Holds Civil Rights March
Ernest Johnson, president of the Louisiana branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called a march for Saturday on the state capitol in response to Republican Gov....
2/22/1996 Opponents of Affirmative Action File Petition Signatures in California
Backers of a California initiative that would outlaw affirmative action programs for women and people of color and would make sex discrimination legal filed over 1 million signatures Wednesday (February 21) to place the measure on the November ballot....
2/9/1996 Important Testimony Scheduled for Polsby Trial Today
The case of Dr....
10/18/1995 Women's Sports Foundation Nominates Sportswomen of the Year
At its annual dinner Monday, the Women's Sports Foundation named basketball star Rebecca Lobo and speedskater Bonnie Blair "Sportswomen of the Year." Lobo led her Connecticut team to an undefeated season and the 1995 NCAA title....
10/13/1995 Navy Officer Responsible for Handling Sexual Harrassment Claims Accused of Sexual Harrassment
The Navy officer responsible for handling sexual and racial harrassment complaints is undergoing a court martial for allegedly sexually harassing two female subordinates....
10/13/1995 Navy Officer Responsible for Handling Sexual Harrassment Claims Accused of Sexual Harrassment
The Navy officer responsible for handling sexual and racial harrassment complaints is undergoing a court martial for allegedly sexually harassing two female subordinates....
9/12/1995 US Delegates Discuss Violence, Families, Race
At the regularly scheduled U.S....


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