Feminist Majority Hosts Women, Money, Power Summit Tomorrow
Feminist Majority will host the 2013 Women, Money, Power Summit tomorrow at the Capital Hilton in downtown Washington, DC. The Summit brings together feminist leaders, advocates, and decision-makers to exchange ideas and maximize our effectiveness in making women's equality a priority.
The 2013 Summit will feature House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi who will highlight the House Democrats' economic agenda for women and families, When Women Succeed, America Succeeds, and pay tribute to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, a champion for equal pay for women.
Feminist Majority will honor Congresswoman DeLauro as well as Barbara Arnwine, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Texas State Senator Leticia van De Putte with Fearless Trailblazer Awards. Congresswoman DeLauro is a champion of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. She has worked tirelessly to achieve full pay equity for women, to ensure that all employees have access to paid sick days, and to expand access to affordable, quality child care. Arwine is a champion of civil rights and racial justice issues and is leading the charge for voters' rights. Senator van de Putte played a critical role in the June filibuster of anti-abortion legislation in Texas and is a courageous fighter for reproductive rights, women's rights and civil rights.
The Summit will include General Assembly Sessions throughout the day that will focus on stopping the War on Women's health, improving global reproductive family planning policies, ending violence against women and implementing the Affordable Care Act. Speakers will include Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, President of Feminist Majority Eleanor Smeal, President of National Organization for Women Terry O'Neill, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Melanie Campbell, President of Catholics for Choice Jon O'Brien, Susan Burke, a chief litigator of survivors of sexual assault, President of American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten, and many more.
You can watch the Women, Money, Power Summit live tomorrow beginning at 9:30 AM.
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .