Texas’ Anti-Abortion Laws are Having a Grave Impact on Black Women

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear opening arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt next month—the most significant abortion-related case to go before the court in about two decades—a network of 12 black women’s reproductive-justice organizations are speaking out against Texas’ HB2, the omnibus anti-abortion bill at the heart of the case. According to an […]

U.S. Military Generals Push for Women’s Inclusion in the Draft

Just one month since all military jobs, including combat roles, were opened to women, top U.S. military officials are pushing for women’s inclusion in the draft. Two Republican lawmakers, Reps. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) and Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), have also introduced a bill to this effect, though they say it’s intended to provoke consideration in Congress of […]

Deepening Global Income Inequality Leaves Women Stuck Paying the Tab

According to a new report from Oxfam International, just 62 individuals now own as much as the poorest half of the world’s population (roughly 3.5 billion people) with one group paying the highest price for global income inequality: women. Released ahead of World Economic Forum‘s (WEF) 46th annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, which runs Jan. 20 […]

Iranian Women are Banned from Watching Volleyball: Take a Stand!

Since 2012, Iranian women and girls have been barred from attending men’s volleyball tournaments. Though women have been protesting the ban for years, and some, like activist Ghoncheh Ghavami, have attempted to infiltrate the male-only spaces—facing year-long prison sentences for even trying to enter the stadium—little progress has been made. Frustrations over the ban are about more […]

Houston Voters Reject Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

A non-discrimination measure endorsed by President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton failed to garner support from voters in Houston yesterday, winning just 39 percent approval from the city’s electorate. Dubbed Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) by supporters, Prop 1 would have extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBT individuals—protections not yet enshrined in federal law—”in city employment, city services, […]

Amazon Announces Big Benefits for New Parents

Corporate giant Amazon unveiled an updated parental paid leave policy Monday, extending benefits to over 200,000 employees. According to the company’s revised policy, full-time workers who have been with the company at least one year will receive six weeks of paid parental leave, regardless of gender or whether they are birth or adoptive parents. That means birth […]

California Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Workers from Wage Theft

In a victory for low-wage workers victimized by unscrupulous employers, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill this week making it easier for employees to collect wages they’re owed. The measure, called the Fair Day’s Pay Act, gives the California Labor Commissioner the authority to penalize employers found guilty of wage theft, and to collect […]