Brenda Berkman understands better than most the years-long fight it took to ensure women could even join the fire service and secure their spots among the first responders who served on 9/11 at ground zero.
“Abortion migration” is when pregnant people travel long distances and cross internal and national borders to access abortion care. While the news out of Texas is extraordinarily alarming, both Texas women and pregnant people across the globe have long been traveling to places like Albuquerque to legally terminate pregnancies. Various forms of state and state-sanctioned power combine to coerce our movement in ways that threaten our dignity and equal standing.
Laura Lovett’s new biography of Dorothy Pitman Hughes is a fascinating read for anyone wanting to know more about the iconic feminist, as well as Black feminist organizing and interracial feminist collaboration in the U.S. women’s movement—a history we should know.
As new cases of COVID-19 continue to climb across the country, a polarizing spirited debate regarding mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers rages on social media.
It is unconscionable that nurses should openly reject proven vaccines against COVID-19 while allowing willfully unvaccinated nurses to continue to place people in their communities at risk.
Britney Spears’s father is just the latest person at the center of allegations involving reproductive control, revealing how men have an extensive history of inappropriate involvement in birthing people’s reproduction.
I refuse to feel hopeless about the fact that Texas has, for now, successfully banned abortion in that state. Already, the Department of Justice has sued Texas over its restrictive new abortion law, saying the state legislature enacted the statute “in open defiance of the Constitution.”
I do not predict another civil war, but I do know there will be a reckoning. Sometimes a loss opens the door to something better in the future. Before then, though, there will be enormous suffering. But, as we have seen before, no prohibition and no amount of pain or fear will ever stop a movement for fundamental human rights.
There continues to be a visible, troubling disconnect in our collective literacy of the menstrual cycle—especially vis-à-vis the way we frame early pregnancy and abortion. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spoke to the press about S.B. 8, the new law that all but obliterates the right to abortion in the state, saying, “[O]bviously it provides at least six weeks for a person to be able to get an abortion.” He is 100 percent wrong.
Wednesday, Sept. 8, marks Native Women’s Equal Pay Day—the day it takes Native women in America to earn what non-Hispanic white men finished making on December 31 of last year.
As two women elected to Congress, we’re proud to fight alongside Native women for just wages and safe working conditions.
The inaccuracies of the Texas law, repeated by media across the country, are part of a larger anti-abortion movement strategy to spread misinformation about abortion.
When media uncritically repeat the factually inaccurate and politically charged language of the anti-abortion movement, they create confusion, spread misleading information about abortion, and perpetuate stigma and bias against abortion, endangering women’s health and lives.
Famously private, Aretha Franklin handpicked singer Jennifer Hudson to portray her in the compelling release by debut film director Liesl Tommy. “Respect,” its flaws notwithstanding, underscores Franklin’s genius.