The issuing today of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion on the arbitrary timeline on the Equal Rights Amendment is not binding. In fact, the timeline in the preamble of the ERA itself is not binding.
“What keeps me on my feet in this prison, while my body bruised and wounded, is my love for the honorable, but tormented, people of this country, and my ideals of justice and freedom. To honor the innocent people’s blood shed atrociously, I pledge to speak the truth, defy tyranny and defend the oppressed until my last breath.”
There are 2.5 billion women and girls on this planet who are impacted by discriminating laws and lack any legal protection. In many countries, as much of 75 percent of the rights of women and girls are not protected in law. But 25 years after the historic UN World Conference on Women in Beijing, leaders are intent on making change.
In the wake of the U.S. decision to kill Iran’s most powerful military leader, Qassem Suleimani, feminist groups are now facing a larger threat than ever before. This move threatens to undo a decades long feminist struggle.
In just three years, Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell have transformed nearly one-fifth of the entire federal judiciary and a quarter of all circuit court judgeships. This is what that meant in 2019—for the courts, and for all of us.
Trump and his supporters have installed ideologues whose appointment and Senate approval have been rammed through on strict party lines—and because of them, justice for victims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation is on its way to being put on life support.
Working mothers need more than a village to raise a child—we need empathetic organizations that willingly provide flexible work schedules and phased returns, sanitary childcare facilities, safe pumping rooms and maternity leaves offered without punishment or penalty.
There is a lineage. Let their names be sung and recited over and over again. Let the change they strived for be named. These change-makers were my sisters, my friends, my chosen family and my support system. We were responsible for changing the nation’s sentiments about undocumented migrant young people. We amplified our narratives and forever shifted migration discourse even if we weren’t held up publicly. We did the work to claim our lives.
On New Year’s Day in 2018, Stop Sexual Assault in Schools launched the #MeTooK12 campaign in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center. To mark the second anniversary, we’re looking at the campaign’s impact to date and where it’s headed.
The political landscape over the last decade was marked by increasing polarization, partisan majorities in many states that impose policies out of step with the views of most Americans—and gerrymandering and winner-take-all electoral systems making a mockery of the prospect of political accountability. But it was also a decade in which ranked choice voting (RCV) spread across the country.