On the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade—a 7-2 Supreme Court decision that protects a pregnant woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion—feminists across the nation are celebrating the major victory and progress that’s been made since, while acknowledging the long road ahead towards securing universal reproductive freedom.
In an extraordinary series of executive orders and other actions taken on Inauguration Day, President Joe Biden reset the focus of the nation’s immigration system, directing the country’s attention to the value and importance of welcoming immigrants.
This is a sharp contrast to the last four years, in which the Trump administration sought at every turn to demonize immigrants, portray the nation as under attack from outsiders, and bang the drum for nativism and extremism.
With a Supreme Court stacked with anti-abortion judges by our country’s only twice-impeached president, Roe’s limited guarantee of rights is more tenuous than ever.
Roe’s opponents have been welcomed much like the Capitol mob—invited to ignore the rule of law and Roe’s protections without recourse.
In his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Antony Blinken promised to protect the hard-won gains of Afghan women and girls if confirmed as secretary of state. He said the Taliban cannot be trusted with U.S. national security, policing Al-Qaeda and ISIS regarding attacking U.S., and that a further withdrawal of U.S. troops will be conditions-based.
On Thursday, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) re-introduced her bill dissolving the deadline for ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment with bipartisan support of more than 195 co-signers.
Soon Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will introduce an identical bill in the Senate.
Communities around the country are calling for the incoming administration to deliver justice and safety for refugees. When lives are at stake, there can be no other choice.
Rebuilding the U.S. asylum system will not be without its challenges. But the Biden-Harris administration can meet this moment and, more importantly, it must. Here’s how it can start.
The outgoing administration made it more difficult for victims of assault, harassment and discrimination to assert rights and get their day in court. What will Biden’s priorities be, how will he be able to accomplish them and—most importantly—what can we expect to see in the coming months and years?
Women’s rights organizations are calling on the Biden-Harris administration to form an Office for Gender Equity in the Department of Education to realize the long-overdue promise of educational equity guaranteed by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
“There’s never been very much federal leadership to implement Title IX,” says Dr. Sue Klein, education equity director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, who is one of the leaders of effort. “This office would correct that.”
In her poem, titled “The Hill We Climb,” Amanda Gorman struck a chord of unity, bridging pain of the past with hope for a better future.
“I’m a teacher. That’s who I am,” Dr. Jill Biden declared on the campaign trail, giving Americans a glimpse into what life in the White House would look like come January.
So what else can we expect from a working first lady, one who has already made feminist history before even taking office?