Feminists have every reason to be suspicious of capital punishment. Death penalty laws in the U.S. were enacted by legislatures dominated by men; death sentences are sought by prosecutors who are predominately men; juries that condemn defendants to death have historically been mostly male; and judges who sentence defendants to death are overwhelmingly male.
At this moment, abortion and voting rights are under attack in state houses across the country—and these attacks are connected. This is why state legislatures are more important than ever, and are an increasingly powerful venue to protect and expand voting and reproductive rights.
With an unprecedented 90 abortion restrictions enacted across 18 states, 2021 has become the worst year for abortion rights and access in U.S. history.
“If you are not enraged, you are not paying attention.”
In every issue of Ms., we track research on our progress in the fight for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and keep tabs on the feminist movement’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score online, too—in in this biweekly round-up.
This week: abortion restrictions skyrocket in 2021; Olympic policies disproportionately target Black women; Supreme Court rules in favor of free speech and gender expression; state legislatures endanger voting rights; and more.
On Indian reservations, Indigenous victims of physical violence by acquaintances or strangers, and all victims of sexual assault and stalking, have little recourse other than to rely on a federal criminal justice system that has consistently failed to prosecute their attackers.
One way to remedy this longstanding problem is for the reauthorization of VAWA to expand tribal jurisdiction to cover all crimes of violence against women committed on Indian reservations, irrespective of the race or the relationship of the victim and perpetrator.
In its final two opinions of the term, the court upheld two restrictive voting laws in Arizona and struck down a nonprofit donor disclosure rule in California. In both decisions, the justices ruled 6-3, along ideological lines.
This week in Keeping Score: activists and DOJ defend trans rights; Senate recognizes Juneteenth as federal holiday; New York will offer gender-neutral IDs; Biden judicial nominees include a record number of women; and more.
“When the U.S. Supreme Court decided last week in favor of a Catholic social services agency in Philadelphia that refuses to work on adoptions with same-sex couples, many of us in the queer community felt that familiar pang of rejection and dehumanization. … I write primarily to my queer siblings who are everyday assaulted by the damaging messages and practices of religious institutions and people. … While the Supreme Court’s decision may add to the weight of our pain, it does not define who we are as queer people, and we must resist the temptation to carry the burden of shame it suggests. Queer people are of inherent worth and dignity, and our queerness is a reflection of Divine creativity.”
The Supreme Court said Philadelphia violated the First Amendment when it cut ties with a Catholic group that discriminated against LGBTQ+ couples.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which since its 2010 passage has granted health coverage to more than 31 million Americans, has survived another day in court. In Thursday’s 7–2 decision from the Supreme Court, the justices ruled that Texas and other objecting Republican-led states had no legal standing to bring the challenge to court.