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Afghanistan ‘After’ the American War

In late September, the Taliban took over Kunduz, Afghanistan’s fifth-largest city. London’s Telegraph reported that “the lasting legacy of [the] invasion may ultimately prove to be the dismantlement of the city’s women’s rights network.”

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Once Upon a Time, Nearly All of Iceland’s Women Went on Strike, and the Results Were Incredible

In October 1975, 90 percent of Iceland’s women refused to work for one whole day. The anniversary of that event, called “Women’s Day Off,” is celebrated on Oct. 24 each year and has led to undeniable progress on the women’s rights front. Perhaps American women can take a page out of their Icelandic peers’ book.

Posted on Oct 27, 2015 READ MORE

Planned Parenthood

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE

Catholic Hospital Denies Woman Potentially Life-Saving Treatment on Religious Grounds

The case is an example of what many experts have been saying for years: that religious control of medical care is a burgeoning public health crisis.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Bill Nye Uses Science to Explain Why Anti-Choicers Have No Idea What They’re Talking About

In a fantastic video for the online forum Big Think, the famous “science guy” spells out the reasons he thinks “when it comes to women’s rights with respect to their reproduction, I think you should leave it to women.”

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Why the Republican Assault on Planned Parenthood Is Morally Wrong and Economically Stupid

It is rife with with lies and distortions, and may even lead to a government shutdown.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why We Must Fight the Attack on Planned Parenthood

On Thursday, right-wing extremists in the U.S. House of Representatives will vote to try to defund Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s largest providers of women’s health care and family planning services.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis Tells Priests to Pardon Women Who Have Abortions

The pope has moved against church tradition and empowered priests to absolve women who have had abortions.

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A Woman’s Cycle

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False Witness

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VIDEO: Elizabeth Warren’s Furious Response to Republicans Who Are Trying to Roll Back Women’s Rights

“Did you fall down, hit your head and think you woke up in the 1950s?” began the Massachusetts senator’s angry address to her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor Monday.

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Democrats Block Attempt to Cut Planned Parenthood’s Funding as Group Faces One of Its Biggest Crises

Planned Parenthood and its allies are defending its practices, including the group’s fetal tissue program, after undercover videos about the tissue transfers gave conservatives a handy excuse to try and “purge” the nonprofit organization’s federal funding.

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Abortion Fix

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Sen. Rand Paul Will ‘Try to Force a Vote’ to Defund Planned Parenthood

The Republican presidential contender said Sunday that he will continue his effort to cut federal funding for the nonprofit women’s health group over a dispute regarding the treatment of aborted fetal tissue.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: The Colorado Family Planning Initiative

The politics of control over the female body often stand in the way of health and safety, but one program has done an unprecedented job of putting women’s well-being and futures into their own hands.

Posted on Jul 11, 2015 READ MORE

Abortion Rights

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Truthdigger of the Week: Margot Wallström

Sweden’s foreign minister has done what few Western officials have been willing to: denounce Saudi Arabia for its appalling human rights record. Now, Sweden has put its money where her mouth is, but will it cave in to pressure from Arabs and big business?

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Solves the American Gender Pay Gap. Not.

How idealistic can one man making a heartfelt call for pay equality be? Jon Stewart finds out in a recent “Daily Show” segment.

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Truthdigger of the Week: ‘India’s Daughter’ Filmmaker and Activists Protesting the Documentary’s Ban

The documentary “India’s Daughter,” about the gang rape and evisceration of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh in Delhi in 2012, has burst into the media spotlight because of a ban on the film in India.

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE

Violence Against Women

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This Interactive Map Will Show You Just How Hard It Is to Get an Abortion in Your State

All across the U.S., women’s reproductive health care is increasingly being restricted by legislative measures.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart and Samantha Bee Point Out the Contradictions Between Joe Biden’s Words and His Gropes

While the vice president is quite outspoken against sexual harassment, his brain seems to have a problem sending his hands the message.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

‘Boyhood’s’ Patricia Arquette Offers Impassioned Words on Gender Equality

Patricia Arquette, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on Sunday night for her performance in “Boyhood,” used her acceptance speech to demand equal rights and pay for all women in the United States. Watch as Meryl Streep and Jennifer Lopez cheer her on gleefully.

Posted on Feb 23, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Urges Grammy Artists to Stress That Rape, Domestic Violence Are ‘Not OK’

In a recorded message that aired Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, President Obama delivered a sobering message about sexual abuse.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE

King Abdullah: Royal Pain

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Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

Study: A Third of College Males Admit They’d Rape a Woman If They Could Get Away With It

A recent study reveals a harrowing figure related to sexual assault on college campuses.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE

Here Are 7 Reproductive Rights Issues to Watch in 2015

Changes for abortion, contraception and more top the agendas of Republicans in the majority in Congress and many state legislatures.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE

We Made Progress in 2014, but There’s Far More to Do in 2015 (Video)

We’ve made progress this past year — raising the minimum wage in dozens of states and cities, providing equal marriage rights in a majority of states, limiting carbon emissions.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE

Comprehensive Study Shows Abortions Are ‘Very Safe’ and Far Less Risky Than Giving Birth

Despite the fact that officials all over the U.S. feel the need to regulate abortion as though it were a pernicious procedure, a study by UC San Francisco researchers shows that complications rarely occur after an abortion.

Posted on Dec 10, 2014 READ MORE

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Turkey’s President Says Women Should Stick to Making Babies

Speaking to a conference on women and justice Sunday, possibly having teleported from the 1930s, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said women are simply not equal to men.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE

Two Extreme Anti-Abortion Amendments Bite the Dust

An abortion measure in North Dakota that had raised concern among opponents about in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care failed after being 17 points up in polls.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE

There May Be a Quick Fix to the Gender Pay Gap, but Some of You Won’t Want to Hear It

As we learned last week, it’s projected that we still have the better part of a century to go before women earn the same as their male counterparts. So what can we do today to address this imbalance?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

Some Surprisingly Progressive Outcomes of the 2014 Midterm Elections

We all knew Republicans would take control of the Senate, but American voters had a few surprises up their sleeves.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE

‘Abortion Wars’ Continue as Midterm Debate in North Dakota Expands to In Vitro and End-of-Life Care

Money and strategists are shaping a nationally watched campaign amid talk of in vitro fertilization and end-of-life care.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE

Why the Midterm Elections Should Matter Especially to Women

By Robert Reich

If Republicans take over Congress on Tuesday, the economic position of women will take a major hit.

Posted on Nov 3, 2014 READ MORE

The Missing Women of Afghanistan

On Sept. 29 Ashraf Ghani was sworn in as president of Afghanistan. What he had to say in his inaugural speech about his wife, Rula Ghani, sent his nation’s progressive women over the moon. (At right, an Afghan.)

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE

The Gender Gap’s Been Shrinking All Over the Place, Even in the U.S.

Scandinavian countries still have the smallest gender gaps, according to the World Economic Forum’s annual gender survey, but this year they’re joined at the top of the list by a few nations you may not expect.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights

What was lost during the endless battles over abortion, Katha Pollitt writes in her new book, was not only the right to abortion, but a larger feminist claim for sexual freedom, economic equality and social independence.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE

Sarah Silverman Raises Gender Wage Gap Awareness With Comical Video About the ‘Vagina Tax’

Women will lose roughly half a million dollars during their working careers due to one simple fact: They “own” female genitalia.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE


No Women Invited to Iceland’s Conference on Gender Equality

In case you missed it, Iceland and the South American country Suriname announced last week a “barbershop” gender conference that intentionally excludes women.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Amira Mortada, El Shorouk Newspaper

Women in Egypt After the Arab Spring: Gains and Losses

Women played a significant role in the 2011-2013 revolutions that shook the heart of the Arab world, as well as in the succeeding turmoil.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

California Finally Makes the Forced Sterilization of Female Inmates Illegal

Remember a few months ago when we told you about a Golden State bill that aimed to restrict tubal sterilization in prisons?

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Congress Delays Funding for Rape Kit Processing as Victim Drags Mattress in Search of Justice

While Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz started her now well-known protest weeks before Congress decided to postpone funding to help rape victims, the student’s performance art can also be seen as a metaphor for the struggle other rape victims face in their search for justice.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Emma Watson Gives Moving Feminist Speech at U.N. HeForShe Campaign Launch (Update)

When actress Emma Watson gave a strong-willed, poignant speech Saturday at the United Nations headquarters, it was reported that she received threats from users of online bulletin board 4chan for being a “feminist bitch.” Turns out, the nude photo leak warning was none other than a “viral marketing hoax.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Jason Karsh (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Why Lucy Flores’ Candid Discussion of Women’s Reproductive Rights Is Exactly What We Need to Hear

When Lucy Flores, a Nevada State Assembly member running for lieutenant governor, publicly shared the fact that she had had an abortion at 16, she reminded us that talking openly about these issues can pave the way toward passing legislation that will protect women’s choices rather than further restrict them. 

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

Nathan Rupert (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Tinder Hit With Sexual Harassment Lawsuit by Former Executive

Although several people at the forefront of the dating app that’s been sweeping cellphones across America would have you believe women had nothing to do with the creation of Tinder, the truth may be that there was a mistreated woman behind the scenes all along.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE

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