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11/2/2015 - Protecting NYC Restaurant Workers from Sexual Harassment
Futures Without Violence, a nonprofit working to end violence against women and children around the world, has launched an innovative project that aims to prevent sexual harassment of restaurant workers. Nearly 80 percent of women restaurant employees have been sexually harassed at work at least once, by either a coworker or customer, and more than half report being harassed at least monthly. Futures Without Violence teamed up with New York restaurants Amali and Colors, anti-violence organization CONNECT and advocacy group Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC) to create a series of trainings, workplace policies and educational materials for employees with the goal of preventing workplace sexual harassment. "The restaurant industry is rife with sexual assault and harassment, and occupations that rely on tips, like waitressing, can put women in compromising positions in which they are forced to choose between putting up with harassment and earning a decent wage," said Catherine Barnett, executive director at ROC-New York. Women make up about 52 percent of restaurant employees, but are 66 percent of tipped workers—which means that, in many cases, they earn less than minimum wage and subsist on tips, so must endure sexual abuse from customers just to earn a meager income (an estimated $9 an hour, including tips). "As employers, it's our duty to take a proactive role in preventing and addressing this issue, and recognize its impact on individuals and the workplace overall," said James Mallios, managing partner at Amali Restaurant....

10/29/2015 - Afghan Woman Runs in Country's First Marathon
Afghanistan hosted an international marathon this month- the first marathon ever to be held in the country....

10/29/2015 - Texas Officials Raid Planned Parenthood
Just three days after Texas officials announced their plan to cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, investigators from the state's Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) raided a handful of the women's healthcare provider's clinics, demanding patients' records and billing details as well as employee information. Last week, state officials from the Texas Office of the Inspector General (a division of the HHSC led by Stuart Brown) served subpoenas to Planned Parenthood facilities in Brownsville, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and ordered to surrender documents - including Medicaid records dating back to 2010 - to authorities within 24 hours....

10/28/2015 - Gov. Cuomo Signs Women's Equality Bills Into Law
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo just signed into law several bills strengthening protections for women in the workplace as well as victims of sex trafficking, sexual harassment, and domestic violence in an effort to further women's equality in the state. The new laws close loopholes that had allowed employers to have policies against sharing wage information and increases the amount of damages that can be collected in cases of wage theft; expands protections against workplace sexual harassment to include all employers, not just those with more than four employees; and allows recovery of attorneys' fees by successful plaintiffs in sex discrimination in employment and credit cases....

10/28/2015 - Deadly Earthquake in Afghanistan Kills Hundreds, Including 12 School Girls
Monday's destructive earthquake in Afghanistan has left over 340 people dead in the northeastern provinces of Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan....

10/28/2015 - Update: Deputy Fields Has Been Fired
BREAKING: The South Carolina deputy who attacked a female student at Spring Valley High School this week was fired, his boss announced this morning. National shock and outrage followed the spread of cellphone footage on Monday showing Deputy Ben Fields violently attacking a female student for allegedly using her cell phone during class....

10/27/2015 - Outrage Over Footage of Officer Assaulting Black Student in South Carolina High School
National shock and outrage has followed the spread of cellphone footage showing Deputy Ben Fields attacking a female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina for allegedly refusing to leave her the classroom....

10/26/2015 - Planned Parenthood Clinic Vandalized by Intruder With Hatchet
In the latest incident of violent anti-abortion extremism, an intruder wielding a hatchet ripped through a Planned Parenthood in Claremont, New Hampshire last week destroying telephones, medical equipment, computers and plumber fixtures, resulting in "significant" damage including flooding.According to Claremont law enforcement, a suspect, described only as a juvenile, was apprehended at the scene. Wednesday's act of clinic violence marks the second in as many weeks at the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England....

10/23/2015 - New Report Details Growing Threat of Politicians 'Playing Doctor'
In a new report released last week, health and safety experts urged policymakers to consider the growing influence of US politicians in their electorate's most personal and private spaces: exam rooms. Compiled by the National Partnership for Women and Families in collaboration with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the National Physicians Alliance (NPA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the report, entitled "Politics in the Exam Room: A Growing Threat", details how political influence has adversely affected the management of healthcare in the United States by highlighting three critical areas of concern: toxic exposure, gun safety and reproductive health....

10/21/2015 - PRESS RELEASE: Feminists Call on Yik Yak to Act
72 Women's and Civil Rights Groups Urge Education Department to Issue New Federal Guidelines to Protect Students from Harassment and Cyber-threats WASHINGTON: Seventy-two national and local women's and civil rights groups joined together today to urge the Department of Education to issue new guidance for colleges and universities to do more to protect students from pervasive harassment and threats based on sex, race, or LGBT status carried out through anonymous social media applications, such as Yik Yak. The groups are calling for the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to remind schools of their legal obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Students on college campuses throughout the country have with increasing frequency used anonymous social medial applications, such as Yik Yak, to target women students, students of color, and sexual minorities with harassment, threats and other forms of intimidation with impunity....

10/21/2015 - Texas to Cut Medicaid Funding to Planned Parenthood
On Monday, Texas officials announced the state will cut Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, violating federal law and denying critical reproductive health care to tens of thousands of Texas women. In a letter to Planned Parenthood's affiliates in the state, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office of the Inspector General Stuart Bowen accused the women's healthcare provider of no longer capably "performing medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal, and ethical manner" and announcing the withdrawal of funding for the organization through the state's Medicaid program....

10/21/2015 - Feminists Call on Yik Yak to Act
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 72 Women's and Civil Rights Groups Urge Education Departmentto Issue New Federal Guidelines to Protect Students from Harassment and Cyber-threatsVia Anonymous Social Media


  WASHINGTON - Seventy-two national and local women's and civil rights groups joined together today to urge the Department of Education to issue new guidance for colleges and universities to do more to protect students from pervasive harassment and threats based on sex, race, or LGBT status carried out through anonymous social media applications, such as Yik Yak. The groups are calling for the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to remind schools of their legal obligations under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Students on college campuses throughout the country have with increasing frequency used anonymous social medial applications, such as Yik Yak, to target women students, students of color, and sexual minorities with harassment, threats and other forms of intimidation - with impunity....

10/20/2015 - California Gov. Signs Bill Protecting Workers from Wage Theft
In a victory for low-wage workers victimized by unscrupulous employers, California Gov....

10/20/2015 - Arizona Judge Blocks Restrictive Anti-Abortion Law
An Arizona judge permanently blocked a 2012 anti-abortion law on Thursday that would have severely restricted medication abortions, ruling the measure would have violated the state's Constitution by allowing state lawmakers to assign legislative authority to outside entities. HB 2036 would have forced physicians to strictly adhere to the FDA's guidelines for dosing and administering mifepristone and its companion drug misoprostol, requiring patients to schedule separate appointments in order to receive both medications in office and at a higher dosage than typically prescribed in practice....

10/19/2015 - Dangerous TRAP Laws Blocked in Ohio and Oklahoma
This week, women's healthcare providers in Ohio and Oklahoma challenging anti-abortion legislation have succeeded in blocking dangerous TRAP laws in two of the most hostile states in the nation for reproductive rights. On Tuesday, in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, a federal court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of HB64, a 2015 measure which automatically suspends ambulatory surgical facilities (ASFs) licenses should the state's Department of Health deny an application for variance or neglect to process it within 60 days of receipt....

10/16/2015 - LGBT Californians Make Legal Strides

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10/16/2015 - Gender Gap Persists for Women Seeking Nobel Science Prizes
According to a recent analysis by Fortune, women scientists pursuing their field's top prizes have one major obstacle to overcome that their male peers do not: gender bias. Of the 870 individuals and 23 organizations awarded the Nobel Prize since its inception in 1901, women have received the award just 49 times, compared to men who have been honored 825 times in the prize's history....

10/15/2015 - FMF: Obama Made Tough But Necessary Decision to Maintain U.S. Troops in Afghanistan
The Feminist Majority Foundation supports President Obama's decision to delay the drawdown of U.S....

10/15/2015 - Oklahoma State Court Blocks One Anti-Abortion Measure, Allows Another
A state court blocked an Oklahoma measure yesterday that would have banned the most commonly used method of second trimester abortion....

10/15/2015 - Activists Rally for Latina Equal Pay Day
Women of every race and ethnicity experience a gender pay gap in the United States, but for Latina women that wage gap is staggering....

10/14/2015 - World Commemorates International Day of the Girl Child
On Sunday, the world celebrated the fourth annual International Day of the Girl Child....

10/13/2015 - FMF Supports New PPFA Policy, Congress Must Stop War on Women
The Feminist Majority Foundation stands with Planned Parenthood in its new policy to provide patients with the opportunity to donate fetal tissue for medical research, without accepting reimbursements for their health centers' reasonable expenses....

10/13/2015 - EEOC Launches Hollywood Gender Discrimination Probe
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has contacted several women directors in Hollywood in an effort to determine whether legal intervention is necessary to disrupt the industry's discriminatory hiring practices. In a letter sent to some 50 women filmmakers, the EEOC - which is responsible for protecting individuals from employment discrimination based on sex, race, color, religion and national origin through enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - requested interviews with them to "learn more about the gender-related issues" women behind the camera face in both the film and television industries. In May, following the release of a study by the San Diego State University Center for the Study of Women in Television in Film revealing only 7 percent of 2014's 250 top-grossing movies were helmed by women, the ACLU of Southern California and the national ACLU Women's Rights Project urged state and federal rights agencies to investigate Hollywood's failure to hire equal numbers of women....

10/12/2015 - Report Finds Texas' HB2 Increases Abortion Wait Times
A new report released by the University of Texas at Austin, Texas Policy Evaluation Project found patients seeking abortions in Texas have experienced an increase in wait times since the passage of HB2, the 2013 Texas omnibus anti-abortion bill that attempts to cut off abortion access by requiring abortion providers in the state to fulfill medically unnecessary ambulatory surgical center requirements and secure hospital admitting privileges. More than half of 42 clinics providing abortion in Texas have been forced to shut their doors since HB2 passed two years ago, leading Texas women to wait up to 20 days for a first consult at one of the surviving 18 reproductive health clinics operating in the state, the second most populous in the nation....

10/9/2015 - Federal Judge Orders Anti-Abortion Group to Cede Footage to NAF
On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) and its leader David Daleidan must turn over all previously unreleased "sting" videos and outtakes of National Abortion Federation (NAF) meetings the group obtained surreptitiously as part of a smear campaign against the abortion provider. U.S....