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8/27/2014 - Study Highlights Disparities in Well-Being for Girls in Southern States
A recent report by the Girl Scouts Research Institute shows that the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic are the best regions of the United States to raise girls, while the South - specifically Mississippi, Arkansas, and Georgia - is the worst. The findings were based on 23 indicators of education, extracurricular activities, emotional health, physical health, safety and economic well-being....

8/27/2014 - White House Releases New Rules Governing Birth Control Mandate
Tthe White House released new health insurance rules Friday for nonprofit organizations and for-profit businesses to comply with the Supreme Court's ruling in Burwell v....

8/27/2014 - California Legislature Votes to Restrict Sterilization of Prison Inmates
Both the California Senate and assembly unanimously passed a bill last week significantly restricting the sterilization of state prison inmates. SB1135 bans the practice of sterilization with a few exceptions, including if the person's life is in danger or sterilization is medically necessary to treat a diagnosed condition....

8/26/2014 - Women's Equality Goes Pop (Quiz)!
ARLINGTON -- Women's Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution....

8/26/2014 - More Investment in Women's Health Needed as Africa's Population Rises
Africa's population will reach four billion by 2100, according to a report released by UNICEF early this week....

8/26/2014 - 92 Million Dollar Project Will Improve Higher Education in Afghanistan
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $92 million project to improve the higher education system in Afghanistan last week. The University Support and Workforce Development Project (USWDP) represents a five-year plan between USAID and the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Economy to improve Afghanistan's educational programs according to international standards....

8/25/2014 - Advocates Seek to Block Louisiana TRAP Law in Federal Suit
Friday, the Center for Reproductive Rights joined a federal lawsuit challenging a Louisiana TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law set to take effect September 1. The suit, filed on behalf of health care workers in Baton Rouge, seeks an injunction against Louisiana HB 388, which requires abortion providers in the state to obtain local hospital admitting privileges....

8/25/2014 - California Reverses Decision Allowing Catholic Colleges to Refuse to Cover Abortion
Two Catholic universities in California will no longer be allowed to exclude abortion coverage from their health insurance plans, according to a decision from the state;s Department of Managed Health Care. The state of California had previously decided to allow the insurance companies for Loyola Marymount and Santa Clara universities to deny abortion coverage, except in cases where it was needed to save a woman's life or health....

8/25/2014 - Advocates for Youth, Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood Generation Launch
WASHINGTON, DC -- Advocates for Youth (Advocates), Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), and Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen), a project of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, are joining forces for an exciting new national civil engagement campaign - the 2014 Youth ShowOUT! In 2014, young voters will do more than just turn out - they will ShowOUT! Youth leaders are educating their peers, registering voters, participating in voter pledge drives, volunteering, and more....

8/25/2014 - Moral Mondays Movement Expands to Other States for the Moral Week of Action
The Moral Mondays movement, which consists of weekly protests in North Carolina against the state legislature's far-right policies, has announced a Moral Week of Action from August 22 to 28 that will take place in 11 additional states....

8/22/2014 - Ohio TRAP Law Forces Cincinnati Clinic to Shut Down
The Greater Cincinnati, Ohio area will lose one of its abortion providers today when the Lebanon Road Surgery Center closes its doors....

8/22/2014 - Supreme Court Blocks Marriage Equality in Virginia
The US Supreme Court granted a request Wednesday to stay a decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit overturning Virginia's marriage equality ban....

8/21/2014 - Flexible Work Requests Produce Fatherhood Bonus and Motherhood Penalty
According to a recent study, men who request flexible work schedules are advantaged over women who make the same requests. In the study by Dr....

8/21/2014 - Reproductive Justice Activists Testify Before UN About Health Care Discrimination
A joint study by three major women's health advocacy groups calls attention to the overwhelming disparity in health outcomes for women of color in the United States....

8/21/2014 - Ugandan President Signs Law Making HIV Transmission Illegal
A bill that criminalizes HIV transmission has been signed into law by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Provisions of the law include possible imprisonment of HIV-positive individuals, a ten-year prison sentence and fine for the "intentional transmission of HIV," a five-year prison sentence for "attempted transmission of HIV," and compulsory testing in some situations....

8/20/2014 - In Liberia, The Ebola Outbreak is Also a Maternal Health Issue
The current outbreak of Ebola has killed more than 1200 people in West Africa, with Liberia having the largest increase in deaths according to the latest reportable data....

8/20/2014 - United Nations and US Attorney General Defend Rights of Demonstrators in Ferguson
The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials during ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri caught the attention of the world this week, with UN officials and US Attorney General Eric Holder speaking out in defense of demonstrators there....

8/20/2014 - Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat. Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St....

8/20/2014 - Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson. The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat. Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St....

8/19/2014 - Afghanistan Celebrates 95th Anniversary of Independence
Afghanistan celebrates 95 years of independence today. President Hamid Karzai, along with the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, attended a special ceremony at the Ministry of Defense to commemorate the recognition of Afghanistan as an independent nation by the British Empire....

8/19/2014 - Trayvon Martin's Mom Sends Words of Encouragement and Strength to Michael Brown Family
Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, shared her hurt over the killing of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown and offered words of encouragement in a heartbreaking letter to the Brown family published by Time magazine. "I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents," Sybrina Fulton wrote....

8/18/2014 - ACLU Sues After St. Louis County Police Deny Open Records Request in Ferguson
After a full week of standoffs between law enforcement and demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed two lawsuits against the local police department. Thursday, the ACLU of Missouri sued St....

8/18/2014 - Low Income Transgender Residents in Oregon to Gain Access to Government Funded Care
Last week, Oregon state officials voted to ensure the state's low-income transgender residents have access to transition-related care. The Oregon Health Evidence Review Commission (HERC) has not reviewed its treatment of transgender care since the late 1990s....

8/18/2014 - Suicidal Rape Victim Denied Abortion in Ireland
A suicidal young woman who became pregnant as a result of rape was refused an abortion in Ireland. The woman, now 18, was raped as a minor....

8/15/2014 - Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement
After close to two decades, a Peruvian woman raped by a doctor while she was seeking care at a local hospital will finally receive justice....