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1/12/2015 - Boko Haram's "Deadliest Massacre" Kills Thousands in Nigeria
In the most recent attacks by extremist militant group Boko Haram, hundreds of gunmen attacked the town of Baga, leaving up to 2,000 people dead....

1/12/2015 - The 2015 Golden Globe Awards Were Full of Feminist Moments
The Golden Globe Awards had plenty of feminist moments last night - from Masters of Ceremony Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to recognizing the show "Transparent." The first win ever for an Amazon original program, "Transparent" is the revolutionary TV series about a transgender woman transitioning as an adult with the support of her family....

1/12/2015 - US Receives "C" Grade On Reproductive Rights
A study released by the Population Institute, a nonprofit that promotes access to family planning services and education, gave the United States an overall "C" grade in reproductive health....

1/9/2015 - Ontario to Include Consent in Updated Sex Education Curriculum
Thanks to a request from Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Canadian province will now include teaching consent in its sex education curriculum. When Wynne told Liz Sandals, Ontario's Education Minister, that the curriculum needed to include "healthy relationships and the topic of consent," the province decided to ask parents of elementary school students for their opinions....

1/9/2015 - Trans People Can No Longer Obtain Driver's Licenses in Russia
Russia has banned transgender people as well as "those who suffer from disorders of sexual preference" from obtaining driver's licenses. The new regulations put trans folks and anyone suffering from "fetishism, exhibitionism, and voyeurism" among those with primarily physical impairments such as blindness who are barred from driving....

1/9/2015 - Activists are Helping Texas Women Cross State Lines for Abortion Care
With Texas on the verge of shutting down all but 8 of the state's abortion clinics, activists are taking up a new method to increase access to clinics: bringing women across state lines. Texas abortion clinics have been under attack in recent years, significantly reducing women's access to comprehensive reproductive health care, largely due to HB 2, the Texas omnibus anti-abortion law that has forced 80 percent of abortion clinics in the state to close....

1/8/2015 - Officials Say NAACP Bombing "Was Caused Deliberately"
A bomb went off near a Colorado Springs, Colorado, chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Wednesday morning. The FBI called the incident intentional, according to the Los Angeles Times....

1/8/2015 - Feminists Fight Back Against Slew of Abortion Restrictions in Tennessee
When the Tennessee General Assembly reconvenes later this month, they'll be greeted by feminist activists who oppose their lawmakers' proposed attacks on reproductive rights. The Women's March on Nashville will take place on Tuesday, January 13 at 10 AM CST - the same day that state legislators will be sworn in and have filed to take up various abortion restrictions now made possible by the passage of Amendment 1....

1/8/2015 - House Republicans Push National 20 Week Abortion Ban on First Day Back in Congress
When the 114th Congress came together for their first session, two legislators in the House of Representatives re-introduced a nationwide 20-week abortion ban. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36), which is in direct violation of Roe v....

1/7/2015 - Confirmation of Obama Judges Hits High Mark, Most Diverse in History
After six years of his presidency, more of President Obama's judicial appointments have been confirmed by the Senate than for either Presidents Clinton or George W....

1/7/2015 - Clinically Dead Pregnant Irish Woman Taken Off Life Support
A clinically dead pregnant woman in Ireland was taken off life support last month after a Dublin court ruled that the fetus would not survive long enough to be born. Ireland's ban on abortion makes it the country with the strictest abortion laws in all of Europe....

1/7/2015 - Democrat Kathleen Murphy Wins Special Election for Virginia House
Despite a low turnout due to snowy conditions in Virginia, Democrat Kathleen Murphy defeated Republican Craig Parisot for a Virginia House seat by a margin of just 324 votes in a special election to fill newly elected Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock's seat....

1/6/2015 - Washington, DC Breaks Barriers for Women
Our nation's capital is making feminist history....

1/5/2015 - Transgender Woman Elected Mayor in India
Raigarh, a city of 300,000 in the state of Chhattisgarh, India has become the first city in India to elect a transgender mayor. On Sunday, independent candidate Madhu Kinnar was elected mayor over Mahaveer Guruji of the popular Bharatiya Janata Party by more than 4,500 votes. Nine months before, the Indian Supreme Court declared transgender people, known as hijras, as a legal third gender in a landmark ruling that legally recognized the identities of an estimated two million people in the nation....

1/5/2015 - Avalanche of Right-Wing Legislation Expected in Republican States
The 24 states where Republicans now hold total control are planning a "juggernaut of conservative legislation" that could especially impact women's access to reproductive health, according to the Washington Post. States like Tennessee can expect to see further restrictions on abortion access in the coming months, following an amendment to the state constitution that was narrowly passed in November....

1/2/2015 - Little League Star Mo'ne Davis Honored by AP and Sports Illustrated
A vote by news directors and US editors at the Associated Press named Mo'ne Davis the 2014 Female Athlete of the Year, making her the youngest person to receive the title....

1/2/2015 - More Women Agents at the Border Could Mitigate Sexual Assault Crisis
Following rampant accusations of sexual assault and harassment of female migrants, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is looking to boost the number of female agents on staff. Right now, of the 21,000 agents serving the CBP, only about 5 percent are female....

1/2/2015 - #BlackLivesMatter Movement Takes On Racist Coverage by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation Companies
Over a thousand protesters are slated to rally outside Fox News headquarters today to protest racist coverage of anti-police brutality movements across the country by both Fox News and newspaper The New York Post. At 2 PM today, protesters will gather in front of News Corporation headquarters and host a "die-in shutdown" that is expected to last until 7 PM....

12/24/2014 - New FMF Study Finds Nationwide Increase in Public Single-Sex K-12 Education Despite Evidence it Increases Sex Stereotyping and Sex Discrimination
Deliberate sex segregation is on the rise in public K-12 classrooms across the country, despite evidence that it is often illegal and educationally unsound. Tuesday, the Feminist Majority Foundation's Education Equity Program released a second multi-year study "Identifying US K-12 Public Schools with Deliberate Sex Segregation." According to the new study, there has been a 24 percent increase in public coed schools with single-sex academic classes since the period covering 2007-2010....

12/23/2014 - Boko Haram Kidnapped 172 More Women and Children, Officials Report
According to local officials and residents, Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 172 women and children and killed 35 people last week. "They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," a local government official reported anonymously. Reports of the attack in northeastern Nigeria took days to become public news due to a lack of communication - it has been known that telecommunications towers in the area were disabled in previous attacks....

12/23/2014 - FMF Study Shows Increase In Nationwide Single-Sex Public Education
WASHINGTON, DC The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) just completed its second national study Identifying US K-12 Public Schools with Deliberate Sex Segregation." We found that instead of decreasing sex segregation, the number of public K-12 coed schools with single-sex academic classes and all-girls and all-boys schools have continued to increase since the 2006 Title IX regulation that made it easier to establish single-sex K-12 public education....

12/23/2014 - Fate of 15-Foot Buffer Zone On Hold in Pittsburgh
The fate of a 15-foot buffer zone in Pittsburgh could be determined by a federal judge if city lawyers and anti-abortion protesters don't come to an agreement first. Earlier this month, US District Judge Cathy Bissoon heard oral arguments from attorneys representing the city of Pittsburgh and attorneys representing five anti-abortion protesters who demanded an injunction against a city ordinance that they say is selectively enforced and meant to censor them. The Alliance Defending Freedom, the religious advocacy group representing the anti-abortion protesters, argued that their clients' ability to offer, self-described "sidewalk counseling" as women enter the local Planned Parenthood is inhibited by the 2005 ordinance....

12/22/2014 - President Obama Calls Only On Women During 2014's Last Press Conference
In case you missed it, President Obama on Friday held his last press conference of 2014 - and when it was time for questions, he only called on women. The press corps has long been dominated by men, and Helen Thomas became the first female reporter to cover the White House in 1960. It was not the first time President Obama took questions from only women....

12/22/2014 - McDonald's Responsible for 86 Cases of Misconduct Against Workers
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled Friday that the McDonald's corporation is responsible for several dozen complaints of retaliatory conduct against workers fighting for job improvements. Since November 2012, 291 charges have been filed against McDonald's franchisees....

12/19/2014 - Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland Abortion Debate
Debate surrounding Ireland's ban on abortion has come up again following a current case involving a woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. The woman's family wants her to be taken off life support, but doctors refuse because Irish law says they must do what they can to protect the 16-week-old fetus....