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3/16/2015 - Attorney General Confirmation Delayed Over Anti-Abortion Provision of Human Trafficking Bill
The Senate hit an unexpected delay in the consideration of nominee Loretta Lynch for attorney general due to the discovery of an anti-abortion provision hidden within a bipartisan human trafficking bill, which has recently reached an impasse. "I had hoped to turn to her next week, but if we can't finish the trafficking bill, she will be put off again," said majority leader Mitch McConnell on CNN on the delay in Lynch's confirmation....

3/12/2015 - Iowa Supreme Court Hears Telemedicine Abortion Case
The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday contesting a 2013 decision by state regulators to order limitations on the use of telemedicine for women seeking a medical abortion. Telemedicine is the widely used practice of conferencing with a doctor through a video camera in order to diagnose or prescribe treatment to patients....

3/12/2015 - New Law Cracks Down on Domestic Abusers in Brazil
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff signed a new law this week creating harsher penalties for the murder of women and girls connected to domestic violence. Men who commit the newly defined crime of "femicide," or the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender, can now expect to go to jail for anywhere from 12 years to 20 years....

3/5/2015 - Supreme Court Hears Crucial Affordable Care Act Case
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in King v....

3/4/2015 - Obama Administration Announces Global Initiative for Girls' Education
The Obama Administration announced yesterday expanded efforts to help adolescent girls worldwide attend and complete school through an initiative called Let Girls Learn. According to a White House press release, the new effort will build on investments the US already has made in global primary school education and expand them to help adolescent girls complete their education....

3/3/2015 - Nebraska Could Become the Next State With Marriage Equality
US District Judge Joseph Bataillon ruled Monday morning that Nebraska's same-same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional....

3/2/2015 - Iranian Activist Wins International Human Rights Award for Hijab Campaign
Journalist Masih Alinejad was awarded the Women's Rights Award at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy last week for her activism supporting Iranian women who choose not to cover their heads in a hijab. Alinejad's Facebook page, "My Stealthy Freedom," has gained international attention and more than 700,000 followers by posting pictures of Iranian women without the hijab....

2/27/2015 - This Bipartisan Bill Will Hold Colleges Accountable for Ending Campus Sexual Assault
A bipartisan bill aimed at holding colleges and universities accountable for rape and sexual assault cases was introduced in Congress yesterday, spearheaded by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Some of the Campus Accountability and Safety Act's key key provisions include a requirement of confidential reporting systems on colleges and universities, minimum training requirements for campus personnel, and stricter penalties for schools found to be in violation of Title IX or the Clery Act....

2/27/2015 - Houston Is Finally Testing a Backlog of Thirty-Year-Old Rape Kits
The city of Houston, Texas has finally begun testing decades-old rape kits - and in just one week, those have led to hundreds of leads. Houston is one of the first of the major cities nation-wide to clear their backlog of over 6,000 untested rape kit s- some of which were more than thirty years old....

2/26/2015 - If This Bill Passes Federal Law Will Add Consent to Sex Ed Curriculums
Right now, federal law does not require health or sex education to include sexual assault prevention - but that could change with a new bill introduced by Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Tim Kaine (D-VA). The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015, which was introduced earlier this month, would require all public secondary schools in the country to include teaching "safe relationship behavior" in order to help prevent domestic violence and sexual assault....

2/26/2015 - President Obama Pushed for Immigration Reform at a Florida International University Town Hall
President Obama attended an immigration town hall at Florida International University yesterday to discuss immigration policy....

2/25/2015 - Obama Just Vetoed the Keystone XL Pipeline, But The Fight Isn't Over
President Obama used his executive powers to veto the highly contentious Keystone XL pipeline construction proposal yesterday....

2/25/2015 - Malawis Parliament Voted Unanimously to End Child Marriage
The Malawian Parliament voted unanimously last week to ban child marriage, an important move for a country with one of the highest child marriage rates in the world. The legislation raises the minimum legal age of marriage to 18....

2/24/2015 - FMLA Update Will Expand Protections for Thousands of Same Sex Couples
The US Labor Department updated the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) this week to update the meaning of "spouse" to include same-sex partners who reside in another state. The FMLA update means employees in legal, same-sex marriages can take family medical leave to take care of their spouse even if they live in another state....

2/23/2015 - Princeton Women Were Once Barred From These Clubs - Now, They Run Them
Princeton University's eating clubs are important social events for many students - and despite a history of sexist behavior and barring women, Princeton women have recently been in the spotlight for securing leadership roles in them. Currently, four of these clubs are headed by women, which is the highest total since 2002....

2/23/2015 - Tennessee and Chicago Move Forward with Plans for Free Community College
Many Americans had not heard of the proposal to make 2 years of community college free until President Obama's State of the Union address....

2/19/2015 - Kate Brown Just Became America's First-Ever Openly Bisexual Governor
Kate Brown was sworn in Wednesday morning as Oregon's 38th governor, making her the first openly bisexual governor in the US. Brown is replacing John Kitzhaber, also a Democrat, who announced his resignation last Friday....

2/19/2015 - Feminist Activists Protest TPP and Bruneian Penal Code Outside Beverly Hills Hotel
Activists gathered across the street from the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles yesterday to call on Congress to exclude Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The crowd included organizers from the Feminist Majority Foundation, FMF board member Mavis Leno, as well as leadership from organizations such as 1 Billion Rising, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and Unite Here who organized the rally....

2/18/2015 - New Bill Would Create a Registry of Military Sex Offenders
Due to loopholes in the system, many convicted sex offenders in the military are not registered as sex offenders when they complete their service....

2/18/2015 - Lawmakers Push Forward with Abortion Restrictions Across the Nation
In states such as Washington, Arizona, Minnesota, and South Carolina, lawmakers are introducing bills placing restrictions on abortion access. In Washington, two bills are being introduced to restrict abortion care access....

2/18/2015 - Yale Fraternity That Violated Sexual Misconduct Policy Now Banned From Campus
A Yale fraternity has been banned from conducting on-campus activities until August 2016 as a result of violating the university's sexual misconduct code. The fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) will not be allowed to hold on-campus activities, use the school bulletin boards or email system to communicate, or use the fraternity's name "in connection with the university." SAE underwent an investigation last year following a complaint about a presentation at the fraternity's induction ceremony in February 2014....

2/13/2015 - Irish Women Speak Out Against Brutal Childbirth Operations
Between 1942 and 1990 in Ireland, more than 1,500 pregnant women in childbirth endured, often without their consent, an operation called symphysiotomy that involves breaking the pelvis to make more space for the baby to be born and sometimes involving having their pubic bone sawed through....

2/13/2015 - Testing Detroit's Backlogged Rape Kits Has Already Identified 188 Serial Rapists
Advocates are making a push to eliminate the backlog of almost 11,000 rape kits that have gone untested in Detroit....

2/12/2015 - Worldwide Attacks Against Schoolgirls Are on the Rise
Attacks against girls who seek an education are increasing around the world, according to a United Nations report released Monday. The report, conducted by the Women's Human Rights and Gender section of the Human Rights Council, shows attacks on schools have happened in at least 70 countries between 2009 and 2014 and that many of the attacks were "directed at girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education....

2/11/2015 - Three Muslim Students Have Been Shot and Killed in North Carolina in Possible Hate Crime
Three Muslim students were shot and killed by a white man Tuesday afternoon in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The victims, Yusor Mohammad and her husband, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were all students in their late teens or early 20s; they were shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene....