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4/25/2014 - On 1st Anniversary of Rana Plaza Collapse, Need for More Change
Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that caused the deaths and injuries of thousands of people. The poorly built nine-story building that collapsed last April near the capital of Dhaka housed five garment factories and a shopping center....

4/22/2014 - Florida Supreme Court Recognizes Anti-Discrimination Protections for Pregnant Workers
The Florida State Supreme Court ruled last week that pregnancy discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under Florida employment law. The 6-1 decision allows Peguy Delva to proceed with her lawsuit against her employer, real estate developer Continental Group....

4/15/2014 - Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women
Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency." Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor....

4/10/2014 - Women's Rights Groups Pressure Walmart to Improve Pregnant Worker Policies
Following a class action lawsuit filed by A Better Balance, the National Women's Law Center, and local counsel,Walmart has updated its worker accommodation policy to explicitly make women eligible for a reasonable accommodation if she experiences a temporary disability caused by pregnancy....

4/8/2014 - Senators and President Obama Mark Equal Pay Day With Actions To Close Wage Gap
Today marks Equal Pay Day - the day women must work until to earn as much as their male counterparts had by December 31 of last year....

4/7/2014 - Obama Poised To Sign Two Executive Actions On Equal Pay
President Obama will sign two executive actions tomorrow to promote equal pay for women. The President will sign an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their compensation....

4/2/2014 - Report Details Dangerous Impacts of Climate Change
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report last week detailing the risks people will face around the world as climate change worsens. "Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability" from Working Group II of the IPCC summarizes scientific literature from hundreds of authors to identify vulnerable populations, ecosystems, and industries....

3/20/2014 - Breastfeeding Woman Pushed To Resign Will Not Get Discrimination Trial
A woman who filed charges against her employer for failing to accommodate her and encouraging her to resign when she was breastfeeding cannot continue with her lawsuit, a court ruled on Thursday. Angela Ames returned to work in 2010 at Nationwide Mutual Insurance in Des Moines after a two-month maternity leave....

3/14/2014 - Obama Aims To Reform Overtime Pay Regulations
President Barack Obama announced in a statement yesterday that he would be directing Tom Perez, the Secretary of Labor, to improve overtime pay labor regulations as part of his "year of action." It is expected that the salary threshold for overtime pay will be raised, among other changes. "If you go above and beyond to help your employer and your economy succeed, then you should share a little bit in that success," Obama said in his remarks yesterday. Under the current rules, any worker making more than $455 per week or $23,660 per year is not eligible for overtime pay, a threshold that has not been significantly changed since 1975....

3/6/2014 - Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division
The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice. Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Adegbile is a voting rights expert....

2/28/2014 - Female Afghan Parliamentarian Speaks Out About Women's Progress in Afghanistan
Fawzia Koofi, a female member of the Afghan parliament, published an open letter this week to American women, urging them to continue standing shoulder-to-shoulder with women in Afghanistan. Koofi's letter, entitled "A Letter to My American Sisters," dispels the media myth that women's lives have not improved since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001....

2/4/2014 - Local Pregnancy Discrimination Laws Go Into Effect While PWFA Remains Stalled in Congress
In New Jersey, New York City, and Philadelphia, legislation protecting pregnant workers has now now been enacted....

2/3/2014 - Minnesota Lawmakers Introduce Women's Economic Security Act
Last week, Minnesota lawmakers introduced an expansive legislative package -- dubbed the Women's Economic Security Act of 2014" -- to address a wide range of issues affecting women working outside of the home, including mandated paid sick leave, increased minimum wage and expanded access to childcare. If the legislation passes, private companies hired by Minnesota would be required to report on pay equity within their workforce....

1/29/2014 - Feminist Majority Denounces the Passage of H.R. 7 in the House
The Feminist Majority decries the passage of a dangerous and extreme abortion coverage ban by the U.S....

1/28/2014 - Missouri Legislators Introduce Slew of Bills Restricting Abortion
Anti-choice Missouri legislators have wasted no time in the new year introducing extreme bills that restrict access to abortion....

1/16/2014 - Trans* Activist CeCe McDonald Released Early From Men's Prison
CeCe McDonald, a transgender woman, was sentenced to 41 months in a men's prison in July 2012 for defending herself from a hate crime....

1/14/2014 - Marissa Alexander Remains Free on Bail
Marissa Alexander, the African-American Florida woman sentenced to 20 years for firing a "warning shot" at her abusive husband, will not return to jail for violating bail, a judge ruled Friday. Alexander is currently awaiting retrial for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon....

1/13/2014 - Supreme Court Declines Review of Decision Blocking Abortion Ban
The Supreme Court decided today to reject a case that would have been a direct assault on Roe v....

12/17/2013 - ACLU Sues On Behalf of Pregnant Worker Forced Out of Job
A Michigan woman who was forced out of her job after becoming pregnant filed a federal lawsuit last week against her employer, Hope Healthcare Center, alleging violations of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and state anti-discrimination law. Asia Myers, a certified nursing assistant, experienced complications early in her pregnancy that threatened to lead to miscarriage....

11/19/2013 - Report Reveals LGBT People of Color Are Most Disadvantaged Workers
LGBT people of color are the most disadvantaged workers in the US, according to a new report released last week by the Movement Advancement Project, Center for American Progress, Freedom to Work, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Black Justice Coalition....

11/5/2013 - Texas Abortion Providers File Emergency Application with US Supreme Court
Texas abortion providers filed an emergency application with the U.S....

10/31/2013 - 35th Anniversary of the PDA Calls for Celebration, Improvements
Today marks the 35th anniversary of the passing of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA)....

10/30/2013 - NY Women Rally for Pregnancy Discrimination Protections
The New York Women's Equality Coalition rallied yesterday morning on the steps of New York City's city hall to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the recent passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act by the New York City Council....

10/30/2013 - Outrage Over Kenya Rape Grows
People around the world are calling for justice for a 16-year-old Kenyan girl who was brutally beaten, gang-raped, and thrown into a 20-foot latrine by six men in June....

10/23/2013 - Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Gave Thousands to CPCs
Virginia Attorney General and current candidate for Governor Ken Cuccinelli recently filed a summary of his tax returns, revealing that he has given over $4,000 to crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) in the past few years....