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11/20/2015 - Iran Appoints First Woman as Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution
The Iranian government has appointed its first woman ambassador since the Islamic revolution in 1979....

11/19/2015 - Washington State Clears Planned Parenthood of Wrongdoing
A Washington state investigation into Planned Parenthood has found "no evidence" of wrongdoing on the part of the women's reproductive healthcare provider following allegations the organization was selling or profiting from fetal tissue donations. Washington state joins a growing list of states where probes into Planned Parenthood have failed to turn up proof of any illegal activity....

11/19/2015 - World Economic Forum Report Places U.S. 28th
The World Economic Forum just released The Global Gender Gap report of 2015 that ranks the United States 28th out of 145 countries....

11/18/2015 - Ohio State House Votes to Cut Funding to Planned Parenthood
The Ohio state House yesterday voted to defund Planned Parenthood in the state, only weeks after the state Senate passed a similar bill....

11/18/2015 - UN Reports Major Decrease In Maternal Mortality Worldwide
A new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division reveals a 44 percent drop in maternal mortality worldwide since 1990, highlighting the successful efforts of the many international agencies to reduce the number of pregnancy-related deaths among women globally. According to data compiled in Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2015, maternal deaths around the world dipped from some 532,000 in 1990 to about 303,000 in 2015, cutting the number of women's pregnancy-related deaths nearly in half over a quarter century....

11/17/2015 - Tabassom's Revolution: One Step Closer to the 21st Century
By: Gaisu Yari, Former FMF Afghan Scholar Walking on a rainy day on Kabul's streets is harder than climbing a mountain in the winter....

11/17/2015 - Restrictions on Women's Health Force Women to Self-Induce Abortion, Study Finds
The Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) today released a groundbreaking report on self-induced abortion....

11/16/2015 - Private Funding Initiatives For Women and Girls Announced at White House Summit
On Friday, the White House's Council on Women and Girls hosted a day-long summit focused on advancing equity and elevating the status of women and girls in the United States....

11/13/2015 - Afghans Protest Nationwide Over Beheadings by ISIS
Thousands of Afghans took to the streets in Kabul on Wednesday after seven people from the Hazara ethnic group were beheaded by ISIS....

11/13/2015 - Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case on Texas Anti-Abortion Law
The Supreme Court announced today that it will review an anti-abortion Texas law that threatens to close more than 75 percent of abortion clinics in the state and deny millions of women access to safe, legal abortion. "Today, my heart is filled with hope," said Amy Hagstrom Miller, Founder and President of Whole Woman's Health, the lead plaintiff in the case....

11/12/2015 - Ms. in the Classroom Introduces Two Exciting New Digital Readers
This week, at the National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) 2015 Annual Conference, Ms....

11/12/2015 - Feminist Scholars Convene in Milwaukee For Annual National Women's Studies Conference
Between Thursday and Sunday this week, as many as 1,800 feminist scholars from around the country will meet in Milwaukee for the National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) annual conference....

11/11/2015 - SCOTUS Protects Use of Deadly Force by Police
The U.S....

11/11/2015 - Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for $15 in Cities Across America
Low-wage workers around the country-the majority of whom are women-gathered Tuesday to strike for $15 an hour....

11/11/2015 - Taliban Stones to Death 19 Year Old Afghan Woman
Recently, a 19 year old Afghan woman was stoned to death after she was accused of adultery....

11/10/2015 - Jindal Appeals Federal Court Ruling That Saved Medicaid Funding for Planned Parenthood
Last week, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's administration filed an appeal notice at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal in New Orleans after a federal judge ordered his administration to cease efforts to strip Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood in the state. Late last month, after temporarily blocking Jindal's attempts, U.S....

11/10/2015 - #FeesMustFall: South African Students Protest Rising Cost of Education
Yesterday, in their continuing fight to push Parliament and University staff to lower fees for education access, students from the University of Witwatersrand and University of Cape Town marched on Parliament to meet with the Minister of High Education Blade Nizamande and President Jacob Zuma, while Parliament support staff walked off the job to protest Parliament's treatment of workers. The protests, which began in October, have focused on putting pressure on school administrators to lower fees for students at the University of Witerwatersrand after school administration told them to expect a 10.6% increase in tuition fees in the coming year....

11/10/2015 - Federal Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against Obama's Executive Action on Immigration
In a blow to President Obama's immigration reform efforts, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction barring the Administration from moving forward with a series of executive orders that would protect nearly 5 million people from deportation. The 2-1 ruling upholds a February decision by a Texas-based federal judge who rejected the Department of Justice's request for the executive orders to go into effect pending appeal....

11/9/2015 - Protests Force U of MO President Out
University of Missouri President Tim Wolfe has resigned amid escalating protests and calls for him to step down after failing to address the issue of racism and racial intolerance on campus. For months, black students at the University of Missouri have been protesting over matters of racial discrimination, citing that students felt unsafe on campus due to racial slurs and threats aimed towards black students. During homecoming, the protesters blocked the president's vehicle during a parade, but unfortunately, Wolfe did not come out to address them and the police had to move them. Seeing the lack of acknowledgement from the president, a black graduate student, Jonathan Butler, went on a hunger strike last week to bring awareness to the "slew of racist, sexist, homophobic" incidents on campus and Wolfe's lack of response to them. Over the weekend, the protests picked up steam when 30 black football players announced they would not participate in football team activities, including games, until Wolfe resigned....

11/9/2015 - Feminist Majority Honored Congresswomen and a Leading Women's Health Advocate
The Feminist Majority Foundation and its 42 co-sponsors honored Congresswomen Louise Slaughter with a Lifetime Achievement Award, Barbara Lee and Donna Edwards with Fearless Trailblazer Awards, and Amy Hagstrom Miller, President and Founder of Whole Women's Health with its Courage Award at the 2015 Women Money Power Summit. The awards were presented before a packed ballroom at the National Press Club....

11/9/2015 - Taliban Takeover of Kunduz Hurt Women and the Media
By: Payk Investigative Journalism Center At the end of September, the Taliban took control of the city of Kunduz....

11/6/2015 - ACA Birth Control Benefit Heads Back to the Supreme Court
The Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments from religiously affiliated non-profits challenging women's right to access insurance coverage for birth control under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The non-profits seeking to deny women employees access to birth control argue that the requirement to fill out a one-page form to receive an exemption from covering birth control places a substantial burden on their exercise of religion and violates Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). "Birth control is basic health care for women....

11/4/2015 - First Woman Elected President of Nepal
Last week, Nepal's parliament elected Bidhya Devi Bhandari the country's first woman president. Elected by a 327 to 214 majority vote, Bhandari succeeds Ram Baran Yadav, the country's first elected president following the dissolution of the Nepalese monarchy in 2008....

11/3/2015 - Hundreds of Police Officers Lost Jobs for Committing Sexual Assault
Over the last six years, about 1,000 police officers in the United States lost their badges because of sexual misconduct, according to an investigation by the Associated Press....

11/2/2015 - Teen Births In Colorado Dip 48 Percent Thanks To LARCs
Just five years since Colorado introduced an innovative family planning initiative providing little to no-cost long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women in 68 clinics, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment announced a 48 percent decline in teen births and abortions statewide, effectively linking access to affordable reproductive care to low rates of unintended pregnancy. Since 2009, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, a five-year pilot program funded privately with a $25 million grant from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, has provided more than 30,000 intrauterine devices (IUDs) and other LARC methods including hormonal implants to low-income and uninsured women across the state....