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7/6/2015 - Affirmative Consent Education May Soon Be the Norm for California High School Students
California legislation aimed at preventing sexual assault and educating high school students on healthy relationships is poised to become law, as it passed the California Assembly Education Committee last week. Senate Bill 695 passed through the Education Committee unanimously with a bipartisan vote of 6-0....

7/2/2015 - National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta
Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum. Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades....

6/30/2015 - Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona
In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature. This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts. In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission....

6/10/2015 - Black Girls and Women No Longer Invisible in Police Violence Cases
McKinney TX police officer Eric Casebolt's violent attack on Dajerria Becton, a 15-year-old African American girl at a neighborhood pool party, which was captured on video, went immediately viral over the weekend. There is little data on police violence toward African American women and girls, which, according to the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) "There is a paucity of data in cases of police violence against Black women, which perpetuates the myth that they are not impacted by this problem." Yet we know that 12 African American women were reported killed by police in 2014, and this is only what is currently known....

5/29/2015 - #SayHerName Protests Take Place in California and Across the Nation
Dozens of topless protesters stopped traffic in San Francisco last week on the National Day of Action for Black Women and Girls to protest the lack of national attention for black women killed by police brutality. The protesters blocked a popular intersection in San Francisco, California, with signs and body paint with messages like this one: "For the murdered, missing, silenced, abused, exploited, unseen." Similar protests have happened in other cities across the nation. Chinyere Tutashinda, founding member of the BlackOut Collective and a member of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, explained the significance of protesting topless....

5/27/2015 - California Passes Reproductive FACT Act
The California State Assembly passed the Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency (FACT) Act yesterday. AB 775, or the FACT Act, passed 48-25 in a vote, and requires that unlicensed facilities in California that provide pregnancy-related services disclose that they are not licensed medical providers....

5/19/2015 - Feminist Majority Foundation Honors Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at Star-Studded Global Women's Rights Awards
The Feminist Majority Foundation honored award-winning television producers Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan at the 10th annual Eleanor Roosevelt Global Women's Rights Awards in West Hollywood, California. Yesterday's Global Women's Rights awards, hosted by the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) and co-hosted by Mavis and Jay Leno, recognized Rhimes and Kohan as two of the most influential showrunners in television today....

5/18/2015 - The ACLU Takes on Gender Discrimination in Hollywood
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California (ACLU SoCal) filed a complaint and sent letters last week asking for federal and state civil rights agencies to investigate the massive gender discrepancies in the hiring of directors at all levels of the film and television industry. ACLU SoCal wrote letters to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs with statistical evidence of the gross shortage of female directors represented in the film and television industry, accompanied with anecdotal accounts from 50 women directors....

4/22/2015 - We Need to Talk About Gender On Earth Day
Today is Earth Day, an annual event that celebrates our planet and encourages people to find a way to protect it....

4/9/2015 - The Obama Administration Has Come Out Against Anti-Gay "Conversion Therapy"
On Wednesday, President Obama announced that his administration condemns "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth. The statement was in response to a WhiteHouse.gov petition that was created after the suicide of transgender teenager Leelah Alcorn, which gained more than 120,000 signatures....

4/8/2015 - A Judge Just Dramatically Reduced the Sentence of a Man Convicted of Raping a Toddler
On Friday, Superior Judge M....

4/6/2015 - Major League Baseball Begins Mandatory Domestic Violence Prevention Training
Six months after Major League Baseball met with the players union to discuss their domestic violence policy, the organization has begun mandatory training on domestic violence prevention. The brutal and much publicized footage last summer of NFL player Ray Rice knocking his fiance unconscious sparked national dialogue on gender based violence in professional sports....

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....

1/15/2015 - In Major Win for Women, President Obama Pushes for Paid Sick Leave
President Obama announced his intention to sign a Presidential Memorandum "directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave for parents with a new child," and to grant up to seven paid sick days to federal workers....

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....

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....

12/18/2014 - New Jersey is Inching Closer to Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Statewide
The Assembly Budget Committee of the New Jersey state legislature approved a paid sick leave bill Monday by a 6-4 vote. If the bill is passed, New Jersey workers will earn one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked....

12/4/2014 - Fast Food Strikes in Almost 200 Cities Launched Today
Fast food, home care, retail and other low-wage workers in nearly 190 cities walked off the job today to demand a $15 minimum wage and the right to unionize. The strikes come less than 24 hours after the Department of Labor issued a new study that shows at least 300,000 wage and salary earners in New York and another 300,000 in California are making less than the current minimum wage due to wage theft....

12/1/2014 - Protests of the Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Continued Across the Country Over the Holiday Weekend
Today marks a full week of national pop-up demonstrations protesting the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday in more than 120 cities inside and outside of the US, thousands of local activists and allies spilled onto major highways and thoroughfares to demand that charges be brought against Wilson....

11/26/2014 - Thousands Protested the Ferguson Decision Across the Country Last Night
For the second night in a row, thousands of people flooded major roads and thoroughfares in cities across the country in protest of the Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. Monday evening, St....

11/24/2014 - The City of Louisville Has Overwhelmingly Approved a CEDAW Resolution
The city of Louisville, Kentucky approved a resolution that will use the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as a framework for all future policy aimed at ending gender-based discrimination. Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh introduced the resolution, which passed overwhelmingly on November 6....

11/10/2014 - Columbia University Fined Student Activists for the Carry That Weight Day of Action
A student-run feminist group at Columbia University is facing up to $1,500 in fees due to a protest of campus rape and sexual assault held last week. The Columbia Student group Carry That Weight Together garnered nationwide attention last week when they organized a national Day of Action, in which over 130 campuses from Stanford University in California to Eastern European University in Budapest, Hungary, participated....

11/6/2014 - Election Day Victories Will Bring Paid Sick Leave to Massachusetts California and New Jersey
Employers in one state and three municipalities will now be required to provide their employees with paid sick leave after a string of Election Day victories at the polls....

11/6/2014 - Minimum Wage Workers Across the Nation Won Raises on Election Day
Voters threw their weight behind state, county, and city referendums raising the minimum wage across seven states on Election Day Tuesday. 420,000 minimum wage workers in Alaska, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska can now expect a higher hourly beginning January 1, although many of the approved increases will happen gradually over the course of the next two years....

11/6/2014 - Election Day Decisions on Marijuana and Nonviolent Crimes Also Counter Racial Biases of War on Drugs
Voters in three states and Washington, DC made significant headway in ending criminalization of nonviolent and low-level drug offenses on Election Day....