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11/24/2014  -  Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal Responds to Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

The following is the statement of Eleanor Smeal, the Founder and President of the Feminist Majority Foundation.


"The Feminist Majority Foundation is outraged at the decision not to indict Darren Wi . . .

11/21/2014  -  STATEMENT: Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds President's Executive Order on Immigration

Statement from Eleanor Smeal, Feminist Majority Foundation president: "The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds President Obama for taking much needed executive action to help fix our broken immigration system that has for too lo . . .

11/17/2014  -  TIME Apologizes for Including 'Feminist' In Worst Words Poll

TIME Magazine has apologized for putting the word "feminist" on its list of words to ban in 2015. "At last, TIME comes to its senses. Obviously 'feminist' is a worldwide movement for equality of women that cannot and must not be trivialized. Too m . . .

8/29/2014  -  Fifth Circuit Blocks Texas TRAP Law Provision!

WASHINGTON - The Feminist Majority Foundation applauds U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel's decision Friday striking down parts of a Texas anti-abortion law. The court deemed unconstitutional a provision of House Bill 2 that would have required . . .

8/26/2014  -  Women's Equality Goes Pop (Quiz)!

ARLINGTON -- Women's Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in 1920, but it was a right that took decad . . .

8/20/2014  -  Statement of Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal on Ferguson, Missouri

The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.


The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecut . . .

7/29/2014  -  Women Just Won Big In Mississippi

Feminist Majority Foundation leaders are elated by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider) law that would have closed the only abortion clini . . .

6/30/2014  -  BREAKING: SCOTUS Decides Corporations Have Religious Liberty, Women Do Not In Choosing Birth Control

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 WASHINGTON -- In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court sided with Hobby Lobby, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. today in a major blow to reproductive rights for women across the nation. "Today's decisi . . .

6/26/2014  -  Statement: SCOTUS Decision Endangers Women And Healthcare Workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 26, 2014 WASHINGTON -- Today, the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) is outraged by the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a Massachusetts buffer zone law as unconstitutional. "The lives of doctors . . .

6/9/2014  -  Women's Rights Groups Demand that US Stop Negotiating TPP with Brunei Until the Sultan Revokes New Taliban-Like Laws

WASHINGTON - A coalition of women's rights groups have joined the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) in calling for the Obama Administration to initiate the process of removing Brunei from negotiations on a prospective Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) . . .

5/5/2014  -  Celebrities Join Coalition of Women's Rights, LGBT Groups to Protest Brunei's Kill-A-Gay and Flog-A-Woman Penal Code

Los Angeles, CA - Celebrities, including Jay Leno and Frances Fisher, joined Eleanor Smeal, president of Feminist Majority, Mavis Leno, and a host of women's rights and LGBT leaders in a rally today across from the Beverly Hills Hotel to demand the S . . .

5/2/2014  -  Ellie Smeal, Mavis and Jay Leno, Dolores Huerta, and Others Will Speak at #StopTheSultan Rally

Los Angeles, CA - The Feminist Majority, which has pulled its annual event from the Beverly Hills . . .

4/30/2014  -  FMF Pulls Event from Beverly Hills Hotel to Protest Sultan of Brunei Imposing Taliban-Like Rule

LOS ANGELES - The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) announced it is pulling its annual Global Women's Rights Awards, co . . .

4/29/2014  -  Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Release of First Report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Feminist Majority Foundation today celebrates the release of the first report from the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. "The release of this report is an important step in fighting the scourge of sexual assault on co . . .

3/24/2014  -  FMF Will Deliver Thousands of Petitions to the Supreme Court Tomorrow in Support of the ACA Birth Control Benefit!

The Feminist Majority Foundation will deliver thousands of petitions to the US Supreme Court tomorrow in support of the Affordable Care Act birth control benefit, s . . .

3/12/2014  -  Feminist Majority Endorses Marisa DeFranco For US House of Representatives from MA-06

The Feminist Majority is proud to announce our endorsement of Marisa DeFranco for U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts 6th district. Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority stated: "Marisa DeFranco is a long-time and very s . . .

3/10/2014  -  Feminist Majority Endorses Maura Healey for Attorney General of Massachusetts

The Feminist Majority is proud to announce today its endorsement of Maura Healey for Massachusetts Attorney General. Healey is an experien . . .

1/29/2014  -  Feminist Majority Applauds President Obama's Year of Action

The Feminist Majority today applauds President Obama for leading the charge on creating greater economic opportunity and security for women and families nationwide in his annual State of the Union Address. During last night's speech, President O . . .

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. House of Representatives - the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," H.R. 7. Republicans passed H.R. 7 by a vote of 227-188 with 221 Republicans . . .

1/22/2014  -  FMF Applauds White House Initiative to Prevent Campus Rape

WASHINGTON — Feminist Majority Foundation today applauds President Barack Obama and the White House Council on Women and Girls for taking concrete steps to prevent and respond to the national epidemic campus sexual violence. Today, President Oba . . .

1/16/2014  -  Feminist Majority to Supreme Court: Don't Gut Federal Domestic Violence Law

WASHINGTON -- The Feminist Majority today urges the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban. The Court heard arguments yesterday in U.S. v. Castleman, a cas . . .

1/15/2014  -  Feminist Majority Foundation Supports Clinic Buffer Zones

WASHINGTON -- The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today on whether local governments can create safety buffer zones around reproductive health clinics to ensure that patients, doctors, and healthcare workers can enter these facilities witho . . .

1/7/2014  -  Feminist Majority Congratulates Janet Yellen on Historic Confirmation as Next Federal Reserve Chair

WASHINGTON - The Feminist Majority today applauds Janet Yellen on her confirmation as the first woman in history to lead the Federal Reserve. The Senate approved her confirmation Monday night 56-26. Her nomination approval by the Senate Banking Co . . .

1/6/2014  -  Millions of Women Have ACA Contraceptive Coverage But Not Employees of Little Sisters

The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged (Little Sisters of the Poor), a non-profit religious organization that operates a chain of nursing homes for the elderly poor, has argued to the U.S. Supreme Court that it should be exempt from the con . . .