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A Change.org petition calling for Russia to implement stronger, not weaker, domestic violence laws As women’s rights activists around the word inch slowly closer to properly addressing and combating domestic violence, Russia just took a step in the opposite direction. On Wednesday, Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, voted to decriminalize “battery within the family,” downgrading it from a criminal offense to an administrative offense. The new law, supported by 368 out of 370 senators, means that family violence that does not result in medical treatment or sick...
So the Obamacare repeal process is underway, and millions of Americans are on their way to being uninsured and without access to affordable healthcare.   Despite Trump’s continuing and bigly reassuring claims that there will be a replacement (“So we’re going to do repeal and replace — very complicated stuff,” he told the New York Times) and that certain elements of Obamacare will be preserved, none of this looks remotely likely as things stand. The idea that there will be an effective, comprehensive, agreeable plan for a...
  In the new political climate, abortion rights are more under threat than ever, with at least 46 anti-abortion bills in front of state legislators not even two weeks into the new year. The night before the presidential inauguration, the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) along with over 25 other organizations are taking a stand and holding a Rally to Save Roe. 44 years ago, the historic 1973 Supreme Court Case Roe vs. Wade enshrined in the constitution the right to abortion until viability,...
Badass is a label that is thrown around a lot these days. I am guilty of it myself: badass woman embraces her flaws, badass woman shuts down the trolls, badass woman braves the cold. But there are some women truly deserving of that epithet. British journalist Clare Hollingworth, who died this week aged 105, was one of them. The peace-activist-turned-war-correspondent was most well-known for breaking the news of one of the most world-altering events of the 20th century: Hitler’s imminent invasion of Poland, i.e. the outbreak of World...

It’s finally 2017, and with the New Year comes a lot of good things. Top among them may be the simple fact that it’s no longer 2016. Sometimes the whole thing seems like some surreal fever dream, a Twilight Zone-episode that went on way too long. Unfortunately, the fallout from the decisions made in 2016 will have lasting consequences for many of us. Of course, I’m talking about the Presidential election. Even those of us who were counting down the seconds until 2016 was just an...
While you were sleeping, the Senate boogeymen took their first big step towards their goal of full-scale repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and towards taking away the health insurance of millions of Americans. And towards robbing you of your right to free birth control. The Senate passed a budget blueprint, 51 votes to 48, that will allow Republicans to gut the health care law, with still no clear replacement in sight. While last night’s measure is only the first step in a multi-stage repeal process,...
New Year’s Eve can be a rowdy occasion all over the world, but in Bangalore, India it was downright dangerous. At the heart of the city, where the New Year's Eve celebrations commenced between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Brigade Road, a massive crowd formed and molestations and assaults ran through the crowd. Women who were out celebrating were met by men who groped them, leaving many feeling unsafe and helpless. Even though there was a police presence in the area, eyewitnesses told the city's local...
  In yet another horrifying twist to the dystopian nightmare that is our lives, a report has been released by Buzzfeed that claims to prove Russia has not only been assisting and communicating with Trump, but may also have been harboring sensitive information with the intention of blackmailing him. The reports are unverified by American intelligence so far, but according to The Guardian, they come from a reliable source. If you saw #PEEOTUS or #GoldenShowers trending on Twitter last night, you’ve heard the disgusting “kompromat” or compromising...
Rutgers University students Natalie Settimo (left), Rachel Mayer (center), and Abby Szpekman (right) protest with NOW-NYC Braving the bitter cold, a group of about 18 protestors stood in front of the 94th precinct in Greenpoint Brooklyn with signs in hand and a message for the precinct: Take all rape seriously. Precinct Captain Peter Rose made a statement on Friday to dnainfo.com downplaying the severity of acquaintance rape, even though his precinct saw a 62% uptick in sexual assaults and attacks in 2016 (13 attacks in total...

Francoise Mouly is the woman behind many beloved New Yorker covers, and now she and her daughter, Nadja Spiegelman, have edited a feminist, intransigent, collection of comics and illustrations on the theme of “political resistance to the forces of intolerance” called Resist! The zine is set to be released on January 20th, the day of impending doom for many of us, when we will swear into office a loathsome despot who poses a threat to all thing women and creative. Tump's tender ego and hair-trigger twitter have turned against...