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Last week, six women senators in the state of Utah walked out during the vote for a harmful anti-abortion bill that would require women to sit through an ultrasound before undergoing an abortion. The nature of this walkout is noteworthy for a number of reasons. For one, it was a showcase of solidarity, proving that women lawmakers in the U.S. will not stand for the slow dismantling of our reproductive rights. For another, the group of six women that walked out were made up of two...
In a week where the world seems to have gone from bad to worse (hello, pandemic) and the future has gone from hazy to incredibly uncertain (seriously, why does the word "pandemic" sound so ominous?), there’s one thing that seems really, really clear: everyone should have access to health care.  On Wednesday, President Trump said in a speech that health insurance companies said they would get rid of co-payments for coronavirus treatments and “extend insurance coverage to those treatments,” as reported by The Washington Post. But...
Last night, California State Representative Katie Porter played a key role in ensuring that every person in the United States will be able to be tested for COVID-19 regardless of their insurance status. And honestly, the way she did it might be the single most bad-ass thing we have ever seen. Prior to the congressional hearing on Thursday, Rep. Porter, along with her colleagues Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Rep. Lauren Underwood, wrote a letter to the director of the Center for Disease Control, Dr. Redfield, urging...
The U.S. women’s soccer team has long made it known that they’re not cool with the pay inequality. Last year, the team filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination, and after winning the FIFA World Cup, used their platform to talk about unequal pay. You might think that, with all the attention on this blatant disparity, the USSF would step up, but nope! In fact, in preparation for the upcoming trial starting in May, the USSF defense team submitted court...
The national organization Decriminalize Sex Work (DSW) has stopped pursuing advocacy in Washington D.C. after local activists criticized the group for not responding to concerns about allegations of sexual misconduct against one of the founding members of the group, Robert Kampia.  One of the most prominent The Sex Workers Advocacy Coalition (SWAC), an advocacy arm of the non-profit Honoring Individual Power and Strength  (HIPS), said that Kampia’s continued association with the group demonstrated a disregard for the concerns and rights of sex workers, and the resulting...
Last night Billie Eilish, 18-year-old Grammy winner, and Gen-Z icon began her Where Do We Go world tour in Miami that included a protest about her experiences with being body shamed. Since the teenager’s breakthrough and rapid success in the music industry and online, Eilish has developed a look- baggy, androgynous clothes, neon hair and pointed acrylic nails- which she has mentioned is to keep her figure anonymous. And subsequently avoid the criticism that women, particularly young women, experience from the public. In a 2019 Calvin...
Rosie the Riveter died March 4, 2020 at the age of 95 in her Manhattan apartment. Rosalind P. Walter inspired the Rosie the Riveter song and cultural icon from the 1940s. The iconic image of a woman flexing her muscles with the slogan “We Can Do It”. Rosie was intended to bolster war efforts back home by encouraging women to take up jobs that the men left when the war started. Coming from an affluent family from Long Island, Walter still decided to volunteer to work...
In just three days Mexico will see its largest national strike with a projected 36.4 million women partaking in #undiasinmujeres (a day without women). As a direct response to the overwhelming number of murders and attacks on women in the country, organizers in Mexico are going all in to protest for the lives lost and to raise awareness on changes that need to be made going forward. Activists and organizers are calling on women throughout the county to virtually disappear for a day: purchase nothing at...
Domestic abuse victims now have access to free train tickets to take them to safety, thanks to the "rail to refuge" initiative put forth by the domestic abuse advocacy groups and two major train companies in the United Kingdom, Great Western Railway (GWR) and Southeastern. This announcement follows the introduction of a bill to Parliament designed to enhance victims’ protections in legal proceedings against their abusers. For many women experiencing domestic abuse, economic circumstances make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to remove themselves from a...
On Monday British writer Suzanne Moore took to The Guardian to pen a column in which she argues that transgender rights are a threat to women rights. In the article she says, “women must have the right to organize. We will not be silenced.” That message was heard loud and clear by over 200 pro-trans feminists in England. Taking Moore’s words to heart, these feminists organized and are speaking out to condemn the transphobic sentiments shared in the column with an open letter to The Guardian. In the...