Given that a conservative majority may soon reemerge on the Supreme Court, conservative legislators may feel emboldened to pass new laws restricting a woman’s right to abort. But progressive legislators in California, Hawaii, and Illinois have responded by demonstrating their commitment to providing women with
This week marks one year since Donald Trump won the presidential election. The next day, I wrote a reflection piece for this blog, outlining the fears many of us shared and voicing hope and determination we held onto. Now, a year later, I write about
Last Friday, waiting in a Boston T station with two (white) friends, a middle-aged white woman walked past and told us, “Sit together; don’t trust black people.” Earlier last week, a friend of mine was verbally assaulted because of her race and her gender, explicitly
In March, the Supreme Court will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole, which is likely to be the most important abortion case decided by the court in nearly 25 years. This time, a compelling amicus brief in which female attorneys share their personal experiences with
With an ever-growing list of accomplishments—from state nondiscrimination laws to inevitable nationwide marriage to prominent positions in society and government—gay Americans and the Gay Agenda continue building momentum toward full equality. And women have played a major role in creating a society that's better for
In Canada v. Bedford (2013), the Supreme Court of Canada declared Canada’s existing prostitution laws unconstitutional and gave the Canadian government one year to redraft the existing statutes. Subsequently, the Court’s decision has provided an opportunity for feminists to discuss their competing conceptions of prostitution
Simply being an employee of a religious organization does not require that you must succumb to their religious mandate, especially when the important government interest of protecting women’s rights is at stake.
In 1972 the proposed Equal Rights Amendment, originally drafted in 1923, and sponsored by Martha Griffiths in the house and Birch Bayh in the Senate, passed both houses of Congress. The amendment sought to guarantee Constitutional equality of the sexes in such a way as
In a recent television interview, Rep. Todd Akin, a member of the House Committee on Science, the Republican candidate for Senate from Missouri, said that rape does not result in pregnancy because “if it’s a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to
What is truly frightening about this story is that Virginia legislators thought that restricting women’s access to abortion was important enough to force almost every woman seeking the procedure in the Commonwealth to become a victim of sexual assault, and force doctors to become perpetrators.