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Missouri Made National News for Something Right. YES!

YES! Did you see that the city of St. Louis made national news from coast to coast yesterday?  Did you happen to see the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thursday? I’m STILL beaming with pride and joy. St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board said it best, “HOLY CHUTZPAH!”  Actually they borrowed the phrase from Rabbi Susan Talve who participated in the news making event. St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay joined four LGBT couples Wednesday evening as they were married and their marriage licenses signed by the City Recorder of Deeds. Before the ceremonies took place, Mayor Slay stood by...

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Supreme Courts Weighs in on Buffer Zones

This morning, the Supreme Court made a final decision on the Massachusetts buffer zone case: creating a 35-foot buffer zones around abortion clinics to keep demonstrators away from patients is unconstitutional. Hence, making city ordinances to protect women seeking abortions from violence, shameful slurs, and being hurt is unconstitutional. The Massachusetts buffer zone was enacted in the first place due to past violence: disruption and congestion at some of the state’s 11 reproductive health clinics. In fact, in 1994, two clinic employees were shot and killed. This violence still occurs, although it is much less violent that what occurred in 1994....

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“Legis-Lady”: Madison’s Day at the N.C. Capitol

Earlier this year, ProgressWomen paired a group of young women politicos throughout the country with a progressive legislator in their state and invited them to get to know each other via our project, “Legis-Ladies”. Madison Kimrey, a 12 year old activist from Burlington, North Carolina not only introduced herself to State Senator Mike Woodard but last week spent an entire day shadowing him at the NC State Capitol.     My friend/colleague Sen. Woodard is a progressive champion who consistently stands up for reproductive justice and voting rights.  My young friend Madison is a progressive activist who speaks for voting rights, LGBT equality, reproductive...

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Guest Feature – “The #YesAllWomen Movement”

Guest Feature Post by Amelia Eskenazi and Emma Troughton, high school students from Indiana In the United States, society has evolved into one of toxicity through its relentless enforcement of artificially constructed gender norms — to the extent at which massacres rooted in misogyny and sexism ensue. Women are objectified in many different aspects. We are forced to oblige to strict school dress codes to supposedly “avoid distracting our male peers while they learn.” These dress codes equate bare skin to sexual implications, perpetuating the hyper-sexualization of women and suggesting that men are inherently untamable in the face of what...

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#Yes, All Men…Why We Need Men to be Feminists Too.

Powerful response from a father and his son on #Yes, All Women campaign that we’ve all seen explode around the universe.  Finally!  Men that get it are understanding that it will take ALL of us to correct and STOP gender harassment, inequity and violence. Make sure you show this to your own father, brother, boyfriend, husband, partner and son. We NEED this campaign to continue.  Our lives are at stake. ————————- by Charles Blow, Op-ed Columnist for the New York Times, June 1, 2014 As I drove my son back to college last week, where he’ll take a summer chemistry...

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Women Power = #YesAllWomen

In Case You Missed All of This…. Never again think that women don’t collectively have the power to change the world.  According to Think Progress, the hashtag #YesAllWomen was trending at a rate of 51,000 per hour at it’s peak following the Isla Vista mass shooting Friday evening. Feminists’ Inspiring Online Response To A Misogynist Mass Murderer by Rebecca Leber – Think Progress, May 25, 2014 Deep-rooted misogyny appeared to play some role in Elliot Rodger’s shooting rampage that left seven people dead near Santa Barbara University on Friday night. A video showed Rodger wanted to “punish” the women “who’ve ignored...