Category: women’s rights

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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...

This map depicts all 50 states that have and have not passed the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment).

America, It’s Time To Pass the ERA

This was written by Kelila Krantz, Lily Greenberg Call, and Mara Cook. All three attend high school in California. “According to a poll in 2001 by the ERA Campaign Network of Princeton, 72% of people believe that the Equal Rights Amendment has already been passed. Contrary to this belief, the amendment is still waiting to be ratified. It’s true – there is no mention of gender equality in the Constitution, despite efforts to pass a bill outlining this simple right for about 100 years.  Equality is a fundamental human right that should be guaranteed in the Constitution, and it is...

Cecile Richards, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation

Missouri Women ‘Filibuster’ Abortion Bill, Wendy Davis-Style

 UPDATE:  The Missouri Women’s Filibuster began last Monday May 14 at 2pm  and ended  72 hours later on Thursday May 17 at 2pm.      Very early Tuesday morning the Senate Democrats  took a GOP leadership deal  and HORSE-TRADED  the 72 hour bill, HB1307 away.   They agreed to stand down their filibuster and the Senate then voted 22-9 to pass  it.  The  House voted Thursday 111-39 and sent the bill to Governor NIxon’s desk. The governor has 45 days to take action on HB1307, once he received it. I am so proud of everyone who participated including Ryann Summerford,...

2012 Republican National Convention: Day 3

How the GOP can Win Back Women —-If They Really Want To…

I cannot believe what I read about Nevada’s GOP party platform.  Really!?? In Missouri the GOP has 32 horrible abortion bills and no interest in equality rights in the workplace, let alone marriage. But if the GOP truly wants to woo women back into their party, then THIS is the way to start.  Thank you Ilyse Hogue for a great piece. ———————– How the GOP can Win Back Women By Ilyse Hogue, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America – April 27, 2014 for MSNBC In Nevada last week, the state Republican Party quietly made a significant decision: to remove its opposition to abortion...