The Supreme Court’s announcement that it will not rule on Zubik v. Burwell, the challenge to women’s access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act, is meant to avoid a 4-to-4 deadlock by sending the issue back to lower courts. It would have been far better if the Court had simply recognized fundamental constitutional principles and human rights.
The Oklahoma law makes it a felony to perform an abortion, with no exception for cases of rape or incest or to protect a woman’s health. A doctor who performs an abortion could be sentenced to up to three years in prison and be barred from practicing medicine in the state.
NOW thanks the Obama Administration and the U.S. Department of Education, who acted courageously, appropriately and dramatically in issuing new guidance for school districts to ensure that transgender students have equal access to sex-segregated facilities such as restrooms and locker rooms.
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Patti Singer writes for USA Today: “‘The one thing I thought of was the Anita Hill hearings,’ O’Neill said. ‘Guess what happened after those hearings. We ended up with the most women in the United States Congress that we ever had. I think that needs to happen again.’”
Remembered as a pioneer of women’s rights and feminism, Friedan released her book The Feminine Mystique in 1963. It explored the idea of women finding personal fulfilment outside their traditional roles. In 1966 she co-founded the National Organization for Women. After stepping down as president in 1970, she organized the Women’s Strike for Equality, drawing more than 50,000 women and men.
There are many paths toward gender equality for all women and girls. But before we in the U.S. presume that’s only a problem in the developing world, let’s take a closer look at our own backyard.
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Several local organizations staged a protest rally against racism and sexism Saturday, April 9, at the corner of Clinton and Springfield avenues, adjacent to the Irvington Bus Terminal.
Ms. Karvonides is Harvard’s first Title IX officer, leading a new bureaucracy that oversees how the institution responds to complaints of sexual violence under Title IX, the federal law that governs gender equity in education. She is one of a rapidly growing number of Title IX employees on campuses nationwide, as colleges spend millions to hire lawyers, investigators, case workers, survivor advocates, peer counselors, workshop leaders and other officials to deal with increasing numbers of these complaints.
While access to health care in terms of saving, killing, or replacing the Affordable Care Act is a popular topic on the campaign trail, candidates’ medical focus is still on our reproductive organs. Even when politicians talk about cancer, the focus is usually breast cancer. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan in one of his better movie roles, what about the rest of me?