Posts tagged "womens rights"

Nashville Is Using Sterilization As A Bargaining Tool In Plea Deals For The Most Vulnerable

Nashville prosecutors are returning to the dark ages when it was common to use sterilization as a bargaining tool for plea deals for society's most vulnerable: minorities, the poor and the mentally ill. The most recent case in Nashville is one of four that has occurred over the last five years, and involves a mentally…

By: Katrin Higher / March 30, 2015

Brazilian President Rousseff Has Signed A New Femicide Law

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed a femicide bill into law, which increases the penalties for the murder of women relating to domestic violence.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

Annie Lennox Talks About Women’s Rights, Manages To Take A Pass-Aggro Dig At Beyoncé Again

Annie Lennox wrote a post today enumerating the various ways in which women, globally, are at a disadvantage to men, why we need feminism, and why International Women’s Day -- coming up this Sunday, March 8 -- is worth celebrating. And her facts are true, and they’re important. But then, check this out: “Just a…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 7, 2015

Parents Lock Daughter In Shed For Six Years Because They Hated Her Boyfriend

Police are investigating the parents of Zhang Qi, a 24 year-old woman living in village of Jingang in central China’s Hubei province, after it was revealed they had kept her locked in a dilapidated, garbage filled shed for the past six years. Apparently, the parents disapproved of her boyfriend at the time, and in addition to…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / February 27, 2015

Turkish Men Marched In Miniskirts For Women’s Rights Over The Weekend

Last week, a Turkish university student named Ozgecan Aslan was viciously murdered at the hands of a bus driver she'd trusted to get her safely home. The 20-year-old reportedly fought against a sexual assault before the driver killed her. He doused Aslan in gasoline, burned her body, and dumped her into a riverbed. Three suspects have been arrested in association with…

By: Claire Hannum / February 23, 2015

6 Reasons Millennials Don’t Vote (And 6 Reasons You Really Should)

Today is Election Day, and this year's vote is a very big deal. The US Senate stands to see a major power shift, and this election's results will set the stage for the 2016 presidential race. Women's rights also hang in the balance, because we unfortunately live in a world that puts our bodies u…

By: Claire Hannum / November 4, 2014

Ladies, Get A Pap Smear To Become A Teacher In Sao Paulo, Brazil

What does a woman's past sexual experience have to do with her teaching skills? Just about everything! That's why the education department in Sao Paolo, Brazil gets all up in the ladybusiness of potential female employees. According to women's rights activists in Brazil, as cited by The Washington Post, women are required to prove their…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2014

Watch The Male Supreme Court Justices Hang Out In A “No Girls Allowed” Fort

With the decisions coming out of the Supreme Court these days, I wouldn't be too surprised if this was how things actually went down in the judges' chambers. Can I hang out in the fort too if I give the password? [Funny Or Die]…

By: Claire Hannum / July 25, 2014

You Can Watch Eve Ensler’s New Short Film Online This Weekend

"The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler  has been speaking out about violence against women and girls with her V-Day movement for years. But she took things to a whole new level on February 14 of last year:  One Billion Rising, her  call to action that made headlines all over the world and even prompted celebritie…

By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014

In Defense Of How “Downton Abbey” Handled Its Controversial Rape Scene

Spoilers ahead. In the most recent episode of "Downton Abbey" to air in America, the lady's maid Anna Bates — whose story through four seasons has almost exclusively focused on her romance with her husband — is raped by a visiting valet. It is not the first example of sexual misconduct on the show. But…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

Albuquerque, New Mexico Votes Today On 20-Week Abortion Ban

Voters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, will decide via special election today whether to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.  If the measure passes, Albuquerque will become the  first city in the country to adopt such abortion restrictions. [Albuquerque Journal] Comediennes Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead and a whole host of pro-choice celebs helped raise…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 19, 2013

Texas Religious Right Now Basically Advocates Kidnapping Women Who Seek Abortions

Fund Texas Women, a nonprofit that helps support women who seek abortions, has warned that anti-choicers are encouraging members of Christian groups in Texas — where abortion rights have just been gutted — to join an email list of volunteers to take women to abortion appointments. But instead of actually taking women to their abortions,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 11, 2013

Appeals Court Allows Texas Anti-Abortion Law To Go Into Effect

Earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that parts of a new anti-abortion law in Texas were unconstitutional and could not go into effect on Tuesday.  That part of the HB2 law, which would have been enacted on Tuesday, would have required doctors providing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013

Celine Dion Angers Muslims With Comments About Cultural Assimilation

"It’s a very delicate question to answer because I’ll hurt some people and please others but you have to have an opinion. For me, it’s not about the veil — it’s beyond that. I’m not against what people wear but if you go to the hospital, and you are in Quebec and we have embraced…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 1, 2013

America Only Ranks 23rd In The World For Women’s Equality

The United States ranks 23rd out of 136 countries examined in the 2013 World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report, which measures equality for women based on political, economic and other factors. It looks like Cuba, Nicaragua and a bunch of other places have a lot they could teach us about women's rights! [WE Forum via Think

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2013

Wife Of Anti-Choice Texas Governor Anita Perry Says Abortion Is “A Woman’s Right”

Staunchly anti-abortion Texas Governor Rick Perry is backpedaling like mad after his wife publicly stated she sees abortion "as a woman's right." Anita Perry, speaking to reporter Evan Smith in Austin, said, "That's really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman's right. If they want to do that, that is their…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2013

Malala’s Journey Will Become Documentary

Here's a film that will bring tears to your eyes: the story of Malala Yousafzai, the then 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was attacked by the Taliban for advocating on behalf of girls' education, is set to become a documentary! After being shot at last October in her head and neck while on her way to school,…

By: Daley Quinn / July 17, 2013

State Senator Wendy Davis On Why She Stood Up For Texas Women

In her own words, here is one of our personal heroes, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on why she stood up for TX women by filibustering an anti-abortion bill for nearly 13 hours. [Washington Post] On Massachusetts' approach to curbing domestic homicide (i.e. murder via domestic violence) by focusing on the perpetrators and not the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2013

11-Year-Old To Give Birth To Rapist’s Baby In Chile, Where Abortion Is Illegal

A 11-year-old girl in Chile, who was impregnated by her mother's boyfriend, told a TV interviewer recently that giving birth to a baby would be like "having a doll." Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, who opposes abortion, has praised the fifth grader publicly for her "depth and maturity" in carrying the pregnancy to term. Oh, and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013
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