Posts tagged "womens rights"

Women In Nepal Are Exiled During Their Periods

And you thought your period was rough: in the district of Achham, Nepal, women are ostracized each month while they are menstruating. During what is called "chaupadi," a menstruating woman must stay in a small hut called a “goth” away from the village and her family. She's also not allowed to use the same water…
By: Mary Odell / June 18, 2013

El Salvador’s Supreme Court Refuses To Allow Sick Pregnant Woman Beatriz A Lifesaving Abortion

Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman in El Salvador with severe health problems, was refused a lifesaving abortion of a fetus with severe birth defects by the Supreme Court of El Salvador yesterday. The country has a strict ban on all abortions, regardless of any threat to the health or life of the mother. Beatriz,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2013

“No More Abuse” Campaign Launched In Saudi Arabia

Th anti-domestic violence campaign, "No More Abuse," has been launched in the desert of women's rights: Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Arabia is not known for it draught of gender parity.  Just last month it was considered a "victory" of sorts that women were allowed to ride bicycles.  (Granted the privilege comes with…
By: Sarah Gray / May 2, 2013

John Legend Says Men Should Care About Women’s Rights

“All men should be feminists. If men care about women’s rights the world will be a better place.” --John Legend totally gets it. We can't expect real social change if we don't also encourage men to participate in the process. Chrissy Teigen is one lucky lady. [Celebitchy]…
By: Julie Gerstein / March 29, 2013

Woman Dies After Late-Term Abortion, Anti-Choice Protesters Leak Her Name & Private Medical Info

I'm warning you, it's hard not to read this story without getting enraged. Last week, a 29-year-old kindergarten teacher from New York went down to Germantown, Pennsylvania Maryland, to terminate her pregnancy at 33-weeks. She was married and fully enthusiastic about having a baby, according to the Washington Post, which says she had a Pinterest board…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2013

Recap: President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

Missed the State Of The Union address last night?  Well, here's a guide of some major points for those of you who still want to know where we're at.  The economy continues to dominate President Obama's agenda, given how the first 20 minutes were a mixture of economic policies from spending cuts to boosting the…
By: Sarah Gray / February 13, 2013

Alabama Seeks More Restrictions On Abortion Clinics

Alabama has advanced an Orwellian-named bill called the "Women's Health & Safety Act" which seeks to heap more restrictions on abortion providers -- for instance, regulating the architectural infrastructure of the buildings -- in hopes it can close the state's five remaining clinics. [Think Progress, Blog.Al.com] According to a new Quinnipiac…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 7, 2013

14-Year-Old Girls’ Rights Advocate In Pakistan Shot And Injured By Taliban

A 14-year-old girl who fought for education for girls in Pakistan was shot while walking home from school. She has written for the BBC about life under the Taliban as a girl and won the National Peace Award For Youth. The local Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting Malala Yusafzai for being "a Western-minded girl"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 9, 2012

WTF Chart: Men Overwhelmingly Quoted In Media About Women’s Rights, Abortion & Birth Control

This is a chart made by the media watchdog group 4thEstate.net about the numbers of women and men quoted in the media in print and on TV on women's issues. As you can read about in more detail on 4th Estate's site, regardless of the publication or show, men's voices still over-represent eve…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2012

The Soapbox: In America, We Treat Our Moms Like Second-Class Citizens

Are you a mother? Do you know someone who is? You probably do, and that's why you should be very concerned about Alabama's chemical endangerment clause, which aims to protect fetuses from mothers who abuse drugs. Alabama's law -- and others like it -- signify a wave of legislation aimed at granting fetuses more…
By: Julie Gerstein / May 1, 2012

Fashion Flashback: Suffragette Style

Check out this dance troupe striking a pose at a women's suffrage ball sometime around 1910. With all the recent attacks on women's rights, this photo makes me want to round up my most politically active girlfriends, sew ourselves some matching outfits, and choreograph a subversive dance dedicated to John Boehner. [via the…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 15, 2011

Rape Victim Turns Painful Past Into Promising Future For Young Women

An article on CNN yesterday turned me on to Zimababwe native Betty Makoni, CNN hero of the week. She is a teacher, a volunteer, and the executive director of her organization, Girl Child Network (GCN), which boasts 30,000 members in Zimbabwe alone. She was also raped when she was 6 year…
By: Carrie Wasterlain / June 6, 2009

What Barack Obama Had To Say To Muslim Women

This week, Barack Obama headed to Egypt with a pretty big mission in mind: smoothing over relations between the United States and the Muslim World. The pinnacle of his trip—a speech at Cairo University yesterday afternoon. In his speech, he emphasized the need for tolerance, not confrontation, between peoples, genders and religions in our increasingly…
By: Daniela Guernica / June 5, 2009

Why Make Saudi Women’s Waistlines Suffer?

Gotta love that Saudi Arabia. Not only do ladies have to fully cover up, now they have to let their bodies go, too. With religious clerics holding so much sway over the government, Saudi gyms are legally segregated by gender—male gyms get licenses from the government, but there is no authority to grant licenses to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 7, 2009

Ms. Magazine: President Obama Is For The Ladies

The editors of Ms. have concluded that President Barack Obama made "giant strides for women" during his first 100 days by reversing some of the Bush administration's most flagrantly conservative policies and by making the advancement and empowerment of women a priority. "By any measure, the work President Obama has done for women and girl…
By: Annika Harris / April 28, 2009

Obama Loves The Ladies

Yesterday, President Obama celebrated National Women’s History Month by creating a special panel to focus on women’s issues. The council will seek new opportunities in the workforce, since women still earn only 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. This makes Obama mad, since he loves the ladies… No, like, he…
By: Deborah Stein / March 13, 2009

Vatican Newspaper: Washing Machine Biggest Liberator Of Women

What do we women have to thank for our liberation in the 20th century? You may be thinking the birth control pill or the right to work outside the home or abortion rights. But really, the Vatican newspaper says perhaps we have the washing machine to thank. Yes, the washing machine. The idea was presented…
By: Annika Harris / March 10, 2009

Quickies!: Jessica Simpson’s Flattering Outfit, Bank Of England Stomps On Women’s Rights

Jessica Simpson has learned that a simple T-shirt, jeans and a scarf is always best if you don't have a professional stylist. [Popbytes] Putting too much pressure on your guy for a marriage proposal could end up backfiring on you if he really isn't ready. And no one wants to marry a nag.
By: Annika Harris / February 2, 2009

The Top 5 Women’s Rights Wins Of 2008

Women, like 41-year-old mother and five time Olympic swimmer, Dara Torres, made a lot of headlines this year. However, we also made some incredible strides out of the swimming pool. In honor of all those hardworking, won't take no for an answer kind of bad asses who made those achievements possible, here are…
By: Simcha / December 30, 2008

We See Chick Flicks: The Duchess

My weekend ended on a depressing note last night because I went to see "The Duchess." While the costumes and scenery were certainly amazing, the story put me in a very gloomy mood -- and made me thank my lucky stars I didn't live in the 18th century, when women were second-class citize…
By: Catherine Strawn / September 29, 2008