Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

Alexander spent the last three years of her life in prison after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband.
Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas

Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas

Anti-abortion extremists have taken to protesting outside the home of Julie Burkhart, the CEO and founder of the Trust Women Foundation and the Executive Director of the South Wind Women’s Center.
BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban

BREAKING: House to Vote on Abortion Coverage Ban

After they were forced to scrap plans for a 20-week abortion ban, House Republican leaders decided late last night to instead ram through a vote today on a different extreme anti-abortion bill.
This Year's State of the Union Had a Historic Emphasis on Women

This Year’s State of the Union Had a Historic Emphasis on Women

President Obama's 2015 State of the Union address placed an unprecedented emphasis on the central role women play in the economy, with more focus on social policy for women than in any State of the Union address in history.
Feminists Will Mobilize Nationwide for Abortion Rights on Roe v. Wade's Anniversary

Feminists Will Mobilize Nationwide for Abortion Rights on Roe v. Wade’s Anniversary

Feminists are taking action on January 22 to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Roe v Wade - the Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide.
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Today in Herstory: Birth Control Advocates Press for Better Conditions for Ethel Byrne

Today in Herstory: Birth Control Advocates Press for Better Conditions for Ethel Byrne

January 30, 1917: Imprisoned birth control advocate Ethel Byrne's force-feedings continue, as do nationwide protests over her conviction and treatment.
New UK Guidelines Would Put the Onus on Rape Suspects, Not Victims, in Sexual Violence Cases

New UK Guidelines Would Put the Onus on Rape Suspects, Not Victims, in Sexual Violence Cases

If the new guidelines are utilized, rape suspects will be required to offer hard proof that consent was given "with full capacity and freedom to do so."
Protestors Demand Justice After Denver Police Fatally Shoot Queer Latina Teen

Protestors Demand Justice After Denver Police Fatally Shoot Queer Latina Teen

On Monday morning, a 16-year-old lesbian Latina named Jessie Hernandez was shot and killed by Denver police. Now, her friends and family are uniting with communities of color and LGBT activists to demand justice.
Today in Herstory: Margaret Sanger Calls for Repealing Laws Blocking Contraception Access and Information

Today in Herstory: Margaret Sanger Calls for Repealing Laws Blocking Contraception Access and Information

January 29, 1917: Three thousand people cheered Margaret Sanger's speech earlier tonight at Carnegie Hall, as she called for the repeal or overturning of Section 1142 of the New York State Penal Code and all similar statutes.
Ohio Legislator Became Pro-Choice After Listening To Women's Stories

Ohio Legislator Became Pro-Choice After Listening To Women’s Stories

Tim Ryan, Democratic U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th congressional district, declared in an op-ed piece yesterday that he's changed his stance on abortion.
Today in Herstory: Force-Feedings Continue for Ethel Byrne

Today in Herstory: Force-Feedings Continue for Ethel Byrne

January 28, 1917: A regular schedule of force-feedings is being drawn up by Workhouse authorities for Ethel Byrne, now serving a 30-day sentence for giving out information on contraception last October at the nation's first birth control clinic.
Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund

Senator Boxer Urges President to Continue Support for UN Population Fund

The United States restored its funding for UNFPA under President Obama in 2009.
Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty in Campus Sexual Assault Case

Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty in Campus Sexual Assault Case

Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, both former football players, will hear their sentencing on March 6.
Today in Herstory: Ethel Byrne is Being Force-Fed in Blackwell Island Workhouse

Today in Herstory: Ethel Byrne is Being Force-Fed in Blackwell Island Workhouse

January 27, 1917: Force-feeding of birth control advocate Ethel Byrne at the Workhouse on Blackwell's Island has begun, and will continue on a three-times-per-day basis.
Mormon Church Moves To Protect Gay Rights

Mormon Church Moves To Protect Gay Rights

Leaders of the Mormon Church said it is promising to support housing and job protections for the LGBT community in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to others' behavior.
Sports Illustrated Runs Domestic Violence Ad Before Super Bowl

Sports Illustrated Runs Domestic Violence Ad Before Super Bowl

Just days before the Super Bowl, Sports Illustrated has decided to run an advertisement on their site that puts a spotlight on domestic violence in the National Football League.
Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

Marissa Alexander To Be Released from Prison

Alexander spent the last three years of her life in prison after firing a warning shot into the air to defend herself from her estranged and abusive husband.
Today in Herstory: Ethel Byrne's Hunger Strike Goes On

Today in Herstory: Ethel Byrne’s Hunger Strike Goes On

January 26, 1917: Ethel Byrne's condition continued to weaken this morning as she passed the 96-hour mark of her fast.
Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas

Anti-Choice Extremists Target Abortion Clinic Director in Kansas

Anti-abortion extremists have taken to protesting outside the home of Julie Burkhart, the CEO and founder of the Trust Women Foundation and the Executive Director of the South Wind Women’s Center.
Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case

Egyptian Court Sentences Doctor In Female Genital Mutilation Case

This is the first time a doctor has been convicted in Egypt of this crime.