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UNC Faces New Federal Investigation of Sexual Assault Policies

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill is now facing a third investigation into its sexual assault policies by the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR is investigating allegations that sophomore Landen Gambill faced retaliation after filing a federal complaint against the school for their inappropriate response to her report of sexual assault. […]

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Criticizes Marine Response to Offensive Facebook Page

Yesterday, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) issued a statement critical of the Marine Corp’s handling of her complaint regarding an offensive Facebook page posted by active-duty Marines threatening violence against women and the Congresswoman herself. The pages, which Speier reported to the Secretary of Defense in the beginning of May, featured degrading images and comments about women […]

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Women Senators Form Bipartisan Front on Military Sexual Assault

Yesterday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the epidemic of sexual assault in the military demonstrated the role of the record number of women in the Senate. The seven women Members of the Committee, five Democrats and two Republicans, were united yesterday as they asked hard questions of the all-male military leadership. Senator Claire McCaskill […]

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Nationwide Abortion Ban Advances in Committee

A bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks nationwide was approved by the House Judiciary Subcommittee yesterday. The bill, sponsored by Trent Franks (R-AZ), who is also the chair of the subcommittee, originally applied only to the District of Columbia and would have banned abortion at 20 weeks gestation with exceptions only to save the […]

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Sound of Change Live Concert Highlights Women’s Rights Worldwide

On Saturday, the first Sound of Change Live concert highlighting women’s current struggles around the world was held in London, England. Featuring performances by big name artists such as Beyonce, Florence + The Machine, Jennifer Lopez, and John Legend, the Sound of Change Live charity concert shared stories of women who faced abuse, educational disparity, and lack […]

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New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Dies

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg (D) passed away this morning due to complications from viral pneumonia. The Senator was 89 years-old and was the oldest currently serving member of the Senate. He holds the record for most votes cast by a Senator from New Jersey and cast his 9,000th vote in December 2011. Lautenberg served five […]

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Beatriz Will Undergo C-Section To Save Her Life

Beatriz, a woman from El Salvador who was denied a lifesaving abortion by the Supreme Court, will undergo a C-Section to end the pregnancy that is threatening her life. Last week, the Supreme Court of El Salvador denied Beatriz’s appeal to undergo an abortion to save her life. Despite suffering multiple severe medical conditions and the fetus […]

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Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Bill Fails To Get Vote

A bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state of Illinois failed to gather enough support to pass before the end of the legislative session. The law would have redefined marriage as the legal union of two people, not specifically a man and a woman. It would also have converted civil unions to marriages within a year’s time. […]

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Survivor Rescued From Bangladesh Building Wreckage

On Friday rescuers in Dhaka, Bangladesh saved a woman who is still alive after the eight story building collapsed on April 24. The woman was discovered as a rescuer was cutting away iron rods and heard her cries for help. The woman, identified as Reshma, was in the building’s prayer room at the time of the […]

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Farmworkers Fired For Fleeing California Wildfire

Last week, more than a dozen farmworkers at the Crisalida Farm’s strawberry fields in California were fired when they left the field to take refuge from the smoke and ash from a nearby wildfire. Workers said on May 2 ashes were falling on them and they were having difficulty breathing from the smoke from a wildfire […]

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Minnesota State House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Yesterday, the Minnesota state House approved a law that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state by a vote of 75 to 59. The bill is expected to be voted on by the Senate on Monday and could be signed by the governor as early as Tuesday. Representative Tim Faust (D FL-District 11B) spoke about the vote “Ninety-nine-point-nine percent […]

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Delaware Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Yesterday, the Delaware state legislature voted to legalize same-sex marriage and the bill was signed into law by the governor moments afterwards. The bill passed in the state House two weeks ago on a vote of 23 to 18. It was approved by the Senate yesterday on a vote of 12 to 9. Governor Jack Markell […]

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