News About Unfinished Business

May 28, 2013

The Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling in Indiana which allows Medicaid recipients to receive preventative healthcare services from Planned Parenthood.

Facebook has agreed to revise their posting policies for content glorifying violence against women, after activists successfully campaigned for the change.

Colo.House Bill 13-1081 has become law.  The bill gives all students, including the LGBT community, access to age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive human sexuality education.

April 29, 2013

President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to speak at Planned Parenthood’s national conference, where he reiterated his support for the organization.

Wikipedia has created a new subcategory for women writers, enabling them to conserve space and continue to list all the men writers on their main page.

#FemFuture: Online Revolution,” is a new report detailing the ways in which women have used the Internet to make fundamental progress in the unfinished revolution of feminism.

April 22, 2013

Katelyn Campbell received massive public support, after her high school principal threatened to derail her college application for publicly complaining about a “slut-shaming”, abstinence assembly.

Addressing both external and internal barriers to women’s equality, Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In,  is one of Time magazine’s most influential people of 2013.

Reproductive justice isn’t just about women; it’s about making men genuine stakeholders in fighting for sexual health, reproductive rights and ending gender based violence.

 April 15, 2013

The South Wind Women’s Center opened on April 3, in Wichita, Kan. For the first time in four years, women have access to local abortion services.

EMILY’s List; an organization of more than two million men and women, believe that for the U.S. to succeed, women must hold more political offices.

Rose Mukankomeje received an award from the United Nations,  acknowledging her efforts to protect Rwanda’s forests by bringing together communities shattered by the
1994 genocide.

April 8, 2013

Negating the ongoing right-wing misinformation campaign about emergency contraception, a U.S. federal judge has ruled that teens under 17 can buy it over the counter.

Boston College, has insisted that Students for Sexual Health, an on-campus group, stop dispensing free condoms. The group says it has no intention of stopping.

Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first and only female prime minister often found feminists tiresome and would deliberately flaunt her handbag as a symbol of her power.

April 1, 2013

Sen. Irene Aguilar is sponsoring a bill that creates a universal health-care system statewide.  Experts predict it could save Colorado residents millions of dollars.

Chicago Public Schools is instituting a comprehensive sex education program. Students in grades K-12 will receive sexual health education from a customized, age-appropriate curriculum.

Former Republican Sen. Allan Simpson abhors abortion, but believes men legislators shouldn’t even vote on it because it’s such a deeply intimate and personal decision.

March 25, 2013

The Colorado Senate passed House Bill 1081, the “comprehensive sex-education” bill, with several amendments. The Colorado House must pass the amended version before the bill becomes law.

Washington State is considering passing the first law in the nation mandating that insurance companies pay for abortion services as part of their plans’ maternity care.

As the Steubenville rape trial progressed, many people wondered why other students, especially other girls, did not reach out to help the victim.

 March 11, 2013

In honor of International Women’s Day 2013, Mother Jones presents a compendium of articles about key women’s issues taken from all of their 2012 issues.

Queen Elizabeth signs a new charter for the Commonwealth which identifies gender equality and women’s empowerment as components of human development and basic human rights.

Texas lawmakers are positioning sex education as the new battlefield over abortion using discussions reminiscent of the recent debates in Colo. about House Bill 1081.

March 4, 2013

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton continued to promote women’s rights by correctly identifying the connection between advancing women’s equality and global stability.

Despite continued resistance from the Republican party, both arms of Congress have finally reauthorized an inclusive version of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

The Department of Defense has selected Maj. Gen. Michelle Johnson as the first female superintendent at the Air Force Academy outside of Colorado Springs,Colo.

February 25, 2013

Amidst all the glamour and excitement of the 2013 Oscars, a steady stream of sexist jokes and responding tweets ran rampant, until the Onion went too far with a tweet about
9-year old Quvenzhane Wallis. Tweeter’s moods changed instantly and remained predominantly outraged for the rest of the evening.

Last December, 52 percent of South Korea’s voters elected their first female president; Park Geun-hye. Campaigning on a platform of ‘trustpolitik’ she reiterated her pledge to rebuild relations with North Korea during her recent inauguration in  Seoul, South Korea

Trust Women, an advocacy group committed to George Tiller’s vision of an America where women can control their reproductive lives, will be able to re-open his clinic in Wichita, Kan. They intend to offer health care services to women, including abortions up to 14 weeks.

February 14, 2013

Today in the United States, both men and women believe that outdated political policies and infrastructure, rather than attitudes or social values about gender, force them to make compromised work-life choices.

Pledging to protect a woman’s freedom of choice in his 2013 State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo is putting the finishing touch on legislation that would guarantee women in New York state the right to late-term abortions.

Women in Delhi are demanding a new justice for the Dec. 16 gang rape victim, by embracing choice.   Participating in One Billion Rising, a global campaign that uses dance to call for an end to violence against women, they are shifting the focus from government responsibility to personal responsibility.

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