Women’s Issues

Janet Yellen Sworn In As Fed Chief

First Woman to Serve as New Fed Chief

Dr. Janet L. Yellen took office Monday, Feb. 3 as Chairwoman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She also became the first female to take the Fed’s top leadership position in its 100-year history. Yellen will serve a four-year term ending Feb. 3, 2018. She has been serving as vice chairwoman […]
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Wendy Davis Addresses a Political Rally

Lone Star Wendy Davis Fends off Bill to Strip Women of Choice

DALLAS — Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis won admiration and praise from millions of women across the country this week for taking a successful stand against limitations on women’s health choices in the state Senate. June 25, the Fort Worth native, and single mother, stood for over eleven hours in a back brace in a […]
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Woman Participating in 2012 Presidential Election in Egypt

Epidemic Harassment of Women in Egypt Revealed by UN Women

A United Nations report on incidences of widespread sexual harassment of women in Egypt released May 23 has identified a comprehensive set of recommendations for reducing such harassment. According to the study, 99.3 percent of women and girls surveyed by the research team reported having been subjected to one form or another of harassment. Sponsored […]
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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker in Man's Top Coat and Hat, Circa 1911

Mary Walker: A Woman of Honor

Mary Walker (Nov. 26, 1832 to Feb. 21, 1919) was an American feminist, abolitionist, prohibitionist, alleged spy, prisoner of war and surgeon. She is most notably distinguished for being the only woman as of this writing to have received the United States Medal of Honor. Although never proved, it is generally accepted Walker was a […]
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Belva Lockwood and Victoria Woodhull

First Woman to Run for U.S. President

Popular contention has it that Belva Lockwood ─ the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court ─ was the first woman to run for president of the United States. Lockwood was sworn in as the first female member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar on March 3, 1879. In 1880, she became the […]
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Women with Mobile Phones

Mobile Industry Awards U.S. Foreign Aid Program for Worldwide Women’s Advancement

In Barcelona, the Global System for Mobile Communications Association ─ a powerful trade association uniting almost 800 mobile operators worldwide and hundreds of companies in related industries  ─ awarded its “Best Government Policy for Mobile Development” award to the United States Agency for International Development on February 26. The United States Agency for International Development […]
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Stericycle Waste Disposal Truck Outside a Planned Parenthood

Romney Made Millions from Disposal of Aborted Fetuses

Controversy over when Mitt Romney actually discontinued responsibilities with Bain Capital now threatens to resurrect a news item which could seriously damage his support from anti-abortion constituencies. In 1999, Bain Capital invested $75 million in a company called Stericycle. They’re a medical-waste disposal firm which disposes of aborted fetuses from family planning clinics, such as […]
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Bella and Edward of Twilight

Twilight: Your Daughters Will Suck

Ever since Twilight first hit bookshelves in 2005, it soon manifested into a mass-marketing, best-selling, and heart-capturing phenomenon for teenage girls to flock to. Twilight blew up the charts of popular, young-adult literature, and was soon compared to Harry Potter in terms of its popularity and the influence its characters had on its readers. Twilight […]
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Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Dianne Feinstein and Patty Murray

Violence Against Women Act Imperiled

This year’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) hinges on getting the U.S. Senate and House into conference to iron out several key differences in coverage of the law’s protections. The Act gives tools to law enforcement agencies to prosecute and convict perpetrators of violent crimes, and to assist victims with protection and […]
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