Monthly Archives: January 2010

CBS Plans to Air Anti-choice Ad During Super Bowl

This year’s Super Bowl is mired in controversy revolving around CBS’s plans to broadcast an ad featuring Florida football star Tim Tebow which will most likely contain an anti-abortion message. The network’s decision is being protested by prominent women’s organizations … Continue reading

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Olympic Committee Leaves Female Ski Jumpers Out in the Cold

Jessica Jerome is the U.S. champion in ski jumping, but unlike her fellow American athletes Ryan Malone (hockey), Sasha Cohen (figure skating) and Apolo Anton Ohno (speedskating), she is not training for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. The International … Continue reading

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Three Leading Women Activists Perished in the Haitian Earthquake

Among the deceased in Haiti are three feminists who dedicated their lives to working for such rights for women. Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin, and Anne Marie Coriolan founded three of the country’s most significant women’s advocacy organizations. Merlet, former Ministry … Continue reading

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Blog for Choice 2010: Trust Women

Thirty-seven years ago today, the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade guaranteed American women the right to choose abortion. The decision held that a woman had the right, with her doctor, to choose to terminate a pregnancy in the … Continue reading

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Controversy over New York State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Conference

The New York State Bar Association will be hosting a symposium [PDF] on January 26 to address specific problems women face in the legal profession. At this conference, two panels will discuss the issues facing female lawyers in a “changing … Continue reading

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Is Refusing Bed Rest a Crime?

That’s the question posed by Lisa Belkin at the New York Times, as she covers the case of Samantha Burton, who, after refusing her doctor’s advice to go on bed rest during her pregnancy, was not allowed to be released … Continue reading

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Title IX Used to Defend Gay Teenager

The Justice Department has intervened in a New York court case to argue that Title IX’s protections against sex discrimination apply to gender identity as well. The case involved a private law suit against a school district where a student, … Continue reading

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Using Religion to Empower Women

Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist who often documents the hardships faced by women all over the world, published an op-ed last week in which he argues that although in many cases religion is used to oppress women, it … Continue reading

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Senators Franken and Snowe Working for Servicewomen’s Reproductive Rights

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) may have only been in the Senate for a short time, but he’s been using that time to advance women’s reproductive rights in really great ways. In October we wrote about his amendment to the appropriations … Continue reading

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A Decade of Accomplishments or Failures for Women’s Rights?

From Hillary Clinton running for president and Sonia Sotomayor joining the Supreme Court to the rising number of female undergraduates, women have much to be proud of in terms of accomplishments throughout the past decade. Perhaps we can even utter … Continue reading

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