Monthly Archives: July 2013

Problematic “Stand Your Ground” Law: Does It Protect All Florida Citizens Equally?

By Nora Kenty, WLP Summer Intern In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, celebrities, pundits, and bloggers have all been commenting on Florida’s “stand your ground” law, which takes self-defense beyond the usual confines of one’s home. The Florida … Continue reading

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Ohio, Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin – Let’s End This List

By Kaitlin Leskovac, WLP Summer Intern Three weeks ago, under the watchful eyes of six male state legislators (photo), Governor Kasich (R) of Ohio signed the new state budget. As many have noted, the symbolism in this photo is marked, … Continue reading

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Shout Out: “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds”

By Kaitlin Leskovac, WLP Summer Intern Last Friday, a group of congresswomen gathered on the steps of the Capitol to announce a new economic agenda titled “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds.” The agenda addresses three areas of continued inequality and … Continue reading

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Major League Baseball Includes Sexual Orientation in its Anti-Discrimination Policy

By Molly Duerig, WLP Intern It’s no mystery why the Major League Baseball Players Association has announced a new component to its anti-discrimination policy that specifically denounces discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Many professional athletes are openly supportive … Continue reading

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Rainbow Alliance Victory Against Gender Discrimination

Tara R. Pfeifer, WLP Staff Attorney The Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations recently issued a ‘probable cause’ finding against the University of Pittsburgh in connection with a gender discrimination complaint filed by Rainbow Alliance, University of Pittsburgh’s LGBTQA-student group. Rainbow … Continue reading

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Stop Sexual Assault in the Military

By Hillary Scrivani, WLP Law Intern When a woman signs up to serve her country in the U.S. military, she should expect to be honored and thanked for her service.  What she should not expect is to become part of … Continue reading

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California Female Inmate Sterilizations: Why We’re Appalled, But Not Surprised.

By Rebecca Ryan, WLP Law Intern Earlier this week, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) released a report finding that California prisons had coercively sterilized at least 148 women between 2006 and 2010. According to the report, doctors contracted by … Continue reading

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Study Affirms Positive Effects of Athletic Participation for Girls & Young Women & the Need for Greater Equity

By Kaitlin Leskovac, WLP Summer Intern A recent study conducted by Ernst and Young explores the correlation between women who hold executive positions at various companies and their previous athletic participation. Ernst and Young surveyed 821 senior managers and executives, … Continue reading

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Firing New Mother for Planning to Pump Breast Milk at Work Is Illegal

By Aly Mance, WLP Undergraduate Intern The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently sued Houston Funding II, Ltd. on behalf of new mother Dominica Venters, who was dismissed from her job following her maternity leave.  Venters disclosed to her manager … Continue reading

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Spousal rape is illegal, yet jurors still struggle to convict

By Emily Temple, WLP Law Intern As a juror in a spousal rape case, Lisa Yumi Mitchell was thinking “How do you prosecute spousal rape? I was thinking, rape you can prosecute but, for the most part, you would think … Continue reading

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