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After Iowa woman calls out GOP congressman who doesn't want to pay for maternity care, Internet names her a 'hero'

Iowa Congressman Rod Blum probably thought he’d get voters riled up when he questioned why Obamacare mandates men pay for maternity care — and it did, just not in the way he intended. During a town hall meeting with constituents in Dubuque last Monday, Blum called out what he said were...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 6:09pm

National Women's Political Caucus to convene in Boston this summer

In two months, Boston will host the National Women's Political Caucus Biennial Convention, which will focus training women to run for public office. "It's a huge honor for us," Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Executive Director Sarah McCarthy Welsh wrote in an email to...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 11:25am

Pregnant workers' rights bill set to pass in Massachusetts

Legislation mandating accommodations for pregnant women on the job appears likely to become law this session, barring unforeseen complications, after the Massachusetts House unanimously passed a bill that already has the support of a majority of the Senate and the governor. The so-called Pregnant...

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 11:48am

Women's March stages nationwide protests Monday in today's 'Sign of Resistance'

The International Women’s March made history on Jan. 21 when over 4 million women across the globe stood up for women’s rights. On Monday, organizers of that march challenged supporters to participate in protests and sit-ins to bring further attention to injustices against women....

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:45pm

Separation of church and state gets smaller with Trump's executive order targeting birth control

In the name of religious liberty, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday making it easier for employers to deny women birth control and for churches to have a louder voice in politics. "We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore,...

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 2:19pm

Ivanka Trump defends father, vows to empower women at German summit

Ivanka Trump said on Tuesday she was still in the process of defining her role as an informal White House adviser to her father Donald and wanted to use her influence to help empower women. During a podium discussion in Berlin at a women's summit organized by the Group of 20 major economies,...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 12:22pm

Lawyer tells rape trial jury women are good at lying because they’re the weaker sex

In the latest case of victim blaming, a lawyer who was defending a millionaire Memphis, Tennessee, businessman in a high-profile rape trial sparked outrage when he told the jury “women can be especially good at” lying because “they’re the weaker sex.” What’s...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:00pm

Airline employee awarded settlement after denied place to pump breast milk

An airline settled with a flight attendant who said she had nowhere to pump breast milk, awarding her $30,000 for emotional distress and attorney fees. The flight attendant for Endeavor Air, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines, pumped breast milk in 2015 to feed her underweight newborn. When the woman...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 11:41am

Trump signs order to allow defunding of Planned Parenthood

President Donald Trump quietly signed an order Thursday that allows states to withhold federal funds from Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers. The bill, signed without the usual pomp and circumstance of media cameras, reverses an Obama-era rule barring states from pulling money from...

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:30pm

Women would be safer getting an abortion in a zoo: Senator

A Republican politician in the Missouri Senate said getting an abortion at the St. Louis Zoo would be “safer” than going to a clinic. Sen. Bob Onder, who is also an allergy doctor, opposed a tax hike benefitting the St. Louis Zoo earlier this week, partially because the city proposed a...

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 6:56pm

Woman recreates the hilarious reality of when husbands go grocery shopping

From turning into helpless babies when they’re sick to being challenged by a task as easy as sorting laundry, men taking on duties traditionally known as “women’s work” has been exasperating their partners probably since the beginning of time. One beleaguered wife, Deva...

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 3:01pm

Pence breaks tie in Senate vote on Planned Parenthood funding

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence made a rare journey to Capitol Hill on Thursday to break a tie in a Senate vote to roll back federal funding for family planning and reproductive health.In a 51-50 vote, senators advanced a resolution to kill a rule aimed at keeping federal grants flowing to clinics...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 3:37pm

Hillary Clinton resurfaces, encourages Americans to ‘resist, insist, persist, enlist’

Hillary Clinton has returned to politics — or at least talking about the current state of it in President Trump’s America.Giving the keynote speech at the Professional BusinessWomen of Californiaannual conference in San Francisco Tuesday, Clinton, who has mostly been laying low since losing to...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 9:03am

United bars teens from flying because they were wearing leggings

UPDATE March 27, 2017: More celebrities are speaking out against a United Airlines dress code they say is "sexist."After the airline blocked a 10-year-old girl and two other young teens from boarding a flight Sunday beacuse they were wearing leggings, the airline defended its decision, saying the...

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 4:59am

NOW-NY fights Trump's plan to cut funds for Violence Against Women Act

President Donald Trump and his administration are engaging in an “anti-women agenda,” says New York City’s chapter of the National Organization for Women in announcing a campaign to fight for continued funding of the Violence Against Women Act.Local NOW leaders launched the Take Rape Seriously NOW...

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:35pm

Amal Clooney urges UN to fight ISIS genocide, but OMG her baby bump!

From red carpets to the United Nations, it’s a women’s struggle as old as time: What she’s wearing is far more important than what she’s saying or doing.And heaven forbid she, at the same time, be carrying the twin offspring of George Clooney, one of the most famous men in the world.Such is the...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 9:53am

Amid shortage, Pope Francis mulls opening priesthood to married Catholic men

The Roman Catholic Church could see a big change — for men — in the near future.Citing a shortage of priests in an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit which he said was an “enormous problem,” Pope Francis alluded that he would consider allowing married Catholic men to enter the priesthood."We...

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 8:39am

Hundreds rally at Downtown Crossing on International Women's Day

Several hundred people, most of them wearing red,gathered at Downtown Crossing Wednesday afternoon for a rally to supportInternational Women's Day and its sister event, ADay Without a Woman.The rally was sponsored by a host of organizations, including the Chinese Progressive Association, Community...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:13am

These are the cities where women are closing the gender gaps

With International Women’s Day and the “A Day Without a Woman” strike upon us, thousands of women across the country are uniting to shine a spotlight on women’s achievements — and issues.Women continue to fight many of the same battles they’ve been fighting since the first International Women's Day...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:40pm

In honor of International Women’s Day, the words of 10 strong women

On a day when women are encouraged to stay home from work and rally as part of both International Women’s Day and #DayWithoutAWoman, we must pay homage to the women who came before.Long before there were pink knitted "pussy hats," these women fought for their gender — and their race. Because of...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:37pm