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Protecting the Health and Rights of LGBT Individuals

Posted by:  Caitlin Callahan, Legal Intern After a year of invasive tests and treatment for infertility, Guadalupe Benitez was told that she would need in vitro fertilization to become pregnant.  But, every doctor in the practice refused to conduct the procedure because she was a lesbian. It was the only clinic...

Birth Control Back at the Supreme Court

Posted by:  Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel Last summer, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided that certain closely-held for-profit companies, like the arts and crafts chain store Hobby Lobby, could refuse to comply with the health care law’s requirement that health insurance plans cover the full range...

Hunger Games: A Reality, Not a Movie, Now Available at Walmart

Posted by:  Andrea Johnson, Fellow “I’ve had to forego meals just so my boys would have enough to eat” –Jasmine Dixon, Walmart associate, CO "There were days when employees had to choose between paying for gas to get home and eating lunch" –Denise Barlage, former Walmart associate, CA “I’m a grocery store worker...

Doctor Tells Patient: No More Birth Control for You, I'm Catholic

Posted by:  Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel Earlier this month Leslie Gauthier received a letter from her doctor stating that, as a “Catholic physician” the doctor would no longer prescribe birth control. Unfortunately, Ms. Gauthier’s experience is all too common. Medical providers, clinics, and hospitals across...

My Feminism Is: Justice Everywhere

Posted by:  Samantha Kovacs, Intern Dear 17-year-old Sam, Right now, it’s 2am on a Thursday night during your senior year. You just finished baking cookies and making signs for a football player, your cheerleading “locker buddy,” that you will never be thanked for, let alone have reciprocated. You haven’t gotten...

Tell Congress: Help Working Women and Families, Not Big Business

Posted by:  Amelia Bell, Fellow As Congress works to pass an appropriations bill in the next few weeks, proposals are being floated that would make certain tax breaks for big businesses and corporations permanent. These tax breaks, the so-called “tax extenders,” cut the tax bill for corporations, but cost the...

Teenage Girls are the Future — and Present — of Feminism

Posted by:  Katie Hegarty, Online Outreach Associate I recently shared a metro car with a group of girls, probably fourteen years old, who were arranging an a cappella version of an Adele song by trial and error right there on the train. When a nearby woman leaned over to compliment them, one of the girls promised,...

Senate Confirms 10th Judge of 2015

Posted by:  Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts Yesterday, the Senate confirmed only the 10th judge of 2016, LaShann Darcy Hall, who was confirmed to a seat designated a judicial emergency on the Eastern District of New York by a vote of 93-1. As Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking...

Feminism for the Little Nashvillian Girl

Posted by:  Leila Abolfazli, Senior Counsel Growing up in Nashville as a skinny Iranian American girl, I really cared about three things. First, sports. Running, gymnastics, and basketball. Second, math. I loved doing math problems. Third, playing with my cousins who were around my age, most of whom were boys....

Ending Sex Discrimination in Health Care

Posted by:  Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel On Monday, thousands of people and organizations, including the National Women’s Law Center, submitted comments urging the Department of Health and Human Services to release strong final regulations for Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which prohibits discrimination...

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