Women's Rights

A Fourth of July anthology for the 'constructive patriot'   |   July 3, 2014
The great writer Mark Twain once defined a patriot as "the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about." He was describing a phenomenon...

 

Should the deadline be extended for NC eugenics victims?   |   June 27, 2014
By Jonathan Michels, Triad City Beat The June 30 deadline for victims of North Carolina's eugenics program to apply for compensation is quickly approaching. As of June 1, only...

 

'Walmart moms' strike rejects retailer's family-friendly claims   |   June 6, 2014
By Sarah Lazare, Common Dreams Under the banner of "Walmart moms," mothers who work at Walmart launched strikes in 20 cities across the United States on Wednesday to...

 

Judge throws out murder charge in Mississippi fetal harm case   |   April 4, 2014
By Nina Martin, ProPublica A Mississippi judge has thrown out murder charges against a young woman in the 2006 death of her stillborn child, a significant setback for prosecutors...

 

Sexual harassment still 'normal' in low-wage jobs   |   March 7, 2014
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes Since sexual harassment is about power, not sex, it's not surprising that low-wage women in lousy jobs get a lot of it. The Equal Employment...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's unintended pregnancy problem drains public funds   |   November 20, 2013
Portion of U.S. births resulting from unintended pregnancies that were paid for by public insurance programs* in 2008: 2/3 Portion of U.S. births resulting from intended...

 

The war on women voting in North Carolina   |   November 8, 2013
It is well-documented that the heaviest burdens under strict photo voter ID laws fall on African Americans, Latino Americans and those of low income. Large numbers of people in...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The South's widening war on abortion rights   |   August 2, 2013
Date on which North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed into law a bill that requires the state's abortion clinics to meet the same standards as ambulatory surgical centers,...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Attack on women's reproductive freedom moves to North Carolina   |   July 3, 2013
Date on which the Republican-controlled North Carolina Senate, in a surprise move that took place late in the day, overhauled a bill prohibiting Islamic Sharia law to impose harsh...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: A Texas-sized fight over reproductive freedom   |   June 28, 2013
Number of hours straight that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) spoke this week as part of a filibuster against Senate Bill 5, which would have dramatically restricted...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Sequestering our mothers   |   May 10, 2013
Rank of low-income mothers, particularly women of color, among those expected to be hit hardest by automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester that took effect in March...

 

FROM THE SOUTHERN EXPOSURE ARCHIVES: Women and lynching   |   March 8, 2013
By Jacquelyn Hall A story in a 1977 issue of Southern Exposure magazine reported on how in the midst of the Great Depression Texas suffragist Jessie Daniel Ames organized a mass...

 

FROM THE SOUTHERN EXPOSURE ARCHIVES: How two Southern women helped legalize abortion in the US   |   January 25, 2013
By Priscilla Parish Williams This week marked the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. In a special 1977 issue of Southern...

 

VOICES: Remembering North Carolina's pro-choice past   |   January 22, 2013
By Cynthia R. Greenlee-Donnell It's not often when North Carolinians can claim honors in progressive policymaking. But here's a brief history lesson just in time for the...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The harsh politics of rape pregnancy   |   August 23, 2012
Date on which Congressman Todd Akin, an anti-abortion rights Republican who is running for U.S. Senate in Missouri, wrongly claimed that victims of "legitimate rape"...

 

Chick-fil-A's history of workplace discrimination   |   August 2, 2012
In the debate raging over Chick-fil-A's position on gay rights, some defenders of the Georgia-based fast-food chain have claimed that despite Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy...

 

New Orleans women's health advocacy organization regroups after arson attack   |   June 4, 2012
A New Orleans nonprofit that works to address the HIV/AIDS crisis among women of color is regrouping after its offices were destroyed by arson last month, opening a temporary...

 

A trend toward anti-immigrant, anti-choice laws   |   April 5, 2012
By Elena Shore, New America Media 2011 saw a record number of laws restricting abortion in U.S. states. It also saw a record number of state anti-immigrant laws. Coincidence?...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The war on women's wages   |   March 22, 2012
Percent less women earned than men for a week of full-time work in 2011: 17.8 Percentage points that figure declined from 2010: 1 Percentage of that decline due to real wages...

 

Controversy rages over arrests of Virginia reproductive rights protesters   |   March 6, 2012
The ACLU is accusing police of overreacting in their arrests of 31 people at the Virginia Capitol on Saturday during a peaceful protest over passage of a controversial bill...

 

Miami moms stand up for workers   |   May 10, 2006
Facing South reader KD sends this announcement from the Women's Fund of Miami-Dade, about Florida moms standing up for workers on Mother's Day: On Friday, May 12th at...

 

Women not well represented in the South   |   April 20, 2006
Number of women legislators low in Alabama, Southeast: ...Alabama's percentage of women in the legislature -- 11.4 percent, just above South Carolina's lowest-in-the-...

 

The Alito effect   |   January 31, 2006
Didn't take them long, did it? According to Stateline.org: With the Bush administration's reshaping of the U.S. Supreme Court, legislators in at least five states are...

 

Alito, abortion and the South   |   November 2, 2005
If news coverage is any indication, it seems abortion is shaping up to be a key focal point -- and maybe the focal point -- of the Supreme Court confirm I'm hearing from...