Categories & Tags: Women's Rights

Southern state legislatures: More male, more religious, more racially diverse   |   January 14, 2016
The National Conference of State Legislatures in partnership with the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report last month that analyzed the diversity of state legislatures across...

 

Tennessee self-abortion arrest highlights dangers of war on women   |   December 14, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams A Tennessee woman is facing an indictment for first-degree attempted murder after she tried to self-abort, offering a stark illustration of how...

 

Alabama considers a step back from prosecuting pregnant drug users   |   November 20, 2015
By Nina Martin, ProPublica A health task force appointed by Alabama's Republican governor is weighing proposals that could dramatically reform the nation's harshest law...

 

Supreme Court to hear 'most important abortion rights case in 25 years'   |   November 17, 2015
By Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams Setting the stage for what a leading women's health advocate said will be "the most important abortion rights case in almost 25 years,...

 

Where are the South's women candidates?   |   November 5, 2015
On Tuesday, voters across the South went to the polls to vote for their candidates of choice among a pool of people representing various issues, platforms and ideologies. But when...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: The harsh treatment of black girls in the South's public schools   |   October 30, 2015
Date on which the FBI and the Justice Department announced they were opening an investigation into the violent arrest of a 16-year-old African-American girl identified as Shakara...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Southern legislatures' woman problem   |   September 18, 2015
Percent of the U.S. electorate that are women: 53 Portion of state legislators nationwide who are women: less than 1/4 Decades for which that number has held steady: 2 Total...

 

How women are rebuilding the Gulf Coast   |   August 28, 2015
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina spawned the need for new construction and a skilled workforce all over the Gulf Coast. It also exacerbated already dire economic situations for...

 

Rural challenges, real solutions   |   August 7, 2015
The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation funds organizations in the South working to move people and places out of poverty. The foundation recently launched a "Southern Voices...

 

A Tennessee law makes motherhood a crime   |   February 12, 2015
By Rosa Goldensohn and Rachael Levy, Special to Equal Voice News At around midnight on Nov. 13, 2014, Tonya Martin slipped out into the yard that separated her trailer from the...

 

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"...