• Transgender Lobby Day gives a Voice to Trans Folks and Allies

    Last fall in my hometown an agender teen named Sasha’s skirt was set on fire while they rode home on the bus. Victim of a cruel assault just because of their gender expression, Sasha suffered severe burns and was hospitalized. The bus Sasha was riding on, the 7, was the bus that I took to... Read more »

  • In U.S. Border Crisis, the Rate of Unaccompanied Girls Fleeing Sexual Violence Rises

    The current crisis at the southern U.S. border has been all over the news as thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended. This crisis is yet another reminder of why we need comprehensive immigration reform and why immigration is a feminist issue.

  • Caregiver Credit Act Would Value Women’s Work

    The National Organization for Women has advocated for many years for policies that would value women’s unpaid caregiving work, either raising children or caring for dependent adults.

  • Social Security turns 79: celebrating nearly eight decades of support for women

    There is a simple truth that we here at the National Organization for Women understand intimately: the fight for women’s equality is not over. This Thursday, August 14th, 2014 is the 79th anniversary of Social Security and, in the face of repeated attacks on reproductive health services, continued workplace and wage discrimination, and the persistent reliance on women as guardians and caregivers, we must celebrate and protect one of the greatest pieces of legislation in the United States’ history.

  • Executive Order Could Require Federal Contractors to Cover Birth Control

    Time and again, the president has used his executive power to fight against discrimination and ensure that workers are treated fairly. Now, we want the president to make crystal clear that the U.S. government will not do business with those who discriminate against women.

  • NOW Updates Acronym: LGBTQIA

    At the 2014 National Conference, NOW’s members passed a resolution encouraging the use of “LGBTQIA,” rather than the previously used “LGBT.” As the NOW intern assigned to assisting during the LGBT issues hearing, I had the opportunity to be a part of the initial discussion of the resolution.

  • Media Hall of Shame: ESPN, the NFL, and Domestic Violence

    The NFL clearly needs to change its policies when smoking weed — which is now legal in some states — is considered twice as bad as violently assaulting a woman.

  • VA Marriage Ban Struck Down

    On Monday, July 28 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled in a 2-1 decision that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Judge Henry Floyd argued that personal opposition to same-sex marriage is not a legitimate reason for legally banning gay marriage.

  • Am I Not Also My Sister’s Keeper?

    Clearly, it is past time to refocus the nation's attention on our deep racial disparities in housing, economic well-being, education and health care. But it turns out that the MBK initiative is only for boys and young men of color. That's a problem for anyone who cares about gender and racial justice.

  • For Women in Science, Harassment is in the Job Description

    Last week, Kate Clancy, a professor of anthropology and the University of Illinois published a study examining the experiences of geologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, and other scientists while doing fieldwork. While her work shows that sexism in the workplace is alive and well, it also sheds some light on some of the reasons why women are underrepresented in the sciences.