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Supreme Court Lets North Carolina Voting Restrictions Take Effect

In an order released early Saturday morning, a majority of the justices refused to reinstate a lower court ruling that blocked the law from being enforced in the November election.

An order issued Wednesday lifts an appeals court order blocking several portions of a 2013 North Carolina law designed to make voting harder in the state.

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It Is Past Time for El Salvador to Rescind Its Abortion Ban

As a mother, I have a moral obligation to protect girls and women all over the world from abortion laws like El Salvador's, which put their very lives in danger.

As a mother, I have a moral obligation to protect girls and women all over the world from abortion laws like El Salvador’s, which put their very lives in danger.

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He, She, Us: Emma Watson, the White House, and Efforts to Change the Culture on Women’s Rights

Over the weekend, Harry Potter star and new UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson gave a powerful speech in defense of feminism that issued a “formal invitation” to men to make gender equality their issue too.

Campaigns like It’s On Us, from the White House, and HeForShe, launched by Emma Watson as part of her UN ambassadorship, are part of a cultural shift toward recognizing that women’s rights can’t be considered in a vacuum.

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Amandla! South African Minister Underscores Reproductive Justice as a Global Framework

South Africa Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini at a media briefing in 2012.

Reproductive justice is about human rights, including the right to have children, the right not to have children, and the right to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments. This week at the United Nations, South Africa Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini focused on reproductive justice as a global framework.

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UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson on Gender Equality

UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson speaks at a UN summit about the launch of the HeForShe campaign, an effort to galvanize men and boys on behalf of gender equality.

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The Obama Administration Must Start Speaking to DREAMers, Not Just for Us

In an interview on MSNBC, Cecilia Muñoz, Obama's immigration advisor and one of the most influential Latinas in the White House, apparently forgot her background as a former immigration reform advocate and sided with her boss’s hesitation in taking action on immigration.

Those of us directly affected by immigration policies are tired of being used as a talking point. When it comes to deciding our future, the administration seems to consult everyone but us.

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Pennsylvania Activists Rally for Reproductive Rights and Justice

The All* Above All Be Bold Road Trip stopped in Philadelphia on September 9 at Love Park, a symbol of great pride to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. However, as low-income families and women in the city have experienced, the motto certainly isn’t a reflection of the city's stewardship to communities in need.

The All* Above All Be Bold Road Trip stopped in Philadelphia on September 9 at Love Park, a symbol of great pride to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. However, as low-income families and women in the city have experienced, the motto certainly isn’t a reflection of the city’s stewardship to communities in need.

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Crowd at Ferguson City Council Meeting Puts Emphasis on ‘Justice for All’

Chris Hayes and Trymaine Lee discuss the Ferguson City Council meeting during which the city announced several reforms in response to unrest following the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. [via MSNBC]

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Meet the Koch Sisters

Joyce and Karen Koch are not related to the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers—David and Charles Koch—or to each other. The women say, however, that they are sisters where it counts: in spirit, in union solidarity, and in their shared values.

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Why Are Alameda County Jails Forcing Women to Take Pregnancy Tests?

No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

For at least several years, Alameda County sheriffs and medical personnel have routinely conducted pregnancy tests on thousands of prisoners, old and young, fertile and sterile, willing or not. It’s a practice that isn’t shared by any other jails in California. No one can say for exactly how long Alameda County jails have been forcing arrested women to take pregnancy tests, and no one can really explain why.

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