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Utah Yearbook Scandal Shows ‘Modesty’ Is a Racket

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls' pictures to cover more skin.

A Utah high school made headlines recently by photoshopping some girls’ yearbook photos to cover more skin. This story gives insight into the various ways “modesty” is used to police girls, make them insecure, and pit them against each other.

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The 50th Anniversary of Mississippi’s Freedom Summer: Remembering What Fannie Lou Hamer Taught Us

Fannie Lou Hamer  used the power of storytelling to compel America to recognize the humanity of poor Black people in Mississippi.

Modern Mississippi freedom fighters must remain committed to Hamer’s legacy of bridging voting and reproductive rights into a comprehensive reproductive justice effort to protect Black women and other populations that are vulnerable to violations of both.

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May 28: International Day of Action for Women’s Health

In 1987, women’s rights activists declared May 28 as the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, as a means to speak out on sexual and reproductive health and rights issues faced by women* all over the world. (*While we use the term “woman/women” we do so with a critical reflexivity that recognizes the nuances and right to people’s unique sexual and gender identities and expressions. We also recognize that “women” are not a monolithic group and that they have diverse identities that vary due to their social location and the socio-economic, political, and multicultural contexts in which their lives are embedded.) [via May28.org]

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Louisiana Committee Passes Bill That Would Keep Pregnant Women on Mechanical Support Against Their Wishes

After emotional testimony given by opponents of a bill that would allow the state of Louisiana to invalidate any advance directives when a patient is pregnant, regardless of the viability of the fetus, a committee voted to pass the bill and send it to the full senate.

After emotional testimony given by opponents of a bill that would allow the state of Louisiana to invalidate any advance directives when a patient is pregnant, regardless of the viability of the fetus, a committee voted to pass the bill and send it to the full senate.

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Federal Judge Overturns Pennsylvania’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast that doesn’t allow same-sex marriages or civil unions.

Ten years after Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, a federal judge announced a decision on same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

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Senators Discuss Solutions to Women’s Workplace Barriers

Policymakers need to address the many significant barriers to financial security that women face, witnesses and members of Congress said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday.

While working women are an essential part of the U.S. economy, policymakers need to address the many significant barriers to financial security that women face, witnesses and members of Congress said at a Senate Budget Committee hearing on Tuesday.

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Sex Work or Human Trafficking? Race and Imperialism in CNN Report From Cambodia

Mira Sorvino in a December CNN report from Cambodia.

In a December report from Cambodia, CNN failed to distinguish between consensual sex work and human trafficking, and did nothing to help viewers see how anti-human trafficking initiatives really work under globalization: as acts of cultural imperialism.

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Seeking Justice for 17 Salvadoran Women Imprisoned for Miscarriage and Stillbirth

A Salvadoran feminist organization has launched an international campaign to pressure the government to pardon and free 17 women who suffered complications of pregnancy leading to miscarriage and stillbirth, and who have been imprisoned under the country's total abortion ban.

A Salvadoran feminist organization has launched an international campaign to pressure the government to pardon and free 17 women who suffered complications of pregnancy leading to miscarriage and stillbirth, and who have been imprisoned under the country’s total abortion ban.

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Stigma Drives Workplace Discrimination Against Workers Living With HIV

Deliberate workplace discrimination based on a worker's HIV-positive status is a pervasive issue for the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States.

Deliberate workplace discrimination based on a worker’s HIV-positive status is a pervasive issue for the more than 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States.

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Iowa Legislature Passes Repeal of Laws Criminalizing HIV

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

The Iowa legislature has become the first in the country to pass legislation that would repeal state law criminalizing people with HIV.

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