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On Equal Pay Day, Obama Takes Executive Action to Close Gender Wage Gap (Updated)

President Obama signed two executive actions on Tuesday, National Equal Pay Day, that are designed to help close the gender wage gap for federal contractors, the day before Congress voted on whether to pass similar measures for the private sector as well.

President Obama signed two executive actions on Tuesday, National Equal Pay Day, that are designed to help close the gender wage gap for federal contractors, the day before Congress voted on whether to pass similar measures for the private sector as well.

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The Fight for Reproductive Rights in Spain: Our Struggle Is Yours

Pro-choice card from Madrid. Translation to English: "That is a moral sin! That is a criminal offense! That is my decision."

A new bill in Spain threatens to make abortion a crime. This would be a giant step backward for women and for all of Spanish society.

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Reproductive Justice Advocates: Don’t Roll Back Sterilization Consent Rules

The Medicaid sterilization consent rules require a minimum 30-day waiting period to get individuals’ written informed consent prior to sterilization—a critical step in helping underserved women to obtain true reproductive justice, which remains an elusive goal.

The Medicaid sterilization consent rules require a minimum 30-day waiting period to get individuals’ written informed consent prior to sterilization—a critical step in helping underserved women to obtain true reproductive justice, which remains an elusive goal.

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Stoking Fire: A Global Look at the Right’s Anti-Gay Rhetoric

Protesters against anti-gay policies of Russian government during annual 43rd Pride Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on June 30, 2013 in New York City.

A new report by People for the American Way examines the “globalization” of homophobia and offers chilling details about its spread.

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Why My Fight for Latina Health Took Me All the Way to the UN

Lucy Felix traveled to Geneva to speak before the UN Human Rights Committee last month.

Last month, I traveled to Geneva with our allies from the Center for Reproductive Rights to speak before the UN Human Rights Committee on behalf of all of the women in my Texas community who are suffering from a lack of reproductive health care.

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Seeking Global Justice for a Local Reproductive Injustice

The United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland

Conversations about reproductive rights in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley have been traveling beyond the region—to Austin, Washington, and Geneva, where members of the UN Human Rights Committee recently expressed concern over U.S. policies excluding people from health insurance coverage because of their immigration status.

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Schools: Stop Forcing Kids to Conform to Gender Norms

In the last few weeks, there have been a couple of instances across the country in which schools asked students to change their appearance to match gender norms and threatened to punish them for not doing so.

In the last few weeks, there have been a couple of instances across the country in which schools asked students to change their appearance to match gender norms and threatened to punish them for not doing so.

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The Quiet Fight for Same-Sex Divorce

Many couples are finding that they're “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.

Many thousands of same-sex couples have gotten married in the United States; as a simple fact of modern life, a good number of them will get divorced. But many couples are finding that they’re “wedlocked”—they got married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but either live in or moved to a state where the practice is banned, and therefore cannot get a divorce.

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Why LGBT Groups Should Be Paying Attention to the ‘Hobby Lobby’ and ‘Conestoga Wood’ Cases

With Hobby Lobby, there is clearly a lot at stake for the vast majority of Americans who believe that our laws already strike the right balance between religious liberty and important principles of non-discrimination.

If corporations are people with a right to refuse to comply with health-care requirements based on religious beliefs, it stands to reason that they would not only be permitted to refuse birth control coverage but other types of coverage as well.

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Panel Discussion on LGBTQ Rights in the South

Jonathan Capehart discusses with his panel the state of LGBTQ rights in the South, including among people of color. On the panel is Yale sociology professor Marcus Hunter, the Center for American Progress’ Aisha Moodie-Mills, Khalil Gibran Muhammad of the Schomburg Center, and Victoria DeFrancesco Soto of the University of Texas. [via Melissa Harris-Perry]

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