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U.S. Activists Help Global Domestic Workers’ Movement as U.S. Government Drags its Feet

U.S. activists were instrumental to the passage of international domestic workers' treaty—which the U.S. is unlikely to ratify in the near future.

U.S. activists were instrumental to the passage of international domestic workers’ treaty—which the U.S. is unlikely to ratify in the near future.

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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront


Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.

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How Did Emergency Contraception Get Excluded From VAWA?

Plan b emergency contraceptive

By all accounts, the women’s rights advocates who fought to reauthorize VAWA never made EC a priority.

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Hawaii Sen. Dan Inouye Dies of Respiratory Complications at Age 88

Senator Dan Inouye. Photo: Politico.

Fittingly, his final words were “aloha.”


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ELECTION 2012: The Under-the-Radar State, County, and City Races That Produced Surprising Results

Justin Pye/Richmond Confidential

On Tuesday, high-profile political coverage in the national media was mainly focused on the US presidential election, some Senate and House races, and a few state ballot measures. Yet there were a seemingly endless number of smaller, less-publicized elections for city- and state-level positions, votes on state initiatives that flew under the radar, and city and county decisions that were only covered in local news.

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ELECTION 2012: With Historic Number of Women, Senate Will Look a Little Bit More Like America

Next year will have an historic number of female senators, and that could be very good for women.

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In Move That Stunned Advocates, Jerry Brown Vetoes Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights

In a move that stunned activists, California’s domestic workers bill of rights was vetoed Sunday. But this will not deter the tenacious organizers at NDWA who are both motivated by love and armed with a multifaceted strategy.

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Erasing Criminal Convictions for Survivors of Trafficking: One Step in the Right Direction

Vacating convictions laws are a step in the right direction for survivors of trafficking. Ultimately, however, creating fair working conditions and ending abuses in low-wage industries will ultimately do far more to end trafficking in persons and protect the human rights of workers in vulnerable situations.

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Lingle Vetoed Emergency Contraception for Rape Victims

Linda Lingle, October 2011. Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser/AP Photo.

Maybe she also thought rape victims can’t get pregnant?

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Hirono Wins Primary As Hawaii Prepares For Its First Female Senator

In both parties the female candidates were victorious, setting up a showdown to be the first female senator from the state.

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