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Obama, Hagel Offer Lip Service on Military Sexual Assault

"We have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in the greatest military on earth," President Barack Obama told the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2013.

Judging by their words, you’d think they’d be willing to stop at nothing to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. But you would be wrong.

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Women Not on the Priority List: President Obama’s Budget, Congress, and the Struggle for Affordable Abortion Care

It is often said that a budget is a statement of priorities. It shows what matters to people. Women should matter. Access to safe medical care should matter.

It is often said that a budget is a statement of priorities. It shows what matters to people. Women should matter. Access to safe medical care should matter.

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YWA 2013 Nominee: Deepa Kunapuli

Deepa Kunapuli

All I knew was that I wanted to change the world. I just didn’t know how. But in 2007, I got my answer. I met a man named Barack Hussein Obama.

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Dear POTUS: Why Do I Have to Be Someone’s Daughter for You to Think I Deserve Rights?

President Obama is inaugurated alongside his family.

I was disheartened by President Obama’s reasoning for why Congress should do great things for women: “We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence.”

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President Obama: Do the Right Thing on HIV Prevention

When it comes to making sure taxpayer-funded AIDS programs are comprehensive and designed to deliver the most effective interventions for people in need, the Obama administration’s track record has not been good.

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Emergency Contraception Should Be Available Over The Counter. And You Can Make That Happen

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Last week, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists called for access to emergency contraception over-the-counter. We need to send a clear signal to Secretary Sebelius that women’s reproductive health and medical science should be the driving force behind public policy. Sign the petition being launched by a broad coalition of medical professionals and advocates today urging Secretary Sebelius to revisit the evidence and remove the restrictions.

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ELECTION 2012: A People of Color Majority Alters Politics. Movements Change the World

A supporter of President Obama joins the Election Night victory rally in Chicago. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Much of the discussion this election cycle has been about changing demographics. But demographics alone aren’t going to run a policy agenda through the system. Huge challenges remain in economic justice, immigration, environment, education and housing reform.

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This Election Year, Where Are the Real Conversations About Violence Against Women?

Rape, and other forms of violence and abuse such as birth control sabotage or pregnancy coercion, are acts that seek to strip power from women and inhibit their decisionmaking. This election-year, where are the real conversations about violence against women, not just idiotic statements about rape?  

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Will LGBT Voters Have the Final Say on Who Is President?

Photo: Gallup Politics.

With a razor thin margin in some swing states, LGBT voters may tip the election.

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Pro-Choice, Anti-Choice Groups Do Last Minute Campaign Push

Emily's List members, endorsing Maggie Hassan. Photo: Emily's List.

Both sides focus on key campaigns as get out the vote efforts increase.

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