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Christian Right Group on an Anti-LGBTQ Crusade in Brazil

Snapshot from the Brazilian Carnival.

Brazil is a country of contradictions. It can produce both the Brazilian Carnival and house right-wing Christian empires.

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Kerry Exit Leaves Abortion Rights at Stake in Massachusetts Senate Race

Rep. Ed Markey.

One primary. Two Democrats. One pro-choice. One anti-choice. Here we go again.

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YWA 2013 Nominee: Angelique Roché

Angelique Roché

When I stumbled into the world of politics and policy after law school I was surprised to see the dearth of women. In particular, there was lack of African American and multiracial women in elected office or even working on the issues that affected women and minorities the most.

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YWA 2013 Nominee: Sarah Burris

Sarah Burris

When I came to the labor movement it wasn’t just because I had an opportunity to try something different. The appeal was in working with a bottom-up union that allowed me the connectivity to the kind of people I knew best.

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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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Justice for Sale: Big Money Floods State Judicial Races and the Implications Are Ominous

(Phandroid.com)

If state judicial elections continue to be a big-money game, reproductive health and social justice could lose big.

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Was 2012 A “Year of the Woman?” Depends Who You Ask

Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, at the National Press Club event 01/07/13. (National Press Club.)

With the greatest number of women ever in Congress, there is still mathematical reason to debate 2012 as a “Year of the Woman.” The elections have come and gone and men still hold 80 out of 100 (80 percent) seats in the Senate, and 355 of 433 (82 percent) filled seats in the House. 

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Running the Political Table: Clinton, Rice, and the New Crop of Women Legislators

In 2012, political women everywhere “suited up,” joined the game, stepped-up to bat, and hit the ball out of the park. We are now in the major political leagues. (Say, running for U.S. Senate and House seats.) We are in the political rooms. We are at the table in those rooms. Now, the question is: how to run that table?

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Government-Issued IDs: A Barrier to the Vote, A Barrier to Emergency Contraception

The use of a government issued ID to suppress the rights of “undesirable” communities is not just limited to voting rights, but is also a barrier for access to over-the-counter emergency contraception.

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Let’s Remind Election Winners: Reproductive Coercion is Wrong

We can all agree that forcing women to undergo abortions or sterilizations is wrong — but so is forcing women to gestate and give birth to children they don’t want. It’s time we considered both sides of reproductive coercion.

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