From a 21-year-old who first saw the need for sex ed when he was the only out gay man at his Catholic school in Louisiana, to the 27-year-old web editor of one of the most popular love and relationship sites in India, these young activists are leading local sexual and reproductive health and rights movements around the world.
Recent efforts by reproductive justice organizations in Cleveland, including New Voices Cleveland, show that women will not stand idly by and watch their rights be taken away or have others—be it mainstream media outlets, anti-choice organizations, or anti-woman politicians—dictate their health and safety needs through racist billboard campaigns.
While the country watched voters in state after state elect Republicans on Tuesday, voters in many of those states also approved increases to the minimum wage that the newly elected senators or governors vehemently opposed as harmful to businesses’ bottom line.
In the run-up to the Texas gubernatorial election, much hand-wringing was done over the Hispanic lady voter. But it was women like me—married white women, specifically—who failed Wendy Davis—and ourselves, and our families, and Texas families—on Tuesday night.
One of the most significant, long-term effects of the Republican electoral wave of 2014 will not just be who serves as justices in the courts, but who the courts decide are entitled to justice.
GOP candidates running in blue-leaning states used pro-LGBT plugs to moderate their image; meanwhile, the Democrats largely remained silent as they played defense in red states.
Though Walker has managed to convince voters he deserves another term, his election is a blow to reproductive rights advocates in the state and around the country.
Widely seen as the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history—spending has surpassed $100 million—the Southern Senatorial race, forecast as neck-and-neck, was a last hope for Democrats to hold onto a Senate majority before 2016.
The race was close, with incumbent Rick Scott and Democratic opponent Charlie Crist remaining neck-and-neck until about 90 percent of the votes were counted. The re-election of Scott marks a loss for reproductive rights and health-care access in the state.
Shaheen, the current U.S. senator from New Hampshire, has prioritized women’s rights, LGBT equality, and health-care access throughout her campaign.