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Obama Comes Through, Reversing Bush Era Repro-rights Restrictions

Obama Comes Through, Reversing Bush Era Repro-rights Restrictions

| March 11, 2009

Monies to expand family planning services for poor women that were cut from the stimulus package are restored in President Obama’s proposed budget, and the administration rescinds a last-minute Bush Administration rule that would have severely weakened women’s access to reproductive health services. More »

To Michelle Obama, and Her Sister “First Ladies”

To Michelle Obama, and Her Sister “First Ladies”

| February 24, 2009

Journalist and historian Janus Adams pays tribute to the First Lady in the White House, recognizing that she joins a tradition of firsts among our nation’s African American women. More »

Test Your Knowledge of History with this “First Ladies Challenge Quiz”

| February 23, 2009

Hillary Clinton Continues To Rewrite the Script

| February 23, 2009

Lisa Burns, author of First Ladies and the Fourth Estate (Northern Illinois University Press, 2008), concluded her illuminating book with the statement: “the question of women’s ‘proper’ place in political culture is as relevant today as it has been during any historical period.” As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton continues to redefine our possibilities as she demonstrates that the tradition-bound role of first lady can lead to a political voice on the international stage. More »

A Challenge to New York’s New Senator—and to Her Supporters

A Challenge to New York’s New Senator—and to Her Supporters

| February 20, 2009

By Erica Gonzalez Senator Gillibrand’s troublesome record on immigration policy was ignored by a number of social justice organizations quick to congratulate her. Now the senator and those who support her must embrace an agenda that protects the human rights of immigrants. More »

Turning the Tide against the Taliban: What Works

Turning the Tide against the Taliban: What Works

| February 3, 2009

The Obama Administration must empower the Pakistani people, who have already shown that they’re ready and able to stand up against the forces oppressing women and girls in the valley of Swat and elsewhere. Here, the secretary-general of Parliamentarians for Global Action, tells us how. More »

President Obama and Women’s Rights Activists: Celebration and Bumps in the Road

| January 30, 2009

The White House ceremony and reception marking the President’s signature on his first major law honored feminists and the bill’s inspiration, Lilly Ledbetter. But the week was also marked by setbacks for legislation important to women workers and to women who depend on Medicaid. More »

Remaking America

| January 21, 2009

Women’s Media Center President Carol Jenkins witnessed a day that will change her family and our nation, as Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States of America. More »

Word to Activists, Don’t Stop Now

| January 20, 2009

Even in the midst of the inaugural celebration, activists gathered in the capital to plan out their roles in the coming months. More »

Girls Need to See Women Rise to Political Power

| January 12, 2009

In about a week, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States—entering the history books as the first African American to serve. Young girls know from Hillary Clinton’s near success at becoming the Democratic candidate that women can aspire to the highest office too, but studies show that their assurance could quickly fade. More »