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Quiet Push to Recognize Suffrage Sites

Quiet Push to Recognize Suffrage Sites

| April 9, 2009

Spearheaded by New York Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, powerful chair of the House Rules Committee, legislation was signed into law at the end of last month that will help celebrate the not-so-ancient history of how women won the vote in the United States. More »

Afghan Women to Obama: We Must Be at the Table!

| April 2, 2009

The author, a global affairs professor who has worked extensively in Afghanistan, talks to Dr. Masooda Jalal, a political leader and the subject of a new documentary. Her message: women must be involved in peace making; the Taliban and warlords are “only powerful because we allow them to be.” More »

Chances Improve for Ratification of CEDAW

| March 30, 2009

The United States has been an odd holdout in ratifying the UN treaty on women’s rights. Now it’s a priority of the Obama Administration, and Senator Barbara Boxer chairs the subcommittee that will hold hearings. Still, there’s no guarantee. More »

Patsy Mink: Paving the Way

Patsy Mink: Paving the Way

| March 25, 2009

Kimberlee Bassford discovers a subject for her documentary who had crafted the laws that made it possible for the filmmaker to achieve her education and career. More »

New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban

New U.S. Policy in AfPak: Looking for Mr. Moderate Taliban

| March 16, 2009

To those who advocate making peace with certain elements of the Taliban, the author, who has worked to secure human rights with Pakistani legislators across the ideological spectrum, argues against any prospective deal that sacrifices women’s empowerment. More »

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

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 »