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Susan Buttenwieser

Susan Buttenwieser

Susan Buttenwieser's writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and appeared in Brain, Child, The Brooklyn Rail, Atticus Review, and other publications. She teaches creative writing in New York City public schools and with incarcerated women.

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Justice Groups Fight Back Against Texas Lawmakers’ Anti-Trans, Anti-Choice Bills

Justice Groups Fight Back Against Texas Lawmakers’ Anti-Trans, Anti-Choice Bills

July 19, 2017

Republican Governor Greg Abbott has called a special session of the Texas legislature, and anti-choice and anti-trans bills are the hallmarks of the agenda. More »

Republican Senate Bill Calls for Defunding of Planned Parenthood

Republican Senate Bill Calls for Defunding of Planned Parenthood

June 27, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office scoring of the Republican Senate health care bill confirms that the proposed law singles out Planned Parenthood for defunding. More »

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Create Dire “Choices” for Domestic Violence Survivors

Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Create Dire “Choices” for Domestic Violence Survivors

June 15, 2017

Harsh federal policies, as well as new anti-immigrant state measures, mean greater danger for immigrant women who are survivors of domestic and sexual violence. More »

Just How Bad for Women Is the American Health Care Act?

Just How Bad for Women Is the American Health Care Act?

May 16, 2017

Women have benefitted from the Affordable Care Act, and women have a lot to lose if the new Republican health care bill becomes law. More »

Unthinkable: What If Roe Is Overturned?

Unthinkable: What If Roe Is Overturned?

March 21, 2017

With anti-choice politicians emboldened, and hearings for Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee underway, pro-choice activists are preparing for the worst. More »

Pro-Choice Groups Fighting Back Against Onslaught of Abortion Restrictions

Pro-Choice Groups Fighting Back Against Onslaught of Abortion Restrictions

January 31, 2017

With newly emboldened anti-choice legislators poised to pass more and more laws restricting abortion, reproductive rights groups are strengthening coalitions and working together with a new level of energy. More »

Transgender and In Prison: Violence, Harassment, and Denial of Medical Care Are the Norm

Transgender and In Prison: Violence, Harassment, and Denial of Medical Care Are the Norm

September 20, 2016

A new report details widespread abuse of transgender and gender-nonconforming people in U.S. prisons, jails, and immigration detention centers—and points to how corrections agencies can improve conditions. More »

Women’s Incarceration: Frequent Starting Point Is Childhood Abuse

Women’s Incarceration: Frequent Starting Point Is Childhood Abuse

March 22, 2016

The number of women in prison has been increasing at nearly double the rate of men. Advocates—including formerly incarcerated women—are taking a closer look at the reasons, and what can be done to stem the tide. More »

The High Cost of Incarcerating Women

December 3, 2015

When a woman serves time in prison, it takes a toll on both her future and her children. New sentencing alternatives, including those that keep families together, are starting to gain momentum. More »

Campus Rape and the Power of Early Sex Education to Make a Difference

August 20, 2015

First-year orientation is too late for young men and women to start learning about consent. Activists are pushing for better access to early, comprehensive sex education as one way to have an impact. More »

Shackled and In Labor

Shackled and In Labor

March 10, 2015

As activists build momentum to ban the shackling of incarcerated pregnant women, a new report reveals substandard reproductive health care for women behind bars. More »

Marriage Equality: What’s Next?

November 13, 2014

With universal marriage rights within reach, LGBT leaders are reminding us that there is a lot more work to do for full equality. More »