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  • Stop the GOP's Dangerous Budget Plan

    The Senate is expected to vote this week on a devastating budget resolution, which is the GOP's key to passing a tax reform bill with only 51 votes. That tax bill panders to big Republican donors by cutting taxes for the wealthiest 1 percent and major corporations, adding over $1 trillion to the federal deficit, and cutting over $1 trillion from Medicaid, kicking millions of people off of health insurance. The plan also cuts nearly half a trillion dollars from Medicare, which would end the entitelment program as we know it and leave seniors with only a small set amount each year for care.

    Help us stop this bill from passing in the Senate. Tell your Senators not to fund tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires by destroying Medicaid and Medicare as we know them.

  • Tell Governor Jerry Brown: Support Women and Girls in California Schools!

     Urge Governor Brown to sign Assembly Bill 10 and Senate Bill 169 into law—and support the girls and women enrolled in California schools. These two bills are crucial for ensuring equity for students of all genders—and in this political climate, they're more pivotal than ever. A.B. 10 will improve access to menstrual products for low-income students in public schools. S.B. 169 will amend the Education Code to codify the Obama-era guidances on Title IX that the Trump administration recently decided to rescind—putting survivors at risk in the process. 

    Too many girls in California schools have skipped class because they got their periods. Too many survivors are facing systems that attempt to silence and discredit them, putting them at risk of dropping out or being pushed off of their campuses.

    With less than two weeks left for California governor Jerry Brown to sign bills into law, we have got to call, write, tweet @JerryBrownGov and tell him, he must sign AB 10 and SB 169 to ensure gender equality in our schools. Send Governor Brown a letter TODAY urging him to sign AB 10 and SB 169 before they expire on October 15! 

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    Urge Governor Brown to sign Assembly Bill 10 and Senate Bill 169 into law—and support the girls and women enrolled in California schools. These two bills are crucial for ensuring equity for students of all genders—and in this political climate, they're more pivotal than ever. A.B. 10 will improve access to menstrual products for low-income students in public schools. S.B. 169 will amend the Education Code to codify the Obama-era guidances on Title IX that the Trump administration recently decided to rescind—putting survivors at risk in the process. 

    Too many girls in California schools have skipped class because they got their periods. Too many survivors are facing systems that attempt to silence and discredit them, putting them at risk of dropping out or being pushed off of their campuses.

    With less than two weeks left for California governor Jerry Brown to sign bills into law, we have got to call, write, tweet @JerryBrownGov and tell him, he must sign AB 10 and SB 169 to ensure gender quality in our schools. Send Governor Brown a letter TODAY urging him to sign AB 10 and SB 169 before they expire on October 15! 

  • Oppose the Bill to De-Regulate Gun Silencers

    As early as this week, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on a bill that would de-regulate gun silencers. Despite widespread opposition from police organizations & gun violence prevention groups, the NRA has thrown their full support behind the bill.

    Demand that Congress stand up to the NRA and oppose the de-regulation of gun silencers.

  • Urgent: Trumpcare Is Back!

    Republicans have until September 30 to pass Trumpcare before the rules of budget reconciliation expire and they are forced to earn 60 votes to pass a healthcare bill instead of just 50.

    The newest version of Trumpcare is the cruel and lethal Graham Cassidy plan, which would kick at least 32 million people off of health insurance, defund Planned Parenthood, and eliminate coverage protections in private health insurance and Medicaid. The plan would also end Medicaid as we know it by block granting funding instead of guaranteeing it, while cutting hundreds of billions from the program. 

    Take action today and urge your Senators to oppose this dangerous bill!

  • Urgent: Trumpcare Is Back!

    Republicans have until September 30 to pass Trumpcare before the rules of budget reconciliation expire and they are forced to earn 60 votes to pass a healthcare bill instead of just 50.

    The newest version of Trumpcare is the cruel and lethal Graham Cassidy plan, which would kick at least 32 million people off of health insurance, defund Planned Parenthood, and eliminate coverage protections in private health insurance and Medicaid. The plan would also end Medicaid as we know it by block granting funding instead of guaranteeing it, while cutting hundreds of billions from the program. 

    Take action today and urge your Senators to oppose this dangerous healthcare bill!

  • Urgent: Trumpcare Is Back!

    Republicans have until September 30 to pass Trumpcare before the rules of budget reconciliation expire and they are forced to earn 60 votes to pass a healthcare bill instead of just 50.

    The newest version of Trumpcare is the cruel and lethal Graham Cassidy plan, which would kick at least 32 million people off of health insurance, defund Planned Parenthood, and eliminate coverage protections in private health insurance and Medicaid. The plan would also end Medicaid as we know it by block granting funding instead of guaranteeing it, while cutting hundreds of billions from the program. 

    Take action today and urge your Senators to oppose this dangerous bill!

  • Urgent: Trumpcare Is Back!

    Republicans have until September 30 to pass Trumpcare before the rules of budget reconciliation expire and they are forced to earn 60 votes to pass a healthcare bill instead of just 50.

    The newest version of Trumpcare is the cruel and lethal Graham Cassidy plan, which would kick at least 32 million people off of health insurance, defund Planned Parenthood, and eliminate coverage protections in private health insurance and Medicaid. The plan would also end Medicaid as we know it by block granting funding instead of guaranteeing it, while cutting hundreds of billions from the program. 

    Take action today and urge your Senators to oppose this dangerous healthcare bill!

  • Stop Trumpcare

    The Senate is currently debating Trumpcare, bringing us dangerously close to a vote on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, decimate Medicaid services for 74 million people, kick anywhere from 22-32 million people off of health insurance, and throw the insurance marketplace into a tailspin.

    We have to stop this cruel and dangerous plan before it is too late.

  • Stop Trumpcare

    We have to stop Trumpcare and we have to stop it now.

    Thank your Democratic Senators for taking a stand and demand that your Republican Senators #ShowUsTheBill so that the American people can see and respond to it before it is brought to a vote.

  • Stop Trumpcare

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invoked Rule 14 in an attempt to recklessly fast-track the Senate's bill to dismantle healthcare, an unacceptable attempt to avoid public outrage.

    Take action now by letting your senators know that you oppose any attempts to dismantle healthcare. 

  • Stop Trumpcare

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invoked Rule 14 in an attempt to recklessly fast-track the Senate's bill to dismantle healthcare, an unacceptable attempt to avoid public outrage.

    Take action now by letting your senators know that you oppose any attempts to dismantle healthcare. 

  • Stop Trumpcare

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invoked Rule 14 in an attempt to recklessly fast-track the Senate's bill to dismantle healthcare, an unacceptable attempt to avoid public outrage.

    Take action now by letting your senators know that you oppose any attempts to dismantle healthcare. 

  • Stop Trumpcare

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has invoked Rule 14 in an attempt to recklessly fast-track the Senate's bill to dismantle healthcare, an unacceptable attempt to avoid public outrage.

    Take action now by letting your senators know that you oppose any attempts to dismantle healthcare. 

  • Stop Trumpcare

    We have to stop Trumpcare and we have to stop it now.

    Thank your Democratic Senators for taking a stand and demand that your Republican Senators #ShowUsTheBill so that the American people can see and respond to it before it is brought to a vote.

  • Save Healthcare

    Urge your Senators not to dismantle healthcare before it's too late!

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  • Support the Maine Equal Rights Amendment!

    The Maine State Legislature will vote on the addition of an Equal Rights Amendment to the Maine Constitution on Thursday, May 11. Contact your state representative immediately and ask them to vote for LD 197, the Maine State Equal Rights Amendment.

  • Tell Congress to Save Roe

     Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee recently told his local newspaper, "I would expect resignation [of a Supreme Court Justice] this summer."

    Tell lawmakers that women's lives hang in the balance and defense of abortion rights must be treated as a top priority in all considerations of future Supreme Court justices.

  • Support HB 40!

    Tell Govenor Rauner to uphold his pro-choice campaign promises and support HB 40 to expand access to abortion coverage.

  • The Senate Has Taken Action on Gorsuch

    Thank your Democratic and Independent Senators who filibustered the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and express disappointment with your Republican Senators who voted to employ the "nuclear option" and remove the 60-vote threshold required for Supreme Court nominees.

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    Tell your Senators to  fillibuster the nomination of

    Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

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    Reject H.R. 7, The Misleading

    "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"

  • Tell President Obama to declassify any information concerning Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election cycle

    For months we’ve been hearing from intelligence officials about Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee and top Clinton campaign executives. Now, we have reason to believe that there’s more we don’t know.

    Last week, eight Democratic senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee urged President Obama to declassify information related to Russia’s interference with the U.S. election process.

    We know you worked tirelessly during this election—now we need your help in upholding the integrity of our elections.

    Tell President Obama that the American public has a right to know what these senators found so deeply disturbing.

  • Bannon, You're Fired!

    Sign the pledge to rescind Bannon's appointment. 

    169 members of Congress have called on Trump to rescind Bannon's appointment, and the number is still growing.

    If Trump has any intention to fulfill his promise of being a president to all Americans, he will replace Steve Bannon immediately. 

  • Tell Lester Holt & the Commission on Presidential Debates What #WomenWant2Know

    This Monday is the first presidential debate – the first time the two candidates will be on the same stage at the same time. This is our opportunity to ask the candidates where they stand on issues that matter most to women.

    Call on Lester Holt, moderator of this first debate, and the Commission on Presidential Debates, to ask about the social and economic issues that matter most to women. 

  • Trump Model Investigation

     Tell your Senators to join Senator Barbara Boxer in asking US Citizen and Immigration Services Director Leon Rodriguez to open an investigation into Trump Model Management's employment practices.

  • Show your support for the historic House Sit-In

    Please show your support for the Sit-In by sending an email to thank the Democratic members and demand House Republicans allow votes on these bills. 

  • I'm ready to make history!

    Count me in! I want to add my name to the Feminist Majority's endorsement of Hillary for President.

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    The outrageous attacks on Planned Parenthood must stop.

    We must let our Senators know what we are outraged at the recent vote to defund Planned Parenthood. 

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      We Won't Go Back!

    The Senate will vote today on a 20-week abortion ban. This extremist bill, one that would ban abortion pre-viability, is a direct attack on Roe. Its exceptions for rape and incest are inhumane and put undue burdens on victims under 18 to report to authorities and could re-traumatize and damage the victim. This bill also requires victims over 18 to seek counseling or medical attention at least 48 hours before the procedure, causing multiple unnecessary trips to clinics.

    We have to make sure they know that the majority of Americans support safe, legal abortion. 

    Enter your zip code below then sign the petition to let your representatives in Congress know you don't support this extreme abortion ban. 

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    The outrageous attacks on Planned Parenthood must stop.

    We must let our Senators and Representatives know that they must vote NO on defunding Planned Parenthood and YES to increase funding for women’s health care services.

    Don’t be fooled by the sham videos! Email your Senators and Representatives now and tell them to stand with women, not extremists. 

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    Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has just announced some exciting news, and it’s time for Congress to follow her lead.

    Facebook will now require its U.S. contractors and vendors with at least 25 employees to provide workers with a $15 minimum hourly wage, a minimum of 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation, and a $4,000 new child benefit for parents who do not receive paid parental leave.

    Sign our letter to Sheryl Sandberg supporting Facebook’s new requirements and then tell Congress it’s time to take action.

    Women make up around two-thirds of all minimum wage workers in the U.S. Increasing the federal minimum wage would not only help close the gender wage gap, it would help provide more economic security to women and their families. Tell Congress to raise the minimum wage for all workers and to eliminate the tipped minimum wage.

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      We Won't Go Back!

    The Senate will vote today on a 20-week abortion ban. This extremist bill, one that would ban abortion pre-viability, is a direct attack on Roe and its exceptions for rape and incest are inhumane and put undue burdens on victims under 18 to report to authorities and could re-traumatize and damage the victim. And victims over 18 must seek counseling or medical attention at least 48 hours before the procedure, causing multiple unnecessary trips to clinics.

    We have to make sure they know that the majority of Americans support safe, legal abortion. 

    Enter your zip code below then sign the petition to let your representatives in Congress know you don't support this extreme abortion ban. 

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    Enough is enough. It’s been 5 months since President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch to be our next U.S. Attorney General. Loretta Lynch is not only superbly qualified, she would make history as the first African-American woman to serve in this position.

    Ms. Lynch has prosecuted vicious hate crimes and has fought tirelessly against police brutality. She was the leading prosecutor of the police officers who brutally beat and sodomized Haitian immigrant Abner Louima. Ms. Lynch has also at the forefront of the fight against human trafficking. Her office has indicted over 55 defendants in sex trafficking cases and helped over 100 victims of sex trafficking. 

    But, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has so far refused to schedule a vote on her nomination. Tell McConnell and your Senators it’s time to stop playing politics -- vote to confirm Loretta Lynch! 

    She deserves the respect of a vote.

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    TAKE ACTION:

    Indiana Sentences the First Woman Convicted of Feticide

    in the US to Decades in Prison Because of a Miscarriage

    After a miscarriage, 33-year-old Purvi Patel was convicted - based on junk science that was developed in the 17th century and that is highly contested - of child neglect and feticide and sentenced to prison for two sentences of 30 years for child neglect with 10 years suspended and 6 years for feticide, to be served concurrently - which means she will serve 20 years in prison. Patel says she suffered a miscarriage. It is an outrage to criminalize women for miscarrying.

    Sign the petition to tell Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana State Legislature to "Just Fix This," too! Repeal the Indiana statewide law that threatens all pregnant women, especially women of color and low-income women with criminal prosecution for miscarriage. No woman in tragic circumstances should have to endure the cruel and unusual punishment of criminal prosecution for a miscarriage - and worse yet, conviction and imprisonment. Is Indiana becoming the state of no compassion and no tolerance?

    Take Action to fix this now.

    INSTUCTIONS: Click "select this recipient" under any name then scroll down and enter your information. You only need to click under one name in order to send the petition to everyone listed.

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    It's Time for the Equal Rights Amendment!

    As it stands, the U.S. Constitution has no explicit ban on sex discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment has been introduced in every Congress between 1923 until it passed in 1972. In the current Congress, two resolutions have introduced - one to start over with an entire new effort to pass a federal Equal Rights Amendment, and another (the "Three States Strategy") to lift the time limit placed on the preamble of the Equal Rights Amendment that was passed out of Congress in 1972.

    35 states have ratified the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment - we only need three more states to ratify the ERA and for it to become part of the U.S. Constitution. We say there can be no time limit on equality.

    We urge members of Congress to support the Equal Rights Amendment by becoming co-sponsors of both the Start-Over ERA and the resolution to lift the time limit on the current ERA.

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    Take Action for Afghan Girls and Women!

    Yes! I will sign the petition to tell President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and my Senators and Representative in Congress that we cannot abandon women and girls in Afghanistan again! If we withdraw support troops, the Taliban could return and devastate a country that has worked so hard to rebuild.

    Afghan women and girls have worked so hard and have shown so much courage - they deserve our support.

  • Stop Trade Deal that Threatens Women's Rights and Women Workers

    Yes, I want to sign the petition to stop Fast Track and the Trans Pacific Partnership.

    The TPP is no deal for women. It hurts women workers and undermines women’s rights and human rights, while also threatening environmental regulations, availability of affordable medicines, food safety, and more. That’s why over 2,000 organizations, including the Feminist Majority, AFL-CIO, National Organization for Women, NAACP, People for the American Way, Pride at Work, and the Sierra Club, have opposed legislation to fast track the TPP. 

    Help us stop the TPP in its tracks. Tell your Senators to oppose Fast Track.

  • Act Now to Stop Bill Restricting Abortion Access

    This is being voted on RIGHT NOW.

    Today, on the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, House Republicans abruptly abandoned voting on the 20-week abortion ban when GOP women withdrew their sponsorship of the bill because it was too extreme. In a late-night maneuver, Republican leadership decided to bring up a vote on H.R. 7, which would drastically restrict a woman's ability to purchase comprehensive health insurance on the insurance exchanges.

    Although H.R. 7 supposedly prevents taxpayer funding for abortion, the bill actually prevents women from using their own money to purchase health insurance that includes abortion care

    H.R. 7 would eliminate tax credits available under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for women and families who purchase insurance plans that include abortion coverage through the newly created health insurance marketplaces. It would also force private multi-state insurance plans that participate in the marketplaces to stop providing abortion coverage and withhold the Small Business Tax Credit to those businesses that offer comprehensive health insurance - which includes abortion - to their employees.

    It's an absolute outrage.

    Sign the petition below to let your representatives and senators know they can't take away a woman's ability to make her own private health care choices. 

  • Tell Your Senator to Support the Paycheck Fairness Act!

    Big News: The Senate is expected to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84) tomorrow! The PFA is an important piece of legislation that would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to require employers to demonstrate that any pay differences between men and women doing the same work are based on legitimate business reasons, and not based on sex, and would end pay secrecy by prohibiting retaliation against employees who share salary information.

    Last time the PFA came up for a vote, it was blocked along party lines by Republican legislators. But the time has come to close the wage gap. Email your Senator today to urge them to support this important legislation.

    Women, on average, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. And women of color make even less. Black women make just 64 cents for every dollar earned by a white man, and Latinas earn only 54 cents. The pay gap costs women about $434,000 over the course of their careers – impacting the ability of women to provide for their families and care for their loved ones. But it’s not just about wages. The pay gap also cuts into women’s Social Security, pensions, and retirement.

    Enough is enough. Tell your Senator to support the Paycheck Fairness Act once it hits the Senate floor, and tweet with #WEmatter to spread the word!

  • Thank you, Senators!

    We are so excited! Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) just held a breakthrough hearing with seven - count them - seven women senators on combating violence against women, featuring the need to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and pass the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA). Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Assistant Senate Majority Leader and Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) also attended the hearing and strongly supported CEDAW and IVAWA.

    Please join us in thanking the senators today by signing our card below. We must stop the scourge of global violence against women, and CEDAW and IVAWA are vitally needed tools in the fight.

  • Thank you, President Obama!

    Today, President Obama said that "gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally....at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

    Please stand with us today in thanking President Obama for taking this historic step.

    President Obama is now the first sitting president in history to support gay marriage. This is a monumental victory for lesbian and gay rights.

    Join us in thanking Obama for publicly recognizing that loving gay and lesbian couples deserve equal respect, rights, and protections under the law. As feminists, we are proud to stand for equal rights for all people.

  • Talk to Your Senator About Their Vote on the PFA!

    Every single Senate Republican present last week voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) from advancing to an up-or-down vote. Although a majority of Americans support equal pay for women, Senate Republicans – just one day after Equal Pay Day – stood in the way of progress toward eliminating the gender wage gap. This is unacceptable. Contact your senators today and let them know how you feel about their votes of the Paycheck Fairness Act. Thank your senators if they supported the bill, and if they voted along party lines against equal pay for women, tell them that we will not rest until the gender wage gap is closed.

    Women, on average, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. Women of color in particular are hard hit by the gender wage gap. Black women earn just 64 cents for every dollar earned by white men, and Latinas earn only 54 cents. The gender wage gap costs women about $434,000 over the course of their careers – impacting the ability of women to support themselves, provide for their families, and care for their loved ones. But it’s not just about the wages. The pay gap also affects women’s Social Security, pensions, and retirement.

    Enough is enough.

    The Paycheck Fairness Act is an important step to achieving equal pay for women. The Paycheck Fairness Act would strengthen the Equal Pay Act of 1963 by prohibiting retaliation against employees who reveal and discuss wages with co-workers; requiring employers to provide the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with pay data by sex, race, and national origin of their employees; facilitating the ability to file class action lawsuits in equal pay actions; and strengthening remedies for pay discrimination.

    Let your senators know that you support closing the gender wage gap. The fight is not over until women stop getting shortchanged and cheated on pay day.

  • Tell Your Senator: It's Time to End Pay Discrimination!

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that the Senate will vote on equal pay legislation – the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 84) – as soon as next week.

    Women, on average, still earn only 77 cents for every dollar earned by men. And women of color make even less. Black women make just 64 cents for every dollar earned by a white man, and Latinas earn only 54 cents. The pay gap costs women about $434,000 over the course of their careers – impacting the ability of women to provide for their families and care for their loved ones. But it’s not just about wages. The pay gap also cuts into women’s Social Security, pensions, and retirement.

    Enough is enough. The Paycheck Fairness Act would close loopholes in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 to require employers to demonstrate that any pay differences between men and women doing the same work are based on legitimate business reasons, and not based on sex. The Act would also end pay secrecy by prohibiting retaliation against employees who share salary information.

    Women aren’t living in a “Mad Men” episode, and we deserve equal pay. Let’s get it done. Tell your Senator to support the Paycheck Fairness Act once it hits the Senate floor, and tweet with #NoMadMenPay from 2-3PM EST on Tuesday, April 8, to spread the word!

  • Tell Afghan Leaders: Sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

    Afghanistan's grand council approved a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan post-2014. This agreement is essential to the well-being of Afghan women and children.

    The BSA provides that the U.S. will continue to offer assistance to strengthen security, provide humanitarian aid, and support economic and civic development. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai has indicated that he will not sign the BSA until after the April 2014 elections – a decision that could potentially disrupt the relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan and place Afghan women at grave risk.
    Urge President Karzai to sign this agreement before the end of this year. Without this agreement, the tremendous gains made by Afghan women since the fall of the Taliban will be in jeopardy.
  • President Obama: #HelmsHurts

    Each year, an estimated 47,000 women will die from unsafe abortion. Many of them are victims of systematic rape during war and conflict. These women and girls - some as young as 11 - face increased rates of maternal mortality, permanent reproductive damage, and obstetric fistula, in addition to isolation, trauma, and unintended pregnancy.

    Women who become pregnant as a result of rape are often unable to access the care they need because of US political barriers to safe abortion, and a misinterpretation of the Helms Amendment - a provision of the US law that prevents US foreign assistance for abortion "as a method of family planning" but does allow US funds to help women obtain abortion care in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment.

    Take action with Feminist Majority to urge President Obama to take executive action to correct this misinterpretation of the Helms Amendment in order to ensure that women and girls all over the world, including in conflict zones, have access to life-saving abortion care.

  • Congratulate Mark Herring, Virginia's New Attorney General

    It's been a tough battle since the Nov. 5 Virginia election, but Mark Herring hung in there and it all paid off -- Republican Mark Obenshain just conceded the race.

    It's official: Herring will be Virginia's next Attorney General.

    That means the Democrats swept the Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General races. 

    Sign out congratulations card to Herring, a staunch supporter of women's rights, on a hard-fought victory. 

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  • Act Now to Support Paid Family Leave

     Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), legislation that will help millions of workers afford to take time off to address their own serious health condition or to care for an immediate family member or new child.

    The FAMILY Act will permit employees to earn up to 12 weeks of paid family leave each year through the creation of a national insurance fund.  Both employers and employees would contribute to the fund, which would be administered through a new Office of Paid Family and Medical Leave within the Social Security Administration.

    Women are the sole or primary breadwinners in 40% of families with children under 18.  Their income is absolutely necessary for the financial stability of their households.  But when a medical emergency strikes or when a child is born or adopted, women are the ones most likely to leave the workplace – and their paychecks – to provide care at home.  Loss of their incomes just when it is needed the most can be devastating.

  • Tell Afghan leaders: Sign the Bilateral Security Agreement

    Afghanistan's grand council approved a Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will help determine the role of the U.S. in Afghanistan post-2014. This agreement is essential to the well-being of Afghan women and children.

    The BSA provides that the U.S. will continue to offer assistance to strengthen security, provide humanitarian aid, and support economic and civic development. But Afghan President Hamid Karzai has indicated that he will not sign the BSA until after the April 2014 elections – a decision that could potentially disrupt the relationship between the U.S. and Afghanistan and place Afghan women at grave risk.
    Urge President Karzai to sign this agreement before the end of this year. Without this agreement, the tremendous gains made by Afghan women since the fall of the Taliban will be in jeopardy.
  • Thank you, Wendy Davis

    No matter what happens in Texas' special session today, we want to thank state Sen. Wendy Davis for standing up -- literally -- for women's reproductive rights.

    Last week, Davis filibustered for nearly 12 hours to stop an abortion regulation that would have closed most of Texas' clinics. Thousands of supporters rallied along with Davis, sending a clear message that SB5 was harmful to the women of Texas.

    But Gov. Rick Perry refused to listen and called a special session, attempting to negate Davis' filibuster and get the legislation passed, even though thousands of you wrote to him and tweeted at him with #PissedAtPerry.

    We couldn't stop Perry from calling another special session, but we can stand with Wendy as she goes into the State Capitol.  

    Sign our thank you card now to let Davis know how much we appreciate her courageous action.

     

  • Gov. Kasich, Stand Up for Women's Rights!

    48 hours. That's all we have.

    By 11:59 p.m. Sunday night, Ohio Gov. John Kasich will decide whether or not to veto incredibly restrictive abortion measures.

    Help us tell Gov. Kasich that women's reproductive rights cannot be legislated! We refuse to go back to the alleys.

    Sign and share this petition to stand in solidarity with the women of Ohio.  

  • #PissedAtPerry? Let him know.

    Tuesday night, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis successfully filibustered for more than 11 hours to defeat a TRAP law that would have closed the majority of her state's abortion clinics.

    We've just learned that Gov. Rick Perry plans to call another special session on July 1 to negate Sen. Davis' fillibuster.

    We're #PissedAtPerry.

    Tell Gov. Perry that you're pissed for messing with women's reproductive rights. Let's show him who he's dealing with. 

  • Tell Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act!

    Today, as we mark the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act of 1963, women are still paid, on average, 77 cents for every dollar paid to men with a much wider gap for African American women and Latinas.

    Tell Your Members of Congress to Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act Now and move women one step closer to the fair pay they deserve.

  • Tell House to Reject the Ryan Budget!

    Tomorrow the Ryan Budget will be taken up by the House of Representatives. It is a devastating budget for women.

    Tell your Representative to vote NO on the anti-women Ryan Budget!

  • Tell Congress to take sexual assault cases out of the military chain of command!

    Congress must take immediate action to stop sexual assault in the military. More than a half million veterans in the U.S., female and male, are survivors. In the last two years, sexual assault has increased by 35%. Enough is enough.

    We must take the handling of sexual assault cases out of the the chain of command. Urge your Representative to vote for the STOP Act (H.R. 1593) introduced in the House by Rep Jackie Speier (D-CA14) and urge your Senators to vote for the Military Justice Improvement Act introduced yesterday by a bipartisan group of Senators led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Senator Susan Collins (ME).

  • Tell House to Reject the Ryan Budget!

    Tomorrow the Ryan Budget will be taken up by the House of Representatives. It is a devastating budget for women.

    Tell your Representative to vote NO on the anti-women Ryan Budget!

  • Tell House to Reject Fake VAWA!

    This is a red alert. The House is voting on a fake VAWA tomorrow. We need you to tell your Representative to vote NO on the House Republican Leadership's VAWA substitute and YES on the bipartisan, inclusive Senate VAWA. We can win!

  • U.S. College Students, Parents & Alumnae RISE - THIS IS THE MOMENT

    The energy from ONE BILLION RISING continues with action steps!

    This week the House of Representatives will be voting on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

    Women’s groups, advocates, and survivors have worked to show support for the inclusive, bipartisan Senate-passed bill, S. 47, and though this will be brought to the floor for a vote the work is far from over.

    An alternate version of the bill has just been introduced that falls short of our goals for VAWA including dropping provisions to strengthen protections and security for students on college campuses, including the initiative to erase rape kit backlogs and other provisions found in the SAFER Act. Action must be taken this week to show support for S. 47, the inclusive, bipartisan Senate-passed bill version.

    MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! CONTACT Your Representative!

  • Use the Power Of ONE BILLION To Get VAWA Passed!

    February 14th might be over but ONE BILLION RISING has only begun! Now is the time to harness the power of one billion to change the world.

    Let's start by getting the Senate version of VAWA to the House floor for a vote!

  • Tell Congress to pass VAWA!

    The Senate is expected to vote tomorrow on S.47, the inclusive Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (VAWA). There are 61 cosponsors and it is crucial that the Senate pass S.47 with an overwhelming margin with no amendments. An overwhelming strong bipartisan Senate vote will send a message to the House to pass the inclusive Senate bill.

    Tell your Senators to vote yes to pass the inclusive VAWA (S.47)!

  • Tell Congress to pass VAWA!

    The Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization (VAWA) is moving in both the Senate (S.47) with 50 cosponsors and in the House (H.R.11) with 157 cosponsors. The Senate could vote on VAWA as early as this week.

    Shockingly, the Republican-led House blocked the Senate-passed inclusive VAWA in the last Congress. Instead, the House Republicans cut critically needed protections for students, immigrant women, LGBT and Native American communities, causing a stalemate leaving us with no reauthorization for the first time since the original VAWA passed in 1974. We can't let this happen again. Urge quick action!

    Tell your Senators and Representatives women deserve immediate passage of the VAWA reauthorization. We must pass this vitally needed measure as introduced. We can not - must not - accept a watered down version that does not benefit ALL survivors.

  • Tell Congress to Act to Reduce Gun Violence

    Congress cannot, and must not, ignore the cries for action to reduce gun violence.  President Obama and Vice President Biden have put forth a comprehensive plan of action that includes specific proposals for legislative remedies to stem the increasing gun violence.

    There were 31,672 gun deaths in the US in 2010 (CDC). Enough is enough! It is time to reinstate a comprehensive assault weapons ban and to ban high-capacity magazines.  Congress must also enact legislation to require universal background checks for all gun purchases (85% of the public supports this). We can no longer allow the irresponsible sale and trafficking of guns.

    Tell your Members of Congress that we cannot wait any longer for them to act to reduce gun violence.

  • Pass Legislation to Reduce Gun Violence

    Congress cannot, and must not, ignore the cries for action to reduce gun violence.  President Obama and Vice President Biden have put forth a comprehensive plan of action that includes specific proposals for legislative remedies to stem the increasing gun violence.

    There were some 32,000 gun deaths in the US in 2011. Enough is enough! It is time to reinstate a comprehensive assault weapons ban and to ban high-capacity magazines.  Congress must also enact legislation to require universal background checks for all gun purchases (85% of the public supports this). We can no longer allow the irresponsible sale and trafficking of guns.

    Tell your Members of Congress that we cannot wait any longer for them to pass meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence.

  • Fix the Broken Filibuster System

    In the past few years, Republican Senators have abused a broken filibuster system to keep feminist and progressive legislation from becoming law. We must tell the Senate that we won’t let them undermine our democracy.

     
    Since 2006 when Harry Reid took office, there have been 385 cloture motions filled. They’ve used this tactic to prevent improvements to the Equal Pay Act that would improve the possible remedies of sex discrimination cases. Republicans have held tax cuts for 98% of the American population hostage by going so far as to filibuster one of their own motions.
     
    The Feminist Majority, as part of the Fix the Senate Now coalition, is urging Senators to do the right thing and fix the broken filibuster system. Stand with us – tell your Senator that you support Senate Rules Reform and they should too. Sign our petition today!
     
    We cannot let such blatant disregard for women and the political process continue. We need reform that will require those wishing to filibuster to take the floor and explain why (“talking filibusters”), eliminating the ability to filibuster the motion to proceed, and requiring 41 Senators to vote to continue debate and force the dissent to gather support instead of the majority opinion.
     
    We must make our voices heard now! Sign our petition to stop filibuster abuse!
  • Tell Congress to Stand up for Women and the Middle Class!

    On December 31, 2012, billions of dollars in tax cuts are set to expire, which would lead to devastating tax increases on the middle class. If middle class tax cuts are not extended, the average young person will see their taxes rise by an average of $2000.00 next year. Tell House Speaker John Boehner not to hold the middle class tax cuts hostage.

    The Senate has already passed a tax cut for the middle class that would prevent taxes from rising on 99.5% of 18-34-year-olds. However, Speaker Boehner refuses to allow a vote on the bill. House Republicans are threatening to sacrifice the financial security of nearly every American—and risk pushing the country back into recession—in order to protect tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires.

    Don’t allow the House to hold the middle class hostage! Urge Speaker Boehner to allow a vote on the middle class tax cuts. There is currently a discharge petition in the House that would force a vote on this crucial legislation. To win, the petition will need signatures from at least 218 House members. Right now, 182 Representatives have signed the petition. Please contact your Representative and ask them to sign the discharge petition immediately.

  • Tell the Senate to Pass the Treaty on Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    It is urgent that we send a message to the Senate immediately telling them to pass the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an important human rights treaty to increase access for persons with disabilities around the world. A major step forward was achieved when Majority Leader Reid brought the treaty to the Senate floor this week. Ratification of all treaties requires a two-thirds vote of the Senate. In order to get the necessary 67 votes we need you to contact your Senators now and tell them to vote yes on CRPD when it comes up for a vote next week.

  • Tell Congress to Extend Tax Cuts to the Middle Class Now!

    If Congress does not act by the end of this year, all Americans will see their taxes automatically increase. The Senate has already voted to extend tax cuts to the 98% of Americans making less than $250,000 a year. Despite the election results, Republicans are holding middle class and lower income earners hostage to tax breaks for the wealthiest two percent of Americans.

    Many of the tax cuts being held hostage disproportionately affect young, single women. Students are also especially impacted. Tax deductions for college tuition will be decreased by 22%.

    Take action now to make sure this doesn’t happen!

  • Tell Congress to Extend Tax Cuts to the Middle Class Now!

    If Congress does not act by the end of this year, all Americans will see their taxes automatically increase. The Senate has already voted to extend tax cuts to the 98% of Americans making less than $250,000 a year. Despite the election results, Republicans are holding middle class and lower income earners hostage to tax breaks for the wealthiest two percent of Americans.

    Many of the tax cuts being held hostage disproportionately affect young, single women. Students are also especially impacted. Tax deductions for college tuition will be decreased by 22%.

    Take action now to make sure this doesn’t happen!

  • Governor Romney, Pull Your Ad Endorsing Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate from Indiana

    The Feminist Majority demands Governor Mitt Romney pull his television ad in Indiana endorsing Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate from Indiana.

    This is the only ad Romney has released endorsing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and revealed Romney's ultra conservatism in such selection. But it is intolerable that a presidential candidate would continue the running of such an ad in light of the Murdock's extreme position on rape.

    On Tuesday night in the Senate debate in Indiana Mourdock said, "I believe life begins at conception. The only exception […] to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen."

  • Governor Romney, Pull Your Ad Endorsing Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate from Indiana

    The Feminist Majority demands Governor Mitt Romney pull his television ad in Indiana endorsing Richard Mourdock for U.S. Senate from Indiana.

    This is the only ad Romney has released endorsing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate and revealed Romney's ultra conservatism in such selection. But it is intolerable that a presidential candidate would continue the running of such an ad in light of the Murdock's extreme position on rape.

    On Tuesday night in the Senate debate in Indiana Mourdock said, "I believe life begins at conception. The only exception […] to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with myself for a long time but I came to realize life is that gift from God, even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape. It is something that God intended to happen."

  • Tell Congress You Support the Real VAWA!

    Congress is back in session but is scheduled to recess next week. Before Congress recesses, tell them that failure to pass the inclusive, bipartisan Senate version of VAWA will send a clear message to all women and all survivors of violence that House Republicans are continuing to play politics with their safety and lives.

    The "real" VAWA, which includes critical provisions addressing safety on campuses and protections for LGBT, immigrant and Native American survivors of violence, must not be held hostage to partisan politics. House Republicans have passed their own version of the bill eliminating these important provisions.

    Tell your Representatives that no one chooses to be victimized and our Congress should not enact a law that chooses which person deserves protection under VAWA. Violence is violence.

  • Email the House - Stop the Fake VAWA!

    Time is running out for passage of the "real" Violence Against Women Reauthorization ACT (VAWA). The "real" VAWA is the bi-partisan Senate passed version that provides protections and services for all victims.

    Tell your Representative that you want the "real" VAWA, the one that includes provisions to prevent violence on campuses and protections for immigrant women, Native Americans, and LGBT victims and not the House bill that eliminates these critical provisions.

  • Email the House - Stop the Fake VAWA!

    Time is running out for passage of the "real" Violence Against Women Reauthorization ACT (VAWA). The "real" VAWA is the bi-partisan Senate passed version that provides protections and services for all victims.

    Tell your Representative that you want the "real" VAWA, the one that includes provisions to prevent violence on campuses and protections for immigrant women, Native Americans, and LGBT victims and not the House bill that eliminates these critical provisions.

  • Email the House - Stop the Fake VAWA!

    This is it. The fake Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization will be voted on by the House this Wednesday and we must defeat it.

    Act now to stop the "fake VAWA" being pushed by House Republicans. Passing the real VAWA instead will prevent untold horrors to women in the most desperate and violent circumstances.

    Unbelievably, the version of VAWA introduced by House Republicans Eric Cantor and Sandy Adams guts longstanding confidentiality rules, requiring that abusers be notified by U.S. authorities if their immigrant partners seek protection under VAWA, further endangering these women at the very moment that they are seeking to escape.

    Tell Congress now that you want the real VAWA, the Senate-passed bipartisan VAWA, that retains protections for immigrant women, the LGBT community, and Native American Women.

    Don't wait – tell Congress that you want the Senate-passed bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, and please forward this message widely. There's not a moment to spare.

  • Email the House - Stop the Fake VAWA!

    This is it. The fake Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization will be voted on by the House this Wednesday and we must defeat it.

    Act now to stop the "fake VAWA" being pushed by House Republicans. Passing the real VAWA instead will prevent untold horrors to women in the most desperate and violent circumstances.

    Unbelievably, the version of VAWA introduced by House Republicans Eric Cantor and Sandy Adams guts longstanding confidentiality rules, requiring that abusers be notified by U.S. authorities if their immigrant partners seek protection under VAWA, further endangering these women at the very moment that they are seeking to escape.

    Tell Congress now that you want the real VAWA, the Senate-passed bipartisan VAWA, that retains protections for immigrant women, the LGBT community, and Native American Women.

    Don't wait – tell Congress that you want the Senate-passed bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, and please forward this message widely. There's not a moment to spare.

  • Thank you, President Obama!

    Today, President Obama said that "gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally....at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

    Please stand with us today in thanking President Obama for taking this historic step.

    President Obama is now the first sitting president in history to support gay marriage. This is a monumental victory for lesbian and gay rights.

    Join us in thanking Obama for publicly recognizing that loving gay and lesbian couples deserve equal respect, rights, and protections under the law. As feminists, we are proud to stand for equal rights for all people.

  • Thank you, President Obama!

    Today, President Obama said that "gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally....at a certain point I've just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married."

    Please stand with us today in thanking President Obama for taking this historic step.

    President Obama is now the first sitting president in history to support gay marriage. This is a monumental victory for lesbian and gay rights.

    Join us in thanking Obama for publicly recognizing that loving gay and lesbian couples deserve equal respect, rights, and protections under the law. As feminists, we are proud to stand for equal rights for all people.

  • Email the Senate - Reauthorize VAWA Now!

    The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) will be on the Senate floor for debate and a vote very soon. It moved forward when a motion to proceed passed on April 19th.

    Since it first became law in 1994, millions have benefited from VAWA.

    • Between 1993 and 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined by an amazing 67%.
    • States are taking violence against women more seriously and all states now have stalking laws, criminal sanctions for violation of civil protection orders, and reforms that make date or spousal rape as serious of a crime as stranger rape.
    • VAWA established the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which receives over 22,000 calls each month.
    • VAWA funds train over 500,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and other personnel each year.

    The current VAWA reauthorization bill is the first that includes access to law enforcement and services for Native American women, better access for immigrant women who fear deportation if they report violence, and better access for LGBT victims.

    Contact your Senators today and thank them if they have signed on as co-sponsors of S.1925 as introduced by Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). If your Senators are not sponsors, urge them to vote yes on S. 1925.

  • Email the Senate - Reauthorize VAWA Now!

    The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) will be on the Senate floor for debate and a vote very soon. It moved forward when a motion to proceed passed on April 19th.

    Since it first became law in 1994, millions have benefited from VAWA.

    • Between 1993 and 2010, the rate of intimate partner violence declined by an amazing 67%.
    • States are taking violence against women more seriously and all states now have stalking laws, criminal sanctions for violation of civil protection orders, and reforms that make date or spousal rape as serious of a crime as stranger rape.
    • VAWA established the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which receives over 22,000 calls each month.
    • VAWA funds train over 500,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and other personnel each year.

    The current VAWA reauthorization bill is the first that includes access to law enforcement and services for Native American women, better access for immigrant women who fear deportation if they report violence, and better access for LGBT victims.

    Contact your Senators today and thank them if they have signed on as co-sponsors of S.1925 as introduced by Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT). If your Senators are not sponsors, urge them to vote yes on S. 1925.

  • Email Congress - support birth control coverage now!

    We are asking you to stand with us in supporting President Obama and Secretary Sebelius' announced HHS rule under the Affordable Care Act's preventive health benefit package that requires insurers to provide women employees and women dependents, including those of religiously-affiliated institutions, birth control without co-pays or deductibles, without extra cost, and without opt-in or opt-out clauses.

    The fight has now moved to Congress. Republican leaders in the House and Senate are moving legislation forward to stop this preventive coverage for women. We must strengthen the resolve of Congress members to vote no against such proposals that are hostile to the needs of women's health. We must have as large of a "no" vote as possible to stop attacks on women's health care. Congressional members must hear a vast outcry. It is 2012 and women must decide, not their bosses nor school administrators.

  • Write to Congress - help support contraceptive coverage now!

    We are asking you to stand with us in supporting President Obama and Secretary Sebelius' announced HHS rule under the Affordable Care Act's preventive health benefit package that requires insurers to provide women employees and women dependents, including those of religiously-affiliated institutions, birth control without co-pays or deductibles, without extra cost, and without opt-in or opt-out clauses.

    The fight has now moved to Congress. Several Senators who had problems with the original proposal have announced they will support the Obama plan. Republican leaders, however, in the House and Senate are moving legislation forward to stop this preventive coverage for women. We must strengthen the resolve of Congress members to vote no against such proposals that are hostile to the needs of women's health. We must have as large of a "no" vote as possible to slow such attacks on women's health care. Congressional members must hear a vast outcry. It is 2012 and women must decide, not their bosses nor school administrators.

  • Write to Congress - help support contraceptive coverage now!

    We are asking you to stand with us in supporting President Obama and Secretary Sebelius' announced HHS rule under the Affordable Care Act's preventive health benefit package that requires insurers to provide women employees and women dependents, including those of religiously-affiliated institutions, birth control without co-pays or deductibles, without extra cost, and without opt-in or opt-out clauses.

    The fight has now moved to Congress. Several Senators who had problems with the original proposal have announced they will support the Obama plan. Republican leaders, however, in the House and Senate are moving legislation forward to stop this preventive coverage for women. We must strengthen the resolve of Congress members to vote no against such proposals that are hostile to the needs of women's health. We must have as large of a "no" vote as possible to slow such attacks on women's health care. Congressional members must hear a vast outcry. It is 2012 and women must decide, not their bosses nor school administrators.

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    The Washington Post is supporting the Catholic Bishops by repeatedly (and one-sidedly) attacking the Obama administration’s decision to maintain contraception access for millions of women, without deductibles or copays, under the Affordable Care Act. The Bishops demanded that the administration, which has already exempted houses of worship, also exempt businesses owned by religious interests, such as hospitals, universities, insurance companies, and social service agencies. And the Post is backing them up.

    Tell the Washington Post they got it wrong this time.

  • We need no-copay birth control & Plan B over the counter!

    Your action is urgently needed. Please tell President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius not to give in to demands from the Conference of Catholic Bishops that would expand the religious exemption and deny birth control coverage with no-copays for millions of women.

  • Tell the President to reverse the HHS decision on Plan B!

    Tell President Obama to reverse the HHS decision to block FDA approval of Plan B over the counter without an age restriction. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took unprecedented action today to overrule the FDA's recommendation.

    This cannot stand. Women and girls' lives are in the balance. Take action now!

  • Tell the Catholic Bishops NO! Women need no-copay birth control!

    Your action is urgently needed. Please tell President Barack Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius not to give in to demands from the Conference of Catholic Bishops that would expand the religious exemption and deny birth control coverage with no-copays for millions of women. 

  • Senate Must Vote YES on Teachers and First Responders Jobs

    The U.S. Senate could vote, possibly as early as tonight, on whether to allow debate on the new Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act. The Senate failed to pass the bill last week because it was blocked by a Republican filibuster. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is trying again, this time bringing a vote on pieces of the Act. 

    Please sign our letter and tell your Senators to vote “yes” to allow a vote on the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Act.

  • Senate Must Vote YES on Jobs Act

    The U.S. Senate is considering the American Jobs Act, which includes a tax on multi-millionaire’s income.

    Please sign our letter and tell your Senators to vote “yes” on the American Jobs Act.

  • Senate Must Vote YES on Jobs Act

    The U.S. Senate is voting tonight on a procedural motion in a vote on the American Jobs Act, which includes a tax on multi-millionaire’s income. This is the first crucial vote.

    Please sign our letter and tell your Senators to vote “yes” to allow a vote on the American Jobs Act.

  • Send Ellie a Birthday Wish!

    Thank you for helping to make Ellie’s feminist Congress wish come true! Please take a moment and send Ellie a personal message on her birthday.

  • Send Ellie a Birthday Wish!

    Thank you for helping to make Ellie’s feminist Congress wish come true! Please take a moment and send Ellie a personal message on her birthday.

  • Don't Balance the Budget on Women’s Backs

    President Obama and Congressional leaders are entering a critical phase in the negotiations to raise the debt ceiling and prevent default on the Nation’s legal obligations. Feminists must speak out loud and clear.

    Please sign our letter and tell President Obama and the Congressional leaders they must not balance the nation’s budget on the backs of women, children, the elderly, and the disabled.

  • Stop Balancing the Budget on Women’s Backs

    Debt ceiling negotiations with Vice President Biden and Congressional leaders ended when Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out last week. Now the negotiations have moved to the White House between President Obama and Congressional leaders. Please tell President Obama and Congressional leaders loud and clear to keep increasing revenue on the table, increase taxes on the wealthy, and cut wasteful defense/contractor spending. It is time that feminists speak out and be heard.

  • Stop Balancing the Budget on Women’s Backs

    As Vice President Biden’s debt ceiling negotiations with Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders enters a critical phase, it’s time that feminists speak out and be heard. Encourage them to increase taxes on the wealthy and cut defense spending instead of balancing the budgets on the backs of women and the middle class by e-mailing the negotiators now.

  • Release findings on Coburn!

    Tell the Senate Select Committee on Ethics: Release its report on the complaint filed against Senator Tom Coburn in relation to the Senator Ensign scandal.

  • Release findings on Coburn!

    Tell the Senate Select Committee on Ethics: Release its report on the complaint filed against Senator Tom Coburn in relation to the Senator Ensign scandal.

  • Stop Republican War on Women!

    Tell your Senators and Representatives: Work in Congress to make sure we defeat all attempts to defund family planning in the 2012 federal budget.

  • Stop the Pence Amendment! Stand with Planned Parenthood!

    Tell your Senators: We need the Senate to act now to defeat the Pence Amendment, which bars all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. Basic healthcare for millions of women is dependent on Planned Parenthood services. This is an outrage - withdrawing legitimate and necessary healthcare services from Americans for ideological political reasons is an abuse of governance.

  • Stop Republican War on Women!

    Tell your Senators and Representatives: Work in Congress against the Republican Continuing Resolution proposal that eliminates Title X domestic family programs, cuts international family planning by 32% from 2010 spending levels, and makes other massive cuts that constitute an all out assault on low and middle class women's reproductive health and on all families!

  • Support Maloney's bid for Ranking Member of the House Oversight & Government Reform committee!

    With the change in leadership in the House, a strong champion of women's rights, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney has a chance to become the ranking member of a very powerful House committee - the Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR). She is next in seniority and has anextraordinary record of legislative accomplishment and effective oversight for women.

    If your Representative is a Democrat, urge them to vote for Congresswoman Maloney as the ranking member of OGR today.

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    Tell your Senators: Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell! Vote for the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes an amendment to repeal DADT!

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    Tell your Senators: Women need Senate action to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)!

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    Tell your Senators: Women need Senate action for the Paycheck Fairness Act and against wage discrimination!

  • Thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her leadership!

    Current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just announced her decision to run for House Democratic leader in the next Congress. Pelosi is the first woman and first self-identified feminist Speaker of the House and is one of the most effective Speakers in history.

    Thank Speaker Pelosi for her leadership and make sure she knows that you support her decision to run for House Democratic leader.

  • Urge Linda McMahon to Denounce the Exploitation of Women

    Linda McMahon, the Republican candidate for US Senate in Connecticut, is the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, which promoted exploitation of women as entertainment. It is disturbing that McMahon is using millions she made as CEO of WWE to run against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who has been influential in passing domestic violence legislation.

    Urge Linda McMahon to take the opportunity to renounce the exploitation of women in entertainment.

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    Tell your Senators: Women need Senate action for the Paycheck Fairness Act and against wage discrimination!

  • Remove Simpson from "Deficit Commission"

    Urge President Obama to immediately remove former Senator Alan K. Simpson as co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsiblity and Reform.  Ask him to remove Simpson before he has a chance to implement his biases against women, seniors, and social security.

    Please email President Obama today!

  • Send Ellie a Birthday Wish!

    Thank you helping to make Ellie’s feminist Congress wish come true! Please take a moment and send Ellie a personal message on her birthday.

  • We must pass important legislation now!

    We need your help. We are in the final weeks of the 2009-2010 Congressional Session. Key legislation for women is pending in the Senate. We act must before Congress adjourns for the elections:

    • Pass the International Violence Against Women Act
    • Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act
    • Ratify the United Nations Convention (Treaty) to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • Stop CBS from airing anti-abortion Super Bowl Ad

    The Super Bowl audience, one of the largest of any event, spans all ages and political positions, and should not be used to promote an anti-abortion message.

    Tell CBS that using the public airwaves to promote an anti-abortion message will lose the network both respect and business.

  • Stop CBS from airing anti-abortion Super Bowl Ad

    Even as the trial continues for the murder of Dr. George Tiller, CBS is planning to air an anti-abortion ad during this weekend’s Super Bowl game. Tell CBS that this is no time to feed the anger and hatred of anti-abortion extremists.

  • Send Martha Coakley a Congratulations for Her Primary Win

    Champion for women’s rights and Feminist Majority endorsed Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley won the Democratic US Senate primary for the special election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy's seat! Send her a congratulations.

  • Tell your Representatives how you feel about the Stupak Amendment

    The House passed the historic Affordable Health Care Act (HR3962) by a narrow margin (220-215) with major gains for women including eliminating gender rating in insurance prices, banning pre-existing conditions, capping out of pocket expenses, expanding Medicaid to include individuals at 150% of the federal poverty level, improving Medicare by closing the donut hole on prescription drug coverage, no charge for preventive care, and stopping the practice of dropping coverage or capping coverage of sick people. Important provisions that advance the health needs of LGBT people were also included in the Act. Unequal taxation of domestic partner benefits was eliminated.

    Women's rights advocates, however, were delivered a major defeat Saturday night by passage of the outrageously restrictive anti-abortion Stupak amendment to the Affordable Health Care for America Act (HR 3962) by a 240-194 vote of the House of Representatives. The amendment, co-sponsored by Bart Stupak (D-MI), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Brad Ellsworth (D-IN), Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA), bans abortion coverage for women in both the public option and private insurance. Under the guise of no federal funding for abortion in so-called keeping with Hyde Amendment restrictions, the Stupak Amendment goes way beyond Hyde. This amendment bans abortion coverage even if women pay for it with their own money in the public option or private plans in the insurance exchange.

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    Let your Representatives and Senators know you want Affordable Health Care for America Act with the Public Option now.

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  • End Abstinence Only Funding Now!

    Tell the Labor, HHS Subcommittee: End Abstinence-Only Funding Now!

    And call Subcommittee and Call Chairman David Obey, (D-WI-7), at 202-225-3365 and tell him that failed abstinence- only sex education programs must not be included in the FY 2010 spending bill for Labor HHS.

    Speak out against to the federal funding of abstinence-only programs that provide “false, misleading, or distorted information about reproductive health.”

    *Enter your zip code below to see if your Representative is a member of the HHS Subcommittee, if not please make sure to call Chairman David Obey, (D-WI-7), at 202-225-3365 and tell him that failed abstinence- only sex education programs must not be included in the FY 2010 spending bill for Labor HHS. We must speak out!

  • Take Action to Empower Afghan Women

    Urge President Obama and your Senators and Representatives to act now to help Afghan women.  Ask them to include funding in the supplemental spending bill for Afghanistan that will go directly to Afghan women-led non-profit organizations providing programs for Afghan women and girls, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA).

    Please email President Obama and your Senators and Representatives today!