Feminist Majority Announces Independent Campaign Against Stupak and Pitts

Feminist Majority announced today (see below) to its supporters its national wide independent expenditure campaign to dump both Congressmen Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA), co-supporters of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment which banned a woman from purchasing abortion coverage even with her own money. Their callous disregard for women’s lives cannot and will not be… [Continue Reading]

Kim Gandy, Former NOW President, Joins Feminist Majority Leadership

Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Feminist Majority, announced today that Kim Gandy has become Vice President and General Counsel of both organizations. Gandy brings to her new positions a wealth of experience in leadership, organizing, public policy advocacy, litigation, media relations, and coalition building at the national, state, and local… [Continue Reading]

Statement of Katherine Spillar, Executive Vice President of Feminist Majority Foundation on Kansas Judge’s decision to allow evidence in support of a “voluntary manslaughter” verdict in the trial of Scott Roeder for murdering Dr. George Tiller (FMF)

Today’s perplexing decision is effectively back-door permission for admitted killer Scott Roeder to use a ‘justifiable homicide’ defense that is both un-justifiable and unconscionable. Allowing an argument that this cold-blooded, premeditated murder could be voluntary manslaughter will embolden anti-abortion extremists and could result in ‘open season’ on doctors across the country.” Kansas Judge Warren Wilbert… [Continue Reading]

Keep Pledges to Afghan Women and Girls: Build Lasting Peace (FMF)

Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority Foundation joined Women for Afghan Women in a press conference, on the same day President Obama is announcing the new US policies for Afghanistan and Pakistan, to keep in focus the plight of Afghan women and girls. Statement of Eleanor Smeal: We must not forget the horrific human… [Continue Reading]

House Passes Historic Health Reform – Women’s Rights Suffer Major Defeat in Passage of 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… [Continue Reading]

Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President, Feminist Majority Foundation On the Arrest of Roman Polanski

The Feminist Majority Foundation joins our sister feminist organizations in working to ensure rape is prosecuted as the heinous crime that it is, especially against girls. The Feminist Majority Foundation is a leader in the fight to end all forms of violence against women and is demanding the expeditious processing of all back-logged rape kits… [Continue Reading]

Which McDonnell is the Real McDonnell?

Statement of Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal I am shocked, but not surprised, at the views of Attorney General Robert D. McDonnell, the Republican candidate for Virginia Governor, in his recently publicized graduate thesis of 1989. McDonnell’s legislative record shows that he has consistently taken anti-women’s rights stances for nearly two decades in state office…. [Continue Reading]

Feminist Majority Foundation Defends Targeted Nebraska Abortion Provider (FMF)

The Feminist Majority Foundation joined pro-choice supporters nationwide in announcing their full support of Dr. Leroy Carhart and the Abortion and Contraception Clinic of Nebraska at a press conference in Omaha, Nebraska today. Pro-choice supporters from 16 states are defending the clinic. Dr. Carhart had traveled to Wichita each month to work with Dr. Tiller,… [Continue Reading]

Feminist Movement Loses a Dear Friend and Champion (FMF)

For decades, Senator Edward M. Kennedy was a champion of women’s rights. For years, when few other Senators would take women’s rights seriously, the women’s movement could count on Senator Kennedy. In struggle after struggle, the women’s movement could turn to Senator Kennedy and his dedicated and talented staff to lead the fight in Congress…. [Continue Reading]

Murder of Dr. George Tiller

Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President The Feminist Majority Foundation is deeply saddened and outraged by the assassination of Dr. George Tiller at his church in Wichita, Kansas, this morning. We have worked closely with Dr. Tiller for many years in the hopes of preventing such a tragedy. The tragic news of his murder, unfortunately, does… [Continue Reading]