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]

Feminists Announce New Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls

Dr. Sima Samar, chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, warns that Afghan human rights and women and girls cannot be forgotten in any successful campaign to stabilize Afghanistan and end terrorism. As President Obama and his Administration concludes a two month review of Afghanistan and formulates its plans for moving forward in Afghanistan,… [Continue Reading]

Feminist Majority Urges Passage of Economic Stimulus Package

Statement of Eleanor Smeal The Feminist Majority urges the rapid approval of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This economic stimulus package creates jobs in professions such as education, healthcare, and other human services where women are a large majority of the workforce as well as physical infrastructure construction where men are a… [Continue Reading]

Victory for Women! Global Gag Rule Repealed

The Feminist Majority applauds President Barack Obama for issuing an executive order today that repeals the Global Gag Rule. President Obama’s expeditious action on behalf of women worldwide will save the lives, health, and suffering of literally millions of women worldwide yearly. “Barack Obama, with the stroke of a pen, is now saving the lives… [Continue Reading]

Feminist Majority Applauds Hillary Clinton as She Takes Charge of State Department

The Feminist Majority applauds Hillary Clinton as she takes charge of the State Department. “Hillary Clinton will be a beacon for the women of the world” said Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority. “Her leadership in making women’s issues central to US foreign policy will result in historic gains for women and girls in… [Continue Reading]