Republicans Vote in Block to Stop Paycheck Fairness Act

Today 100% of Republican senators voted as a block to prevent the Senate from allowing the Paycheck Fairness Act for women to proceed to the Senate floor for a vote. Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, commented, “We can no longer say there are moderate Republican senators. The so-called moderate New England senators —… [Continue Reading]

Deficit Commission Proposal of Co-Chairs Targets Women Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President of Feminist Majority

The Feminist Majority joins its many sister organizations that are outraged at the Deficit Commission Co-Chairs in denouncing their proposal. This proposal would be a poor joke if it was not so cruel to the elderly, the working poor, and the majority of working women. The proposal targets programs for cuts, such as Social Security,… [Continue Reading]

Feminist Majority Applauds Pelosi’s Decision to Run for House Democratic Leader

Statement of Eleanor Smeal, President In four short years, Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made history as not only the first woman and self-identified feminist Speaker of the House, but as one of the most effective Speakers in history. She has led the House to pass both a record amount of legislation as well as landmark… [Continue Reading]

Feminist Majority Applauds White House Report and Actions to Advance Equal Pay for Women

A large coalition of women’s rights organizations quickly supported and applauded today’s recommendations of the White House Middle Class Task Force and its Equal Pay Enforcement Task Force to advance equal pay for women. The recommendations were released today by Vice President Joseph Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis at… [Continue Reading]

Statement of the Feminist Majority in Support of the Confirmation of Elena Kagan to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court

The Feminist Majority strongly encourages the United States Senate to quickly confirm Elena Kagan. Solicitor General Kagan is superbly qualified for this position. She has distinguished herself throughout her academic and professional career and has the keen intellect, the compassion, and the broad experience needed to be an outstanding justice. “Her remarkable legal career shows… [Continue Reading]

Feminist Majority Cheers Rescission of Bush Title IX Sports Policy, Seeks Repeal of Bush Title IX Single-Sex Policy (FMF)

The Obama administration today will rescind a 2005 Bush-era policy that permitted colleges to use an emailed interest survey as the sole means to comply with the Title IX requirement that women and girls be fairly included in sports opportunities. “Good riddance to another Bush policy to turn back Title IX – this one designed… [Continue Reading]

Bart Stupak Retires; Pro-Choice Forces Move to Win District

With pressure from feminists and pro-choice activists, teabaggers, and Republican, Bart Stupak (D-MI) announced today he will not seek re-election. NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and NOW had endorsed his Democratic opponent, pro-choice Connie Saltonstall, and the Feminist Majority had announced a Dump Stupak/Pitts independent expenditure campaign. Stupak, Co-Chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus, had managed to… [Continue Reading]

Feminist Majority Foundation Hails Roeder’s Sentencing to “Hard 50,” Calls on Justice Department to Act on Conspiracy Investigation (FMF)

“Scott Roeder will spend the rest of his life in prison, but those who may have aided and abetted his murder of Dr. George Tiller are still walking free,” said Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) President Eleanor Smeal. “There has been an escalation in violence, threats of violence and harassment at clinics in 14 states, and… [Continue Reading]

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]