Tag: Women’s Rights

The Taliban Promise to Protect Women. Here’s Why Women Don’t Believe Them.

KABUL, Afghanistan — At just 29, Zainab Fayez made herself into one of Afghanistan’s foremost defenders of women. As the first and only female prosecutor in Kandahar Province, deep in the conservative south of the country, she sent 21 men to jail for beating and abusing their wives or fiancées. I thought I should speak […]

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22 States Considered Eliminating the ‘Tampon Tax’ This Year. Here’s What Happened.

Why are tampons taxed when Viagra isn’t? That’s the question at the heart of the push to repeal the so-called tampon tax, a catchy phrase that refers to state sales taxes applied to menstrual products, including pads and cups. Thirty-five states still tax the items, despite momentum to change that. Opponents of the tax argue […]

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Ignored at Home, Battered Russian Women Take Cases to Europe

MOSCOW — He beat her. He kidnapped her. He threatened to kill her. But this was Russia, where domestic violence is both endemic and widely ignored. Every time Valeriya Volodina went to the police for protection from her ex-boyfriend, she got nowhere. “Not once did they open a criminal case against him — they would […]

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Judith Butler: When Killing Women Isn’t a Crime

I reached out to the philosopher Judith Butler last year, not long after I wrote an article titled “I Am A Sexist,” as the #MeToo movement was in full swing. I hoped to get an unvarnished critique of the essay. I got much more: A bracing and profound exchange that led to this interview and […]

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Stressing War’s Toll, Taliban and Afghan Representatives Agree to Peace Road Map

DOHA, Qatar — Taliban and Afghan representatives, including some government officials, agreed on Tuesday to a basic road map for negotiating the country’s political future, a major step that could help propel peace efforts to end the long war, now in its 18th year. In a joint declaration after two days of unprecedented and often […]

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For Recording Her Boss’s Lewd Call, She, Not He, Will Go to Jail

BANGKOK — A school bookkeeper in Indonesia who recorded her boss’s lewd phone call as proof she was being harassed must serve at least six months in prison for distributing obscene material, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled. Nuril Maknun, 41, who worked as a part-time bookkeeper at a high school on the religiously conservative […]

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Prosecutor Drops Charges Against Marshae Jones, the Alabama Woman Who Caught a Case When She Lost Her Unborn Baby After Getting Shot in a Fight

Marshae Jones. An Alabama prosecutor, Lynneice Washington, says she has dropped the manslaughter charge that was filed against Jones after she lost her fetus when she got shot during a fight.Photo: Jefferson County (Ala.) Sheriff’s Office via AP, File Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman who was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the death of […]

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Marshae Jones’ Attorney Files Motion to Dismiss Manslaughter Charge; DA Responds to Criticism

Photo: Pleasant Grove Police Department Lawyers for Marshae Jones, the Alabama woman charged with manslaughter after her unborn baby was shot and killed in utero, filed a motion to dismiss the case on Monday morning, calling the indictment against her “unreasonable, unfounded, and unjust.” High-profile Alabama defense attorney Mark White took up Jones’ case, the […]

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Saudi Arabia Granted Women the Right to Drive. A Year on, It’s Still Complicated.

Saudi Arabia granted women the right to drive one year ago, a historic move that cracked open a window to new freedoms for women who have long lived under repressive laws. The measure was enacted by the country’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who also eased other restrictions on women, leading some […]

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The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade

Amid the anti-abortion measures being pushed through state legislatures, consider the mazy history of abortion in the United States. Women, capable of determining and managing their reproductive rights, have been undermined by men in power before. Prior to the 1840s, abortion was widespread and not illegal in our country. In the time of the Puritans, […]

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The Daughters of the Confederacy Who Turned Their Heritage to Political Ends

SISTERS AND REBELSA Struggle for the Soul of AmericaBy Jacquelyn Dowd Hall In 1974 Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, a young oral historian, went to Virginia to interview two elderly writers. One occupied a ramshackle rural house and spoke bitterly about the ruin of her literary career. The other, living comfortably in Charlottesville, was immersed in her […]

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12 Ways the Progressive Takeover Is Transforming New York

ALBANY — At 7:20 a.m., after an all-night marathon marked by the passage of dozens of bills and a rubber-band fight on the floor of the chamber, the Legislature on Friday finally ended a 2019 session that was nothing short of groundbreaking. During the six-month session, lawmakers approved a raft of legislation, large and small. […]

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The War on Women

A protestor dressed as a character from Hulu TV show “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the bestselling novel by Margaret Atwood, after participating in a rally against one of the nation’s most restrictive bans on abortions on May 19, 2019 in Montgomery, Alabama.Photo: Julie Bennett (Getty Images) The Trump administration is waging a war on […]

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Remember That the Prosecution of the Central Park Five Failed Women, Too

Linda Fairstein and Elizabeth Lederer have taken some punches of late. In 1989, Ms. Fairstein was the head of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes unit during the notorious case of the so-called Central Park Five — the five black and Hispanic boys who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for gang-raping and almost killing the […]

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Swiss Women Strike Nationwide to Protest Inequalities

LONDON — Swiss women turned out by the thousands on Friday for a nationwide strike and demonstrations signaling their frustration over deep-rooted inequalities in one of the richest countries in the world. The women skipped work and shunned household responsibilities for the day to join in protests calling for equal pay, recognition of their work […]

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Please, Play Like a Woman

In 2015 I attended my first Women’s World Cup matches in Montreal. I watched Germany beat France in the quarterfinals, and then the United States beat Germany in the semifinal to advance to the final, which the United States went on to win. The stands were full of outsiders: women with babies, teenage girls with […]

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What Abortion Access Looks Like in Mississippi: One Person at a Time

When Brandy found out she was pregnant for the fifth time, she was 25 and single and had given birth to her third child two months earlier. Soon after that, she lost her retail management job of six years. It was midwinter 2013, and she could barely pay her heating bill. “I knew I wasn’t […]

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‘Reckoning’ Follows a 50-Year Road to #MeToo

Linda Hirshman, who thanks the actor and activist Alyssa Milano for encouraging her to write “Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment,” isn’t just a chronicler of the movement; she’s an ardent participant in it. Back in the 1990s, she was one of the few feminists calling for Bill Clinton to resign because […]

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Surrogate Pregnancy Battle Pits Progressives Against Feminists

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The proposal to legalize surrogacy in New York was presented as an unequivocal progressive ideal, a remedy to a ban that burdens gay and infertile couples and stigmatizes women who cannot have children on their own. And yet, as […]

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Lee Hee-ho, Influential Former First Lady of South Korea, Dies at 96

SEOUL, South Korea — Lee Hee-ho, a former first lady of South Korea who inspired her late husband, President Kim Dae-jung, in his pro-democracy campaign against the military dictatorship and used her influence to expand women’s rights in a deeply male-dominated country, died on Monday in Seoul. She was 96. Her death was confirmed by […]

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