Tag: Women’s Rights

In Kabul’s Liberating Cafes, ‘Women Make the Culture Here, Not Men’

KABUL, Afghanistan — On some days, life as a young woman in Kabul can feel suffocating for Hadis Lessani Delijam, a 17-year-old high school senior. Once, a man on the street harangued her for her makeup and Western clothes; they are shameful, he bellowed. A middle-aged woman cursed her for strolling and chatting with a […]

Read More

Missouri Governor Signs Legislation Banning Abortions at 8 Weeks

Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images On Friday, Missouri Gov. Michael L. Parson signed controversial legislation banning abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions are provided for medical emergencies but not for incest or rape. With this new bill, doctors who perform an abortion after the eighth week could be imprisoned for five to 15 years. Women […]

Read More

God’s Property: Florida Lawmaker Says God Told Him to Reintroduce Anti-Abortion Bill Modeled After Alabama’s

Florida State Rep. Mike HillScreenshot: Convention of States Project Video (YouTube) Since passing its anti-abortion law—a law so reprehensible that cities like Los Angeles have subsequently banned travel to the state—Alabama has become the bane of the entire universe. ’Bama Senators Vote to Ban Virtually All Abortions in the State in Hopes of Setting Up […]

Read More

My Rapist Apologized

My 12-year-old daughter recently asked me what I think about abortion. She walked into the kitchen, poked around the refrigerator, then spun around and blurted it out: “I can’t decide what I think about abortion. I want to know what you think.” My daughter is an avid consumer of the news. Unlike myself at her […]

Read More

‘Fetal Heartbeat’ vs. ‘Forced Pregnancy’: The Language Wars of the Abortion Debate

The new laws that prohibit abortion as early as the sixth week of pregnancy have been called “heartbeat” legislation by supporters, a reference to the flickering pulse that can be seen on ultrasound images of a developing embryo. But when the American Civil Liberties Union announced a legal challenge last week to one such law […]

Read More

Attacks on Girls’ Schools on the Rise as Taliban Make Gains

NAW DEH, Afghanistan — Just before midterm exams in January, Mohammad Sadiq Halimi, the deputy education director for Farah Province in western Afghanistan, was given an ultimatum by local Taliban leaders. Fire all male teachers at girls’ schools, Mr. Halimi said he was told. Replace them with women — men should not teach girls, the […]

Read More

As Some States Limit Abortion, Others Move to Protect Abortion Rights

A district attorney in Utah says he refuses to enforce a new law banning abortions after 18 weeks. In Colorado, the Secretary of State is barring her staff from taking work-related trips to Alabama, a protest against that state’s decision last week to set the strictest abortion limits in the country. And in Vermont, Democrats […]

Read More

With Joko Widodo’s Re-Election, Indonesia Bucks Global Tilt Toward Strongmen

MANDALIKA, Indonesia — The woman threw herself on the road in front of the motorcade, forcing the vehicle with the license plate “Indonesia 1” to slam on the brakes. “Jokowi, I love you,” she cried, as President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, re-elected with the release of Tuesday’s vote count, rolled down his window to clasp […]

Read More

Georgia Republicans Celebrate Restricting Access to Abortion with a Fist Bump

Photo: Getty Images If Trumpism has been good for any one thing, it’s allowed Republicans the comfort level to show the nation exactly how they feel about their legislative victories restricting women’s reproductive rights in Alabama, Missouri, and future battleground states. It’s a game to them, a game they believe they’re winning. Georgia Governor Brian […]

Read More

They Don’t Want to Preserve Life. They Just Want to Punish Women and Enact Pain

Screenshot: CNN (YouTube) Last weekend, I was invited to a brunch hosted by Ebele Okobi, who is Facebook’s Head of Public Policy, Africa, and was my de facto tour guide and event planner during my week abroad. There were nine of us there—an African diasporic reunion of black people scattered throughout the globe but settled […]

Read More

Trauma, Meet Tyranny: If You Thought the Georgia Abortion Bill Couldn’t Get Worse, Consider How It Could Impact Women Who Miscarry

Photo: iStock And they scoffed at us when we said The Handmaid’s Tale was prescient—or maybe, they were actually smirking. Georgia’s HB 481 bill, signed on Tuesday by bogus Gov. Brian Kemp and proposed to go into effect in January 2020, has sounded a death knell for women’s reproductive rights in the state, and a […]

Read More

Abortion Opponents Think They’re Winning. Have They Set Themselves Up to Fail?

Abortion foes in state legislatures seem awfully sure of themselves lately. By passing bills that would severely restrict abortion, lawmakers in Alabama and Georgia have in effect asked the Supreme Court not only to overturn Roe v. Wade immediately, but also to recognize the personhood of the fetus. The history of the abortion debate suggests, […]

Read More

Lady Gaga Offers An Outraged Reaction To Alabama’s New Abortion Laws

Getty Image Recently, Alabama voted on a law that would essentially ban abortion in the state and overturn the historic 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed access to legal abortion as a right to privacy under the 14th Amendment. Not only would abortion be outlawed, but the act of providing an abortion […]

Read More

The Alabama Abortion Bill: Here’s What Comes Next

Alabama lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure that would ban most abortions in the state. But the Senate’s vote did not immediately outlaw the procedure, and it is far from clear when, or even if, the measure will ultimately take effect. Here’s a guide to what happened, and what might happen next. […]

Read More

Alabama Moved to Outlaw Most Abortions. Here’s What’s Next.

Alabama lawmakers gave final approval on Tuesday to a measure that would ban most abortions in the state. But the Senate’s vote did not immediately outlaw the procedure, and it is far from clear when, or even if, the measure will ultimately take effect. Here’s a guide to what happened, and what might happen next. […]

Read More

Editorial Observer: A Whitewashed Monument to Women’s Suffrage

The New York City commission that oversees public artworks embraced a lily-white version of history in March when it approved a monument to the women’s rights movement that is scheduled to be unveiled in Central Park next year. The two white women depicted in sculpture — Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony — played […]

Read More

Alabama Senate Set to Take Up Bill Effectively Banning Abortion

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Senate is scheduled to take up abortion legislation on Tuesday that would essentially ban the procedure outright. The bill is intended to set up a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that recognized a woman’s constitutional right to end a pregnancy. A vote could come as […]

Read More

The Next President Should Not Be a Man

According to pollsters and political reporters, a dispiriting dynamic has taken hold of the early stages of the Democratic presidential primary: Voters are discounting female candidates as unelectable. As Amber Phillips explained in The Washington Post, Democratic voters say that while they themselves may support Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and other women who are running […]

Read More

The One-Income Trap

Recently, under the somewhat unlikely inspiration of Elizabeth Warren, some conservatives have revived an old debate: Did millions of women entering the work force actually make families worse off? In her lost days as a heterodox public intellectual, Warren made the case that indeed it did, because instead of getting richer, dual-earner households found themselves […]

Read More