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Turkish Women Gain; Appeals Court OKs Abortion Law

All four parties represented in Turkish parliament, except the ruling Justice and Development Party, have increased the number of their female deputies, Hurriyet Daily News reported June 8. The parliamentary elections have led to the highest number of female deputies in Turkey’s history of democracy. In the previous election, 79 women made their way to parliament, while in the June 7 election, 97 women won a seat in the male-dominated parliament. More News to Cheer This Week:
Oregon has enacted a first-of-its-kind insurance law that will allow women to obtain a year’s worth of birth control at a time, the Associated Press reported June 12. Previously, coverage needed to be renewed every 30 or 90 days.

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Indian ‘Pink Sari Gang’ Push for Roads, Justice

Sampat Pal overcame poverty and illiteracy to lead a group of women to fight for women’s rights in her town in Bundelkhand, in central India, Amana Fontanella-Khan says in this excerpt from “Pink Sari Revolution.”

Threats by Online Trolls Stirs Rising Concern

The threats against Emma Watson turned out to be hoax but the actual hostile forces lurking on the Internet, ready to pounce, cause real harm. Watson’s “He for She Campaign” has not responded to an issue stirring rising news coverage and concern.


Election Campaigns Don’t Come in Him and Her

Voters look at candidates–male or female–based on issues. But when that information is lacking voters will fill in the gaps with gender stereotypes, says Kathleen Dolan in this excerpt from “When Does Gender Matter?”