Miranda S. Spivack is a veteran reporter who has covered legal issues for many years. She formerly was a reporter and editor for The Washington Post, and was a Ford Foundation fellow at Yale Law School.
When women of color take the lead in organizing co-workers into labor unions, they are extremely successful, a 2007 study found. A new “love letter” to black women picks up on that data and urges that they rise in the labor’s ranks to benefit all U.S. workers.
The District of Columbia is planning to hold hearings on whether to include CEDAW in its Human Rights Act. CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, is a major U.N. treaty the U.S. has yet to sign.
The law passed under the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is designed to expand the jurisdiction of tribal courts and quell a major cause of injury and death among Native girls and women.
A problem flagged by Dr. Bernadine Healy, the National Institutes of Health’s first female leader, more than two decades ago, continues and it’s detrimental for all women, particularly so for women of color.
Their case concerns civil-rights violations of low-wage workers, most of them women. It also tests whether–in line with a recent NLRB decision–the world’s largest hamburger chain can be taken to task as their employer.
After a spate of domestic violence cases, the NFL has been airing PSAs timed to the big game on Feb. 1. Internally it is revising its player conduct policy and changing adjudication practices. “This is a long term effort,” says one of its new safety consultants.
One group has spent January driving cross country in the Black Women’s Lives Matter: Free Marissa Now caravan lobbying for Marissa Alexander’s pardon. A quilting project joins them on Jan. 27 to keep watch outside Alexander’s day in court.
The Jacksonville, Fla., resident accepted a plea deal in the same court district in Florida with the same prosecutor as in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Both shooters claimed self-defense. Martin’s killer was acquitted.