A case that tests an abortion ban in Nicaragua is being reviewed by the nation’s Supreme Court this spring. Activists say the law imperils the lives of women and it looms large as a symbol of the economic and health inequalities they routinely face.
U.S. sports fans who turn on the TV to watch the Super Bowl this weekend will see a familiar face on the sidelines. Lesley Visser carved out a role for women in sports journalism over 30 years and has made it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation to reduce aging stigma and improve mental health treatment for older Americans. Meanwhile, some women’s groups are crafting their own upbeat policies toward the 50 and more crowd.
Four female veterans are running for Congress. Even if some of them don’t win, observers say they are challenging stereotypes about women being weak on military and foreign policy and will make it easier for women to seek and win political office.
New York City is in the middle of a 16-day, 60-event festival produced by V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. An emphasis on women in war zones provides a preview of the group’s fundraising intentions for 2007.
Violence against civilians and widespread infrastructure damage are making it difficult for Iraqi women to agree about the U.S. occupation or concentrate on pushing for a role in the reconstruction process.
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraq has seen a proliferation of female journalists and radio programs focused on women’s issues. Three female talk show hosts visited New York to hone their skills with U.S. talk radio pros.
Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman has made women’s issues a priority in her opinion writing. In covering the upcoming presidential election, Goodman has fought to keep issues like economic equity and reproductive rights on the table.
The U.S. government is striking out at the global sex slave trade with new vigor, focusing on prostitution as the cause for the practice. Some critics say, however, the new plan misses the point and actually is a disservice to women.
This Labor Day, women can look back on the second quarter of the year as boasting the narrowest wage gap in history. The statistic, however, was caused by lower male wages and is not expected to end the earnings-discrepancy debate.