Women's Rights

State legislators are taking the maternal mortality crisis into their own hands

State lawmakers—many of whom are women—are establishing new committees to study and investigate investigating pregnancy-related deaths, their causes and prevention.

Emily’s List launches Madam Mayor program to support local women leaders

The initiative was launched in part in response to misinformation and disinformation targeting women candidates and officials.

Mortality rate for young women grew significantly during the pandemic, report says

As the nation marks the one-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision, a new report finds an uptick in deaths among young women. Researchers worry the trend will worsen as more states limit access to reproductive health care.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Joins Key Republicans in Supporting Repealing 'Tampon Tax'

Advocates have previously called for repealing the sales tax on products like tampons, sanitary pads and pantyliners. Menstrual products are already tax-free in 24 states.

The Next Chapter for Battles Over Abortion in the States

The Supreme Court's overturning of Roe v. Wade promises to bring a new wave of debate to statehouses on the issue, as conservatives move to restrict the procedure and liberals look to protect access. Meanwhile, anti-abortion activists say their work isn't finished.

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Pushback on Louisiana’s Scuttled Abortion Bill Reveals a Limit on How Far Anti-abortion Groups Are Willing To Go

The law would have classified abortion as a homicide, which was a 'bridge too far' for Louisiana lawmakers, said one expert.

Republican State Lawmakers Prepare to Quickly Limit Abortion Access if Roe v. Wade Is Overturned

Through the courts, new bills and special sessions, Republican state lawmakers are working to make sure they are ready to limit access as soon as is legally permissible.

More States Shield Against Rogue Abortion Prosecutions

Experts predict more prosecutions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade as expected.

'This Was Not a Surprise': How the Pro-Choice Movement Lost the Battle for Roe

In the wake of a leaked draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade, Joshua Prager, author of “The Family Roe,” discusses the 50-year battle over abortion rights and the strategic decisions that led us here.

Best and Worst States for Women

A recent analysis looked at gender pay gaps, paid family leave, child care costs and domestic violence rates among other things.

Colorado May Soon Be the First State to Guarantee Lawmakers 12 Weeks of Paid Parental Leave

Such formal parental leave policies are extremely rare in statehouses. That’s changing as more women and young people serve in public office.

Blue States Enact New Laws to Create Abortion Havens

If Roe tumbles, abortion access will depend on where you live.

An Emphasis on Brilliance Creates a Toxic Workplace Atmosphere That Discourages Women

COMMENTARY | A focus on raw intellectual talent may unintentionally create a cutthroat workplace. New research suggests women’s preference to avoid that environment may contribute to gender gaps in some fields.

31 States Have Laws That Allow Forced Sterilizations

A new report from the National Women’s Law Center lays out the laws, some passed as recently as 2019, around an overlooked aspect of reproductive justice.

Pumping, Voting, Taking Leave: Legislators Who Are Mothers Face Specific Challenges

The nonprofit group Vote Mama Foundation is trying to collect comprehensive data about a unique subset of lawmakers.

Percentage of Women in State Policing Has Stalled Since 2000

Female officers are less likely to use force and are named in fewer complaints.

Snip Snip: One Plan to Mandate Vasectomies to Prevent Pregnancies

A Pennsylvania lawmaker said his “parody legislation,” outlined in a sponsorship memo, is meant to garner discussion about reproductive rights.

September Saw One of the Biggest Drops in Women’s Jobs Since Pandemic Began

More than 300,000 women left the labor force last month, the second time in the pandemic that the start of a new school year and loss of child care has caused a major drop-off of women from the workforce.

State Lawmakers Push to Allow Residents to Contribute to Abortion Access Fund

A bill would allow New York residents to contribute on their tax returns, allocating money to nonprofit organizations that help women travel and pay for abortions.

Lyft and Uber Establish Legal Funds to Protect Drivers from Texas Abortion Law

The ride-booking companies said they would cover legal fees if their drivers are sued under the state’s new law, which allows private citizens to file lawsuits against anyone who “aids and abets” a woman in obtaining an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.