This photo sums up Trump’s assault on women’s rights (1/24/2017)

“Do you have any idea what year it is? Did you fall down, hit your head, and think you woke up in the 1950s or the 1890s? Should we call for a doctor? Because I simply cannot believe that in the year 2015, the United States Senate would be spending its time trying to defund women’s health care centers. You know, on second thought, maybe I shouldn’t be that surprised. The Republicans have had a plan for years to strip away women’s rights to make choices over our own bodies. Just look at the recent facts.” Elizabeth Warren (8/5/2015)
The Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international bill of rights for women that has set the standard achieving equality between men and women around the world. One hundred eighty six countries have ratified CEDAW since the United Nations' General Assembly approved it on December 18, 1979. Of all the UN treaties, only the Convention on the Rights of the Child boasts more signatories. Seven member-states of the United Nations have yet to ratify it: Iran, Nauru, Palau, Somalia, Sudan, Tonga - and the United States. This makes the US the only industrialized democracy in the world that has not ratified CEDAW. Why? Why hasn’t the US ratified CEDAW? What impact would CEDAW has in the US? While few Americans have even heard of this treaty, CEDAW has been on the American political agenda for the past thirty years. President Carter signed it in 1980 and since then Senate has held hearings on CEDAW ratification five times - in 1988, 1990, 1994, 2000 and 2010. Each time senators have failed to bring the ratification question to a vote on the Senate floor. The failure to ratify CEDAW surprises those who assume that the United States is a world leader when it comes to women’s rights." Lisa Baldez 2011. (Download her paper.)

"I did try and f*ck her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily" Donald Trump

Pay Disparities for Women in the Retail SectorA Challenge to Congress

When you wonder why an advanced country like the US does not ratify basic human rights for women, look to Republicans.

In England, it’s 280 days.
In Russia, it’s 140 days.
In China, it’s 90 days.
And in Saudi Arabia, it’s 70 days.

I’m talking about guaranteed paid maternity leave for new mothers.

In the United States, it’s 0 days.


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Violence Against Women Act (9/13/2014)

20 years ago today -- due to the leadership of then Senator Joe Biden and countless others -- the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was passed. It put in place vital measures to stop domestic violence. Since VAWA was enacted in 1994, incidents of violence have fallen by more than 50 percent. That’s a huge step forward. But despite the legislation’s resounding success, violence against women remains a real problem -- in our military, on college campuses, and in homes across the country. And yet the majority of Republicans in Congress are against the bill. In fact, they blocked its funding for more than 500 days. That’s why -- on the 20th anniversary of VAWA -- we’re declaring our continued commitment to ending domestic violence. And we’re demanding that Republicans stop blocking our efforts once and for all. Add your name to demand an end to violence against women

Paycheck Fairness Act (4/11/2013)

EVERY SINGLE House Republican just voted to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

This bill is critical to helping close the wage gap for women in the workplace, but Republicans don’t think that’s an issue worth caring about.

We’ve got more work to do to get this bill passed. Will you step up and help make sure that women receive equal pay for equal work?

Click here to automatically sign our petition calling on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act >>


The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), also known as the Treaty for Women's Equality, is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. CEDAW is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls.

Ratification of CEDAW strengthens the United States as a global leader in standing up for women and girls. To date, 187 out of 194 countries have ratified the treaty. The United States is one of only seven countries—including Iran, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga)—that have not yet ratified CEDAW.  (CEDAW2014)

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The Chalice and The Blade: Our History, Our Future by Riane Eisler

Defying Convention: U.S. Resistance to the UN Treaty on Women's Rights: By Lisa Baldez

Call to Action: Jimmy Carter

Republican War Against Women: Tanya Melich 1996