Keeping Score: Capitol Statues Honor RBG and Sandra Day O’Connor; Military Survivors Launch Campaign to Address Sexual Assault


In each situation of Ms., we monitor analysis on our progress within the struggle for equality, catalogue can’t-miss quotes from feminist voices and maintain tabs on the feminist motion’s many milestones. We’re Keeping Score on-line, too—in on this biweekly round-up.

Lest We Overlook

“It’s like they’re being shadow-banned. … They’re not going to come back out outright and say, ‘Don’t say homosexual,’ however they’re going to make it as troublesome as doable so that you can be allowed to specific your self and even study how you’re feeling, who you might be and your id. …

The aim for this membership actually was about schooling and inclusivity, and ensuring that individuals knew that they deserve the respect of others, simply as a lot as their straight counterparts.”

—Christine Latin, a dance instructor and school sponsor of the Homosexual-Straight Alliance (GSA) at MacArthur Excessive in Irving, Texas. Her colleague and fellow GSA sponsor Rachel Stonecipher faces contract termination by the college after its administration eliminated rainbow stickers on campus and requested academics to take down their satisfaction flags.

“As just a little woman they known as ‘Rooster Legs,’ by no means in my wildest desires would I’ve imagined I’d have a profession like this. I’ve a lot gratitude for this sport that has modified my life. I’ve given the whole lot I’ve to operating and for the primary time I’m undecided if I’ve something left to present. … When you see me on the monitor this yr I hope to share a second, a reminiscence and my appreciation with you.

This season I’m operating for girls. I’m operating for a greater future for my daughter. I’m operating for you. Extra to come back on that, so keep tuned, however I’ll be sharing a sequence of bulletins that I’m hoping will make the world higher for girls.”

—Allyson Felix, probably the most embellished American monitor and subject athlete in Olympic historical past, announcing her final season within the sport.

“Choices round abortion ought to be made between individuals who can get pregnant and their docs, with out the affect of politicians. Forcing Michiganders to hold undesirable pregnancies to time period may be dangerous and even lethal, notably for Black, Indigenous, and different individuals of colour, who face extra obstacles to well being care and better maternal mortality charges. We should use each instrument within the toolbox to guard the authorized proper and entry to abortion…”

—Ann Arbor abortion supplier Dr. Lauren Owens, praising Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) for asking the state Supreme Court docket to secure abortion rights inside the state’s structure.

“H.B. 5 ignores real-world conditions — it isn’t all the time doable for individuals to acquire an abortion inside the arbitrary timeframe offered on this invoice, even when they’ve been making an attempt to get one for weeks. There are already so many obstacles to abortion care, particularly for younger individuals, these with fewer sources, and people who stay in rural areas.

Make no mistake: If this abortion ban goes into impact, it will have devastating penalties for pregnant individuals, particularly those that should not in a position to afford to journey out of state searching for the important well being care they want. No person ought to be compelled to hold a being pregnant in opposition to their will. We’ll take swift authorized motion to guard Floridians’ rights and defend in opposition to this merciless assault on our bodily autonomy.”

—Kara Gross, legislative director and senior coverage counsel on the ACLU of Florida, condemned the signing of Florida’s H.B. 5 by governor Ron DeSantis (R). The invoice would criminalize suppliers of abortion care after 15 weeks of being pregnant.

“Ladies and women who’re coming to Poland from Ukraine want to have the ability to urgently entry important sexual and reproductive healthcare. In the intervening time the obstacles they’re going through in Poland are extreme and they’re coping with very distressing conditions.”

—Krystyna Kacpura, government director of the Federation for Ladies and Household Planning in Poland, on the pressing needs of girls on the bottom in Ukraine and refugees in surrounding nations.


+ A New York Metropolis law scheduled to take impact in Could would require corporations to reveal wage ranges on job listings, marking a significant victory for pay transparency and wage equality. Nonetheless, some employers are holding out hope for a delay.

+ Kelsie Whitmore, a 23-year-old baseball participant who lately signed a contract with the Island FerryHawks of the Atlantic League, will probably be enjoying her sport on the highest level reached by girls in many years.

“She knew at that age she simply needed to play that sport. She needed to throw overhand. She needed to steal bases. She needed to do what baseball gamers do. So I didn’t set the route. She did,” Whitmore’s father Scott stated of her dedication to baseball since childhood.

+ Crimson, White and Bruised—a survivor-led campaign led by navy survivors of sexual assaults and advocates—was launched this week to enhance procedures for processing sexual assault allegations within the U.S. navy. Its seven calls for embody measures for elevated accountability and transparency.

+ The U.N. is funding the Bilan project in Somalia, a crew of six feminine journalists who will report on gendered points—comparable to violence in opposition to girls, in addition to girls politicians and business-owners—by means of on-line, TV and radio content material.

+ Simply 14 of the 200 statues on show on the U.S. Capitol memorialize girls—however laws signed by Joe Biden on Wednesday, April 13, will add two statues honoring Supreme Court docket Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

“Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor have been trailblazers lengthy earlier than reaching the Supreme Court docket, opening doorways for girls at a time when so many insisted on preserving them closed,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) said. “The Capitol is our most recognizable image of democracy, a spot the place individuals from throughout our nation have their voices represented and heard. It’s only becoming that we honor their exceptional lives and repair to our nation by establishing statues within the Capitol.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Senate affirmation listening to for her appointment to the Supreme Court docket on July 21, 1993. (Wikimedia Commons)

+ A bill accepted by the Colorado Senate would assure 12 weeks of paid parental go away for state lawmakers, and 16 for households who are suffering problems in being pregnant or childbirth. Its passage would make Colorado a trailblazer in codifying paid go away for legislators.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis (D) additionally signed the Reproductive Well being Fairness Act into regulation on Monday, April 4, guaranteeing the fitting to abortion in Colorado is protected against conservatives’ efforts to restrict reproductive freedom.

+ In Oklahoma, Governor Kevin Stitt (R) signed a bill criminalizing abortion procedures. S.B. 612 will put suppliers prone to 10 years in jail or up $100,000 in fines.

+ Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear (D) vetoed a invoice that may have restricted transgender girls’s participation at school sports activities groups, citing pointers that already shield student-athletes from unfair competitors and requires transgender athletes to have been on hormone remedy for a minimal size of time.

An abortion ban carried out Kentucky was additionally rejected by U.S. District Decide Rebecca Grady Jennings, who granted a request by Deliberate Parenthood and the state’s different clinic to renew offering abortion care.

+ The Division of Well being and Human Companies (HHS) introduced plans to reverse the Trump administration’s ‘conscience’ rule, which permits healthcare suppliers to refuse service on the premise of faith or morality.

+ 13 survivors of sexual assault by USA Gymnastics physician Larry Nassar intend to sue the FBI for $130 million—$10 million every—for not stopping Nassar from assaulting extra victims following allegations.

How We’re Doing

+ A nationwide survey by PEN America, titled “Laborious Information: Journalists and the Menace of Disinformation,” discovered disinformation to be a significant obstacles going through reporters. Eighty-one % described disinformation as a big downside, and 76 % stated they deal with all of it, most or some days.

+ A report on maternal mortality charges within the U.S. demonstrated a 3.7 % improve from 2019 to 2020, with Black girls affected 2.9 instances greater than white girls. The examine notes that girls of colour skilled rather more vital will increase than white girls, with the best mortality charges amongst girls older than 40.

+ A market analysis agency within the U.Ok. discovered that British girls are utilizing fewer cosmetic products and spending much less time on make-up since COVID-19 lockdowns remodeled their each day routines, resulting in decreased income within the cosmetics business.

+ Though 63 % of respondents to a Pew Analysis survey reported elevated gender equality within the U.S. on account of Title IX, 37 % of respondents accustomed to the laws imagine it has “not gone far sufficient.”

+ Of 150 police stories involving Apple AirTags, which can be utilized to trace useful gadgets comparable to keys or wallets, one-third (50) were filed by women who suspected they have been being adopted. Half of these girls suspect males of their lives have been monitoring their location to probably harass them or inflict hurt.

Sign and share Ms.’s relaunched “We Have Had Abortions” petition—whether or not you your self have had an abortion, or just stand in solidarity with those that have—to let the Supreme Court docket, Congress and the White Home know: We won’t quit the fitting to protected, authorized, accessible abortion.

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