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In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a Presidential Proclamation recognizing one week in March as National Women’s History Week. March has historically been the time for acknowledgement of women’s issues; International Women’s Day originated in the early 1900s and is observed on March 8. In the years that followed President Carter’s Proclamation, citizens and organizations lobbied to ensure continued recognition of women’s history through a designated week.

By 1986, 14 states had declared Women’s History Week, and many school districts were incorporating presentations and...

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The Title X Family Planning Program, enacted in 1970 as part of the United States Public Health Service Act, provides approximately four million people across the United States with access to affordable family planning health services. Today, the Title X Family Planning Program is at risk of losing funding, adding to the concerns of the reproductive health community regarding the future of access to affordable, adequate care. The recently-announced replacement to the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act (H.Res.130), would prevent organizations that provide abortion services...

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On March 8, we celebrate International Women’s Day, as a part of Women’s History Month which is celebrated in March. This year’s theme, “Be Bold for Change,” encourages everyone to commit themselves to helping the world achieve gender equality. It challenges us to confront gender norms and stereotypes, and actively work to lift women and girls. On International Women’s Day, we rejoice in the economic, social, political, and cultural achievements of women, while also recognizing the need for further advancements.  ...

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On January 31, 2017, Congresswomen Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9) reintroduced the Equal Access to Abortion Coverage in Health Insurance Act, or EACH Woman Act (H.R. 771), in the 115th Congress. The bill would repeal the Hyde Amendment, guaranteeing coverage for abortion through federal insurance plans and programs. 

The Hyde Amendment, which is added to the federal budget each year, excludes abortion services from...

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Throughout my life, I always have looked to other women as examples of strength. As a rape survivor, I am motivated by women who faced gender-based violence before me, and the ways they confronted their circumstances. In the aftermath of my trauma, I turned to Judaism for direction. Within Jewish narratives of war and resistance, I found feminists who directed me to speak out and contest gender inequities.

The Torah is filled with female voices. The Matriarchs influenced the course of our history as a people, and even the lack of women’s voices is powerful. For example, in the rape...

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