Women’s History Month: What do YOU think the future holds? Call for submissions.

What do you think the next 10 years holds for the reproductive rights movement? Are you excited, fearful, faithful, or all of the above? What do you see as the primary issues feminists face over the next decade? Where do our efforts need to be most focused? How will history view this era of the reproductive rights movement?

Choice Matters, the oldest on-going pro-choice advocacy organization in the nation, is asking you to share your thoughts. The organization is observing their 40th Anniversary and asking “where are we today and what will the next 10 or even 40 years bring?”

Choice Matters (http://www.choicematters.org/) is asking for blog posts and video responses to the above questions. Responses will be used in a video presentation at their anniversary event and in future marketing materials. It is a great opportunity to have the voices and opinions of young feminists represented, and to show to world that we are here!

Make your voice heard! Submission can be sent to catherine@choicematters.org and must be turned in by May 1st.

News Roundup: Women’s History Month

Department of Veteran’s Affairs Celebrates Women’s History Month. Wall Street Journal.

Uncovering the History of Ojibwe Women. Indian Country.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving–Women’s History Month. Huffington Post.

Women’s History Month: 5 Simple Ways to Inspire Young Women. Care2.

100 Years of California Women’s Suffrage. Napa Valley Register.

In International Women’s Day, Lets Celebrate our Success, not Dismantle It. RH Reality Check.

International Women’s Day: How did it start??

Today marks the 101st International Women’s Day around the globe. Communities use the day across the world to press demands on governments, promote gender equality, raise awareness about women’s oppression, celebrate mothers, and more. Given that this day has so much significance worldwide, it is worth knowing how the movement was started.  Consider it another item in your feminist history repertoire.

International Women’s Day was originally created by a group of international Suffragists to recognize their work and to press demands on their respective governments. The holiday was proposed at the second International Conference of Working Women, a Socialist conference held in Denmark, at which over 100 women from 17 countries attended.

The effort was most strongly headed by European feminists. Interestingly, International Women’s Day was originally held on March 19th, due to the date being significant to the original organizers because of it being the anniversary of the day that the Prussian king, during the 1848 revolution, promised to grant women the right to vote.

The king later reneged on his promise and the 19th was no longer important. In 1913 International Women’s Day was moved to the March 8th, where it has remained ever since. [Read more...]

The History of Women’s History Month

I don’t know about you, but to me it seems that within the feminist community there is more enthusiasm about Women’s History Month every year. The celebration has taken on such a life of its own that many now take it for granted, but have you ever wondered about the history of Women’s History Month? I know I have…

Initially, the observation of women’s history on the calendar was an effort led by educators in Sonoma County, California who were concerned about the virtual invisibility of women in the state’s educational curriculum. After forming a task force, in 1978 the school district celebrated “Women’s History Week,” centered around March 8th, International Women’s Day.

The local celebration was a huge success and gained national attention, including the invitation of task force member Molly Murphy MacGregor to participate in The Women’s History Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. Members of the Institute were so excited about Sonoma County’s success that they all agreed to institute similar local celebrations. There was no stopping the momentum after that. [Read more...]

Pro-Choice News Roundup

2012 National Women’s History Project Theme: Women’s Education–Women’s Empowerment. NWHP.

House Proposes Vote on Abortion Ultrasound Bill. PennLive.com

Catholic Midwives Lose Abortion “conscientious objector” case. BBC.

Women’s History Month: Celebrate by Strengthening Women’s Financial Futures. Huffington Post

Pro-Choice News Roundup

Abortion Wars: The REAL People Behind the Restrictions. RH Reality Check.

France Drops “Mademoiselle” Officially. New York Times.

VA Considering New Abortion Bill After More Controversial Bill is Pulled. Kaiser Health News.

Arizona GOP debate audience boos birth control. Feministing.

Pro-Choice News Roundup

Contraceptive Hearing Gets Ugly. CNN.

South Dakota Tried to Make a Bad Abortion Law Worse. Care2.

Virgina Ultrasound Bill: Republican Lawmaker Calls Abortion “Lifestyle Convenience.” Huffington Post.

Orrin Hatch claims abortion is “95 Percent” of what Planned Parenthood Does. Daily Kos.

Washington House OKs bill trying abortion with maternity care. Seattle PI.

Pro-choice news roundup

What Americans Think of Abortion. New York Times.

A Feminist’s Perspective on Valentine’s Day. Seattle PI.

The Women in Black History. The Madison Times.

Online Feminism’s Big Win Against Komen for the Cure. The Nation.

Abortion Is Not Like Rape. The Harvard Crimson.

Falling Between the Cracks: Why Abortion Funds Exists and How you Can Help Them Help Women. RH Reality Check.

Quick Hit: A Coke, a bag of chips, and Plan B

Take that, Kathleen Sebelius!

Shippensburg University carries a special item in its vending machines, and this one won’t cause clogged arteries. The college offers Emergency Contraception in vending machines around campus. The pills cost $25.00, the same price that students pay in the campus health center, and less than many pharmacies around the country offer it.

Apparently the campus vending machines have included the pills for over two years, but are just now receiving national attention in the aftermath of the HHS decision to veto the FDA recommendation that the pill, because of its safety and demand, be available to all women over the counter. Because of the attention the vending machines have received, the FDA may be opening an investigation and the future of the machines is in question.

What do you think of Shippensburg University’s approach?

Read the video here: Vending Machine Dispenses Emergency Contraception

Pro-Choice News Roundup

Black History Month 2012: Black Women in American Culture and History. Feministing.

Komen Controversy Rages: Twenty-Two Senators Sign Letter Opposing Komen’s Actions. RH Reality Check.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg To Give $250,000 To Planned Parenthood After Komen Cuts Funding. Huffington Post.

Women in African American History. About.com.

Sarah Jessicah Parker as Gloria Steinem: Worst Thin to Happen to Feminism Since Sarah Palin. Tripped.