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Obama Fights Back in the Battle Over Where Transgender Kids Pee

The Obama administration is pushing back against a ruling by a Texas judge that dealt a serious blow to its fight for transgender rights.On Thursday, the Department of Education announced that it
Supreme Court Will Weigh In on Transgender Bathroom Use

Supreme Court Will Weigh In on Transgender Bathroom Use

Gavin Grimm Steve Helber/AP For the first time, the Supreme Court will weigh in on the question of whether transgender students should be allowed to use bathrooms matching their gender identity,
These Maps and Charts Show Where Clinton and Trump's Essential Voters Are

These Maps and Charts Show Where Clinton and Trump's Essential Voters Are

Three weeks ago, FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver made a hypothetical map of what would happen if only women voted for president on November 8. The results were strikingly lopsided: Hillary Clinton would
13 Women Are Fighting to Get Into the Senate. Here They Are in Their Own Words.

13 Women Are Fighting to Get Into the Senate. Here They Are in Their Own Words.

It's no secret that American politics have largely skewed white and male since our democracy began. Barack Obama shook up that dynamic when he won the presidency in 2008, and whatever the outcome,

A Trump Administration Could Gut a Key Federal Policy That Helps Trans People

In 2010, when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, she implemented a revolutionary new policy to make it easier for transgender people to codify their gender identity on their passports. With Trump

The VA Just Dealt a Big Blow to Transgender Veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs is calling off plans to allow sex reassignment surgeries for transgender veterans, citing budget concerns. The decision is a blow to trans veterans who need the
The VA's Woman Problem

The VA's Woman Problem

Now that women can serve in combat roles in the US military, the number of female veterans is expected to climb in the coming years—and most of them will turn to the Department of Veterans Affairs for

The Biggest-Ever Survey of Transgender Americans Shows We Need to Fight Much Harder

Capping off a year of high-profile battles over transgender rights, a landmark study out today reveals widespread patterns of harassment and assault faced by many of the estimated 1.4 million American
The Mastermind Behind Ohio's New “Heartbeat” Abortion Bill Is Too Extreme for Christian Talk Radio

The Mastermind Behind Ohio's New “Heartbeat” Abortion Bill Is Too Extreme for Christian Talk Radio

On Tuesday, the Ohio Legislature passed a bill that would make it illegal to get an abortion once a heartbeat has been detected in the fetus. That occurs at about six weeks into the pregnancy, before

Reproductive Rights Activists Are Mad as Hell Over This Creepy New Abortion Rule

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a reproductive rights legal advocacy organization, has filed a lawsuit to stop a regulation in Texas that would require fetal remains to be buried or cremated from

Obama Tries to Protect Planned Parenthood Funding Before Republicans Can Take It Away

States will not be allowed to block federal funding to health care providers for performing abortions, thanks to under a new rule from the Obama administration. Under the regulation, states will be

The Scary Truth About Childbirth

When Claire L. found out she was pregnant, she was ecstatic but a little nervous. Every one of her female relatives on her mother's side—her grandma, her mom, her aunts, her sister—had needed a

The Sexist Chatter at Elaine Chao's Confirmation Hearing Will Make You Shudder

There were no demonstrations or outbursts from protesters at Elaine Chao's confirmation hearing Wednesday to become President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of transportation. The former secretary of

A Former Apprentice Contestant Just Filed a Defamation Lawsuit Against Donald Trump

Former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos, who was among a string of women to accuse Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in the lead up to the election, announced on Tuesday that she is suing the
Here Are Just Some of the Stunningly Bad Moments From Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing

Here Are Just Some of the Stunningly Bad Moments From Betsy DeVos' Confirmation Hearing

Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearing to become President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary was originally scheduled for last Wednesday but ultimately postponed until late Tuesday afternoon. With

Donald Trump Might Cut Violence-Against-Women Programs

Donald Trump has big plans to reduce the federal budget. The Hill reported on Thursday morning that his transition team has been working off a Heritage Foundation blueprint and pulled together a list
Uplifting, Heartbreaking, Enormous Crowds at Women's Marches Around The World

Uplifting, Heartbreaking, Enormous Crowds at Women's Marches Around The World

Dramatically larger than expected crowds showed up Saturday at women's marches in Washington, DC, and more than 600 cities around the world. Mother Jones reporters have been on the scene all day,

Whatever Happened to Melania Trump's Anti-Cyberbullying Campaign?

On November 3, Melania Trump gave a rare speech on the campaign trail for her husband, Donald. At the end of the speech, she made an announcement: If her husband were elected, she would focus on

This Bill Would Require Abortions to Be Approved by Men

Update, 12:30 p.m.: The Oklahoma House Public Health Committee voted to send HB 1441 and HB 1549 to the full House of Representatives for consideration. In Oklahoma, abortion rights advocates

Trump Just Made Life Harder for Transgender Students

On Wednesday, Donald Trump's administration rescinded Obama era guidance directing schools to treat transgender students according to their gender identity.While the most talked about part of Obama's