Sen. Teresa Ruiz supports the codification of the FEC’s ruling in New Jersey law for state and local candidates

Legislation floated in New Jersey would allow political candidates and elected officials to use campaign money to pay for child care. Supporters say too many political hopefuls — most often women — have to decide between hitting the campaign trail or staying at home to look after young kids. New Jersey lawmakers are considering allowing […]

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Carmelyn Malalis Fighting NYC Hair Discrimination Law

NYCCHR Chair/Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis and law professor Wendy Greene fought against the racial discrimination, stigmatization, and segregation of natural hair—and won. “Historically speaking, these particular hairstyles or the particular hair texture that African descendants largely possess has been radicalized,” Greene explained. “It has been the basis of racial exclusion, a basis of racial stigmatization, and […]

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Senator Joni Hearst and a Military Sexual Assault Bill

On The Hill A WAY FORWARD: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) says the junction of the #MeToo movement and the record number of female veterans serving in Congress means there’s more momentum than ever to tackle the issue of military sexual assault. That’s why she’s rolling out a new bill, the Military Special Victims Protection Act, which would […]

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Native American Day

Arizona’s first state-recognized Native American Day occurred Sunday, commemorating the date — June 2 — when then President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act in 1924. That act granted United States citizenship to any Native American born within the country. The day’s recognition came via the passage last year of Senate Bill 1235, introduced by Navajo state Sen. […]

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Why women MUST be in politics

There is growing recognition of the untapped capacity and talents of women and women’s leadership. Over the last two decades, the rate of women’s representation in national parliaments globally has incrementally increased from 11.8 percent in 1998 to 17.8 percent in 2008 to 23.5 percent in 2018. Some regions have seen particularly dramatic increases, such as Sub-Saharan […]

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Women of NFWL Reflect on Motherhood

At NFWL, we Celebrate Mother’s Day everyday. Take a look at a few perspectives below, and add your voice to the conversation. Reflecting on Motherhood Representative Kim Dudik Rosie the Riveter is an icon for female empowerment and the ability of women to get things done featured in the “We Can Do It!” World War […]

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Quotable Questions with NFWL’s Chair

  As Chair of NFWL, I want to hear from our members! Last month we asked how you support mothers everyday, and reflected on how elected women celebrate Mother’s Day. Next month, we want to hear from you again! As legislative sessions are ending, or have ended, across the country, share with us; what was […]

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Changes Coming To Housing Program For Former Inmates

  Dudik, who is also running to be Montana’s next attorney general in 2020, doesn’t think the state got enough bang for its buck from the 2-year-old pilot program. “It’s only available now to help offenders in three communities; in Missoula, Billings and Ravalli County. And no tribal entities applied for grants, so nobody in […]

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Lawmakers Advance Legislation on Sexual Assault and SO much more

HELENA — After a lengthy debate, the bill to continue Medicaid expansion in Montana failed to pass the Senate on a 25-25 vote last week and several attempts to revive it Friday and Saturday also failed, leaving it stalled. House Bill 658, would have continued the program passed in 2015 that provides healthcare coverage to about […]

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