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Reproductive rights refer to the freedom to choose when, if and how to have a family. While many associate the phrase exclusively with abortion, it encompasses much more. Included in reproductive rights are access to abortion counseling and services, birth control and contraceptives, sexuality education, access to post pregnancy options (including adoption), and issues around parental notification and consent to reproductive health care. It is an issue that impacts all people, but perhaps most directly affects those who can get pregnant (which is not just women!).

Access to all the...

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For years, members of the United States military were fighting a silent, internal battle: sexual assault was rampant and the military was covering it up. The hidden epidemic was exposed with the premiere of The Invisible War at Sundance Film Festival in 2012. The groundbreaking documentary revealed the military’s systemic mishandling of sexual assault reports and the constant retaliation against servicemembers who reported.

Through interviews with victims of military sexual assault and high-level officials, the nation quickly learned that the culture and structure of the military...

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In Parashat Mas’ei, the last reading of the Book of Numbers, which we read last week, Jewish text examines and exalts the importance of journey. In this parashah, the Israelites are concluding their expedition to the Promised Land – but, instead of bringing them straight through to their destination, the text spends 46 lines reviewing the stops our ancestors made along the way. Interestingly, these locations are not described as the ending places of shorter pieces of the trip, but as the starting points of the next leg of the trip. This distinction is clear in the way the text reads, “…...

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Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex under any education program or activity receiving federal funding. The law initially garnered publicity for its applicability to gender equity in school sports, as it requires that men and women have equal opportunities to participate in athletics. Beyond scholastic athletics, Title IX guides the ways institutions support the academic success of pregnant or parenting students, aim to close the gender gap in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)...

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On average, full-time working women are paid 80 percent of what men are paid, and for women of color, the wage gap is even greater. The data are clear: women with the same education and same work experience as their male counterparts are still paid less for the same work. And, once a woman faces wage disparity, recouping those losses may not be possible. The pay gap is just one example of pervasive gender discrimination that follows women throughout life.

While college graduation is not the first time a woman faces sex discrimination, it is an important diverging point when this...

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