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UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Anti-abortion politicians push efforts to prosecute women

Anti-abortion rhetoric is intensifying ahead of midterm elections as officials in Republican-dominant states push legislation that would punish both doctors and patients, even though such laws are likely unconstitutional.


In Syrian camps, the future just might be female

Many areas of Syria have been liberated by forces affiliated with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, in whose territory women are guaranteed representation at every political level, which can be …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Sleeveless in Speakers’ Lobby? House may update dress code

Sleeveless in the Speakers’ Lobby? It just might happen in the hidebound House.


To escape sexual violence at home, female migrants must risk sexual violence on the way to Europe

Despite the known risks on the journey to Europe, migrant women are still willing to risk their lives to escape equally dire sexual violence at home.


Women in construction: Four friends reminisce on careers in a male-dominated industry

A chance comment led four friends into decadeslong careers in construction and road work, making them some of the first women in the city to join Local 238.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 9:07 p.m.

Equal pay rights for women expanded by Washington House

House approves changes to state’s Equal Pay Act to make it harder for an employer to pay a woman less than a man doing a similar job.


American women skip work and take part in rallies on ‘A Day Without a Woman’

Women across the nation took Wednesday off, refrained from shopping, dressed in red and attended rallies to bring attention to their economic clout and the discrimination they face in the …


Playboy features woman wearing hijab for first time

For the first time ever, Playboy has featured a woman wearing a hijab.


Trump says he’ll do more for women as president than Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tried to make the case Saturday that he’d do more to help women from the White House than Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, a lifelong champion …


Outside view: Schlafly was one of a kind

Her death on Monday at age 92 is symbolic of a dying era in which American conservatives have tried desperately to preserve traditional male-female roles.


Photo: Family grieves loss of mother

Mohammed Tofeeq holds his 10-month-old daughter, Gulshan Tofeeq, while he prays Saturday at the grave of his wife, Muqadas Tofeeq, who local police say was killed by her mother, in …


100 years ago in Spokane: At women’s school commencement, professor warns against equal rights

From our archives, 100 years ago Francis M. Thomson, the Washington State College chair of the mining and engineering department, delivered an eyebrow-raising (by today’s standards) commencement address at Spokane’s …


Crossing the ‘abortion desert’: Women increasingly travel out of state for procedure

As more states adopt more-restrictive laws and the number of clinics dwindles in the so-called “abortion desert” – an area that stretches from Florida to New Mexico and north into …


Women seeking abortions in South increasingly travel out of state

The National Abortion Federation hotline referred 209 Texas patients to New Mexico last year, compared with 21 in 2013, said Vicki Saporta, the group’s president and chief executive. The number …


Philippine President-elect Duterte violated law on women’s rights, officials say

The Philippine Commission on Human Rights said Wednesday the country’s presumptive president-elect violated a law protecting women’s rights by making a rape joke during the election campaign.


Angelina Jolie to teach at London School of Economics

Oscar-winning actress and activist Angelina Jolie has been appointed a visiting professor at one of Britain’s most prestigious universities.


U.N. may pick its first woman to lead

For the first time since the U.N. was founded in 1945, the 193 member states will choose a new secretary-general in a relatively open and apparently transparent election. And for …


House committee votes to require women to register for draft

Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee’s bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat …


Hillary Clinton’s Trump card: Female swing voters

More Republican women view Trump more negatively than positively, according to Gallup. And in a hypothetical matchup with Hillary Clinton, a Washington Post/ABC News poll found this month that Trump …


Trudy Rubin: ‘Honor killings’ cry for response

The practice of “honor killings” continues to thrive in a belt extending from the Mediterranean to Pakistan, mainly in Muslim communities.


Judge: Catholic hospital doesn’t have to do tubal ligation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Ordering a California Catholic hospital to perform a tubal ligation sterilization procedure on a woman would violate its right to exercise its religious freedom, a San …


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The designers of the Spokane County Courthouse never imagined that women would serve on juries, so they didn’t include a restroom for women jurors.


V. Anne Smith, known for civil rights efforts in Spokane, dies

V. Anne Smith, a little woman with a loud voice and a big heart who led the Spokane chapter of the NAACP for 10 years, died Monday. Smith, 79, was …


Trudy Rubin: U.S. must insist on Afghan women’s rights during negotiations

What will happen to Afghan women? As the United States winds down its presence in Afghanistan and tries to talk to the Taliban, will Afghan women pay the price? Will …


Nobel Peace Prize goes to women’s rights activists

Africa’s first democratically elected female president, a Liberian campaigner against rape and a woman who stood up to Yemen’s autocratic regime won the Nobel Peace Prize today in recognition of …