Women have been fighting for their equality and autonomy for decades. We've made a heck of a lot progress, but there is still a long way to go.

1973 – Roe vs. Wade passed.

1993 – Spousal Rape finally made illegal in all 50 states.

2012 – Georgia passed the “Women as Livestock” Bill (H.B. 954).

The political climate is more hostile to women today than at any point in the last 40 years.

This is the modern

War on Women

54% of Independent women voters polled agree that there is a War on Women.

We asked likely voters if they agree or disagree with the following statement:

"Lawmakers in Washington have been engaging in a War on Women, by taking away women's rights to contraception, denying equal pay for equal work, and curbing a woman's right to choose."

Gender and Race

More Black men (67%) agree that there's a War on Women than any other race:

  • 67% - Black men
  • 63% - Hispanic women
  • 62% - Black women
  • 47% - White women
  • 39% - White men
  • 33% - Hispanic men


Likely voters in the following regions agree that there's a War on Women:

  • 55% - NE/Mid Atlantic
  • 52% - Great Lakes
  • 42% - Pacific
  • 41% - South
  • 36% - Midwest/Mountain

Ideology and Gender

  • More Liberal men (71%) agree there's a War on Women than Liberal women (68%).
  • 2012 Election: 51% of voters in Base Democrat States agree that there's a War on Women as do 46% of voters in Swing States and 37% of voters in Base Republican States.
  • Independent women (54%), Democratic women (63%), and Democratic men (61%) agree that there's a War on Women.
  • Younger women, under 45, are the most likely to feel that they are under attack at 55%. Women feel less under attack as they get older. Ages 45-64: 49% agree there’s a War on Women, and 45% of ages 65+ agree.

The Issues:

Where's our equal pay?

Where's our
equal pay?

Where's our right to abortion access?

Where's our right to
abortion access?

Where's our access to contraception?

Where's our access
to contraception?

Where's our rights for sexual assault victims?

Where’re our rights
for sexual assault

This war crosses class lines


Texas banned government funding for Planned Parenthood (PPFA) under the Texas Women's Health Program, essentially cutting any government funding to PPFA.

Abortions are less than 3% of PPFA's services.


Texas Women's Health Program

This ruling will put approximately 52,000 low-income TX women at risk.



wage-gap between women and men in 2012.


a woman's average monetary loss over a 40-year career due to the wage gap.



ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) was first introduced.

ERA has still not been ratified.

2009: A Bright Spot

Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

A Win for Women!


Equal Rights Amendment

Section 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

Section 3. This amendment shall take effect two years after the date of ratification.


Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

This Act helps female-identified and people of color challenge discriminatory pay through the courts system.

What else has
NOT been passed?

The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would prohibit gender-based pay discrepancies & ban workplace policies that prohibit employees from disclosing their wages with each other.

Your right to be pro-choice


number of male anti-abortion leaders who will become pregnant.


number of anti-abortion restrictions in 24 states were passed in 2011. An all-time record.


number of states that have permanent laws ensuring the protection of Roe vs. Wade.


The Personhood Amendment was first put on the ballot in Colorado.

Personhood laws defines a fertilized human egg as a legal person, criminalizing abortion with no exceptions, and banning common forms of birth control, stem cell research, and in-vitro fertilization.


Obama repealed the Global Gag Rule.

To take action, please sign this petition to prevent this Rule from being potentially reinstated by a new President.

A Win for Women!


The Global Gag Rule

First implemented in 1984, the Global Gag Rule forbids non-governmental orgs receiving US aid from using separately obtained non-US funds to provide legal abortion services, or information about them.


The "Let Women Die" Act (H.R. 358) introduced.

You can take action by writing a letter to oppose the "Let Women Die" act now.


"Let Women Die Act" (H.R. 358)

This Act would allow hospitals to refuse women an abortion, even if their life depended on it.


Georgia passed the Women as Livestock Bill (H.B. 954).

This Bill criminalizes abortion after 20 weeks, even if the woman is known to be carrying a stillborn fetus or the fetus isn’t expected to live to term. No exceptions for rape or incest.


states -- AL, AZ, ID, IN, KS, NE & OK -- have similar "fetal pain" restrictions & NC restricts abortion at 20 weeks.


Georgia Rep. Terry England compared pregnant women carrying stillborn fetuses to the cows and pigs on his farm. According to Rep. England: if farmers have to “deliver calves, dead or alive,” then a woman carrying a dead fetus, or one not expected to survive, should have to carry it to term.


Arizona passed H.B. 2036 declaring women 'pregnant' 2 weeks before conception.

The law defines pregnancy in a way that bans abortion 2 weeks before the other 7 states with similar laws. It calculates gestational age at the 1st day of the last menstrual period vs. the date of conception.


Many women don't discover that their fetus has a severe or life-threatening problem until an ultrasound at about the 20th week. Laws like this would abolish the right for these women to have an abortion.

The right to contraception

99% of sexually active women in their reproductive years have used at least 1 contraceptive method. And the right to do so is being attacked.


lawsuits have been filed to block access to contraception coverage.


states permit pharmacies or pharmacists to use their religion to refuse to provide women with birth control or emergency contraception.

A Win for Women!


Health and Human Services (HHS) mandated that health insurance plans provide contraceptive services without co-pays.

Prior to this, viagra was covered by insurance more frequently than contraceptives.


Idaho, Missouri, and Arizona introduced measures to the Affordable Care Act to expand exemptions to secular insurers or businesses that object to covering contraception, abortion, and sterilization.

Women's rights,
not rapists' rights

Every 2 minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted.
97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.


The House GOP planned to Redefine Rape.

A provision that would limit the rape exemptions to "forcible rape," ruling out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, when force couldn't be proved.


Congressman Todd Akin claimed that "legitimate rape" doesn't usually lead to pregnancy.

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors pregnancy from rape is really rare," Akin said. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."


Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was not renewed.

VAWA provided $1.6 billion toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, and more. The Act's 2012 renewal was fiercely opposed by conservative Republicans, who objected to extending the Act's protections to same-sex couples and to provisions allowing battered illegal immigrants to claim temporary visas.


approximate number of pregnancies that result from rape annually in the US.

Rapists can seek joint custody if an impregnated rape survivor decides to carry the pregnancy to term. In most states, a man who fathers through rape has the same custody and visitation privileges to that child as any other father.

Just how much money has been wasted
in this War on Women? A breakdown:


cost of keeping the House of Representatives open for one day.

x 52

number of days that the House business was sidelined by the War on Women between January 2011 and July 2012.


taxpayer money wasted on the War on Women.

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