The Never-Ending Fight for Women’s Rights

The Never-Ending Fight for Women’s Rights

This issue of Mass Dissent is dedicated to women’s fight for equality on various fronts. Yes, it’s the 21st century but not much has changed since the last century when it comes to issues affecting women. Reproductive rights are still under attack, women continue to be sexually and physically assaulted, women make less than men for equal work, and it was just reported that professions traditionally dominated by men lower salaries when they become dominated by women. We’ve come a long way, but there is still a long way to go.

In this issue, we hear from Lisa Laurel Weinberg, recently back from providing representation for Central American women and children at the detention center in Dilley, Texas, who outlines the due-process challenges that women and children face after having fled severe violence in their home countries.

Patty DeJuneas uncovers the invasive searches that female attorneys are sometimes subjected to when visiting incarcerated clients.

Nai Collymore-Henry updates us on the continuing efforts in Massachusetts to pass An Act to Establish Pay Equity which would provide a previously missing definition of comparable work and provide greater pay transparency.

Grace Sterling Stowell describes her experience, particularly with youth, in the forefront of advocating for LGBTQ justice, and the struggle for gender identity protections.

kt crossman informs us about the work of Andrea James, Executive Director of Families for Justice As Healing (FJAH), this year’s NLG Legal Worker Awardee, who has dedicated her life to addressing and advocating for the needs of currently and formerly incarcerated women.

We also have a short report from Mark Stern on the recent work of the NLG Mass Chapter Mass Defense Committee.

– Rhonda Roselli-