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Black History Month: Happy birthday Nina Simone

Legendary artist and civil rights activist Nina Simone was born 79 years ago today, Feb. 21, in Tryon, North Carolina.

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Today is 75th anniversary of Rep. Barbara Jordan's birth (with video)

The daughter of a minister and domestic worker, Barbara Jordan was the first black woman elected to the Texas Senate and the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress from the deep South.

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Republican “Mad Men” infuriate women yet again

Foster Friess, the billionaire backer of Rick Santorum's campaign, stunned MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell yesterday.

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Desperate measures? Bishops and Republicans continue fight against birth control

One would have thought that the Obama administration last week put a solid end to the fight over women's access to birth control.

Labor groups defend different pieces of national health care law

With the national health care revision law yet to fully take effect, but under challenge before the Supreme Court, six labor organizations have stepped forward, four of them joining other groups, to defend different parts of it.

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Congresswomen defend birth control for all

Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and three other congresswomen attended a special news conference, reacting to Republican Speaker John Boehner's harsh attack on the Obama administration's birth control policy.

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Victory for women: Komen reinstates Planned Parenthood funding

The reversal came after a firestorm of protests over the cutoff, including charges that it was a cave-in to Republican/right-wing pressure.

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Black farmers protest bar on further claims in discrimination settlement

The farmers, organized in the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, headquartered in Memphis, held a church rally to highlight the issue.

Florida GOP attempts to circumvent Roe vs. Wade

Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant announced that he would move forward on his Florida for Life Act.

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Big win for women in Mississippi, but downsides too

The ambiguously worded and short-sighted proposal, if passed, could have had terrible consequences for Mississippi women and their families.

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