August 25, 1988 |
A battered wife who said her former husband beat her, harassed her and vandalized and firebombed her home while police ignored her pleas for help has the right to sue for violation of her constitutional rights, a federal appeals court has ruled. In a decision that could expand women's rights to police protection in domestic violence cases, the U.S.
November 27, 1987 |
Rhonda Woods' baby was due two weeks before her parole date and she didn't want the child to be born behind bars. "I never had to leave a baby in the hospital and go back to jail," says Woods, 23, of Boston, whose 6-month sentence for disorderly conduct kept her at the Massachusetts Prison for Women during much of her pregnancy.
February 1, 1990 |
The Wisconsin Assembly on Wednesday approved a parental consent bill for minors obtaining abortions, a day after it defeated an attempt to repeal a dormant law that penalizes doctors who perform abortions. Abortion foes said the two votes were overwhelming victories for their national movement, but abortion rights advocates, while conceding defeat, predicted that the actions would help them unseat lawmakers in fall elections.
January 12, 1990 |
A federal judge blocked key sections of Pennsylvania's 1989 abortion law Thursday, giving abortion rights advocates a first-round victory in a battle over the most stringent controls in the nation. With the effective date of the law five days away, U.S. District Judge Daniel H. Huyett issued an injunction blocking a 24-hour waiting period and a requirement that women notify their husbands before having an abortion.
January 31, 1990 |
State lawmakers handed a victory to anti-abortion interests Tuesday by deciding not to vote on repealing unenforceable criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions. Abortion rights advocates had sought to wipe out the penalties, which were rendered unenforceable in 1973 by the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision, in case the court later reversed itself.
January 14, 1990 |
Fraternities at Middlebury College in Montpelier, Vt., must admit women or close, the school's Board of Trustees decreed. The Delta Upsilon fraternity created a furor a year ago when members hung a bloodied female mannequin over the balcony of their house during a party. There had been other complaints about sexism on campus in recent years, but the mannequin was cited by many as a catalyst leading to board action.
January 20, 1990 |
It is not necessary to define when human life begins to impose criminal penalties for killing a fetus, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in St. Paul. "The state must prove only that the implanted embryo or the fetus in the mother's womb was living, that it had life, and that it has life no longer," the court ruled. The opinion was issued in the case of a Rochester, Minn.
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August 3, 1988
A former teacher at the University of Judaism has sued the school for $5 million, alleging that she was denied tenure because she expressed her feminist views and refused to conform to the Los Angeles school's "preconceptions of submissive women." Marcia Falk, an associate professor who taught Hebrew literature for four years, alleges in the Superior Court lawsuit that she was a victim of sexual bias and that men with similar credentials were granted tenure.
August 23, 1988 |
Ten years ago, if a knowledgeable film person had been asked to make a list of working women directors in Hollywood, the list would have included Joan Micklin Silver and . . . well, it was a short list. In the 1970s Silver directed such features as "Hester Street," "Between the Lines" and "Head Over Heels" and became, if not quite a legend, at least a symbol of hope for those women on the outside of the male-dominated film business hoping to get in.