Periods for Pence reprise
In May, we reported on the "Periods for Pence" Facebook campaign designed to satirically protest Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing into law a bill that requires fetal remains to be cremated or buried, whether from an abortion or miscarriage. After Pence was named the Republican candidate for vice president, the campaign has evolved into a Facebook group titled "The Revolution Will Be Uterized." Its focus is on reproductive justice work, with the mantra: "You want to legislate my body? You better know how it works!"

The LGBTQ Shame List
Campus Pride has announced its first Shame List - 102 college campuses that are the "absolute worst" for LGBTQ youth and employees, because of open discrimination and, often, Title IX exemptions that give them religion-based protection to ignore federal laws against discrimination.
Source: The New Civil Rights Movement andcampuspride.org/shamelist/

Fertility discrimination
Lesbian couples in New Jersey are suing the commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance, which oversees state insurance statutes. The suit challenges the assumption that only heterosexuals are parents. A mandate requires most women who are less than 35 years old to demonstrate infertility through "two years of unprotected sexual intercourse" with the intent of pregnancy. Fifteen states, including New Jersey, require insurance companies to cover fertility treatment. California and Maryland have updated the language in their mandates to require fertility coverage regardless of sexual orientation.
Source: The New York Times


Barring sexism in the courtroom
For the first time in its 138 years, the American Bar Association has taken a formal position on inappropriate language and amended its professional code of conduct. Lawyers are no longer able to use terms like "honey," "sweetheart" or "darling" in the courtroom. The position was a response to a petition by female lawyers who complained of being undermined. Punishment will range from small fines to suspension as determined by state bar associations.
Source: Quartz

Wage gap and domestic violence
The workforce analytics firm Visier recently published an analysis of 165,000 employees at large American companies. The report suggests that one driver of the gender wage gap is that women in their 30s stop getting promoted into management positions at the same rate as men. One reason for that, according to a study published in the Journal of American Sociology in 2007, might be that mothers are viewed as less competent applicants than men and women who are identified as childless, even when they are looking at the same (fictitious) resume.

A new report from McKinsey & Company includes the impact of domestic violence. A woman with visible injuries is more likely to call in sick than to explain what happened, which makes her appear unreliable. Victims of domestic violence are more likely to lose their jobs - between 25 and 50 percent of survivors report job loss, according to Northwestern University's Joint Center for Poverty Research. Advocates suggest employers be trained to recognize warning signs of abuse, and to offer a safe place to tell someone why attendance and performance are being affected.
SOURCE: Vox, New York Magazine