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Hannah Kearney, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is one of the Vermont athletes heading to Sochi. Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1e/Hannah_Kearney_20100226_Norwich-VT_adjusted.jpg">Tabercil</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Hannah Kearney, a 2010 Olympic gold medalist, is one of the Vermont athletes heading to Sochi. Photo: Tabercil, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Women dominate Vermont lineup for Sochi Olympics

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) From Olympic gold medalists to relative newcomers, women dominate the roster of Vermont athletes heading to the Winter Games.

At least 12 athletes from Vermont are heading to Sochi, and 11 of them are women. The lineup includes four women who are already decorated Olympians: mogul skier Hannah Kearney and snowboarders Kelly Clark, Hannah Teter and Lindsey Jacobellis.  Go to full article
Actress Cynthia Nixon speaking at a rally in support of the Women's Equality Act in Albany in June 2013. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Actress Cynthia Nixon speaking at a rally in support of the Women's Equality Act in Albany in June 2013. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Women's Equality Act campaign restarts for 2014

A coalition of women's groups is relaunching the Women's Equality Act, which failed in the legislature earlier this year, with a new strategy that they say could help them win passage in 2014.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussing the Women's Equality Act in Pougkeepsie, NY on June 5, 2013. Photo: <a href="8967996833_7739e76434_z">Gov. Cuomo's office</a> via Flickr
Gov. Andrew Cuomo discussing the Women's Equality Act in Pougkeepsie, NY on June 5, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Assembly may return to consider Women's Equality Act

The legislature left Albany last week with some unfinished business. They did not agree on Governor Cuomo's Women's Equality Act, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says at least one house should return to pass some of the bill's provisions.  Go to full article
Democratic Assembly women held a press conference Friday urging the Senate to act on the Reproductive Health Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Democratic Assembly women held a press conference Friday urging the Senate to act on the Reproductive Health Act. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Legislature says yes to casinos, no to women's agenda

State lawmakers were finishing up their session for the year, working to approve a measure to build four gambling casinos upstate and create tax free zones at college campuses. But the final hours of the session were overshadowed by back and forth skirmishing over a Women's Equality Act, which ultimately, failed.  Go to full article
Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Photo: Russell campaign "palmcard"
Assemblywoman Addie Russell. Photo: Russell campaign "palmcard"

Russell: Senate should vote on reproductive rights

After hours of emotional debate, the New York State Assembly passed the 10-point Women's Equality Act Thursday. It includes measures on equal pay, sexual harassment, and reproductive rights.

It's that last part, that codifies a woman's right to have an abortion, that's stalling the bill in the upper chamber. The State Senate is expected to take up only nine points of the bill today, excluding abortion.  Go to full article
90 percent of the proceeds for this production go to Renewal House of St. Lawrence County, which works to end violence against women in the North Country. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/4555317827/">Steve Rhodes</a>, CC some rights reserved
90 percent of the proceeds for this production go to Renewal House of St. Lawrence County, which works to end violence against women in the North Country. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo: Steve Rhodes, CC some rights reserved

Preview: Vagina Monologues at SLU

The Vagina Monologues, a celebrated play about female empowerment, will be performed at St. Lawrence University this weekend. The performances are Friday and Saturday night, 7 pm, in the Winston Room of the Sullivan Student Center. This year marks the 15th anniversary of V-Day Campaign, a national movement to end violence against girls and women. V-Season was inspired by the play, which debuted in New York City in 1996, and includes a wide variety of events, from local theatrical productions to film screenings and workshops.

Written by Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues is noted for its central literary device: a series of actors giving solo speeches on topics such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth and orgasm. The monologues are based on interviews Ensler conducted with more than 200 women. Todd Moe talks with Haley Feickert and Anne Clements, co-producers of the St. Lawrence University performances. The local cast includes 16 women of varying ages and backgrounds.  Go to full article
<i>Witness: Real Women and Strength</i> will be performed tonight, 6:30pm, in SLU's Black Box Theater. Photo: Kitty Higgins
Witness: Real Women and Strength will be performed tonight, 6:30pm, in SLU's Black Box Theater. Photo: Kitty Higgins

Preview: SLU student play examines women's health issues

Women are consistently rendering images from the media of the "ideal" body type. This has driven women to sacrifice their natural shape with unhealthy practices. Abigail Moss has utilized her senior project at St. Lawrence University as an opportunity to promote the voices and stories of women she has encountered including her own who have struggled with food and body image. Her play, Witness: Real Stories of Women and Strength will be performed tonight at St. Lawrence University.

Abigail hopes that the power of performance will be an experience for the audience that will make a difference in the way that women feel and think about their own body. Kitty Higgins, the NCPR news intern interviewed Abigail and had a conversation about her inspiration for the performance, it's importance and the messages the media sends.  Go to full article

Skelos: women's health act would lead to more late-term abortion

Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says he's strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's Reproductive Health Act. He says it would lead to too many late-term abortions.  Go to full article
US Army photo of women training for combat. Photo: <a href="https://search.usa.gov/search/images?utf8=%E2%9C%93&sc=0&query=women+combat&m=&embedded=&affiliate=www.army.mil&filter=moderate&commit=Search">www.army.mil</a>
US Army photo of women training for combat. Photo: www.army.mil

Soldiers welcome news on women in combat, with some reservations

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that a ban on women serving in combat roles in the military will be lifted over the coming years.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called it a proud day for our country. She issued a statement, noting that she fought for a Defense Department feasibility report on lifting the ban.

She writes, "This decision finally opens the door for more qualified women to excel in our military and advance their careers, and obtain all of the benefits they have earned."

And, officially recognizing women in combat "will strengthen our country both morally and militarily."

Around heavily-deployed Fort Drum, soldiers generally welcomed the news - with some caveats.  Go to full article
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dons a pink scarf at a Family Planning Advocates rally on Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt
New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver dons a pink scarf at a Family Planning Advocates rally on Monday. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Cuomo, Dems push for Reproductive Health Act

During the election season last year, legislators proposed new laws in states around the country to limit women's contraception and abortion rights.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is now heading in the opposite direction. During his state of the state speech last week, Cuomo announced plans to advance a women's agenda.  Go to full article

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