“Heartbeat Bills” and the Push to Overturn Roe v. Wade

American History, Current Events, History of Supreme Court Nominations, Human Rights, Law, Law Journal Library, Medicine, U.S. Supreme Court, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Last week, the Alabama legislature passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the United States, which Republican Governor Kay Ivey signed into law. The bill would make it a felony for the doctors to perform or attempt to perform an abortion in the state (although the woman who receives an abortion would not be held criminally culpable or civilly liable). Other states, such as Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio, have passed “heartbeat bills,” which prohibit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is typically when a doctor can first detect a fetal heartbeat. These laws will likely be appealed, as many violate the undue burden notion of established federal law…

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find Out What It Means in HeinOnline

American History, Current Events, Searching, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Lauren Mattiuzzo

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March every year in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia to honor the vital role of women in history. To commemorate this celebration, let’s take a look at the women who have paved the way for today’s generation, inspiring us to fight for equality.

Heroes of HeinOnline

There is not enough space here to highlight all the great women who have sacrificed and impacted our world, but let’s take a look at a select few and how you can research these women in HeinOnline…

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Time’s Up, #MeToo, and the Equal Rights Amendment

Current Events, Human Rights, Law, Popular Culture, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Kaylyn Zurawski

Is the Future Female?

In many ways, 2017 was a historic year for women’s empowerment in the United States. First there was the Women’s March for human rights, and then came movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo, which began in response to a wave of allegations of sexual abuse against men in power, from Hollywood to the White House. And while these movements have dispelled silence, increased solidarity, and brought forth a call for change, many say there is still much work to be done, and that begins with passing legal protections for women.

More than 80% of Americans don’t know women are not guaranteed equal rights in the U.S…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Affectionately Known as The Notorious RBG

Law, Navigating, Women and the Law, Women's Studies
Kaylyn Zurawski

Her Team Supreme

On August 10th, 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the 107th Supreme Court justice, making her the second woman and first Jewish female justice to sit on the distinguished bench. Since being sworn in, Justice Ginsburg has established herself in America’s history as a legend— and not just for her decisions in the courtroom. 

Ginsburg is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, where she tied for first in her class. Before she became a judge, she spent her career as an advocate for the advancement of women’s rights as a constitutional principle…

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Women’s History Month

Current Events, Searching, Women and the Law
Bonnie Hein

Origins of Women’s History Month

Originally, Women’s History Week was designated the week beginning March 7, 1982 under Public Law 97-28 (95 Stat. 148) and announced with Presidential Proclamation 4903 by President Ronald Reagan:

“American women of every race, creed and ethnic background helped found and build our Nation in countless recorded and unrecorded ways. As pioneers, teachers, mothers, homemakers, soldiers, nurses and laborers, women played and continue to play a vital role in American economic, cultural and social life. In science, business, medicine, law, the arts and the home, women have made significant contributions to the growth and development of our land. Their diverse service is among America’s most precious gifts….”

After being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project…

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Trump vs. Clinton

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Law Journal Library, U.S. Congressional Documents, Women and the Law
Shannon Furtak

HeinOnline is a politically neutral, image-based, fully searchable legal and government document research database. It happens to be the largest such database, with more than 136 million pages, more than 120,000 titles, nearly 2,300 scholarly journals from inception to current which contain nearly 2 million articles and sections, comprehensive coverage of United States statutory documents, all United States treaties and an entire database of international treaties, all of the world's constitutions, a collection of more than 7,400 classic legal treatises, nearly 50,000 Congressional hearings, and more. All of this self-promotional information can be backed up with actual facts and tangible lists, found here. Due to the aforementioned political neutrality, the content of this post will not be inflammatory and is therefore suitable for work (SFW) and social gatherings…

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Take Another Look at Women and the Law in HeinOnline

Current Events, Exploring HeinOnline, Women and the Law
Shannon Furtak

On February 29, President Obama issued this proclamation, which declared March 2016 to be Women's History Month and discussed the legacies of both prominent female trailblazers and women who are not included in history books. The proclamation addressed the progress that's been made, but acknowledged that work still remains to be done.

Women's History Month took root in 1909, when the first Women's Day occurred in New York City. It was organized by the Socialist Party and honored the anniversary of a garment workers' strike in which thousands of women marched for economic rights. Later, the National Women's History Project (NWHP) was founded in California after a group of women noticed that women were absent from history texts…

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Women and the Law: Start Your Research in HeinOnline

Current Events, HeinOnline, Women and the Law
Shannon Furtak

In March 2014, HeinOnline released Women and the Law, a collection of books, biographies, and periodicals dedicated to the role of women in society and the law. This collection provides a convenient platform for users to research the progression of women's roles and rights in society over the past 200 years.

Today, the next United States presidential race is underway, and Hillary Clinton is favored to win the Democratic nomination. Carly Fiorina is a contender for the Republican nomination.

Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina are not the first women to run for president; in fact, five women since 1872 have sought the White House, according to this Time article

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