women's rights

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This week is the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, which brought thousands of demonstrators to the capital and inspired dozens of similar events in cities around the world—including Wichita.

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Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Wichita’s Old Town Square Wednesday to mark International Women’s Day. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx was there and has more on the demonstration.

The celebration drew about 50 people—mostly women, and most of them wearing red to honor the corresponding “Day Without Women” movement. Organizers and speakers emphasized women’s achievements and contributions to society, and called for gender equality.

Jennifer Ladd, from Sylvia, Kansas, says women need to be recognized for their work.

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Around 1,000 abortion opponents gathered at the Kansas Statehouse Monday for an annual rally marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the decision that legalized abortion.

Gov. Sam Brownback told the crowd to keep its eyes on the Kansas Supreme Court. The high court is reviewing a lawsuit in which a lower court ruled that the state Constitution protects a woman's right to abortion.

“Yet this can never really be true, that abortion is a right," Brownback said. "Our rights come from God, and amongst them is the inherent right to life."

Thousands March In Wichita For Women's Rights

Jan 21, 2017
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Thousands of men, women and children marched in Wichita Saturday in support of women's rights. Similar events took place across the country to coincide with the Women's March on Washington.

Ten of thousands of people are headed to Washington, D.C., to participate in the Women's March on Washington on Saturday. But not everyone who wants to march will be in Washington—as many as 1,000 people are expected to march in Wichita.

Organizers of the Air Capital Women's March initially expected a handful of people to attend. But with the help of Facebook, the event grew immensely.

The Impact of Title IX

Jun 16, 2015
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June 23rd marks the anniversary of the passage of the Education Amendments of 1972 that included the important gender non-discrimination section, Title IX.

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By the end of the 20th century, the word "feminism" had acquired a definition and divisive reputation that, while historically inaccurate, spoke to the backlash against its simple, yet radical concept.

Rights Won, Rights Lost

Mar 10, 2015
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March is often a time to think about women’s contributions, and how far women have come toward equality. However, it is also important to consider moments when women have lost rights.

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On June 19th 1964, the Senate passed the Civil Rights Act, breaking the 83-day filibuster by Southern Democrats. While this act is recognized as a groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation for African Americans, it also held the key to future civil rights advancements and protections for women.

Two days before the final vote, Representative Howard W. Smith, a powerful Democrat from Virginia, added sex as a protected class to Title VII, a section that prohibits discrimination by employers. Historians have been wondering about his motivations ever since.

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On August 18, 1920, Tennessee approved the 19th Amendment, providing the final ratification necessary to enact women’s suffrage.