What’s Current: US House set to vote on Equality Act, potentially erasing sex-based protections for women

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  • The US House of Representatives is set to vote on the Equality Act, a proposed legislation which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to enshrine gender identity as a protected characteristic under the law in a move critics say will undo women’s sex-based protections.
  • Four Pakistani women who ran empowerment workshops were targeted and killed in an area that was once a base for the Taliban. According to NBC, women who work for charities to empower women are at risk and face hostility in certain areas of Pakistan.
  • Two books challenging gender ideology are silently removed from Target’s online shop for a second time. Dr. Debra Soh’s The End of Gender and Abigail Shrier’s Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters were originally pulled in November last year, prompting criticism that caused Target to backtrack on its decision.
  • Women’s rights podcast Gender Critical Story Hour was de-platformed by the hosting service Anchor following a single complaint from podcaster Alistair Wallis, creator of Get Soft with Dr. Snuggles, described as a guide to the world of “erotic thrillers and softcore films.”
  • A tea shop in China apologized for running advertising campaigns which referred to women as “bargains,” and for selling tea bags printed with the slogan, “Master, I want you.”
Genevieve Gluck

Genevieve Gluck is a writer and advocate for women's sex-based rights and creator of Women's Voices, an audio library dedicated to bringing awareness to feminist texts and speeches.