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Highest Court Affirms Right to Marry, but Tramples Voting Rights, Workers' Rights Statement of Ms. Foundation President and CEO Anika Rahman



NEW YORK--June 26, 2013

"As we celebrate the triumph of same-sex couples who now enjoy the same marriage rights under federal law as opposite-sex couples, we are struck by how the stroke of pen has profoundly improved the lives of couples across the country. We also are dismayed that today's decisions come at the end of a week of outrageous attacks on the rights of women, workers and people of color.

"This week, the Supreme Court made it more difficult for employees to fight workplace harassment and discrimination – crimes predominantly affecting women. A separate decision decimated the Voting Rights Act of 1965, paving the way for states to erect barriers to voting that could significantly impact voters of color. The Court's affirmative action ruling changed the standards universities must apply as justification in considering race for admission, signaling the potential erosion of affirmative-action programs.

"The majority of these decisions were split 5-4, with the rights of marginalized communities hinging on just one vote. Clearly, we cannot rely upon the High Court to safeguard women's and civil rights. The real battle for justice and equality must be fought and won by activists and organizations working to advance social change in communities across the country every single day. We must continue to strengthen and build our progressive movements to win human rights and to transform our culture – not just our laws.

"The Ms. Foundation is committed to continuing to build a movement for all women – including low-income women, women workers, LGBTQ women and women of color – in support of equality and a better future for our families and communities."


The Ms. Foundation for Women fights to eliminate barriers for every woman in the U.S. For 40 years, we have worked tirelessly to secure women’s rights and freedoms with a special commitment to building the power of low-income, immigrant and women of color. At our core, we are advocates elevating women’s voices and our most pressing issues. We’re continually investing funds, time, expertise and training in more than 100 trailblazing organizations nationwide to secure a better future for ourselves, our families and our communities.

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