Ethnicity and Gender

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Students, faculty and staff at Syracuse University are standing by students at other colleges and universities that have been plagued by racial tensions.  Many of the protesting students wore black, the color of the University of Missouri, and they held fists high in the shadow of the Hall of Languages Thursday. They chanted “we do it for Mizzou” and “black lives matter.”

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There's yet another casualty of the stalemate: rape crisis centers. Some have had to stop group counseling sessions. Others can't take on new clients for individual counseling after a rape or sexual assault. That's because most rely on state and federal funding, and the commonwealth hasn't had a budget for more than 130 days.

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She has overcome poverty, abuse, the illness of a child and years of alcohol addiction, yet remains the epitome of strength. That’s the personal story told by author Lucille O’Neal Wednesday at the YWCA’s Empowering Women Luncheon.

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Advocates for an Equal Rights Amendment gathered Sunday afternoon in Rochester. It happened across the street from the house where suffragist Susan B. Anthony lived. Congresswoman Louise Slaughter was joined by the president of  the National Organization for Women, Terry O’Neill and Eleanor Smeal, former NOW President and co-founder of the Feminist Majority.

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Ten women whose influence continues to be felt in the fields of science, the arts and civil rights are the newest inductees into the National Women's Hall of Fame. They include dance pioneer Martha Graham and Feminist Majority founder Eleanor Smeal.