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June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Republican-proposed bill in Tennessee would remove the age limit for when couple's could exchange wedding vows and clear the way for 'common-law marriages' between 'one man and one woman.' Representative Tom Leatherwood, 65, of Arlington, introduced the bill into the state's House that would eliminate the current age requirement of 17 and allow for 'alternative forms of marriage' to those who 'conscientiously object to the current pathway to marriage. So, all this bill does is give an alternative form of marriage for those pastors and other individuals who have a conscientious objection to the current pathway to marriage in our law,' the Republican father-of-five said, according to WJHL. 'There is...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Tennessee is currently the 13th largest state per capita for child marriages, trailing Texas, Alabama, Utah, Oklahoma, and Nevada, which is tops since 2018. Texas has married roughly 42,000 children, the biggest number of children per state, while California has married off roughly 24,000 and Tennessee almost 10,000. Under the current Tennessee law, a person can get married as young as 17 as long as they have parental consent. It only became illegal for minors under the age of 17 to get married in 2018. Prior to that, Tennesseans could bypass the age requirement as long as a judge waived the age limit through parental consent" (7-8)."Researchers found that a...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: NGOFW-DATA-1

"Leatherwood's bill comes after Florida passed the Parental Rights Act - which has been dubbed the 'Don't Say Gay' bill - which Republicans are using to ban the discussion of sex and gender in the classroom. Republicans have increasingly claimed that liberals advocating to strike down the bill are 'grooming' and 'sexualizing' children by indoctrinating them. The Sexual Assault Center of Middle Tennessee has also denounced Leatherwood's bill, saying it 'does not believe the age of consent for marriage should be any younger than it already is. It makes children more vulnerable to coercion and manipulation from predators, sexual and other,' the organization said in a statement" (10-12).more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Massachusetts has the youngest age limit, with girls 12 and up and boys 14 and up able to marry with parental consent, according to World Population. Other states - such as Arkansas and New Hampshire - also have differing ages for males and females. Arkansas limits underage women to 16 and older, while males have to be 17. Meanwhile, New Hampshire is 13 for girls and 14 for boys. California does not have an age limit, as long as parental consent is obtained, according to World Population" (29-31).
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-LAW-2

"A Republican-proposed bill in Tennessee would remove the age limit for when couple's could exchange wedding vows and clear the way for 'common-law marriages' between 'one man and one woman'" (1). "Only six states in the US ban underage marriages. Those states are: Delaware, New Jersey, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and New York. The Tennessee bill also proposes that the state should have to defend any clerk who refuses to issue a marriage license" (17-18).
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"In 44 states, children in the US can get married under the age of 18. Although each state sets its own age limit, some states allow children as young as 12 to be married off to an adult, leaving minors in a vulnerable position where they can legally marry before being old enough to consent to sex. The age of consent varies by state, but is between the ages of 16 and 18. Fourteen states' child marriage laws violate statutory rape laws, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health. Meanwhile, 11 states, including Oregon, North and South Dakota, and Alabama, do not provide marital exemptions, meaning spouses of underage children...more
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"Opponents are worried if the bill passes into law, it could be used to cover up child sex abuse and statutory rape. Democratic Nashville Representative Mike Stewart, 57, called the bill a 'get-out-of-jail-free card for people who are basically committing statutory rape. I mean it’s completely ridiculous, so that’s another reason why this terrible bill should be eliminated,' he said. 'I don’t think any normal person thinks we shouldn’t have an age requirement for marriage'" (5-6).
June 7, 2022, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

"In 44 states, children in the US can get married under the age of 18. Although each state sets its own age limit, some states allow children as young as 12 to be married off to an adult, leaving minors in a vulnerable position where they can legally marry before being old enough to consent to sex. The age of consent varies by state, but is between the ages of 16 and 18. Fourteen states' child marriage laws violate statutory rape laws, according to the Journal of Adolescent Health. Meanwhile, 11 states, including Oregon, North and South Dakota, and Alabama, do not provide marital exemptions, meaning spouses of underage children...more
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-DATA-2

"Two-thirds of the marriage applications in Buncombe County last year that involved at least one person under 18 originated from people who lived outside of North Carolina, Reisinger said, noting that a 49-year-old man and 17-year-old girl recently came from Kentucky seeking a license"(para 5). "A study by the International Center for Research on Women, a research institute and rights group for women and children, estimates that nearly 8,800 minors were listed on marriage licenses in North Carolina from 2000-2015 — placing the state among the top five with child marriages during that period. The group said that 93% of the marriage applications it reviewed for the years 2000-2019 involved...more
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: LRW-LAW-1

"The bill’s proposed maximum age gap of four years partially mimics statutory rape laws that make it a serious felony for a minor to have sexual intercourse with someone who is significantly older. The legislation needs one more Senate vote before heading to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk, probably this week, where it's likely to be signed into law"(para 16).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Known for its coastlines, mountains and the state that was “first in flight,” North Carolina has also developed a more dubious reputation recently: as a regional destination for adults who want to marry children" (para 1).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: UVAW-PRACTICE-1

"Lobbyists working on changing the law say former child brides in North Carolina whom they have contacted remain too traumatized by their experiences to speak before legislators publicly. Women like Wiegand have filled in instead: 'I’m speaking in favor of the bill because I feel nobody did it for me,' she said" (para 20). This shows the affect of child marriarge on women and how the abuse or violence has traumatized them (ST- CODER COMMENT).
March 19, 2022, 8:53 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"State lawmakers are nearing passage of a bill that could dampen the state's appeal as the go-to place to bring child brides — but would still leave it short of a national push to increase the age to 18. The proposed legislation would raise the minimum marriage age from 14 to 16 and limit the age difference between a 16-year-old and their spouse to four years"(para 2). "Reisinger said the county, which includes the popular tourist city of Asheville, is a destination for many adults and child brides from nearby states such as Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee — all of which have raised the minimum marriage age in...more
March 15, 2022, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

"President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a law to protect the rights of victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, allowing them to seek justice in court, accompanied by one of the nation's most prominent campaigners for the measure" (Para. 1). "Biden signed into law the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act, which bars employment contracts from forcing people to settle claims of sexual assault or harassment through private arbitration proceedings instead of in a court of law. Employers often benefit from the process, which keeps misconduct allegations from becoming public. The law is retroactive, freeing individuals who have been bound by arbitration language to pursue...more
March 15, 2022, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1

"Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News presenter, has worked to end the use of forced arbitration proceedings ever since she sued network boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment" (Para. 2). "'Something great has come from my decision to come forward and stand alongside millions of others to say that it's not okay for companies to hide harassment, assault'" (Para. 5). "As a result of the #MeToo movement, the widespread practice has come under fire for forcing employees to seek recourse without a jury, a chance to appeal an arbitrator's decision or the sunlight of a public court process" (Para. 13). "'Today I'm here on behalf of the millions of American...more
March 15, 2022, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News presenter, has worked to end the use of forced arbitration proceedings ever since she sued network boss Roger Ailes for sexual harassment" (Para. 2). "An estimated 60 million workers are bound by forced arbitration clauses slipped into their employment contracts, with many unaware the language exists, Biden said. Private arbitration keeps them from knowing who else may have suffered similar indignities. As a result of the #MeToo movement, the widespread practice has come under fire for forcing employees to seek recourse without a jury, a chance to appeal an arbitrator's decision or the sunlight of a public court process" (Para. 11-13). "Defenders of the...more
March 9, 2022, 9:28 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"the United States has been moving in the opposite direction, with abortion restrictions multiplying across the country, and the U.S. Supreme Court considering a case that could overrule Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion" (para 4).
Jan. 26, 2022, 5:25 p.m.
Countries: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad/Tobago, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
Variables: IIP-SCALE-1

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Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-PRACTICE-3

"On Dec. 8, 2020, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy suspended or fired 14 military leaders for failing to adequately prevent, stop, or intervene in a culture of sexual assault and violence at Fort Hood Army base. This was necessary, but nowhere near sufficient. The new secretary of defense in the Biden administration, Lloyd J. Austin III, has taken steps at the start of his service in this role to explore changes to the military’s handling of sexual and gender-based violence. The investigation that led to these actions was prompted by a public outcry after the killing of Vanessa Guillén, a 20-year-old soldier at Fort Hood, by another soldier on the base....more
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-LAW-5

"As chair of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, President Joe Biden spearheaded the passage of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), based on decades of anti-violence advocacy led by women’s movements. The new presidential administration needs to take action now and demand changes to culture, policy, and practice around sexual harassment, assault, and other violence within military settings. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA) in 2013 to reform reporting policies for sexual violence in military settings. This bill, or adoption of similar reforms, has yet to be passed. The new administration and DoD leadership should elevate implementation of recommendations to end gender-based violence and its...more
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SEGI-PRACTICE-1, EWCMS-DATA-3

"On Dec. 8, 2020, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy suspended or fired 14 military leaders for failing to adequately prevent, stop, or intervene in a culture of sexual assault and violence at Fort Hood Army base. This was necessary, but nowhere near sufficient. The new secretary of defense in the Biden administration, Lloyd J. Austin III, has taken steps at the start of his service in this role to explore changes to the military’s handling of sexual and gender-based violence" (para 1-2).
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-2

"Fort Hood is not alone in failing to protect military members from gender-based violence. Such violence, which includes sexual assault and sexual harassment, is prevalent throughout society and prominent in military settings, which are by nature male-dominated and patriarchal. One in three women veterans receiving care from the Veterans Health Administration report having experienced sexual assault or harassment while serving in the military. The Fiscal Year 2019 Department of Defense Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military found a 3 percent increase in sexual assault reports by service members over the previous year, with the overwhelming majority of reports from women service members, and the highest rates among those...more
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: EWCMS-DATA-1

"A 2020 Government Accountability Office report found that women service members are 28 times more likely to separate from military service than their male peers, forfeiting career advancement, leadership opportunities and full retirement benefits, citing sexual assault as a key factor in the separation. Other research has also found premature separation from military service — with loss of benefits and achievement of goals — resulting from experience of gender-based violence during service" (para 9).
Oct. 4, 2021, 9:37 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: SUICIDE-DATA-1

"Gender-based violence is a major contributor to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicide, and other mental health and social issues among military service members and veterans" (para 7).
Sept. 13, 2021, 11:20 a.m.
Countries: Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Rep, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Cyprus, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Fiji, Finland, Gambia, Georgia, Greece, Guyana, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Malawi, Malta, Mongolia, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad/Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia
Variables: LRW-SCALE-12

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Aug. 27, 2021, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ASR-DATA-1

"...For example, in the US, women make up 21% of undergraduates and 20% of Ph.D.s [6]…" (para 2)
Aug. 27, 2021, 3:03 p.m.
Countries: Canada, United States
Variables: ASR-PRACTICE-1

"Many groups have studied the physics-gender-gap problem, identifying a number of possible causes. For example, researchers have reported both subtle and blatant stereotyping of women in physics laboratories in the US, Canada, and Europe and have shown that such stereotyping negatively impacted women’s careers [5] (see also Viewpoint: How Stereotypes Impact Women in Physics). That study and others all focused on western countries, where physics is a man-dominated field..." (para 2).
Aug. 5, 2021, 10:20 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

Amidst an onslaught of harsh anti-abortion laws in US state legislatures, Tennessee legislators have introduced a bill that would give the biological father of a fetus a veto on an abortion procedure.
July 29, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Outcry was swift — including from the press, an attorney who has worked with minors seeking to marry in the state, advocates and local officials. After intense bipartisan negotiations, the bill was amended yet again to raise the age floor for marriage to 16, and that version of the bill passed without opposition in the Senate. While this version still falls short of the age of 18 standard that was initially proposed — a deeply disappointing development that leaves children at risk — I remain hopeful. Until recently, New York law permitted marriage as young as 14, and the first successful legislative effort to address this was able to increase...more
July 29, 2021, 7:20 p.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, not far from Mr. Reisinger’s office. I remember classmates in my hometown getting pregnant, marrying and dropping out of school as early as middle school, never to return to class. In high school, I was a maid of honor in a wedding that the bride later described as the worst day of her life" (Para 12). "Married girls are 50 percent more likely to drop out of high school and much less likely to finish college" (Para 13).