Robyn Swirling

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Robyn Swirling is a policy wonk in Washington, DC, who has been working on women’s rights issues for almost 10 years, with a particular focus on international women’s health and violence against women and girls. She has previously held positions at Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Global AIDS Alliance, Global Health Council, and Family Violence Prevention Fund. Robyn also blogs at and tweets occasionally at @rswirling.

Recent blog posts written by Robyn Swirling

Could the Supreme Court’s Prostitution Pledge Ruling Help Rape Victims in Ohio?

Yesterday afternoon, yet another state passed sweeping anti-abortion and anti-woman policies. Ohio’s new budget includes provisions for mandatory ultrasounds (including, possibly, just to obtain birth control), defunding Planned Parenthood, redirecting funds to Crisis Pregnancy Centers, and defines pregnancy as beginning at fertilization rather than implantation. Despite vocal objections and impassioned pleas from Democratic lawmakers and […]

Dear POTUS: Why Do I Have to be Someone’s Daughter to Deserve Rights?

  In the last four years, President Obama has done some great things for women: the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, expansion of women’s health services under the Affordable Care Act, support for Planned Parenthood. And I was happy last night, in his State of the Union address, to hear him push for Congress to […]

Feminism is in My Blood

On my left shoulder blade sits a tattoo of a yellow rose. Both of my maternal great-grandmothers were named Rose, and I’m named after one of them. The yellow rose is also my mom’s favorite flower. Above the rose, in Hebrew script, is the word haisha. Woman. When my mom first saw the tattoo she […]

On Aurora, Gun Violence, and Women

Here we are again. In the wake of yet another tragic mass shooting, people who have opinions about guns are starting up their arguments again. We need stricter gun control laws! Don’t challenge my right to own assault weapons! More thorough screenings and waiting periods could help prevent future shootings, and may have helped prevent […]