Today’s Lady News: Men Are More Likely To Leave When A Partner Is Seriously Ill

  • A study in the medical journal Cancer found that a man is seven times more likely to leave his partner if she is seriously ill than if the tables are turned. This might be due to the conditioning of women to be caretakers of their loved ones. [Times of London]—Insert tasteless John Edwards joke here.
  • Nan Robertson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The New York Times, passed away last night. Robertson wrote The Girls In The Balcony about the fight for workplace equality among women employed by the Times and won the Prize for an article about her bout with toxic shock syndrome. Although Robertson’s TSS was not caused by a tampon, her experience helped raise awareness about the connection between tampons and TSS. [New York Times]
  • Op-ed columnist Kathleen Parker says women, such as Meghan McCain, Liz Cheney (Dick Cheney’s daughter), Meg Whitman (former head of eBay) and Carly Fiornia (former head of Hewlett-Packard), can offer fresh new ideas for the future for the Republican Party. [Washington Post]
  • A judge in California refused to dismiss a challenge to Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state. Prop 8 is being challenged on 1st Amendment grounds by gay rights supporters and Prop 8’s supporters wanted that challenge dismissed because they don’t consider it a legitimate complaint. [L.A. Times]
  • Jessica Valenti, co-founder of the blog Feministing, recently got married to her hubby, Andrew Golis. Even though her husband applied for credit cards to their joint accounts in each of their names, she received a new credit card in the mail for “Jessica Golis.” [Twitpic]