Today’s Lady News: 2009 Best Books List Has Zero Women Authors On It

  • The magazine Publisher’s Weekly compiled its annual list of the year’s best books and it has zero women on it. Zilch! WTF? Tell us the names of incredible books written by women in 2009 that you’ve read in the comments. [New York Times]
  • Meet Margarita Vargas, an 18-year-old girl and the one decent human being who thought to call the police when a 15-year-old girl was being gang-raped outside a high school homecoming dance in California while as many as 20 people watched. “I’m like ‘We should call the cops because that’s the right thing to do.’ I didn’t think about it twice,” Vargas said. “I think people are scared, especially in a community like this where ‘snitching’ is a big thing to people.” [CBS]
  • A dozen anti-abortion activists were arrested at Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s office in D.C., some for disorderly conduct and others for unlawful entry. Pelosi’s staff said the protesters were upset about the wording regarding abortion in Obama’s health care reform bill. [AP]

  • In the U.K., a parent’s right to pull a child out of sex ed classes at school is now forbidden after age 15. [BBC]—Sounds sensible to me, but I’d prefer everyone be forced to attend sex ed like they’re forced to attend gym!
  • Massachusetts’ Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, which helps console rape victims and direct them to law enforcement at 44 different health care centers in the state, will receive a 40 percent budget cut from the state budget. [Boston Globe]
  • Anti-choice activists in Colorado are working to put an item on the 2010 ballot, called Initiative 25, which would define a person as an egg, and would, thus, grant a zygote or fetus rights. Colorado Right to Life and Personhood USA are going forward with their campaign, despite the fact that Colorado defeated a similar ballot initiative in 2008. [Colorado Independent]
  • Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to the state’s domestic partnerships law by gay rights opponents. Opponents say the law gives gay couples too many rights, thus violating Wisconsin’s 2005 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions. Gay rights advocates, though, argue that the domestic partnerships law gives gay couples less than one-fourth the legal rights afforded to straight married couples. [Pink News UK]
  • South Africa’s Olympic governing body has suspended Leonard Chuene, president of Athletics South Africa, for how he handled intersex runner Caster Semenya’s gender testing earlier this year. Chuene knew about the gender tests which were performed on Semenya without her knowledge, but lied publicly about it. [BBC]
  • Why do some women get breast cancer but not their sisters? The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences will try to find out in their Sister Study. [Chicago Tribune]