- I’m not surprised that according to a recent Gallup poll, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in the world (16 percent), but I am surprised that she nudged ahead of Sarah Palin for that position by just a hair (15 percent). Three women in the top five are all African-American—Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Condoleezza Rice. For reasons totally beyond my comprehension, scorned golf wife Elin Nordegren not only pops up in the top 10 but is tied with former poet laureate Maya Angelou. [Gallup]
- A woman born in South Africa is more likely to be raped in her lifetime than to learn how to read. The mistaken belief that sex with a virgin (even if that virgin is a child) will cure HIV/AIDS is partially responsible for the “rape epidemic.” [BBC]
- The Philadelphia Police Department is reviewing how they respond to domestic violence calls after it acknowledged domestic homicides increased 67 percent since 2008, while the overall homicide rate dropped. According to a police commissioner, 21 of the 35 victims had made 178 calls to 911 and several had restraining orders against the person suspected or convicted of killing them. [New York Times]
- Outback Steakhouse has agreed to pay $19 million to settle a sexual discrimination lawsuit. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the suit on behalf of female employees who said they weren’t given opportunities to advance. [Washington Post]—So disappointing when places I like turn out to treat women badly.
- A recent study says women play “harder” than men in online role-playing video games. According to an economist who co-authored the study, women are less likely to quit a game and they’re happier while playing. Women play less aggressively than men do, however, and are more likely to downplay the amount of time they spend slaying dragons onscreen. [L.A. Times]
- A sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times says more women should be coaches in the NBA, MLB and NFL and “only social—and attitudinal—barriers” are preventing them. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- Sex workers in New Delhi’s red light district complained that their government-issued condoms are “poor quality” and cause itching, irritation and infections. [Times of London]—See, this is why I don’t use those condoms given out for free around New York City!
- Japan almost asked 20 “karate ladies” to be Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s body guards when she visited the country in 1979, but Thatcher declined, saying she wanted to be treated like the male delegates. According to a newly released letter from one of Thatcher’s employees, “Mrs. Thatcher will attend the summit as prime minister and not as a woman per se…she would not want these ladies. Press reaction in particular would be unacceptable.” [BBC]
- A man in Israel has been granted his record-breaking 11th divorce. Casanova told the court he keeps a wife for two years, divorces her with a standard document that says he “releases her to all men,” and then immediately seeks a new bride. [BBC]—This makes even less sense than Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump continually getting tail.
Yesterday in Today’s Lady News, we learned about the barriers to women and girls going into math and science.