Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Might Be Dunzo In 2012

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would not serve another four years if President Obama is reelected in 2012, because she hopes to slow her pace and do more writing and teaching. “The whole eight [years] — that would be very challenging,” Clinton said. “It’s a 24/7 job and I think at some point, I will be very happy to pass it on to someone else.” [Telegraph]
  • Gay groups are psyched about President Obama’s vow in his State of the Union Address last night to get rid of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. [ABC News]

  • Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who murdered abortion provider Dr. George Tiller last May, took the stand today in his own defense and testified that he killed Tiller because he believed he was saving the lives of unborn babies. Roeder has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated assault. [MSNBC]
  • We ladies are no longer outnumbering men in undergraduate programs, according to a new report from the American Council on Education. The only exception is Latino men, who are still outnumbered in undergrad programs by Latina women. [Washington Post]
  • Wisconsin’s State Senate passed a bill today which would require the proper use of birth control to be taught during sex ed. Currently, the Cheese Head State is not required to teach sex ed. [WKOWtv.com]
  • California’s State Assembly approved legislation that would make it illegal not to report a violent attack, in response to the gang rape of a student after a Homecoming dance in Richmond, CA, earlier this year. Presently the law states it’s only illegal not to report a violent attack if the victim is under age 14. [San Francisco Chronicle]
  • Jenny Sanford, who has filed for divorce from South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, told a room of Republicans at a luncheon recently that there are not enough women involved in politics. [Greenville Online]
  • Chemicals that are used as fire retardants in household furniture have been linked to women who have trouble conceiving, according to a study in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. [Treehugger]
  • News anchor Judy Woodruff speaks about her role in the International Women’s Media Foundation, which tries to strengthen the network of women in the media around the world. [MSNBC]

INTERNATIONAL

  • When it comes to the banking industry in India, women are kicking ass and taking names! UBS, JP Morgan Chase, and HSBC, among others, are all run by women there. [New York Times]
  • The advocacy organization Human Rights Watch has accused anti-abortion groups in Ireland of “grossly misleading” citizens about abortion, which is banned there. According to a HRW report, Irish women have been told they might become infertile or need a hysterectomy or colostomy bag after an abortion. [Times of London]
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