Today’s Lady News: Beyonce Breaks A Grammy Record For Female Artists

  • Beyonce broke a record for female performers last night at the Grammy’s when she took home six — count ‘em, six! — awards. [Parade]
  • Kathryn Bigelow, director of “The Hurt Locker,” became the first woman ever to win the top prize from the Director’s Guild of America on Saturday. [New York Times]
  • Last week all of Washington, D.C., from politicians to journalists, gathered to celebrate ace reporter Helen Thomas‘ 50th year covering the White House. Thomas began covering the presidential politics for UPI when President Eisenhower was in office and later became the first woman to head a White House Bureau for a wire news service. Since 2000, Thomas has been a columnist for the Hearst News Service. [NPR]

  • CNN senior political correspondent Candy Crowley will anchor the network’s Sunday morning show, “State of the Union,” beginning Feb. 7. [Media Bistro]
  • According to a government document entitled “Opportunity and Progress for Women and Girls” obtained by the McClatchy news service, President Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget includes 15 programs of note for women and girls. Nine programs focus on women and girls alone, while the other six affect both genders. Some proposals include increased spending on food for low-income women and their children, Head Start programs, and for victims of domestic violence. [Kansas City Star]
  • According to a recent study, antidepressants might delay breast milk production in new moms. [Reuters]
  • Kate Michelman, the former president of the National Abortion Rights Action League/Pro-Choice America, and Frances Kissling, the former president of Catholics For Choice, took to the Washington Post op-ed page to address Tim Tebow’s controversial ad about abortion, which will air during the Super Bowl. [Washington Post]
  • Not to be outdone, The New York Times‘ editorial board took a stab at Tim Tebow’s Super Bowl ad, too. [New York Times]
  • Claire Messud, who wrote The Emperor’s Children, wonders why, with women making up 80 percent of the fiction-reading audience in the U.S., women authors don’t win more book prizes. [Guernica]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon announced he will appoint a special representative to handle sexual violence against women in war zones. [ABC News]
  • War zones aren’t the only place in need of help: Rape is a terrible problem right now for female earthquake victims in Haiti, according to the country’s police chief. [Times of London]
  • Women’s studies programs in colleges are ruining everything — everything! — says an op-ed in Canada’s National Post. [National Post]
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