Today’s Lady News: Teen Girl Drivers Admit To Speeding More Than Boys

  • Teenage boys have generally had worse driving records, and car insurance rates across the country have reflected as much. But a recent study of teen drivers by the Allstate Foundation found that 27 percent of teen girls admit to driving over 10 miles over the speed limit, compared with only 19 percent of boys. Hmm, I think some of those teen boys are lying! An Allstate spokesman, who apparently agrees with me, added, “Experience still shows female drivers are safer than boys at this age.” [Chicago Tribune]
  • Judge Sylvia Pressler, whose 1973 ruling opened up Little League baseball to girls who wanted to play, passed away Feb. 15 at age 75. Ruling on a 12-year-old New Jersey girl who wanted to play ball, Pressler wrote in her opinion: “The institution of Little League is as American as the hot dog and apple pie. There is no reason why that part of Americana should be withheld from girls.” One year later, the Little League amended its charter to allow girls. [AP]
  • Riot grrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna, formerly of the bands Le Tigre and Bikini Kill, will be donating her papers to the newly created Riot Grrrl Archive at New York University’s library. [Feministing]

  • In 2008, women represented more than half the voting population in elections, but less than one quarter of representatives in state legislatures were women, according to a recent study by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. [The Star-Ledger]
  • Washington State’s House of Representatives passed a bill last week which would allow judges to forbid people accused of sex offenses to question their alleged victims on the stand. Members of the House wrote up the bill after an accused rapist was allowed to act as his own attorney and interrogate a woman he was accused of raping at knife-point after allegedly breaking into her house. [Seattle Post Intelligencer]
  • An uneventful Missouri State Senate meeting got weird last night after a Planned Parenthood lobbyist criticized two bills which would place more restrictions on women seeking abortions. After lobbyist Michelle Trupiano explained her concerns with the bills, State Senator Jane Cunningham asked Trupiano, in front of the senate: “Have you ever had an abortion?” The Planned Parenthood lobbyist told Cunningham the answer to that question was none of her business and declined to answer. [St. Louis Post Dispatch]
  • Jody Howard, founder of Jane, the underground group that helped link women to abortion providers before the practice was legal, passed away Feb. 5 at age 69. Over several years in the late ’60s, until Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion in 1973, the Jane network helped 11,000 women. Women could call a phone number and ask for “Jane Howe,” a code word meaning they were looking to have an abortion. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Poet Lucille Clifton, a National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, passed away Feb. 13 at age 73. [AP]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Women in Saudi Arabia have been urged to boycott lingerie shops that employ male sales staff and ask that women be hired instead. In Saudi Arabian society, unrelated men and women are often separated, which makes it difficult for a woman to purchase lingerie in a shop where a man is employed. [BBC]
  • Remember Julia Lira, the 7-year-old samba queen at Rio’s Carnival who had everybody all freaked-out about sexy dancing? Poor little thing burst into tears during the Carnival parade, apparently because so many photographers were hovering around her. [BBC]
  • Intersex South African runner Caster Semenya‘s ordeal may be over, but sports authorities are embroiled in a debate over whether the testosterone levels of all female athletes should be tested. [BBC]
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