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Today’s Lady News: Please, Tina Fey, Do Sarah Palin When You Host “SNL” In April!

  • Tina Fey is guest hosting “Saturday Night Live” in April, which probably means another Sarah Palin impersonation! “It’s inevitable that we’ll try it, at least,” Fey told the AP. “We’ll see if it makes it to air.” Now, if they could just get Amy Poehler back to do Hillary Clinton. [AP]
  • Happy 88th birthday, Helen Gurley Brown, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan! Brown is also the author of the bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl, an essential piece of literature in the ’60s and ’70s sexual revolution. [Wikipedia]
  • London’s Globe Theater has commissioned its first play written by a woman, “Bedlam” by Nell Leyshon. The Globe, where William Shakespeare staged his plays, was closed from 1642 until 1997. Not until now has a female playwright had her work performed there.

  • Emma Breyer, a 17-year-old high school junior in Ohio, filed for candidacy to represent her precinct, but was told she is too young to run. Breyer hoped to run as a project for her Advanced Placement American Government class. [UPI]
  • Lisa Cortes, an executive producer of “Precious,” speaks out about why she believed in the film. [Women & Hollywood]
  • The Kansas House of Representatives approved a bill that would require women to purchase extra insurance (called a “rider”) to cover abortion. [KWCH]
  • Men are still by far more likely to die from driving drunk, but a study published in the journal Industry Prevention found that fatal crashes involving women increased between 1995 and 2007. Researchers said changing attitudes towards women and drinking are likely the cause. [Business Week]
  • A feisty 75-year-old woman in Somerville, Massachusetts, thwarted a robbery at a 7/11 by taking a few swings at the burglar. “I haven’t seen 45-year-olds do that before, much less 75-year-olds,” said the local police chief. [Boston Herald]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Over a thousand Iranians have signed a petition against a bill that would further curb the rights of Iranian women, including restrictions on alimony and allowing men to take additional wives without permission. [NY Times]
  • Nearly 80 Egyptian women protested in Cairo over a recent decision to ban women from holding judicial positions on an influential court in Egypt that advises the government. [Al-Jazeera]
  • British TV host Denise Van Outen claims she was dropped from a BBC talent show because she is six months pregnant. Upon her firing, Van Outen said, she was told “being pregnant was an issue.” She continued, “I am not ill, I am just having a baby. I feel disappointed and let down. Being pregnant is not an issue for me, I feel fit and healthy.” [Daily Mail]
  • The British department store Debenhams has placed mannequins in its store windows which wear a size 16, several sizes larger than their usual size-10 mannequins. The majority of women in the U.K. wear either a size 14 or 16. [Daily Mail]
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