Today’s Lady News: Malaysian Women Say Caning Was Good For Them

  • This is terribly sad: Three Malaysian women, who were caned under the country’s Islamic laws, said the punishment was good for them. The 17-year-old who was caned for having sex out of wedlock has been quoted in a Malaysian newspaper saying, “I deeply regret my actions as I should have married before having sex.” [MSNBC]
  • Surprise, surprise: young women at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week in Washington, D.C., have a lot of the same criticisms of how women in politics are treated as liberals do. One woman, Andrea Tantaros, said she can’t stand when people comment on female politicans’ looks. “Guess what? Barack Obama is looking pretty darn tired these days too but I don’t see anyone analyzing his bags,” Tantaros said. Agreed! [CBS News]
  • According to a study on women in the workplace released by the nonprofit Catalyst, female M.B.A.-holders lag behind men in pay, positions and promotions. The study of 9,000 respondents also found women received an average $4,600 less at their first job, despite comparable experience. [Wall Street Journal]

  • Florida’s State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R-Keystone Heights) has introduced the Florida For Life Act, which would ban abortions in Florida. According to the state’s director of Planned Parenthood, Van Zant’s bill is purposefully “unconstitutional” because he hopes it will pass, be challenged, and make it all the way to the Supreme Court. Van Zant, a Baptist minister, is also vice-chairman of the House Health Care Regulatory Policy Committee. [Tallahassee Democrat]
  • Affluent women are experiencing a dip in breast cancer rates possibly from the decreased use of hormone replacement therapy, according to a study recently released in the American Journal of Public Health. [Business Week]
  • Almost 40 years after Title IX leveled the playing field for girls in sports, The New York Times asks if its had a positive effect on women’s health and well-being. [New York Times]
  • The Pope will canonize his first Australian saint, “an outspoken nun” named Mother Mary MacKillop who worked with needy children. MacKillip had been ex-communicated for insubordination, but was exonerated three years later. [BBC]
  • Former French Justice Minister Rachida Dati, who is of North African descent, has blasted the wearing of the Islamic veil by women, calling the burkas in particular “not a religious expression.” [BBC]
  • All police officers who deal with incidences of rape in Britain will be trained in the psychological effects of sexual assault, according to a new policy. [Guardian UK]