Today’s Lady News: Quotas For Female Managers Introduced At Big European Company

Jessica Wakeman | March 15, 2010 - 8:30 pm
  • Deutsche Telekom, the largest telecommunications company in Europe, said it will double its number of female managers in the next five years by establishing a quota. The company plans to increase the number of women in middle- and upper-management from 12 percent today to 30 percent in 2015. [New York Times]
  • As a lesbian in the military, Jene Newsome of South Dakota abided by the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. But when police arrived at her home with an arrest warrant for her partner and found a marriage certificate on Newsome’s kitchen table (the couple had married in Iowa, where same-sex marriage is legal), they informed the military and the 28-year-old Air Force sergeant was honorably discharged. [Essence]
  • A reader of The Sexist snapped a pic of an anti-binge drinking sign at the University of Waterloo in Ontario that warns you shouldn’t drink too much because you might “get raped.” Uh, last time I checked, you don’t “get raped”; rapists rape you. [The Sexist]

  • After 70 days at sea rowing from Senegal, Africa to Guyana, South America, Katie Spotz, 22, of Ohio, became the youngest person ever to row from one continent to another by herself. Spotz’s jaunt raised over $70,000 for a charity that builds clean water projects around the world. [New York Times]
  • The Centers For Disease Control released a report last week which found one in six Americans, and half of all African-American women, are infected with genital herpes. [NPR]
  • Meet Richard Doerflinger, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ point man on abortion in the health care reform debates. [NPR]
  • The number of women ages 45 to 64 who have been unemployed for six months or more has more than doubled in the past year — and the number is still growing. Guess we can retire the term “hecession.” [WBUR]
  • An Illinois circuit court began to hear arguments today about a parental notification law which would require parents to be told if their child under age 17 has an abortion. The law would not require parents to consent to the abortion, but only to be notified. Parents would not have to be notified in cases of sexual abuse or health risks to the teenager. The law went into effect in November 2009, but shortly thereafter, a restraining order was filed against it. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Virginia’s General Assembly is considering a bill to allow license plates that read “Trust Women, Respect Choice.” Virginia offers 200 other custom license plates, including one which says “Choose Life.” If the bill passes, after 1,000 “Trust Women” license plates are sold, $15 from each $15 plate will go to Planned Parenthood. [WTOP]
  • West Virginia’s House and Senate have passed a bill requiring doctors to perform an ultrasound on a woman seeking an abortion. However, the woman has the right to decline to view the ultrasound. [The Charleston Gazette]
  • The number of female judges in Alaska is stagnant: Only 13 women, or less than 20 percent of the total number of judges, currently sit on the bench in Alaska. [Fairbanks Daily News-Miner]
  • At least one bar in South Padre Island, Texas, has been paid to put informational cards about the morning-after pill in their women’s bathrooms during Spring Break. [Valley Central] NOTE: Thanks to commenter EscapeHatch for pointing out South Padre Island is in Texas, not Florida.
  • Police in Malibu, California, say a woman jumped 100 feet down a steep hillside cliff to escape a would-be rapist who grabbed her from behind while she was jogging. [CBS News]
  • Years after former Harvard University President Lawrence Summers pissed everybody off by suggesting “intrinsic aptitude” may account for why more women don’t work in math and sciences, Harvard has blossomed into a more female-friendly institution by pouring millions of bucks into child-care centers. [New York Times]
  • The AP takes a look at seniors who wait till their 60s, 70s and 80s to come out of the closet. [AP]


  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about her dedication to promoting women’s rights across the globe. “It’s important that the United States be a leader in continuing to promote women’s rights and women’s equality,” Clinton said. “It is in our interest, our security interest. It is a moral imperative. And it creates a better basis for us to seek a more peaceful, prosperous, progressive world.” [MSNBC]
  • Abortion is illegal in Poland, yet a Polish feminist group has been accused of promoting so-called “abortion tourism” for informing women they can terminate pregnancies in Britain where it is legal. One advertisement in particular mimics a MasterCard ad and tells women that having an abortion “carried out in decent conditions” is “priceless.” [Sky News]
  • Egypt’s Supreme Court has backed the right of women judges to sit on administrative courts throughout the country. [AP]
  • A forthcoming Equality Bill in the U.K. may zing gym staff for “sexual discrimination” if they discourage women from weight lifting. The bill might also make it illegal for bars to host “ladies’ nights” where men don’t have access to discounted drinks. [Daily Mail]