Today’s Lady News: Iran Will Arrest Women With Suntans

  • Women in Iran sporting suntans can expect to be arrested for their “social misbehavior,” the Iranian police chief has warned. Iranian law decrees women’s skin must be fully covered. [AOL News]
  • Florida’s Senate passed an amendment to a health care bill today that will require a woman to have and view an ultrasound before she has an abortion. The woman can decline to view the ultrasound, but she must complete a form saying she declined to look at the ultrasound “of her own free will.” Rape victims are exempt from viewing the ultrasound if there is evidence of the crime. []
  • An article by’s Broadsheet contributer Lynn Harris has inspired Reps. Joseph Crowley and Mary Bono Mack to introduce legislation called the Girls Protection Act to combat female genital mutilation. FGM is already illegal in the United States, but the Girls Protection Act would make it a federal crime to transport a minor outside the country for the purpose of FGM. [’s Broadsheet]

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced yesterday initiatives will be created between U.S. companies and entrepreneurs in countries with Muslim majorities to foster involvement with each other’s cultures. Ernst & Young LLP, Intel Corp., and Coca Cola Co. will be involved with entrepreneurs from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Malaysia as part of the new State Department programs. [Business Week]
  • With a push from the American Civil Liberties Union, four high schools in St. George, Utah, will now have after-school Gay Straight Alliance clubs in 2010. Last year students tried to start GSAs at every high school in the Washington County School District, but were met with resistance by some principals. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • The Women’s Campaign Forum asks if women politicians in Ohio are discouraged from running for higher office by the party establishment. [Fire Dog Lake]
  • Ten years later, the bronze medal for gymnastics has been taken away from the Chinese team, for lying about the age of competitor Dong Fangxiao, and given to the U.S. women’s gymnastic team for their Olympic performance. [The Gloss]
  • A female guest at a Wyndham Garden Hotel in Manhattan was attacked by an off-duty hotel bartender who allegedly got a key card to her hotel room from a fellow employee. The woman had met Manuel Gomez-Rodriguez at the Wyndham’s bar, but went back to her room that night alone. She woke up in the middle of the night with Gomez-Rodriguez on top of her, but was able to shove him out of the room and call the police. Gomez-Rodriguez was charged with attempted rape, sexual abuse, and burglary. (And we’re guessing whoever gave him that key card is gonna be fired.) []
  • Elizabeth Post, the granddaughter-in-law of etiquette queen Emily Post, passed away Saturday at 89. Elizabeth Post wrote five editions of the book Ettiquette. [New York Times]
  • Santa Cruz Mounting Brewing hosted a day of women’s only Belgium-style organic ale brewing because co-owner Emily Thomas says they receive resumes “on a weekly basis from men but we’ve never had one from a woman.” Added SCMB’s operations manager Nicole Beattie, “brewing is definitely a male-dominated culture, so there may be an intimidation factor for women. We wanted to provide a comfortable, open environment where women could watch us brew, help us brew and ask questions.” [Santa Cruz Sentinel]


  • After Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima, 49, of Nigeria allegedly paid a $100,000 dowry to marry a 13-year-old Egyptian girl, the Nigerian senate has ordered an investigation. The alleged marriage would violate Nigeria’s Child Rights Act of 2003, which forbids marriage to anyone under the age of 18. [AFP]
  • Sharman Stone, spokeswoman for the status of women for Australia’s opposition party, has urged the largest companies on the Australian Stock Exchange to disclose the salaries of male and female senior management so the women can be aware of a potential pay gap. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Meet Fatima Elatik, 36, a Dutch-Moroccan Muslim woman who is the mayor of Zeeburg, a district of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. [BBC]
  • The New York Times checks in with the women of India, who will receive quotas in the national government if the Women’s Reservation Bill is approved by the lower house of India’s Parliament and at least 15 of the country’s 28 states. [New York Times]