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Today’s Lady News: Navy Will Allow Women On Submarines

  • The Navy announced today that women will be allowed to serve on submarines for the first time ever beginning in 2012. Twenty-four women — for guided-missile attack subs and ballistic-missile subs at bases — will begin training to be sub officers this summer. “We’re going to look back on this four or five years from now, shrug our shoulders and say, ‘What was everybody worrying about?’” said Rear Admiral Barry Bruner. [AP]
  • President Barack Obama ordered flags at the White House and at military posts around the world to fly at half-mast today out of respect for civil rights and women’s rights crusader Dorothy Height, who passed away last week at age 98. She was laid to rest this morning at the Washington National Cathedral. [Essence]
  • A record number of Republican women are running for seats in the House of Representatives in 2012 and the overall number of women running for office will be the highest ever. So far, 239 women will run for the House and 31 will run for the Senate, beating 1992′s “Year Of The Woman” record (when 222 women ran for the House and 29 for the Senate). [Washington Post]

  • Miss Arizona Vanessa Rose Valero speaks out about Arizona’s new anti-immigration laws that allow police to ask anyone for proof of their legal immigration status. [Guanabee]
  • After a plague of deadly shootings, a group of women in Chicago who are calling themselves the Deborah Movement are vowing to help patrol the streets, mentor youth, and improve parenting skills. The women have named themselves after Deborah in the Bible, who fought battles that men refused to fight. [ABC Local Chicago]
  • Actual question asked by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, to a prosecutor, regarding columnist Cindy Adams’ comments about sexual harassment victims: “Do you concede that some women run to the court room and file sexual harassment lawsuits when they have no basis to do so, or when they might have the basis, but it would have been better handled just by giving the guy an equally hard time and just walk away?” Oof. [Jezebel]
  • A 14-year-old girl in Chula Vista, California, recently fought off a kidnapping attempt. A man driving a truck pulled over alongside her while she was walking to school at 8 a.m. [San Diego Tribune]
  • Today, President Obama nominated Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President Janet Yellen to be vice chair of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, the number two position under Ben Bernanke. First Yellen must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. [NBC Bay Area]
  • Time magazine lists 31 women on their “100 Most Powerful” list — or, 69 men. [Time]
  • Sarah Brown Wessling, a high school English teacher in Johnston, Iowa, was honored today by President Obama as the nation’s best teacher. [AP]
  • Director Nicole Holofcenter, whose new film is called “Please Give” and stars Catherine Keener, says it’s hard to get financing for her films because they can’t be described in only one sentence. Geez, and I thought that would be a good thing for a female director. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The reading blog Bookslut reviews The Genius & The Goddess, a book by Jeffrey Meyers, about Marilyn Monroe and her one-time husband, playwright Arthur Miller. [Bookslut]
  • Courtney E. Martin at Feministing asks: Who are the women in your life who exemplify the traits of a modern heroine and why? [Feministing]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Iran tried to get a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women. Yes, the country that recently said women who have suntans will be arrested by police wanted a four-year seat on the human rights commission. [Feminist Daily News]
  • Human Rights Watch accused governments in the Middle East of insufficiently protecting the mostly migrant Asian women who work as house maids in countries like Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. An HRW report accused the countries of allowing the domestic workers’ passports to be confiscated upon arrival, of requiring 20-hour work days, and physical and sexual abuse. [AP]
  • Statistics Canada released new data that found women are making gains in “non-traditional jobs,” like police and firefighters. Women also went from the minority to the majority in fields like insurance and real estate sales, human resources, and machine operators in textiles. [Toronto Sun]
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