Today’s Lady News: Rabbi Bans Women From Running In Local Elections

  • The chief rabbi of the Elon Moreh settlement in the West Bank has banned women from running in local elections, writing in a newspaper that they can be represented through their husbands. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon wrote his decree in response to a young woman who wished to run for the office of local secretary. [BBC]
  • Oral contraceptives are the most popular form of birth control in the U.S., according to a study of over 10 million women by the National Center for Health Statistics. The report also estimated that 62 percent of women of childbearing age use some form of birth control. [U.S. News & World Reports]

  • A sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by members of the women’s volleyball team at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut has been granted class action status after the school tried to drop the women’s team. [Hartford Courant]
  • An analysis of economics profession Casey B. Mulligan finds that one of the reasons the wage gap between men and women persists is that women tend to have on more desirable work schedules, such as 9-to-5, while men tend to have “off-hours” schedules, such as nights or weekends, which often pay better. [New York Times Economix Blog]
  • Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio has appointed Col. Amanda Gladney as commander of its 88th Air Base Women. She will be the second woman to serve as Wright-Patterson’s base commander. [Dayton Daily News]
  • The health insurance company WellPoint has announced it will implement provisions of a proposed law to help breast cancer patients, including standardizing guidelines for women recovering from a mastectomy to offer a voluntary 48-hour hospital stay. WellPoint recently came under fire from the Obama administration after the news agency Reuters discovered the company allegedly used computer algorithms to detect breast cancer patients and terminate their policies. [Reuters]
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report on out-of-hospital births, such as home births and those attended by midwives. [Our Bodies, Ourselves]
  • asks — and answers — the question, Why don’t more women sue their rapists? [Slate]


  • Thanks to an Indian man who built a girls’ school in his rural village, young girls are learning to read, write, and do math, as well as how to manufacture sanitary napkins. As store-bought maxi pads are often too expensive for rural women and girls, the locally made pads can help keep young women in school instead of staying at home when their period comes. Girls who make the maxi pads at school are able to sell them to family members at a discount, as well. [NPR]
  • Egypt has a new internet radio station called Divorcees Radio, for women who are struggling to deal with divorce, which was very recently a societal taboo. The Egyptian divorce rate is said to be the highest in the Mideast, but women say they still experience gossip and disapproval for ending a marriage. [BBC]
  • Just like women the world over, working mothers in China are struggling with work/life balance, costly child care, and inflexible bosses. [AFP]
  • A small study of gynecologists in Northern Ireland has found that more than half suggest the country’s strict abortion ban should be changed. [BBC]
  • Mariella Frostup, who hosts the Open Book show on Radio Four, said that her company is run by “a bunch of misogynists.” [Guardian UK]
  • Police in Bradford in the U.K. are fearful that three prostitutes have been victims of a serial killer. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Canada’s teen pregnancy rate declined 37 percent from 1996 to 2006, surpassing both the U.S. and England, according to the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. This is an all-time low for Canada. []