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Today’s Lady News: Scientists Ban Women From Mock Mission To Mars

  • Russian scientists have banned women from a mock mission to Mars. They don’t want the women to create “sexual tension” during the 18 months they are locked in a capsule. Because, you know, an all-male group won’t have any sexual tension at all. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Constance McMillen, the lesbian Mississippi high schooler who sued her school to allow her to bring her girlfriend to prom, is the guest of honor at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center’s prom next weekend. [WLBT]
  • Two so-called “child brides” in Afghanistan, ages 13 and 14, were publicly whipped for running away from their husbands dressed as boys. A bystander videotaped the flogging and leaked it to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. Apparently, when the girls were caught by police, they were turned over to the local warlord instead of the country’s shelters for battered women. [New York Times]

  • The unmarked grave of Henrietta Lacks — the woman whose cervical cancer cells have been used by scientists to create the polio vaccine, among other medical advancements — has received a headstone after 59 years. Lacks’ life story was recently thrust in the public eye with the publication of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (which both Annika and I loved). [Essence]
  • For the first time ever, all five of the meteorologists on Boston’s early morning and midday weather reports are women. [Boston Globe]
  • Low-income women outside of D.C. are taking skills classes on plumbing, carpentry and electrical work in order to branch out into new careers. [Washington Post]
  • Women’s colleges across the country are aiming to diversify their enrollments and recruit more women from low-income backgrounds. [New York Times]
  • Sculptor Louise Bourgeois passed away this weekend at age 98. One of her most famous works was “Maman,” a 30-foot tall spider meant to symbolize her mother. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Comedian Erica Watson (and friend of The Frisky!) speaks to Plus Model magazine about being plus-size and getting help from Jillian Michaels of “The Biggest Loser” to lose weight. [PlusModelMag.com]

INTERNATIONAL

  • An Islamic scholar in Saudi Arabia has filed a lawsuit to block the education ministry from allowing female teachers to educate boys in grades 1 through 3 at private elementary schools. The cleric believes it is a “liberal scheme” whose goal is to ultimately integrate boys and girls in each other’s schools. [AFP]
  • Three women in Namibia are suing the government after they were allegedly sterilized without their consent after HIV positive diagnoses. [BBC]
  • Afghanistan will soon be hosting a “peace conference” in which the Taliban leaders will be encouraged to disarm. Women’s rights activists want to make sure that any peace agreement between Afghan leaders and the Taliban takes women’s rights into account. [USA Today]
  • This is not a surprise: despite the fact that makeup is banned by Iran’s morality police, millions of dollars of beauty products are trafficked into the country yearly. [AFP]
  • The Russian Orthodox Church is calling for stricter abortion laws in Russia. [Reuters]
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