Today’s Lady News: Biracial Girl Asked To Leave Classroom Because Of Her Hair Product

  • An 8-year-old biracial girl was taken out of her Seattle elementary school class for two weeks, allegedly because the product in her hair made the teacher sick. Charles Mudede, the girl’s father, said the girl was moved into the hallway and then another class after her teacher said the child’s Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Moisturizing Hair Lotion bothered her. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has filed a complaint about the school with the Department of Education. [Seattle Times]
  • Shocker! The U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study has found that kids raised by lesbians are socially well-adjusted and academically successful. The report, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, has followed 77 lesbian couples and their children since 1986. [CBS News]
  • Urban Outfitters has pulled the women’s “Eat Less” tee from the company’s website but is still selling the shirt in stores. [Feministing]
  • Police say a woman in Flint, Michigan, has died after being beaten with a frying pan by her 17-year-old son. Remember, domestic violence doesn’t just happen between couples. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Telenovela actor Osvaldos Rios has dropped out of New York’s Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday after at least one guest withdrew from the festivities due to Rios’ past history of domestic abuse. Rios, 49, was convicted on a domestic violence charge in 2003. [ABC]
  • A Kansas judge has dismissed a petition by Scott Roeder, the anti-abortion extremist who shot and killed abortion provider Dr. George Tiller last year. Roeder had complained about life in jail and requested a release. [Washington Post]
  • Actress and women’s rights activist Ashley Judd just received her master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Watch your back, Hillary and Sarah! [Politico]


  • Latino blog Guanabee tackles the recent New York Times article on scouting for white models of Italian and German heritage — in rural Brazil. [Guanabee]
  • Iran’s state-owned bank has opened a branch just for women, with the purpose of preserving their “virtue.” [Business Week]
  • Moussada Jalal, the first woman to run for president of Afghanistan, said that working with the Taliban to put the country back together is bad for women’s rights. [AFP]
  • Canada’s top court is set to hear a case regarding whether an alleged sexual assault victim who is a Muslim should be allowed to testify wearing a body-covering niqab veil. [Toronto Star]
  • The Vatican asked activists, who were handing out fliers in support of the ordination of women as priests, to leave the premises. [CNN]