Today’s Lady News: Female Scientists Earn Less Than Male Scientists Do

  • An international study of female scientists found a wage gap exists six to 10 years after finishing their PhD’s. Male scientists’ salaries can grow to be anywhere from 18 to 40 percent higher than their lady counterparts over time. [Vancouver Sun]
  • Underinsured African-American women die more often from breast cancer than underinsured white women, according to a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This occurs even when the women are treated at the same hospital by the same doctors, suggesting disparities in health care even before the women get diagnosed with breast cancer. [Reuters]
  • Police in Seattle say several women have reported a cyclist slapping them on the butt while they walk or jog in the park. Ew! [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

  • In more butt-grabbing news, police in Auburn, Alabama, say a lone male is approaching women, grabbing their butts, and then running away. This is a creepy “trend.” []
  • New Jersey’s Senate budget committee voted today to restore $7.5 million for low-income women’s health and family planning services (not including abortion). The new governor, Chris Christie, had tried to eliminate the services in a budget cut. Good move, NJ. You were starting to embarrass me. []
  • A new program at the Center for Health Justice in Los Angeles seeks to educate the wives and girlfriends of men in prison about HIV prevention. Prisoners are five times more likely to be HIV-positive than the general population, according to the CDC. [Southern California Public Radio]
  • listed the top 100 websites for women and sites we love like, Lemondrop, Pioneer Woman, and Feministing were included. Good for them, but also … harrumph. Maybe The Frisky will be included next year? Until then, we’re canceling our grandpa’s subscription in protest! []
  • A nine-year-old girl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, helped stop a purse snatcher! Quiana Coronado saw an elderly woman robbed from her living room window and then she and her dad chased the robber in the family’s car. []


  • Months after a devastating earthquake leveled the country, many women in Haiti are victims of sexual assaults wihich go unreported as it struggles to rebuild its infrastructure. [New York Times]
  • Women in rural China are struggling to gain a foothold in local politics. [New York Times]
  • Frisky contributor and native Australian Chloe Angyal weighs in on Australian’s first female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. “[Gillard is] 48, unmarried, has short hair and access to power, so I’ll give you three guesses as to what people assume about her,” Angyal writes. I believe it. [Feministing]
  • The Czech Republic’s new parliament elected three women to its four-member leadership in an election today. [Monsters and Critics]
  • Georgia Wood, 14, of Dartford, England, attempted to kill herself two years ago after bullying at school. But now Georgia has started a charity called BeatBullying to mentor other kids who are teased. [BBC]