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Today’s Lady News: Dove To Cast “Flawless” Women In New “Real Beauty” Campaign

  • Dove is casting new models for its “Real Beauty” campaign. Cool! Who are they looking for? “Real women.” Cool! What do these real women have to look like? “Flawless skin, no tattoos or scars.” Oh. [Styleite.com]
  • Remember Provincetown, Massachusetts, the town that voted to give all students in grades K-12 a condom if they want one? MA’s governor, Deval Patrick, poo-poos the idea. [CNN]
  • The Senate Judiciary Committee has started the confirmation hearing for Elena Kagan, the country’s solicitor general. If confirmed, Kagan would be the third women to sit on the Supreme Court. [BBC]

  • Delaware’s new beauty queen is Kayla Martell, who has alopecia, an autoimmune condition that causes baldness. Martell has competed in pageants bald in the past, but was crowned Miss Delaware while wearing a blond wig. During the pageant, Martell walked onstage with a little girl who also has alopecia. So cute! [Huffington Post]
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is challenging a new law in Nebraska that requires a woman seeking an abortion to have a mental health screening. Supporters of the bill say women should be screened to ascertain whether they’ve been pressured to terminate a pregnancy. Those who oppose the bill say the screenings present an unnecessary hurdle for women. [MSNBC]
  • Whew! New Jersey’s state senate has restored $7.5 million to the budget for family planning services for uninsured women. NJ Governor Chris Christie said the services were not a high priority. [NJ.com]
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) recently introduced a bill to establish a public education program to teach women and health care providers about emergency contraception, also called the morning after pill. [Feminist.org]
  • Meet Savannah Rickli, 16, who is fixing to be the youngest woman to win the Indy 500. She races in a modified Mini Cooper! [Jalopnik]
  • A new study says being overweight doubles a woman’s risk of miscarriage after IVF treatments. [BBC]
  • Indiana is urging qualifying low-income women to apply for free breast and cervical cancer treatments from the state. Last year, the state government passed a law extending Medicaid coverage to women aged 18 to 64 for the diseases. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Some chick in New Mexico fought off a black bear that broke into her tent! Park rangers say the bear was after food the 21-year-old woman and her pals had stored in their tent. I’m glad she only escaped with minor injuries, but duh, everybody knows you hide your food up a tree when camping, not in your tent. [KOAT]
  • “Booth babes”: they’re coming to a conference near you (if they’re not already there). [Ps3.ign.com]
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