Today’s Lady News: California Voters Polled On Female Politicians’ Hair

  • Pollster firm Public Policy Polling actually asked registered California voters whose hair they prefer more, Senator Barbara Boxer or her challenger, Carly Fiorina. Ugh. [Gawker]
  • Riot police in Cambodia beat female sweatshop workers when 3,000 of them went on strike yesterday. At least nine women were injured in the melee. The women work at a factory that creates garments for Gap, Benetton, Adidas, and Puma and claim they are paid less than $2 a day. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Lizz Winstead, co-creator of “The Daily Show,” laid the smackdown on feminist bloggers who have criticized the lack of women on-air at the show. “I get really frustrated when people claim that ‘The Daily Show’ is sexist when I’ve worked with Jon Stewart on four separate projects and he is the least sexist person ever,” Winstead said, “They’re not trying to not hire women, they’re trying to hire the best possible people for the show. You can call it a boy’s club, it’s not. It’s a nerd club.” [Bloggasm]

  • A Kansas medical board is challenging the “second opinions” of Dr. Ann Neuhaus, which were provided to legally allow the late Dr. George Tiller to perform late-term abortions. Dr. Neuhaus now faces an 11-count disciplinary complaint, claiming she failed to properly evaluate whether the abortion was medically necessary, as per KS law. The anti-abortion extremist group Operation Rescue is behind a petition pursuing the complaint. [AP]
  • More women are spending more time on social networking sites than men. According to a study of social media use in May, 75.8 percent of women used sites like Twitter and Facebook versus 69.7 percent of men. Women also spent 5.5 hours per month on social sites, compared with only 4 hours for men. [MSNBC]
  • President Obama is appearing on “The View” tomorrow. But will that help him with women voters come the election season in 2012? [ABC News]
  • Community groups in Washington, D.C., are handing out 500,000 female condoms in an effort to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Female condoms, as the name describes, are inserted inside the vagina by the woman. [NPR]
  • The Natividad Medical Foundation in Salinas, CA, will provide 12 uninsured, low-income women from Monterey County with gynecologic surgery after it raised $30K for the procedures. [The Californian]
  • Four women claim a northern Texas sheriff threatened them into having sex or raped them while they were in handcuffs. [Dallas News]
  • A 12-year-old girl called 911 from the backseat of a car to report that her mom, the driver, was drunk and swerving down the highway. Wow, that’s pretty brave! The woman also had her 10-year-old son in the car as she was driving with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. [New York Daily News]
  • How do men treat you differently when you’re a female sportswriter? [Lemondrop]
  • Forbes investigates the top cities for working mothers based on factors like good schools and health care. Minneapolis-St.Paul comes in on top, but I wonder what would happen if it investigated places with affordable child care. [Forbes]
  • Are you a hacker or a computer nerd? Here are 15 women to follow on Twitter. [Mashable]

INTERNATIONAL

  • A bus agency in the U.K. said claims made by two Muslim women that they were refused a ride on a bus because they were deemed a “threat” to passengers are untrue. The agency said the women were told to get off the bus because they boarded in an aggressive manner and were argumentative with the driver and passengers. The matter is currently under investigation. [BBC]
  • Female directors only make up 5.8 percent of the 43 films in this year’s lineup at the Toronto Film Festival (according to a list of 43 of the 51 films listed in Variety. Sofia Coppola and Julie Taymor are both debuting films at the Venice Film Festival this year, but still, those Toronto numbers are dismal. [Women & Hollywood]
  • Upon inquiry, Australian Naval Petty Officer Peter Warner admitted that he told a female sailor on board the HMAS Success he wanted to see her “breasts bounce.” Warner also reported that other male sailors had placed monetary bets on who could sleep with certain female sailors. [Sydney Morning Herald]
  • Brit Jackie Cobell, a 56-year-old mother of two, has completed a 28-hour-long swim across the English Channel. [Daily Mail]

UPDATE 7/29/10: Thanks commenter pandaB, I have corrected the error.

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