Today’s Lady News: Too Pretty To Be A Construction Worker?

Jessica Wakeman | August 9, 2010 - 8:30 pm
  • It hurts to be beautiful: A woman’s attractiveness is considered “detrimental” when applying for stereotypically masculine jobs, according to researchers at the University of Colorado at Denver Business School. Someone get Citibank’s Debrahlee Lorenzana on the phone, stat! [Daily Mail UK]
  • A policeman in Afghanistan said a 48-year-old woman was executed in public yesterday by the Taliban. The woman, a widower, was given dozens of lashes and then shot for committing adultery. [MSNBC]
  • Girls are reaching puberty earlier than ever before — as early as 7 or 8 years old in some cases. According to the journal Pediatrics, researchers are concerned that early puberty might raise the risk of breast cancer because of the increased exposure to estrogen. [Wall Street Journal]

  • The Center For Reproductive Rights has filed a federal lawsuit against two new abortion-related laws in Louisiana. The first law requires a woman seeking an abortion to receive an ultrasound; the second law does not allow malpractice coverage for doctors who perform them. [KLFY]
  • Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that women are only allowed eight weeks of maternity leave without fear of losing their job, even if their boss offers them more time. If the woman takes a longer maternity leave and her employment is terminated during that time, she is not legally protected under the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act. The court ruled that she could, however, sue for breach of contract. [Boston Globe]
  • An anti-abortion group called the Children First Organization is pressuring New Jersey’s governor to ask the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to permit the sale of “Choose life” license plates. Plates would cost $25 each and funds raised would benefit maternity homes and so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which claim to be clinics providing resources for pregnant women in distress but do not provide abortions. NJ says it does not permit the sale of license plates for political matters. []
  • New findings reveal that women gamers over age 55 spend almost as much time gaming online as those who are traditionally believed to be the target video game demographic, men ages 15 to 24. [New York Times]
  • Their numbers are comparatively few, but why is this columnist optimistic about the number of women entrepreneurs? [Washington Post]
  • Mohammad Mostafaie, the lawyer for an Iranian woman who is facing death by hanging for adultery, has fled Iran to seek asylum in Norway. The human rights attorney represents Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani, whose death sentence was recently decreased to hanging from stoning, but Mostafaie has been forced to flee Iran after a warrant was issued in July for his arrest. [AFP]
  • Harrods department store in London is closing its plus-size department. Fly on over to Saks Fifth Avenue instead, British ladies! [Anna Scholz]
  • A Hong Kong court is handling a lawsuit by a transgender woman who seeks to marry her male partner but has been banned from doing so by the government. [AP]
  • Olena Russell was breastfeeding her daughter on a public transit bus in British Columbia when she was told by the driver to cover herself up. Russell filed a human rights complaint with the government, but has agreed to pull the complaint if she can be assured it won’t happen again. Breastfeeding in public is legal according to B.C. law. [Vancouver Sun]