Today’s Lady News: Happy 90th Birthday, (White) Women’s Right To Vote!

  • Happy 90th birthday, women’s right to vote! Let’s all nerd out and brush up on our knowledge of the hella important 19th Amendment, including one oft-overlooked fact: it only assured the right of white women to vote. [Oxford University Press]
  • Former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin is not one to let a holiday like this pass by without a comment. She tweeted from her Twitter account earlier today, and I quote, “Who hijacked the term ‘feminist?’ A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women with whom they disagree on a singular issue; it’s ironic (& passé).” Rads means “radicals,” maybe? The Frisky office is still trying to figure out if by “cackle” Palin meant “gaggle” or “coven” or something else entirely. [SarahPalinUSA on Twitter”]

  • Why do Egyptian men “blame the victims” of sexual harassment and assault? One professor in Cairo argues men are unconsciously taught that women are wildly sexual and therefore men can’t control themselves. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • Governor Mark Sanford — the guy who claimed to be hiking the Appalachian trail while he was cheating on his wife — signed a bill today which requires a woman to wait 24 hours after viewing an ultrasound before having an abortion. [WSPA]
  • Women are often not given strong enough pain medication and African-Americans in chronic pain are prescribed fewer pain meds, according to a new study in Journal of Pain. I guess if you are a black woman in chronic pain then you are screwed? [The Detroit News]
  • Wisconsin hopes to expand a program that uses Medicaid funds for reproductive health services for over 50,000 low-income men and women. Wisconsin residents who earn up to $21,600 a year can get free birth control pills, vasectomies and other types of contraception, as well as Pap smears and testing for STDs. Critics are upset, however, about federal funds being used for contraception, as well as the fact that girls and boys as young as 15 can use the services without their parents being notified. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Business consultant Carla Franklin is suing Google over nasty, cyber-bullying comments (i.e., “whore”) posted about her on YouTube videos she filmed for her alma mater, Columbia Business School. The lawsuit claims the comments humiliated her and affected her business opportunities. [ Broadsheet]
  • A 12-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on Saturday by three men, ranging in age from 15 to 24, at a Baltimore skating rink, Skateworks. The girl was allegedly raped and forced to perform sexual acts in a storage room, despite the fact that three police officers and five Skateworks security guards were on duty. [Bossip]
  • Last night appearing on FOX News, conservative pundit Glenn Beck incorrectly claimed President Obama wants to rescind a regulation so doctors “can’t refuse to” provide abortions. []
  • Disturbing new data about the number of sexually trafficked girls in the states of New York, Michigan and Minnesota. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Women cartoon characters are often not the ones telling the joke in comic strips, according to a new yearlong study of six of the most popular nationally syndicated comic strips by the University of Florida. The strips were “Blondie,” “Beetle Bailey,” “Family Circus,” “Hagar,” “Garfield” and “Dilbert.” []


  • A writer for the U.K.’s Guardian says Westerners need to realize the women’s movements in other countries won’t necessarily look like it did in the West— meaning “sexual liberation” is not necessary the end goal. [The Guardian ]
  • A new report by the U.K.’s Association of Chief Police Officers says at least 2,600 women are being forced to work as trafficked “sex slaves” in British brothels. An additional 9,200 people were not trafficked for the sole purpose of sex but are nevertheless working unwillingly. [Telegraph UK]
  • A Mexican drug cartel is allegedly hiring pretty young women as murderesses, in order to mislead and distract their hits. [AFP]

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