Today’s Lady News: Betty White, Comic Book Star

  • Betty White joins Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama in her very own “Female Force” comic book, debuting in stores this November. A hipster collector’s item or spawn for the next generation of “Golden Girls” fans? [MSNBC]
  • If you are a woman running for elected office in Afghanistan, prepare to have fellow Afghanis send emails to media outlets calling you a prostitute. [Reuters]
  • Seven Mexican women who claim they suffered miscarriages have been released from prison, where they had been sentenced to up to 29 years on the suspicion they had had abortions. [AP]

  • Former First Lady Laura Bush, an honorary UNESCO ambassador, is speaking out on behalf of women’s literacy. Two-thirds of illiterates in the world are female. [AP]
  • A Rhode Island police officer has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for picking up a drunk woman outside a nightclub and raping her at a police station. [AP]
  • The district attorney of Juneau County in Wisconsin, Scott Southworth, is being sued for allegedly withholding from the public emails he sent to school officials saying they’d be prosecuted for contributing to the delinquency of minors if they taught sex ed to their students. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
  • Journalism blog Mediaite is urging ABC News to make history by hiring a woman to replace president David Westin, who is retiring after 13 years on the job. There has never been a female president of any network news channel. [Mediaite]
  • Meet Chief Warrant Officer Stephanie Rose, one of the first women to fly an Apache attack helicopter in the U.S. Army. [NPR]
  • Crunk Feminist Collective caught BET’s hour-long documentary “My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women In Hip Hop.” Oops, we missed it. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • More on women authors, fiction, and those annoying book covers with pictures of high heels. [NPR]
  • Michelle Obama honored Judith Jamison, a legendary dancer and artistic director of the famed Alvin Ailey dance troupe, yesterday. [Essence]
  • Glamour magazine has released its list of the top 10 college women. [MSNBC]
  • Today is the birthday of the late, great country pop star, Patsy Cline. She would have been 68. [Paste]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Chen Guangcheng, an activist who has spoken out against China’s forced abortions and sterilizations to keep up with the “one child” population policy, will be released after four years in prison. [AFP]
  • Seven years after the United States invaded, the women of Iraq are still struggling to piece their lives together. [Color Lines]
  • Yes, same-sex relationships suffer from domestic abuse, too. [BBC]
  • Women in Canada are more likely to graduate from high school and to graduate from college then their male counterparts, but in 2007 they only earned 63 percent of the salary the men did. [CTV Toronto]
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