Today’s Lady News: Meryl Streep Wants A Lady Museum

  • Meryl Streep has pledged $1 million towards the creation of a Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill about the museum’s creation and about allocating a place for the institution near the National Mall. The bill doesn’t ask the government to pony up any of the cash because it will all be funded privately. [Washington Post]
  • The White House recently announced that Larry Summers, the controversial ex-president of Harvard University, is leaving the National Economic Council at the end of the year. Word on the street says President Obama wants to replace him with a female CEO. [Politico]
  • Today kicks off the “40 Days of Life” protest, for which opponents of abortion will pray and fast outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan/College Station, Texas, through December. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast has released a statement calling the protests outside their clinic harassment. Anti-abortion protesters in Tulsa are joining the “40 Days of Life” protest, too. [KBTX, Tulsa World]

  • Four women have come forward to claim Kenneth Kratz, a district attorney in Wisconsin, abused his position by asking for sexual favors via text message in exchange for helping to reduce their sentences. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Christina Hoff Sommers, the controversial author of Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women, has penned an op-ed about the Paycheck Fairness Act, which will make it easier for women to sue for gender discrimination in the workplace. Sommers argues that women are not necessarily paid less than men because of inequality, but because of taking time off to have children. [New York Times]