Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Posts An “It Gets Better” Video

  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton filmed an “It Gets Better” video in light of recent suicides by LGBT teens. Telling gay young adults “it gets better” might pack more of a punch if she actually supported gay marriage. But the sentiment, albeit hypocritical, is appreciated. [YouTube]
  • Sorry, European ladies, no additional maternity leave for you. Britain is trying to block new European Union laws that would give women more maternity-related benefits. The European Parliament would like to increase paid maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks, but U.K. pols say it will hurt small businesses and cause employers to not hire pregnant women or women of childbearing age. [Telegraph UK]
  • Two cartoons published in the University of Connecticut’s student newspaper are under fire for being offensive and, frankly, unfunny. One shows a man tossing a diamond ring into a bedroom while a desperate-looking woman chases after it, implying a woman will do anything to get married. And the other says, “Forget sugar and spice and everything nice. Try crabs, scabs and everything viral. That’s what girls are really made of.” Ha ha? [CTnow.com]

  • Female executives were more than three times as likely as their male counterparts to lose their jobs from downsizing or closure during the recession, according to a new study by Catalyst. The percentages of both men and women who lost their jobs in all positions from downsizing were about equal, suggesting that when budgets had to be cut, women execs might have been the first to go. [Forbes]
  • The Washington Post gets to the bottom of claims by anti-abortion groups that health care reform will lead to taxpayer-funded abortions. [Washington Post]
  • Here’s some good news: Ford Motors is targeting professional black women with their latest ad for the Lincoln. A new commercial shows a black woman using technology in the car to find a party on a friend’s yacht (everyone has friends who host yacht parties, amirite?) and then takes a phone call during which she learns she’s been made partner at her law firm. Yay for black women not being ignored by advertisers! [The Detroit News]
  • MSNBC “News Nation” host Tamron Hall uses her sister Renate’s murder to speak out against domestic violence. Renate was killed the same evening she had told Hall’s mother she wanted to get out of the relationship, which is the most dangerous time for domestic abuse victims. [Black Voices]
  • Ex-advertising exec Letty Cottin Pogrebin was a heck of a lot like Peggy Olsen before she co-founded Ms. magazine and every time she watches “Mad Men” is like a trip back in time: “As Gloria Steinem once said, back then it didn’t occur to us to fight male supremacy and sexual harassment, because back then it was simply called life,” said Pogrebin, 71. [New York Times]
  • That guy in Ohio who forced his girlfriend into an abortion clinic at gunpoint? He’s been indicted on six counts, including attempted murder and kidnapping. [NBC]
  • Slate.com takes a look at the ladies of the 2010 election cycle, from the mama grizzlies to the corporate tigresses to the emasculators. [Slate]
  • White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett apologized last week for calling homosexuality a “lifestyle choice” when referring to a gay teen who committed suicide. [Politico]
  • Gasp! Who dares call the comedy web series “Vag Magazine,” spoofing feminists who start their own mag, “lame”? [Slate]
  • Dr. Mildred Jefferson, the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School, passed away on Friday at age 84. Jefferson was a prominent opponent of legal abortion. [New York Times]
  • Somebody else agrees that the Facebook campaign to “raise awareness” about breast cancer by saying where you leave your purse in your status update is stupid. [I Love Charts]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Samar Al Badawi, 32, of Saudi Arabia is fighting a “filial ingratitude” complaint filed by her dad and the court ruled in his favor, despite documented physical abuse. A year ago Samar was taken to prison and has not been heard from since. Find out what bloggers are doing to fight for her release. [Muslimah Media Watch]
  • Being a lesbian in India kinda sucks, it seems. [New York Times]
  • The African country of Gambia arrested three ant-female genital mutilation activists last week without reason. Equality Now is calling for their release. [Equality Now]
  • The African Women’s Decade has been launched and from 2010 until 2020, governments on the continent will work together to promote women’s economic empowerment, fight violence against women, and other empowerment themes. [AllAfrica.com]
  • Project Prevention, a controversial American charity that pays drug addicts $300 to get sterilized or get long-term birth control, is heading to the United Kingdom. Critics say that drug addicts aren’t of sound mind and can’t shouldn’t be incentivized with money (which could then be handed over to drug addicts or pimps to buy more drugs) to make life-altering decisions. [ABC News]
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