Today’s Lady News: Woman’s Head Stepped On Outside Rand Paul Debate

  • A woman protesting outside of Kentucky senatorial candidate Rand Paul’s debate last night was wrestled to the ground and had her head stepped on by a Paul supporter. Lauren Valle, a protester with MoveOn.org, said she was trying to hand Paul a fake award when she was attacked. Another Rand Paul supporter has been identified by a fellow Tea Party activist as the person who held Valle to the ground while she was stepped on. I think this is how the Taliban silences dissent, too! [AP, Gawker]
  • Women’s ski jumping may be added to the Olympics’ roster for the 2014 games in Russia, Olympic officials said yesterday. Lady ski jumpers have been fighting to compete in the games for years, but the International Olympic Committee has said there weren’t enough women competitors. [New York Times]
  • This week, “Private Practice” starring Kate Walsh will begin a multi-episode story line involving a female character who is raped. Creator Shonda Rhimes told Entertainment Weekly that she was tired of shows treating sexual assault as a let’s-get-the-bad-guys plot while neglecting the victim’s story. “A lot of violence against women on television is from the point of view of law enforcement … as opposed to standing in the shoes of the actual victim and seeing how it is for them and the people around them,” she explained. The show worked with the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network on the show to handle the issue appropriately. [Women and Hollywood]

  • Recy Taylor, 90, an African-American woman who was gang raped by seven white men in 1944 in the racially segregated South, has never seen the perpetrators put to jail. Two all-white, all-male grand juries in Alabama declined to indict the men, who attacked Taylor when she was only 24. Many of the assailants have since died, but she told The Washington Post is still waiting for an apology. [Washington Post]
  • The lesbian couple who was asked to leave a North Carolina shopping mall after sharing a kiss met with the property manager to discuss the incident. He professed “sincere regrets” and promised to provide sensitivity training for his employees. [CNN]
  • Sen. John McCain said he still holds Sarah Palin, his running mate in the 2008 election, “in high regard,” but he declined to endorse a future presidential run for her just yet. [Huffington Post]
  • The Mississippi high school that banned lesbian student Constance McMillen from her prom has been forced by a judge to foot the $81,000 legal bill. [Queerty]
  • Speaking at California First Lady Maria Shriver’s annual Women’s Conference in Long Beach, CA, Michelle Obama called on the country to support military spouses and honor their sacrifices. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Christine O’Donnell, the Delaware senatorial candidate who worked for abstinence organizations and has professed to be anti-masturbation, claimed in a recent interview that feminist icon Gloria Steinem inspires her. Ooooookay. [Care2.com]
  • Transgender candidates like Brittany Novotny of Oklahoma and Theresa Sparks of San Francisco, CA, are shaking things up this election. [New York Times]
  • Clark Atlanta is offering $6,000 scholarships to students who do work against domestic violence. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • Sylvia Sleigh, a feminist artist who painted male nudes, passed away this weekend at 94. [New York Times]

INTERNATIONAL

  • A fake window display for “women for sale” at a Tel Aviv mall proved an attention-getting way to get people to think about sex trafficking in Israel. [CNN]
  • A former London taxi driver, John Worboys, may have sexually assaulted around 100 women through his job. Police said when he worked as a cabbie, Worboys would offer women champagne spiked with roofies to celebrate a fictional lottery ring, at which case he would assault them while they were drugged. He went to jail in 2009 after he was found guilty of drugging and raping 12 women, but cops say women continue to come forward to report attacks by him. [BBC]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. will not support any peaceful resolutions in conflict zones like Afghanistan that hurt women’s rights in the process. [AFP]
  • Hindu women in India and elsewhere are celebrating Karva Chauth, a day-long fast that hopes to add years to their husbands’ lives. [Wall Street Journal]
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