Today’s Lady News: Uh Oh … Now 33 Chilean Women Are Down A Mine

  • Here’s a creative — yet insensitive! — way to get attention: 33 Chilean women shut themselves in a mine to protest the government ending a program that created jobs clearing rubble to help victims of last year’s earthquake. These feisty gals are now 500 meters down the Chilfon del Diablo mine, while 100 others are protesting above-ground. [BBC]
  • Facebook was hacked by a possibly sexist hacker (or maybe just a prankster with an odd sense of humor), who mostly shut down the profiles of female users. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Vogue’s December issue includes a spread of eight Asian models whom it claims are “redefining traditional concepts of beauty.” (But not with those hairdos, I’d say.) []

  • At long last, Senator Lisa Murkowski has been announced the winner of Alaska’s Senate race, beating out Tea Party-backed opponent Joe Miller. [USA Today]
  • Several protesters against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — which bans gay and lesbian members of the military from serving openly — were arrested outside the White House yesterday. [Politico]
  • Cable channel Playboy TV hopes its new crop of show offerings appeal more to women, like a reality show about couples called “Brooklyn Kinda Love.” [New York Times]
  • Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington is facing a lawsuit from two of her bloggers, who claim that she stole their idea for a liberal-leaning politics blog. []
  • Yesterday, New York City held a hearing to address so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which often set up near actual abortion clinics with the intention of tricking women into their doors and dissuading them from terminating a pregnancy. New York City Council is considering a bill that would require CPCs to clearly state that they do not provide comprehensive pregnancy counseling options. [Feministing]
  • A New York City man is accused of impersonating a cop while he raped women he met on Craigslist. Suraj Persaud is accused of contacting women, then threatening to have them arrested as prostitutes, all while flashing a gun and fake badges. [New York Daily News]
  • Silent film star Baby Marie Osbourne, who retired at age 8 from child stardom, passed away last week at age 99. Marie made 30 movies before her retirement, but her parents squandered her money. Later in life, Marie became a stand-in for Ginger Rogers and worked in Hollywood wardrobe departments. [New York Times]
  • “Plus-size” black model Julie Henderson opens up about her organization, Curves For Change, which seeks to promote healthy body images in all women. I think you will agree with me that it’s totally ridic she is considered “plus-size” by the modeling industry. [Black Voices]
  • Kathleen Hanna, formerly of the bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, talked about donating her riot grrrl archives to NYU. “It’s not so much that we want people to remember our names, but one of the most important things for me always was to f**k with the generation gap that makes it so that feminists from every era would have to reinvent the wheel,” Hanna said. “Just because you’re not an academic doesn’t mean you’re a dumbass.” [The Fader]
  • Women “Pop” artists — think: the Andy Warhol era — are finally getting much-deserved recognition in museums. [Christian Science Monitor]


  • Religious leaders influencing public policy is contributing to the prevention of maternal deaths in Africa, according to a conference recently held in Ghana. []
  • Brits are decrying a window display at Suit Supply in West London depicting backlit images of a woman touching her own nipple, a man driving a car while he gropes a woman’s breast, and a woman seated as a man lifts up her dress to peer underneath. [The Guardian]
  • Somehow the BBC has managed to turn Prince William and Kate Middleton’s engagement into an article about how the name “Kate” is so popular. [BBC]
  • Racialious has an interview with queer Latina poet Janet Romero-Leiva, who lives near Toronto. [Racialicious]
  • Who are the top 50 women in worldwide business? Indra Nooyi of PepsiCo is #1, followed by Andrea Jung of Avon. [Globe and Mail]