Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton Asked, “Which Designers Do You Prefer?”

  • Speaking on a panel in Kyrgyzstan yesterday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked by a moderator, “Which designers do you prefer?” Clinton asked, “What designers of clothes?” and the moderator answered yes. “Would you ever ask a man that question?” Clinton asked, apparently with a laugh. The moderator responded, “Probably not. Probably not.” Well-handled. [Styleite]
  • Failed Tea Party/Republican Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell — “I’m not a witch!” — has scored a book deal with St. Martin’s. [Gawker]
  • Keith Olbermann slammed Bristol Palin on a recent show, dubbing her “the worst person” for being a spokeswoman for abstinence. Bristol Bristol’s ghostwriter hastily penned a response on Facebook Notes to say “accusing me of hypocrisy is by now an old canard.” One thing is for sure: both of these people are extremely, extremely annoying. [Facebook]

  • Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act. It would require the U.S. government to address the status of child marriages in its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, as well as encourage USAID, the U.S. international development agency, to integrate child marriage prevention into its existing programs. [Feministing]
  • Publicly confronting a sexist comment at work boosts women’s self-esteem and raises confidence in her skills, according to a study by the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. (Hey, maybe Hillary knew that!) [DailyNebraskan.com]
  • Anti-abortion protesters have brought signs depicting bloody, aborted fetuses to outside high schools in Wake County, North Carolina. Because that’s really what every 14-year-old needs to see before a pre-algebra test. [News Observer]
  • “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough told his fellow GOP-ers in a column on Politico.com that they need to “man up” against Sarah Palin. No one seems to understand that kind of language is sexist, do they? [Yahoo]
  • Do double standards exist for assertive black women? I’m going to go with “yes” on this one. [The Grio]
  • Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Police Department raided Club 907, a “hostess” club, and arrested 88 folks. But women’s rights activists are concerned that 81 of those arrests were “dancers,” many of whom were nabbed for not having documentation and some of who may have been victims of sex trafficking. You can sign a petition to urge the LAPD to investigate the possible trafficking of the arrested women at the link. [Ms. Magazine]
  • Martha Nelson has been named editorial director of Time Inc. magazines, the second-highest editorial position in the company. If she eventually progresses to the magazine group’s editor-in-chief (the number one editorial position) she will become the first-ever woman to do so. Nelson launched In Style magazine and was a former managing editor at People. [New York Post]
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Erin Solaro on why she will no longer call herself a feminist because mainstream feminism, in her opinion, does not focus enough on the economic crisis and the threats by Islamic extremists. Do you agree with her? [Seattle PI]
  • Wednesday’s delightfully obnoxious New York Times article asking if women’s empowerment kills romance was, alas, not an isolated incident. Here’s a full summarization of New York Times‘ sexist and bogus trend pieces. [TBD.com]
  • Elaine Kaufman, the famed restauranteur of New York City’s iconic Elaine’s, passed away today at 81. Elaine’s was the favorite restaurant of many journalists, including Kurt Vonnegut, Norman Mailer and Nora Ephron. She also had a cameo in the opening scene of Woody Allen’s movie “Manhattan” and the more recent flick “Morning Glory.” She was named a New York “Living Landmark” by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2003. [New York Post]
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