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Today’s Lady News: Women Win “The Amazing Race” For The First Time

  • For the first time ever, an all-female team has won the reality show “The Amazing Race.” It only took 17 seasons! Congratulations to the lucky winners, Nat Strand and Kat Chang, who took home a $1 million prize. [New York Times]
  • Women did not advance much in the nation’s boardrooms this year: In fact, 136 Fortune 500 companies still have no women executives. Catalyst, a non-profit that gathers data on women in the workplace, has all the depressing stats. [Reuters]
  • Looking for holiday gift ideas for teen girls other than lip gloss and sweatpants with the word “Juicy” across the butt? Bitch Magazine has a list of great feminist presents, including books, subscriptions to magazines and summer camp. Damn, I wish back in the day someone had given me a book called The Girls’ Guide To Rocking! [Bitch Magazine]

  • It’s time to get more familiar with Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA), a staunch opponent of reproductive rights who is newly appointed to a subcommittee on health. We’ve got our eyes on you, dude! [New York Times]
  • Injectable rhinoplasty — or nose reshaping with injections like Radiesse — is apparently becoming an increasingly popular gift for young Asian women who hope to change their appearance. A 23-year-old woman from Burma even told StyleList she had injectable rhinoplasty because “Western features” in beauty magazines made her feel “different and insecure.” [StyleList]
  • The New Republic zeroes in on “the pathetic sexism” of the news program “Morning Joe,” co-anchored by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Rumor has it that Joe gets to talk a lot more than Mika does. [The New Republic]
  • Planned Parenthood sparred with the state of Alaska in court on Friday over a parental notification law for minors. [KTUU]
  • Why are people trying to ban Speak, a young adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a girl who is date raped? [Women's eNews]
  • Blogger Dorothy Snarker dissects Brittany and Santana’s super-close relationship on “Glee.” [AfterEllen.com]
  • Ani DiFranco, the folk singer who runs Righteous Babe Records, recently spoke with Mother Jones about what’s up. But an old interview with Ani that the mag dredged up from 1995 is actually a lot more fun! [Mother Jones]

INTERNATIONAL

  • For the women on Afghanistan’s soccer team, simply competing is a bold step forward in her society. “This is how I fight,” she one team member. “We want to send a message over the world to show that women can play football, and study, and work.” [New York Times]
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