Today’s Lady News: Betty White Voted AP’s Entertainer Of The Year

  • Woot woot! Betty White has been voted Entertainer of the Year by the Associated Press. [NPR]
  • Remember the bigoted DMV employee who sent a letter to transgender woman Amber Yust telling her she’d go to hell after trying to have her gender legally changed on her license? The employee has since resigned. Amber Yust (and I) thinks that employee should have been given a pink slip first. [Nerve]
  • Forget about rappers who only rhyme about bitches and hoes: here are the top 10 least misogynistic lyrics of 2010! [The Grio]
  • Duh: domestic terror attacks on abortion clinics don’t do jack to lower the abortion rate. Are you listening, extremists? [Big Think]

  • Watch Naomi Wolf (author of The Beauty Myth) and Jacyln Friedman (co-author of Yes Means Yes) debate the politicization of rape allegations against Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks. I’m on Team Jacyln here. [Democracy Now!]
  • Scary fact I didn’t know: women are the fastest growing group facing homelessness. [Christian Science Monitor]
  • An Illinois county prosecutor’s office announced it will not prosecute a sexual assault case in which St. Mary’s College student Elizabeth Seeburg took her own life just weeks after reporting a sexual assault by a Notre Dame football player. According to the school’s paper, it is “unlikely that Seeberg’s statements would be admissible in court because of her death.” However, the Seeberg family has not yet seen a transparent investigation take place with the accused. Details are leaking out, however, including the fact that a friend of the accused allegedly sent Lizzy a text before her death: “Don’t do anything you would regret. Messing with notre dame football is a bad idea.” [Jezebel]
  • The University of Connecticut has named its first-ever female president. Susan Herbst is currently a professor of public policy at Georgia Tech. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Does the reality TV show “Basketball Wives” portray black women in a negative light? [Black Voices]
  • Good news, active girls: female students who bike or walk fare better on test scores. [Discover Magazine]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed a fourth woman to his cabinet. Farahnaz Torkestani became head of the National Youth Organization, thus making her one of the country’s 12 vice presidents. [BBC]
  • Speaking of abortion, Lord Nicholas Windsor, the Duke of Kent’s son (i.e., a member of the royal family), has said it is worse than terrorism! [The Telegraph]
  • Meet Val Shawcross, the Labour Party’s deputy running mate for the 2012 London election. “I’m from a long generation of working women,” Shawcross said. “Every generation of women in my family has worked – my granny had a pair of mill clogs – and they were all deaf by the time they were 50.”[The Guardian]
  • Nigel Cole, the director of “Made In Dagenham,” asks why the field of film directing does not have more women in it. [Vancouver Sun]
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