Today’s Lady News: Quit Smoking Now, Ladies!

  • Women who are smokers or former smokers, as well as those exposed to decades of secondhand smoke, are more at risk for breast cancer after menopause, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Wait, you mean inhaling chemicals is bad for you?! [CBC.ca]
  • Wrap it up, people! Almost half of all men have genital HPV, which can lead to cervical cancer when it’s transmitted to women, according to a study by the National Cancer Institute. [WebMD]
  • Actress Meryl Streep and To Kill A Mockingbird author Harper Lee were recipients of the National Medal of Arts, along with James Taylor, Quincy Jones and others, at the White House today. [Oh No They Didn't!]

  • Rutgers University will offer co-ed dorm rooms beginning in the 2011 schoolyear. [The Grio]
  • Rhode Island’s population of homeless women is growing. [Providence Journal]
  • Check out a retreat in Texas where female soldiers can relax, horseback ride, and heal after tours in Iraq or Afghanistan. [The Grio]
  • Let’s deconstruct Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” video, shall we? [The Atlantic Monthly]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The UK has changed its car insurance rates, declaring gender-based coverage as “sexist,” which means the rates for women under 26 will soar. [The Sun UK]
  • India is amending legislation that protects women from violence if their families refuse to pay dowries upon marriage. [Independent UK]
  • Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s attempt to ban same-sex marriage isn’t going so hot. [Queerty]
  • Amparo Munoz, Spain’s only Miss Universe beauty pageant winner and an actress, has passed away at age 56. [Guanabee, Oh No They Didn't!]
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