Today’s Lady News: Mom Pissed Her Kid’s Photo Used In Black Anti-Abortion Billboard

  • The mother of the young African-American girl whose stock image modeling photo was used in a racially contentious NYC anti-abortion billboard hung by an extremist group in New York City (which was later taken down, after pressure was put on the billboard company that put it up) is pissed off. The billboard depicting Anissa Fraser, age 6, read, “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the womb.” Life Always said they will no longer use the photo of Anissa if her mother objects to it. [NY Daily News]
  • The number of white people and males who lead the military is problematic for the diversifying institution, according to a new report sent to President Obama and lawmakers today. [The Grio]
  • Police say Jalisa Granger, 21, of Rayne, Louisiana, died earlier this month while sheltering her toddler son from a tornado. Aww, go give your mom a hug, yes? [The Grio]

  • Utah’s state House of Representatives has passed a bill protecting doctors from getting fired if they refuse to perform abortions, including in the case of rape and incest. It now heads to the state’s Senate.[Salt Like Tribune]
  • Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of The New Yorker and Talk magazines, has debuted her first issue of Newsweek (which recently merged with her site, The Daily Beast) and put another wildly successful woman on the cover: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [Newsweek]
  • Texas high school basketball coach Amber Branson coached her team to victory on Friday and then gave birth a few hours later. Branson then coached another game the very next day! Stop it, lady, you’re making the rest of us look bad. [Yahoo]
  • America’s first out lesbian judge, Mary Morgan, has retired from the bench in San Francisco. [Queerty]
  • Check out 20 previously male-dominated jobs that women are now taking over. [Forbes]


  • In honor of today being International Women’s Day, an all-women flight crew will fly from New Dehli, India, to Toronto, Canada. I certainly hope no one has their period and crashes the plane. [Times of India]
  • Amnesty International is putting the pressure on Guatemala to stop the number of women being killed within the country. Last year alone, 685 women were killed, with authorities reportedly turning a blind eye to the deaths. [CNN]
  • Advancing women’s rights throughout the developing world will help fight hunger, according to a new report by the United Nations. If women had access to education, technology, and financial services like men do, it is likely they could increase production of food and help malnourishment rates go down. [Guardian UK]
  • What does feminism mean today? The singer Annie Lennox gathered five of her pals and tried to find an answer. [Guardian UK]