Today’s Lady News: America Supports Women In Combat

  • Seven out of 10 Americans support allowing military women in combat roles, according to a new poll by The Washington Post and ABC News. The Pentagon is expected to remove a ban on women in combat roles. [Washington Post]
  • Planned Parenthood will file a lawsuit if South Dakota’s governor signs a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to wait 72 hours and first get “counseling” at a so-called “crisis pregnancy center.” [Ms. Magazine]
  • Wired, a technology magazine, has finally put a woman in technology (Limor Fried) on the cover instead of a starlet or just a woman’s boobs. [The Mary Sue]

  • A bunch of celebs, including Anne Hathaway, Jane Lynch, and Ellen and Portia DeGeneres, have signed a letter to President Obama asking him to allow same-sex couples to marry. [Freedom To Marry]
  • Women’s groups in the University of California system are targeting Jesse Cheng, an undergraduate student who represents 22,000 UC students on the Board of Regents, after he was accused of sexual battery of an ex-girlfriend. [OC Register]
  • “Who Took The Bomp,” the tour DVD of the feminist electronica band, Le Tigre, (fronted by Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill) will be released on June 7. [Music Remedy]

INTERNATIONAL

  • The coach of a Nigerian women’s soccer team said its a “worrisome” thing that some of her players in the past “engaged in lesbianism.” But it’s all cool now, she says, because they pray about it. Move along, no lesbians here! [After Ellen]
  • Two transgender women were murdered recently in Brazil. Warning, graphic imagery if you click. [Queerty]