Today’s Lady News: It’s Equal Pay Day

  • It’s Equal Pay Day! Here’s your friendly reminder that women earn 77 cents to every dollar a man earns. When race is factored in, the numbers get even more depressing: African-American women earn 62 cents and Latinas earn 53 cents for every dollar earned by a white dude. [Feministing]
  • Can you take more bad news? Over a 40-year career, women will make roughly $700,000 less than their male counterparts. The Week has figured out how it all adds up. [The Week]
  • A Texas Senate committee has advanced a “compromise” bill which requires a woman seeking an abortion to be given a sonogram, listen to the fetal heartbeat, and listen to a detailed description of a fetus. (Texas’ Senate and House had both passed versions of the bill before, but the House version was more strict and scary. This latest bill in the Senate is a “compromise” because it exempts women who have been victims of rape or incest.) Gov. Rick Perry, who doesn’t support legal abortion, is expected to sign the bill when it reaches his desk. [Houston Chronicle]

  • Why are girls hitting puberty earlier than ever? [USA Today]
  • A Bronx cop has been charged with assault of a motorist, but I think it’s interesting that the man she is accused of assaulting allegedly ripped her shirt, causing her breasts to be exposed. “He grabbed me, threw me to the ground and straddled me,” she alleged in court. “He went ballistic. He was sitting on my stomach and ripping my shirt open.” [New York Daily News]
  • What do movies get wrong about childbirth? (Answer? Lots.) [Salon.com]
  • Young mothers eat more junk food and exercise less than people without kids, according to a new study published in Pediatrics. [The Week]
  • “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric has thrown her weight behind a documentary about obesity that’s in the works. Ha, ha, ha, I made a pun! [Deadline]
  • For you history buffs out there, check out this story of a woman from Flint, Michigan, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Civil War! [DetNews.com]
  • The Girl Scouts of America have launched a bilingual campaign to reach Spanish-speaking parents of young girls. [Guanabee]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Skin bleaching is rampant in Jamaica — found out the many reasons why this is problematic. [The Root]
  • How do we feel about a British mall giving women $165 gift certificates to shop clad only in their underwear? [New York Daily News]
  • Find out why some Jewish women in Israel are deciding to go under the veil. [Times UK]
  • Luise Rinser, a German feminist novelist who died in 2002, has been unmasked as an early Nazi and Hitler Youth organizer in a new biography. [Monsters & Critics]
  • The fiction shortlist for the UK’s Orange Prize — only for women writers — has been released. Anyone read any books on this year’s list? [Guardian UK]
  • Female employees at the law firm Allen & Overy in London learned their were numerous complaints to HR about their “very short skirts and high heels” and lack of brushing their hair. Sooo glad I am a blogger. [This Is London UK]
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