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Today’s Lady News: Three Girls Win The Google Science Fair

  • Three girls are the winners of the Google Science Fair, a co-ed science competition. Lauren Hodge studied the effects of different marinades on the level of carcinogens in chicken (wait, is this something I should be afraid of?), Naomi Shah studied indoor air quality and asthma, and Grand Prize Winner Shree Bose studied ways to improve ovarian cancer treatment for women who have built up a resistance to chemotherapy drugs. You can read more about these amazing kids here. I am honestly blown away. Who says girls are bad at math and science?! [Geek Feminism]
  • Reminder: the BMI (body-mass index) is only a set of guidelines! [Already Pretty]
  • One atrocious finding of the UN Women’s 2011 Progress of the World’s Women report? For every dollar earned by a white man in America, a black woman earns an average of 39 percent less and a Latina earns an average of 48 percent less. [Think Progress]
  • Things you might believe about lesbians if all you knew about them was what you saw on reality TV. [Queerty]

  • A clerk in upstate New York who is unhappy that same-sex marriage is now legal has resigned from her job rather than issue marriage licenses for two people who love each other. [Think Progress]
  • Google+ lets a user choose from the genders “male,” “female” or “other.” Should there be more options? [Feministing]
  • Bitch magazine — my favorite mag in all the land, by the way — is raising money by selling prints of past covers online. Who knew there was such a thing as feminist home decorating? [Bitch Magazine]

INTERNATIONAL

  • That article in GOOD magazine about Mac McClelland, a human rights reporter who wrote about acting out a rape fantasy to help her cope with PTDS she suffered from covering sexual traumas in Haiti, is raising new alarm bells. In her GOOD piece, McClelland wrote about a rape victim in Haiti; now the Haitian writer Edwidge Dandicat claims in a piece on Essence‘s web site that the author may have identified the victim against her wishes. [Feministe]
  • Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo is the recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing, the continent’s highest literary award, for her story “Hitting Budapest.” [BBC]
  • Why having a baby is not the pinnacle of a woman’s life. [The Age AU]

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