Today’s Lady News: Army Appoints First Black Female Two-Star General

  • The US Army has appointed Gen. Marcia Anderson as its first-ever black female two-star general. Gen. Anderson is already the highest-ranking woman in the Army. Congratulations! [The Grio]
  • A federal judge has refused to block a law in Kansas that limits the availability of insurance coverage for abortions. The law, which went into effect in July, forbids health insurance companies from offering coverage for abortion in their basic plans. The judge claimed the ACLU failed to prove how the KS legislature intentionally approved the law to make it more difficult for women to have abortions. [New York Times]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama held a press conference this week with the National Science Foundation about the Career-Life Balance Initiative, which is aimed at women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The initiative seeks to aid women who want to advance in these male-dominated fields while also raising families. I know we have a bunch of Frisky readers who work in engineering, so I would love to hear your thoughts on this! [The Mary Sue]
  • This 74-year-old grandma stopped a thief in her son’s home with a frying pan. Respect. [Madame Noire]
  • Exploring some black women’s feelings towards the Kardashians. [The Grio]
  • Feministing’s executive editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay¬†explains why feminists have better sex. (It’s true! I’ll swear on a stack of Bibles.) [Globe & Mail]
  • Can boobs and substance co-exist in comics? After Ellen investigates. [After Ellen]
  • Happy 40th birthday to Our Bodies, Ourselves, the iconic women’s health book that spoke to woman candidly about their own bodies. [The Daily Beast]
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