Today’s Lady News: Saudi Arabian Women Can Vote Or Run For Office Without Male Approval In 2015

  • Saudi women will be able to vote and run for office without a male guardian’s approval in 2015, an official has announced. Women in Saudi Arabia require a male guardian’s permission — usually a father, brother or husband — to work, travel, study abroad, and marry, along with numerous other activities. Some see King Abdullah’s recent support of giving more rights to Saudi women as a slow sign of progress. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]
  • Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner has thyroid cancer and will take 20 days off in January for surgery and recuperation. [BBC]
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tops the list of most admired women in the world, according to a Gallup poll. Clinton is followed by Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin, and Condoleezza Rice, respectively. [New York Times]
  • The Girl Scouts have released a book called MEdia aimed at girls ages six to eight about interpreting media images around them. [Mediaite
  • Breastfeeding mamas across the country held nurse-ins at Target stores to show their support for a mother’s right and responsibility to feed her child in public. Breastfeeding women are routinely asked to leave stores or go into the bathroom while breastfeeding their babies in both public and private locations, even in states where there are laws on the books protecting it. [Huffington Post
  • On black beauty salons as the birthplace of political activism. [Madame Noire]
  • Venezuala’s health minister said women with faulty breast implants made from industrial-grade silicone by the French company POP can go to hospitals and have them removed. [Guardian UK]
  • Abortions to reduce multiple births — called “selective reductions” — are on the rise in the UK. [Telegraph UK]
  • A 28-year-old midwife delivered her own baby at home with only the aid of her mother’s makeup mirror. Yikes. Congratulations, mom and baby! [BBC]
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