Today’s Lady News: Sexist “Letterman” Comedy Booker Removed From Job

  • The “Late Show With David Letterman” comic booker who made a sexist comment about female comedians in the New York Times this weekend has been removed from his job. Eddie Brill, who booked comics for the past 11 years and only booked one female comic on the show during all of 2011, told the newspaper he didn’t feel most female comics were “authentic.” He was reportedly removed from his post for speaking to the press without authorization, however — not for the content of his comments. [Mirth Mag]
  • Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., included LGBT folks in her call for unity in a speech in Atlanta on the celebration of her father’s birthday. [The GA Voice]
  • The New York Times takes a look at the historical role of priests’ wives. [NY Times]
  • NBC has picked up another show written by a female writer; tentatively called “Lady Friends,” it will be written by Kari Lizer, who wrote “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” [Deadline Hollywood]
  • Meet editor Amy Einhorn, the woman who bought The Help by Kathryn Stockett at Putnam. [NY Observer
  • How offensive are the “Shit Girls Say” videos? [Yahoo! Shine]
  • Much respect to Rabita Sarkar of New Jersey, who gave birth to a baby boy yesterday inside a PATH train! [Gothamist]
  • On the rift over the role of women in Israel’s Orthodox Jewish community. [NY Times]
  • The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg, South Africa, graduated its first class of girls on Saturday.  Of the 75 girls who enrolled five years ago, 72 sat for final exams. [Guardian UK]
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