TV Station Staffed By Fully Veiled Women Launches In Egypt

  • A new TV station called Maria recently debuted in Egypt which employs and is run by women who wear the face-covering niqab veil. Journalism students say they couldn’t find jobs in television, even ones where they would not appear on camera, because they are covered except for their eyes. Maria launched on July 20 and airs four hours a day on parent channel Al-Omma. So far it is all volunteer-run. [CNN]
  • Companies with women on their boards outperformed similarly-sized companies by 26 percent, according to a study by Credit Suisse. [Think Progress]
  • Artist Marina Abramovic is holding a women-only lecure at the Melton 2012 music festival in London, which will be entitled “The Spirt In Any Condition Does Not Burn.” Although she hasn’t explained what the lecture will be about or why it will be women-only, she has indicated it may be about exploring femininity. [Huffington Post]
  • Why have teen pregnancy rates dropped? [Slate]
  • New study looks at the wage gap between women and men in the workplace. [New York Times]
  • “Women and children first”? That’s actually been a myth, according to a new study of ship disasters. [U.S. News & World Reports]
  • Why does Food & Wine’s ‘Best New Chefs’ list keep snubbing women? [The Jane Dough]
  • Thelma Glass, who helped organize the Alabama bus boycott after the incident with Rosa Parks, died last week at age 96. Glass was a professor of geology at Alabama State University. [New York Times]


  • A Saudi Arabian judo fighter (called a judoka) will be allowed to perform wearing a special form of headscarf that the Olympics’ committee has deemed safe for competition. [Seattle Times]
  • A judge in Namibia has ruled that three HIV+ women were sterilized without their informed consent. [CNN]
  • County Cork in Ireland is honoring Mother Jones, a labor rights activist and feminist, on the 175th anniversary of her birthday. The liberal magazine Mother Jones in America is named after her. [Irish Central]
  • Buried in this story about online dating in China is this nugget about “Unwanted Girls,” or unmarried, educated women over age 27. [Raw Story]
  • Irish novelist and journalist  Maeve Binchy died yesterday at age 72. [Telegraph UK]
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