14-Year-Old Girls’ Rights Advocate In Pakistan Shot And Injured By Taliban

  • A 14-year-old girl who fought for education for girls in Pakistan was shot while walking home from school. She has written for the BBC about life under the Taliban as a girl and won the National Peace Award For Youth. The local Taliban has claimed responsibility for shooting Malala Yusafzai for being “a Western-minded girl” who “always speaks out against us.”  She is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Peshawar. Our thoughts are with her. [Al-Jazeera, BBC]
  • Frisky contributor Melissa Petro addresses the guidance counselor who was fired from her job because she had previously worked as a sexy model and asks whether racy previous careers make women unfit for working in education. It’s a subject Petro unfortunately knows much about: she resigned from her job as a New York City public school teacher after it was made public that she had once been a sex worker. [xoJane]
  • Sex workers are stepping out of the shadows about their jobs and here’s how they’re doing it. [Narrative.ly]
  • “Slut-dropping” is just as vile (and sophomoric) as it sounds. [Jezebel]
  • Bridge To Terabithia author Katherine Paterson talks censorship and what it’s like to be the author of a banned book for kids. [Guernica]
  • Meet the Jane Austen fans at the annual meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, which attracted such luminaries as Anna Quindlen and Cornel West. [New York Times]
  • The web series “Broad City” is being made into a pilot for Comedy Central and will be produced by Amy Poehler. Wheeeee! [Jezebel]
  • Political party leader Sonia Gandhi visited the family of a young girl from the “untouchable” caste who committed suicide after she was gang raped. [BBC]
  • An African woman blogger on her frustration that everyone assumes all she has to write about is poverty, development and charity work when there are so many other narratives African women want to contribute to. [Guardian UK]
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