CW Developing “Sherwood” Series About A Female Robin Hood

  • The CW is developing a new TV series about Robin Hood called “Sherwood,” which will star a female lead. []
  • New HIV infections among African American women are on the decline for the first time ever, according to new data from the Centers For Disease Control. [Madame Noire]
  • It’s extremely difficult for a 17-year-old girl in Virginia to bypass the state’s parental consent laws by obtaining written permission from a judge. [Huffington Post]
  • One anonymous woman’s story about her rape. [Reproductive Rights Reality Check]
  • Why pop culture needs more pot-smoking female stars like Rihanna and Lady Gaga. [AlterNet]
  • Meet Ursula Burns, the African-American CEO of Xerox who is a possible nominee of President Obama for Secretary of Commerce. [Madame Noire]


  • A Saudi women’s rights activist is arguing that women will be safer if they are legally allowed to drive, rather than having to be at the mercy of hiring male drivers. [Al-Arabiya]
  • Pakistani woman’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in October due to her activism on behalf of girls’ education rights, was TIME magazine’s runner-up for “Person Of The Year.” [Poynter]
  • Also, Malala has asked that a college not be named after her, so that students who attend the school are not put at risk. [New York Times]
  • Why is the health of Kashmiri women steadily deteriorating? [International Business Times]
  • Tajikistan recently passed its first-ever law on domestic violence. [Radio Free Europe]
  • Also, with both parents emigrating from Tajikistan for work, more and more grandmothers are finding themselves the caregivers of young children. [Radio Free Europe]
  • Why the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot gave this year’s most important musical performance. [Guardian UK]
  • Why are European women about to see their insurance premiums double? [Telegraph UK]