Today’s Lady News: Victims Of 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing Could Receive Congressional Gold Medals

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  • The House of Representatives advanced a bill  to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to the four little girls who were victims of a deadly 1963 Baptist church bombing in Alabama. The church bombing was one of the key incidents in the civil rights era. [The Grio]
  • WNBA player Brittney Griner came out of the closet last week and this week the #1 draft pick got signed by Nike. [BuzzFeed]
  • Check out “The UnSlut Project,” an “It Gets Better”-style project for women who were called sluts when they were younger. [Feministing]
  • It’s going to cost Kansas over $1 million to defend its restrictive abortion laws in court. [Think Progress]
  • Congress approved the nomination of Jenny Yang, a sex discrimination litigator, as commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. [Feminist.org]
  • Rep. Todd Akin said he wishes he’d never made his “legitimate rape” comments. I’m sure he still meant what he said, though. [USA Today]
  • President Obama’s senior advisor Valerie Jarrett opened up to Esquire about what she’s learned in life. [Clutch Magazine]
  • On fat-shaming in advertising. [The Nation]

INTERNATIONAL

  • An Indian girl has been ordered to marry her rapist because “marital rape” is less bad than “rape,” apparently. [Indian Homemaker]
  • A new film called “Paradise: Love” will explore white women and black men in Kenya’s sex tourism industry. [Madame Noire]
  • Parents in a region of southern Russia are appealing a ban on wearing the hijab, a headcovering Muslim veil, in schools. [RIA.ru]
  • Iran is trying to encourage couples to have more children by going door-to-door at their homes. [Telegraph UK]
  • A radical feminist magazine called Spare Rib, which began in 1972 and folded in 1993, is being relaunched as a bimonthly mag and website in the UK. [Independent UK]
  • Five teen girls in Indonesia have been accused of blasphemy for mixing Islamic prayer with the Maroon 5 song “One More Night.” [AFP]

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