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  • North Carolina’s state house is set to debate a bill that would allow employers to refuse coverage of employees’ birth control. In protest, a bunch of women dressed up in ’60s-era “Mad Men” garb and sat in the audience! [RH Reality Check, Huffington Post]
  • A bakery in Oregon is refusing to provide a cake to lesbian brides. Oh this again?. [Raw Story]
  • The White House is taking proactive steps to lower the wage gap between male and female federal workers. [AL.com]
  • The director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office said that sexism needs to be taken as seriously as racism within the military. Hear, hear! [USA Today]
  • Meanwhile, a soldier who was to set up a sexual assault prevention program in Texas has been arrested for “abusive sexual contact.” Facepalm. [Talking Points Memo]
  • Despite a lack of medical necessity, Missouri will now require that a doctor be present when a woman takes the first dosage of the RU-486 abortion pill. [The Kansas City Star]
  • A woman of color explains why she was never part of the Riot Grrrl movement. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Parents of Lauren Dunne Astley, an 18-year-old Massachusetts girl who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, urged lawmakers this week that dating violence should be included in health classes in public schools. [The Republic]
  • How effective are business gender quotas? [The Daily Beast]
  • Is Zoe Saldana using bisexuality as a PR tactic? [Flavorwire]
  • Here’s a kickass prank some feminist employees pulled using sexualized artwork in the gaming industry. [The Hawkeye Initiative]
  • On Mindy Kaling only making out with white guys on “The Mindy Project.” [Jezebel]
  • Model Jennie Runk, 24, explains how she got her plus-size modeling career off the ground. [BBC]

INTERNATIONAL

  • Only 15 percent of the UK’s television presenters over age 50 are women, according to a new study alleging ageism against women. [>Guardian UK]
  • Brazil’s National Council of Justice said the country must issue marriage licenses, not civil union documents, to same-sex couples. [BBC]

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