Profile for Jessica Wakeman

avatar

Today’s Lady News: Sunday Is The 39th Anniversary Of Roe Vs. Wade

  • Sunday, January 22, will be the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, which essentially legalized abortion across the country. Here’s a list of events, both online and offline, held throughout the next several days. [Feminist.org]
  • Wal-Mart has named Rosalind Brewer the president/CEO of Sam’s Club, which is the first time the company has had a woman and an African-American heading one of its properties. [Madame Noire]
  • Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a ceremonial signing of a law which legally protects transgender folks from discrimination in housing, education and employment.  (The bill actually went into law last year.) [Colorlines]
  • The incredible Jessica Valenti, co-founder of the blog Feministing.com, was on “Anderson” this afternoon discussing Purity Balls and  American’s obsession with virginity. [AndersonCooper.com]
  • On why we can’t let our talk of Paula Deen’s recent diabetes diagnosis slip into schaudenfreude. [Chow.com via Bitch Magazine]
  • The fabulous blogger Sady Doyle on why we should be worried if Michelle Obama didn’t get angry from time to time. [In These Times]
  • A high school in Draper, Utah, may not call its sports teams “the Cougars” because that would be offensive to older women who have sex with younger men. Plus one for being thoughtful, I guess?  [Jezebel] Keep reading »

And It’s Not Even “Take Your Child To Work Day”

Ani On Motherhood
Ani Di Franco photo
Ani Di Franco says being a mother has only made her more radical. Read More »
Stefon On Mother's Day
Where "SNL"'s Stefon suggest you take mom! Watch »
Frisky Parenting!
twins
All the posts The Frisky has ever done about parenting! Read More »
Licia Ronzulli baby in Parliament photo

This is apparently a year-old photo, but I still love it: Licia Ronzulli, a European member of Parliament, brought her then-seven-week-daughter Victoria to work in Strasbourg, and held her in a sling while working. I am not suggesting that everyone should bring their baby to the office, or anyone, really. (I love me some babies, but Ami is loud enough for this office already, thank you.) But I do love the image of a new mother working and caring for her child.

Of course this happened in Europe, not the U.S. We’re still too busy fighting about whether or not health care insurers should be covering the cost of birth control

[Daily Mail UK via Facebook.com] Keep reading »

Birth Control Will Be Covered By Most Employers, Obama Administration Announces

BC Should Be Covered
Birth control should be covered by health care plans, says report. Read More »
BC For Everybody
Health insurers are required to offer birth control without co-pays. Read More »
They're So Stupid
Yes, covering birth control is just like covering "manicures and pedicures." Read More »
birth control pills photo

Most employers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and other preventative services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. This means that women’s preventative health care like birth control will be available without co-pays or deductibles when Obama’s health care reform law goes into effect in August 1, 2012. 

This past August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that health insurers would be required to cover birth control without co-pays following the release of a report by the Institute of Medicine. That independent panel of doctors had cited coverage of preventative health care, such as STD screening and birth control, in its recommendation of best practices.  

(And of course the talking boobs on Fox News wasted no time asking what Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be forced to cover next — manicures and pedicures?!?!  Really. Someone said that. )

Keep reading »

Newt Gingrich Throws A Hissyfit Over GOP Debate Question About “Open Marriage”

Newt's Infidelity
Newt Gingrich photo
Newt Gingrich cheated on his wife, then asked for an "open marriage." Read More »
Newt Won't Cheat Again
Newt Gingrich and Callista Gingrich photo
Newt Gingrich has promised he won't break his marital vows yet again. Read More »
2012 Election
All of The Frisky's posts about the 2012 election. Read More »
angry Newt Gingrich photo
Watch Video

Last night’s Republican debate got off to an uncomfortable start last night when Newt Gingrich was asked the first question of the night about his ex-wife Marianne Gingrich and whether he asked for an “open marriage.” CNN moderator John King asked the question because Marianne Gingrich appeared in an ABC News interview that also aired last night claiming Newt cheated on her with current wife Callista Gingrich and asked for an “open marriage.” When Marianne Gingrich said she didn’t want an open marriage, and in fact that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Newt asked for a divorce. When questioned about Marianne’s statements at Thursday night’s debate, Newt called them “false” and chastised John King, saying, “I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that.” Keep reading »

Etta James Has Died

Etta James has died at age 73, according to her longtime manager.

The blues singer was born in 1938 in Los Angeles as Jamesetta Hawkins and proved herself a gospel prodigy from a young age, performing in churches and on the radio. At age 12, she began working with bandleader Johnny Otis and changed her stage name to Etta James; at 17, she launched a solo career where she became famous with ballads like “At Last.” Keep reading »

Morning Quickies: Sarah Burke, Skiier, Dies At 29

Natasha's Skiing Injury
Actress Natasha Richardson was injured while skiing. Read More »
Natasha Richardson Dies
The actress died following a brain injury while skiing. Read More »
An $1,800 Sports Bra
You probably don't need it. Read More »
Evening Quickies
Katy Perry and Russell Brand photo
Russell Brand will be writing about his divorce in his new memoir. Read More »
Sarah Burke photo
  • Top Canadian freestyle skiier Sarah Burke died yesterday in Salt Lake City, Utah, at age 29. The athlete, who lived in British Columbia, and had been training at a resort, had an accident on the slope and hit her head. Sarah Burke was a four-time gold medalist at the Winter X Games and had been campaigning to add halfpipe skiiing to the Olympic games in 2014. Our thoughts go out to her family and friends. [New York Times]
  • Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa Bryant is going to make bank in the divorce: sources say she’ll get $75 million in the settlement, which is half of the couple’s assets. [Fox News]
  • Lisa Vanderpump from “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” is getting her own spin-off show. [ONTD]
  • Rachel Bilson, gangsta rapper? [Stupid Celebrities]
  • Sinead O’Connor has checked into a hospital for depression, which is absolutely a great idea after her off-and-on quickie marriage fiasco. [Evil Beet Gossip] Keep reading »
  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular