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5 Things You Should Know About Malala Yousafzai, The 14-Year-Old Girl Shot By The Taliban

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Remember that time we went to war in Afghanistan in order to root out the militant Islamic fundamentalist group the Taliban? Wonder of wonders, that didn’t work so well, because it seems the Taliban is alive and well (though in a somewhat diminished capacity), and particularly prevalent in the Swat Valley region of Pakistan. That’s where, earlier this week, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai — a prominent and outspoken activist on behalf of girls’ education — was attacked by Taliban forces, shot twice, and left to die. Keep reading »

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

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  • 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] Keep reading »

“50 Shades” Screenplay To Be Penned By Female Screenwriter, Kelly Marcel

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  • The plum gig as the screenwriter for the film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey goes to … Kelly Marcel, who penned the forthcoming “Mary Poppins”-themed script, “Saving Mr. Banks.” [The Hollywood Reporter]
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  • Three Native American women discuss Columbus Day and how to teach America’s genocide of indigenous peoples. [Democracy Now] Keep reading »
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Oklahoma Cuts Funding For Planned Parenthood

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  • Oklahoma’s Department of Health has cut funding to three Planned Parenthood clinics in the state which have received funding for 18 years. The department did not provide a reason for not renewing its contract for the Women Infant and Children program, which provides food vouchers, baby formula and health screenings for low-income women and their kids. I love it when people are so “pro-life” that they can justify cutting health services for babies. Planned Parenthood sources say the cuts are politically motivated.  [Feminist.org]
  • Author Jennifer Weiner confronts her own daughter about body-shaming after she hears her kid calling another little girl “fat.” [Allure]
  • New research on working parents found that women are “more realistic” about combining a family with a career. [Harvard Business Review]
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Conviction Overturned For Man Who Raped Mentally Disabled Woman (Or: Today, I’m Ashamed To Be From Connecticut)

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  • Connecticut’s state Supreme Court has thrown out the conviction of a man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a mentally disabled woman because there was no evidence that she did not refuse to have sex with him. Richard Fourtin, Jr. raped a woman with severe cerebral palsy who has the mental functioning of a three-year-old child and cannot verbally communicate. But the conviction has been overturned on the grounds that the was no evidence the victim bit, kicked or screamed to signify her refusal of consent. This, assholes who try to put the words “forcible rape” into our laws, is an example of why you’re wrong.  [NBC Connecticut]
  • An Ohio appeals court has upheld a 2004 law that bans the use of the abortion pill (RU-486) after the seventh week of pregnancy. [Feminist.org]
  • Blogger Amanda Marcotte at XX Factor attempts to explain why Rep. Todd Akin believes that women who aren’t pregnant can get abortions. [Slate] Keep reading »

Walmart Sued (Again) For Sex Discrimination

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  • Three women in Tennessee filed a sex discrimination class action lawsuit against Walmart today — a li’l something the company is intimately familiar with — because they claim they were paid less than their male colleagues and told they could not be promoted to manager because it’s “a man’s job.” [New York Daily News]
  • The gays are taking over! Well, not quite. But LGBTQ congressional candidates are running for public office in record numbers. [Huffington Post]
  • If you feel like listening to Rep. Todd Akin say more awful things, well, today is your lucky day! [Slate] Keep reading »
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