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Today’s Lady News: Quebec Considers Restrictions For Women With Face-Covering Muslim Veils

  • Quebec Premier Jean Charest has introduced legislation that would forbid Muslim women from giving or receiving public services while wearing a niqab, or a face-covering veil. Charest said that wearing other religious symbols, like a head-covering veil or a cross, would be allowed, but a concealed face is inappropriate. Critics, however, say the proposed ban is racially and religiously discriminatory. [Toronto Star]
  • Police in London issued their first warning to a male employee at Heathrow over the airport’s X-ray security scanner. They issued a harassment warning to a 25-year-old male who made a crude remark about a colleague’s breasts when she walked through the scanner. [AFP]
  • President Obama is allegedly trying to tackle an image problem — that his administration is a “boys’ club” that makes women feel excluded. Late last year, he invited the highest-ranking women on his staff to dinner at the White House to ask their opinions personally. The “boys club” criticism gained traction last year after Obama hosted several basketball and golf games with all- or mostly-male groups of staff. One senior official, who was at the dinner, told the AP that the women said they felt the men who were hanging out with Obama in less formal settings had more access to him. [AP]

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Today’s Lady News: Wisconsin Women Say They Were Not “Allowed To Speak” At Church Meeting

  • Leaders of a church meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin, have been accused of not allowing women to speak during a discussion about firing the principal of the church’s school. The principal, John Hartwig, was fired on Sunday; Hartwig had been vocal about his belief that women should be treated more respectfully within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Church. Women who were at the meeting to discuss Hartwig’s firing said their questions during the meeting had to be asked by men. On Tuesday, the reverend of the church released a statement, saying, “We have a wide number of households and a representative spiritual leadership of males who were asked to speak on behalf of their families so the meeting would not be over five hours.” [WISC Madison]
  • Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief foreign correspondent, was recently hired by ABC News to host the Sunday morning talk show “This Week.” But in an online chat with readers, The Washington Post‘s TV critic, Tom Shales, criticized “that hair of hers — yipe.” Shales added, “What’s the deal with that, as David Letterman might say.” [Washington Post]
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5 Things You Should Know About President Obama’s Executive Order On Abortion Limits

Yesterday President Obama signed historic health care reform (HCR) legislation into law. But today, as part of an agreement with anti-choice Democratic politicians whose support was needed to pass HCR, the president will sign an executive order issuing limits on abortion.

After the jump, we’ll explain what this executive order means and how it came to pass.
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Mississippi Judge Rules In Favor Of Lesbian Student Over Canceled Prom

A Mississippi judge ruled yesterday that Itawamba Agricultural High School violated a lesbian student’s rights by forbidding her from bringing her girlfriend to prom and wearing a tuxedo. Constance McMillen, 18, came out of the closet as gay in the 8th grade and asked school officials in December and February of this school year if she could bring her 16-year-old girlfriend to the April 2 prom. Itawamba not only said same-sex dates were not allowed, but a female student could not wear a tux. When the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi took up McMillen’s cause, the school just canceled prom entirely. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Is Nancy Pelosi The Most Powerful Woman In History?

  • After the passage of health care reform, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is being called the “most powerful woman in history” from a variety of media outlets, from The Economist to The Drudge Report. [NPR]
  • A breast cancer prevention slogan at a Polish hospital in Opole which reads “I check the breasts of my workers on my own” has upset women’s rights activists. [Reuters]
  • “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera says she ignores criticism of her weight and thinks it’s “ridiculous” people even discuss it. Really, because people are criticizing the star of “Real Women Have Curves” for her … curves? [PopEater]
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Today’s Lady News: Ohio Judge Wants Juvenile Rape Victims To Take Lie Detector Test

  • A juvenile court judge in Ohio has ordered four teenage victims of sexual assault to undergo polygraph (lie detector) tests. So far, none of the teens has followed Cuyahoga Juvenile Court Judge Alison Floyd’s order. The mother of one of the 16-year-old victims told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “It felt like the blame was back on her and she was being victimized, by not only [the perpetrator] but by the system as well.” The young men accused of sexual assault and other crimes in the incidents with the four girls have been ordered to take lie detector tests as well. However, the CEO of Cleveland’s Rape Crisis Center said performing polygraph tests on sexual assault victims violates the 2005 Violence Against Women Act. [Cleveland Plain-Dealer]
  • One of Yemen’s top Islamic leaders has called supporters of a ban on child brides “apostates.” The ban, a religious decree made on Sunday, forbids marriage to girls younger than age 17. Presently, a quarter of Yemeni females marry before age 15. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: A Sarah Palin Reality Show?

  • Sources say A&E Networks and Discovery Communications are interested in acquiring Sarah Palin’s “reality show” in which she gives a guided tour of Alaska. The working title is “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and Palin is allegedly asking for $1 million to $1.5 million per episode. [Reuters]
  • Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief foreign correspondent, is headed to ABC to anchor the Sunday morning talk show, “This Week,” beginning in August. [Washington Post]
  • Two House Representatives this week introduced the Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs Act, which would promote training for low-income women in jobs they don’t traditionally go into.
  • Last month, Afghanistan’s news and culture minister asked 20 broadcast channels to “revise their programs” in order to keep images of women’s flesh off TV. Currently TV stations employ “pixelators” who go through foreign programming, like Indian films or Turkish soap operas, and make the women’s bodies blurry. [Reuters]

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Tiger Woods Returns To Golf At A Club That Refuses To Admit Women Members

When Tiger Woods returns to golf this spring in the Masters tournament, he’ll be playing at the Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia, which has historically discriminated against women by never admitting a female member. Nor did Augusta admit an African-American man as a club member until 19-freaking-90. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “Pirates Of The Caribbean 4″ Casting Says No To Fake Breasts

  • An alleged casting call for “Pirates of the Caribbean 4″ told pirate wench wannabes to leave their big boobs at home. Moviehole.com claims a casting call for extras had these specific requirements: “Beautiful Female Fit Models. Must be 5’7-5’8, Size 4 or 6 – NO BIGGER OR SMALLER. Age 18-25. Must have a lean dancer body. MUST have real breasts. Do not submit if you have implants.” It’s great they are embracing a more “natural” look, but other than that, looks like same-old, same-old in the casting department. [Moviehole]
  • Lawmakers are pushing for “potty parity” at D.C. federal buildings. The bill would require a 1-to-1 ratio of male and female restrooms be required when new buildings go up for renovation, if feasible. [ABC News]
  • Legislators in Missouri discussed a bill yesterday that would ask a woman to provide the “medical, social or economic reason” she sought an abortion. The woman would not have to provide a response, however. State Senator Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Peters) said he thought the information would be useful for politicians who create legislation on abortion. [KOAM-TV]

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Today’s Lady News: Stripper Sues Club For Unpaid Wages, Claims “Exploitation”

  • Exotic dancer Quansa Thompson is suing her former employer, a D.C. strip club called The House, for unpaid wages under the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Thompson says the club only paid dancers $20 per day and they are allowed to keep whatever was left of their tips after giving the DJ and bartender a share. Plus, dancers had to pay the owner $80 for missing a shift, even if they were sick. After missing work one day, Thompson said she was banned from the club when she spoke to a union and threatened to sue her boss. Her lawyer says the strip club gets away with it by classifying dancers as independent contractors and said their practices amount to “exploitation.” [Washington Post]
  • Remember we told you about a store selling black Barbie dolls on sale while white Barbie dolls were full price? The Root imagines what the discount black Barbie would say if she could talk. [The Root]

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