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How To Get More Women In Front Of The Camera? Get More Behind It.

We’re hoping that women like Kathryn Bigelow, the woman behind “The Hurt Locker” who could win the Oscar for Best Director this year, will begin to give voice to the silent minority in Hollywood: women. A recent study done at the University of Southern California turned up some disheartening stats about women in film. Of the 100 blockbuster films of 2007 that were studied, only 17 percent of them were written, directed, or produced by women. Even worse, they found that women were minorities onscreen as well. Female actresses were given only 30 percent of all speaking parts. (I wonder how many women were seen and not heard—that would be interesting to know.) While those findings are fairly depressing, there is some good news. Films with women writers, directors, and producers had about twice as many parts for females. So it sounds like the key to building women’s influence in Hollywood is for ladies to make their own material. Sure, it may be intimidating to go up against your allegedly egomaniacal ex for an Oscar, but if Kathryn wins (and even if she doesn’t), she’ll be an inspiration to up-and-coming females in the movie biz. Here’s to equality in Tinsel Town. [AOL] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Pentagon To End Ban Against Women On Submarines

  • Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent Congress a letter on Friday in which he announced he will repeal the ban on female soldiers in submarines and going forward, all the subs owned by the U.S. military will have to be retrofitted to add sleeping quarters for women. Women have only been allowed on the Navy’s surface ships, such as aircraft carriers, since 1993. [Los Angeles Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Cuba Wants Ladies To Start Smoking Cigars

Is It Fair To Have Women Test Olympic Ski Jumps, But Not Let Them Compete?

I was interested to find out that before men compete in the Olympic ski jump competition and the Nordic combined, that women are testing out the hills for them. This is particularly noteworthy considering that women are barred from competing in these two events. And yet two women agreed to act as forerunners—the athletes that test out the jumps and runs to make sure conditions are optimal—in ski jumping this year. While these two ladies seem to be thrilled to be involved in the Olympics at all, other world-class female skiers are not cool with them participating and refused invitations to participate as forerunners because they believe it sends a message that it’s OK for women to watch from the sidelines. In fact, some female skiers were so upset about not being able to compete in 2012, that 15 of them filed a lawsuit in the Canadian courts. But the Supreme Court ruled against them. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: VA Lawmaker Says Disabled Kids Are Punishment For Abortion

  • Disabled children are God’s punishment to women who have aborted their first pregnancy, Virginia Assemblyman Bob Marshall said in a press conference on Thursday. “The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically,” Marshall told reporters. “Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children.” We’re not even going to dignify that with a response. [WTOP]
  • A new law in Saudi Arabia will allow women lawyers to argue court cases for the first time. Women will only be able to argue family law-related cases, like divorce and child custody, however. [BBC]
  • Kathryn Bigelow took home Best Film and Best Director awards for “The Hurt Locker” at the BAFTAs this weekend, beating out her ex-husband James Cameron and his flick, “Avatar.” [MTV]

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Today’s Lady News: Malaysian Women Say Caning Was Good For Them

  • This is terribly sad: Three Malaysian women, who were caned under the country’s Islamic laws, said the punishment was good for them. The 17-year-old who was caned for having sex out of wedlock has been quoted in a Malaysian newspaper saying, “I deeply regret my actions as I should have married before having sex.” [MSNBC]
  • Surprise, surprise: young women at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this week in Washington, D.C., have a lot of the same criticisms of how women in politics are treated as liberals do. One woman, Andrea Tantaros, said she can’t stand when people comment on female politicans’ looks. “Guess what? Barack Obama is looking pretty darn tired these days too but I don’t see anyone analyzing his bags,” Tantaros said. Agreed! [CBS News]
  • According to a study on women in the workplace released by the nonprofit Catalyst, female M.B.A.-holders lag behind men in pay, positions and promotions. The study of 9,000 respondents also found women received an average $4,600 less at their first job, despite comparable experience. [Wall Street Journal]

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Today’s Lady News: Please, Tina Fey, Do Sarah Palin When You Host “SNL” In April!

  • Tina Fey is guest hosting “Saturday Night Live” in April, which probably means another Sarah Palin impersonation! “It’s inevitable that we’ll try it, at least,” Fey told the AP. “We’ll see if it makes it to air.” Now, if they could just get Amy Poehler back to do Hillary Clinton. [AP]
  • Happy 88th birthday, Helen Gurley Brown, the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan! Brown is also the author of the bestselling book Sex and the Single Girl, an essential piece of literature in the ’60s and ’70s sexual revolution. [Wikipedia]
  • London’s Globe Theater has commissioned its first play written by a woman, “Bedlam” by Nell Leyshon. The Globe, where William Shakespeare staged his plays, was closed from 1642 until 1997. Not until now has a female playwright had her work performed there.

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Most People Think Rape Victims Are Partly To Blame, Says Survey

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Here’s a statistic that shouldn’t sit right with anyone: Over 73 percent of people in a study by the Havens, a sexual assault referral center in the U.K., believe the victim should “take responsibility” for getting raped if they’ve already performed another sexual act on the rapist. Raped? Well, you’d already given him a hand job so, really, you should have expected that to happen! Keep reading »

Girls Who Get Sporty With It Lead Better Lives

When I think back to the good ol’ kid years, one of my strongest memories is swim team—the grueling practices, the butterflies in my stomach waiting on the starting block to dive in for a race, even the joy of a Cheerwine (yeah, it’s a Southern thing) after a big win. Many of my friends echo this and very strongly remember their time on the volleyball team or as a star on their high school women’s basketball team. Title IX, which requires schools that get public funding to provide equal opportunities for boys and girls, has been in effect for nearly 40 years, and it’s led to an explosion in the number of girls participating in sports. Researchers are now starting to look at what kind of effect that’s had. In addition to having lower rates of teen pregnancy, girls involved in sports also get better grades and report higher levels of self-esteem. And a new study by Dr. Betsey Stevenson of the University of Pennsylvania looked at statistics state-by-state and found that in places where more girls participated in sports, there was a 20 percent increase in women’s education level and a 40 percent boost in employment for women ages 25 to 34. Another study by a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago correlated lots of girls participating in sports with a seven percent decrease in risk of obesity once the girls reach their 40s. Today, one in three girls plays a sport compared to one in two boys. What will happen when those numbers are equal?

Did you play a sport when you were a kid? Which one? Share a memory in the comments section. [NY Times] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: New Male Birth Control Stops Men From Producing Semen

  • Will this be Depo Provera for dudes?! Eighty British couples are participating in a two-year-long trial to test a male contraceptive jab which tricks the brain into stopping sperm production. Doctors said the male contraceptive jab has been 99 percent effective so far and sperm counts should return to normal when men go off it. [Daily Mail]
  • For the first time ever, three Muslim women in Malaysia have been caned for adultery. The canings apparently took place at a women’s prison near Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 9. “It is hoped that the issue will not be wrongly interpreted to the extent of tarnishing the sanctity of Islam,” Malaysia’s Home Minister Hishamuddin Hussein was quoted as saying. All three women are serving jail time as well. [CNN]

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