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Female Breadwinners Are On The Rise: Have Your Relationships Been Affected?

Over the past 37 years, the woman’s role in a family has changed enormously. According to a Pew Research Center report released today, more men in 2007 than 1970 are married to women who are more educated and make more money than they do themselves. A lot of things are at play here, creating this trend of smarty-pants female breadwinners, one of which is that in the 30 to 34 age group, more U.S.-born women than men have college degrees. Along with more of us going to college, we’re also making more money than we were 40 years ago. In 2007, median earnings of full-time female workers were 71 percent of what comparable men made, compared with 52 percent in 1970.

And while the economic downturn has been a total bummer for all of us, it actually hasn’t been as terrible for women. Because more “male” industries have been affected, women have actually seen gains: In December 2009, we constituted 47.4 percent of the employed. Among couples that had two breadwinners until recently, it’s likely that the man is now out of work and the woman is the primary breadwinner. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: $2 Cervical Cancer Test Could Cut Deaths By 100K

  • British scientists say a $2 cervical cancer test could help prevent up to 100,000 deaths a year by women in developing countries. Cervical cancer is the #1 cause of death of women in the developing world and 85 percent of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur there. [Reuters]
  • For the first time ever, tomorrow ESPN will show women’s basketball in a marquee “College Game Day,” along with the male teams. “Look how society tends to embrace things men do,” said UConn basketball player Tina Charles. “By now, [men's basketball players] are used to this. It’s nothing new for them. But I feel this will be a turnaround [day] for women’s basketball. Finally, we’re being acknowledged for the things we do. There will be a lot of little girls watching us.” The one-hour game day telecast will showcase some of the best players on the UCONN team. [Hartford Courant]

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Onion Spoof: Law Makes Woman Name Baby, Paint Nursery Before Getting An Abortion


This Onion News Network spoof is amazing: a bunch of talking heads discuss a fake Arkansas law requiring a woman to pick a baby name and paint her nursery either pink or blue before having an abortion. Maybe she should have to sit in the nursery for an hour each day and look at baby booties, too!

Don’t watch unless your sense of humor this morning is pretty dry … [The Onion] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Woman Has Beef With Florida Hospital Over Court-Ordered Bed Rest

  • Samantha Burton, 26, of Florida, hired the ACLU to strike down a court order sought by Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after she was confined to bed rest against her will during a difficult pregnancy. In March 2009, Burton began to go into premature labor during her 25th week of pregnancy and went to the hospital. But when they told her she may have to be on bed rest for the rest of her pregnancy, Burton said she had to take care of her two toddlers at home. The hospital then received a court order to force Burton on bed rest to “preserve the life and health of [her] unborn child.” Sadly, Burton eventually ended up miscarrying. But now the ACLU is on the case over the alleged violation of Burton’s right to make her own medical decisions and arguing the court-ordered bed rest set a dangerous precedent for other pregnant women who may engage in risky behaviors. [ABC News]
  • First Lady Michelle Obama announced she will make reducing childhood obesity the “legacy” of her husband’s term. Oops, I thought her legacy was buff upper arms. [New York Times]
  • Mattel wants you to vote on Barbie’s career for 2010. The options are: environmentalist, surgeon, architect, news anchor or computer engineer. Naturally, I voted “news anchor,” then realized this bitch is probably going to steal my job out from under me. [Barbie.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Help Victims Of Haiti’s Devastating Earthquake

  • We’ve all been watching news about the earthquake in Haiti and we here at The Frisky hope all our readers’ family and friends are safe. For those of you who want to help, text “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross for Haiti relief. You’ll be charged on your next phone bill and 100 percent of the money goes to the Red Cross. [American Red Cross]
  • If there was a doubt in your mind, yes, those two fashion-centered video games appearing this spring are targeted at you. [NYmag.com]
  • And now in Today’s Dude News: scientists say the Y chromosome is evolving faster than the rest of the human genetic code. Let’s just keep this news to ourselves, ‘kay, ladies? [MSNBC]

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Late Night’s Real Lineup Problem: Where The Ladies At?

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Leno is going on later and Conan’s threatening mutiny and talking to Fox. It’s Apocalypse NBC! In fact, the whole thing has turned messier than one of those Dave Letterman segments with kids’ science experiments. I’m a Craig Ferguson fan myself, so none of this affects me. Well, except in one strange way. Late night is playing a serious game of musical chairs and yet none of the names being shuffled in the mix are women. Why are all the funny female talk show hosts stuck in daytime? It’s like late-night programming is the new glass ceiling. Gals, we’ve got to break on through to the other side! Here are some women who we think should climb that ladder to late night. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Anne Frank’s Protector, Miep Gies, Dead At 100

  • Miep Gies, who helped shelter Anne Frank‘s family, died yesterday at 100. After their Amsterdam hiding spot was busted by police, Gies, a secretary in the office where Frank’s family hid, rounded up Anne’s papers and locked them in a drawer. She claimed she never read Anne’s diary both because she did not want to abuse the teenager’s privacy, but also because she would have been tempted to burn any evidence about who hid the Jewish family from the Nazis. The Diary of a Young Girl was published in 1947 by Otto Frank, Anne’s father, the only family member to survive the concentration camps. [NPR]

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Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Joins Fox News

  • It was inevitable: Sarah Palin has signed with the Fox News Channel to appear “on a regular basis” as part of “a multi-year deal.” Alaska’s ex-guv will allegedly not get her own show, but instead “will host an occasional series.” Any guesses what her sure-to-be-entertaining series will cover? Put ‘em in the comments. [New York Times]
  • State Rep. Christine Johnson (D), a lesbian lawmaker in Utah, has announced she will be a surrogate parent for two gay male friends. Her pals are lucky to have a friend like Johnson: Utah’s state law forbids gay couples from adopting or being foster parents. [Salt Lake Tribune]
  • Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Al Franken (D-MN) have sponsored the Compassionate Care for Servicewomen Act, which would require that the morning-after pill be stocked as a core medicine at every military health care facility. [blog.alfranken.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Jean Biden, Mother Of The Vice President, Dies At 92

  • Jean Biden, mother of Vice President Joe Biden, passed away today at 92. [Boston.com]
  • Portugal passed a bill today to allow gay marriage, which the conservative president is unlikely to veto. So. Gay marriage in a predominantly Catholic country in Europe, but not California, New York or New Jersey. [New York Times]
  • Anne Kornblut, the White House correspondent for The Washington Post, recently published a new book, Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take For A Woman To Win. ABC News recently spoke with Kornblut about what it will take to shatter the glass ceiling for good. [ABC News]

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Today’s Lady News: All The Single Ladies (Buy Their Own Homes)

  • In the past 12 months, single gals were 21 percent of new home buyers while single men were just 10 percent. However, married couples are still the number one group of new home buyers. [New York Times]
  • Anti-abortion protesters outside a clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, have been photographed wearing fake escort vests so as to trick people going into the clinic to think that they, the protesters, are actually there to help. [Feministing]
  • Run, Amy, run! Over the holidays, Amy Palmiero-Winters, 37, became the first woman with a prosthetic leg to win a title in a race. Palmiero-Winters lost her left leg from the kneecap down in a 1994 motorcycle accident, but her disability didn’t prevent her from running in the Boston Marathon and a NYC triathlon. On New Year’s Day, while competing with able-bodied athletes in the Arizona Road Racers run, she beat the male winner by 14 miles and the second-place female winner by 36 miles. [Bust Magazine]

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