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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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Today’s Lady News: “I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell” Heads To The Stage?

  • The artistic director of a theater company has bought the rights to turn Tucker Max‘s magnum opus, I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell, into a stage production. I hope they serve beer at any future performances, because I will need it. [Gawker]
  • “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock, is the first female-driven flick to earn over $200 million at the domestic box office. [Variety]
  • The city of Dallas is pioneering a program to help the city’s truck stop prostitutes, instead of jail them. Police there are now treating prostitutes like “sex crime victims” and nudging drug-addicted sex workers towards rehab, screening them for STDs and gathering info on abusive pimps. [NPR]

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Today’s Lady News: Are Male Novelists Less Macho Now?

  • Controversial women’s issues writer Katie Roiphe penned an essay for Sunday’s New York Times Book Review lamenting what’s happened to male novelists writing about sex. In the ’60s and ’70s, many balked at the ravenous, at times violent, depictions of sexuality in books by writers like Philip Roth, John Updike and Norman Mailer. But the “Great Male Novelists” of today that Roiphe cites—men like Dave Eggers and Jonathan Franzen—write more passively and apologetically about sex. It’s another “let’s blame feminists for everything” type of piece, but it also led me to believe this woman has never heard of Tucker Max. [New York Times Book Review]
  • Legislators in Kansas hope to block $250,000 in federal funds for preventing unwanted pregnancies from going to two Planned Parenthood clinics. Ugh. Please stop being foolish, people! [Kansas.com]
  • Grr. Why is it that women who start their own businesses are called “lipstick entrepreneurs”? Can’t we just be regular entrepreneurs like men? [Times of London]

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Today’s Lady News: Hillary Clinton & Sarah Palin, The World’s Most Admired Women

  • I’m not surprised that according to a recent Gallup poll, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the most admired woman in the world (16 percent), but I am surprised that she nudged ahead of Sarah Palin for that position by just a hair (15 percent). Three women in the top five are all African-American—Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Condoleezza Rice. For reasons totally beyond my comprehension, scorned golf wife Elin Nordegren not only pops up in the top 10 but is tied with former poet laureate Maya Angelou. [Gallup]
  • A woman born in South Africa is more likely to be raped in her lifetime than to learn how to read. The mistaken belief that sex with a virgin (even if that virgin is a child) will cure HIV/AIDS is partially responsible for the “rape epidemic.” [BBC]

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Today’s Lady News: The Geek Stereotype Keeps Girls From Studying Science

  • Dr. Sally K. Ride, a former astronaut, is supporting President Obama’s plans to improve America’s dismal math and science rankings and she’s zeroing in on the cultural expectations we have for girls. Dr. Ride recalled a recent science expo she attended where the mom of a 12-year-old girl made a big fuss over her daughter’s interest in science, as if it were so unusual. “[The mom] was saying, ‘I don’t know where she got this, she’s so different from everyone else,’” Dr. Ride explained. Girls “internalize the message that scientists are geeky-looking guys with labcoats and pocket protectors who never see the light of day.” She added that ages 10 through 12 are a vital time to prevent girls from getting discouraged from pursuing math or science in higher education. [New York Times]—Even though Barbie says “Math is hard!” researchers say girls can handle it.
  • … but it certainly doesn’t help that a science blogger noticed that Toys R Us sells microscopes and telescopes marketed to little girls (pink, of course!) that are less powerful than the black or red microscopes marketed to little boys. Are you serious, people? [ScienceBlogs.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Boomer Ladies Love Their Books

  • Power to the lady boomers! In the first nine months of 2009, women ages 43 to 61 were the single biggest book buyers, followed by women ages 20 to 30. There’s bad news, though: the crappy economy has led 68 percent of women surveyed to cut their book purchases, meaning all your writer friends are probably poor. [Publisher's Weekly]
  • For a book author Sarah Palin isn’t doing too shabby: Going Rogue has sold over one million copies. Palin’s tour for Going Rogue recently wrapped up with a book signing in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska. [Alaska Daily News]
  • The Washington Post is still fixated on the 2008 election and why younger women didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. Um, because we liked Barack Obama (or John McCain) better?[Washington Post]

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