Today’s Lady News: Idaho Court Blocks Abortion Law

  • An Idaho woman won a court order on Friday to block a law that makes a woman who ends her own pregnancy a criminal. Jennie Linn McCormack was arrested and charged earlier this year for having an abortion with RU-486 pills she ordered online. By terminating her own pregnancy, McCormack ran afoul of a 1972 Idaho law. Enforcement of that law is now temporarily banned, pending a further ruling from the judge. The judge failed to advance a separate lawsuit by McCormack challenging Idaho’s ban on abortion after 20 weeks, claiming she no longer had legal standing to demonstrate she would be harmed by the law. [Wall Street Journal, Reuters]
  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF, has asked a Bronx court to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against him by a hotel maid who accused him of sexual assault. Strauss-Kahn claims he has diplomatic immunity and therefore cannot be sued. Prosecutors for the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, dropped criminal charges against him after she was found to have lied about some items on her immigration asylum paperwork. [The Griot]
  • After a recently published book accused the White House of being a sexist workplace, Vice President Joe Biden defended his boss on “The View” saying, “I look around … I don’t see any [sexism].” [The Hill]

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Today’s Lady News: On Being Over 50 And Pregnant

  • New York magazine has a controversial piece about whether it’s unethical — morally, biologically, etc. — to be 50+ and pregnant, which is now possible thanks to science. Rather than wrap my head around that conundrum, I’m going to marvel at what it must be like for this kid to have a big brother who’s 35 years older. [New York]
  • The first African woman to win a Nobel Prize has died at age 71. Wangari Maathai, an environmentalist and feminist, paid women to plant trees to fight erosion and create firewood. [New York Times]
  • Amber Rose says people hate on her all the time because she’s a woman. There’s probably a lot of truth to that. [Clutch Magazine]
  • Celebs who want you to know they are not feminists. [The Gloss]

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Women Can Vote And Run For Office, King Of Saudi Arabia Declares

Saudi Arabian women may now vote and run for office, King Abdullah declared on Sunday, ending a portion of the restriction on women’s rights in the region. Women in Saudi Arabia are still required to have a male chaperone (usually a male relative) to do most things and are still forbidden from driving. Therefore, the extent to which women actually can exercise their right to vote or to run for office may be limited. However, the king has indicated with this decree that the kingdom may be inching towards change. According to The New York Times, he told the country in an address, “We refuse to marginalize the role of women in Saudi society.” He added that women will be appointed to a government council that advises the monarchy on policy. Continue reading

How To Teach Boys To Be Feminists

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Recently, I wrote a blog post about teaching our girls to be feminists. But I also think boys should be taught what it is to be a feminist. A couple of years ago, I recall a conversation I had with my 13-year-old nephew who is quite intelligent and a bit beyond his years. He was saying that he and his friends had had a discussion about who had it easier, men or women. They decided that women did for various reasons. A huge conversation ensued, as you can imagine, with my nephew, his mother, his grandmother and grandfather, and me. I think decidedly, by the end of the talk, we might have changed his mind! But it was a great moment to have an intelligent discussion about gender and what it means to be male or female in today’s world.

There seems to be a lot more research being done lately about boys and gender stereotyping. Undoubtedly, we need boys who will grow up understanding and appreciating what it means to be female in our society as well as the world-at-large because they will benefit from that awareness and so will everyone else. There are plenty of adult men out there who support women’s rights and work equally as hard to continue to make sure that girls and minorities are at the forefront of the discourse about equal rights. The question is, are we raising boys who are sensitive to inequity, critical thinkers, and culturally aware? Continue reading

Crashed The Car? Gisele Says Tell Your Man In Your Skivvies


Ladies, you’re always doing silly lady things like crashing the car, or burning the steak, or going over your credit card spending limit, aren’t you? It makes your boyfriend/husband/obedience trainer so mad! But! Instead of delivering the bad news the normal, direct way, why not try stripping down to your adorable matching lingerie set to let him know his new Prius is now permanently inoperable? Isn’t that what Gloria Steinem taught us to do? [Copyranter] Continue reading

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

Sadly, Miss Jessica is still the ill communication so Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition again! Submit your own links to news articles and blog posts about women, girls, trans-identified people, gender roles, feminism or sexism in the comments. Just write a sentence or two summary explaining what the link is about and give everyone a heads up if it has language or imagery that’s NSFW. Speedy recovery, Jessica! Continue reading