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Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortion

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  • Democratic Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed legislation requiring a woman to wait 72 hours before terminating a pregnancy. Such bills are meant to curb access to abortion, because women often have to travel a long distance and thus make multiple trips over several days. Gov. Nixon said he vetoed the bill because it contained no exemptions for rape and incest victims. [Fox4KC]
  • Supporters of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision have a wonderful idea for women’s birth control: keep their legs closed. [Cosmopolitan]
  • TIME reporter Jessica Roy endured A Voice For Men’s recent “men’s rights” conference in suburban Michigan and lived to tell about it. [TIME] Keep reading »

Female Dentist’s Assistant Fired For Being Too Hot

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  • After a female dental assistant was fired from her job because her male boss was worried that he would have an affair with her, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled the lay-off legal! [Talking Points Memo]
  • Asshole Jesse Watters mocked almost every person he interviews during his “Watters’ World” segment at NY’s Mermaid Parade, held in Coney Island every summer. [Media Matters
  • The Pixies filmed their latest music video and it’s questionably racist and misogynist. [In These Times] Keep reading »
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Megyn Kelly Opens A Can Of Whoop-Ass On Judgy-Wudgy Fox News Guest

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Do they really parent that differently from stay-at-home moms? Read More »
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Preach It, Sister
  • Watch Fox News’ Megyn Kelly decimate her pompous blowhard guest, who is judgmentally arguing that stay-at-home-moms are “better” for all kids. Erick Erickson is the editor of a conservative website who wrote a piece — in response to a Pew report this week that 40 percent of moms are family breadwinners [second item] — which Kelly rightfully found “offensive.” Erickson argued that moms working outside the home are against science and harmful to kids; a full report on the sexist drivel is here at Media Matters.  The way Kelly hands him his classist, sexist ass on a silver platter is glorious. [Huffington Post]
  • Three US Navy football players are under investigation for alleged sexual assault. [US News & World Reports]
  • NYMag.com’s Ann Friedman on why powerful women make the greatest friends. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »

Minnesota’s Rep. Peggy Scott Says “My Heart Breaks” Over Marriage Equality Win

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  • Minnesota’s state House has advanced a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage … [Feminist.org]
  • … which has one Minnesota Republican named Rep. Peggy Scott very upset. “My heart breaks for Minnesota,” she said. Deal with it. [Raw Story]
  • Microsoft has named Amy Hood as its first-ever female CFO. [The Daily Beast]
  • Here’s how to participate in a national call-in for Kiera Wilmot, the teen girl in Florida who was expelled, arrested and charged with a felony all for a science project gone wrong. [Crunk Feminist Collective]
  • ABC News producer Dawn Ennis has come out to her colleagues as transgender, asking now to be referred to as “Dawn” instead of “Don,” and henceforth dressing in her gender at the office. [Cosmopolitan] Keep reading »

UPDATE: Today’s Lady News: BareMinerals Has Men Carry Creepy “You Look Beautiful Sweaty” Signs At Marathon

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  • [UPDATE, May 2: BareMinerals has apologized for the signs, saying they did not "translate" well, and adding "Please rest assured that these signs will not be used going forward on the Go Bare tour." — CollectiveAction DC] Now here’s a corporate stunt that failed to land: the makeup brand BareMinerals had “DC fraternity boys” (their own phrasing) hold signs at this weekend’s Nike Women Half Marathon in Washington, D.C. Sounds innocuous, right? Well, the signs read stuff like “You look beautiful sweaty” (creepy!) and “Cute running shoes!” (Um, thanks?)  If what they wanted was encouragement, they could have chosen slogans that don’t focus on how you look — especially since “You look beautiful sweaty” totally sounds like some creepy comment a dude would make catcalling you. Getting people to cheer on runners would have been a sweet idea. But “frat boys” telling you how attractive you look while running a marathon? FAIL. We must always make the frat boys happy, mustn’t we? Who planned this event, Rebecca Martinson? [Collective Action DC, Facebook.com/BareMinerals]
  • A conservative group is calling up voters in South Carolina and asking, “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch [the Democratic contender] if I told you she had an abortion?” SLEAZY. [Think Progress]
  • A brief history of “women aren’t funny.” [Bitch Magazine] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Reader Submission Edition!

Jessica is off today, which means Today’s Lady News will be a reader submission edition! 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. (And links do get posted in comments — just be patient!) Jess will be back Monday!

Mattel Says “No” To Harlem Mother’s Petition For A Black Barbie Party Supply Line

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Black Barbie Party Line
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A mom appeals to Mattel to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie. Read More »
  • If I could go back in time and stop little five-year-old Sarah from supporting Mattel, I would.  The company told mother Karen Braithwaite – who had appealed to the company to make party supplies featuring a Black Barbie – that they would not do so because it’s not profitable.  COME ON, MATTEL.  I guess I’m not surprised, but still, it’s disappointing. [Uptown Magazine]
  • The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted to include gay teens in its “Romeo and Juliet” law which protects young heterosexual couples over the age of 14 from being charged with sex crimes.  Though the law faces a larger hurdle to pass in the main body of the Texas State Senate, the removal of “opposite sex” in the law’s language marks a big step. [Huffington Post]
  • Alaska’s state senate passed a bill narrowing who qualifies to have Medicaid cover an abortion.  Currently, the law covers all “medically necessary” procedures, but if this bill becomes law it would limit Medicaid coverage to those who have suffered rape or incest, or those who are at “serious risk” from continuing a pregnancy, according to KToo.org. [Ktoo.org] Keep reading »

6 Things To Know About The UN’s Commission On The Status Of Women

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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
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March is Women’s History Month, and this Friday is International Women’s Day. (And March is  my birth month — so many reasons to celebrate!) Fitting then that this week  kicked off the start of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women:  10 days focused on promoting women’s rights worldwide.

What is this commission all about?  Six essential things to know about it after the jump:

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A Pill You Only Take When You Know You’re Getting Laid?

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While there are many positive side effects from taking a once-daily birth control pill — no more heavy periods, no more acne, less intense menstrual cramps — the main purpose, as the name suggests, is to prevent pregnancies.  It is just one of many forms of contraception used by those who are not ready to have children.

Yet those on the Pill can attest that the potential for human error is high.  The Pill’s effectiveness is reduced if a dose is skipped or even taken outside a specific margin of time.  The Guttmacher Institute reports that 54 percent of women who have had abortions say they’ve used some form of contraception (usually the Pill or a condom), and of once-daily pill users who had abortions, 76 percent said they used them inconsistently. At last, there might be hope for the fair-weather BC pill user! Keep reading »

Good News: The Senate Passed The Violence Against Women Act (Again)

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  • The Senate passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act by a wide majority of 78-22 yet again.  The measure first  passed in 1994 was up for reauthorization in 2012; however, in April 2012 the Senate passed a similar bill, which failed in the House of Representatives due to measures added to extend protections to Native American women, undocumented immigrants and same-same sex couples.  According to Politico, the 2013 bill has minimal changes besides dropping a portion that would “grant U visas to undocumented immigrant women who had been abused.”  Here’s hoping this finally passes the House! [Politico]
  • Reportedly there is some pressure from Republicans to get VAWA passed:  Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor were sent a letter by 17 Congressmen from their own caucus urging them to “immediately reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.” [NYMag.com Huffington Post]
  • France’s legalization of same-sex marriage moved one step further: a measure extending marriage and adoption rights to gay couples passed the National Assembly 329-229. [CNN] Keep reading »
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