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Only 30 Percent Women: Google Releases Data About Their (Lack Of) Diversity

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  • Google released information yesterday about diversity within its workforce — and if you guessed that the majority of their employees “white” and “male,” you win a prize! According to data from January 2014 onward, 70 percent of its workforce are men and 30 percent are women. Sixty-one percent are white, 30 percent are Asian, three percent are Hispanic, and two percent are Black. “[W]e’re the first to admit that Google is miles from where we want to be—and that being totally clear about the extent of the problem is a really important part of the solution,” they wrote in the post. While I agree there is much to be improved, I commend Google about their transparency. [Google Official Blog] Keep reading »

Ex-Williams College Student Accuses School Of Mishandling Sexual Assault

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  • Lexie Brackenridge, a former student at Williams College in Massachusetts, wrote a piece for the school newspaper about the school’s conduct after  she was sexually assaulted by a classmate in 2012. Williams College officials discouraged her from going to the police about her assault and instead asked her to handle it internally. The school suspended her assailant, a 21-year-old who played for the school’s hockey team, but allowed him to re-enroll after three semesters. Meanwhile, Brackenridge, who has since transferred to Columbia, was harassed by his teammates from the hockey team; when she informed the deans of the harassment, they brushed it off. In response to Brackenridge’s piece, some Williams alumni have announced they are are withholding their donations from the school. [f Higher Ed; Boston Globe]
  • A Change.org petition is asking the Doubletree Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, not to host the first-ever international men’s rights activist conference. [Change.org] Keep reading »

A Reading List On Elliot Rodger, Misogyny & Toxic Masculinity

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There have been so many pieces analyzing UC Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger and his extreme misogyny towards women. Here are a few must-read pieces:

Today’s Lady News will return to its normal news-roundup column tomorrow. 

“Duke Porn Star” Belle Knox Pens An Open Letter To Alyssa Funke

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Iran Freaks Out Over Actress’ Kiss On The Cheek At Cannes

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  • Iranian actress Leila Hatami got a kiss on the cheek from Gilles Jacob, the president of the Cannes Film Festival, and all hell broke loose. Iran’s deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance chastised Hatami, saying that the Iranian woman should be “a symbol of chastity and innocence.” [The National AE]
  • Louisiana’s state legislature advanced a bill yesterday that would require doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, which would force three of the state’s five abortion clinics to close. [New York Times] Keep reading »

80 U.S. Troops Will Search For Kidnapped Nigerian Girls

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Judge Struck Down Pennsylvania Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

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  • A federal judge struck down Pennsylvania’s law banning same-sex marriage today, calling it unconstitutional. PA’s Democratic attorney general said she wouldn’t defend the 1996 law, as she found it unconstitutional as well. Congratulations, PA couples who can now get married!  [NBC News]
  • A man who drugged and raped his wife for three years and filmed it all on his phone has only gotten eight years of home confinement as punishment. [Feministing]
  • Blogger Shanelle Matthews on why California should appeal the Maximum Family Grant rule, which forbids financial support to babies who are born into families receiving welfare. [RH Reality Check] Keep reading »

Occupy Wall Street Protestor Cecily McMillan Sentenced To 90 Days In Prison

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  • Occupy Wall Street protestor Cecily McMillan has been sentenced to three months in prison for elbowing a police officer in the face after he allegedly grabbed one of her breasts during an arrest. Nine jurors had written to the judge and asked him to show McMillan leniency. [Guardian UK]
  • An 11-year-old girl in Senegal who was raped and impregnated with twins has given birth. She child was denied an abortion because of a countrywide ban. She said she’s angry at her rapist “because he has stopped me from going to school.” [Guardian UK]

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Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Accused Of Drugging & Raping Nine Women

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  • A former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints is in court today facing accusations of sexual assault. Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least nine women in five different states: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The women tell disturbingly similar stories of going someplace alone with him, taking a drink, and blacking out. Creepily, Sharper has been active in promoting football-related events for women, such as breast cancer awareness, and appeared in a book about NFL players dedicated to their daughters. [New York Times]
  • The Senate has confirmed Niane Humetewa as the first-ever Native American woman to be a federal judge. Judge Humetewa, who is from the Hopi tribe, will serve in Arizona. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Missouri Legislature Advances 3-Day Waiting Period For Abortion

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  • A Missouri bill mandating a three-day waiting period for an abortion is now sitting on the governor’s desk. The state’s Republican-controlled legislature advanced the bill, which would require a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to meet with her doctor and then wait three days, even if she is a victim of incest or rape. Such anti-choice bills make it harder and more expensive for women to obtain abortions. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has not indicated whether he’ll sign the bill. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Teen girls in Nigeria who escaped the kidnapping by Boko Haram, an Islamist extremist group, open up about the horror they experienced. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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