Posts tagged "todays lady news"

Women Of Color Ask To Be Included In Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Program

Women and girls of color are asking to be included in President Obama's new program "My Brother's Keeper," which is aimed at young men of color. Over a 1,000 women and 200 men have signed letters saying young girls should be targeted in the program, too. [Washington Post] The New York Assembly passed the "Bo…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

Florida Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law criminalizing a second- or third-trimester abortion after a doctor has determined a fetus could survive outside the womb. The law also removes the woman's psychological distress as an exception for such an abortion.  [AP] The United States Senate is expected to approve $41 million to test thousands of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 18, 2014

Study: Judges With Daughters Are More In Favor Of Women’s Rights

A judge with one or more daughters is more likely to vote in favor of women's rights, according to a new study. See, personal experiences do influence judges. [New York Times] More millenial moms are single than married, according to new research from Johns Hopkins. [TIME] On how evictions hurt low-income women of color and…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

This Is How A Small Town In Arkansas Failed A Domestic Violence Victim

My friend Melissa Jeltsen has a piece on The Huffington Post about how the local criminal justice system in Arkansas failed Laura Aceves, a 21-year-old woman who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend. When she was killed, her ex had been out on bail for two prior attacks on Aceves, including aggravated assault; he had…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 16, 2014

911 Dispatcher Tells Sexual Assault Victim To “Quit Crying”

A 911 dispatcher in Columbia, Ohio, is being criticized for telling a woman who had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint to "quit crying" during the upsetting call. The 20-year-old was attacked after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning by a strange man who broke into a house and held a gun to her head. Although the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2014

Ruby Dee, Actress & Civil Rights Activist, Dies At 91

Ruby Dee, an actress in the 1961 film "A Raisin In The Sun" and a prominent civil rights activist, died yesterday at age 91. She was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and she appeared at the famous March On Washington in 1963.   She appeared in two of Spike…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 12, 2014

Another Woman Comes Forward Alleging Sexual Assault By Terry Richardson

Another woman has come forward regarding an alleged sexual assault by the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Following the news yesterday that New York magazine is doing a cover story about Richardson in which he would be portrayed sympathetically, a woman called "Anna" wrote into Jezebel claiming he pulled out his penis and whacked her i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2014

Boko Haram Reportedly Kidnaps Up To 40 More Women In Nigeria

As many as 40 more more women in Nigeria have reportedly been kidnapped by Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group responsible for kidnapping over 200+ schoolgirls in April. A local told AFP that young mothers were singled out and taken in this latest kidnapping. [Al Jazeera] The retrial for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2014

18-Year-Old Girl In Pakistan Survives Attempted “Honor Killing”

An 18-year-old girl in Pakistan survived an attempted "honor killing" for marrying the man she loved. Her father, brother, aunt and uncle shot her twice, stuffed her body in a sack, and dumped her body in a canal. Luckily, the victim was helped to safety by two passersby. However, recently a pregnant 25-year-old woman in

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2014

The UK Strengthens Female Genital Mutilation Legislation

A law in the UK punishing adults who carry out female circumcision (also called FGM or female genital mutilation) is being strengthened with a new amendment to include other adults, beyond British citizens and permanent residents, who take girls to be cut. The new legislation would punish "habitually resident" foreign citizens living in the UK with 14…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2014

Indian Minister On Rape: “Sometimes It’s Right, Sometimes It’s Wrong”

A minister in India's ruling party said about rape: "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong." [Guardian UK] Understanding rape in India means first understanding the caste system. [New York Times] Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed two clinics in southwest Iowa. [Des Moines Register] On being a victim of street harassment at eight month'…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

Meet The Doctor Who Performs Abortions In Wichita Following Dr. George Tiller’s Murder

Meet Chicago abortion provider Dr. Cheryl Chastine, who travels to Wichita, Kansas, every week to help women terminate pregnancies. Five years ago, Wichita doctor George Tiller was murdered at his church by an anti-abortion extremist. Dr. Chastine provides abortions at Tiller's former clinic, which reopened last year. [Democracy Now] The Supreme Court refused to sto…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

Three Georgia High School Student Athletes Charged For Alleged Post-Prom Sexual Assault

Three student athletes from Calhoun High School in Georgia have been charged with sexual battery after allegedly sexually assaulting a drunk 18-year-old girl after a post-prom party on May 11th. The alleged assault took place at a cabin in the woods of Gilmer County, where nearly 30 students partied and drank after prom. During the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

Girls Asked To Leave School Over Visible Bra Straps

As many as 30 girls were sent home from high schools in Canada last week for wearing sleeveless shirts or tank tops that exposed bra straps. At one high school, boys in sleeveless shirts were also sent home from school. However, the girls were specifically told that their bra straps would be a "distraction" for…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

Utah High School Photoshops “Modesty” Into Girls’ Yearbook Photos

A high school in Utah has Photoshopped longer sleeves and higher necklines onto female students in its yearbook. Student Shelby Baum, above, even had a tattoo on her collarbone airbrushed out of her photo. Baum and other female students said  that many other students had their pictures Photoshopped without their consent, which they say wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2014

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2014

Ex-Williams College Student Accuses School Of Mishandling Sexual Assault

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

A Reading List On Elliot Rodger, Misogyny & Toxic Masculinity

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: "Let's Call The Isla Vista Killings What They Were: Misogynist Extremism," by Laurie Penny, New Statesman "Elliot Rodger And Poisonous Ideals Of Masculinity," by Noah Berlatsky, TheAtlantic.com "Elliot Rodger And

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014

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

"Duke porn star" Belle Knox (real name: Miriam Weeks) penned an open letter to the late Alyssa Funke, the 19-year-old who committed suicide after her classmates harassed her for appearing in porn. [xoJane] A committee in the Louisiana's state house of representatives has advanced a bill that would keep a braindead pregnant woman on life…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 23, 2014

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 22, 2014
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