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Today’s Lady News: Afghan Women Protest Street Harassment In High Heels & Head Scarves

  • Afghan women held a protest in high heels and head scarves in Kabul today to protest street harassment. “The idea behind street harassment is that women should not be out of their houses,” organizer Noor Jahan Akbar, 19, told Reuters. [Reuters]
  • The actress Geena Davis was in D.C. yesterday lobbying for the Healthy Media for Youth Act, which would encourage positive role models for both girls and boys in children’s media. [Politico]
  • Turns out Michelle Obama is really hard to smear with racist bunk. [Salon]

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Today’s Lady News: U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Headed To The World Cup Final

  • The U.S. women’s soccer team is headed to the World Cup final! Let’s have a repeat of 1999! Goooooaaaaaal! [AP]
  • Oprah Winfrey named herself the CEO of OWN, her new television network, which debuted in January. Winfrey replaced her original CEO of OWN just two months ago. I guess she decided if you want something done right you have to do it yourself! [The Wrap]
  • Women in Oakland, California, respond to the race-baiting anti-abortion billboards that have sprung up in their city. I love the woman who says, “Definitely don’t put that on the sisters.” [Reproductive Justice Blog]
  • An all-girls football league is coming to New York City’s public high schools. [Gothamist]

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Today’s Lady News: Three Girls Win The Google Science Fair

  • Three girls are the winners of the Google Science Fair, a co-ed science competition. Lauren Hodge studied the effects of different marinades on the level of carcinogens in chicken (wait, is this something I should be afraid of?), Naomi Shah studied indoor air quality and asthma, and Grand Prize Winner Shree Bose studied ways to improve ovarian cancer treatment for women who have built up a resistance to chemotherapy drugs. You can read more about these amazing kids here. I am honestly blown away. Who says girls are bad at math and science?! [Geek Feminism]
  • Reminder: the BMI (body-mass index) is only a set of guidelines! [Already Pretty]
  • One atrocious finding of the UN Women’s 2011 Progress of the World’s Women report? For every dollar earned by a white man in America, a black woman earns an average of 39 percent less and a Latina earns an average of 48 percent less. [Think Progress]
  • Things you might believe about lesbians if all you knew about them was what you saw on reality TV. [Queerty]

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Today’s Lady News: New Hampshire Planned Parenthood Stops Dispensing Birth Control

  • Planned Parenthood of New Hampshire has stopped dispensing birth control because of budgetary issues. The state government, upset that Planned Parenthood clinics provide abortions, naturally yanked funding from the clinics, preventing them from providing services which could prevent women from having abortions. It makes so much sense. [Concord Monitor]
  • The New York Post‘s “scoop” that the hotel maid who accused ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was actually a prostitute is looking hella fishy. [Washington Post]
  • Why won’t the mainstream media call abortion clinic violence what it is: terrorism? [Slate]

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Today’s Lady News: Man Says Periods Make Women Workers Less Productive

  • A New Zealand man was fired from his leadership of a business group after he suggested that women are paid less because “once a month they have sick problems” and they also take time off to have kids. “I’m sorry, I don’t like saying these things because it sounds like I’m sexist, but it’s the facts of life,” said Alasdair Thompson. The kids thing makes slightly more sense, but blaming periods on productivity and using it as justification to pay women less is absurd. Also, who calls periods “sick problems”? Is that some kind of Kiwi thing? [BBC]
  • An anti-abortion group in Wisconsin has asked the state’s attorney general to stop the University of Wisconsin medical school from teaching med students how to perform abortions. Because, really, neglecting to teach doctors how to perform and/or respond to a widespread medical procedure is an excellent idea to promote health. [Think Progress]
  • The TSA is accused of demanding to search inside a black woman’s hair. [The Grio]
  • Pop culture’s most fascinating “weak female characters.” [Flavorwire]

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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Appoints Anti-Abortion Lawyer To State Medical Board

  • Oh, for f**k’s sake: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has appointed a lawyer for anti-abortion activists to the state’s medical board. Rick Macias has represented Operation Rescue, the biggest wackadoodle anti-abortion protest group in the country, which dogged the late abortion provider Dr. George Tiller until he was eventually murdered at his Wichita church. Macias has also represented Kansans For Life, another anti-abortion group. He’s truly an excellent appointment to the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which oversees the state’s abortion providers. My, my. What is the matter with Kansas? [Mother Jones]
  • President Obama has nominated an openly gay lesbian to West Point’s Board of Visitors. Brenda “Sue” Fulton is an alum of West Point’s first class to include lady cadets. [SheWired]
  • UN Women has released its first report, entitled “Progress Of The World’s Women.” [Tiger Beatdown]

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Today’s Lady News: Obedient Wives Club Spreads Through Southeast Asia

  • (Cue Stefan voice) Southeast Asia’s hottest club is the Obedient Wives Club, where Muslim women cure problems like domestic violence and prostitution by being “submissive” to their husbands and giving them whatever they want in the bedroom. Good luck with that, ladies. Let me know how it goes. [Guardian UK]
  • The 14 men and boys in Texas who are accused of gang-raping an 11-year-old girl in November appeared in court today. [Yahoo]
  • A bill requiring California’s public schools to include the contributions of gays, lesbians and transgender people in their history lessons is headed to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk. [Los Angeles Times]
  • If Casey Anthony were black. [Feministing]

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Today’s Lady News: Oregon Jail Says “No Bail, No Abortion”

  • A jail in Oregon won’t let a 23-year-old pregnant woman have an abortion unless she posts 1/10th of her $65,000 bail. You see, her abortion is not an “emergency.” Um, hello? This woman is being treated for mental health issues! She doused herself with paint thinner! And lighter fluid! She sure sounds like an excellent candidate for unwanted motherhood to me. Sigh. [Yamhill Valley News Register via Reproductive Rights Reality Check]
  • The hotel maid who accused Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former chief of the IMF, of sexual assault announced she will sue The New York Post and five of its reporters for libel after it published a story on Saturday claiming she was a prostitute. [Reuters]
  • Meanwhile, writer Tristane Banon has filed a complaint accusing Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in 2003. [Los Angeles Times]

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Today’s Lady News: Italian Company Fires All Women “So They Can Stay Home” With Kids

  • When an Italian company Ma-Vib faced budget problems, it fired all 13 of its female employees and justified it claiming the women could stay home with their kids now: “We are firing the women so they can stay at home and look after the children. In any case, what they bring in is a second income.” I can’t even deal with the sexist … and the stupid … and the brain freeze … [Jezebel]
  • Slightly less worse than yesterday but still terrible: Kansas is denying a license to all but one of its abortion clinics temporarily today. The Planned Parenthood clinic in Overland Park, Kansas, is the only abortion provider to remain open. [Mother Jones]
  • Eleven highly dubious diets that people actually tried. [The Hairpin]

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Today’s Lady News: Kansas Denies Planned Parenthood License To Perform Abortions

  • The state of Kansas has denied Planned Parenthood a license to perform abortions, which means it is temporarily the only state in the nation where Planned Parenthood clinics have this restriction. This is terrifying, people. [NPR]
  • Rhode Island’s state Senate has advanced a bill to legalize civil unions. It now heads to the governor’s desk, where Gov. Lincoln Chaffee, an independent, has said he will sign it. [Think Progress]
  • Hotel maids are taking self-defense classes, following the recent alleged sexual assault of a New York City hotel maid by the former IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn. [New York Post]
  • Seven underrated female comedy writers to watch. [The Mary Sue]

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