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Today’s Lady News: Aussies Won’t Let Lesbian Teen Take Her GF To School Dance

  • Hannah Williams, 16, of Melbourne, Australia, says she can’t bring her 15-year-old girlfriend Savannah Supski to the school’s formal dance, but that she could bring a male date instead. Girl, you should call up Constance McMillen, that Mississippi lesbian who got the ACLU to sue her school district and won! [Queerty]
  • Rev. Flip Benham, a conservative pastor in North Carolina, was found guilty yesterday of stalking abortion providers. Benham is responsible for putting up posters which read “WANTED” over the faces of doctors who do abortions and give out addresses. Benham claimed the posters were allowed under free speech, but doctors said the Wild West-style posters are a threat. [Charlotte Observer]
  • For the first time ever, more women than men earned doctoral degrees during the ’08-’09 school year. The ladies also earned six out of ten master’s degree that year. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Why George W. Bush Opposes Abortion

  • In an interview with Matt Lauer, President George W. Bush said that he became anti-abortion when his mother, Barbara Bush, showed him a fetus in a jar that she had just miscarried. A fetus in a jar, people! Dubya wrote about the incident in his new memoir, Decision Points, and told Lauer, “There’s no question that affected me, a philosophy that we should respect life.” He drove his mother to the hospital after the miscarriage and she gave him permission to recount this story in his memoirs. [Telegraph UK]
  • Actress Jill Clayburgh, who portrayed strong, feminist women onscreen, passed away on Friday at the age of 66. She received an Oscar nomination for 1978′s “An Unmarried Woman” about a woman who puts her life back together after her husband leaves her. [New York Times]
  • CNN covered the #ihadanabortion hashtag on Twitter, just like we did! [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Duke Greeks Hosted Slutty Halloween Parties

  • Two Greek societies at Duke University sent Halloween party invitations to students that some say are inappropriate. Fraternity Sigma Nu implored women to dress as “a slutty nurse, a slutty doctor, a slutty schoolgirl, or just a total slut,” while Alpha Delta Pi’s email read, “Dear bitches, I mean witches.” (Note: Alpha Delta Pi is a sorority, but the Daily News article describes it as a “the off-campus fraternity Alpha Delta Pi.”) I don’t know, but I don’t find this that offensive. It’s just Halloween, people. [New York Daily News]
  • Clark Atlanta University will open The Domestic Violence Prevention Leadership Academy at its school of social work, partially with funding from Verizon, to train students to research the issue. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
  • TIME spoke with Dr. Warren Hern, the last remaining abortion provider who publicly admits to doing late-term abortions. “I have been committed to this work since I started in 1973. I will continue doing it,” Hern said. “The people who disagree should leave me alone. It is the clear policy of the American anti-abortion movement to kill every doctor who does abortions. It is not a secret.” [TIME]

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Today’s Lady News: “Apprentice” Contestants Accuse Donald Trump Of Inappropriate Comments

  • Two contestants on “The Apprentice” have accused host Donald Trump of making sexist and inappropriate comments in the boardroom. “So much of the boardroom discussion concerned the appearance of the female contestants — discussing the female contestants’ looks — who he found to be hot,” said Mahsa Saeidi-Azcuy, the woman whom Trump “fired” last week. “[Trump] asked the men to rate the women — he went down the line and asked the guys, ‘Who’s the most beautiful on the women’s team?’” Added contestant Gene Folkes, “I think it was most uncomfortable when he had one [female] contestant come around the board table and twirl around.” I am shocked — shocked! — that the man who owns the Miss Universe organization would be accused of this behavior. [New York Post]
  • A record number of female candidates ran for Congress this Election Day, with 152 female candidates winning their primaries, according to Women’s Policy, Inc. However, only 87 women will be in the Senate and House of Representatives when Congress does its business after January — three less than before. This ends a 30+ year run of more and more women in the two chambers each session. Depressing! [Politics Daily, CNN Opinion]
  • Jeanne Ruby, the French woman who ripped off a Muslim woman’s veil in a so-called “burqa rage,” has been ordered to pay $1,140 to the Muslim lady she attacked at store in Paris. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: New Mexico Elects First-Ever Latina Governor

  • Susana Martinez of New Mexico was elected last night as the first Latina governor in American history. You can read about other women who won — or lost — in yesterday’s election in my story “The Ladies Of Election Day.” [MSN]
  • Voters in Colorado rejected a “fetal personhood” proposal that would have given a fetus the legal status of a person and therefore criminalized all abortions. [Washington Post]
  • A Washington anti-abortion extremist has been sentenced to home confinement for 180 days for terrorizing an abortion provider and his family. Donald Hertz will also serve five years probation for threatening Dr. Warren Hern of Colorado and Hern’s 92-year-old mother during three weeks after the murder of Kansas abortion provider, Dr. George Tiller. [Ms. Magazine]

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Today’s Lady News: School Board Member Resigns After Making Bigoted Comments About Gay Kids

  • A Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, school board member resigned from his position last week after he wrote bigoted comments on his Facebook page on October 20th, the day activists around the country wore purple to show solidarity with gay and lesbian youth who killed themselves. “Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves,” Clint McCance wrote. “The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.” (Note: Horrendous types typos [HAHA look at that typo I made while pointing out his typos!!! -- Extremely Tired Editor] and grammar all his.) McCance apologized and told Anderson Cooper, “I don’t wish death on anyone.” [MSNBC]
  • Anti-choice female governors are poised for victory during today’s elections. Yikes! [WomensEnews]
  • Watch feminist icon Gloria Steinem explain how today’s election will affect women — probably, in her view, for the worst. [Big Think]

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Today’s Lady News: Get Your Ha-Has With Tonight’s “Women Of SNL” Special

  • Don’t forget: Tonight is “Saturday Night Live”‘s “Women Of SNL” special, airing on NBC from 9-11 p.m. Expect original material from favorites like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Molly Shannon, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. [NBC]
  • A panel of experts is reviewing the kind of preventive care for women should be covered by under the new health care laws and it’s possible birth control pills will be included. (Thanks to reader becboo84 for the link!) [AP]
  • A man in Washington State was sentenced to five years probation for threatening the family of a doctor who performs late-term abortions. [Washington Post]

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Today’s Lady News: Jury Acquits Rapist Who Climbed In Window With A Knife

  • Good news, ladies! A man who broke through a woman’s kitchen window and raped her at knife point has been acquitted by a jury. Timothy West broke into a stranger’s house at 1:30 a.m. and raped her while her family slept elsewhere in the house. When he was finished, he asked for her number, and she saw an opportunity to help the police catch him so she gave it to him. The victim’s brother called 911 after he left and she can be heard crying in the background. Police secretly recorded their conversation when West called her the next day and said — get this — “I do apologize from the bottom of my heart. … You mad at me? I can’t call you no more?” The victim agreed to meet him at a Dunkin Donuts that night, but when he showed up, police were waiting and arrested him. A jury acquitted this fine human being because they assumed she must have known the victim and invited him over. Let me repeat this: They didn’t believe her. I know all my hookups come in via the kitchen window holding a knife! Timothy West is currently in jail serving out the rest of an unrelated sentence for burglary. And then he’ll be back on the streets. Good job, justice system. [Jezebel]

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Today’s Lady News: Joy Behar Told Sharron Angle To “Go To Hell, B-Word”

  • Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle is one of the scariest politicians I know of. She believes a woman or girl who got pregnant via incest or rape should be forced to give birth — but Joy Behar should not have called her a “bitch” and said Angle is “going to hell.” “The View” aired Sharron Angle’s latest TV commercial, which some say portrays Latinos as a threat to white people. When it was done airing, Behar called Angle “a moron on top of being evil” and said she’s “going to hell, this bitch.” Point taken, Joy, but calling a female politician a bee-yotch? Not helpful. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Activists are holding a Big Fat Kiss-In outside of Marie Claire‘s offices tomorrow (Friday) to protest against that blog post by writer Maura Kelly in which she said she’s “grossed out” by fat people. The kiss-in starts at 6 p.m. and will be at Hearst Tower on 57th Street at 8th Ave. in New York City. [StacyBias.net]
  • Asked by Diane Sawyer how many women would be enough for the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, “Nine. There’ve been nine men there for a long time, right? So why not nine women?” [Women & Politics]

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Today’s Lady News: Abortion Providers Depicted In “Wanted” Posters In NC

  • Abortion providers in North Carolina have seen their faces depict on “WANTED” fliers like old Wild West notices for fugitives from the law. The posters are made by Operation Save America, a group that opposes legal abortion and protests outside of clinics in the Charlotte area. It’s against federal law to threaten force to prevent clinic access and an appeals court in 2002 ruled that similar “WANTED” posters violated that law; however, that ruling is only applicable to that court’s jurisdiction. The “WANTED” fliers have depicted many past and present abortion providers, including the late Dr. George Tiller of Wichita, Kansas, who was assassinated by an extremist in May 2009. [CBS News]
  • The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the poet/author Maya Angelou’s archive, which includes 343 boxes of personal papers, including letters from Malcolm X, James Baldwin, and Coretta Scott King. [Black Voices]

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