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Today’s Lady News: Golf Gal Wins Sexual Discrimination Lawsuit

  • A Massachusetts judge has ruled in favor of golfer Elaine Joyce, in a sexual discrimination lawsuit she filed against the town of Dennis, MA. In 2007, Joyce was banned from playing in a men’s tournament at the town’s municipal Dennis Pines Golf Course despite the fact she has a single-digit handicap. Last week, a judge ruled the club violated Joyce’s civil rights. Golf course club officials have since changed their rules to allow women to compete in men’s tournaments. [AP]
  • Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry signed three bills placing restrictions on abortion into law this morning. One bill bans abortions based on a child’s gender, one allows medical employees to refuse to participate in abortions if it is against their religious beliefs, and one regulates the administration of RU-486, the abortion pill. [Tulsa World]
  • Jay-Z and Russell Simmons will rally this weekend at a “Stop The Violence” rally in Trenton, New Jersey, organized after a 7-year-old girl was sold for sex by her sister and gang-raped by numerous people at a March 28 party. So far, five men and boys have been arrested and police say they are seeking additional suspects. Ludacris and Chuck D. will also deliver taped messages to the rally’s attendees. [AllHipHop.com]

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Today’s Lady News: Lilith Fair Drops Reproductive Rights Group Off Charity List

  • Lilith Fair has dropped the National Abortion Rights Action League Pro-Choice North Carolina, as well as several so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” from its Choose Your Charity Contest. Four days ago, the women’s music festival listed NARAL, several maternity homes, and several CPCs, as potential grantees of the charity contest. Abortion supporters complained, saying that CPCs (which often are located near abortion clinics) provide inaccurate information to women to dissuade them from having an abortion. Today, Lilith Fair announced it would be dropping the CPCs, as well as NARAL, from the list. However, at least one women’s health center that provides abortion was left on the list. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • Next week, Austin, Texas, will consider a proposed ordinance for so-called “crisis pregnancy centers” which will require them to notify visitors that they don’t make referrals for contraception or abortion. If the ordinance passes, Austin would become the second city, after Baltimore, Maryland, to require CPCs to clarify that they do not provide medical services. [Austin Chronicle]
  • More women than ever will be orbiting in space on Monday morning, after NASA launches three women on the shuttle Discovery. One woman is already circling the Earth in a Russian capsule. Two of the women will become the 53rd and 54th women in space. [AP]

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Today’s Lady News: Mississippi Will Vote On Abortion Ban In 2011

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  • Mississippi voters will mull a proposed ban on abortions in their 2011 election, since abortion opponents collected enough signatures to put the proposal on the ballot. [AP]
  • Scott Roeder, an anti-abortion extremist and the murderer of Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, is to be sentenced today. Dr. Tiller was one of the few late-term abortion providers in the nation. [Reuters]
  • American University’s student newspaper, the Eagle, has said it will apologize for running a column by 20-year-old student Alex Knepper, who took issue with women who say they are date raped. Activists have called Knepper and the student paper “date rape apologists” after he wrote that a woman who goes to a frat party, has five drinks, and goes back to a man’s room “is indicating that she wants sex” and should not “cry ‘date rape’” the next day. [Washington Post]
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Today’s Lady News: Former Goldman Sachs VP Sues Over Getting “Mommy Tracked”

This originally posted yesterday at 6:30 pm, but then there was some sort of snafu and a bunch of text deleted. Anyway, here’s yesterday’s Lady News, uh, today. — Editor Amelia

  • Charlotte Hanna, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, is suing the company for setting her on a “mommy track,” which she says led to her getting fired while on maternity leave. Hanna was hired at Goldman Sachs in 1998 and promoted to vice president two years later. Her lawsuit claims, however, that she was demoted in 2005 after she returned from her first maternity leave and was fired while on her second maternity leave in 2009. “When Ms. Hanna decided to take the ‘off-ramp’ provided by the firm to devote time to her children, there was no ‘on-ramp’ that enabled her to return to full-time employment,” her lawsuit states. “Essentially, the ‘off-ramp’ was a direct path to a mommy-track that ultimately derailed Ms. Hanna’s career.” [Reuters]
  • Today’s featured entry on Wikipedia.org is about “wife selling.” Interesting. [Wikipedia.org]

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Today’s Lady News: Photographer Says Facebook Removed Her Breast Photos

  • Australian photographer Gemma Rose-Turnbull says a Facebook administrator removed two of her photographs from the site’s “Photos” section because they depicted exposed breasts. One photograph showed a baby being breastfed, while the other showed a topless middle-age woman. Turnbull also had “sexy” photographs, such as from a wet T-shirt contest, which were left up by administrators. “I’ve spent five years doing this project and it really has validated it for me that mainstream media says that young, sexualized breasts are okay and that breasts that fall outside those dimensions are not okay,” Turnbull said. “So we don’t want to see old breasts. We don’t want to see breasts being used to feed babies.” [ABC.net.au]
  • An Illinois judge lifted a restraining order on a “parental notification” law yesterday. “Parental notification” require the parents of a teenage girl to be notified about her abortion within 48 hours of the procedure. Although the judge lifted the restraining order, he approved a grace period for appeals to the law to be worked through in court. [AP]
  • Colorado Governor Bill Ritter signed a bill yesterday forbidding insurance companies on the individual insurance market to charge higher rates to women than men. Ritter said gender discrimination has allowed insurance companies to charge women rates 60 percent higher than those for men. [New York Times]

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Today’s Lady News: ACLU Challenges Nevada’s Attempt To Call A Fetus A “Person”

  • The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Nevada Supreme Court on Friday to challenge a ballot initiative seeking to ban abortions by calling a fetus a “person.” The initiative would change the Nevada Constitution by adding this: “In the great state of Nevada, the term ‘person’ applies to every human being.” The ACLU has alleged that the wording is so vague, it may not be clear to voters that the initiative is actually intended to criminalize abortion. [Nevada Sun]
  • According to a new poll by The Washington Post, 55 percent of Americans view Sarah Palin unfavorably, compared with 37 percent who view her favorably. [The Washington Post]
  • Two female suicide bombers are being blamed in the terrorist attack on Russia’s subway system this morning. Police suspect the women might have been “black widows” from a group of Chechen rebels. [CNN]

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Today’s Lady News: Sarah Palin Stumps For McCain This Weekend

  • Today and tomorrow, Sarah Palin will hit the campaign trail in Arizona with her former running mate, Sen. John McCain, who is up for reelection. [CNN]
  • This May, Palin will also give the keynote address at an anti-abortion fundraiser in Washington, D.C. She’ll be speaking to donors to the Susan B. Anthony List. [Politico]
  • Yesterday, health advisers to the Food and Drug Administration met to discuss the skin cancer risks of tanning beds and mulled over banning artificial tanning for those under age 18. You can read more here about the “tanning tax” in Obama’s health care reform bill. [AP]
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Today’s Lady News: Quebec Considers Restrictions For Women With Face-Covering Muslim Veils

  • Quebec Premier Jean Charest has introduced legislation that would forbid Muslim women from giving or receiving public services while wearing a niqab, or a face-covering veil. Charest said that wearing other religious symbols, like a head-covering veil or a cross, would be allowed, but a concealed face is inappropriate. Critics, however, say the proposed ban is racially and religiously discriminatory. [Toronto Star]
  • Police in London issued their first warning to a male employee at Heathrow over the airport’s X-ray security scanner. They issued a harassment warning to a 25-year-old male who made a crude remark about a colleague’s breasts when she walked through the scanner. [AFP]
  • President Obama is allegedly trying to tackle an image problem — that his administration is a “boys’ club” that makes women feel excluded. Late last year, he invited the highest-ranking women on his staff to dinner at the White House to ask their opinions personally. The “boys club” criticism gained traction last year after Obama hosted several basketball and golf games with all- or mostly-male groups of staff. One senior official, who was at the dinner, told the AP that the women said they felt the men who were hanging out with Obama in less formal settings had more access to him. [AP]

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Today’s Lady News: Wisconsin Women Say They Were Not “Allowed To Speak” At Church Meeting

  • Leaders of a church meeting at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, Wisconsin, have been accused of not allowing women to speak during a discussion about firing the principal of the church’s school. The principal, John Hartwig, was fired on Sunday; Hartwig had been vocal about his belief that women should be treated more respectfully within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Church. Women who were at the meeting to discuss Hartwig’s firing said their questions during the meeting had to be asked by men. On Tuesday, the reverend of the church released a statement, saying, “We have a wide number of households and a representative spiritual leadership of males who were asked to speak on behalf of their families so the meeting would not be over five hours.” [WISC Madison]
  • Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief foreign correspondent, was recently hired by ABC News to host the Sunday morning talk show “This Week.” But in an online chat with readers, The Washington Post‘s TV critic, Tom Shales, criticized “that hair of hers — yipe.” Shales added, “What’s the deal with that, as David Letterman might say.” [Washington Post]
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Today’s Lady News: Is Nancy Pelosi The Most Powerful Woman In History?

  • After the passage of health care reform, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is being called the “most powerful woman in history” from a variety of media outlets, from The Economist to The Drudge Report. [NPR]
  • A breast cancer prevention slogan at a Polish hospital in Opole which reads “I check the breasts of my workers on my own” has upset women’s rights activists. [Reuters]
  • “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera says she ignores criticism of her weight and thinks it’s “ridiculous” people even discuss it. Really, because people are criticizing the star of “Real Women Have Curves” for her … curves? [PopEater]
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