Posts tagged "women news"

Matt Lauer Asks General Motors’ Mary Barra If She Can Be Both CEO And A Good Mom

"Today Show" host Matt Lauer interviewed General Motors' CEO Mary Barra this morning and asked about her leadership of a struggling company as a woman and the fact that she has three kids at home. Lauer may have meant to give Barra a platform to discuss the sexist assumptions behind his questions. (And to be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2014

Diane Sawyer Leaves ABC’s “World News” Anchor Desk

Diane Sawyer is leaving the anchor desk of ABC's "World News" and will be replaced by David Muir. This means that all three major nightly news shows will be hosted by dudes. [The Wire] A federal judge overturned Utah's ban on same-sex marriage! And in Indiana, too! [New York Times; USA Today] NBC Universal ha…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2014

President Obama Speaks Out In Support Of Paid Maternity Leave

President Obama spoke out yesterday in support of paid maternity leave and paid family leave. "There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave," the president said. "That is us. And that is not the list you want to be on by your lonesome." [Yahoo] Islamic extremists Boko…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2014

The Soapbox: Pharrell Curates Women As Objects In Parisian Art Show

Yoko Ono's breasts, a model's ass, and a vagina are front in center at an art show in Paris. It would be just another day in the art world if the person behind it wasn't one of hip hop's greatest assets. Which begs the question: Does Pharrell Williams have a woman problem? The Oscar-nominated musicia…

By: Lyneka Little / June 24, 2014

Sudan Frees Woman Sentenced To Death For Refusing To Renounce Christianity

Sudan has freed Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, a Sudanese woman who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for not renouncing her Christian faith. Ibrahim was born to a Muslim father but was raised Christian, and then married a Christian man. Sudan lives under Sharia law and considers women the same religion as their…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

Iranians Break Taboo To Watch World Cup Together In Public

Breaking a cultural taboo, men and women in Iran have been watching the World Cup together in public. The genders are not supposed to mingle in public (and women have been banned from attending most sports events since 1979), but several restaurants and bars have been airing the games for everyone to watch. [CNN] The…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 23, 2014

Women In The Workplace Is “A Problem,” Says Morocco’s Prime Minister

The Prime Minister of Morocco recently spoke out against advancements for women, bemoaning how us ladies aren't embracing the "sacred status that God gave to women" by finding "time to get married, to be mothers, or to educate their children." Society, it is crumbling. [New York Times] NBC allegedly refused to air ads for the

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

James Madison University Punished Students For Sexual Assault With Ban From Campus After Graduation

James Madison University in Virginia allowed three frat boys found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman and distributing video of it to stay on campus until graduation, even for years. According to the Huffington Post, Sarah Butters, then a sophomore and a sorority member, was sexually assaulted in Panama City, Florida, on a spring break…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

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

Major Newspaper Drops Columnist George Will Over Offensive Sexual Assault Column

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper has dropped conservative columnist George Will in part due to his recent column arguing that being a rape victim is a "coveted status" on a college campus that "confers privileges." The newspaper insinuated that Will's column had been on the chopping block for awhile but this sexual assault column "made…

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

U Of Washington Student Vowed To Be “The Next Elliot Rodger”

A University of Washington student was arrested on Saturday afternoon after writing comments online that he intended to be "the next Elliot Rodger" and he would "make sure I kill only women."…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

8 Things I’ve Learned After Getting Lots Of Emails About Sexual Assault

Last week, The Frisky published an essay by an anonymous writer about her rape. She wrote about the absurdity of columnist George Will's allegation that being a victim of sexual assault confers certain privileges. Activists have responded to Will's inane, offensive piece with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege, snarkily writing about all the ways that they've "benefitted"…

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

Coming To A Bar Bathroom Near You: Pregnancy Tests!

Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the United States, so apparently, the obvious solution to lawmakers is to put free pregnancy tests in the restrooms of local bars so women can make sure there's no bun in the oven before they order a beer. I don't know about you, but

By: Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

These Girls Are Using Art To Combat Street Harassment And I’m Loving It

The awesome ladies behind the non-profit Hollaback have turned to art as a method of fighting back against street harassment. Hollaback NYC held a "Girl Power" art workshop in a Brooklyn park recently which encouraged its tween and teen participants to create visible street art that spoke out against the catcalls and harassment many women face…

By: Claire Hannum / 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

DoubleTree Hotel In Detroit No Longer Hosting “Men’s Rights Activists” Conference

A conference for "men's rights activists" will no longer be held at the Hilton Doubletree hotel in Detroit, Michigan, June 26 - 28 due to a sudden and unexplained change of venues. The manager of the DoubleTree confirmed to the blog Motor City Muckraker that the MRA conference would no longer be held there. A…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2014

On Femininity Vs. Masculinity In The Workplace

Could it be that plain old mental habit is the reason for gender inequality at work? According to consultant and former businesswoman Caroline Turner, that's pretty much what it comes down to. In a blog post for the Huffington Post, Turner said that the biggest reason women aren't proportionately represented in business leadership positions is a set…

By: Claire Hannum / June 11, 2014
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