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Bond Is Going To Be A Broad

Do you like wearing dark suits? Can you keep a secret? Does a tear well up in your eye when you hear the Mission Impossible theme song? Well, the British spy network M16 is looking for some tough bitches. Since the London subway bombing in 2005, the secret service has been trailing 21,000 people and 200 plans, so they need all the girls they can get to nab the bad guys! In their want ad, they promise not to use the women purely as “honey pots” or sexy bait. The 007-style secret agency says no probs if you’re a mom, bonus points if you speak languages like Arabic and like your martinis shaken, not stirred. While traditionally the M16 has been a boys club, they’re trying to diversify and it looks like the next real life Bond could be a woman! [Boston Globe]
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Women Are Being Put To The Test

We’ve all taken risks — tried things and people we weren’t sure of and chalked it up to experimentation. It’s all part of being a liberated woman. But sadly we’re are missing out on some of the most important testing that is actually guaranteed to give us what we need: clinical trials. Research has shown that gender can truly affect a medication’s ability to work on such widespread health issues as depression and lung cancer. Despite the growing need for a pool of available and even in some cases, healthy women, a mere 9% of test subjects are female. So, many drugs are being prescribed without ever being tested on a lady. To alleviate this dilemma, the rules for clinical tests changed in 1993 to always include women who still intended to bear children. However, a decade and a half later, not much more has changed. Scientists blame everything from lack of time to lack of awareness; 93% of women surveyed said they had never even been asked to participate in a clinical trial. Keep reading »

Where Women Rule

We’ve all wondered: What if women ruled the world? While it may seem far fetched, we’ve already got a town — McLean, Texas. It’s got one stoplight and a whole lot of unstoppable women. Since 2007, the mayor, her five aldermen, the post office master, the justice of the peace, school principal, the bank, nursing home, and grocery store managers, are all large and in charge ladies. Even their staunchest of critics, aka their husbands, can’t help but notice the positive changes around their town. Now, with Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, they’re even thinking nationally. While Bill Reeves, local and spouse of Alderman Lynn Reeves, wouldn’t vote for one lady alone, he said if Clinton picked an all female cabinet like they have in McLean, he’d vote for her. “They’d do no worse, and there’s a chance of it being much better.” Now that’s girl power! [Salon]

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Start Taking Care Of Yourself

Bad news, guys. For the first time since the early 1900s when the Spanish Flu was killing people off, the life expectancy of American women is falling. In nearly 1,000 counties — most evident in the Deep South, Appalachia, and the lower Midwest — women’s life expectancy is now shorter than it was in the 1980s. The driving force behind this trend appears to be increases in deaths from diabetes, lung cancer, emphysema, and kidney failure. Smoking like fiends, eating poorly and skipping out on exercise hasn’t helped, either. [Washington Post] Keep reading »

Men Rule, Girls Drool, Blah, Blah, Blah

We’ve heard some dumb things said on Dr. Phil, but his recent guest Dick Masterson takes the cake. Trust us, his name is no misnomer. He’s the chauvinist who runs MenAreBettertThanWomen.com and he goes around spouting gems like, “How is prostitution illegal but alimony isn’t? They’re basically the same thing. You’re paying for the whore to leave.” Honestly, how much would it cost to get rid of him? We’ll start chipping in immediately. [YouTube]

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Women Writing More Checks For Presidential Candidates

This election is special, and not just because a woman and a black man are serious contenders. Us girls are donating more than we have in past elections! So far, women have given nearly half of the $100 million that Hillary Clinton has raised from individuals who have given large-dollar contributions, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Barack Obama has gotten $43 million from women giving more than $200. In the past, women’s contributions have been less than 30 percent of most candidate’s campaign accounts — both Democratic candidates have received more than 40 percent from women. On the Republican side, John McCain has received only $13 million from large-dollar female donors, maybe because that race hasn’t been as cutthroat. Speaking of women and elections, we already vote in higher numbers than men, and we’re also more active campaign volunteers. Now, if we could only get politicians to listen to us. [Women's ENews]
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Lip Taken Out Of Service

The 670,000 women in the British service industry won’t let you call them sweetheart — or baby, or darling, or sweet cheeks, or even honey. Just like the women in 9 to 5 sans the ball-gagged boss, Women and Equalities Minister Harriet Harman is putting an end to womanizing in overlooked workplaces. Minister Harman has used her new position to create a statute that will require bar, restaurant, hotel, and even gym managers to be responsible for protecting their female employees from sexual harassment. Since service industry jobs are known for their client lip service, the change is expected to cost British companies 10 million pounds to enforce, according to the government office. So while sexist comments might make the employees feel cheap, the repercussions certainly aren’t. Keep reading »

Lipstick Does Its Part to Keep The Roads Safe

If your boyfriend’s a bad driver—hell, even if your cabbie seems to think he’s auditioning for future installment of The Fast and the Furious — just start talking about your glorious Cover Girl Continuous Color Lipstick in Mauvelicious. Or the new chairs Design Within Reach Chairs you’re lusting over. A study by German and Swedish researchers showed that men drove slower when they heard neutral or feminine words, rather than manly stuff like “beard” and “muscles.” Just don’t start talking to him about really girly stuff, like the black lace bra you’re wearing, because then he might drive right off the road. [Sydney Morning Herald] Keep reading »

Bloody Period Finally Good For Something!

Hold up! Scientists have recently discovered that the cells that are shed from the womb lining during a woman’s period contain a new type of stem cell that may be used in the treatment of damaged and/or old tissue. The company, Cryo-Cell, has sponsored a blood bank for women to store their own menstrual blood for future use in the treatment of cancer and other diseases. Um, yeah. So while it’s cool that such a huge advancement in science has been made, especially given all the controversy over stem cell research and fetal tissue, some doctors think a blood bank like this preys on womens’ fears. On the other hand, being so in charge of your future health is empowering. But can we please pay a gofer to collect our period blood for us, thanks? It’s kind of icky. [Science Daily, BBC News] Keep reading »

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