|Obituary: Betty Friedan,
Philosopher of Modern-Day Feminism. [
|Obituary: Coretta Scott King, Civil
Rights Advocate. [
Willie Grace Campbell, Women's Rights Advocate. [
Amnesia Threatens Women. [
|Bush Proposes Cuts for
Overseas Family Planning. [
to Weigh Late-Term Abortion Ban. [
Court Backs Abortion Protesters. [
|South Dakota House Approves
Abortion Ban. [United States] The South Dakota House has passed a bill that
would nearly ban all abortions in the state, ushering the issue to the state
Supporters are pushing the measure in hopes of drawing a legal challenge that will
cause the US Supreme Court to reverse its 1973 decision legalizing abortion.
bill banning all abortions in South Dakota was passed 47-to-22 in the House.
Amendments aimed at carving out exemptions for rape, incest and the health of women were
rejected. The bill does contain a loophole that allows abortions if women are in
danger of dying. Doctors who do those abortions could not be prosecuted.
Dakota Passes Abortion Ban. [
Contraception in Massachusetts. [United States] The state board that oversees
pharmacies voted Tuesday to require Wal- Mart to stock emergency contraception pills at
its Massachusetts pharmacies, a spokeswoman at the Department of Public Health said.
The unanimous decision by the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy comes two weeks after
three women sued Wal-Mart in state court for failing to carry the so called "morning
after" pill in its Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in the state. The women argue
state policy requires pharmacies to provide all "commonly prescribed medicines."
|Ginsburg Returns to Supreme
Court as Sole Female Justice. [United States] It will be a different scene
Tuesday when the black-robed justices of the Supreme Court emerge from behind a red,
velvet curtain and take their seats at the mahogany bench. Instead of two female
justices, there will only be one. Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman
to serve on
the high court, retired last month. That left Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the lone female
among the nine justices, a distinction she seems unhappy about. "I would not
like to be the only woman on the court," Ginsburg said in a speech last
practical appeal to President Bush to send up another woman. Bush complied, but
nominee Harriet Miers withdrew after Republican conservatives strongly opposed her.
The president then turned to veteran federal judge Samuel Alito, who will hear his first
cases as a justice when the high court meets Tuesday. O'Connor's absence, coming
after nearly a quarter-century on the court, will be felt in the weeks and months ahead by
Ginsburg -- and her male colleagues -- as they adjust following a period of death,
retirement and the addition of two new members.
Puts Female Inmates in Centers by Their Families. [United States] Radically
reshaping their approach to women prisoners, Schwarzenegger administration officials plan
to move 40% of the state's female inmates out of their cells and into neighborhood
correctional centers. Most would probably be housed in Los Angeles County, which
sends more women to prison than any other county. The plan, most of which requires
legislative approval, reflects a growing consensus among experts nationally that female
inmates are ill served by a one-size-fits-all correctional system designed for violent
men. If adopted, the initiative would make California a leader among states remaking
prison systems to reflect differences between the sexes.
Gap Between Male, Female Characters in G-rated Movies. [United States] Male
characters outnumbered females 3-to-1 overall in top-grossing G-rated films
from 1990 to
2004, according to a study whose sponsors say the disparity diminishes the importance of
women in children's eyes. "We're showing kids a world that's very
populated with women and female characters," said actress Geena Davis,
founder of See
Jane, a program of the advocacy group Dads & Daughters that encourages balanced gender
representation in entertainment for children. In the 101 animated and
films examined, 28 percent of speaking characters were female, and just 17 percent of
people in crowd scenes were female, researchers found in the study released
See Jane. "It's important for what kids watch that as far as possible, they see
the real world reflected, to see men and women, boys and girls, sharing the
said Davis, co-star of the female-empowerment film "Thelma & Louise
star of TV's "Commander in Chief" in which she plays the U.S. president.
"They should see female characters taking up half the planet, which we do."
Want Funny Women. [United States] It's a trait often requested in lonely
and scientists have now shown that a good sense of humor is important for women, but not
men, in choosing a romantic partner. A woman is even willing to overlook other
shortcomings in a man if he can make her laugh, North American researchers say in the
journal Evolution and Human Behavior. "Our results suggest that humor
can positively affect desirability as a relationship partner but this effect
likely to occur when men use humor and are evaluated by women," says Dr
Bressler, an assistant professor at Westfield State College in Massachusetts.
Lots More Than Women on Valentine's Day. [United States] Take note, gentlemen:
You'll probably give more than you get on Valentine's Day. Men plan to
shell out an
average of $128 on their loved ones Tuesday, while women plan to spend $74,
according to a
new survey sponsored by Discover Card, the credit card company. Why do
more? "Because men have to, and women can chose to," Gail Sheehy, the
author of "Sex and the Seasoned Woman" and other books on modern women, said in
an e-mail interview. "Women remind men and guilt them into it." Fair
enough. But women also earn less, about 75 cents to every dollar a man makes,
according to Vicky Lovell, study director at the Institute for Women's Policy Research in
Washington. Lovell suspects that there's a second reason for men's extravagance:
They're less comfortable letting their hearts speak. "Women may spend
less because they see it as a time for men to express affections," Lovell said.
Program Links Female Farmers. [United States] Working a combine was no problem
for Ann Whitehead, one of five daughters who grew up on a farm. But with little
understanding of the business side of agriculture, she was lost when she asked a local
banker for a farm loan. The banker's response only made matters worse.
"Bring your dad with you next time," he told her. "It was very
intimidating," recalled Whitehead, 48, who owns 100 valuable but long-dormant acres
in central Missouri. Those experiences are all too common in what remains a
male-dominated line of work, said Ruth Hambleton, a University of Illinois extension agent
who founded Annie's Project, a farm management training program, four years ago.
Calls Conference to Study Two Deadly Infections. [United States] The federal
government has called an unusual scientific conference to look into two related bacterial
infections, one that killed four California women who took an abortion pill
and the other
that has caused outbreaks of diarrhea and colitis in hospitals and nursing homes across
the nation. Fifteen to 20 scientists who have studied the two bacteria
asked to present their research at the conference, scheduled for May 11, an
the Food and Drug Administration said Friday. The official spoke on the condition of
anonymity because the abortion pill, Mifeprex or RU-486, is so controversial
officials have been threatened after speaking about it publicly. Officials are
concerned that the political controversy swirling around medical abortions may interfere
with the scientific discussion, the F.D.A. official said in an interview.
Accused of Sexually Assaulting Female Cadets. [United States] A senior cadet at
the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has been charged with sexually assaulting six female
classmates. Webster M. Smith was charged Feb. 9 under military law with rape,
assault, indecent assault and sodomy against female cadets. The incidents allegedly
occurred between May and November 2005. Some allegedly happened on the academy
grounds when Smith entered female cadets' rooms without permission. Others were
reported off campus in Mystic, Clinton and Stonington. The rape allegedly occurred
in June 2005 during a trip to Annapolis.
Couple in Colorado Plead Not Guilty to Charges of Enslaving Indonesian Woman.
[United States] A Saudi couple pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges including
kidnapping and sexual assault stemming from claims that they held as a virtual slave an
Indonesian woman who worked for them. A federal indictment released last year said
the Indonesian woman was allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted by Al-Turki and was paid
less than the equivalent of $2 a day over four years to cook, clean and care for the
couple's five children. It also said she was sometimes loaned out to work for other
families when her host family traveled.
|A Woman For President? [United
States] Will a woman run for the Oval Office in 2008? Were 99% certain.
Since the The White House Project began eight years ago, weve known that women would
be viable contenders for the Presidency in 2008. We were talking about it then, and
were talking about it now. Except now, its real. Two years before
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Why now? Because it's time. The White House Project believes the time is ripe
to raise awareness in America about 8 women who are real contenders for the
in our country. As governors, senators, a secretary of state and a major mayor,
these women show a natural ability to lead, and a deep understanding of the complicated
issues that affect everyday Americans. A recent Roper Public Affairs poll shows that
nearly 80% of Americans would vote for a female president. Its time to use all
our resources. Its time for women to lead.
Americans More Ready for Woman President. [
in Politics. [Canada] Twenty years ago, a group calling itself The
'94 set a target of 10 years to bring the proportion of women in Parliament
up to 50 per
cent of sitting members. But today, following the Jan. 23 federal election, the
number of women in Parliament and cabinet is still far below that goal. Women hold
only six of 27 cabinet posts in the new Conservative government under Prime Minister
Stephen Harper. Things weren't much rosier in former prime minister Paul Martin's
government, where women held nine cabinet positions out of 39. Despite
gains made by
women in developing countries - more women are moving up the ranks in business and
government in those regions - feminist leaders in Canada fear that efforts to break
through the glass ceiling in politics here at home are failing.